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DidYouKnowDid You Know...

Did you know that 63.8% of CSI students in the fall of 2018 were female? Go here to find out more about the composition of our student enrollment.   

Chris Bragg
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness | 208.732.6775

ForesnsicsCSI Forensics Students Excel During President's Day Weekend
CSI Finishes Second Place Among Community Colleges

Over the holiday weekend, the CSI Forensics team competed in the 13th annual Earl Wells memorial tournament at Oregon State University against regional community colleges as well as state and private 4-year schools. With just two competitors, the team finished in second place among community colleges, and sixth place overall.

Kaylee Tegan and Manuel Hernandez both earned sweepstakes points based on their exceptional performances. Tegan advanced to the final round of Novice Debate, earning second on a split decision. She also placed 2nd in After Dinner Speaking and 4th in Informative speaking. Hernandez placed 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking and 5th in Poetry Interpretation.

Tandace Crane, CSI communication faculty member, volunteered her time to travel with the team, and contribute as a judge. Crane observed, "It was impressive to see the level of professionalism displayed by these students, and the analysis they are able to create."
CSI forensics is preparing for a strong finish to the season, as the team heads to the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in March, and the Phi Rho Pi Community College National Tournament in April.

If you would like more information about this tournament or CSI Forensics, the COMM 105 class, or available scholarships, please contact Andy Orr.

Andy Orr
Instructor/Director of Forensics | 208.732.6776 

FoundationCSI's Foundation Thanks the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association for Donation

The College of Southern Idaho Foundation would like to thank the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association for a $1010 donation.   

The Idaho Automobile Dealers Association is a National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Foundation Ambassador. As a result of qualifying for Ambassador status within the Foundation, an Ambassador may present every three years a gift to an acceptable 501(c)(3) entity or organization selected by the Ambassador or by a duly appointed representative. The relationship which dealers enjoy through membership in state and metro associations, in concert with the NADA, creates one of the most phenomenal grass-roots forces in the nation. This unity develops the possibility of a beautiful bond for all with the Foundation. As a result, the citizenry of our great nation is the beneficiary of the good works developed by franchised new car and truck dealers and their associations.

NADA Foundation Ambassadors are saluted for their commitment to their communities. They represent the finest in the automobile industry. The NADA Foundation also salutes the College of Southern Idaho Foundation for their work within our community.  

Tamara Harmon
CSI Foundation Assistant Director | 208.732.66249

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

CIEProfessionalDevelopmentCIE Spring 2020 Good Reads Focus on The 'First 4 Weeks' Best Practices

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.

Using  the First 4 Week checklist*, this spring the CIE will publish weekly 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.

Click here to go to the CIE website for Good Reads, t he 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

SodexoSurvey Sodexo Dining Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

Debbie Woodland
Sodexo General Manager | 208.732.6635

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

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 

This Brown Bag will continue with its theme of exploring CSI employee career stories. Everyone is welcome! The presenter on Monday, Feb. 24, will be CSI Associate Dean of Instructional Effectiveness Chris Bragg. 

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

NEW TOPIC! We are 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. Coffee and breakfast are available for purchase or feel free to bring your own.

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  

SustainableCleaningSustainable Cleaning - Make it and Take it!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

FullPlateGet Excited Now: Full Plate Living Starts February 26

Please register so we have materials and room for everyone! 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

HealthierHeartBlood Pressure Checks & Steps to a Healthier Heart
Upcoming Medical Assisting Blood Pressures Checks:
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

EmployeePicturesGet Your Employee Picture Updated

Doug Maughan, CSI Photographer, will be setting up for employee photos from 9 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in the Canyon Building Studio. If you need a new professional picture for the CSI online directory or for your personal use, please stop by. No appointments are necessary. 

Also keep in mind that Doug can be scheduled to take pictures of your classrooms, offices, departments, students, field trips, and more for marketing publications and social media content. Just email him to set up an appointment.

Doug Maughan
Photographer | 208.732.6262

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

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.
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

PERSIPERSI - Employee Workshops on Campus in March
We will be hosting the PERSI - Ready, Set, Go workshops on March 31, 2020, in Room 277 of the Taylor Building. The workshops are three separate sessions focused on different stages of your career and retirement timeline.
Ready Session: 9 - 10 a.m.
Set Session:  10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Go Session:  12 - 1 p.m.

Pam O'Dell
Benefits Coordinator | 208.732.6206

JoinCarbonWeightLossJOIN 2020 Wellbeing Challenge: Carbon Weight Loss/Minimizing Program

The Wellbeing Program and Sustainability Council challenge you to a Spring Semester devoted to simplifying and minimizing your life at home and at work. We will use a wonderful tool from the website to 
Declutter Your Home   to get started. It's really NOT TOO LATE to start.  

Make Your Own Compost Bin is a great way to recycle organic materials you are ready to toss.  Find great instructions for a $10 DYI compost bin online! Go to

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

OralHealthOral Health Care: Kids & Cavities - What You Can Do
Posted: 04 Feb 2020 by Healthy Life Blog

Note: February is National Children's Dental Health Month. National Children's Dental Health Month is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities.

From the blog: Although children will lose many of their first teeth as they are replaced with permanent adult teeth, the "baby" teeth are still important. Cavities and decay, even in those first teeth, can lead to speech and eating problems and crooked adult teeth, says the American Dental Association (ADA). Follow these tips to keep your child's teeth in the best possible condition:
  • Don't let baby go to bed with a bottle. Even milk contains natural sugars that can sit on the teeth and cause cavities.
  • If you have an infant, gently wipe his or her teeth daily with a soft cloth or a toothbrush designed for babies. No toothpaste is necessary at this age.
  • Toddlers will need help brushing with a small, soft toothbrush. Just water is fine - no toothpaste is needed yet.
  • Once your child reaches age 3, they should be brushing twice daily with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. You should supervise brushing until age 7 to ensure they are reaching all sides of the teeth.
  • Teach your child to floss. There are easy-to-grip flossers designed for kids that may help them get used to the habit.
  • Take your child to the dentist. The ADA recommends you start when your child is 1 year old, and every six months after that. This is a good time to discuss dental care, examine your child's teeth, and get them familiar with seeing the dentist.
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

CarbonFootPrintYour Workplace Carbon Footprint: 5 Points to Printing Best Practices
Consider alternatives to printing
  • Use Google Drive to share and edit work with colleagues
  • Display documents on screen in meetings
  • Read and edit documents on screen
Preview file before printing
  • To ensure documents look as you expect when printing
Print only the pages and documents you require
  • Avoid using the 'print all' button
Print in black & white and double sided
  • Use single-sided and color-only when necessary
  • Select 300 dpi (draft) for working copies
Use the Campus Copy Center
  • For high volume and specialist print jobs
  • For a professional finish & binding
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

VisionHow to Treat 10  Top Vision Problems
AARP - Health - Vision 2020
You may think that recent changes in your vision are just another sign you're getting older. That may not be so. Although nearly half of the people who struggle with a visual disability are 65 or older, many of those cases could have been prevented. "It's not normal to be losing vision as you get older, and there's usually an underlying reason," says Rahul Khurana, a physician and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. With new treatments for a variety of eye diseases, doctors can slow their progression or reverse the damage - though you have to know what's going on first. Here are some troubling eye symptoms and what to do if you experience one.

1. Y
ou have double vision

First, a self-test: Cover one eye. Is the symptom still there? If yes, that's good news. The cause could be dryness; using artificial tears to lubricate the eye surface may help, says Jennifer Eikenberry, an ophthalmologist and assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at Indiana University School of Medicine. More worrisome is when the problem is "binocular," meaning that double vision disappears when you close one eye. "It's a sign that your eyes are not aligned, and we worry that the double vision is caused by a nerve palsy from a stroke or aneurysm," she explains.

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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AthleticsCSI Athletic Events This Week - GO EAGLES

CSI Team
Women's Basketball 2/20 5 p.m. Utah State University Eastern Twin Falls, ID
Men's Basketball
7 p.m.
Utah State University Eastern
Twin Falls, ID
Softball 2/21 12 p.m. Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, ID
Baseball 2/21 1 p.m. University of Calgary Twin Falls, ID
Baseball 2/21 3 p.m. University of Calgary Twin Falls, ID
Cross Country 2/21 TBA Big Sky Tuner Bozeman, MT
Rodeo 2/21-23 TBA CSI Champions Rodeo School Twin Falls, ID
Baseball 2/22 1 p.m. University of Calgary Twin Falls, ID
Baseball 2/22 3 p.m. University of Calgary Twin Falls, ID
Baseball 2/23 12 p.m. University of Calgary Twin Falls, ID
Men & Women's Basketball 2/27-29 TBA Region 18 Tournament Twin Falls, ID

For more information about CSI Athletics visit

Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director | 208.732.6493

TraumaticBrainCSI Traumatic Brain Injury Group Schedule

Scott Lindquist
Student Disabilities Services Coordinator | 208.732.6268

WildlifeDaySustainability Council Wildlife Day With Corbin Maxey

On behalf of Sustainability Council, we will be hosting an animal show with wildlife expert and biologist, Corbin Maxey. It will be on Friday, February 21, at 6 PM at the Herret Center. The show is open to all students and 40 non students. Sign ups are in the student affairs office or you can email me directly at Spots are on a first come first serve basis. There are more details on the flyer  above.
Naomi Gonzalez
CSI Sustainability President

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

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

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

ArtistsAgainstHungerBuy a Handmade Bowl to Help Artists Against Hunger

Mayumi Kiefer
Art Instructor | 208.732.6753

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

CommunityEdUpcoming Community Education Classes 

Dates: Feb 25 - Mar 17
Days:  Tuesdays
Time:  7 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $90 for a couple
Location: Main Campus  Gym 304
Instructor: Leroy Hayes and Deborah Silver

Dates: Feb 25 - 27
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $20
Location: Main Campus Taylor 276
Instructor: Various Real Estate, Lending & Title Professionals

Date: Mar 7
Day: Saturday
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: $199
Location: Main Campus Shields 107
Instructor: Sandy March


Dates: Feb 25
Days: Tuesday
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Location: Mini-Cassia Center A25
Instructor: Amy Christopherson
Fee: $20 (Ages 12+)

Dates: Mar 3 - Apr 7
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mini-Cassia Center B11
Instructor: Shirley Stauffer
Fee: $40 (Ages 16+)


Dates: Mar 2, 3, 4
Days: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Jerome Center
Instructor: Diane Gause
Fee: $40 + $10 supplies

Dates: Mar 7 -28
Days: Saturdays
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Jerome Center
Instructor: Cheryl Viola
Fee: $30


Dates: Feb 26 - Mar 18
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Gooding Center
Instructor: Karrie Giles
Fee: $65 plus supplies

Date: Feb 27
Day: Thursday
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Location: Gooding Center
Instructor: Justin Vipperman and M. English
Fee: $60

Dates: Mar 5 - Apr 16 
Days: Thursdays
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Gooding Center
Instructor: Aditya Sharma
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

ProgramBoardPaintNightProgram Board is Hosting a Pain Night for Students

Kezia Putri
Program Board

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

WoodworkingWoodworking and Welding Sale 

Jessica Larsen
Lab Assistant, Cabinet Making | 208.732.6342

RhinocerosCSI Theater, Music, and Dance Department Present "Rhinoceros"
March 4-7 
7:30 p.m. 
CSI Fine Arts Theater

Rhinoceroses start running loose on a Sunday afternoon in a small French town. Eugène Ionesco's classic 1959 play is an absurdist farce about the rising conformism and fascism during the World War II. Zinnie Harris, in her new version of Ionesco's Rhinoceros, brings us to Europe and its politics today. If you are looking for a serious laughter, come to see Rhinoceros presented by the CSI Theatre, Music, and Dance Departments.

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and senior citizens, free to CSI students with ID. Tickets available at the CSI Box Office or online at

Camille Barigar
Community Enrichment Director | 208.732.6288

GSA3rd Annual All Ages Drag Show

Jenn Zaccone
GSA Faculty Advisor | 208.732.6799

CarleneCarterArts on Tour Presents "Carlene Carter"
There are only 70 tickets left for the fifth performance of the Arts on Tour season, Carlene Carter, which will take place in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium on 
Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.

Carlene Carter has been releasing music for almost four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, and granddaughter of "Mother" Maybelle Carter, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century. Carlene started her career singing with The Carter Family at 17. With the 1978 release of her self-titled debut album, she established herself on the edgier end of the country music spectrum, having recorded it in England with Graham Parker's band The Rumour. When Maybelle Carter died later that fall, Chet Flippo wrote in Rolling Stone that she "lived to see her granddaughter Carlene merge Nashville with contemporary rock and roll." Her most recently album release was Carter Girl, a collection of Carter Family songs and originals inspired by her family.  Carlene spent the better part of the last few years on the road with John Mellencamp on his Plain Spoken tour, both as a support act and joining him on stage nightly to perform duets.  She also played a role in the touring production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the southern gothic musical play written by Stephen King and Mellencamp.

Follow-up performances of the Arts on Tour season include We Shall Overcome (March 11), and Yamato - The Drummers of Japan (April 15). Yamato has sold out.  

Ticket prices are $26/adults, $10/children HS & under and can be purchased at, at the CSI Fine Arts Box Office, or by calling (208) 732-6288

Camille Barigar
Community Enrichment Director | 208.732.6288

ISBOEIdaho State Board of Education Endorses Task Force Recommendations 

For Immediate Release                                                                                 
February 13, 2020
Contact: Mike Keckler
208-332-1591 (office)
208-866-5734 (cell)
The Idaho State Board of Education today formally adopted the recommendations put forth last fall by Governor Brad Little's "Our Kids, Idaho's Future" task force. The recommendations are intended to be a blueprint for elementary and secondary education priorities for the next five years.
The recommendations include:
  • Improving student literacy in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade
  • Greater access to all-day kindergarten.
  • Building out the teacher career ladder to improve salaries for veteran teachers.
  • Provide training for teachers to address social and emotional issues in the classroom.
  • Creating more flexibility for school districts to use state funds to address local needs.
The Board also passed motions to:
  • Oppose any additional restrictions to the current statutory framework for local control on levies, bonds or school calendars during the 2020 legislative session.
  • Support the Governor's initiatives and priorities for teacher pay and the career ladder build-out. 
The Board adopted recommendations put forward by its Career Technical Education Work Group to improve CTE access and instruction statewide by utilizing regional advisory committees to engage local employers to help meet local needs. The report also recommends expanding and improving apprenticeship programs and initiating a statewide outreach campaign to create better understanding about career options available through CTE programs.
Other actions include:
  • Approved Boise State University's request to purchase a 90,000 square foot office building just east of the campus for a price not to exceed $22.5 million. Boise State will use the building for administrative purposes in order to free up more space on campus for instruction.
  • Approved Idaho State University's request to start the third phase of a project to expand the EAMES complex for use by Idaho State's College of Technology. Partial funding will be provided by a $2.2 million federal grant. The EAMES complex will eventually house all College of Technology programs in one location.
  • Approved Idaho State University's request to name its planned alumni center the Idaho Central Credit Union Bengal Alumni Center. ICCU recently donated $1.5 million to the project. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.
The Board met February 12-13, 2020 at Boise State University.


SupportTeachersWe Support Students When We Support Teachers

February 19, 2020
We support students when we support teachers
By Governor Brad Little
When we talk about supporting teachers, we're really talking about supporting students.
The education a person receives during childhood has a meaningful impact on the kind of life they will lead. And an effective teacher is the primary contributor to student achievement in the classroom.
The foundation for every child's success starts in the home. But when a student steps foot in a public school, our constitutional and moral obligation to Idaho's youngest citizens kicks in.
We often hear the saying, "Teachers don't go into it for the money." True. But we have relied on teachers' good hearts for too long to secure a workforce that will educate the next generation of Idahoans.
It is time to make Idaho teacher salaries competitive.
This week, I put a multi-year plan before the Idaho Legislature to raise teacher salaries across the board.
The plan is supported by a broad group of parents, businesses, and education stakeholders.
The plan continues our progress last year when the Legislature and I authorized a salary bump for starting teachers, which helps attract bright minds to pursue careers in education.
Now, we are focused on building a long-term career path so effective educators remain in the profession.
This approach is particularly helpful to school districts in rural Idaho and border communities where cross-border competition for teachers is high. It reduces the burden on property taxpayers, who in many parts of Idaho have shouldered the burden of paying school districts' operating and personnel costs in order to stay competitive.
I understand that nobody - whether you work in the private, government or nonprofit sector - gets a boost in pay without some measure of accountability to deliver positive outcomes. And I appreciate the Idaho Legislature for ensuring accountability remains a robust factor in any plan to increase teacher pay.
My plan includes a strong accountability system that is focused on student growth and proficiency and advanced professional practice.
Idaho's young generation gets a big share of my policy priorities as Governor. I often talk about the lens through which I make decisions - I want to make Idaho the place where our children and grandchildren choose to stay. I want my grandkids, who are enrolled in Idaho public schools, to access educational opportunities in Idaho, find good jobs in Idaho, and raise their families in Idaho. I want them to carry on the legacy of our family in Idaho, in whichever way they choose.
We cannot achieve that without offering them and all young people across the state - from Bonners Ferry to Boise to Bear Lake and everywhere in between - the opportunity to learn with a teacher who feels valued, accountable, and equipped with all the tools to do the job effectively.
Increasing teacher pay is an important step to get us there.

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

SSMedicareSeminarsSocial Security & Medicare Seminar for Retiring CSI Employees
Dear friends,
Yesterday I received an invitation from our Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce to attend two FREE sessions on Social Security Benefits and Medicare: The A, B, C, D's. These sessions are offered by an IRS approved non-profit organization on March 5 and March 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 each time. I will be attending this event at the Chamber and invite you and your spouse to join me. See details below and find the complete flier attached. I used the online registration process and it worked just great. See you there!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

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

StLukesFoodFree Community Seminar: Food & Exercise as Lifestyle Medicine
Kyli Gough
Community Health Manager | 208.814.0046

WomensSuffrageRegister Now for the CSI Social Sciences & Humanities Symposium

Register now online at:

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

SafetyFest11th Annual Safety & Business Fest

For more information about this event visit: 

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

P20CallforProposalsP20 Conference Call for Proposals

For more information, visit

Samra Culum
Education Instructor | 208.732.6223

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