eNotes@CSI - Employee Newsletter: Week of December 22, 2014

Week of December 22, 2014

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Table of Contents

News and Information
PACE Holiday Luncheon TOMORROW
Student Rec. Center Holiday Hours
New Employee Pictures
First Federal Historic Calendars
Southern Idaho Magazines

Events and Action Items
Christmas Sale at the Herrett Center Store
Telescope Tuesdays @ the Herrett Center

Let's Boost Enrollment!
Note: Three courses will be highlighted each week for two weeks total until 1/23/15.
New Digital Photography
Humanities 102

Employee Wellness & Preparedness
Healthy Goals for the Coming Year

Employee Wellbeing Books now in Library
December Vitality

PACE Holiday Luncheon TOMORROW

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 TODAY, 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 TODAY, 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 TODAY, 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.

Tamara Harmon
CSI Foundation Administrative Assistant
tharmon@csi.edu | 732-6249

Student Rec. Center Holiday Hours

Monday & Tuesdays 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon
Thursdays – Christmas 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., New Years 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Fridays 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

John Twiss
Student Rec. Center Director
jtwiss@csi.edu | 732-6470

New Employee Pictures

Any CSI employee who would like an updated photo for the campus directory or other CSI needs is welcome to drop by SUB 248 between 1:30 and 2:30 Friday, Jan. 16. Please note that because of the changes made to our inservice schedule, Doug Maughan will not be taking photos in the Fine Arts lobby prior to the State of the College address.

Doug Maughan
Public Information Officer
dmaughan@csi.edu | 732-6262

First Federal Historic Calendars

Pick up a free First Federal Historic Calendar in the Information Office this week Monday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm or Tuesday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm. There are regular bifold calendars with the picture on top and the calendar below or an 11x17 single sheet for the whole year.

Kim Lapray
Public Information Specialist
klapray@csi.edu | 208-732-6299.

Southern Idaho Magazines

Would you like a Southern Idaho magazine for your office? We have them in stock now. You can pick one up at the Information Office in the Taylor Building (Mail Room) today (Mon, Dec. 22) from 8 am-5 pm or tomorrow (Tues, Dec. 23) from 8 am-1 pm. Charmaine and Bev also said they would be willing to inner office them to you, for a price! Just kidding, they are awesome enough to send them for free!

Charmaine West
Information Office Specialist
cwest@csi.edu | 208-732-6261

Bev Harper
Information Office
Extension 0


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
cbrowning@csi.edu | 732-6656

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
Centennial Observatory Coordinator
canderson@csi.edu | 732-6663

Ski-Snowboard Class

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!

Shawn Willsey
Physical Science Professor, Geology
swillsey@csi.edu | 732-6421

New Digital Photography Class

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.

Ben Lustig
Assistant Professor, Photography
blustig@csi.edu | 732-6756

Humanities 102

Encourage your students to register for Intro to Humanities 102 taught by Kim Prestwich for 3 credits. Most students don't know you can take HUMA 102 before HUMA 101.

Spring 2015 Class Options:

HUMA 102 C01W-Internet
HUMA 102 C02W-Internet
HUMA 102 C03-TR 9:30-10:50 am; CSI Campus, Sheilds 117
HUMA 102 C04W-Internet *LATE START 2/16/15-5/14/15*

Kim Prestwich
Professor, English
kprestwich@csi.edu | 732-6293

Healthy Goals for the Coming Year

  1. Relax every day.  What are your favorite ways? Consider playing with your pet, read to yourself or a child, listen to music or a meditation on your computer, focus on deep breathing, etc.  Your blood pressure will thank you for it.
  2. Organize finances by increasing savings. Open a credit union account and participate in automatic deductions through the HR Payroll Office.
  3. Learn a new skill or hobby.  List all your ideas and set a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely (SMART).
  4. Get more sleep by establishing a new routine at bedtime.
  5. Plan a vacation.  Select dates and a location and mark them on the calendar.
  6. Break a bad habit or get help with a personal issue.  Call the CSI EAP at 1-866-750-1327.
  7. Connect with a friend or family member.  A simple message or call will brighten their day and yours.
  8. Count your blessings. Appreciate what you have. Simplify.
  9. Add movement to your day.  For every 60 minutes at your desk move for 3 minutes. Take the stairs. Go on a walk.    
  10. Schedule health screenings, medical and dental, and don’t forget your immunizations.

Judy Heatwole
Human Resource Specialist | Employee Wellness
jheatwole@csi.edu | 732-6269

Employee Wellbeing Books now in Library

The CSI Employee Wellbeing program ordered soft-covered books from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) this last summer on topics of interest to our employees that we’ve been releasing throughout this school year.  As fast as they hit the various workplaces it seems they are disappearing.  Presenters for our wellness classes that have seen them tell us they are excellent sources of current and reliable information, so we’re happy that they’re so popular.

In an effort to help everyone get their hands on these books we both ask that employees that have borrowed them from their workplaces return them very soon and have partnered with the Library to get 3 copies of each book in stock for your loan.  Having more than one copy in each workplace would add up quickly, so we really appreciate the Library for getting more books in.

These are the titles to look for:

  • Weigh Less for Life
  • Stop Stress this Minute
  • Eat Right for Life: On the Go
  • Eat Right for Life
  • Eat Right for Life Companion Cookbook

    Judy Heatwole
    Human Resource Specialist | Employee Wellness
    jheatwole@csi.edu | 732-6269

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
Human Resource Specialist | Employee Wellness
jheatwole@csi.edu | 732-6269