eNotes@CSI - Employee Newsletter: Week of December 1, 2014

Week of December 1, 2014

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Table of Contents

New eNotesPublisher
Hero Blood Drive Needs YOUR HELP!
FREE HIV Testing in Honor of World AIDS Day
Magic Mud Art Show is Dec. 4 - 6
Faulkner Planetarium Two New Holiday Programs Start Soon
United Way: Tis the Season of giving
Employee & Family Christmas Party Next Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.
Ron Black Retirement Party
Welding Club Auction is December 13
Please Consider Donating to OOA at the Holidays
United Signers Hold 5th Annual Trap Shoot December 7
Secular Student Alliance
Diversity Councils Shows Documentary “Red Light, Green Light’
Diesel Tech Sells Potatoes
Toys for Tots Santa Run December 6, 9 a.m.
Brown Bag: Please take One Question Survey
Late Night Registration is Planned for Dec. 4, 5 – 9 p.m.
CSI EAP Offers Legal, Financial, and ID Recovery
Discounts to CSI Employees for Sports, Theatre,  More....

New eNotes Publisher

If you would like to submit information to be published in eNotes please send an e-mail with details to Kim Lapray at klapray@csi.edu or enotes@csi.edu. Please include approximately a paragraph about what you are submitting and any pictures that you have available. I will accept flyers to help with details about your event, but they will not be posted on eNotes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at klapray@csi.edu or 208-732-6299.

Kimberlee Lapray
Public Information Specialist

Hero Blood Drive Needs YOUR HELP!

#GiveWithMeaning this Wednesday, December 3, 2014. The American Red Cross needs your help so please schedule your appointment today to give! You can schedule by going to www.redcrossblood.org and using the sponsor code CSIEagles or by contacting Debi at 208-484-0138. They will be stationed in the CSI Student Rec. Center from 9am-3pm.

FREE HIV Testing in Honor of World AIDS Day TODAY!

The Community Service Council is sponsoring South Central Public Health in offering free HIV  testing over in the Student Union Building, rooms 247 and 248 on Monday, December 1st from 11AM-2PM. This event is to recognize World AIDS Day.

Encourage your students to “know their status”!

Mary Christy

Magic Mud Art Show is Dec. 4 - 6

mudMagic Mud, the College of Southern Idaho Art Department’s annual fundraiser, is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 4 - 6 at the CSI Student Union Building’s Eagle’s Nest.

The event brings the works of student and professional potters together for a holiday show and sale. According to CSI Art instructor Bill West, approximately 20 pottery and photography students will be involved in this year’s show and sale. The event typically includes ceramics, photography, and other artworks.

Ceramic artists will be showing and selling lots of decorative and functional items including platters, bowls, vases, casserole dishes, cups, teapots, and unique objects.

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Doug Maughan
Public Information Officer

Faulkner Planetarium Two New Holiday Programs Starts Tomorrow

Visitors to the Faulkner Planetarium at CSI’s Herrett Center for Arts and Science can see two new holiday programs starting after Thanksgiving, along with a Christmas program that debuted last year.
             
‘Let It Snow’ features songs of the season along with full-dome holiday imagery. The program includes ‘Let it Snow’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ by Gene Autry, ‘Winter Wonderland’ by Annie Lennox, ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Brenda Lee, and others. ‘Let It Snow’ will show at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29 and will then be shown at 8 p.m. Fridays and 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays between Dec. 2 and 20.
              
The first new program, ‘The Star of Bethlehem,’ explores the 2,000 year old mystery of the light in the sky that led the wise men to the manger on the first Christmas. Was it a star that was seen only by the magi or was it a naturally-occurring phenomenon? Could it have even been a supernova? “This program provides many theories as well as an uplifting experience for all audiences,” said Faulkner manager Rick Greenawald. The program begins its holiday run at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29. Between Dec. 2 and 20, it will show at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.
              
The other new program is ‘The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale,’ about a family of storytellers who come to a village to tell tales on the longest of nights. The tales include the moon and stars, beasts and heroes. The program also explores the concept that winter is a time for the Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. ‘The Longest Night’ will show at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29 and will then be scheduled at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays between Dec. 2 and 20.
              
Admission prices to the Faulkner Planetarium at $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students. Children under 2 are admitted free. Admission to the Herrett Center is always free of charge. For more information, call the Herrett front desk at 732-6655 or go the Herrett website at http://herrett.csi.edu.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

United Way: Tis the Season of giving

Don’t forget to send in your United Way Pledge to Sharon Whitchurch at the Office on Aging.  Lost your pledge card?  No worries just give her an email and she will send you another!  The campaign drive is short this year and we need all pledges in by Wednesday December 3rd.  Thanks for making a difference in the Magic Valley!

Sharon Whitchurch, OOA
For the CSI United Way Campaign

Employee & Family Christmas Party Next Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.

The 18th Annual Employee and Family Christmas Party is coming, this year on the second Tuesday in December, the 9th from 6-8 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.

Dress comfortably and wear soft-soled shoes as we play basketball, scoot across the floor, bounce balls, play with a giant parachute and enjoy other energetic games on the SRC basketball court. Visit with Santa and recieve a toy and gift certificate to Culver's.

THIS YEAR, please bring your own camera to capture those kiddy moments with Santa Clause. Our camera gave out last year.

Yogurt treats, chocolate milk and cookies will be served. Bring your kids and grandkids for a night of family fun. No RSVP needed. Contact the HR office at hr@csi.edu with any questions you may have.

Judy Heatwole
HR Specialist

Ron Black Retirement Party

Ron Black retires this month after 25 years at the college. His staff invite you to an open house party in the Taylor SUB, downstairs, on Friday, December 12 from 2 – 6 p.m. There will be a presentation close to 2 p.m. and some entertainment provided by the refugee families. Cake and punch will be served. Your cards and gifts are welcome. 

Judy Heatwole
HR Specialist

Welding Club Auction is December 13

The College of Southern Idaho Welding Program will hold its annual auction at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in the CSI welding lab in the Desert building. Freshman and sophomore welding students have made a large variety of functional and decorative items that will be sold.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. for people to be able to browse through the items up for bid and to see the welding lab. Staff and students will be available for questions about the event and about the program.

Items for sale include: free-standing and wall-mounted artworks, fire pits, tables, chests, various styles of racks, a birdbath carousel, lamps, a 7-foot free-standing sunflower, and an enormous wind chime (You’ll love the sound this makes!).

Proceeds from the sale will help purchase equipment for the program as well as assisting in travel expenses when welding students compete in state or national competitions. Money will also be used for welding scholarships.
For more information about the event or the CSI Welding program, contact Hank Bauman at 732-6373 or hbauman@csi.edu or Cody Thornton at 732-6375 or cthonton@csi.edu or contact the CSI Trade and Industry office at 732-6301.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Please Consider Donating to OOA at the Holidays

The CSI Office on Aging is an organization whose goal is to enable people to live in their own homes as long as they can, as comfortably as they can and as safely as they can.  We currently offer services that provide meals to frail, homebound elderly, caregiver support, homemaker services, advocate for those who live in long-term care facilities, provide vital transportation to doctor appointments and grocery stores to seniors who no longer drive, and investigate allegations of elderly abuse, exploitation and neglect. We are dedicated to the clients we serve, and would greatly appreciate your consideration of a donation to the CSI Office on Aging during this holiday season.

With the growing number of Baby Boomers entering retirement and getting older, demand for our services continues to grow. With the sluggish economy and sequestration causing cuts in funding for many of our programs, it is becoming increasing difficult to serve those who need our help.  Demand for services rise during this time of the year as family members visit their elderly relatives during the holidays, and experience firsthand the difficulties their relatives are having maintaining independence in their own homes. 

Thank you for considering a donation to the CSI Office on Aging which will help our area seniors continue to live in their own homes this holiday season and beyond. If you would like more information about our programs, or if you know someone who could benefit from our programs, please feel free to contact us.

Suzanne B. McCampbell
Director, CSI Office on Aging

United Signers Hold 5th Annual Trap Shoot December 7

trapshootStudents in the College of Southern Idaho’s United Signers club will hold their fifth annual trap shoot starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Twin Falls Gun Club.

Participants should plan to provide their own gun and shells. One entry option is $6 for one station, which is five shots. The winner of this competition will win a prize. Another option is to buy a guarantee card for $30 and shoot at five stations, five times. Participants in this competition are guaranteed a prize. Shooting will continue until the prizes are gone. Tickets will also be sold for prizes that will be raffled at the event. All proceeds will help further educational opportunities for CSI students and the deaf community.

For more information, please contact CSI Sign Language professor Dawnette Reis at 732-6881 or at dreis@csi.edu

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Secular Student Alliance

Are you non-religious? Are you interested in keeping church and state separate? You are not alone! According to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey, approximately 20% of Americans and 30% of 18-30 year olds are not affiliated with a particular religion.

If you would like to meet other non-religious members of our community and participate in group activities, please join us! Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 3rd at 5:30 PM in SUB 232 (next to the “fishbowl”). Students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome!

Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/secularcsi/ and contact club co-advisors Megan Jacobson (mjacobson@csi.edu) or Heidi Campbell (hcampbell@csi.edu) for to be put on our email list. 

Heidi Campbell

Diversity Councils Shows Documentary “Red Light, Green Light’

The College of Southern Idaho Diversity Council will host a showing of the documentary Red Light, Green Light at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in room 108 of the CSI Hepworth building (formerly the Aspen building). Admission is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.

Club advisor Perri Gardner says the film is about the global attempt to fight sex trafficking. Two filmmakers, who will be available online to chat with the audience afterward, have traveled across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to find out how to prevent sexual exploitation.

More information about the movie can be found at http://redlightgreenlightfilm.com

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Diesel Tech Sells Potatoes

Students in the College of Southern Idaho’s Diesel Technology program are selling potatoes until Dec. 19 as a fundraiser for their club.
              
Students are selling 50-pound boxes of large, locally-grown baking potatoes, 48 potatoes to a box, for just $15 per box. Orders can be called or emailed to Diesel Technology instructor and club advisor Levi Perkins at 732-6371or lperkins@csi.edu.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Toys for Tots Santa Run December 6, 9 a.m.

The Santa Run 5K run/walk will be held this year at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The race begins at 10 a.m.
              
The registration fee for the race will simply be one nice, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl of any age. Participants are also encouraged to buy a commemorative T-shirt or beanie of the event for $10.

Registration will take place in the foyer of the CSI gym and the race route will be configured on the CSI campus based on the weather.

Proceeds will go to local children and to the Magic Valley Trail Enhancement Committee to help connect the Snake River Canyon Rim Fitness Trail. For more information, contact Physical Education instructor Jaime Tigue at 732-6479 or jtigue@csi.edu.

Jaime Tigue
CSI, Physical Education Department

Brown Bag: Please take One Question Survey

Brown Bag question: Please answer this ONE question survey. It will only take one second (check the box for the answer that shows what time you want me to offer Brown Bag events).

Please click on this link: http://survey.csi.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l65Ml82

Evin Fox, PhD
Professor of Education

Late Night Registration is Planned for Dec. 4, 5 – 9 p.m.

The College of Southern Idaho will hold a special Late Night Registration event from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Taylor/Student Union building to give returning students and those who are thinking of becoming students an additional opportunity to talk with advisors and register for the spring semester.

Academic and technical program advisors, career counselors, and financial aid advisors will be available. The bookstore and testing center will be open. CSI will provide activities for the kids along with free refreshments.

Registration is currently under way for the spring semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 20. For more information, call 733-9554 or contact any advisor in the CSI Taylor building.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

 CSI EAP Offers Legal, Financial, and ID Recovery

Business Psychology Associates, one of CSI’s two Employee Assistance Programs, offers legal, financial and ID recovery services not normally found with an EAP program.  Notice how these services work and the contact information below:

LEGAL ASSIST:
Provides a free half-hour consultation with an attorney on most legal issues. In most cases, discounted rates are available if further legal representation is required.

FINANCIAL ASSIST:
Provides a free telephonic consultation with a financial professional.

ID THEFT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY:
Provides a free telephonic consultation with an ID theft prevention and recovery professional. It also provides free registration to Control Your ID, an online ID monitoring program. If your identity is stolen while you are registered with Control Your ID, an ID theft professional will help you restore it.

When a legal issue, financial matter, or an instance of identity fraud disrupts your life, it can create substantial stress for you and your family. To help minimize the impact, your employee support program will assist you with managing the many complexities of these events. Through professional consultation, these programs can save you time, while providing valuable information and peace of mind.

Toll-free: 800-726-0003
Website: www.bpahealth.com
Username: College of Southern Idaho
Password: 800-726-0003

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

Discounts to CSI Employees for Sports, Theatre,  More....

The State of Idaho Employee Wellness Program lists all kinds of wonderful discounts for Idaho State employees online.  New offerings include BSU football tickets for group seating, Idaho Steelheads Hockey and the Idaho Stampede Basketball.  Ongoing activities include performances at the Morrison Center (Jersey Boys, Camelot, Momix, Alton Brown), Thunder Mountain Line, Wahooz Family Fun Zone, Monster Jam, lift tickets for skiing, Zip the Snake and more!

Always find a link to current activities in the left frame of the eNotes.  Just click Discounts Idaho State or bookmark the page for http://www.healthmatters.idaho.gov/Happenings.html.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing