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DidYouKnowDid You Know...
Did you know that you can find all kinds of data about CSI on our "Data at a Glance" website? Click here to check out all of the reports. 

Chris Bragg
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness | 208.732.6775

NCMCNorth Canyon Medical Center Donates Learning Supplies to CSI Programs 

Thank you to North Canyon Medical Center (NCMC) for your generosity! 

NCMC donated much needed learning supplies to many of the programs housed in the CSI Health Sciences and Human Services building, as well as the Vet Tech program. The supplies that couldn't be used by students were given to Care Convoy to benefit the needs of many in Mexico and other countries. 

"We are grateful for the partnership that we have with this facility," said Melisa Robinson, CSI ASNP Clinical Instructor and Lab Coordinator.

Melisa Robinson
ASNP Clinical Instructor, Lab Coordinator  | 208.732.6721

CIEProfessionalDevelopmentCIE Spring 2020 Professional Development Good Reads and Workshops Focus: The First 4 Weeks
The Center for Instructional Excellence's theme for spring 2020 faculty professional development is STUDENT ENGAGEMENT. The focus will be on specific strategies faculty can implement during the First 4 Weeks of each semester to assist students in meeting their goals.
At the recent Complete College America Convening , Colorado State University presented their   approach to student success . It included a very successful faculty engagement component called the First 4 Weeks*. Using a checklist organized into best practice categories with related activities, faculty members can reflect on recommended strategies to reinforce their current practices while identifying new goals.

Using this checklist, during each month this spring the CIE will publish Good Read articles about select First 4 Week best practices. At the end of the month we will follow up with face to face and webinar workshops to talk through the checklist and activities.  Go to the CIE website for Good Reads, the First 4 Week checklist, and workshop schedule information.

*CSU uses The First 4 Weeks as a part of their overall Student Success Strategy. The First 4 Week Checklist is adapted from The Institute for Learning and Teaching, Colorado State University and the "First Four Weeks Survey," St. Louis Community College, Updated 2019.

Dawn Wendland
Instructional Design Specialist | 208.732.6520

First Friday Forum Recording - Feb. 7

If you were unable to attend last Friday's First Friday Forum, you can now preview it by clicking here

Ginger Nukaya
Executive Administrative Assistant | 208.732.6201

WorkStudyPeerTutorWork Study Student Needed for Public Information Office

Kimberlee LaPray
Public Information Officer | 208.732.6299
SodexoSurvey Sodexo Dining Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

Debbie Woodland
Sodexo General Manager | 208.732.6635

LTCSpringScheduleLearning & Tutoring Commons Spring 2020 Schedule

Drop-in Peer Tutoring is located in the Learning & Tutoring Commons, Room 202 of the Meyerhoeffer Building. We offer Peer Tutoring to CSI students in a variety of academic subjects. Please refer to our web page,, for our Spring 2020 semester subject area tutoring schedule.

The Learning & Tutoring Commons is open:
* Sunday: 12 - 8 pm
* Monday: 8 am - 9 pm
* Tuesday: 8 am - 9 pm
* Wednesday: 8 am - 9 pm
* Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm
* Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
* Saturday: Closed

*Please note that peer tutors may not be available in all subject areas during all of these hours. Additionally, tutors are available for math tutoring in the Shields Building, Rm #207, from approximately 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of a lunch break from approximately 12 - 1 p.m. We are also able to provide students with a comfortable study space with plenty of study tables, dry erase boards, large computer monitors for group study and a computer lab. Students are welcome at any time during our hours of operation.

Molly Hamblen
Learning and Tutoring Commons Coordinator | 208.732.6685

Join a Brown Bag! We Have 3 Weekly Opportunities for Connecting With Other Faculty
Weekly Campus Brown Bags

Monday Afternoons - 12:30 PM 
Taylor Building Fireside Room
Every Monday (Except Feb. 17 - Presidents Day)

This Brown Bag will continue with its theme of exploring CSI employee career stories. Everyone is welcome! 

Friday Mornings - 8:00 AM 
Taylor Building Upstairs
Every Friday Morning

In the upcoming weeks, we're going to explore the question "How do we  help our students chase knowledge and understanding rather than points and grades?"  David Chambers, CSI Social Science Instructor, will be sharing some of his great takeaways from a conference he recently attended. Come and be a part of this discussion! Everyone is welcome.

Friday Afternoons -  12:15 PM 
HSHS Room 139
Every Friday Afternoon

We will be reading and discussing John Hattie's book Visible Learning for Teachers.  You can jump in at any time.  Everyone is welcome!

Contact  Evin Fox or  Clay Wilkie if you would like more information.

Brown Bag information is always available on the Center for Instructional Excellence website
Dawn Wendland
Instructional Design Specialist |  208.732.6520

HealthierHeartBlood Pressure Checks & Steps to a Healthier Heart
Upcoming Medical Assisting Blood Pressures Checks:
Feb. 18, 1-1:45 pm - Meyerhoffer Bldg
Feb. 20, 1-1:45 pm - Evergreen
Feb. 27, 1-1:45 pm - TAB (upstairs, north near windows)
Healthy Life Blog : In recognition of Heart Month and Wear Red Day tomorrow February 7th, we wanted to share some heart health tips, which will help prevent and manage health risks for cardiovascular disease.
It's never too late to start living a healthier life. A few simple steps can put you on the path to a younger heart age and better overall health. Consider these tips to get started:
  • If you smoke, quit. Quitting can be hard and often requires help and support. Talk with your doctor for help.
  • See your doctor to get your blood pressure and cholesterol checked. Uncontrolled high blood pressure and high cholesterol increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. You won't know if you're at risk until you get tested because there are no symptoms.
  • Take your medicines as your doctor advises. You may have medicines to control high blood pressure or cholesterol. Don't stop taking them without talking with your doctor.
  • Get regular exercise. Walking, biking, and swimming are great choices to keep your heart healthy. Try to exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week.
  • Focus on a heart-healthy diet. This includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein like chicken and fish. Minimize foods like fried foods, fast food, and sugary desserts.
  • Aim for a healthy weight. Calculate your BMI online, or talk with your doctor. Losing just 5 to 10 pounds has heart benefits.
By adopting these heart-healthy habits, you can reduce your heart age. You'll have a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.

Judy Heatwole, MTD  
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

DesertCafeJoin Us for Lunch This Week at the CSI Desert Cafe

This Week's Menu

Wednesday, February 12th - Chicken Marsala with parsley egg noodles and vegetable medley. $11
Thursday, February 13th - Steak au Poivre a classic French bistro dish, pepper crusted beef tenderloin steak with a brandy and cream reduction roasted red potatoes and asparagus. $14
Above entrees are served with your choice of soup or salad bar beverage and desert.
Sandwich Feature - Pepper turkey and crispy prosciutto on 7 grain bread with smoked gouda cheese and herb mayonnaise.  $7.50
Salad Feature - Avocado, orange and grapefruit salad with feta cheese, grilled shrimp and citrus-honey vinaigrette. $7.50
Dessert - 
Wednesday; Cinnamon Roll with Apple Compote and Vanilla Ice Cream. 
Thursday; Masala Chai Tartlet
Soup of the Day - Chicken vegetable with orzo.
The CSI Desert Cafe is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Michael A. Johnson
Culinary Instructor | 208.732.6381

SustainabilitySpring 2020 Sustainability Council Events
Kill the Cup Campaign, Every day at the Eagle's Nest: Use your reusable mug to get 40% off regular coffee or drinks from the soda fountain. Sponsored by Sodexo and President Fox and promoted by the CSI Sustainability Council.
February 13: Newspaper Roses for Valentine's Day, Place/Time TBA 
March 17: Be Green on St. Patrick's Day, Make a T-Shirt Reusable Shopping Bag, SUB, Time TBA
March 19: Intermountain Sustainability Summit at Weber State University
April 13-17: Sustainability Week 2020   
  • 4/13 Loco about Reptiles
  • 4/14 TACOabout Sustainability Day
  • 4/15 Succulents and Games
  • 4/16 Movie Night at the Herrett Center
  • 4/16 Thrift Store Pop up
April 20-24: Active Transportation Week 

April 22: Sustainability Fair, SUB, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

TeachingAwardsNominations Open for General Education Teaching Awards
We are excited to announce the second year of the Statewide GEM Teaching Awards!

A bit of background: for several years now all of our general education faculty have been working tirelessly to design courses that adhere to the state Way of Knowing Outcomes (Written Communication, Oral Communication, Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing, Artistic and Humanistic Ways of Knowing, Mathematical Ways of Knowing, Scientific Ways of Knowing, and GNED/Wellness). Many have participated in state level meetings and all have worked to revise courses, assignments, and assessments. In celebration of this work, the State Board of Education is recognizing outstanding faculty in each of these Way of Knowing areas. Last year was the inaugural year for the awards and we're excited that they are continuing this year as well.

The State Board faculty recognitions officially happen in September at the State General Education Summit, but our campus-wide nomination process will start now and open nominations will continue through February 18th.

Nominations will be accepted from everyone who would like to participate (students, fellow faculty, department chairs, etc.). Nominating a general education faculty member is easy! Simply send an email of nomination that includes the name of the faculty member and the course(s) for which the instructor is being nominated. In the email, include reasons to highlight this instructor and the outstanding work that he/she does with students. N omination emails should be sent to Amy Barker at by February 18th.  After the 18th, our own internal process will decide upon our campus nominees to the larger statewide awards. Winners at the campus level will be asked to provide a short vita as well as a sample general education assignment to represent CSI at the state level. 

Please feel free to share this email with anyone (especially your students) who might be interested in nominating an outstanding general education faculty member. We have the best general education faculty in the state and it's exciting to have a venue where they can be recognized for the awesome work they do with students!! Let me know if you have any questions and we look forward to all of the nominations.

Thank you!

Tiffany Seeley-Case
Instructional Dean | 208.732.6779

wellbeingFebruary Employee Wellbeing Events

Feb. 21 - Learn to Knit a Wash Cloth
Please register so we have enough materials and room for all.
Friday, February 21
11:30 - 1 p.m. in TAB Conf. Rm 210 unless we move to find a bigger space.
Join Lyntessa Limas for a relaxing social event to learn to knit a wash cloth.  Make it and take it, all supplies provided along with some sweets.

Feb. 26 - Full Plate Living
Please register so we have materials and room for everyone! 
Wednesdays, Feb 26 in TAB 247
March 4, 11 and 18 in TAB 248, Noon - 1 p.m.
Change how you eat by taking ONE SIMPLE ACTION.  Eat MORE FIBER FOODS.  Learn why fiber is such a big deal.  Add more veggies, fruiys and whole grains to your diet. Joint the conversation with CSI Allied Health Instructor Sarah Renaldi, MS, RDN, LD. Workbook, demonstrations, tasting and recipes provided. Spouses and family members welcome. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD  
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

HandsOnCSI Wellbeing Program Sponsors Employees to Participate in the Empty Bowls Fundraiser at Hands On

" Empty Bowls" is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. The promotion and growth of the project is managed by The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 5013 organization. Each community's events are independent. 

Location: "Hands On" art studio at 147 Shoshone St N, Twin Falls

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m - 7 p.m., Sundays noon to 5.
Cost: FREE to CSI employees and one guest each. Ask to be added to the CSI roster for this benefit.

Community Goal: 250 bowls by mid-February

  • If you have a large group, you might call 208-736-4475 to let Hands On know.
  • Your food and beverage are welcome.
  • The CSI roster is at Hands On so they can invoice us for cost. Do not RSVP to Judy Heatwole at CSI.
This event is sponsored by the CSI Wellbeing Program.

Judy Heatwole, MTD  
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

GrantsSpring 2020 Mini Grant & Professional Development Grants Are Here

The CSI Foundation is excited to announce that the 2020 Spring round of Mini Grants and Professional Development Grants is coming up!
You could win up to $3,000 for each of these grants, and projects are to be completed within a year of the award. The due date for electronic submission of these grants is midnight on Wednesday March 11, 2020. Click here to apply for these grants or access the CSI Common Grant Application Form.
  • Mini Grants - to stimulate creative ideas and activities and their subsequent implementation that result in improved student learning and/or success. 
Click here for additional information.
  • Professional Development Grants - support travel to attend national conferences for the purpose of institutional improvement.
Click here for additional information. 

Application Submission Process: Please note that your application must be signed by your supervisor and Dean/AVP/VP for consideration. Once you have obtained the required signatures, scan the grant application and all supplemental documentation and email it to by midnight Wednesday March 11, 2020. It is NOT required to bring a hard copy of your application to the Foundation office.

Kristen Adamson  
CSI Foundation Administrative Assistant | 208.732.6269

GirlScoutCookiesGirl Scout Cookie Season is Coming: Cookies Ranked by Healthiest Health News
After reading the ingredients and calories in these cookies, you're going to think there's no place in your life for these cookies. Not so fast. All things in moderation, right? And, there are better choices than others and they all taste pretty great. Find the ordered list online from healthiest to unhealthiest, and suggestions for indulging your sweet tooth in a healthy way below.
  • Focus on eating an overall healthy diet. The article recommends the Dietary Guidelines for AmericansTrusted Source, the Mediterranean diet, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and the American Heart Association healthy diet guidelines as all being good choices.
  • Avoid labeling foods as "off-limits" or "bad." This can often backfire, leading to cravings and overeating, says the article.
  • Practice mindful eating. The article suggests eating cookies when you aren't ravenously hungry so you can savor the experience. This will allow you to eat fewer cookies and feel more satisfied.
  • Buy only your favorite cookies. While certain cookies have a better nutritional profile than others, the article says it can sometimes be a better choice to buy the cookies you truly like. Eating a cookie you don't enjoy can leave you feeling deprived and resentful, ultimately leading to overeating.
  • Keep an eye on portion sizes. Nutritionist and author Shereen Jegtvig, who teaches at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, says it's important to note that suggested serving sizes are usually only a few cookies rather than the entire box.
  • Gluten-free cookies aren't necessarily more healthy. While they're better for those who have a genuine need to avoid gluten, Jegtvig says gluten-free cookies are nutritionally no better than their gluten-containing counterparts.
  • Buy fewer boxes. Jegtvig suggests buying fewer boxes so there's not a temptation to eat more than what you originally intended.
  • Make a donation. If you want to support your local Girl Scouts but don't want the temptation of having cookies in your home, you can donate cookies to U.S. military members serving overseas. You pay for the cookies and the Girl Scouts do the rest. You can also make a monetary donation to the Girl Scouts.
  • Balance your calorie intake. Jegtvig suggests cutting back elsewhere or exercising a bit more to make up for the additional calories.
Judy Heatwole, MTD  
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

DropInFitnessSpring Drop In Fitness Classes at the CSI Student Recreation Center

Christa Gessaman
Interim Director, Recreation & Outdoor Recreation Center | 208.732.6697
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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HerrettForumHerrett Forum Speaker Series Presents Black Hold Collisions and the Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy by Dr. William Kells

"Wonder of the heavens has been an innate human trait predating even civilization. It has inspired the most profound advances of our culture and scientific understanding. One pinnacle of this tradition has been the conception of Gravitation by Newton and then its adaptation by Einstein in his 'General Relativity' of the Cosmos. I will describe the UGO project, whose dramatic discoveries of gravitational wave 11signals11 from actual Black Holes (both predicted by general relativity) inspires a new vista of heavenly wonderment. Emphasizing this context, I hope to show UGO meriting the same justification as more easily appreciable BIG SCIENCE (thus expensive) projects: planetary exploration; decoding the human genome; broad band internet. To be sure, the technical marvels of the UGO facilities will be featured! As was the sense for our moon shots, the fact that we can inspire talent and marshal resources to make such dreams happen has a justification in communal pride."

Dr. Kells received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech and the University of Chicago, respectively. Following his matriculation, he went to work developing technologies for particle colliders at Fermilab outside Chicago, and later, deep-field cameras for the iconic 200" telescope atop California1s Palomar Mountain. The capstone of his career came as a member of the Nobel Prize-winning Caltech team that achieved the first direct detection of the exquisitely small spacetime vibrations of gravitational waves in 2015. He retired to Twin Falls in 2017, where he continues to pursue his research interests.

Join us! Admission is free of charge.

Teri Fattig
Herrett Center Director  | 208.732.6501

CommunityEdUpcoming Community Education Classes 

Dates: February 19 - May 14
Days:  Wednesdays
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Fee: $120  
Location: Shields 105
Instructor: Anna Trelles


Date: Feb 11
Day: Tuesday
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: MC Center A25
Instructor: Amy Christopherson
Fee: $20
*If you sign up for sequential classes I, II, III the cost is $50.

Dates: Feb 20 - Apr 2
Days: Thursdays
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Mini-Cassia Center A14
Instructor: Dr. Rick Parker
Fee: $15 + $5/supplies per week or $65 + $20/supplies per class for the whole series


Dates: Feb 12 -  Apr 8
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Location: Jerome Center
Instructor: Raquel Arenz
Fee: $100

Click here for more information or to register for any of the above camps or classes. 

Camille Barigar 
Director of Community Enrichment | 208.732.6288

AthleticsCSI Athletic Events This Week - GO EAGLES

CSI Team
Women's Basketball
Colorado Northwestern CC
Rangley, CO
Women's Basketball 2/15 1 p.m. Salt Lake CC Salt Lake City, UT
Men's Basketball
7 p.m.
Colorado Northwestern CC
Rangley, CO
Softball 2/15 12 p.m. The College of Idaho Cadwell, ID
Men's Basketball 2/15 3 p.m. Salt Lake CC Salt Lake City, UT

For more information about CSI Athletics visit

Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director | 208.732.6493

ProgramBoardSharetheLoveCSI Program Board Hosts "Share the Love" Event

Kezia Putri
Program Board

GalentinesYou're Invited to Our Galentine's Party
Kristen Adamson
CSI Foundation Administrative Assistant | 208.732.6395

TraumaticBrainCSI Traumatic Brain Injury Group Schedule

Scott Lindquist
Student Disabilities Services Coordinator | 208.732.6268

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

ParentCollegeParent College Learning Session 2 - February 22

The next Parent College Learning Session will be held on March 14, 2020.

César Pérez
Director & Hispanic Community Liaison
CSI Jerome and Gooding Centers | 208.732.6465

DavidEylerMagic Valley Symphony Presents Guest Conductor/Percussion Soloist David Eyler
Magic Valley Symphony presents
February 21 at 7:30 in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium

Tickets are $10/adults, $8/seniors, or $6/students and are available at Kurt's Pharmacy, Sav-Mor Drug, Dunkley Music, Desert Book, and the CSI Fine Arts Center.

Camille Barigar
Community Enrichment Director | 208.732.6288

STEAMCampInRegistration is Now Open for the Annual Herrett Center for Arts and Science 2020 STEAM Camp-In
Registration is now open for the Herrett Center for Arts and Science 2020 STEAM Camp-In, which will be held on Friday, March 6. During this event, one hundred third, fourth, and fifth graders will experience a night of fun and learning STEAM-that's science, technology, engineering, art, and math. The camp-in includes a STEAM-based workshop, a presentation from Zoo Boise, a screening of a planetarium show, telescope viewing in the Centennial Observatory, a group scavenger hunt in the museum galleries, and a night of camping in among the museum gallery exhibits. Late night snacks and a light breakfast in the morning will be provided as well.

STEAM Camp-In registration forms can be found at the front desk of the Herrett Center or at Registration is $50 per camper and closes Saturday, February 22, 2020. It's first come, first served, so get your child's registration in soon!

For more information about this event contact Education Coordinator, Kindy Combe.

Kindy Combe
Herrett Center Education Coordinator | 208.732.6664

HunchbackNotreDameMusicalDilettante Group of Magic Valley Presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Musical

Dilettante Group of Magic Valley presents
Feb 27 - 29 at 7:30 p.m. & Feb 29-March 1 at 2 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium

It's our 61st year! The Dilettante Group of Magic Valley is proud to present a new musical based on the Victor Hugo Novel and songs from the Disney animated film. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Directed by Lori Henson. The Dilettante Group has been part of the Magic Valley since 1959, producing live musical theater each year. Community support has allowed this tradition of the arts to continue successfully for 61 years!  

Tickets are $12 and are available at Kurt's Pharmacy Hallmark in the Lynwood, the CSI Box Office, or from any cast member.

Camille Barigar
Community Enrichment Director | 208.732.6288

SafetyFest11th Annual Safety & Business Fest

For more information about this event visit: 

Amanda Worthington
Marketing Operations Coordinator, Workforce Development & Training  | 208.732.6397

CitizenshipCitizenship Classes Start Feb. 18 in Jerome and Twin Falls

There will also be a class held from 6 - 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 18, through May 19, at the Jerome High School in Room E-103. The Jerome High School is located at 104 N. Tiger Drive. Call 208-732-6534 for an appointment or to register. Space is limited and no children are permitted.  

Ginger Narum
CCR/GED TEst Coordinator  | 208.732.6536

DiabetesSt. Luke's Sponsored Diabetes Seminar in Jerome, Feb. 19

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

Smile2020 Give Kids a Smile

Tina Hilton
CSI Hygiene Student

PatientFinancialMedicare 101, Social Security, and Assistance for Seniors Plus Veterans Health Insurance Benefit Options

Welcome to the Dynamic New HealthCare Training  Foundation

Day Egusquiza, Founder and President of the Patient Financial Navigator Foundation, Inc/PFNF has more than 40 years of experience in healthcare revenue and reimbursement including 20 years in an Idaho hospital. She and the Advisory Board are excited to have created this Foundation in 2017 and are thrilled to bring these community outreach educational programs to the Magic Valley.  PFNF is an Idaho-based, self-funded Family Foundation.
Upcoming Community Outreach Boot Camps! Save the Dates!

" Medicare 101, Social Security, and Assistance for Seniors"
Sat, Feb 29, 2020         
8:30 am - 12:30 pm     
CSI Fine Arts
Subject experts will train on:
  • Medicare 101 - Part A, B, C, D and Medicare as secondary payer
  • Medicare Advantage vs. Traditional Medicare ++ Working beyond 65
  • Supplemental insurance costs and scope
  • Social Security Benefits
  • Aid for Aged, Blind and Disabled (Medicaid)
  • Office on Aging Programs & Scams
  • Fit after 60!
  • Safety in the home

"Veterans Health Insurance Benefit Options-Turning 65 Boot Camp"
Tues, March 10, 2020        
6:00-8:30 pm      
CSI Fine Arts
Subject experts will train on:
  • Veteran's Healthcare programs - eligibility overview
  • National program updates
  • Medicare 101  -Part A,B,C and Supplements
  • Working with both VA and Medicare- examples
  • Office on Aging Programs
  • Senior Patrol & SHIBA
  • Community outreach programs

These Boot Camps are free and no pre-registration is required. All ages are welcome. For class materials for either camp go to  

Day Egusquiza
Patient Financial Navigator Foundation, Inc/PFNF | 208.423.9036

PollWorkersTwin Falls County is Looking for People Interested in Working at the Polls for the 2020 Elections
Twin Falls County is looking for people interested in working at the polls for all elections in 2020. The election dates are March 10, May 19 and November 3. If you are a civic-minded individual and would like to commit a small portion of your time to preserving democracy, we invite your participation.


* Full day shift from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
* Mandatory training
* At least 16 years of age
* U.S. Citizen
* Transportation to and from polls

Poll workers must be able to read and write English, follow detailed instructions, lift 20 lbs., move about the polling place and maintain composure under stress.

County employees would have to get permission from their supervisor and use any accrued vacation or comp time. Pay is $10.00 - $10.50 per hour plus mileage to the training and to the polling place. If you or anyone you know would be interested in becoming a poll worker, please contact DeAnne Cates at 208-736-4101 or

Valerie Varadi
Twin Falls County Elections Director | 208.736.4072

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

UnitedWayDonate to the United Way of South Central Idaho Community Fund
Did you know that we have hundreds of homeless students right here in the Magic Valley? Or that 40% of families struggle every single day just to make ends meet? Did you know that childhood poverty is on the rise?

United Way of South Central Idaho fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every man, woman, and child in the Magic Valley. For 57 years, United Way of South Central Idaho has been there for our community - including our co-workers, friends and family members.

Last year, the United Way of South Central Idaho Community Fund impacted the lives of nearly one of every three Magic Valley residents. Every dollar donated to our United Way of South Central Idaho Community Fund stays right here in the Magic Valley.

That's why giving to the United Way Community Fund is important. As a United Way supporter, you are investing in our community's future. You can help local people succeed.

I encourage you to consider making a gift to our United Way Community Fund today. Because of you, our entire community will benefit!

Click here to download and print a United Way Community Fun Pledge Form. After completing the form send it to Courtney Bingham in the CSI Payroll Office by Friday, March 13, 2020, so it can be processed.

Thank you,

Bill Maikranz
United Way of South Central Idaho President & CEO | 208.733.4922 ext. 121

P20Save the Date for the 2020 P20 Educators Conference
For more information, visit

Samra Culum
Education Instructor | 208.732.6223

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Nondiscrimination Statement:   It is the policy of the College of Southern Idaho to comply with all federal, state and local authorities requiring nondiscrimination, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Executive Orders 12898 (Environmental Justice) and 13166 (Limited English Proficiency).  College of Southern Idaho is an equal opportunity employer. The college does not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject any individual to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, income, protected veteran status, limited English proficiency, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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