September and October
Committee of Twenty Five committee members distributed brochures and spoke throughout the county to service clubs, schools, Granges, PTAs, and other agencies.
Promotional messages appeared on KMVT, Channel 11
Twin Falls County voters indicated clearly-10,636 for to 4,976 against- that they wanted a junior college district. Fewer than ten of the fifty precincts opposed
The Committee of Twenty-Five recommended to the state board of education that Governor Smylie appoint the first five trustees from a list of about twenty names of individuals who would make good members of the board of trustees.
County Commissioner Maurice Klass administered the oath of office to the new trustees during their first meeting.
Meeting with Sam. R. Glenn, State Director of Vocational Education, the board asked that CSI become an Area Vocational School
The board hired attorneys Benoit and Benoit as council for the new junior college.
On February 1
The board had no funds listed in the treasurer’s report; that changed the next day when the board received $11,077.04 in liquor funds from the State Liquor Dispensary.
The board interviewed forty-year old Dr. Jim Taylor
The trustees offered him the presidency.
Dr. Jim Taylor landed at the Twin Falls airport.
board decisions. Faculty members must have Master’s Degrees in their major teaching assignments. Teachers would not be hired as full time instructors if they were contracted with Magic Valley school districts.
H.B. 313 divided the state into six junior college areas. Area 4 included Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls and parts of Elmore and Owyhee counties. Only one public college per area could exist until the first exceeded 1,000 full-time day students. To form a junior college district, at least four school districts were needed.
The first college catalog listed seventeen academic faculty,
Wesley Dobbs, Assistant Police Chief to teach in the Law Enforcement Program
twenty-four faculty members hired
The Civic Auditorium Association, the Twin Falls City Commission and the Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce on 1965, jointly offered a ninety-eight acre site for the new campus along the Snake River Canyon rim, just west of the Twin Falls Gun Club.
Eighty-nine percent of Jerome County voters- 1,151 yes to 136 no- wanted to join the junior college district.
Gooding County voters rejected joining the junior college district -1,105 against to 423
First classes began with an eventual enrollment total of 640, with 240 of those being in the ten vocational programs.
The Civic Auditorium Association announced that it wanted to contribute money for building a civic auditorium with no strings attached as long as it was “within a certain radius from the city of Twin Falls.”
Students voted to name the student newspaper the CSI Horizon.
October 7 and 8
A team of five individuals-chairman Dr. Boyd A. Martin and three others, from the University of Idaho, along with one from Idaho State University-visited the campus for a preliminary check of courses for accreditation.
The three non-Twin Falls trustees voted to select a three person out-of-state site selection committee; the two Twin Falls trustees, John Coleman and Eldon Evans, opposed the motion.
Student senators selected among themselves Ron Hansen as first student body president, Bill Waddell the first vice president and Barbara Frederickson as first secretary-treasurer.
Students chose the Golden Eagle as the school mascot with gold, purple and white as school colors. Later, black replaced purple as one of the three colors because of the difficulty in finding purple uniforms.
December 5, 6, and 7
The site selection team surveyed eight plus potential locations and interviewed interested groups of people.
List of significant dates from 1964 and 1965 taken from Chapters 2 & 3 of my CSI History - Dr. Jim Gentry 10/2/14