eNotes@CSI - Employee Newsletter: Week of December 15, 2014

Week of December 15, 2014

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Table of Contents

News and Information
PACE Holiday Luncheon Information
First Federal Historic Calendars
CSI Club of the Year Award

Events and Action Items
Christmas Sale at the Herrett Center Store
Telescope Tuesdays @ the Herrett Center
Ski/Snowboard Class-Employees Welcome
New Digital Photography Class-Employees Welcome

Employee Wellness & Preparedness
EAP Webinar Self-Care: Remaining Resilient
December Vitality
15 Tips for Being Happy at Work

PACE Holiday Luncheon Information

Tuesday, December 23, at 1:00 pm in the CSI Cafeteria Area

1. Food Drive

Please bring a canned food item for the food drive to recieve an extra raffle ticket for the basket drawing. The canned food will go to East End Providers.

2. Contests

Christmas Around the World Door- pick a foreign country, decorate your door, take a picture of your door and send it to Tamara at tharmon@csi.edu by December 22. Vote for your favorite door at the luncheon. The winners will recieve a Chocolate bar prize package.

International Sweets Contest- prepare a Christmas sweet or treat that has origins from another country. Send a brief description of what you are bringing to Tamara at tharmon@csi.edu by December 22. Bring the treat to the luncheon (the portion is up to you). Your desert will be judged. The treat that gets the most votes wins a $10 gift card to Rudy’s A Cooking Paradise.

International Postcard Contest- Insert your department members pictures into a postcard created by you or found online. E-mail your card to Tamara at tharmon@csi.edu by December 22. Your card will be displayed at the luncheon and voted on. The winning postcard will recieve a planetarium show ticket for each member in the winning department.


IF YOU HAVEN'T RSVP'd, please do so now: http://goo.gl/forms/2MK0Gr4xRF.

First Federal Historic Calendars

Pick up a free First Federal Historic Calendar in the Information Office this week Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. There are regular bifold calendars with the picture on top and the calendar below or an 11x17 single sheet for the whole year. For more informaiton about these calendars please contact Kim Lapray at klapray@csi.edu or 208-732-6299.

CSI Club of the Year Award

We would like to congratulate the CSI Practical Nursing Club for winning the CSI Club of the Year Award! Every year CSI clubs are given the opportunity to submit an application for this award by documenting a club summary of what they do, listing their organizational bylaws, the events for the school year,  what interclub involvement they participate in, what community involvement they have, and a narrative of how the organization supports CSI’s initiatives.

This award is given by the College of Southern Idaho Interclub to clubs who show exceptional effort in the areas listed above. This group has a lot to be proud of as they showcase some of the things they participated in this year which include:

·       Halloween Carnival
·       Easter Celebration
·       Highland Games
·       Wellness Tree Clinic service hours 50+
·       Wellness Tree Free Flu Shot clinic-students and community members
·       Idaho Heart Disease and Stroke Program
·       Color Run
·       Twin Falls County Flu Shot Clinic
·       Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk
·       March of Dimes March for Babies
·       Buhl Elementary Health Fair
·       Wendell High School Health Fair
·       Filer Health Fair
·       Christmas Family
·       Thanksgiving Meals
·       February Heart Health Awareness month
·       Support for various club fundraisers
·       Basket for Refugee Center
·       Pumpkin Race
·       Blood Drives


NOW thru December 24th
20% off most items over $5.00
50% off selected items

Everything you need for Christmas can be found at the Herrett Center store, located right here on campus!  We have lots of affordable stocking stuffers and unique gift items for adults & children alike.  New shipments of jewelry, toys and books have arrived!  We carry beautiful handcrafted soapstone nativities from Kenya, Bill & Sheryl West pottery, Folkmanis puppets, plush toys, beautiful hand-turned wood items by Nick Peterson.  We also have Christmas themed jewelry, books and toys.  Come in and see us!  NEW ARRIVALS DAILY!

Our hours are Tues. and Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wed. and Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sat. 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  We are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Carolyn Browning
Herrett Center Coordinator

Telescope Tuesdays @ the Herrett Center

M42The longest nights and earliest sunsets of the year offer great opportunities to see the wonders of the night sky.  That’s why the Centennial Observatory opens on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month through February.

This Month’s “Telescope Tuesdays”:

Date: December 23rd
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Admission: $1.50 or free with admission to a planetarium show. (Free for 6 & under)
Planetarium shows:
1:30 – “The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale” (w/live sky tour)
2:30 – “The Star of Bethlehem” (w/live sky tour)
3:30 – “Let It Snow”
7:00 – “The Star of Bethlehem” (w/live sky tour)
8:00 – “Let It Snow”

Primary targets for December’s Telescope Tuesdays will include Mars (sets early) and deep-sky targets (including the Great Orion Nebula (pictured above), the Andromeda Galaxy, open star clusters, and much more.

To prevent heat waves from distorting the telescope’s views the observatory is not heated so, please, dress warmly!  And, as powerful as the telescope is, it cannot see through clouds—if the clouds roll in, the dome rolls shut! Hope to see you in the dark!

Chris Anderson, Coordinator
Centennial Observatory

Ski-Snowboard Class-Employees Welcome

Hit the Slopes with a CSI Ski or Snowboard Class!

PHYA 140 – Beginning Skiing
PHYA 141 – Int and Adv Skiing
PHYA 142 – Beginning Snowboarding
PHYA 143 – Int and Adv Snowboarding

This class meets every Thursday (10 am-6 pm) Jan 22-Mar 19. The $250 cost (tuition and course fee) includes the following for each trip: six trips to Pomerelle, two trips to Sun Valley, a ½ day lift ticket, 1-hr of instruction, and transportation. All ability levels are welcome!

Questions?  Contact Shawn Willsey at 732-6421 or swillsey@csi.edu

New Digital Photography Class-Employees Welcome

Are you interested in photography? Ben Lustig will be teaching a new 199B CO2 Beginning Digital Photography this spring semester. For additional information please follow this link: http://www.csi.edu/events/PhotographySpring2015.pdf.

EAP Webinar Self-Care: Remaining Resilient

Tuesday, December 16 at noon in TAB 258

We’ve all heard the basics on how to deal with stress but have we fully committed to implementing these in our lives? Learn the benefits of self-care to become resilient to stress.

Please let me know you will come so I can have the room and program ready to go for you. Reply to jheatwole@csi.edu or call x6269.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
Human Resource Specialist
CSI Employee Wellness

December Vitality

Table of Contents

  • Shoppercise! Make shopping into a workout
  • Give your pet the gift of safety this holiday
  • Superfoods – or supergimmicks?  How to tell the difference
  • Having surgery? How to choose the best hospital
  • 5 ways to better your body language
  • And much more!

From the digest: You’ll be more motivated at work if you focus on best you can on always being an optimist, advises Brian Tracy in Eat that Frog! Two important traits shared by optimists: They believe there’s a lesson to learn in every setback or obstacle and they always look for it.  And instead of complaining or playing the blame game when something goes wrong, they shift their attention to how best to solve the problem and what steps to take next.

Find the current issue of the wellness publication in your workplace or by asking your front office staff for assistance in finding it.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
Human Resource Specialist
CSI Employee Wellbeing

15 Tips for Being Happy at Work

John Rampton / Inc. December 5, 2014

In 2013, unhappy employees outnumbered happy ones by two to one worldwide, according to Gallup. Based on studies that took place in 142 countries and contained approximately 180 million employees only, “13 percent of employees worldwide are happily engaged at work.” Of course, you probably didn’t need statistics to know that. Being miserable at work has just become a way of life. Or, has it? I’ve been trying to be happier each and every day. With 2014 coming to an end, it’s time to turn over that new leaf and start actually being happy at work. But how can you accomplish such a seemingly hopeless task? Try these 15 proven tactics that will make you happy at workplace.

1. Have a Sense of Meaning

In 1983 Steve Jobs convinced future Apple CEO John Sculley to leave his job at PepsiCo by asking him one question: “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?”
Why was this so effective? Besides sparking his curiosity and imagination, it gave Scully the chance to do meaningful work. This has been backed by research from Wharton management professor Adam Grant, who has found that “employees who know how their work has a meaningful, positive impact on others are not just happier than those who don’t; they are vastly more productive, too.” Additional research from Harvard professor Teresa Amabile has discovered that no matter the size of a goal–whether curing cancer or helping a colleague–having a sense of meaning can contribute to happiness in the workplace.

2. Create an ‘Office Nest’

Jennifer Star, a founding partner of the Balance Team, notes on Monster that since you spend so much time at work, if you want to improve your happiness there you should “make your space your own, decorate your area as much as your company policy permits, and make yourself as comfortable and relaxed as you can be in your office.”

3. Find a Work Best Friend

Research from my free hosting startup Hostt has found “that having a best friend at work can turn a moderately engaged worker into a highly engaged worker.” When I hire people, I try and really pay attention to referrals of workers. When workers are engaged in friendships they contribute more to the bottom line.
Christine Riordan states in the Harvard Business Review that employees who “have friends at work perceive their job as more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying.” Furthermore, having friends at work can create a support system, comradery and a sense of loyalty.

4. Smile

Continue these 15 tips, including eating healthy and staying hydrated, online>>

Judy Heatwole, HR Specialist
CSI Employee Wellbeing Coordinator