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DidYouKnowDid You Know...

Did you know that 11% of CSI students earned enough credits in 2018-19 (30) to be on track to graduate with an Associate Degree in 2 years? That's up from 7.6% in 2015. 

(Source:  Institutional Effectiveness)

Chris Bragg
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness | 208.732.6775

EmployeeoftheYearCongratulations to the 2019 PACE Employee of the Year Award Recipients 
Congratulations to our Professional and Classified Employees of the Year!

Judy Winkle - Classified Employee of the Year

Judy is a very dedicated employee who cares for the students and our community very deeply. She works to assist students in organizing the dental clinic so that they may easily find forms and supplies. She is gracious to the diverse population of community members who come to the clinic. She wears CSI branded shirts and always represents the college with a positive attitude and smile. She takes time to listen to all persons who come into the clinic and is eager to assist faculty and students. She is mindful of her work environment and keeps it organized and tidy. Judy is always on time and stays late or works into her lunch if the situation demands this (as when patients are still in the clinic). Her organization skills lend to her level of professionalism. She is a forward thinker who likes to keep things efficient. She is also knowledgeable of the business practices of the college, which is beneficial in managing the dental clinic receipts and supply purchasing. She is very responsible, knows her job well, and exhibits high integrity in all that she does. 

Shawna Jacobson - Professional Employee of the Year

Shawna currently serves as Board Vice President as a CSI Representative in the Gooding Chamber of Commerce. She is always prepared and constantly promotes the college. She is ever-ready to answer questions or find answers and follow up as necessary. She is quick to make connections using CSI resources to help those in the community and has an extremely caring approach when it comes to any type of public relations. She is dedicated to the completion of any duty as well as taking it beyond merely duty to a high level of commitment. Shawna is exemplary in her professionalism no matter who she is serving. She has shown integrity in business and work ethics in all observed situations, even shoveling snow off the entry walkways. Her lifetime contributions to CSI have left a lasting mark through her unselfishness, commitment to excellence, principles of integrity, professionalism, and institutional knowledge body of work. Shawna has performed and carried herself with impeccable character to accomplish a high-level of service and success on behalf of the college. She has been a critical part of the CSI Gooding Center impacting thousands of lives.

WorkStudyPeerTutorWork Study Student Needed for Peer Tutoring

Jacqlyn King
Biology Instructor | 208.732.6825
ELCDonationsThe CSI Early Learning Center is in Need of Winter Clothing

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

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

Erin Giesler
Graphic Design Specialist | 208.732.6320

InserviceScheduleSpring 2020 In-Service Schedule

Dawn Wendland
Center for Instructional Excellence | 208.732.6520

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

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

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

CSI Admissions

CPRAED1stAidRegister for CPR/AED and 1st Aid Training

Friday, January 10, 2020 in the HSHS, Room 241
Morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) CPR & AED Training & Certification 
Afternoon (1:30 - 4:00 p.m.) 1st Aid Training & Certification
Register online for either or both morning and afternoon. Please let me know if you are registered but CAN NOT make this training.  

Judy Heatwole, MTD  
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

FSCCFaulknerShowFaculty Staff Connections Committee Sponsors Employees for a Faulkner Planetarium Show
Ansina Durham  
Public Services Manager, Library | 208.732.6502

RNParamedicRN to Paramedic Bridge Course
Dillon Brock
EMS and Fire Science Program Manager | 208.732.6709

TuitionSpring Tuition is Due January 17, 2020

Encourage students to pay on time at! 

TransferFairCSI Transfer Fair

Kristin Becker
Bilingual Student Advisor | 208.732.6251

WellnessMiniChallengeJanuary Wellness Mini-Challenge: 10 Ten
State of Idaho Health Matters
The "10 Ten" Mini Challenge invites you to make 10 ten-year goals. Think about where you would like to be in 10 years. Where will you be in your profession? Where will you be in your family life? Where will you be financially? Write down at least 10 ten-year goals and put them somewhere you can see them periodically, or even daily.
Lewis Carrol, who penned Alice in Wonderland, said, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Your short list of ten goals will define where you want to go and will help you choose which road to take daily. Your goals will give you direction and purpose when you face rough times and will inspire you to go beyond what you would normally do when times are good. It will be interesting to see how many of your goals you accomplish and where your quest takes you

Judy Heatwole, MTD  
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

WellbeingChallenge2020 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. Chances are, you won't be able to complete this journey in only a few months. In fact, I started on this list of 101 things to minimize or eliminate last February and completed it on New Year's eve when I finally tackled holiday décor and the other last items in my attic at home. I can't tell you how good that felt!

What is a carbon footprint?
Footprints offer clues about where we came from and where we're headed. Their impressions tell us something about the animals that leave them. But while actual footprints offer details on size, weight and speed, carbon footprints measure how much carbon dioxide (CO2) we produce just by going about our daily lives. A drive to work, a flip of a  light  switch and a flight out of town all rely on the combustion of fossil fuels like  oil , coal and gas. When fossil fuels burn, they emit greenhouse gases like CO2 that contribute to  global warming . Ninety-eight percent of atmospheric CO2 comes from the combustion of fossil fuels [source:  Energy Information Administration ].
How can we improve our own carbon footprint?
We can start by choosing to minimize the things and behaviors in our lives that impact the impression we leave.  Marie Kondo would call it "organizing your world and designing your life to spark joy."  Simplicity is key. Taking ACTION to challenge our transportation, housing and shopping habits will definitely be involved. Reducing THINGS in our homes will allow us unbelievable freedom from stuff!  We will celebrate with recyclable shopping bags for all our participants when we wrap up during our Earth Day events.

Here are some great articles from to get you started on this project.  Enjoy!
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

AthleticsCSI Athletic Events This Week - GO EAGLES

CSI Team Date Time Opponent Location
Women's Basketball 1/9 5 p.m. Salt Lake CC Salt Lake City, UT
Men's Basketball 1/9 7 p.m. Salt Lake CC Salt Lake City, UT
Women's Basketball 1/11 3 p.m. Colorado Northwestern CC Rangley, CO
Men's Basketball 1/11 5 p.m. Colorado Northwestern CC Rangley, CO
Cross Country 1/11 TBA Snake River Open Pocatello, ID

For more information about CSI Athletics visit

Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director | 208.732.6493

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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WeekendCollegePlusSpring 2020 Weekend College Plus Courses

Weekend College Plus had a very successful fall semester serving over 50 students, 40 in Saturday courses.

We are offering three Saturday courses this spring. If you know a relative, a neighbor or a friend, who needs some encouragement to complete a degree, a certificate or who may be interested in picking up a Saturday class, please have him/her contact me.

Spring Semester Saturday Classes:

* MUSI 100-C42A (Intro to Music) one Saturday a month from 12-2:30 pm
* ALLH 220-C40A (Fundamentals of Nutrition) 1st & 3rd Saturdays from 9:00-11:30 AM
* ENGL 102 C40A (Writing & Rhetoric II) Saturday 12:00-2:50

Kendal Nield
Director, Weekend College Plus CSI | 208.732.6876

KarateandSelfDefenseTake a Karate or Self Defense for Women Class This Spring 

Are you interested in taking a self defense class this spring? Here are two great options:

Self Defense for Women (WELL 100 C09)
Credit - 1.00
Instructor - Clark, Jesse
Days - Mondays and Wednesdays 
Time - 5:10 - 6 PM
Dates - 1/13/2020 -5/7/2020
Room - CAMPS/ PHYED/ 236
Beginning Karate (WELL 100 C02)
Credit - 1.00
Instructor - Clark, Jesse
Days - Mondays and Wednesdays 
Times - 6:10 - 7 PM
Dates - 1/13/2020 -5/7/2020
Room - CAMPS/ PHYED/ 236

Register for these classes today on MyCSI or contact Instructor, Jesse Clark, for more information.

Jesse Clark
Karate and Self Defense Instructor | 208.870.3124

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

PhotographyClassesPhotography Classes Available at CSI this Spring and Summer

Ben Lustig
Professor, Photography | 208.732.6756

CommunityEdUpcoming Community Education Classes 

Dates: Jan 13 - May 4
Days: Mondays
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts 83A, Main Campus in Twin Falls
Instructor: Ben Britton and Michael Frew

Dates: Jan 14 - Apr 24
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ted Hadley
Fee: Free
Location: Fine Arts 164, Main Campus in Twin Falls

Dates: Jan 15 - May 6
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ben Britton
Location: Fine Arts 164, Main Campus in Twin Falls

Date:  Jan 16 - May 7
Day: Thursdays 
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Carson Wong
Fee: $10
Location: Fine Arts 133, Main Campus in Twin Falls

Dates: Jan 21 - Mar 24
Days: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 -9:20 p.m.
Fee: $150 (+ supply fee paid to the instructor depending on the chosen project)
Location: Canyon 133, Main Campus in Twin Falls

Dates: Jan 21 - May 9
Days: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
Times: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Tues/Thurs) and 9 - 11 a.m. (Saturdays)
Instructor: Bryan Matsuoka and Michael Easterling
Fee: $80 (+20 gi rental each session)
Location: Rec. Center 231A, Main Campus in Twin Falls

Dates: Jan 21 - May 7
Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Bryan Matsuoka and Michael Easterling
Fee: $70 (+20 gi rental each session)
Location: Rec. Center 231A, Main Campus in Twin Falls

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

TraumaticBrainCSI Traumatic Brain Injury Group Schedule

Scott Lindquist
Student Disabilities Services Coordinator | 208.732.6268

BYUAmbassadorsBYU Young Ambassadors to Perform at the CSI Fine Arts Center
January 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium

Brigham Young University's renowned Young Ambassadors are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their first performance in 1970. Throughout the last 50 years, 1700 Young Ambassadors have traveled thousands of miles, visited 68 countries, and met millions of new friends who long remember the group's fast-paced choreography and beloved melodies. Young Ambassadors have captured the hearts of young and old through half a century of tours.Young Ambassadors continue their energetic tradition of song and dance as they recall their past travels in their new show--Souvenirs. Young Ambassadors feature 20 of BYU's best singers and dancers, and 10 of BYU's finest instrumentalists in the Young Ambassador Showband. This showband is conducted by Professor Eric Hansen and features three show-stopping pieces, adding dynamic energy and class to Souvenirs. Come see this high-energy performance! General admission: $15.

Tickets can be purchased at the CSI Box Office, Deseret Book, or online here 

Camille Barigar
Community Enrichment Director | 208.732.6288

OsageAugust: Osage County

January 22-25  at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Theater

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County centers around the Weston family, brought together after their patriarch, world-class poet and alcoholic Beverly Weston, disappears. The matriarch, Violet, depressed and addicted to pain pills and "truth-telling," is joined by her three daughters and their problematic lovers, who harbor their own deep secrets, her sister Mattie Fae and her family, well-trained in the Weston family art of cruelty, and finally, the observer of the chaos, the young Cheyenne housekeeper Johnna, who was hired by Beverly just before his disappearance. Holed up in the large family estate in Osage County, Oklahoma, tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August: Osage County is both dense and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable. Warning: Coarse language, adult themes, sex & drug use references. 

Tickets are $15 and can be obtained by going to, at the CSI Box Office, or by calling 732-6288.

Camille Barigar
Director of Community Enrichment | 208.732.6288

ParentCollegeParent College - We're All in This Together

Additional learning sessions will be held on February 22, and March 14, 2020. 

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

BoxingSmoker43rd Annual CSI Cowboy & Cowgirl Boxing Smoker

Steve Birnie
Head Rodeo Coach | 208.732.6620

BearMassacreBear River Massacre Commemoration Caravan
January 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Theater

We have a 1-hour service at 11 a.m. on January 29. We even feed you after. A couple of short speakers and music and ceremony. It's beautiful. I would love to see you. It's at the DUP Monument on Highway 91. Just north of Preston.

Camille Barigar
Community Enrichment Director | 208.732.6288

PianoCelebrationCSI Piano Celebration Presents Kimberlee Dodds Dray and Peter Fanovic
January 31 at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium

West Coast violinist Kimberlee Dray meets Slovakian pianist Peter Fancovic in New York City to rehearse. The duo truly represents the fusion of East and West, characterizing their program spanning Prokofiev to Gershwin. While Peter earned his Master's of Music in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, Kimberlee studied under famed Soviet violinist Nina Beilina. The merging of cultures informs their collaboration, making this recital of Soviet and American repertoire a particularly rewarding adventure as evidence of the power of music to unite cultures and people. An active recitalist, Kimberlee has performed across the United States and Peter is a much sought after soloist and collaborator, having performed in venues such as Concertgebouw, with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba and many others.

General Admission Tickets: Adults - $10 / Seniors $8 / Students $6. Contact Sue Miller at for more information or tickets.

Sue Miller
Music Professor | 208.732.6255

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

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

GovernorLittleGovernor Little Highlights Education, Other Priorities in 2020 State of the State and Budget Address

January 6, 2019
Governor Little highlights education, other priorities in 2020 State of the State and Budget Address
Boise, Idaho - Governor Brad Little emphasized his push for greater investments in literacy, teachers, and Idaho's public education system during his State of the State and Budget Address today.
"We have a constitutional and moral obligation to all our youngest citizens," Governor Little said. "I subscribe to the view that it is better to prepare children today than to repair them later."
Other highlights from the Governor's speech include continued regulatory reform, grocery tax relief for Idaho families, responsible budgeting, investments in public safety and corrections, and making health care in Idaho more accessible and affordable for all Idahoans.
"I'm committed to working with the Legislature to invest in education, continue reducing regulatory burdens, and increase all Idahoans' prosperity and quality of life. I want us to champion affordable health care, make Idaho safer, and promote healthy lands and waters. I want Idahoans to be confident in their state government," Governor Little said.
Some of Governor Little's budget and policy highlights include:
EDUCATION : Increased funds for literacy and teacher salaries; teacher training to promote school safety; enhanced higher education collaboration and the availability of a new cross-institution cybersecurity program; new career technical education facilities at community colleges; support for Idaho Job Corps at community colleges; and workforce development grants.
ZERO-BASED REGULATION : Required routine examination and streamlining of Idaho's full administrative code moving forward; modernization of Idaho statutes; and simplifying licensure laws so individuals relocating to Idaho can start working in their profession more quickly and easily.
CONSERVATIVE BUDGET : Grocery tax relief for Idaho families; Governor's budget cuts spending, leaves a surplus, bolsters rainy-day funds, and limits true General Fund spending growth to a conservative 3.75-percent; improved process for ensuring accurate economic forecasts; and renewed focus on transparency in Idaho budgeting.
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES : Medicaid Expansion fully funded with net-zero impact on General Fund; increased number of medical residents in Idaho to address shortage of physicians; new funds to combat opioid crisis; continued support of enhanced short-term plans for Idaho individuals and families priced out of the insurance market by Obamacare; and continued support of community recovery centers.
PUBLIC SAFETY : Investments in Connection and Intervention Stations and community reentry centers to lower taxpayer costs, reduce demand for prison beds, make Idaho communities safer, and help inmates lead productive lives following incarceration; and investments in Idaho State Police fleet, investigators, and dispatchers.
PROMOTING STRONG ECONOMY : New State Broadband Office within Commerce so all of Idaho can be better served with broadband connectivity; praise for passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to support Idaho farmers and producers; and close to $100 million to maintain and improve the state's highway system.
ENVIRONMENT : New resources available to advance Shared Stewardship and the Good Neighbor Authority, to reduce fire risk, create jobs, and promote forest health; ongoing funding for wolf monitoring programs; new position at Office of Species Conservation and continuation of Idaho Roadless Commission to enhance state's authority over federal lands in the state; continued support for new agriculture lab; and expanded trail maintenance for summer off-highway vehicles.
ENHANCING STATE GOVERNMENT : New State Employee Hotline where state employees can anonymously and securely raise concerns about potential fraud, waste, and abuse within state government; continued investments in IT Modernization to help protect citizen data; and a 2-percent merit-based Change in Employee Compensation to help retain Idaho's hard-working permanent state employees.
A full list of Governor Little's budget priorities are available here.
The full text of his 2020 State of the State and Budget Address is here.
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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison, Press Secretary

SBOEState Board of Education President's Statement on the Governor's State of the State Address

For Immediate Release                                                                    
January 6, 2020
Contact: Mike Keckler
208-332-1591 (office)
208-866-5734 (cell)
"Idaho Governor Brad Little continues to demonstrate his commitment to public education in Idaho," State Board President Debbie Critchfield said. "Despite a lean budget year, Governor Little today outlined his plan to add $30 million to improve teacher pay. He called on lawmakers to continue funding for early childhood literacy programs and the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship. Governor Little also recommends additional training and resources to better equip teachers to identify and serve students with behavioral health issues to improve conditions for learning. These were all recommendations put forward last year by the Governor's "Our Kids, Idaho's Future" task force. I applaud the Governor's proposed investment in a collaborative cyber security program at our three universities, which reflects the Board's emphasis on operating as a system. His proposal to fund Career Technical Education facilities at Lewis-Clark State College and the College of Eastern Idaho will help students and industry. As Board President, I commend Governor Little for his efforts on behalf of our students and teachers and I look forward to working with him and with lawmakers this session on these and other education-related initiatives." 

TonerFree Printer Toner, Can You Use It?

Free Toner!

If you can use Xerox Phaser 6500 / WorkCentre 6505 toner, please email Julie Hall. She would like to donate these toners to someone who can use them. She has yellow, black, magenta, and cyan available.

Thank you!

Julie Hall

AlzheimersSupportGroupEarly Stage Support Group by Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's largest voluntary health organization. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. As we continue our world renowned research, advocate, educate and care for this fragile population, we have an opportunity in our community to offer an amazing program to those working through Early Stages of Alzheimer's Disease. We are currently seeking those who are in Early Stages and help them through education in a support group setting.

Just to share a little bit about the program-
  • 10 weeks of discussions with professional staff from our community  
  • Set up like a support group
  • Round table discussions
  • For the caregiver and patient
  • Each week a different subject is discussed: legal and financial, long term care, progression of the disease, psycho-social evaluations and knowing how to care for your person etc...
  • Our facilitator is Michelle Tigue. She has worked in the senior care industry for about 10 years and is a Psychology, PHD candidate working on social change dialogue. Other experts in their field will be announced as we interview and place people in the group and confirm dates.
Danielle Lyda
Regional Representative, Greater Idaho Chapter, Alzheimer's Association | 208.631.0391

PlanetariumNew Planetarium Show - Volcanoes: The Fires of Creation

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

Rick Greenawald
Manager, Faulkner Planetarium | 208.732.6659

WorkforceJanuaryCSI Workforce Development and Training January Schedule

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

Alex Wolford
Training Coordinator | 208.732.6344

StarPartyFree Monthly Star Party
Monthly Free Star Party 
Saturday, January 11, 6:15 p.m. to midnight 
Venus (sets early), waning gibbous (98%) moon, Neptune, Uranus, double stars.  This   event includes f ree admission.   For the latest on upcoming events, call the Centennial Observatory Star Line at 732-MOON (6666). All telescope viewing is weather permitting.  

Chris Anderson
Production Specialist & Observatory Coordinator | 208.732.6663

LoveLogicLove and Logic Parenting Skills and Techniques
Love and Logic Parenting Skills and Techniques
Develop Strong Parenting Techniques and Strategies
Raise happy and well-behaved kids with positive, loving tools

The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of crafting caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection between parents and their children is the root of a healthy, thriving relationship built on trust and understanding.

Sounds easy enough but never before in history have parents been faced with so many challenges! Our approach provides a variety of simple and effective strategies for parenting children from birth to adulthood. Whether you're embarking for the first time with your new baby or navigating the turbulent teens with your youngest, our strategies and techniques will help you create calm and loving solutions.

Choose "Love"
The "Love" in Love and Logic means that we love our kids so much that we are willing to set and enforce limits. This Love also means that we do so with sincere compassion and empathy.

Choose "Logic"
The "Logic" in Love and Logic happens when we allow children to make decisions, make affordable mistakes and experience the natural or logical consequences. When we balance this with sincere empathy, they develop the following logic:

The quality of my life depends on the quality of my choices.

With the loving yet powerful tools of Love and Logic, we can help our children learn to make good choices and experience happy lives while maintaining their love and respect.

Specialized solutions for a range of challenges, including:

* Picky Eating
* Stubbornness
* Social Media
* Step-Parenting
* Potty Training
* Special Needs
* Toddler Tantrums
* Much More!

CSI Head Start/Early Head Start is proud to offer "Love and Logic, Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun" as our new facilitated parenting t raining/curricula and made especially for parents of kids 0-6!

Dates: 5-week course, every Tuesday, Jan. 14 - Feb. 11, 2020
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: College of Southern Idaho, Taylor Student Union, Room 277
Cost: Free to HS/EHS parents, $10/person and $15/couple for public participants
Note: Childcare will NOT be available

Abby Greenfield
Family Services Community Involvement Coordinator | 208.736.0741 ext. 1124

StLukesDiabetesSt. Luke's Free Community Seminar: All About Diabetes

Kyli Gough
St. Luke's Magic Valley

ChamberElectionsFour Seats on the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are Up for Election
Four seats on the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are up for election this year with terms beginning February 21, 2020.  DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS 12 P.M. ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020! Three of these seats are full 3-year terms expiring at the annual meeting in 2023. The fourth seat is a partial term that will end at the annual meeting in 2021. The person who wins this seat will be eligible to run again in 2021 for a full term.
Any employee of a Chamber member business (in good standing - meaning the member is current on their annual dues payment and has no other outstanding payments due to the Chamber) is eligible to run for election to the Board.
One business member company may not have more than one person representing their company on the board. Ongoing board members represent the following companies: Fairfield Inn & Suites/TownePlace Suites, State Farm Insurance, Glanbia Nutritionals, Cold Stone Creamery/Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, First Federal, Watkins Distributing, Chobani, and Idaho Power Company.
Directors serve for a 3-year term and are responsible for the supervision of the Chamber, the direction of its work and policy making. The Board of Directors controls the Chamber's property and is responsible for the organization's finances.
The Board meets monthly and Directors also attend Chamber functions and committee meetings as needed.
If you are interested in running for one of the seats on the Board, please email Shawn Barigar at   with your name, business name, and contact information. Self-nomination is allowed. Electronic ballots will be emailed to the voting member of each Chamber business following the close of nominations with the final vote being tallied at 5 p.m. on January 31, 2020.

Shawn Barigar
Twin Falls Mayor

HumansoftheMagicValleyHumans of the Magic Valley 

The Twin Falls Public Library is happy to present our sixth Humans of the Magic Valley! Humans of the Magic Valley is a program where real people are available to be interviewed by you. Participants can ask difficult questions and get honest answers during one-on-one interviews. Join us from 5 - 9 p.m. on January 24, 2020, at the Yellow Brick Cafe to speak with an Amputee, a Wife of a Trans Man, a Magistrate Judge, an Adult Child of Addicts, an Intuitive Psychic, a Kidney Donor, a Kidney Transplant Recipient, a Nuclear Engineer, a Mama Dr agon, a Parent of a Child With William's Syndrome and more!  

CJ Rasmusson
Twin Falls Public Library

ComicsandCoffeeComics and Coffee at Twin Beans

CJ Rasmusson
Twin Falls Public Library

BookArtsBook Arts Exhibit in the Herrett Center Gallery

Angela Batchelor
Assistant Professor, Art | 208.732.6754

WomensSuffrageSave the Date for the CSI Social Sciences & Humanities Symposium

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

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

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

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

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