eNotes@CSI - Employee Newsletter: Week of January 12, 2015

Week of January 12, 2015

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Table of Contents

News and Information
2015 Spring Inservice Schedule
Congratulations to our Mini Grant Recipients!
Volunteers are NEEDED!
Let Your Students Know...Evening Child Care is Available!
Employee Pictures
Perks Books Still Available

Events and Action Items
Open House Activities This Week
Jerome Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
Eric Church Concert Tickets
Of Mice and Men

Let's Boost Enrollment!
Note: Three courses will be highlighted each week for two weeks total until 1/23/15.
Outdoor Recreation Classes
English 293 Creative Writing Nonfiction
BIOL/ENGL 210 Science, Literature, and the Environment

Employee Wellness & Preparedness
Healthy Goals for the Coming Year

Who to Call for Help? Employee Assistance Program
Protect Yourself from the Flu

2015 Spring In-service Schedule

Welcome back everyone! I hope you are looking forward to a great new semester! Please click below to view the 2015 Spring In-service Schedule:

In-Service Schedule: http://www.csi.edu/events/spring2015InserviceAgenda.pdf

Training Schedule: http://www.csi.edu/events/spring2015ITTrainingsforInserviceWeek.pdf

Shonna Parsons
Administrative Assistant
sparsons@csi.edu | 732-6281

Congratulations to our Mini Grant Recipients!

The CSI Foundation is pleased to announce that over $18,000 in Mini Grant funds have been awarded to applicants for the following projects:

  • Video training - IT Education – Brian Gergens
  • Water activity meter – Food Processing Technology - Janna Hamlett
  • Equipment for column chromatography – Chemistry Labs – Megan Jacobson
  • GO Pro cameras – Manufacturing Technology - Jim Kellis
  • Mountain bikes and safety gear – Outdoor Recreation Program – Jonathan Lord
  • Supplies to promote increased student success and retention – MC Center – Sara Tate
  • Digital whiteboard - Instructional Technology – RD Van Noy
  • GigaPan camera and accessories – Physical Science - Shawn Willsey

    Donanna McKinstry
    Administrative Assistant, CSI Foundation
    dmckinstry@csi.edu | 732-6244

Volunteers are NEEDED!

Volunteers are needed for the Southern Idaho FIRST Lego League Championship held at the CSI Gym on Saturday January 17th, 2015.  We need all the help we can get.  Judges are especially needed.  44 teams from Boise to Driggs will be attending, and it is guaranteed to be a festive, fun experience.

To volunteer, please register at https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_login.aspx  Look for a link for VIMS (which is the volunteer portal).  Select FLL for the program. 

Jay Sneddon
Data Center Director
jsneddon@csi.edu | 732-6247

Let Your Students Know...Evening Child Care is Available!

http://9pixs.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/kids-clip-art_1404136784.jpgDays of Operation: Monday-Thursday
Hours of Operation: 5:30-10:00 pm
Serving Children: 2.5-5 yrs of age
Cost: Max of $80/month
(with scholarship award)
Semester Begins: January 20th, 2015
Semester Ends: May 14th, 2015

The Center follows the calendar of the College of Southern Idaho. When CSI classes are not in session, the center will be closed.

The Child Care Center, evening hours care program, is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children 2 ½ through five years of age. The center provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development.  Within the program’s schedule, each child has opportunities to create, explore the environment, learn problem-solving techniques, develop personal interaction skills, and learn concepts through firsthand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-and teacher-directed activities. 

Please contact Jennifer Patterson for a scholarship application.

Jennifer Patterson
ECE Child Care Labs Coordinator
jpatterson@csi.edu | 732-6645

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

Perks Books are Still Available

If you missed the CSI PACE Holiday Luncheon before break you can still pick up your perks book. Please contact or visit Tina Standlee in the Taylor Building Business Office to get yours.

Tina Standlee
tstandlee@csi.edu | 732-6205

Open House Activites This Week

Drop by for tea and biscuits or enjoy a relaxing activity!

This week the CSI Employee Wellbeing Program invites you to drop by for hot tea or chocolate and a lovely biscuit or biscotti for one of three scheduled activities to introduce you to the newly expanded Chapel and Relaxation Center in TAB 245.  It is the intention of the Wellbeing Program and Student Activities office to broaden the scope of this beautiful space to include a range of activities that contribute to your spiritual and emotional wellbeing.  We want to see this room used – often and well!  Come take a breather on us or participate in one of these events:

  1. Tues, 3:30-4 pm, Kat Powell will teach stretching/toning exercises for at your desk
  2. Wed, 10:30–11 am, Joyce Ballard will teach chair Yoga
  3. Thurs, 3:30–4 pm, Jamie Kinyon-Kelley will offer a lead meditation

Your questions and ideas for wellness are always welcome.  Please reply to jheatwole@csi.edu.


St. Luke’s Coaches are on Campus, Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Come meet our coaches, ask your questions and get an updated blood pressure or glucose reading in TAB 211.  Our coaches are licensed and degreed nurses and dietitians provided by St. Luke’s FREE of charge to you.  All questions and information is for your wellness benefit and is completely 100% confidential.

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

Jerome Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

The January Jerome Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will be held at the Jerome County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, January 14th at 12:00 PM. 

Our speaker at this month's luncheon will be Ashley Schultz with the College of Southern Idaho. She will be speaking on the upcoming Community Education Classes at the Jerome Center as well as the CED classes in the surrounding communities, Arts on Tours, Background Stage Performances and upcoming Summer Camps.

To RSVP please call the Jerome Chamber of Commerce at 208-324-2711 or email us at Director@VisitJeromeIdaho.com. The cost of the lunch is $10.00.

Please RSVP by 12:00 PM on Tuesday.

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

Eric Church Concert Tickets

As a CSI Employee we have access to many awesome benefits. Did you know we can get discounted concert tickets? Don't miss out on Eric Church at the Taco Bell Arena January 30. Tickets start at just $24.

Purchase Now:

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

Of Mice and Men

The Random Acts of Theatre Players present Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck January 15, 16 and 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm in the CSI Fine Arts Theatre. The show features a few familiar faces from campus including Jud Harmon and Tony Mannen and it is directed by Shane Brown. Tickets will be $10 each and can be purchased at the CSI Fine Arts Box Office.

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

Outdoor Recreation Classes

*Text: PHYA 241 trains you for a 72-hr winter survival situation with shelter building, recognizing and treating frostbite, signaling, fire building, survival psychology, nutrition needs, clothing and equipment.



English 293 Creative Writing Nonfiction

Do you have a great story you’ve been thinking about writing? Do you want to write a memoir but don’t know how to get started? Do you think you might be the next Dave Barry or Annie Dillard? Anyone interested in writing nonfiction, including memoirs, personal essays, and humor, are invited to enroll in English 293 Creative Writing Nonfiction. Besides studying and practicing nonfiction writing, students will be introduced to the basics of submitting their writing for publication. The class will meet from 10-10:50 a.m. MWF Jan. 20 through May 8, 2013, at College of Southern Idaho.  Professor Judy Grigg Hansen, former features writer for the Idaho Statesman and Idaho correspondent for Time Magazine, will teach the class.

For details about tuition and registration, call CSI Admissions, 208-732-6272.

Judy Grigg Hansen
Professor, Developmental Language Arts/English
jhansen@csi.edu | 732-6581

BIOL/ENGL 210 Science, Literature, and the Environment

This coming spring is the perfect time to take English/Biology 210 Science, Literature, and the Environment. This unique class gives you the option to take it for Biology or English credits. 

During the semester you will get to read, write, conduct experiments, and take field trips! The field trips consist of traveling to the Bear River Bird Refuge down in Salt Lake and a weekend trip to Yellowstone. 

If you're interested the class meets Mondays from 6-8:50 pm. Please contact Jan or Shelley for more information about this class.

Jan Simpkin
Professor, Biology
jsimpkin@csi.edu | 732-6840  

Shelley McEuen
Professor, English
smceuen@csi.edu | 732-6541

Healthy Goals for the Coming Year

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

Who to Call for Help? Employee Assistance Program

Our EAP offers services to help employees and your family members privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family and life; up to 4 visits per issue with each company, of which there are two to choose from.  These services must be pre-approvedwith each provider used by calling the toll-free numbers below.

RBH 24-hour Crisis hotline (866) 750-1327
Legal, Financial, Parenting, Adult & Elder-Care Services available.
MyRBH Website use LifeMap for the Access Code

BPA 24-hour Crisis hotline
 (800) 726-0003
With special resources for smoking cessation, weight management, alcohol & drug abuse, legal & financial services. Use the BPA Website to Log in use College of Southern Idaho for your Organization's Name and 800-726-0003 for the Plan's Toll-free Number. https://www.bpahealth.com/members/private/user-login 

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

Protect Yourself from the Flu

According to KTVB.com:

Doctors in the Treasure Valley are saying this year's flu season is a bad one, and the number of people contracting the virus is on the rise.

Saint Alphonsus Region Medical Center saw its first flu case of the season back in November and it has only gotten worse through the holidays.

"The real reason for difficulty this year is due to the fact that one of the strains chosen in the vaccine is not fully protected by the vaccine itself," Saint Alphonsus Chief Clinical Officer Dr. James Lederer said.

Every year the World Health Organization determines what the predominant flu strains are for that year. They then have manufacturers develop vaccines for those viruses for the following flu season. The problem this year is that one of those viruses mutated, Lederer said.

What can or should you do to protect yourself and our students this semester?

  • Practice good hand hygiene. They should wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Practice respiratory etiquette. The main way flu spreads is from person to person in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it’s important that people cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze. If they don’t have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow or shoulder, not their hands.
  • Stay home if they are sick. Stay home or in their place of residence for at least 24 hours after they no long have a fever.
  • Talk to their health care providers about whether they should be vaccinated.
  • Students, employees, and visitors who want protection from the flu can be encouraged to get vaccinated for seasonal flu. Also, individuals who are at higher risk for flu complications should consider getting the vaccine when it becomes available.

We have a policy about preparing for influenza at CSI. For further information about classroom management, college policy and protecting yourself from the flu this semester please refer to our policy on Preparing for Influenza at CSI established 9/2009.

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