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

Week of March 2, 2015

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Table of Contents

News and Information
Congratulations to Our Men and Women's Basketball Teams
50 Years Ago Today
Annual PEO Chapter D Hanging Baskets

Events and Action Items
CSI Weekly Events-Check Facebook
Explore Herrett: Science Camp In
Bingo Night
Spring 2015 Brown Bag Topics
CSI Employee Financial Planning Classes

Employee Wellness & Preparedness
Measles...They are a Big Deal
Spring Wellbeing Reboot!
March is Multiple Sclerosis Month
Coming to your Workplace: Dr. Ann’s Eat Right for Life Book
Who to call got Help?  Employee Assistance Program
5 Steps to Successful Meal Planning

Congratulations to Our Men and Women's Basketball Teams

Make sure to congratulate our basketball student athletes and their coaches!! They are
on their way to Nationals in Hutchinson, Kansas! GO EAGLES!!











50 Years Ago Today

We are preparing to celebrate 50 years of existance at the College of Southern Idaho. Have you missed our social media posts with fun facts about what has happened "on
this day" 50 years ago? Don't worry, you can catch up here:


September and October-
Committee of Twenty Five committee members distributed brochures and spoke throughout the county to service clubs, schools,  Granges, PTAs, and other agencies. 

October-Promotional messages appeared on KMVT, Channel 11

November 3-Twin Falls County voters indicated clearly-10,636 for to 4,976 against- that they wanted a junior college district. Fewer than ten of the fifty precincts opposed

November 20-The Committee of Twenty-Five recommended to the state board of education that Governor Smylie appoint the first five trustees from a list of about twenty names of individuals who would make good members of the board of trustees. 


January 2-
County Commissioner Maurice Klass administered the oath of office to the new trustees during their first meeting.

January 23-Meeting with Sam. R. Glenn, State Director of Vocational Education, the board asked that CSI become an Area Vocational School and the board hired attorneys Benoit and Benoit as council for the new junior college. 

February 1-The board had no funds listed in the treasurer’s report; that changed the next day when the board received $11,077.04 in liquor funds from the State Liquor Dispensary.

February 18-The board interviewed forty-year old Dr. Jim Taylor

February 24-The trustees offered him the presidency.

We will be posting weekly updates in eNotes for the remaining fun facts of the year! If you have a fun fact that you would like to include please send it to eNotes@csi.edu.

Annual PEO Chapter D Hanging Baskets

cid:image003.png@01CF474A.E4B76550It’s time for the annual PEO Hanging Flower Basket Sale. Kathy Stover, CSI retiree and formerly of the ADC and Math Dept., moved to Boise and passed her duties onto Alice Anderson, CSI retiree and PEO member.

P.E.O., a Philanthropic Educational Organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, support women’s higher education through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College, an independent, liberals arts and sciences college for women, helping women achieve their highest aspirations. 

Many of the members are educators, but women from nearly every profession and walk of life all over the world belong. There are at least five different PEO chapters in Twin Falls and several more around the Magic Valley. Twin Falls local Chapter D of P.E.O, sponsors this flower sale and donates all of the profits from our sales to the P.E.O. higher education projects. We appreciate your support in our annual fundraiser! Thank you!

Baskets are $24.00 each (22.64 + 1.36 tax). The baskets are huge and they last all summer long!

Basket varieties this year include: Ivy Geraniums in Red, Pink, Burgundy or Orange & Mixed Annuals in a wide variety of colors.
Ann Keane is helping PEO out with this project and has an order sheet up at the reception desk if you are interested. She must have the order sheet and payments turned into Alice on Mon., March 16th.

They make great Mother’s Day Gifts!

Baskets will be available for pickup Fri., May 8th between 4:00-6:00 pm at the TF Nazarene Church parking lot (1231 Washington St N – across from CSI).

Checks can be made payable to PEO Chapter D

Ann Keane
akeane@csi.edu | 208-732-6530

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

All event details can be found by clicking on the event you are interested in. What kind of information can be found there? Event descriptions, time, location, cost, and even printable registration forms when necessary.

March 04: Physics for Rock Starts in CSI Fine Arts Center, 7 pm


March 04: Tartuffe in the CSI Fine Arts Center, 7:30 pm


March 05: Yoga for Everyone at the Gooding Recreation District, 7 pm


March 06: 39th Annual CSI Intercollegiate Rodeo at the CSI Expo, 8 pm


March 07: 5K to Raise Funds for the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb at the Twin Falls Fire Department Station #2, 9 am.

March 07: Horse Care: Basics & Beyond in the Evergreen, 9:30 am

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.

Explore Herrett: Science Camp In

The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is hosting our annual:

Science Camp-in on March 13th & 14th, 2015 for grades 3rd–5th

We hope  to encourage children in science by having fun with it.  Campers will experience hands-on workshops taught by professionals and students in their respective fields of chemistry, archaeology, physics, health science, astronomy, and more. See attached registration form  and list of workshop descriptions.

  • Campers will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops for more hands-on fun!
  • Attend a planetarium show in our Digistar 5 full dome theater.
  • Tour the Centennial Observatory for night time sky viewing.
  • Participate in informal educational science activities – giving them opportunities for social connections and to gain team building skills.

Campers will experience their own  “Night in the Museum” at the Herrett Center, under constant adult supervision. It will be a memorable night and an unique experience by spending the entire night in the museum where imaginations come to life!
It is first come, first served…so sign up now to ensure your child’s place for the classes of their choice.

Registration: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm  Friday, March 13th

Parents will pick up their children 7:30 am - 8:00 am Saturday, March 14th

The registration fee is $40 per camper
and is limited to the first 75 campers who sign up. Participants are required to sign up before the registration deadline of Tuesday, March 10. Registration form is attached. No registrations can be taken at the door the night of the event. For more information or to sign up, contact Aaron Ursenbach at 732-6664 or at aursenbach@csi.edu.

Printable Registration Form: http://ow.ly/JQky2

Bingo Night

When: Thursday March 12th, at 6-8pm
Where: CSI’s Taylor Building, Rm. 276 and 277.

Come and join us for our annual Bingo Night at CSI.  There will be lots of prizes!  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 at CSI’s Preschool Lab (located at 246 Falls Ave).  Tickets purchased at the door will be $15.  One ticket will purchase one bingo card that can be reused all night.

Additional bingo cards can be purchased for $1 a game.  Snacks will be available to purchase, including the popular fruit kabobs and caramel corn.
This event is a fundraiser that will support Early Childhood Education student teachers at CSI.  Student teachers will use this money to further their education, attend conferences, and put on events in the community for young children.  Come and support our future teachers!

For questions, or to purchase tickets, contact Jamie Bridges (208) 732-6857 or jbridges@csi.edu.

Spring 2015 Brown Bag Topics

Brown Bag sessions. Please feel free to join us at any of the sessions.

Would you like to receive text message reminders of Brown Bag events? Click on this link and follow the directions: https://www.remind.com/join/8d63b7


Wednesday Group

Group **



Is passion the problem or the solution?

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe


How do you bring Joy to work?

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe


Using badges and gamifications

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176


Engaging students in education.

Open Forum in Desert Cafe

Desert Cafe


The activist learner.

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176


What is leadership?

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176


How to Help Students Know What They Know.

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176



Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176


Celebration—Resiliency and a Growth Mindset

Open Forum in Canyon 123

Hep 176

**Thursday group can be an extension of Wednesday’s group, or we can share new topics, and we will use the time in the computer lab to share technology ideas.

***Friday “Breakfast Club” will meet at 8 am in the TLC (Teaching Learning Center) upstairs in the Taylor building and will follow the Wednesday noon topics unless the group decides otherwise.

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

CSI Employee Financial Planning Classes

The Wellness Program and Community Education Department have partnered to provide CSI employees with a number of low-cost financial planning and fiscal health education opportunities:

Mastering Money: Managing and Investing for Gen X and Millennials

Course Code - XCSI 001 C04
Tuesdays - March 3rd & 10th
7 to 8:30pm
Discounted Price for CSI Employees - $10

Women Investors: A Woman's Retirement Outlook
Course Code - XCSI 001 C05
Wednesday - March 18th
7 to 8:30pm
Discounted Price for CSI Employees - $7.50 (includes workbook)

Social Security: Your Questions Answered
Course Code - XCSI 001 C06
Wednesday - April 8th
7 to 8:30pm
Discounted Price for CSI Employees - $12.50 (includes workbook)

Course descriptions can be found at http://communityed.csi.edu or by requesting a copy of the 2015 Spring Community education catalog.

For more information about these classes or assistance registering, please contact Diane at (208)732-6442 or dgause@csi.edu.  Space is limited - register now!

Ashley Schultz
Course Developer
College of Southern Idaho

Measles...They are a Big Deal


















In conjunction with this article (above) employees wanting to vaccinate against measles or any contagious virus need to be checking to make sure they are staying in-network for services. Find in-network providers and facilities at the links below:



Spring Wellbeing Reboot!

From the State of Idaho Wellness site Health Matters:

  • Start playing, stop watching
  • Start relaxing, stop stressing
  • Start making commitments, stop making excuses
  • Start walking, stop smoking
  • Start tuning in, stop mindless eating
  • Start repurposing, stop throwing
  • Make a SMART Goal!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

March is Multiple Sclerosis Month

Multiple sclerosis affects 350,000 people in the U.S. Though the condition can appear at any age, it is most often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20-50 years. MS appears twice as often in Caucasians, and females are affected earlier in life twice as frequently as males. Read more in our patient education guide. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease whereby the central nervous system components break down and degenerate. Scar tissue can form with resulting plaque in the spinal cord and brain. Myelin, a substance that covers the nerves and supports nerve health, is responsible for impulse conduction. In MS patients, myelin disintegrates through inflammation causing electrical impulses to slow down. As the condition progresses with nerve damage, various normal functions can be compromised. These include:

  • Vision disturbance - involves blurred or patchy vision or color changes due to optic neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
  • Speech difficulties
  • Problems walking
  • Impaired memory
  • Difficulty writing
  • Coordination and balance due to limb weakness
  • Muscle spasm, tiredness, numbness

Half of patients with MS experience:

  • Uncontrollable mood swings (laughing and crying)
  • Depression
  • Difficulty focusing and concentrating
  • Attention deficit
  • Paranoia
  • Memory loss

Though the cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown, it is highly suspected that a viral infection changes cells of the immune system so that the body, thinking that myelin is an invader, attacks and destroys it. This attack is known as autoimmunity. 


Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Coming to your Workplace: Dr. Ann’s Eat Right for Life Book

Your common sense guide to eating right and living well

From the foreword written by Dr. David Hunnicutt, President of the Wellness Council of America: “Without expert help and guidance, it’s a forgone conclusion that the vast majority of people have virtually no hope of making the right decisions concerning food and nutrition.  As a matter of fact, if you consume as few as 100 excess calories per day – the equivalent of one sliced of cheese – you will gain 10 pounds per year.  That’s right – make one wrong decision… and you could find yourself, over time, in a world of hurt.  And make no mistake about it, the national statistics bear me out as more than two-thirds of Americans are currently overweight or obese.”

This book is divided into five major sections and each contains tips and strategies to help you eat healthy foods.  Section one offers advice about the right fats, two is about carbs, three zeroes in on fruits and vegetables, four is directed at the best sources of protein and five tackles the topic of choosing the right beverages. 

This is a fabulous, attractive, and easy-to-read manual with advice you can trust about our March focus on nutrition.  Find a copy coming to your workplace soon or check one out of the CSI Library.  Our last book in this series is yet to come and is a cookbook companion to the Eat Right for Life book. 

Your CSI Employee Wellbeing Committee welcomes your feedback on this book series and comments for other resources and products to help you with your health goals at home and at work.  Find the members of our team and their contact information online. 

Stay well!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Who to call got 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-approved with 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. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

5 Steps to Successful Meal Planning

And, apps for your shopping trip

According to the Vitality March issue, filling seven days with healthy home-cooked meals can feel intimidating.  But a little advance planning goes a long way in helping you pull off a weekly family meal plan.  Here’s how to make it happen for your household.

  1.  Shop your stock
  2. Decide on your dishes
  3. Work out your week
  4. Line up your list
  5. Plan your prep work

Also, this issue has a list of eight FREE shopping apps to make life a little easier.  You’ll also find a link to a site called “eat right” from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that will help you eat right, affordably

So many good things in one place!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resource Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator