CWI News—Oct. 8, 2021
It’s time for another President’s Office ticket giveaway!
Enter for your chance to win tickets to the Oct. 16 Boise State Football game against Air Force by entering a number between 1 and 500 via the link below. The two employees closest to a number, chosen at random, will each receive two tickets to the game. Entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11. Winners will be announced Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Members of President’s Cabinet, the Executive Operations Team, and past winners are not eligible. Limit one entry per CWI employee. Contact Janice McGehee, Executive Assistant in the President’s Office, at email@example.com with questions.
If you are reading this, we want to thank you for being a faithful CWI News reader. If you want to be in-the-know, CWI News is where it’s at! The last two giveaways, which were only communicated via this newsletter, had less than 50 entries each. This means the chance of winning yourself some tickets are REALLY good! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Congratulations to Elizabeth Ortiz Dominguez, College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) Staff of the Month for August 2021. Ortiz Dominguez is an Enrollment and Graduation Evaluator in the Registrar’s Office and has been with the College for more than a decade.
Her passion for higher education began as a student at Boise State University where she earned an associate degree in Criminal Justice and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in both General Business and Human Resource Management.
“As a student at Boise State, I spent several years as a work study for different areas of the University,” she said. “I knew after graduation I wanted to find a career in higher education so I could use the skills and knowledge I had gained in this capacity.”
Drawn to CWI as it was a newer college at the time, Ortiz Dominguez was hired as a Financial Aid Specialist shortly after her graduation from Boise State.
“When I first started here in 2011, the Call Center and Assessment Center were located in the Administration Building and in the same suite as Financial Aid. I remember having to be quiet so we would not make too much noise for students who were testing. A lot has changed since then!”
In her current position as an Enrollment and Graduation Evaluator, her time is spent assisting students. From registration to academic appeals and requirements to major changes and graduation applications, Ortiz Dominguez is part of many important steps of their academic journey.
“I enjoy helping students and seeing them succeed! I also have the best coworkers. I feel like we are all a big family here supporting each other, laughing together, and creating memorable moments. Because of CWI, I have developed great friendships which have helped me grow professionally.”
“Elizabeth exemplifies the meaning of teamwork and customer service,” said One Stop Specialist, Rowdy Fisher. “She goes above and beyond for students and team members, anticipating what they need and addressing issues before they occur. I have the privilege of working with Elizabeth in-person, daily. I have seen first-hand how she always makes time to address questions fully so individuals leave the conversation with a better understanding. She is always willing to help even if it means pointing others in the right direction when she is unable assist directly. Her kindness and caring for others shines in each interaction I have with her. She is a perfect example of what it is to be recognized as staff of the month. Thank you for all your outstanding work!”
An Idaho Native, Ortiz Dominguez grew up in Glenns Ferry where she went to school in the same building from preschool through graduation. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and being outdoors.
“I am always looking for recommendations on places to visit here in Idaho. Our state has so many hidden treasures!”
College of Western Idaho (CWI) has a new resource to help understand and interpret the institution’s data. Beginning Oct. 8, 2021, all faculty and staff will have access to the Data Governance Committee’s Enterprise Data Catalog located on myCWI.
A data catalog describes data in business terms and includes other information needed to better understand and use data. CWI's Data Catalog contains terminology found in CWI Enterprise Data Warehouse data marts, reports sourcing these data marts, and other information documents. As a report consumer, this data catalog will serve as a resource to better understand the report content and also help identify information you may need in a future data request.
Taking an iterative agile approach, the Data Governance Committee has defined an initial 35 definitions for institution-wide use. The committee will continue to meet monthly to define terminology, business rules and purpose, and technical information to increase the content of the Data Catalog and Enterprise Data Warehouse.
Charted by the Executive Operations Team on Aug. 10, 2020, the Data Governance Committee began holding monthly, one-hour meetings on Oct. 6, 2020. One of the chartered deliverables is to develop institutional definitions for an Enterprise Data Catalog. For more information about the Data Governance Committee, please visit the Data Governance Committee page on myCWI.
Are you a College of Western Idaho student interested in learning more about transfer options? Connect with different colleges and universities, and discover various transfer opportunities available to you during the College’s Fall 2021 Transfer Fair!
Representatives will be on-campus to discuss programs, majors, and transfer requirements. This one-day event will be held at two campus locations Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the morning and afternoon.
Tuesday, Oct. 12
- 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
- Ada County Campus Pintail Center (APIN), Student Commons
- Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB), 1st Floor Lobby
Unable to attend? Access the Transfer Fair virtually via Blackboard in the MyCommons section at any time throughout the semester!
Contact Brittney Hernandez in Student Advising and Success at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Looking for some fun this Halloween? College of Western Idaho (CWI) students, employees, and their families are invited to participate in a Trunk-or-Treat at the Nampa Campus Academic Building parking lot on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 5 – 7 p.m.
The event, put on by the College’s Student Engagement team, Culture and Employee Engagement Committee (CEEC), and ASCWI, is currently looking for groups to host a trunk! Get together with your, department, club, coworkers, and/or classmates to host a trunk or table and pass out candy and treats at this exciting event. Each participating group will be provided with small decorations and candy, however, going above and beyond and all out with trunks and treats is certainly welcome and encouraged!
Something is brewing! It is time to showcase your creative costuming and spooky talents by participating in College of Western Idaho’s Culture and Employee Engagement Committee’s annual Halloween Costume Contest.
Contest categories are:
- Best Group Photo
- Best Individual Costume
- Best CWI Team Spirit Costume – You “otter” do this one!
- Best Dressed Pet
- Most Creative Zoom Halloween Story
To enter, send your photo(s) along with the category you would like to enter to email@example.com by end of day Thursday, Nov. 4. Employees will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorites!
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Stay secure by observing the following best practices while using a mobile device.
- Do not allow your device to automatically join unfamiliar networks.
- Always turn off Wi-Fi when you are not using it or do not need it.
- Never send sensitive information over Wi-Fi unless you know it is secure.
- Only use apps available in your device’s official store.
- Never download apps from a browser, and be wary of apps from unknown developers.
- Keep apps updated to ensure the latest security
- Delete apps that are no longer supported.
- Do not automatically give privileges to apps to access to your location, contacts, or photos.
- Disable Bluetooth pairing, and always turn off Bluetooth when not in use.
- Bluesnarfing is the theft of information from a wireless device through a Bluetooth connection.
- Smishing is phishing via SMS, or text message. Do not trust messages that attempt to get you to reveal personal information.
- Treat text messages the same way you treat email. Think before you click.
Mobile Web Browsing
- Web addresses are harder to validate on the smaller screens of devices. Verify websites before attempting to login.
- Do not save your login information to the web browser.
Contact Mike Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208.562.3193 with questions or for more cybersecurity tips, questions, and information.
Welcome to the following individuals who are new to the College. We are happy to have you here and look forward to working with you!
- Brett Price – Teacher, Law Enforcement
- Donna Benjamin – Teacher, Adult Education
- Katie Driever – Budget Analyst, Business Office
- Kerry Giesige – Teacher, Law Enforcement
- Kristine Jones – Teacher, Adult Education
- Michael Maghakian – English Language Learning Tutor, Tutoring Services
- Robyn Millar – Temporary Librarian, Library Services
- Stephen Lawson – Teacher, Fire Service Technology
- Vicki Flowers – Teacher, Adult Education
- Aubrey Mikus – STEM Tutor, Tutoring Services
- Kevin Reed – Building Specialist, Facilities
- Matthew McClure – Accountant, Business Office
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 email@example.com to verify receipt of your application.