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Boise State University Association of Office Professionals’ Annual Professional Development Day: Think Positively Amazing! In Body, Mind, and Attitude at Work, Home and Beyond

A one-day conference to better yourself, your work and your life! Held in the Student Union Simplot Ballroom on Tuesday, October 14 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Registration includes conference materials, sandwich and salad buffet lunch, and morning and afternoon snacks.

Boise State Association of Office Professionals membership is optional. Join a supportive organization, become eligible for scholarship support for professional development opportunities, and win members-only prizes at the conference!

Register by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, October 8.

Registration is $50 and includes registration materials, sandwich and salad buffet lunch, and morning and afternoon snacks. Optional Boise State University Association of Office Professionals Membership is $12.

View the list of available workshops. (PDF)

Here is what we have done in 2013-2014

Celebrate Summer with Boise State Association of Office Professionals! A small group gathered on Tuesday, May 20th at Red Robin on Park Center after work for some laughter and no-host food and drinks.

The Boise State University Association of Office Professionals (BSUAOP) held it’s annual Bosses’ Breakfast on Friday, May 9, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.14SP-BB-PRBEgraphic

Bosses were treated to a hilarious competition among your colleagues and university administrators. Andy Giacomazzi, Department of Criminal Justice, hosted, with Richard Klautsch, Department of Theatre Arts, as the announcer. Nicole Nimmons, Transportation and Parking Services; Niki Callison, Admissions; Karen Wargo, Budget Office; and Marty Schimpf, Provost, performed as their lovely assistants.

BSUAOP announced the winners of the campus crossword puzzle contests, the Office Professional of the Year, and the Administrator of the Year at the breakfast.

Campus-Wide Crossword Puzzle Contest
The purpose is to add a little brevity to a stressful time of year (winter blues, legislative issues, tax season, etc.), to create some team spirit within colleges, departments, organizations or units, and to help educate campus units about each other.BSUAOP will coordinate submission, judging and prize awards and reserves the right to reject any puzzle that is deemed inappropriate. All winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Bosses Breakfast on Friday, May 9.

April featured Laughter is the Best Medicine! Really?
Marty Downey, associate professor in the School of Nursing, registered nurse, and board certified advanced holistic nurse, presented “Therapeutic Humor for Stress Relief” to convince you that laughing will help reduce your stress level and improve your health. She offered laughter and relaxation as well as techniques to take both experiences back to your office and your home.

Employee Book Club on Campus
CampusRead150x125The Boise State University Association of Office Professionals (BSUAOP) has formed book clubs exclusively for Boise State University staff. You can still join a group that enjoys reading the same kind of books you do, contact, for further details or more information.

We all face situations, whether at work or in our personal lives, where saying “no” is uncomfortable and often it is not easy to do. Dr. Heidi Reeder, associate professor of communication, presented an engaging and informative workshop at the February 11th BSUOP sponsored brown bag workshop, How to Say “No” and Mean It.

We began the workshop by sharing with each other the reasons we find it difficult to say no. One of the things that stood out to me is that Boise State employees like to say “yes” and this sometimes creates hardship when we are trying to make decisions that align with our priorities at work. Dr. Reeder shared a decision making tool she called her Yes/No Flowchart. The flowchart provided a systematic approach for evaluating opportunities and making decisions so that they move us toward our objectives.  Included in the approach were three questions:

  • Will it be a Good time?
  • Are there valued People involved?
  • Will it develop my Skills?

These three questions are easily recalled by asking oneself, “Does it (the opportunity) fulfill my GPS?”
In addition to learning when to say “no”, the workshop provided suggestions for how to say it, depending on whether we are speaking to strangers and acquaintances or more important relationships and constituents.  Finally, we were given an opportunity to practice ways to say “no” in response to some everyday scenarios.
For those of us who are uncomfortable saying “no”, this valuable workshop empowered us to say it and to be sincere in our communication of it.
For more information about Dr. Reeder’s forthcoming book, Commit to Win, visit

The annual Holiday Auction in November 2013 was again a big success, earning BSUAOP $$$$ for scholarship and travel and a donation of $$$ to the Good Will Fund.  Watch the Update, The Keynoter, and your email for information to come on the 20914 Holiday Auction!

BSUAOP Hosts Its’ First Happy Hour
A Merry Holiday Happy Hour
A dozen BSUAOP members celebrated the holidays at a December 12 happy hour at Tablerock Brewpub. Members enjoyed drinks and shared appetizers while catching up with colleagues from across campus.
Longtime BSUAOP members told stories to new Boise State employees about the adventures that they have had on campus during their careers. Merriment filled the atmosphere of the table for more than two hours as the group talked, laughed and ate.
Keep your ears open for the possibility of another Happy Hour in May!

January Brown Bag Lunch: Empower Your Inner Hero
Boise State’s Association of Office Professionals organized a January lunch time workshop titled Empower Your Inner Hero. Jerri Mizrahi, manager of Human Resource Services’ Employee Learning and Development, facilitated the interactive program. The workshop was open to administrative office staff campus wide. The key components included:

What is a hero?
What are the types of heroes?
Hero characteristics.
When are heroes needed?
Discover, engage your inner hero.
Get inspired and emulate your heroes.
Reveal and challenge your inner hero.

From this workshop, I discovered I do have an inner hero. I recognized that the very people I work with every day are my heroes. They are my inspiration, encouragement and resources. There is always someone who is willing to help; just ask. I took from this workshop inspiration and encouragement for my personal challenges. Our inner hero reveals itself daily and most often when we help students and others with difficult situations. We take our inner hero for granted until someone gives us a sincere “thank you” because we’ve made his/her life a little easier.

Don’t miss this year’s:
  • Bosses Breakfast – May 9, 2014
  • Submit a nomination for Administrator of the Year – Due by April 30, 2014
  • Submit a nomination for Office Professional of the Year – Due by April 30, 2014
  • Submit a scholarship application to attend NAEOP in July – Due by May 5, 2014

Idaho Association of Educational Office Professionals Annual Conference (IAEOP)
April 4-5, 2014
Connect with colleagues from across Idaho

National Association of Educational Office Professionals Conference (NAEOP)
July 14-17, 2014
Doubletree by Hilton, Portland, Oregon
Connect with colleagues from across the United States

Professional Standards Program (PSP)
Start anytime Develop your skills, learn and make connections