Transference is installed
A new art piece, Transference, was installed on campus in November. The commissioned monumental steel and Plexiglas sculpture celebrates sustainable, geothermal energy use on campus and in the city. Created by Ken McCall and Leslie Dixon, Transference includes hues of blue and orange to represent the hot and cold of geothermal. Interestingly, the sculpture has been installed in the south courtyard of the Environmental Research Building (University Drive and Euclid Avenue) just feet away from the geothermal line that supports campus.
EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Chris Siepert
Chris Siepert is the Laboratory Safety Technician working for the Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability department for over two years. He is housed in the Engineering Building near the laboratories he supervises. Chris has spent nine years on campus and really enjoys interacting with students – he learns as much from them as they do from him!
Outside of work, Chris enjoys the outdoors, including camping, hunting and fishing. Fittingly, his favorite book/movie is My Side of the Mountain. Two fun facts about Chris: he can cross stitch and is an excellent balloon artist.
CONGRATULATIONS CAMPUS OPERATIONS GRADUATES!
Winter Commencement is approaching and 15 Campus Operations’ employees will be graduating. Congratulations to:
- Akarm Al Alsheikh (Health Information Management)
- Dani Dunstan (Masters in Public Administration)
- Adrienne Garlick (Nursing/Psychology)
- Alexzandra Gidding (Entrepreneurship Management)
- Devin Guy (Construction Management)
- Anthony Henderson (Psychology)
- Jocelyn Morgan (Anthropology)
- Jill Roban (Criminal Justice)
- Joseph Sales (Criminal Justice)
- Ismael Sandoval (Accountancy)
- Gaurav Sheoran (Masters in Engineering)
Sarah Stoffer (History)
- Jinjun Su, Catherine Tippets (Biology)
- Ramona Tullis (Criminal Justice)
Fair labor standards act injunction halts changes
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is the federal law that determines whether employees are eligible or ineligible for overtime pay, based on a specific annual salary threshold. This federal law was recently updated so that positions with salaries under $47,476, and meeting certain position requirements, would be eligible to receive over-time compensation. This law change was scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016, however, on November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction halting the FLSA changes from taking effect.
Employees who were designated as overtime ineligible but earning less than $47,476 per year, were notified they would become overtime eligible. However, due to this injunction and because of state law and State Board of Education policy, these employees are to remain overtime ineligible until this legal matter is resolved. These employees will receive an email with new contract addendum moving them back to the overtime ineligible status. Employees will receive instructions to sign the addendums and return them to their supervisors by December 5.
Employees whose salaries were increased to meet the new salary threshold and remain overtime exempt (not eligible for overtime) will still receive their salary increase.
Human Resources is inviting employees and supervisors to informational meetings to address questions about this communication 2-3:30 p.m., Friday, December 2 in the SUB, Hatch A Ballroom. All Campus Operations FLSA affected employees and their managers are asked to attend.
BOISE STATE ACHIEVES “GOLD” DESIGNATION FOR BIKE FRIENDLINESS
The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Boise State a gold designation as a Bicycle Friendly University, making the university one of only 18 gold campuses in the country, and among only five in the Northwest. To celebrate, the Cycle Learning Center (CLC) will serve free cake at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, as well as offer 20 percent off on accessory items and tune ups all day Friday.
DIVISION FORMS FINANCIAL SERVICES TEAM
Boise State’s Campus Operations Division has formed a new department, Campus Operations Financial Services, in order to centralize financial efforts across the division. The centralization of these efforts will provide accurate, timely, relevant and holistic financial information that will enable strategic decisions to further university’s mission and best serve the students.
NOW ACCEPTING: EMPLOYEE DESIGN INITIATIVE IDEAS
Each year Boise State University’s Campus Operations division champions the Employee Design Initiative, a friendly competition designed to positively enhance campus by funding outstanding ideas submitted by division employees. The Campus Operations’ Employee Design Initiative began in 2014 and has added outstanding improvements over the past years. Submissions for the fourth-annual campaign are now open and due by Friday, February 3, 2017.
FACULTY AND STAFF APPRECIATION
Visit the Bronco Shop this Friday, December 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. to participate in the Bronco Shop’s Faculty and Staff Appreciation night. All regular-priced Bronco Shop merchandise, gifts and novelty will be 40% off. Also, take advantage of the payroll deduct discount in Bronco Tec!
BRONCO SHOP’S: BUSTER ON A SHELF PROMO
Starting December 8, Buster will debut his favorite holiday gift ideas each day leading up to Christmas (excluding Sundays) with special deals. Make sure to follow the Bronco Shop to see what the deal of the day is.
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NOMINATE DIVISION EMPLOYEES OF THE YEAR
Boise State’s Campus Operations Division Employee of the Year awards will be given out each year at the divisional meeting. Nominations are open year-round for the three awards aligned with our division goals: 1) Empathy for the Customer, 2) Attention to Detail, and 3) Imputed Quality.
This month’s newest nominees include:
Empathy for the Customer: Larry Stolworthy, Fleet Manager
Empathy for the Customer: Craig Walters, Maintenance Craftsman
SIGN UP FOR COFFEE WITH KEVIN
A monthly opportunity is available for division members to meet and converse with Kevin Satterlee, Chief Operating Officer. The first Friday each month, he will host 15-minute visits with individuals or teams of up to five people.
BRONCO ZONE LUNCH
Bronco Zone Lunches are open each Wednesday and Thursday during the fall semester. Enjoy a delicious $10 buffet lunch above The Blue.
Occupational Safety Newsletter
Each month the Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability team put together an “Occupational Safety Newsletter” for the campus to read.
CAMPUS OPERATIONS VIDEO BLOG
Chase Duckworth, a Communications – Media Productions major, has joined the Campus Operations Team as a video blogger. His mission is to tell the Campus Operations’ story from the perspective of a student to the students. Here are some of his most recent videos:
- Bronco Zone: Lunch Above the Blue
- Game Day Color Scheme: Black Out
- Game Day Color Scheme: Spirit
- Employee Spotlight: Ric Smith
- Employee Spotlight: Chris Siepert
- New P.O.D. Location: Albertsons Library
IMPORTANT DATES and Events TO REMEMBER
The following are important dates and events to remember for the upcoming months:
- December 1 – Bronco Zone: Lunch Above the Blue
- December 1 – First Thursday – Boise River Cafe (“Dinner at Grandma’s” Theme)
- December 1 – Holiday Tree Lighting (Quad, 6 p.m.)
- December 2 – Faculty Staff Appreciation Lunch – $8.50 (Boise River Cafe, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- December 2 – Bronco Shop Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night, 5 – 7 p.m. (40% off)
- December 3 – Santa Claus Visits (registration required)
- December 5 – Winter Gathering (Simplot Ballroom, 3 – 5 p.m.)
- December 7 – Bronco Zone: Lunch Above the Blue
- December 8 – Bronco Zone: Lunch Above the Blue
- December 9 – Faculty Staff Appreciation Lunch – $8.50 (Boise River Cafe, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- December 12-16 – Finals Week
- December 14 – Bronco Zone: Lunch Above the Blue
- December 15 – Bronco Zone: Lunch Above the Blue (Final Day)
- December 16 – Faculty Staff Appreciation Lunch – $8.50 (Boise River Cafe, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
- December 17 – Commencement
- December 23 – Campus Closed – Christmas Eve (observed)
- December 26-30 – Campus Closed – Winter Break
- January 2 – Campus Closed – New Year’s Day (observed)
MONTHLY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Boise State’s Campus Operations Division is continually offering training opportunities to provide continued education, required trainings and development for its employees. The following are trainings offered in the upcoming month:
- December 5 – ONE Boise State
- December 19 – ONE Boise State
- December 21 – Occupational Safety Training, 2-3 p.m., Pioneer Hall, 102