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Campus Operations February 2018 Newsletter


Important Division News: HR Contacts and P-Card Info


The Campus Operations Division would like to highlight its dedicated Human Resource contacts: Angie Zirschky, the Campus Operations Business Partner, who specializes in employee relations and Kristal Cilley, Talent Acquisition Specialist, who helps to attract, recruit and hire the best talent available to the team.

In addition, Dani Dunstan, Director of Campus Operations, provides coordinator between the division and Human Resource Services. When working on reclassifications, reorganizations or employee relations, please include her in your correspondence.

Katie Thomas, Campus Operations’ Instructional Designer, focuses on strengths-based management and development. Please contact her for team coaching, management support, and employee development.


Updates are being made to the p-card posting process. In order to stay up to date, p-card users are now required to sign-off on all purchases on a weekly basis. All p-cards must be reconciled in Works (all expenses signed off) by Friday of each week.

A Letter from Leadership


Nicole NimmonsI have been blessed with the opportunity to make Boise State my work home for over 13 years as a leader in very different capacities. I believe my passion for Boise State shines through in my excitement to lead change to improve our student’s experience. I am inspired to lead by those around me.  I get a new sense of spirit when I see others lead in a positive way. I am always very impressed with our employees’ abilities to demonstrate leadership and lead with their strengths when under pressure in executing a project or responding to an emergency.

“Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers.” – Robin S. Sharma

Here are a few key goals of Campus Services I’d like to share:

  • Improve the student experience by matching our services to our student wants and needs
  • Provide the lowest cost textbooks to our students
  • Provide quality meal plans that meet the needs of students, staff, and faculty

Employee Spotlight: Steve Fowler

Steve FowlerSteve Fowler has been a member of the Boise State family for six and a half years and is currently working in the Facilities Operations and Maintenance HVAC department. Steve recently completed a 4-year apprenticeship program for HVAC, taking the plunge to go back to school at the age of sixty. And after a lot of dedication, hard work, and long hours, Steve has recently completed his certification and is now a Licensed Journeyman HVAC Technician. He is grateful to the university for making this opportunity available for him, and loves being a part of the campus atmosphere and interacting with students, staff, and faculty. Steve is a dedicated Bronco, and always has a kind word and smile to share with anyone he meets.

Steve’s other passions include his grandchildren, gardening, bee-keeping, and spending time at his cabin in the mountains.

Strengths Corner: Achiever

AchieverFor our inaugural strengths corner segment, we will focus on the Achiever talent! Those who have Achiever in their top 5 strengths profile have a great deal of stamina and like the steam engine of a ship, work tirelessly to ensure things get accomplished.

Achievers love completing tasks and are often individuals who set the pace for production, If you manage an achiever, know that they need the freedom to work at their own pace to feel successful. Like an individual competing in a race, they are driven by reaching the finish line and feel great satisfaction in checking tasks off their to-do lists.

Achievers in Ops: How do you use your achiever talent to be successful?

  • If there is ever a project that I am having a hard time getting started on, I can count on my achiever trait to give me a little spark to start on the project and usually the drive to complete it.” – Emma Ballantyne, SUB Event Services
  • “My “Achiever” strength always gives me a goal to reach for and complete a project or a task so that I have that sense of accomplishment.” – Hope Hernandez, Department of Public Safety Transit Team
  • “My “Achiever” strength gives me the energy to positively overcome difficult obstacles and persevere to reach set goals with a feeling of accomplishment.” – Kelly Royster, FOAM Custodial Operations

Who are the “achievers” on your team?

This segment is a monthly highlight of a strength from Clifton’s’ StrengthsFinder. To learn more about the program or the strength highlighted in this month’s segment contact Katie Thomas for an individual Finder discussion.


Sustainable Art and Creations Needed for Exhibition

Let’s celebrate Earth Day on the Boise State campus and inspire others to think sustainably. Submit your innovative creation to be included in the exhibition, People, Planet, Solutions, a showcase of works of all genres and media focusing on the theme of environmental sustainability. Apply before March 23, 2018.

Boise State’s Department of Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability, in partnership with the University Art Curator and the Office of Research and Economic Development, seeks to exhibit innovative creators whose original creations speak to the theme of environmental sustainability. The exhibition entitled People, Planet, Solutions will present a cohesive body of works that relate to the theme of environmental sustainability as made evident through the subjects represented or through the materials used. Works showing a clear design aesthetic will be prioritized. This call is open to both students and community members.

Works can include, but are not limited to:

Robotics; Augmented/Virtual Reality; Video Performance/Installation; Textiles, puppets, and kites; Large-scale art; Shelters; Unusual tools and machines; Found Art; 2D and 3D Visual Arts

All genres, styles, and media will be considered. All work must be presentation ready. Submitted entries may be previously-created works, but must be the original work of the individual/group applying.


Boise River Cafe Updates Atmosphere and Offerings

Boise River Cafe updatedThe all-you-care-to-eat Boise River Café (BRC) has been completely transformed – along with brand new furniture and interior design, select dining options have been upgraded to better serve the ever-changing preferences of campus diners.

The BRC now features new flooring, tables and chairs, ‘B’ branded high-top community bars and over-sized community booths, which can accommodate 12 people comfortably. The changes have made the BRC a place to study, hang out, relax, have group meetings and of course, eat. Food is still the main priority and this is evident with the changes made by food service director Justin Lord and campus chefs Nathan, Jeremy, and Roland.


Grey Route

Boise State Shuttle Adds Grey Route

A new, updated Boise State grey shuttle route will begin Jan. 22 and is intended to provide faster and easier access from campus to the downtown area. The route will run 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday during the 2018 spring semester.


Public Safety Now Handles All Electronic Access

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Boise State’s Department of Public Safety has updated the process of electronic access requests. A newly formed integrated security technologies group within the department now is handling all electronic access requests, such as adding/removing badge access levels, setting office and exterior door open and close times, and any other electronic access functions.


Sandoval Part of COBE’s High Finance Experience


COBE Student Ismael Sandoval of Campus Operations’ Finance Services was one of 12 to travel to New York City to experience high finance.


Sign up for Coffee and Company

Boise State coffee mugSame monthly opportunity, new name! This event is available for division members to meet and converse with Campus Operations division leaders, including Kevin Satterlee or Alicia Estey. The first Friday each month, 15-minute visits with individuals or teams of up to five people will be hosted by one of our leaders.


Nominate Division Employee of the Year, New Student Category Added

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Boise State’s Campus Operations Division Employee of the Year awards will be given out each year at the division-wide 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.

A new student-employee category has been added beginning in the Spring 2018 semester.

This month’s nominees include:

Imputed Quality – Gabe Bishop


Occupational Safety Newsletter

Occupational Safety NewsletterEach month the Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability team puts together an Occupational Safety Newsletter for the campus to read.


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