eNotes@CSI - Employee Newsletter: Week of January 5, 2015

Week of January 5, 2015

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Table of Contents

News and Information
Volunteers are NEEDED!
Let Your Students Know...Evening Child Care is Available!
New Employee Pictures

First Federal Historic Calendars
Southern Idaho Magazines

Events and Action Items
Eric Church Concert Tickets
Astronomy Clinic

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
Humanities 102

Employee Wellness & Preparedness
Get Vision/Hearing Screening for National Glaucoma Month

New Look for January Vitality Magazine

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

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

We only have the "At a Glance" First Federal calendars left. Pick yours up this week in the Information Office. These calendars are approximately 11'x17".

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
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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

Astronomy Clinic

TWIN FALLS – Those who want to know how to make the best out of that telescope they got for Christmas or the one sitting up in the attic are invited to take them to the Rick Allen Room of  the Herrett Center at the College of Southern Idaho, Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. to attend a clinic on how to get started in astronomy.

The clinic, held by the Magic Valley Astronomical Society, will feature a general presentation on using telescopes and then a break-out session for those who wish to more help with their specific telescopes. It is expected to last around an hour.

For more details, feel free to contact Rob Mayer at 208-312-1203.

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

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

Get Vision/Hearing Screening for National Glaucoma Month

Your wife called and she wants your hearing checked….

The CSI Employee Wellbeing Committee will promote National Glaucoma Month with a vision and hearing screening by the Lion’s Club of Twin Falls.  Join us from 10 – noon on Tuesday, January 27 or 2:30 – 4:30 on Wednesday, January 29 in TAB/SUB 247. Both tests take only minutes, so feel free to just drop in.

For the vision screening a new, very progressive machine is used by attracting attention with a sound to capture both eyes with measurements performed automatically and displayed instantly.  Refraction, pupil sizes and corneal reflexes are measured and compared to age-based referral criteria.  If one or more readings is outside the standard limits the Lion’s staff member will refer you to your eye doctor.

Six specific measurements will be taken:

  1. Anisometropia – compares refraction of both eyes to measure that both eyes are working with equal strength with regard to near and farsightedness. This test will show a tendency for one eye to become dominant and the other to tend toward a lazy eye.
  2. Astigmatism – checks corneal irregularities that results in blurred vision at a distance and causes difficulties in seeing fine detail.
  3. Hyperopia – known as nearsightedness so it is difficult to focus on near objects but distant objects are usually seen clearly.
  4. Myopia – known as farsightedness where close objects are seen clearly and distant objects are blurred
  5. Corneal reflexes – measures that the eyelid closes automatically when the cornea is stimulated so the eyes are protected from foreign bodies and bright lights.
  6. Anisocoria – compares pupil sizes of both eyes that may indicate a medical problem.

For the hearing test the screening tests specific frequencies and levels.  This provides for a quick exam to endure the test subject can hear at the specified levels.

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

New Look for January Vitality Magazine

The January 2015 issue of the Wellbeing Program sponsored Vitality magazine has a new look.  It is not the same shiny and lengthy publication we are used to but something more condensed and concise.  In fact, it has more the look of other sample health publications we receive in the HR office but still at a more affordable cost.  Please pick one up in your work area and reply to jheatwole@csi.edu with your thoughts about the value of the news you receive from this magazine.  We will renew our subscription in the spring and would like to hear from you.

There is no table of contents for this and upcoming issues as in the past.  As always, Vitality is a good quick read about health and wellness issues that are currently in the news and ongoing in our lives.

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