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Did you know that the Idaho State Board of Education publishes a Fact Book each year summarizing data about higher education in Idaho? Click here to find the latest copy. 

(Source: Institutional Effectiveness)

Chris Bragg
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
cbragg@csi.edu | 208.732.6775
EmployeePhotoUpcoming Employee Picture Opportunities
Our next opportunity for new or updated employee photos will be from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Canyon Building  Studio . There will be a dark charcoal-colored backdrop so lighter colored clothing works best. Please drop in any time during that window if you would like a new photo.  If you let me know you're planning on coming, I'll sent you a reminder the day before. No appointment necessary - just
drop in.

For those of you who prefer an outdoor photo, I'll resume monthly sessions at locations around campus in late April. That'll also give you about ten weeks from now for the New Year's resolutions to kick in.

Doug Maughan
dmaughan@csi.edu | 208.732.6262
CashManageCSI Wellbeing Financial Seminars Continue Feb. 14: Tax Planning

Thursday, February 14, from 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
HR Conference Rm TAB 210

This program focuses on those that are on the verge of retiring or already enjoying retirement. Attendees might have some questions on what to do with the money they have accumulated and how to maximize their income resources to help ensure a more fulfilling and enjoyable retirement journey.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269
BloodPressureHeart Health Blood Pressure Screenings

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellness & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269
WellnessCalendarEmployee Wellbeing Events for Spring Semester & Beyond
Employees and significant others are always welcome at our CSI Employee Wellbeing events are as your suggestions for topics, presentations and information of interest.  Please reach out to any of our Advisory Team members with your thoughts!  Here's to your good health in 2019!

FEBRUARY - National Heart Month

MARCH - Social Wellness

  • 3/1 Colon Cancer, Wear BLUE
  • 3/14 - Cash Management - VALIC
  • TBA Spring Craft Event

APRIL - Environmental Wellness

  • 4/11 - Investment Planning - VALIC
  • 4/22 Wear GREEN Earth Day Fair
  • 4/22-26 Spring Cleaning Week
  • TBA Skin cancer screening

MAY - Intellectual Wellness


Need to destress?

Try our Chapel and Relaxation Center, TAB 245. The door is always open and everyone is welcome. A nondenominational Prayer Ministry is also a resource of the Chapel. Prayer boxes are available to leave requests for personal, CSI or general concerns. Requests may also be sent to csiprayerrequest@gmail.com

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269
EmpBookClubEmployee Book Club

Chloe Wherry
Academic Coach
cwherry@csi.edu | 208.732.6525

EmptyBowlsJoin Hands On to Paint for "Empty Bowls"

Hands On has partnered with South Central Community Action Partnership again this year to assist in filling 11 food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the Magic Valley and they need your help! The community paints ceramic bowls and donates them to the Empty Bowls dinner and auction. Hands On invites you to paint and donate your bowl. The CSI Wellbeing Program will pay for your bowl and the bowl of one guest and Hands On will pay your studio fees! You get to paint for FREE.

You may join the fun any time between now and February 23rd to paint a bowl. Hours are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon - 5 p.m. Grab a coworker, family member or neighbor as a guest and paint a bowl to make a difference and get your creative on at the same time!!

Hands On
147 Shoshone St. N.
Twin Falls, ID 83301

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269
AAWCCUpcoming AAWCC Spring Events
Thank you,
American Association for Women in Community Colleges Committee
FoundMiniGrantsCSI Foundation Mini and Professional Grants

The CSI Foundation is pleased to announce the spring round for Mini-Grants and for Professional Development Grants. Up to $3,000 is available 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 Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Use the CSI Common Grant Application to apply.
  • 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 to tharmon@csi.edu by midnight Wednesday, March 13, 2019. It is NOT required to bring a hard copy of your application to the Foundation office.

If you have further questions, please give us a call.

Kristen Adamson
Administrative Assistant, CSI Foundation
kadamson@csi.edu | 208-732-6395
HelpSeeHearHelp Someone See and Hear Better

The Faculty Staff Connections Committee is collecting used prescription eyeglasses, lenses and hearing aids in memory of CSI employee and Lions Club member, Jennifer Patterson. 
Lions Club donation boxes are located in every building on campus through Friday, April 12.  Please ask friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to donate too.   
The donations that we collect will help improve the quality of life for children and adults living in low and middle-income communities around the world. Many will experience corrected vision and hearing for the first time, enabling them to lead productive working lives, support their families, attend school and advance their education.
Thank you,
Faculty Staff Connections Committee
TestingHoursCSI Spring 2019 Testing Center Hours

Jeff Gourley
Testing Center Coordinator
jgourley@csi.edu | 732.6569

p20Would You Like to Present at the P20 Conference?
The P20 Conference, which will be held July 9th and 10th this year, seeks to gather educators from Southern Idaho to explore ways to innovate teaching and expand learning opportunities for students and instructors.

Those interested in submitting a proposal to present at the conference can now do so at www.csi.edu/p20. All presenters are able to attend the conference for free.

Jon Lord
Associate Dean of Early College
jlord@csi.edu | 208.732.6280


Jean Nsabumuremyi
EOC Director, TRIO Access and Opportunity Programs
Idaho State University
nsabjean@isu.edu | 208.732.6261

FebMiniChallengeHealth Matters February Mini Challenge

Make your bed.

The "Great Start" Mini Challenge invites you to begin your day with a success - making your bed - for 23 out of the next 28 days. There's no need to go crazy and achieve military bed-making standards. Fluff your pillows, pull up your sheets and bedspread, and tuck in any loose ends. You can make your bed in less than 60 seconds. If you wake up earlier than your sleeping partner, you can still gently straighten your side of the bed without disruption.

Making your bed in the morning establishes a pattern of productivity and order that will transcend into other parts of your life. Order begets order, and success breeds success. Even though making your bed may seem pointless - since you're just going to get back in and mess it up later on - the impact to your life can be powerful and positive! Give yourself a gift of success each morning, as well as a tidy and more peaceful home environment to return to at the end of each day.

After you've finished this month's Mini Challenge mark the challenge as complete to be eligible for a prize drawing at the end of the year! You can earn one entry per month.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269

WomensHeartRecognize Women's Heart Month, Get Blood Pressure Checked Throughout February

Please plan to attend one of our Heart Health blood pressure checks on campus courtesy of our Medical Assisting Program throughout the month of February! Find days and locations in our Heart Health Blood Pressure Screenings message in this edition of eNotes. 

The American Heart Association's signature women's initiative, Go Red for Women, is a comprehensive platform designed to increase women's heart health awareness and serve as a catalyst for change to improve the lives of women globally.

It's no longer just about wearing red; it's no longer just about sharing heart health facts. It's about all women making a commitment to stand together with Go Red and taking charge of their own heart health as well as the health of those they can't bear to live without. Making a commitment to your health isn't something you have to do alone either, so grab a friend or a family member and make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment today.

Commit to Better Health

As women, we tend to put others ahead of ourselves. But if we don't take care of ourselves, we can't take care of everyone else around us. If you don't make your health a priority, who will? Making a commitment to your health isn't something you have to do alone, invite your tribe to achieve better health goals with you and make a Go Red Healthy Behavior Commitment today.

Click here to learn more about the signs and symptoms of heart disease and stroke, see a doctor regularly and learn about your family history. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellness & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269
GeneticsYour Heart Health is BOTH Genetics and Lifestyle Choices!
Find this great article in this month's WELCO Well Balanced newsletter in your CSI department now.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellness & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269

MilicaMilica Popovic and Maurizio Giuseppucci Featured in New Herrett Center Art Exhibit Titled, "Mare Nostrum"

Milica Popovic and Maurizio Giuseppucci are featured in the Herrett Center's newest art exhibit called " MARE NOSTRUM"

Dates: January 22 -  March 23, 2019
Cost: Free
Audience: Public

Artist Statement:  A collaborative exhibition "Mare Nostrum" is a tribute to my travels to Greece from my native country, Serbia, with my family every summer in the past several years. The exhibition depicts a vast space of the Aegean Sea and a purity of its blue color. Lucid memories of this astonishing scenery as well as memories of my childhood at the Adriatic Sea, before the war in my native country, have inspired me to dedicate my most recent creations to these journeys. 

The exhibition is a collaboration with an Italian artist, Maurizio Giuseppucci, and his vision of the Adriatic Sea through photography and video work. Maurizio is an accomplished and versatile artist with a refined level of expertise for contemporary art.

Maurizio and I both grew up in two countries divided by the Adriatic Sea. The sea meant closeness, but political systems often times stood on a way and created more distance. By collaborating on this exhibition we strive to show intimacy in proximity for people of both lands. Our attachment to the sea was always beyond political differences between Eastern and Western Europe.

Joey Heck
Herrett Center Exhibits/Collections Manager
jheck@csi.edu | 208.732.6668

CitizenshipU.S. Citizenship Classes Available in Jerome, Gooding, Twin Falls, and Burley
CSI Jerome Center
Feb 12 - May 2
Tues & Thurs
6:00 - 8:30 pm
CSI Gooding Center
Feb 11 - May 1 
Mon & Wed
6:00 - 8:30 pm
CSI Twin Falls
Feb 19 - May 9
Tues & Thurs
6:00 - 8:30 pm
CSI Mini-Cassia Center
Feb 21 - May 16
Tues & Thurs 
9:00 - 11:30 am

These classes will prepare eligible legal permanent resident adults with hands-on instruction for the naturalization process. Students will receive instruction in U.S. Government, English, and civics test preparation, and the interview procedure.

These classes are offered free of charge to the community. For more information on the class, call 208-732-6534.
MiniCheerCampCSI Cheer & Dance Mini Camp

The CSI Cheer & Dance Mini Camp is just around the corner. This camp is for 5-13 year-olds interested in cheering, tumbling, stunting, and dancing.  Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The camp will end at 11:30 a.m., but your child will need to be back to the Gym for a performance during the CSI Women's Basketball game at 3 p.m. The $50 charge per child will cover the cost of the camp, a t-shirt, and two general admission tickets into the basketball game, your child will get into the game for free. Click on the registration form below to sign your child up for one of the limited spots in this camp!

CSI Cheer & Dance Mini Camp Registration Form - 
Registration is due Feb. 12!

Julie Wright-Leggett
CSI Cheer and Dance Coach
jwright@csi.edu | 208.732.6472
HerrettForumHerrett Forum: "A Green Ribbon of Hope: Korea's DMZ as Nature Preserve"

Teri Fattig
Herrett Center Director
tfattig@csi.edu | 208.732.6501
HerrettThis Month 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
7:00 pm
Telescope Tuesday observing session
7:00 pm
Mars One Thousand One
7:30 pm
Forum Lecture: The Korean War and its  
Environmental Legacy
Feb. 15
7:00 pm
The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale*
8:00 pm
Led Zeppelin
Feb. 16
1:30 pm
Legends of the Night Sky: Orion*
2:30 pm
Mars One Thousand One
3:30 pm
Titans of the Ice Age
4:30 pm
Mars One Thousand One
7:00 pm
Dinosaurs@Dusk: The Origins of Flight
8:00 pm
Mars One Thousand One
6:00 pm
Reptile Revue
7:00 pm
Mars One Thousand One
Feb. 21
11:00 am
Wangari's Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter.
Feb. 22
7:00 pm
The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale*
8:00 pm
Led Zeppelin
Feb. 23
1:30 pm
Legends of the Night Sky: Orion*
2:30 pm
Mars One Thousand One
3:30 pm
Titans of the Ice Age
4:30 pm
Mars One Thousand One
7:00 pm
Dinosaurs@Dusk: The Origins of Flight
8:00 pm
Mars One Thousand One
7:00 pm
Mars One Thousand One
7:30 pm
Telescope Tuesday observing session
*Live Sky Tour
**Weather Permitting

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

Rick Greenawald
Manager, Faulkner Planetarium
rgreenawald@csi.edu | 208.732.6659

ORAOutdoor Recreation Activities

13th: Fat Tire Bike on Campus
23rd: Cross Country Ski - South Hills

For more information about any of these activities visit the CSI Outdoor Recreation Events Facebook page or the CSI Event Calendar.

Christa Gessaman
Outdoor Recreation Coordinator
cgessaman@csi.edu | 208.732.6697

GoodingLectureCSI Gooding Center Lecture Series

Shawna Jacobson
Gooding Center Coordinator
sjacobson@csi.edu | 208.934.8678
SOUPHomemade Soup Day
Come and enjoy some tasty soup from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the SUB on the following dates:  

Help our Latinos In Action students raise money to travel to Puerto Rico for a community service project. 

Alejandra Hernandez
Multicultrual Coordinator
mhernandez@csi.edu | 208.732.6312
AthleticsScheduleCSI Athletics Schedule

Sport Opponent Date Time Location
Women's Basketball Salt Lake Community College Feb. 14 5:30 PM Twin Falls, ID
Men's Basketball Salt Lake Community College Feb. 14 7:30 PM Twin Falls, ID
Women's Basketball Colorado Northwestern CC Feb. 16 3 PM Twin Falls, ID
Men's Basketball Colorado Northwestern CC Feb. 16 5 PM Twin Falls, ID

Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director
kbaumert@csi.edu | 208.732.6493

InsideInspirataCSI Stage Door Series Presents "Inside Inspirata"
The CSI Stage Door Series will present "Inside Daughters of Salome" at 7:30 p.m. on February 15, in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the CSI Box Office, by calling 732-6288, at the door, or by going online to  tickets.csi.edu.

Join Inspirata Dance Project for another "inside" peek into their summer 2019 production featuring refugee stories set by Cindy Jones, a new work set by Lauren Edson, and a new work set by Ashley Sandau. IDP believes in cultivating collaborations and is dedicated to the continued development of dance and dance education providing an environment for choreographers and dancers to explore, create, and share their work. In Inside Inspirata, you'll get a chance to sit on the stage where the artists perform, get an intimate look into their creative process, and talk with the artists.

The CSI Stage Door Series, intimate arts experiences where both performers and audience members are on the stage itself, are designed to be thought-provoking and a little out of the ordinary in different ways - whether it's because of the intimate setting, the material performed, the way they are presented, or the collaborations involved. Follow up productions Jennifer Miller in The Second Coming of Joan of Arc on April 18.

For more information, contact the CSI Fine Arts Center at 732-6788.

Camille Barigar
Director of Community Enrichment
cbarigar@csi.edu | 208.732.6288
BrownBagUpcoming Brown Bag Sessions

Friday, Feb. 15, at 8 a.m.
Description: Come share ideas, commiserate and brainstorm answers to teaching quandaries, and establish connections with instructors of varying disciplines and experience levels.
Location: TAB 210
Facilitators: Shane Brown & Mike LaPray
Topic: Open Forum
Recommended Audience: 
CSI Employees

Friday, Feb. 15, at 12:15 p.m.
Description: Each Friday afternoon we will gather together and share lunch/treats while we discuss the daunting task of putting theory into practice, putting context into all the content we teach.
Location: HSHS 139
Facilitators: Clay Wilkie & Evin Fox
Topic: TBA 
Recommended Audience: CSI Employees

Monday, Feb. 18, at 12 p.m.
Description: The student-faculty brown bag provides a safe space for collaboration and creates an opportunity to build relationships between students and employees.
Location: SUB Fireside Lounge
Facilitators: Justin Vipperman, Matt Reynolds, Samra Culum, & Carolina Zamudio
Topic: Struggles/Worries while in College
Recommended Audience: All students (CSI employees are welcome)

Monday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m.
Description: We'll be reading and discussing Teaching Naked Techniques this semester. We have a few copies of the book, so if you're interested, contact Jan Carpenter or Tiffany Seeley-Case. We'll start with the Introduction on January 28, and read a chapter each week after that. You can jump in any time, even if you haven't had a chance to get the book.
Location: Hepworth 176
Facilitators: Jan Carpenter and Tiffany Seeley-Case
Topic: Click here to purchase the book, or get a copy from Jan or Tiffany.
Recommended Audience: Students, Staff, and Faculty
CommEd2019Community Ed Classes - Spring 2019

Dates: February 16
Days: Saturday
Time: 1 - 3 p.m. 
Instructor: Cindy Bezas
Fee: $37 + $15 paid to the instructor (unless purchased in Level 1)
Location: Fine Arts 164
In the Ukulele Made Easy - Level 1 class, we learned core principles central to excellent ukulele playing. We studied how to hold and care for the uke, how to use the left and right hands for quality tone, how to/when to use uke straps and picks, how to move up and down the fretboard, and how to tune, all in addition to five fun songs to play and strum. In Ukulele Made Easy - Level 2, you will gain ten more songs in additon to three uke scales, three cadences, and five strum patterns. Bring your own ukulele for this delightful class, and you will also learn five crucial tips and techniques of pro ukulele players. Cindy Sue Bezas, M.S., has been teaching music for more than twenty years and adores seeing the light of ability come to each student's eyes.

Dates: February 19 & 21
Days: Tuesday & Thursday
Time: 6 - 8 p.m. 
Fee:$40 + $10 supply fee paid to instructor
Location: Shields 102
Instructor: Diane Gause
Crocheting can be very relaxing and fun. This class is perfect for those who are new to crochet or need a refresher. Students will learn the basic stitches including chain, single crochet, and double crochet. They will learn how to be comfortable holding the crochet hook and controlling yarn tension while completing the stitches. Once the class is completed, you will be able to create scarves, afghans, and other projects to keep for yourself or for a gift for someone else.

Dates: February 20 - 27
Days: Wednesdays
Time 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Russ Howell
Fee: $35 + $10 paid to instructor for beads
Location: Shields 109
In the Traditional Native American Bead working series, you'll get the chance to learn how to make beautiful bead work handicrafts using the Native American folk technique of lane stitching. The instructor has been beading and teaching beading for over 40 years and will cover the basics as well as introduce you to the materials, tools, beads, and resources involved in this artform. You'll learn about backing materials, art styles, and patterns. Students will need to bring a magnifying glass (low 1+), thimble, small sewing scissors, and small seal able bowls or containers to store beads. The project for this class will be a traditional style rose medallion necklace.

Dates: February 20 - May 15
Days: Wednesday
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Instructor: Anna Trelles
Fee: $120
Location: Shields 105
Are you planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country? Do you need to learn how to communicate better with Spanish speakers? Has it been a long time since you took Spanish in school and you want to brush up on your skills?  In this Conversational Spanish class, you'll learn basic communication skills in the second most common language in the Magic Valley without the pressure of tests and with very little writing. You'll spend the semester learning basic phrases and vocabulary and practicing them with your other classmates. You'll be able to talk about yourselves, others, and your interests. In addition, you'll learn a little about the Hispanic culture. This class can be tailored to the wants of the individual class.

Click here for more information or to register. 

Twin Falls Contact:
Camille Barigar 
Director of Community Enrichment
cbarigar@csi.edu | 208.732.6288

Jerome Contact:
Jerome Center Coordinator
ConstructionNew Construction Career Launcher Program at CSI

Students can also register at: 

Alex Wolford
Training Coordinator Workforce Training
awolford@csi.edu | 208.732.6344
MVSymphonyMagic Valley Symphony Performance
2018 - 2019 SEASON - "A WORLD OF MUSIC"

All concerts performed in the Fine Arts Auditorium of the College of Southern Idaho.

Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

2002 Youth Soloist winner and Austin Opera principal coach and pianist Nyle Matsuoka returns to perform the Strauss "Burleske" and a Prokofiev sonata for piano. The orchestra adds Smetana's "The Moldau" and a Giannini symphony.d more.

Tickets: adult $10/senior $8/student $6 available at the CSI Box Office, five Twin Falls retail stores, and at the door.

More information at www.mvsymphony.org.
GSACSI GSA Presents 2nd Annual All Ages Drag Show

Jenn Zaccone
jzaccone@csi.edu | 208.732.6260
STEAMHerrett Center for Arts and Science Announces Open Registation for Kids STEAM Camp-In
Registration is now open for the Herrett Center for Arts and Science's 2019 STEAM Camp-In, which will be held Friday, March 15, 2019. 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, the wacky science fun of Dr. Picklestein, a sneak-preview screening of the new planetarium show: Beyond the Sun, 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.

Snacks will be provided during the evening and a light breakfast will be served the next morning.

STEAM Camp-In registration forms can be found at the front desk of the Herrett Center or at herrett.csi.edu/exploreherrett. Registration is $50 per camper and closes Saturday, March 2. This camp runs on a first come, first served basis.

For more information, contact Education Coordinator, Kindy Combe.

Kindy Combe
Herrett Center Education Coordinator
kcombe@csi.edu | 208.732.6664
GuidedPathwaysGuided Pathways Work Continues

For Immediate Release
February 5, 2019

Contact: Mike Keckler
208-332-1591 (office)
208-866-5734 (cell)

Guided Pathways Work Continues
By Debbie Critchfield, vice president, Idaho State Board of Education

The Idaho State Board of Education's guided pathways efforts are intended to enable Idaho students to plan and be prepared for life after high school.

Last fall, a work group comprised of education professionals from K-12 and higher education developed a budget proposal to create a "Parent Academy" program to engage and equip parents to guide and assist their child throughout their education. It is modeled after a successful program at the University of Arizona's College Academy for Parents. While the Parent Academy likely won't be considered by lawmakers this legislative session, we hope to bring it back next year. Meanwhile, work groups are busy working on implementation plans for Guided Pathways recommendations and I want to provide a brief update on our work.

Three years ago, the Legislature approved funding for college and career advising programs statewide, enabling school districts to hire advisors and student mentors to pick and implement a model that best fits the district's needs from a list of a half-dozen Board-provided model templates.

With college and career advisors in place across our state, we are working to ensure they have clear lines of communication with people at all of our colleges and universities in order to better help students transition from high school to college. Many of our high school seniors give every indication that they plan to enroll in college or a career technical program, but then never show up on campus when the fall semester begins. We call it the "summer melt" phenomenon and a contributing factor to this melt is that recent graduates often don't know who they can talk to about concerns or questions they have during the three-month summer lull between graduation and the beginning of their first semester in college.

We are working to create a coordinated support system for these students involving high school college and career advisors and counselors and their counterparts in the institutions so that students know who they can turn to for answers and encouragement. State Board researchers estimate Idaho's "go-on" rate from high school to college could increase 10 to 15 percent by curbing summer melt alone.

As with Parent Academy the Board also submitted a budget proposal to create a Summer Bridge Program for high school graduates to take up to six college credit hours during those summer months to keep them engaged and hopefully preempt summer melt. There are modest price tags associated with both proposals and we as a Board certainly understand competing budget priorities and the need to let these student success initiatives percolate a bit before they are formally considered by policy makers.

In the meantime, the Board and the Guided Pathways work groups will continue to collaborate and find ways to improve existing programs and resources. Smoothing the pathway leading from high school to college will result in more college and career technical program graduates, and that is good for our state, and the careers and lives of its people.

PrescriptionDrugAbuseNot Worth the Risk: Prescription Drug Abuse and Valing Information Panel Offered in the Magic Valley

February 7th, 2019

Contact: Brianna Bodily, SCPHD Public Information Officer, (208) 737-5985

Not worth the risk: Prescription drug abuse and vaping information panel offered in Magic Valley

MAGIC VALLEY- Nearly one in four teens admit to using a prescription drug that wasn't prescribed to them by a doctor, and a recent survey from the Food and Drug Administration shows 3.6 million middle and high school students are now using e-cigarettes (vapes) in the United States.

"This is an important conversation. Teens and tweens are trying prescription drugs in our area far more than people realize and often without understanding they can be very dangerous," said MaryAnn Doshier, Public Health Education Specialist. "People assume that because these drugs are prescriptions they are automatically safe. That is dangerously wrong."

South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) is teaming up with the Twin Falls School District and the Twin Falls Police Department to offer an information panel for local students and parents on February 13th. The panel will include:
  • A prescription drug abuse health education specialist answering questions about the risks of sharing prescription drugs, how to talk about it with your kids, and keeping prescription drugs out of your student's hands.
  • A tobacco health education specialist answering questions about vaping, Juuls, and quitting tobacco.
  • A member of the Twin Falls Police Department answering questions about the legal trouble a student can face for distributing prescription drugs (dealing), taking someone else's prescription drugs, or vaping under the age of 18.
"Keeping our students safe and healthy is a joint effort between the schools and parents. It is important that parents take time to talk with their children about the importance of proper handling of medications, never taking pills offered to them, and the importance of reporting such incidents to an adult immediately, to help assure safety for all," said Eva Craner, Director of Public Relations for the Twin Falls School District.

The information panel is open to all parents and students in the Magic Valley with questions about prescription drug abuse and/or vaping:

Pillar Falls Elementary School
3105 Stadium Blvd, Twin Falls, ID
February 13th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

"It's important parents and teachers know about the newest vaping devices, what chemicals are in them, and how dangerous they may be," said Cody Orchard, SCPHD Health Education Specialist. "We want to give parents the right tools to protect their kids."

For more information about prescription drug abuse, tobacco, vaping, or cessation classes please visit phd5.idaho.gov/tobacco, or call (208) 737-5900. 

ISBEBSUBoard to Meet This Week at Boise State University

For Immediate Release                                                                    
February 11, 2019
Contact: Mike Keckler
208-332-1591 (office)
208-866-5734 (cell)
The Idaho State Board of Education will meet February 13-14, 2019 at the Boise State University Student Union Building in the Simplot Ballroom on the second floor.
Start times are as follows:
  • 1:00 p.m. - Wednesday, February 13
  • 8:00 a.m. - Thursday, February 14
The full meeting agenda with materials is posted on the State Board of Education website: https://boardofed.idaho.gov/event/board-meeting-bsu-12/
Agenda items include:
  • Consider a request by the College of Eastern Idaho Board of Trustees and the Lemhi County Commission to add Lemhi County to the CEI Community College District.  If approved, Lemhi County residents will no longer pay higher "out-of-district" fees to attend CEI.
  • Consider a request by the University of Idaho to purchase property in Minidoka County as part of the College of Agricultural and Life Science's planned Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFÉ) research dairy operation.  The purchase is proposed in cooperation with a foundation established by the Idaho Dairymen's Association.
  • Review education-related legislation currently being considered by the Idaho Legislature.
The State Board of Education is charged with the general supervision and governance of the public educational institutions and the public school system of the State of Idaho.  To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, please visit www.boardofed.idaho.gov.

FluSouth Central Public Health District Hosts Facebook Live for Measles and Flu Community Questions

Measles and the flu: 
It's February so we have a lot of bugs floating around right now and a lot of parents concerned for their families. The South Central Public Health District will be hosting a Facebook live on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at noon to answer questions about both the flu and measles for those parents, school staff, and anyone else interested. If you have questions about outbreaks, how to protect your family, and/or how effective the flu and measles vaccines are, this is a good Facebook Live to tune in to. 

SavesweetheartSave Your Sweetheart

February is heart health month! On Valentine's day the South Central Public Health District is working with Magic Valley Paramedics and Twin Falls Fire to offer a free hands-only CPR and Stop the Bleed class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. These are not certification classes, but are a great way to gain some basic knowledge so you know how to help in a cardiac or bleeding emergency. THIS IS NOT JUST FOR SWEATHEARTS! This class is great for parents and their children, for anyone taking care of one of our senior citizens, for EVERYONE! We will have mini anne dolls there so space is limited. 

Please register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RXYHYN7. We will also take as many people as possible on the day of, but it will be on a first come first serve basis. We want to help everyone, but have to follow the fire code. 

PrincessPrincess Dance Fundraiser for Meals on Wheels
TraumaticBrainInjuryTraumatic Brain Injury Group

Amy Barker
Office Specialis t
abarker@csi.edu | 208.732.6800

MartiniTasting7th Annual Martini Tasting Masquerade Ball Fundraiser
Twin Falls Rotary invites you to their 7th Annual Martini Tasting & Masquerade Ball
on February 22, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Guests should dress according to the theme (including masks). There will be sample martinis to vote on beginning at 7 p.m. and appetizers will be provided with a chocolate fountain for a sweet finish. Live music will be provided by Bret Welty beginning at 8 p.m. to keep the crowd rocking. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and can be purchased at: http://rotaryafterhours.com/shop/.

The Rotary Group is focused on community involvement and works closely with local charities. The money raised at this event will be used for community needs. Last year, this fundraiser helped Bickel Elementary students go on a field trip, it helped them get school supplies, and it covered the cost for computers and audio systems in their classrooms.

Seth & Christine Bronson
Twin Falls Rotary
s.k.bronson@gmail.com | 208.914.5404

 ComicsCoffeeComics and Coffee

CJ Rasmusson
Circulation Supervisor, Twin Falls Public Library
crasmusson@twinfallspubliclibrary.org | 208.733.2964 ext. 101

WomenInMotionWomen in Motion Conference at CSI

Alejandra Hernandez
Multicultural Coordinator
ahernandez@csi.edu | 208.732.6312

HealthFairJeromeJoin Us for Jerome's Annual Health Fair
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