Bert's Alerts—April 9, 2021
Welcome April, spring weather, and the home stretch of spring term! First of all, thank you for your diligent efforts and support of our Be Safe, Be Mighty campus campaign. We are proud to report our COVID-19 response and established protocols, along with everyone’s commitment, resulted in a successful 2020-2021 academic year. Campus operations have been able to continue, COVID-19 cases have remained low, in addition to no community spread. All of these factors provide us the opportunity to begin planning for a return to full, on-campus operations.
Another key factor in our ability to resume in-person operations is access to vaccinations. According to the Idaho COVID-19 Vaccine Data Landing Page, 22.2% of Idaho’s population 16+ have received complete vaccination as of April 5, 2021. We are encouraged by these numbers and hope with continued progress in the area of vaccinations, along with case numbers declining, our community will move forward safely and with confidence. Learn more about how to sign up for vaccinations by visiting Idaho’s COVID-19 Vaccine page. Vaccinations will not be required for CWI students nor employees, however, we encourage everyone to use their best judgment and do what is best for their personal health and safety. For more on this topic and protocols across other state institutions, check out a recent KTVB news story,“Will Idaho colleges, universities require students to get the COVID-19 vaccine?”
In addition to CWI’s current protocols proving to be effective, the College has also invested in ionization installation in five buildings. As part of phase two, five additional sites will soon have ionization technology installed including NADM, NCMP, AMAL, AQUL, and ALYN. Through a combination of all of these efforts, we are thrilled to be able share with all of you a timeframe for a safe return to campus and in-person engagement.
Return to Campus
As of June 1, managers may begin transitioning their teams back to work on-campus with an expectation of full return or a telecommuting plan in place by June 30. Please reference the updated HR 320 – Telecommuting and Flexible Work Schedule Policy for guidance. Specific details, planning, and management for the return of each team will be led by supervisors and may look different depending on what works best to meet the business need and support continuity of business operations. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, the state, and our local health districts as we get closer to our return, making adjustments as necessary.
President’s Cabinet believes continuing to be flexible and accommodating in our approach remains extremely important as the health and safety of our CWI community still prevails as our number one goal.
For summer and fall terms, all five modalities will be offered, however there will be more of an emphasis on the in-person course delivery style.
The Operational Guidebook is still relevant and proves to be a valuable source for information and guidance. Current protocols for campus operations are still required and will continue to be until further notice.
Please help to communicate the following protocols to your teams:
- Frequent hand washing
- Face coverings while on campus and in common spaces
- Physical distancing
- Heightened sanitizing practice
Employees in need of accommodations as they return on campus should reach out to their managers and work with Human Resources to discuss their individual situation.
Once again, I thank you all for your dedication and commitment to serving our students, while surviving and thriving in our extraordinary environment. We’ve experienced twists and turns, challenges and opportunities as well as accomplishments. Please take a moment to reflect on all that has been accomplished and appreciate the fact that we did this together and we will conquer our next transition, together.
We have much to look forward to! Like our students. We boldly choose to meet the future, greet new challenges, and rise above them. Let’s not forget – we are bold, we are fearless, and together we are College of Western Idaho.
Bert Glandon, President
Denise Aberle-Cannata, Provost
Craig Brown, Executive Vice President, Operations
Ryan Herring, Vice President, Human Resources
Karl Spiecker, Vice President, Finance
Mark Browning, Vice President, College Relations
Go BOLD, and register for classes this fall at College of Western Idaho (CWI)! With a variety of resources, flexible course options, and caring instructors, CWI is here to help you on your pathway to success every step of the way.
Priority registration at CWI for the Fall 2021 semester begins Monday, April 12. Priority registration allows continuing students a chance to enroll in classes ahead of open registration, helping students stay on track for graduation.
Following are a few tips for current students:
- Be sure to meet with your Student Success Advisor prior to registering. Once advising is completed, students can register online any time on or after their assigned registration time.
- Registration times are assigned based on cumulative credits earned. Students can check myCWI and their CWI email for their assigned time.
- Continuing students are considered those who enrolled and attended classes any semester since fall 2019.
- Dual Credit students will register during open registration.
New and Returning Students
Open Registration for all students, including new and returning, begins Monday, April 19.
- All new, degree-seeking students must participate in New Student Orientation prior to registering for classes.
College of Western Idaho (CWI) Board of Trustees announced during their monthly meeting on Thursday, March 11, the opening of the application process to fill a recently-vacated trustee position.
If you live in CWI’s Zone 3 district and would like to apply for the Board opening – visit the Board of Trustee Vacancy and Appointment Process webpage highlighting the eligibility criteria, application materials, and the submission process. Applications will be accepted through April 30, 2021. Applications are subject to Idaho’s Public Records Law.
“The Board is excited to receive applications from those interested in serving as a trustee,” said Board Chair Molly Lenty. “We know there are many dedicated leaders within Zone 3 who strive to serve students and our community, and we welcome additional skills and expertise to the College through their service on the Board.”
Please contact 208.562.2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Thank you to all who participated in the March Springtime, Greens Time Challenge!
Participants who reached the goal for all 21 days were entered to win meal preparation containers and the cookbook, “Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow”. The winners of the cookbook are Erica Compton and Janel Holt and the winners of the meal preparation containers are Teresa Rich and Chad Trisler!
All participants who completed 10 or more days of the challenge were entered to win a coupon for a free juice or smoothie from Tree City Juice and Smoothie Cafe. Participation prize winners for March are:
- Stacy Hardy
- Maggie Saye
- Laura Woodall
- Kae Jensen
- Savannah McDonald
- Cheryl Rose
- Ted Daniels
- Jennifer Pope
- Liz Otterness
- Lindsey Zahller
- Kristin Cook
- Jan Hanson
- Brittney Hernandez
- Hayli Hruza
- Julia Kaufmann
The April’s Hike and Bike Challenge is underway with participants trying to complete as many miles as possible hiking or riding their bike in 21 days.
Stay tuned for information about a virtual fun run and walk on Saturday, May 22, in celebration of all the things we have learned through the 21-day challenges!
Visit the Culture and Employee Engagement Committee site on myCWI for all the Employee Wellness Challenge details!
Founding Gravity Payments at just 19 years old, Price’s mission was, and is, to help hard-working, small business owners stay competitive against larger corporations by making credit card processing transparent, fair, and easy. Today, nearly 20,000 independent businesses across all 50 states trust Gravity as their processor.
In 2015, Price captured national attention when he decided to raise the company’s minimum salary to $70,000 a year. Although he has been criticized for what some consider radical policies on pay and equality, Price believes businesses have enormous power to promote social good, regardless of what industry they are in, by serving communities instead of shareholders and putting people over profits.
Price lives in Seattle, Washington, and is the author of, “Worth It: How a Million-Dollar Pay Cut and a $70,000 Minimum Wage Revealed a Better Way of Doing Business”, published in 2020.
Join us to hear Price tell the story of Gravity Payments and how the shift to a minimum wage of $70,000 impacted the company. He will also discuss flexibility during COVID-19 and what the future looks like.
Zoom Link: Local Entrepreneur Series Welcomes Dan Price
EVENT CANCELLED: FDA and CDC are recommending a temporary "pause" for the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Unfortunately, the timing of this recommendation is causing GoGo Squeez to cancel the vaccine clinics.
GoGo Squeeze in Nampa will make vaccines available to the community, including College of Western Idaho employees, during two COVID-19 vaccine clinics April 16 and April 19.
In partnership with Terry Reilly Health Services, participants in the company’s clinics will receive the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine which only requires one dose. A fact sheet on the vaccine is included below.
There are 150 registration slots available for each day – for a total of 300 vaccines. The registration slots will remain open until all slots are filled. Walk-ups will not be allowed. Participants must be registered online using the links below. If all time slots are filled, there is an option to register to be on the “On-Call” list in the event any slots become available.
Vaccine Clinic Dates
Friday, April 16
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Monday, April 19
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
How to Sign Up
Follow the link below to sign up for a time slot on the date of your choosing:
GoGo SqueeZ Nampa Plant
8385 Birch Lane
Enter property at Gate 1 by the electronic sign. Park and enter at the main visitor entrance near the flag poles.
- Please help with social distancing by arriving no earlier than five minutes prior to your scheduled time. Masks will be required.
- Participants must be age 18 or older to receive this particular vaccine.
- Bring your insurance card and a form of identification to your appointment.
- Complete the pre-screen information worksheet (see PDF) before your appointment, and bring it with you.
- Anticipate being at the plant for approximately 30 minutes due to required observation time after receiving the vaccine.
- Please wear a short-sleeve shirt to facilitate the vaccination process.
Public Art requires a multidisciplinary skill set, which no one person has. How do modern fabrication techniques aid public art, as well as cause problems? What things should aspiring artists and engineers learn to be successful at making public art?
Learn all this and more as College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Visiting Artist Series welcomes Studio Capacitor Friday, April 16, from noon – 1 p.m. via Zoom.
Studio Capacitor is a design/build team at the intersection of art, storytelling, and technology, located in Boise, Idaho. The CWI community is invited to join as Dan Sternof Beyer, Director of Research and Development at Studio Capacitor, gives a brief history of the studio; his own background as a designer, maker, and artist; and discusses how modern fabrication technology plays an important role in contemporary public art.
CWI’s Visiting Artist Series is made possible through a grant from Idaho Commission on the Arts, which is supported by National Endowment for the Arts. Visiting Artist Series workshops, featuring visual and performing artists, are free and open to the entire CWI community.
Contact Brenda Fisher at email@example.com to learn more or with questions.
Zoom Link: Visiting Artist Series Welcomes Studio Capacitor
Mark your calendars for College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) sixth-annual Connections Project event Thursday, April 29, at noon on CWI's Facebook page and YouTube channel. This year’s live-streamed event will recognize winners of the Connections Excellence Awards, Juried Art Show, and President’s Writing Awards.
In acknowledgement of our 2021 graduates, College of Western Idaho will live stream its 12th commencement ceremony Friday, May 14, beginning at 6 p.m. on CWI's Live Events page, Facebook page and YouTube channel! Plan to celebrate with us in recognition of this year’s degree and certificate and Workforce Development apprenticeship graduates.
Graduates are invited to participate in the live-streamed ceremony by submitting a photo and quote for their personalized slide. Each graduate will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of the CWI’s Registrar’s Office with directions for submissions which are due April 27. Phonetic pronunciation submissions are due April 20. Regalia is available to purchase online through the Bookstore.
Graduates are encouraged to check their student email account, the CWI newsroom, the College’s social media channels, and the Graduation webpage regularly for announcements and up-to-date information. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Congratulations to all our 2021 graduates! You made it!
Employees can access Internal Job Postings or visit Careers at CWI to view all external listings. Upon application submittal, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, check your "Junk/Spam" folder, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to verify receipt of your application.