eNotes@CSI - Employee Newsletter: Week of February 17, 2015

Week of March 16, 2015

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Table of Contents

News and Information
A Little About Jesse Clark-CSI Self Defense Instructor
Spring Break Week Testing Center Schedules
HSHS Photo Submissions
CSI Robotics Team Gets Invite to World Championships
50 Years Ago Today
We Need Some Coupons!

Events and Action Items
CSI Weekly Events-Check Facebook
Will LoudCloud Replace Blackboard?
Starting TODAY, A New Course at CSI
Herrett Center Spring Break Planetarium Schedule
Spring 2015 Brown Bag Topics

Employee Wellness & Preparedness
CSI Health Initiative Moves from Participation to Performance
Get Your Life in Balance
March EAP Webinar: Practical Strategies to Stay Safe

A Little About Jesse Clark-CSI Self Defense Instructor














The number one thing in a fight is mentality. When you make the decision to physically
defend yourself, you need to be all in with zero hesitation and zero reservation. I
encourage everyone to take my Self Defense Class. It is a great way to learn how to avoid a dangerous situation. If you ever do find yourself in a bad situation you need to know how to get out of it and get to a safe place. Sometimes that might require physically fighting for your life. In my class you will learn what it takes to defend yourself completely mentally and physically.

Jesse's Recent Accomplishments:
1st, Black Belt Division Goodwill Cup in Canada 2015
Team USA member that fought in France in 2014
1st, Team Victory Nisei Week in California 2014
Best Competitor Nisei Week Tsutomu Ohshima 2014
3rd, Black Belt Division Goodwill Cup in Seattle 2014
1st, Team Victory Nisei Week in California 2013
1st Black Belt Division Goodwill Cup in Seattle 2012
Dojo Leader Twin's Shotokan Adult/Kid Class (SKA)
CSI Self Defense Instructor (Women & Men)
Lead Jiyu Kumite Instructor Idaho SKA

If you have any questions about the upcoming self defense courses at CSI, please feel free to contact Jess at jclark@csi.edu.


 

 



Spring Break Week Testing Center Schedules


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



HSHS Photo Submissions

Any photographers with high quality landscape, wildlife, or other nature photographs taken in south central Idaho are encouraged to submit one or two of their photos to the College of Southern Idaho by April 1, 2015. Selected photographs from around the area will be displayed in the CSI Health Science Human Services building on North College Road. 

“This spacious building has been accommodating to our students and the public in every way since we moved into it in 2010, but all our walls are pretty stark,” said CSI Dean of Health Sciences and Human Services Mark Sugden. “We have lots of places to display large, attractive images of southern Idaho.”

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit no more than two photos for consideration by April 1. The photo details and requirements can be found at http://ow.ly/JlUFG.

A committee will be convened to select the photos to be enlarged and displayed. Photos that are chosen will feature the photographer’s name and the photographers will be thanked at a recognition celebration that will be announced at a later time.

CSI Robotics Team Gets Invite to World Championships


Last week, the CSI robotics team participated in the Utah FIRST Robotics Competition in West Valley City. They finished 16th out of 53 teams. There were several judging elements involved in the competition beyond field performance. Adding all those factors in, the CSI robotics team was awarded one of six invitations to the World Championships from the Utah regional. The World Championships will be held the last week of April in St. Louis, Missouri. 




The CSI robotics team is the STEM 200 class that was created as part of the NASA Orbits Grant awarded to CSI.  STEM 200 consists of 15 students, with half of them students from four area high schools.  The CSI students serve as mentors to the high school students in designing, engineering and constructing a competitive robot.  Four majors are represented among the student mentors:  Engineering, Manufacturing Technology, Business and Communication.   A special thanks goes to the Business Department, under the direction of Robin Bagent, for designing our team marketing and presentation.  Also, Jim Kellis in Manufacturing Technology and John Hughes from the STEM Committee for their great support.

Jay Sneddon

50 Years Ago Today

Fun Fact: On March 22 1965, there were board decisions. Faculty members must have Master’s Degrees in their major teaching assignments. Teachers would not be hired as
full time instructors if they were contracted with Magic Valley school districts.

































We will be posting weekly updates in eNotes for the remaining fun facts, events, and
things going on for the rest of the year for our 50th Anniversary! If you have a fun fact
that you would like to include please send it to eNotes@csi.edu.

We Need Some Coupons!

Every year CSI puts an insert in the newspaper for our summer course offerings. We would like to include four coupons on the back of this insert. Do you have a coupon worth offering to the community for something in your department or area? Please send your coupon ideas to eNotes@csi.edu. Tereasa Nichols, our graphics designer is able to create the coupon if you can supply the information. Here is an example from two summers ago:






















CSI Weekly Events-Check Facebook

See all event details on the Events tab of our College of Southern Idaho Facebook page. Not sure how to get there? No problem...it's three easy steps:

1. Log into Facebook
2. Search "College of Southern Idaho"
3. Click on the "Events" tab right under our cover picture

March 17, Arts on Tour Brian Sanders-JUNK, Fine Arts, 7:30 pm

 

March 18, Multicultural Day,

 

March 18, The Sexy Lie, Fine Arts, 7:00 pm

 

March 18, SOFIA: The Hidden Universe, Herrett Center, 7:30 pm

 

March 19, Intro to GPS Satellite Navigation, Northside Center, 5:30 pm

 

March 19, Stage Door-Syrinx Effect, Fine Arts, 7:30 pm

 

March 20, Andean Ascent, Herrett Center, 7:00 pm




If you have any questions about any of these events, or would like to include your event in this listing please e-mail eNotes@csi.edu.

Will LoudCloud Replace Blackboard?

This Thursday LoudCloud will be presenting information about their LMS system. They
are a competitor of Blackboard and trying to win us over. Come learn and express your opinion about LoudCloud on Thursday, March 19. Their scheduled meeting times are listed below:

Thursday, March 19:
Visit with Students, Eagles Nest, 11 am-12:30 pm 
Formal Faculty Presentation, Taylor 276, 1-2 pm 
Formal Student Presentation, Taylor 276, 3-4 pm

Starting TODAY, A New Course at CSI

Have you always wanted to mountain bike, but haven't gotten to go? CSI is offering an Introduction Mountain Biking Class with equipment provided so all you have to do is
show up and ride. This course starts today and will run for the last 8 weeks of the spring semester ending on May 14.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herrett Center Spring Break Planetarium Schedule

























Spring 2015 Brown Bag Topics

Wed: Hepworth 176, "The Sexy Lie." (Tiffany Seeley-Case & Perry Gardner)
Thurs: Canyon Comp. Lab-Gamification & Buffet teaching (RD VanNoy & Robin Bagent)
Fri Morning: Teaching/Learning Center. Topic: "Lots of Wisdom" (Shane Brown)


































Evin Fox, Ph.D.
Professor, CSI
efox@csi.edu | 208-732-6872

CSI Health Initiative Moves from Participation to Performance

CSI Employees have now been invited and encouraged to participate in two fall Know Your Numbers (KYN) screenings and have been rewarded with a one-time bonus and ongoing health insurance premium reduction for that participation.  When the last round of screenings was announced we included information advising employees that the next and future events would be conducted in the spring and that health insurance premium reductions would be based on meeting targets as well as participation.  Additionally, we will include a Health Assessment (HA) tool that is a very good match to the nature of the Employee Wellbeing Program we offer here at CSI. 

By participating in the KYN screening, completing the HA and meeting the targets for tobacco use, blood pressure and blood sugar, employees have the potential of saving up to $300 annually on insurance premiums starting in July 2015.  We will also offer targeted results and measure height and weight for Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference, but these measurements will not be part of the incentive at this time. 

Selected targets are consistent with national guidelines established by the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and the National Quality Forum.

Health Measure

2015 Health Target

Per Month

Per Year

KYN & HRA

Complete both annual requirements to qualify for ANY premium reductions

$5

$60

Tobacco Use Status

No tobacco use
(self-reported)

$10

$120

Blood Pressure

PB less than 140 and 90 mmHg

$5

$60

Blood Sugar

Fasting blood glucose of less than 100 mg/dL. For those with diabetes HgA1c or < than 8.0

$5

$60

Total Incentive

 

$25

$300

For more FAQ about the upcoming KYN screenings in April, dates and details, please visit our Website at http://wellness.csi.edu/BiometricScreening.asp.  Your questions are always welcome.  Please just send us an email to jheatwole@csi.edu, call x6269 or come by for a visit.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Get Your Life in Balance

Mindtools.com
Confucius said, "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." You may disagree if you are juggling with demands such as your career, family, finances, or health!

Use our Wheel of Life® infographic to take an overview of the important areas in your life, and start thinking about how to bring them into balance.

A positive attitude can be a real stress-buster, and our article on Using Affirmations offers some great tips for banishing negative thoughts. Sometimes, you might just need a little reminder to enjoy what you already have, so let Ben-Shahar's Happiness Model show you how.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

March EAP Webinar: Practical Strategies to Stay Safe

The March topic for our free series of EAP Webinars sponsored by Business Psychology Associates offers Practical Strategies to Stay Safe.  Learn to keep yourself and your family safe in case of natural disasters, terrorist attacks or other emergencies.  This Webinar can be viewed live during the noon hour on March 17 in TAB 258 or I can send you information to log in from your desk. 

Please RSVP to jheatwole@csi.edu or by calling x6269 to say you’re interested.  This is an HR office and CSI Employee Wellbeing Program event.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator