Congratulations to Degree Audit Coordinator, Laura Woodall, who has been named College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Staff of the Month for September 2022.
Woodall works in the College’s Registrar’s Office where she builds and maintains the degree audit system that allows students and advisors to stay up to date on what classes have been completed and what is still needed to graduate. As curriculum evolves, programs run pilots, or consider and approve exceptions, she maintains the Degree Audit program’s system to reflect those efforts.
She has been part of the College for more than 13 years and has held several different roles in the Registrar’s Office, including the Transfer and Graduation Evaluator.
Before joining the CWI team, Woodall previously worked at Boise State University’s Registrar’s Office for 17 years.
“I was very excited to come to CWI to have an opportunity to be part of something new and so needed in the community,” Woodall said. “I feel so lucky to work with such dedicated and passionate people. CWI's staff and faculty are wonderful.”
With her knowledge and years of experience working in higher education, she helps support her team members in day-to-day tasks and takes on other duties to help her team thrive and get necessary work completed.
“Laura is the quiet cornerstone of the Registrar’s office,” said IT Senior Program Manager, Autumn Brackley. “You will not see her out giving presentations to students like other recruiters or in the One Stop answering questions and making IDs, but you will see her supporting team members and system processes which promote excellent customer service to staff and students.”
During the Fall 2022 semester, Woodall took on the responsibility of leading the Colleague Duplicates Committee while the original chair was on family leave. The work required responding to reported possible duplicate records, cleaning up the records, and coordinating with all impacted offices to clean-up their associated records.
“Over and over, I have said we are lucky to have Laura at CWI and specifically in the Registrar’s Office,” Brackley said. “The work is not flashy, but so crucial to be a mighty institution. Laura deserves recognition as Staff of the Month."
In addition to her role in the Registrar’s Office, Woodall also helps with CWI’s Commencement ceremony each year. Having been part of the College since 2009, she has helped run numerous commencement ceremonies — something she’s never grown tired of.
Her favorite commencement was CWI’s first one. From putting together hundreds of chairs all afternoon, to trying to keep family members from running on stage, Woodall said the “chaos” all came together, and everyone had a great time.
“Every Commencement is amazing, and it is such a fun time to see the excitement of students,” she said. “It really puts into perspective why we are here.”
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Woodall lives with her two sons, one is attending Boise State and the other is a junior in high school.
In her spare time, Woodall enjoys spending time with family in Garden Valley, watching horror movies, and attending as many metal concerts as possible each year. She is also a HUGE fan of Halloween.