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DidYouKnowDid You Know...

Did you know that the CSI Foundation awarded $2,370,156 to 1,651 students in the 18-19 Academic year? This brings the Foundation's scholarship award total to $26,076,099 since 1984.  

(Source: CSI Foundation)

Chris Bragg
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness | 208.732.6775

AAWCCThankYouThank You for Helping Children in our Community Be Comfortable and Warm this Winter

CSI's AAWCC Chapter would like to thank each and every person on campus who donated to the Pajama Drive! All of these items will be taken to the At-Risk Services Coordinator for the Twin Falls School District, so they can be given to children in need. Thank you for your overwhelming support in helping us keep the children in our community warm and comfortable this winter. We have an amazing campus community and that is proven time and time again.

American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)

TeacherCertificationNon-Traditional Teaching Program Focuses on Rigor, Flexibility to Fill Labor Shortage
Published: December 8, 2019

TWIN FALLS - Kayla Gardner is in her second year as a special education teacher at Kimberly Elementary. While she has a degree in childhood development and worked for 10 years as a child life specialist, the transition to a career in teaching can be overwhelming at times.

Gardner said that's why she enrolled in the non-traditional teaching program at the College of Southern Idaho, which provides an accelerated pathway to teacher certification in an attempt to fill labor shortages in underserved areas.

"I didn't want to just become certified and figure my way," Gardner said. "I wanted some direction and I wanted to be a good teacher."

The Non-Traditional Educator Preparation Program at CSI is targeted to those who already work at an Idaho public school and want to become a certified teacher. Course materials are available online and accessible at any time to allow for scheduling flexibility. Classes are delivered once a month, with opportunities for online and face-to-face instruction. Candidates can expect to complete the program in about two years.

ELCDonationsThe CSI Early Learning Center is in Need of Winter Clothing

The CSI Early Learning Center is accepting new and used donations for children ages 12 months to 5 years old. Items such as snow boots, hats, gloves, snow pants, and coats are needed to help keep the children warm and dry while they play outside. Donations can be given to Tracey Meyhoeffer (Hepworth building) or they can be dropped off with Patty McFarling at the Early Learning Center (on Frontier Road) throughout winter. Thank you for considering this group as you come upon items that could be donated this holiday season.

Patty McFarling
Early Learning Center Coordinator | 208.732.6645
CSICalendarsIt's Time to Order Your 2020 CSI Calendars

Erin Giesler
Graphic Design Specialist | 208.732.6320

MailRoomMake Shipping Easy with the CSI Mail Room

Shanay Ledbetter
Mail and Copy Specialist | 208.732.6553

LibraryHoursCSI Library Hours for Finals Week
Ansina Durham
Public Services Manager, Library  | 208.732.6502

WellbeingEventsDecember Wellbeing Events 
12/11 at 10 a.m. - Ergonomic Training

Wednesday, December 11
10 - 11 a.m. 
TAB 277

Join Julie Ellis PT, SCS, CSCS from the Center for Physical Rehab for an informal and informative session on all things ergonomic and the workplace. This is especially intended for front line staff and those that spend much of their day in fixed positions, such as driving, sitting or standing.
Newer employees are especially invited for this preventive maintenance update! We will end with an invigorating stretching session that will send you back to the workplace feeling fine. No registration is required. Find a preview of stretching exercises created JUST FOR CSI on the wellbeing program website.

12/13 at noon - The Art of Swedish Weaving Make-it-and-Take-it Craft
Friday, December 13
Noon - 1 p.m. or more
HR TAB Conf. Rm 210 or larger
 Registration is required.
CSI employee and artist extraordinaire Diane Gause will lead us in the art of Swedish weaving, also known as huck weaving huckaback darning and huck embroidery - a craft dating back centuries.  This craft is a very relaxing and fun activity. We will start with the basics so you can go on to create more projects into the future.
All materials will be supplied.  Come and enjoy a restful social event with your CSI friends.
Coming: More Caregiving, Minimizing, Adding Fiber to Your Diet, more...
  1. Back by popular demand, we will offer more Coping with Caregiving sessions with Shawna Wasko from the OOA starting in February.  Participants are saying this information/support group has changed their lives for the better. Join us on Tuesdays at noon on 2/11, 3/10 and 4/13 in HR Conference Rm 210. More details about session topics and registration to come.
  2. Our Wellbeing Program will take a more serious look at simplifying and minimizing our lives during Spring Semester. We're calling it a Carbon Weight Loss Program because everyone wants to get in shape after winter, right? Starting in February and ending with Earth Day in April, we will challenge you to find  101 Things to Reduce in Your Home. Trust me, you will really only touch the surface during that time, but the results will be mind-blowing and it will start you on a course for the better in the future.  Participants will earn recyclable/washable grocery and produce shopping bags in fun colors and shapes! Never use plastic bags again! Join the challenge to lose the weight!
  3. Speaking of weight, our March focus for National Nutrition Month will beg the question "Are you eating enough to lose weight?" Our course is inspired by Full Plate Living in partnership with WELCOA. This four-week program with CSI dietitian/allied health instructor Sarah Renaldi will focus on FIBER as a key to weight loss and sustained health. Most Americans eat fewer than 5 fiber foods each day when we should be eating 11-15! Come learn how!  Days/times, location and registration to be announced.  Participants will be provided with all materials, including a Full Plate Living cookbook! For a sneak peek at our program, see  The Beginner's Guide for Health Weight Loss.
Also expect: heart healthy blood pressure checks, more massages with Williams Chiro, Active Transportation Week, spring cleaning, Taking Charge of Your Life Purpose and more!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

ChristmasExerciseChristmas Break Exercise Classes

Shelly Wright
General Education Wellness Professor
Over 60 & Getting Fit & Active Aging Director | 208.732.6269

PACEPACE Holiday Activities and Deadlines
If you have been watching eNotes and your email you know that P.A.C.E has been busy this holiday season offering fun classes, completing calls for the holiday card competition, and collecting holiday basket donations for the annual PACE Employee Luncheon. Well, the luncheon is right around the corner. Please keep Gilbert's Pantry in mind as you prepare to attend the luncheon. The pantry is in need of cereal, oatmeal, granola bars, juice, tooth paste, rice, jam, jelly, dry beans, and boxed pasta meals. Monetary donations are also welcome to help fill the pantry when physical item donations are low. If you donate to the pantry before having lunch you will earn an extra chance to win a prize during the luncheon. 

Upcoming Deadlines
  • Holiday Card Competition Deadline: December 12, 2019
  • PACE Holiday Basket Donation Deadline: December 19, 2019
  • Donation to Gilbert's Pantry: Open all year long
  • PACE Employee Luncheon: 12 p.m., December 20, 2019, Taylor Cafeteria

Shantel Dolecheck
Administrative Assistant, Campus Safety | 208.732.6605

HolidayRecHoursHoliday Hours at the Student Recreation Center

Christa Gessaman
Interim Student Recreation Center Director | 208.732.6697

PeerEducatorsStudent Peer Educator Positions Are Now Open in the CSI Counseling Services Department

The CSI Counseling Services Department is looking for Certified Peer Educators!  Certified Peer Educators are expected to work an average of 4.5 hours every week for the entire semester.  Duties include mandatory weekly meetings with a counseling supervisor, weekly group meetings, individual and group work with peers, participation in CSI Happiness Week and SOAR, and other social activities as needed. Half of a $1,500 s cholarship will be disbursed mid-semester and the other half will be disbursed at end of the semester for candidates who are selected to become Certified Peer Educators.

For more information about these positions and to download an application, click here

Applications are due Friday, January 3, 2020, by 5 p.m. to the CSI Counseling Department (located in the Taylor building on the 2nd floor, next to the cafeteria).


Carol Vanhoozer
Counseling Services Coordinator | 208.732.6260

SOARNew S.O.A.R Dates Have Been Posted

S.O.A.R. is required for all students seeking a certificate or degree at the College of Southern Idaho. S.O.A.R. is designed to introduce students to the essential tools for success at the CSI. Each S.O.A.R. session begins at 8 a.m. and runs until approximately 3:30 p.m. Please let students know that a future S.O.A.R. date has been scheduled for January 4, and January 10. They need to choose to attend on a date that allows them to attend the entire day. If students need to attend on a different day than they signed up for, please have them drop the session at least 24 hours prior to S.O.A.R. If they do not drop the course 24 hours before they will be charged for that day. If they have any dietary or accessibility needs have them contact the Office of Admissions to set up accommodations.

Students can register for S.O.A.R at

CSI Admissions

InserviceBreakWarm Up With a Hot Drink in the Fireside Lounge

Shelly Wright
Faculty Staff Connections Committee Member

WeekendCollegePlusWeekend College Plus to Host an Open House Event
The College of Southern Idaho will be hosting an Open House t o help introduce interested students to Weekend College Plus. The Open House will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019, in the Learning and Tutoring Commons in the Meyerhoeffer building. Program representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions about the program.
CSI recognizes that balancing work, family, and other responsibilities can be a barrier for students who wish to continue their education. Weekend College Plus is designed to allow students to earn an associate degree or certificate while taking classes during the evenings, online, and on weekends. Flexible face-to-face, online, and hybrid classes are geared to support working adults and students who may also have family responsibilities.  Can we message Returning Adults here?
Degrees offered through the Weekend College Plus program include an Associate of Arts or Applied Science in Liberal Arts, General Business, Education, Accounting/Bookkeeping, and Welding. Students may be able to earn credit for prior learning that will go towards their degree with enough experience in the appropriate areas. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are also available for those who qualify.  
"This program offers an exciting opportunity for students of all backgrounds and skill levels to access a college education at a time that's convenient for them," said Kendal Nield, CSI Weekend College Plus Director. 
Classes for this program will begin Monday, January 13, 2020, and now is the time to start preparing. The Weekend College Plus team is excited to help individuals who may have started college and never finished, students who are looking to increase their skills and education, or those who just simply need a flexible schedule to work around other responsibilities.
Interested students should attend the Open House or visit for more information.
Kendal Nield
Weekend College Plus Director | 208.732.6876

HerrettThis Week at the Herrett Center for Arts and Science
Herrett Center for Arts and Science        
College of Southern Idaho
Museum, Planetarium, Observatory
Year round hours.
*Closed Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays.
9:30 am to 9:00 pm
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
9:30 am to 9:00 pm
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
*Live Sky Tour
**Weather Permitting

For "Now Showing" at the Faulkner Planetarium  click here
For special events at the Herrett Center  click here
For astronomy events in the Centennial Observatory  click here.

Rick Greenawald
Manager, Faulkner Planetarium | 208.732.6659
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AthleticsCSI Athletic Events This Week - GO EAGLES

CSI Team Date Time Opponent Location
Women's Basketball 12/12 5:00 p.m. Central Wyoming College
Riverton, WY
Men's Basketball 12/12 7:00 p.m. Central Wyoming College Riverton, WY
Women's Basketball 12/14 1:00 p.m. Tohono O'Odham Salt Lake City, UT

For more information about CSI Athletics visit

Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director | 208.732.6493

DinnerRaffle11th Annual "Dinner for Two" Raffle


11th Annual "Dinners for Two" Raffle

Purchase your non-refundable ticket(s) for just $2 each (or six for $10) from any Surgical Tech student or the advisor in HSHS 135. If your ticket is drawn you will win ALL of the following:

1. 9 Beans and a Burrito (Two free meals and drinks)
2. The Cove (Two free dinners)
3. La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant ($20 Gift Certificate)
4. Chick-fil-A (Two chicken sandwich meals)
5. Blaze Pizza (Two free pizzas)
6. McAlister's Deli (Two Entrees/Sides/Drinks and Desserts)
7. Garibaldis ($40 Gift Certificate)
8. Black Bear Restaurant ($25 Gift Certificate)
9. Olive Garden Italian Kitchen ($25 Gift Certificate)
10. Kneaders Bakery & Cafe ($20 Gift Certificate)

Proceeds from this raffle will go to the CSI Surgical Tech Club to help students travel to additional educational opportunities or to aid the students in service projects. 

The CSI Surgical Tech Club and Advisors reserve the right to add more dinners and/or coupons as the drawing progresses. The winner of this raffle will be notified by phone, and ONLY the winner will be notified on December 13.

Janet Milligan
Professor, Surgical | 208.732.6706

MVChoraleMagic Valley Chorale Presents "Handel's Messiah" 
7:30 p.m. 
December 14

4 p.m. 
December 15

The Magic Valley Chorale invites you to its performance of Part 1 of Handel's Messiah on Saturday under the direction of Carson Wong. The Chorale will be accompanied by the Magic Valley Chamber Orchestra. The program will also include familiar Christmas carols. 

The performance will be held in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium both days. Tickets are available at Kurt's Hallmark Pharmacy in the Lynwood, Sav-Mor Drug in downtown Twin Falls, Deseret Books and the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium ticket office.     

Camille Barigar
Community Enrichment Director  | 208.732.6288

TraumaticBrainCSI Traumatic Brain Injury Group Schedule

Scott Lindquist
Student Disabilities Services Coordinator | 208.732.6268

BoxingSmoker43rd Annual CSI Cowboy & Cowgirl Boxing Smoker

Steve Birnie
Head Rodeo Coach | 208.732.6620

DanceClassesDance Classes Available at CSI this Spring
Ashley Sandau
Instructional Aide - Dance | 208.732.6353

PhotographyClassesPhotography Classes Available at CSI this Spring and Summer

Ben Lustig
Professor, Photography | 208.732.6756

EmergingLeadershipEmerging Leader Program through CSI Workforce Development
Whether you are a new manager or have been in a management role for years, the CSI Emerging Leader Program provides you with the expertise, tools and confidence needed to become a more impactful leader. Through a combination of lecture-based presentations, interactive activities and one-on-one coaching, you will develop your personal leadership style, learn methods to foster a high-performance culture and acquire tools that you can implement immediately in your workplace.

Your Leadership Legacy by Robert Galford and Regina Maruca will provide direction for the program, challenging you to think about and formulate your leadership legacy. In one-on-one sessions instructor, Michelle Shinn, will help you assess your current impact, elevate your work and achieve your leadership goals.

The Emerging Leader Program consists of six 4-hour sessions. All sessions will be held on Fridays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m at CSI's Main Campus. Enrollment is capped at 12 participants.

March 6, 2020
March 20, 2020
April 3, 2020
April 17, 2020
May 1, 2020
May 15, 2020

The last day to register for the program is February 21, 2020. Click here to register now!

Amanda Worthington
Marketing Operations Coordinator | 208.732.6397

GovernorLittleGovernor Little Appoints Kurt Liebich to State Board of Education

December 5, 2019
Governor Little appoints Kurt Liebich to State Board of Education
Boise, Idaho - Governor Brad Little announced today his appointment of Kurt Liebich of Boise to the State Board of Education.
"Kurt is enthusiastic about improving opportunities for Idaho's youth, and he has demonstrated that commitment as a valued member of my 'Our Kids, Idaho's Future' task force to strengthen public education in Idaho," Governor Little said. "Kurt has proven he can lead and build consensus with a thoughtful, analytical approach. His extensive experience in education policy and business is a welcome addition to the body that governs Idaho's public kindergarten through college education system."
Liebich has served on the boards of numerous educational nonprofit organizations, including Idaho Business for Education, Project Lead the Way, Riverstone International School, and the Lee Pesky Center. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boise-based RedBuilt LLC and New Wood Resources LLC. RedBuilt is a supplier of engineered structural solutions and New Wood Resources is a veneer and plywood products operation. Liebich also has served on the executive management team for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation, one of the world's largest integrated forest products companies.
Liebich earned an MBA in General Management from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Bowdoin College in Maine.
"I'm honored by this opportunity to serve Idaho students," Liebich said. "Idaho's public education system - across K-12, career technical education, and our community colleges and universities - is the foundation for Idahoans' future prosperity. I am excited to continue my work on these important issues, now as a member of the State Board of Education."
"Kurt and I have served together on two education task forces during the last four years, and I saw first-hand how committed he is to public education at all levels," State Board of Education President Debbie Critchfield said. "I have also been impressed by his financial expertise and his ability to dig into complex budgets and explain what the numbers mean in simple terms. Kurt is a great addition to the State Board of Education, and I look forward to serving with him."
Seven of the eight voting members of the State Board of Education are appointed by the Governor for five-year terms. The eighth voting member is the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Liebich fills the vacancy left by outgoing board member Richard Westerberg.
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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Callihan, Communications Director
208-854-3032 or   

HerrettGiftSaleHerrett Center Gift Shop Holiday Sale

Carolyn Browning
Herrett Center Coordinator | 208.732.6656

PlanetariumNew Planetarium Show - Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

Every rock tells a story. Many of the rocks across southern Idaho tell a story of a landscape sculpted by volcanic activity. Volcanoes intrigue us with their incredible power and potential to cause mass destruction. Beginning December 26, residents of southern Idaho can gain a better appreciation and understanding for volcanoes when the Faulkner Planetarium opens the giant screen film Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation.
Witness the incredible tale of the birth of our planet in which volcanoes played a crucial role. Then step into the present and follow along as National Geographic photographer Carsten Peter takes you along on a personal journey to see volcanoes from the inside, revealing their hidden mysteries. Get up close to the 2018 eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea and watch as Carsten attempts to descend to a lava lake as it roils and churns, launching fountains of lava. Carsten's passion for volcanoes will grab you, thrill you, and scare you all at the same time. You may never want to get as close to an active volcano in real life as Carsten does, but you can go there with him from the safety of your seat in the planetarium.
Moviegoers will gain a new appreciation for the forces that created the stark beauty of Craters of the Moon, with its extinct splatter cones and plains of frozen lava, and other lava flows across southern Idaho. Every rock tells a story.
Planetarium manager Rick Greenawald says: "This is a stunning movie experience. The cinematography is beautiful and gives you a real appreciation for the power of volcanoes. Carsten Peter's passion for volcanoes shines through and adds a human element to the story. I am certain that audiences of all ages will enjoy this film."
Opening week show times are 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and again at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The week of December 31, showings will be at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and again at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Starting the week of January 5, showings will be at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the month of January. Admission prices to the planetarium are $6 adults (18 to 59), $5 seniors (60+), $4 children (2 to 17) and CSI students with a valid student ID, children under the age of 2 are admitted free.
Located in the Herrett Center for Arts and Science on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, ID, the Faulkner Planetarium is the premiere planetarium in Idaho. Public shows are offered on Tuesday and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons and evenings throughout the academic year. Expanded public show schedules are offered during the summer and holiday season.
For more information, including show schedules, program descriptions, movie trailers, and coming attractions, visit the Herrett Center's web page at

Rick Greenawald
Manager, Faulkner Planetarium | 208.732.6659

WorkforceJanuaryCSI Workforce Development and Training January Schedule

Do you know someone who might be interested in a Workforce Development and Training Course at CSI? Courses coming up in January include:
  • Confined Space Competent Person
  • Confined Space Train the Trainer
  • Flagging & Basic Traffic Control
  • Scaffolding Competent Person
  • NFPA 70E Electrical Training
  • Intro to AC/DC Electrical
  • Forklift Operator
  • Forklift Train the Trainer
  • Intro to Welding - Stick/MIG
  • Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI)
  • 5S and Lean Manufacturing Continuous Improvement
  • Electrical Safety Arc Flash &  NFPA 70E
For more information about CSI Workforce Development and Training courses visit:

Alex Wolford
Training Coordinator | 208.732.6344

TreeRecycleRecycle Your Christmas Tree January 3 - 4

Chance Munns
Horticulture Associate Professor | 208.732.6431  

CabinFeverCabin Fever Day Solar Viewing
Cabin Fever Day Solar Viewing  
January 4, 2020, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Enjoy safe, close-up views of the Sun through specially filtered telescopes that show sunspots, solar prominence, granulation, and active regions.  This event includes f ree admission.   For the latest on upcoming events, call the Centennial Observatory Star Line at 732-MOON (6666).   All telescope viewing is  weather  permitting.  

Chris Anderson
Production Specialist & Observatory Coordinator | 208.732.6663

BookArtsBook Arts Exhibit in the Herrett Center Gallery

Angela Batchelor
Assistant Professor, Art | 208.732.6754

WomensSuffrageSave the Date for the CSI Social Sciences & Humanities Symposium

The CSI Social Sciences & Humanities Symposium will explore the history and implications of the 19th Amendment and the Women's Suffrage Movement on March 12 and 13, 2020. Day one will examine the full context of the amendment. Day two will consider the implications and impact in contemporary America.

For teachers and students alike the cost of $65 will cover registration and food. To register visit MyCSI and choose either HUMA 199 or SOCY 199A C01, for continuing professional development or for the student who needs an additional transcript credit. A community registraiton portal will be open soon. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of the credit.

For more information, please contact one of the people listed below. We appreciate your support!

Samra Culum
Perri Gardner
Kerry Koontz
Kim Madsen Dill
Denyee Matthews
Matt Reynolds
Russ Tremayne
Justin Vipperman

MesmericaJames Hood's Mesmerica at the Faulkner Planetarium

James Hood's MESMERICA is a groundbreaking immersive audio-visual experience, exhibiting in planetariums and dome venues across the US and Canada. Combining James' music with carefully curated 3D animations from artists around the world, the show is an enormous hit with both audiences and planetarium operators alike, breaking all existing records for full-dome/planetarium music shows.
More about the show:
More about James:

Click here to purchase tickets for the show at the CSI Faulkner! 

Rick Greenawald
Planetarium Manager  | 208.732.6659

BracesRUsCSI Employee and Student Discount at Braces R Us

Braces R Us Orthodontics
1431 N. Fillmore St. Ste. 100 | 208.737.0006

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