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DidYouKnowDid You Know...

Did you know that 3,558 early college students are taking a class from CSI this fall?  That's up 20.4% compared to fall 2018.  

(Source: PSR Fall Snapshot)

Chris Bragg
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness | 208.732.6775

VeteranScholarshipsCSI Workforce Development Offers Scholarships for Veterans
The College of Southern Idaho (CSI) Workforce Development & Training Department will be offering scholarships for Veterans. These scholarships are to thank Veterans for their service, provide additional opportunities for them to update their current or future skills, and secure jobs that will take full advantage of the skills they have learned in military and civilian life.
According to the Idaho Department of Labor Economist, there are currently 11,822 veterans residing in the 8 county region that CSI serves. It is a goal of this community that not one single veteran goes unserved or remains underemployed. According to Connie Stopher with Southern Idaho Economic Development, "Magic Valley employers are always looking to recruit, train, and retrain skilled veterans. We offer to connect veteran job seekers and their families to companies that are hiring so that they can start a new rewarding career in the Magic Valley."
An easy-to-navigate Veteran web page has been created where they can easily apply for a scholarship, find resources to assist in creating their resume, learn about approved on-the-job-training (OJT) and apprenticeship programs, and discover how to use a GI bill.
Whether it is to get to the next level in their career, financial means, resources, or connections to approved employers, the Magic Valley is here for Veterans. The scholarship will be applied towards tuition for a Workforce Training (up to $120) or an Apprenticeship Program (up to $250). To apply or learn more about this and other scholarships, visit or call (208)732-6310.
Amanda Worthington
CSI Workforce Development & Training | 208.732.6397

IDHA CSI Students Win First Place at Idaho Dental Hygiene Annual Conference 
The Idaho Dental Hygiene Association (IDHA) held their annual conference in Boise and the College of Southern Idaho Dental Hygiene students competed with their Undergraduate Research Posters.  It was an exciting outcome. The judges selected the research of Jordyn Tranmer and Andrea Hurtado, on Peri-Implantitis, which earned them 1st  place in the competition. 

Tiffany Oakes and Emily Van Straalen were selected for 2nd place for their research on Temporo-mandibular Disorder Therapies.  

The competition was intense with 24 ISU students competing for the top three positions. 
Karina Ortiz and Chloe Gedrose  were outstanding as they presented the relationship between HPV and Oral Cancers. 

Holly Chappell and Savanna Hendren, interested many practicing professionals with their research about E-cigarettes.  Savanna Hendren was award a student scholarship from the Association. She excels in her didactic and professional growth.

Tianna Hilton and Brooklyn Anderson presented a new Therapy modality call Ozone O3. 

Each student spent many hours in preparation and presentation professionalism. These presentations represent a comprehensive and effective dental hygiene curriculum. The students demonstrated success in their presentations and they were able to attend the conference to participate in the role modeling of continuing professional growth and life-long learning for an enriched learning experience. The students gained leadership skills and admired several alumni graduates lead and instruct the current Association. Tiffany Clark, a 2012 graduate, serves as President of the IDHA.
The conference was a wonderful success! Jordyn and Andrea qualify to go to Nationals for competition to represent the College of Southern Idaho and the CSI Dental Hygiene Program.  
Cindy Harding
Director of Dental Hygiene | 208.732.6397

CSIIntegrityWeekCSI Integrity Week

Oct. 28 12-12:50 p.m. A Chemistry Professor's Life Through the Lens of Integrity
CIE Student and Employee Brown Bag Session 
Dr. Joshua de Groot, CSI Chemistry Instructor 

Justin Vipperman, Matt Reynolds, Samra Culum, and the Student Body President
Fireside Lounge, SUB/Taylor 1st Floor
Oct. 28 1-1:50 p.m. Test Anxiety Workshop Jenn Zaccone, CSI Counselor Shields 108
Oct. 29 10-10:50 a.m. Bystander Training Workshop Jeffrey Jewll, CSI Counselor Taylor 247
Oct. 29 2-2:50 p.m. Self-Betrayal & Self-Deception: The First Enemies of Integrity, Confidence, and Success Speaker:
Dr. Terrance D. Olson, BYU Professor

Jim Hutchinson, CSI Anatomy/Physiology Professor
Fine Arts 119
Oct. 30 9-9:50 a.m. The Rules on Citations and Fair Use from a Librarian Steve Poppino, CSI Reference Librarian Meyerhoeffer 101
Oct. 30 11-11:50 a.m. Resume Writing Workshop Tom Bandolin, CSI Career Readiness Facilitator Shields 101
Oct. 30 2-2:50 p.m. The Rules on Citations and Fair Use from a Librarian Steve Poppino, CSI Reference Librarian Meyerhoeffer 101
Oct. 31 11-11:50 a.m. Test Prep Tips...From the Professor Who Writes Tests Dr. Jacqlyn Kin, CSI Anatomy/Physiology Professor Meyerhoeffer 218
Oct. 31 1-1:50 p.m. Ask Me Anything: Doing the Right Thing in Life and at Work  Speakers:
Matt Hicks - TFPD
Dan Preucil - St. Luke's
Lyle Bayley - Superintendent
Alison Smith - Times News
Marcus Carpenter - CSI IT Instructor
David Rodriguez - CSI Automotive Instructor
Kelly Spiers - Visions Home Health and Hospice

Kara Mahannah, CSI Medical Assisting Associate Professor and Dr. Heidi Adams, CSI Associate Dean for STEM
Fine Arts 119
Nov. 1 1-1:50 p.m. Interview Practice and Tips Tom Bandolin, CSI Career Readiness Facilitator Shields 101

Joshua de Groot
Instructor of Chemistry | 208.732.6428

SoccerIntramuralEncourage Your Students to Participate in Intramural Soccer

Oliver Walfort
Soccer Intramurals


DesertCafeJoin Us for Lunch at the Desert Cafe

This Week's Menu

Wednesday, October 30th - Sautéed chicken breast with tomato-tarragon beurre blanc, toasted red quinoa and green beans. $10.00
Thursday, October 31st - Rosemary and garlic roast leg of lamb with herb demi-glace roasted red potatoes and asparagus.  $11.00
The above entrees are served with your choice of soup or salad bar, beverage and dessert.
Salad Feature - Nuovo Chef Salad with turkey, prosciutto ham, dry salami, Piquillo peppers, mozzarella cheese, and Kalamata olives and house made creamy white balsamic and herb dressing. $7.50
Sandwich Feature - GrilledCubano sandwich, layered Swiss cheese, sweet ham, savory roast pork, made Tampa-style with Genoa salami. $7.50
Soup of the Day - Italiansausage, cannellini bean and kale soup.
Dessert - Sugar Skull Cookie Sale Wednesday and Thursday $3 each
  • Wednesday:  Pumpkin Tartlets with spun sugar webs
  • Thursday: Butterbeer Cupcakes and Bat Oreo Truffles
The Desert  Café will be open from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week during the fall semester unless otherwise announced. Hope to see you!

Michael A. Johnson
Culinary Instructor | 208.732.6381

CIEWorkshopCIE WORKSHOP Developing Your Strategy for Community Engaged Learning Thursday, October 31 1-1:45, Meyerhoeffer

Developing Your Strategy for Community Engaged Learning

Facilitator: Samra Culum, CSI Education Instructor
When: Thursday, October 31, 1-1:45 p.m.
Where: Meyerhoeffer 218
Who Can Attend: Anyone who is teaching and would like to incorporate civic values into their classroom. 

During this workshop, we'll be learning how to develop a strategy that incorporates your curriculum, timely service to the community, and reflection. We'll be discussing methods and models you can easily implement for the spring semester.

Dawn Wendland
Center for Instructional Excellence | 208.732.6520

BookClubCSI October Book Club Meeting Has Been Moved

Ebony Yarger
Administrative Assistant II | 208.732.6250

ISUGreatIdeasGreat Ideas in Teaching with Idaho State University Faculty - Live Broadcast to CSI Campus
This seminar will be broadcast live to the main campus in Twin Falls in Hepworth 131. 
If you cannot make it, a recording will be posted to the  PIE website.

Karen Appleby
ISU Professor

FallFestivalJoin Us for a Fall Festival in the SUB

Please join us as the CSI student clubs and organizations host this year's Fall Festival with games, arts & crafts, face painting, and much more! FREE to CSI students, faculty, staff & their families. Come t his Friday, Nov. 1, from 4-6 p.m. and then stay afterwards to enjoy the Dia De Los Muertos Celebration starting at 6 p.m. in the SUB.

Jasmine Lopez
Student Activities Coordinator | 208.732.6229

MeatRaffleAnnual CSI Welding Organization Fundraiser

Marlana Rife
Student Services Specialist II | 208.732.6300

MiniandProfessionalGrantsFall 2019 Mini and Professional Grant Applications are Now Open
The CSI Foundation is pleased to announce the fall 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 these grants is midnight Wednesday November 6, 2019  and proposals are to be submitted using 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. 
    • Please note that applications involving changes to physical structures or land in any way will not be considered without written approval from Spencer Cutler.
    • Additional information is available at:
  • Professional Development Grants
    • To support travel to attend national conferences for the purpose of institutional improvement.
    • Please note prior professional development awards from the CSI Foundation will be considered only after new applicants are evaluated and awarded.
    • Please note attendance to the same conference that was awarded a professional development grant for a subsequent year will not be qualified to apply for another professional development grant.
    • Additional information available at:
Application Process:  Send a digital copy of the completed application to by midnight Wednesday November 6, 2019. Please note that your application must signed by your supervisor and Dean/AVP/VP for consideration.
If you have further questions, please give us a call at X6249

Kristen Adamson
CSI Foundation Administrative Assistant  | 208.732.6395

Looking to Brighten Up Your Smile? 

Click here to watch a video on how to use Opalescence Go Prefilled Whitening Trays.

Judy Winkle
Dental Clinic Manager | 208.732.6751

PajamaDrive CSI's AAWCC Chapter Encourages You to Donate New Pajamas for Homeless Students in the Twin Falls Community

The Twin Falls School District has reported that 330 children have been identified as homeless in our community. To reduce a barrier for these children the school district has been able to assist with clothing and there is a current need for NEW warm pajamas. You will notice cardboard boxes around campus that have the flyer above attached. The College of Southern Idaho American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) chapter will be collecting pajamas in these boxes from anyone willing to donate. The school district is looking for pajamas that will work for boys and girls ages 3-18. The boxes will be in several locations around campus from now until Tuesday, December 3. You are also welcome to interoffice mail your donations to the CSI Mail Room.
Thank you for helping keep the children in our community warm this winter!   


BudgetHow to Mind Your Own B (Budget)
The Skimm - Budgeting 101

The Story: You know you need one. We're talking about the B word - aka budgeting. But a recent survey found that 26 percent of Americans don't routinely follow a budget. It may not be a hot topic, but it's far and away the MVP of financial wellness. We teamed up with Fidelity to help you build your B from the ground up.

Put me in, coach. First, get real about your money. You can't create a budget that works until you take a hard look at your income and expenses. After taxes and payroll deductions (like health insurance premiums and 401(k) contributions that are automatically cut from your paycheck), see how much cash you actually bring in every month. Now tally up all your monthly bills and subtract the total from your income. If you're seeing red, you've probably been relying on credit to cover the gap. Oops. 

Done. What's next? Check out your bank statements and look at where your money is going. You're bound to find wasted spending somewhere (looking at you, subscription service you forgot to cancel). The good news is that it should quickly reveal expenses you can get rid of.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

BeingBusyMinimizing: Creating the Habit of Not Being Busy
Most of us have used this "too busy" rationalization, because it  feels very true . It  feels  absolutely true that we're too busy. And there's a corollary to this: if we want to be less busy, we have to get all our work done first (and be more busy in the meantime). Is it true? Or can we develop a habit of not being busy, even with the same workload? Let's get at the heart of this always-busy habit, and then reverse it.

The Always-Busy Habit

It's a little complicated, because there are a number of components to the always-busy habit:
  1. The tendency to say yes, take on too much, and overcommit. I'm guilty of this, as are most of us. I've been working to change it, because it hurts my mission and the people around me. We do this usually because we're overly optimistic about how much we can actually do. Sometimes it's because we just have a hard time saying no - we're worried what will happen if we don't say yes. It hurts us/ Commit to less, but be more committed.
  2. The tendency to move around quickly, always staying busy. Even if we have a manageable amount of things to do, and haven't overcommitted like a mad person ... we are likely to keep moving all day, always keeping yourself busy. This is just a mental habit - it's rushing to get done and move on to the next thing, wanting the current thing to be over.
  3. A lack of connection between the task and anything meaningful. Most of the time, we're doing tasks just to get them done. Because there's a deadline, because others are waiting on it, or simply because it's on our task list and we want to get through everything. But that doesn't feel very meaningful, and it leaves us feeling like we're on a hamster wheel of work, spinning the wheel without getting anywhere. Instead, we can connect each task with something meaningful, and give it a measure of devotion that it deserves. This is a completely different way of working than our usual rush to check things off.
  4. We're afraid you won't pay the bills or keep your job or make others happy if you don't get everything done. There's some kind of fear that's driving us to be busy. We might be worried about finances, or about losing the respect of others. And while these are understandable things to worry about, they are hurting our ability to focus. And they are driving us to do too much. It would be better, instead, if we focused on things that have a higher impact, so we could still get things done but without being so crazy busy. And to let go of the narrative in our heads that's causing the ear
  5. The tendency to put off the scary tasks. We keep ourselves busy so that we don't have to focus on the scary, high-impact tasks. They are hard! So we do busywork, and stay in the habit of always rushing, so we don't have to feel the fear of doing hard, scary tasks. Of course, it would be better if we just focused on the scary tasks if they're really that important.
OK, with all that going on, are we going to be intimidated and give up, or can we find a new way? I say we find a new way!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator | 208.732.6269

DropInClasses Drop-In Fitness Classes at the CSI Student Recreation Center
The CSI Rec. Center has a bunch of fall drop-in fitness classes. Try Pilates, POUND, PiYo Live, Bootcamp, Spinning, Flow Yoga, Step 'N HIIT, Strong, Happy Hour, Refit, and more! 

Christa Gessaman
Outdoor Recreation Center Coordinator | 208.732.6697

CSILibraryHalloweenPartyCSI Library Halloween Trivia Party

Rosalia Long
Library Technician - Outreach | 208.732.6505

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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InterclubFall 2019 Interclub Meeting Schedule 
Interclub Council is the managerial and governing body for student clubs and organizations at CSI. Interclub consists of representatives from all student clubs and organizations on campus. Interclub exists to recognize clubs and organizations, distribute funding to clubs, work as a liaison between a club or organization and Senate, provide a forum to discuss issues, share accomplishments, advertise and solicit assistance with events, and improve communication among clubs and organizations. 

Interclub meetings will be held at Noon in Shields 117 on the following dates:
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 20
  • December 4
For more information about Interclub, please contact Interclub President, Naile Ramirez, at or Vice President, Skylar Bollar, at
Jasmine Lopez
Student Activities Coordinator | 208.732.6229

ThrillerPerformanceYour Spirit Has Been Summoned by the CSI Dance Department for "Thriller"

Cynthia Jones
Associate Professor, Dance | 208.732.6505

BrownBagBrown Bag Sessions - Making Learning Successful for Students

Mondays from 12 - 12:30 p.m. for all employees and students, in the Taylor Building Fireside Room.  The Monday group will continue with its theme of exploring CSI employee career stories.

Fridays at 8 a.m. for all employees and students upstairs in the Taylor Building Cafeteria. The  Friday morning group is an "open forum" breakfast group.

Fridays at 12:15 p.m. for all employees, in HSHS Room 139. The  Friday afternoon group will discus various pedagogy strategies. Currently we are looking at the meta analysis work of Dr. John Hattie, and the strategy of "collective efficacy".

**Join us for any or all of the above Brown Bag discussions for a time to explore ways to make learning successful for our students. Even if you have never been to one of these, we would love for you to come and visit and see what we are all about. Call or email me if you have questions.

Evin Fox
Education Professor | 208.732.6872
AthleticsCSI Athletic Events This Week - GO EAGLES

CSI Team Date Time Opponent Location
Men's Basketball 11/1 11 a.m. Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
Women's Basketball 11/1 2 p.m. Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
Women's Basketball 11/2 12 p.m. Cochise College Mesa, AZ
Men's Basketball 11/2 1 p.m. Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ
Volleyball 11/2 1 p.m. Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT
Women's Basketball 11/4 5 p.m. Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ

For more information about CSI Athletics visit

Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director | 208.732.6493

DiaDeLosMuertosA Celebration of the Day of the Dead

Alejandra Hernandez
Multicultural Coordinator | 208.732.6312

CommEd2019Community Education Classes 

Dates: November 2
Days: Saturday
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fee: $99
Location: Shields 107, Main Campus in Twin Falls
Instructor: Sandy March

Date:  November 6 and 13
Day: Wednesdays 
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Russ Howell
Fee: $35, plus $15 paid to instructor for beads
Location: Shields 113, Main Campus in Twin Falls

Date: November 7-14
Day: Thursdays
Time: 6 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sandy March
Fee: $49 
Location: Shields 106, 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
SigueAdelanteSigue Adelante - Latino/Parent Night at CSI
Come join us from  6 - 9 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2019, in the Health Sciences Human Services Building Lobby on North College Rd. for our Latino/Parent night where we will help you complete your CSI application and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The College of Southern Idaho staff will help you answer any questions about college. 

This event will also be held from 6 - 9 p.m. on Nov. 12, 2019, at the CSI Mini-Cassia Center (1600 Park Ave. Burley, ID).  

Things to Bring:
              • 2018 Tax Returns (parents and students)
              • 2018 W2's (parents and students)
              • Social Security Card
              • Government-issued ID
              • Student's Driver's License
For more information about this event please contact Maritza or Fernando.

Maritza Vega 
Admissions Coordinator | 208.732.6291

Fernando Valdez
Early College Coordinator | 208.732.6887
NSLSBarberJoin Us For a Livestream Event Featuring Tiki Barber
All CSI Students, Staff, and Faculty are welcome to attend.

Speaker Bio:  Find what fulfills you and follow that path! In this talk, three-time NFL Pro Bowl running back Tiki Barber will provide insight on the importance of creating your own opportunities, being honest with yourself, and identifying when it's time to evolve and reinvent yourself.
Tiki Barber is a ten year veteran of the NFL with the New York Giants and a well-known TV personality. He's the co-host of Tiki & Tierney on CBS Sports Radio, co-founder of Julius and Thuzio, a board member of The Fresh Air Fund, and Director of KultureCity, an autism acceptance and inclusion organization.
For more information about Tiki Barber, visit:

Jasmine Lopez
Student Activities Coordinator  | 208.732.6229

LegallyBlondeLegally Blonde, The Musical

Tickets are now available for the first performance of the CSI Theater Department's 2019-2020 Season, Legally Blonde, the Musical. The show will run November 6 - 9, at 7:30 p.m. and March 9, at 2 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Theater.

A fabulously fun award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with memorable songs and dynamic dances - this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!. This is a special collaborative production by the CSI Theater, Music, and Dance Departments with direction by Shane Brown, musical direction by Serena Jenkins-Clark, and choreography by Cindy Jones.

Tickets are $10/adults or $5/seniors or students. Tickets available at the CSI Box Office, by calling 732-6288, or online at

Camille Barigar
Director of Community Enrichment | 208.732.6288

RadTechDayProspective Students are Invited Rad Tech Career Awareness Day
CSI Rad Tech Club sophomore students with the College of Southern Idaho's AAS Degree Radiologic Technology Program - invite all prospective students to come to their three-hour career awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 8. The event will be held in the Rad Lab (HSHS 178) at CSI's Health Science building on North College Road

Prospective students will be given information about CSI's JRCERT accredited program, the profession of Radiologic Technology, and the program's competitive admission application process, plus they will get a tour of the state of the art digital radiography lab and learn about the high tech medical imaging equipment used in the program. Each participating student who stays the entire three hours, will receive 2 points towards their program application should they apply by June 1st 2020. There will be hands on presentations and time for questions about the program and the multitude of career pathways students can enter after graduating from the program. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

For more information, please contact program advisor Dr. Gary Lauer or Tamara Janak at 732-6716.

Gary Lauer
Associate Professor, Rad Tech | 208.732.6719

HarvestTimeFestival41st Annual CSI Harvest Time Festival

Dianne Jolovich
Hospitality Professor | 208.732.6407

ORCJoin the CSI Outdoor Recreation Center for Exciting Activities

Hike & Hot Springs 
8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019

Spend the day exploring the fall colors of Sun Valley via hiking in the Boulder Mountain range and afterward visit the hot springs and soak away the stress of school. Meet at the CSI Outdoor Recreation Center. Transportation will be provided. CSI students (taking 7+ credits) are $5, CSI employees are $15, and community members are $30. Call the Outdoor Recreation Center at 208-732-6697 to register. 

To see more upcoming Outdoor Recreation trips check out the 

Christa Gessaman
Outdoor Recreation Center Coordinator | 208.732.6697

AvalancheCSI Outdoor Recreation Program Presents "Intro to Avalanches"

Christa Gessaman
Outdoor Recreation Center Coordinator | 208.732.6697

TraumaticBrainCSI Traumatic Brain Injury Group Schedule

Scott Lindquist
Student Disabilities Services Coordinator | 208.732.6268

CSITurkeyTrot2019 CSI Turkey Trot

Scott Rogers
Challenge Course Coordinator  | 208.732.6696

ISBOEPolicyChangesIdaho State Board of Education Encourages Individuals to Apply Now for Idaho's Opportunity Scholarship

For Immediate Release                                                                    
October 28, 2019
Contact: Mike Keckler
208-332-1591 (office)
208-866-5734 (cell)
The Idaho State Board of Education is taking applications for Opportunity Scholarships, which can be used at all eight of Idaho's public colleges and universities, at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Northwest Nazarene University and the College of Idaho.
The Opportunity Scholarship is for Idaho residents who have graduated or will graduate during the current academic year from an Idaho high school, or its equivalent, or an Idaho home school. 
Opportunity Scholarship requirements include:
  • Minimum 2.7 Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Must complete their Opportunity Scholarship application and their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2020.
Opportunity Scholarship applications can be submitted here:
The Adult Learner Opportunity Scholarship is for Idaho residents who have earned some college credit and are interested in returning to complete their degree or certificate.
Adult Learner Opportunity Scholarship requirements include:
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA.
  •  Earned at least 24 credits when they last attended college.
  • Must have "stopped out" for at least two years or completed a maximum of two classes over the last 24 months.
  • Must complete their Adult Learner Opportunity Scholarship application and FAFSA by the following deadlines:
    • December 1, 2019 for the spring semester
    • March 15, 2020 for the BYU-Idaho spring semester
    • April 15, 2020 for the summer semester
    • July 1, 2020 for the fall semester
Adult Learner Opportunity Scholarship applications can be submitted here:
Both scholarships are worth up to $3,500 per year.  Students that are pursuing - or who intend to pursue a career technical certificate, an Associate's degree, or their first Bachelor's degree are eligible to apply.

NextStepsIt's "Next Steps" Month in Idaho

For Immediate Release                                                                    
October 28, 2019
Contact: Mike Keckler
208-332-1591 (office)
208-866-5734 (cell)

By Debbie Critchfield, President, Idaho State Board of Education
Idaho businesses tell us that they have many unfilled jobs that require workers with an appropriate level of training or schooling. This mismatch not only holds our economy back and is a limiting factor on future growth, but it holds Idahoans back from achieving personal and career related goals. The Idaho State Board of Education continues to tackle the challenge of how to get more young people to pursue some form of post-high school education or training, helping to position them for personal and professional success. 
Less than a decade ago, lawmakers and other leaders began to hone in on Idaho's "go-on" rate as a bellwether measurement. At the same time, we started looking at how to get more young people to proactively consider their futures and fully explore their options. In 2015, we launched the Next Steps Idaho website - a comprehensive clearinghouse of tools, resources, and information for students as they explore their post-high school options. We wanted to offer students and families a platform with great content information that is easy to access, easy to understand, and trustworthy.
In 2017, we introduced the Direct Admissions initiative, notifying all high school seniors that they had been accepted into several if not all of Idaho's public colleges and universities. This removed a key barrier to going to college by eliminating the fear of rejection and logistical hurdles that come with applying to school. A year later, we introduced a single, online common application, which can be used to submit information to one or more Idaho colleges simultaneously and at no cost. We've also tried to address financial barriers by expanding the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship, even offering it to people in the workforce who have not completed their degree or certificate program. 
Finally, we are using this month of October to encourage students, particularly in the 11th and 12th grade, to spend the time - perhaps with the help of a parent or other relative, a counselor, a teacher, a trusted mentor - exploring options and discovering that further education and a promising career is within reach. That's why Governor Little declared this October Next Steps Month, a time when we as a state can rally behind our students and provide them with the support and guidance they need to understand their options and plan their next steps.

All seniors across the state have now received their direct admissions letter. They can also fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see what kind of financial aid for which they may be eligible. By accessing the Next Steps Idaho website, students can find many tools and sources of information that can help to answer the age old question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" Or in the context of how today's youth think, "What problem do I want to solve?"
Successful people, which I define as having found a career that is enjoyable, meaningful, and well suited to their talents - always do two things; first, they plan and second, they take action. Next Steps Month encourages students to do both. Yes, developing a blueprint for the rest of one's life can be overwhelming, but students can make it much less so by exploring helpful resources, consulting with trusted adults, and formulating a plan.  As part of Next Steps month, we encourage students, particularly high school seniors, to "Take 5" - choose at least five of the dozens of activities we have provided in a list on the website, some of which only take five minutes to complete, and all of which prompt students to think about what's next for their life.
On behalf of Idaho's State Board of Education, I urge students and the adults who support and mentor them to dedicate time this fall to exploring Next Steps. There is a tremendous amount of pressure on students and families to make long term decisions during an uncertain time of life. Next Steps can't provide all the answers to life's career questions, for those in the decision-making process, but it will give them a well-informed start.

OokySpookyThe Ooky Spooky Light Show is Coming Back to the Faulkner Planetarium

Like the inevitable return of Pumpkin Spice everything come fall, The Ooky Spooky Light Show is about to rise from the grave at the Faulkner Planetarium. It is time to turn October in Rocktober with a Halloween twist. The family friendly show serves up music of the season choreographed to fun visuals beginning Tuesday, October 1.
Audiences can indulge themselves in songs that include: This is Halloween, I Put a Spell On You, Somebody's Watching Me, Night on Bald Mountain, Ghostbusters, Superstition, Bad Moon Rising, Spirit in the Sky, Monster Mash, and Thriller. While your ears feast on these tunes, your eyes will dine on the choreographed visuals filling the planetarium's 50-foot dome. Wrapped in sound and light you will catch the spirit of the season in no time.
The Ooky Spooky Light Show  will run at the following times through October 12: 
  • Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
  • Fridays at 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 p.m. 

The show schedule expands starting Tuesday, October 15, and will run at the following times through October 29: 

  • Tuesdays at 8 p.m. 
  • Fridays at 7, 8, and 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 2:30, 4:30, 8, and 9 p.m. 

Admission prices to planetarium shows are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students (including CSI students with a valid student ID), and children two and under are free. For more information, including a show trailer, visit the Herrett Center's web page at

Rick Greenawald
Faulkner Planetarium Manager  | 208.732.6659

CommunityConversationIf You're a Twin Falls Parent or Guardian We Want to Hear from You

Are you a Twin Falls parent/guardian? Join us for an hour long community conversation and FREE DINNER Wednesday, October 30, at 5, 6, or 7 pm in the Health Science and Human Services building room 139 at CSI. The City of Twin Falls was selected by the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health to receive the High Five! Community Transformation Grant. The purpose of this grant is to develop grassroots solutions to address challenges youth face in accessing healthy food and physical activity. If you're a Twin Falls parent/guardian and would like to give feedback on changes you'd like to see to youth physical activity and access to healthy food in the community, please claim your free ticket here

RoseAnna Holliday
Health Sciences Human Services Department Chair | 208.732.6737

RotaryHalloweenRotary Halloween Fundraising Maze

Twin Falls Rotary After Hours is hosting a Halloween Haunted Maze from 5:30 - 8 p.m. on October 31, at Canyon Crest to help raise funds and school supplies for children in need in our local school district. The mazes will be kid friendly with some being a little more "scary" than others to appeal to children ages 2-10 years of age. Treats including cookies provided by Canyon Crest will be given at the end of the maze for a fun safe warmer alternative to trick or treating outdoors. Admission: $3/person OR one item/person from the list below.

Twin Falls Rotary After Hours goal this year is to raise awareness of the challenges our school teachers and district face and contribute what we can to alleviate the stress faced by teachers and the students families.

Schools in Twin Falls provide items and services to children that are less fortunate than others. Common items include hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, deodorant, etc. As well as detergent for the schools that have washing machines/dryers to allow students to wash their few items of clothing as they do not have these luxuries at home. Additionally some schools are now limited to one educational field trip a year as these funds can no longer be provided by the students families due to financial hardship and legal reasons.

These are items that are above and beyond standard school supplies which ALSO are in great need. Twin Falls Rotary After Hours will be doing various fund raisers throughout the year to help accumulate these types of products so teachers are not spending their own funds.

This years biggest need items are:
  • shampoo
  • tooth paste
  • tooth brushes
  • women's deodorant
  • disinfectant wipes
  • kleenex
  • hand sanitizer
  • childrens' socks
  • 2 inch 3 ring binders
General Items needed:
  • Crayons
  • Markers (any brand)
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Glue (Stick, bottle)
  • Colored Pencils
  • Erasers (large, pencil top)
  • Clothes Pins
  • Scissors, class set
  • Highlighters
  • Lined Paper
  • Tissues
  • Sanitizing Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Bags (quart, gallon, sandwich)
  • Pocket Folders
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Composition books
  • Binders half inch - 2 inches
  • Sharpies
  • Tape (scotch, masking, duct)
  • Balloons
  • Playground Toys (balls, jump ropes, kids really want more foot balls and volley balls, even tennis balls would be good, any sports equipment would be amazing)
  • P.E. equipment, bats, rackets, nets
  • Headphones
  • Candy
  • Art supplies (paintbrush, paint, colored paper, etc.)
  • Thumb tacks
  • Individualized snacks
  • Modeling clay
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry soap
  • Small storage containers
  • Thin long storage containers (fits under things)
  • Disposable cups, plates, utensils
  • Poster sized sticky paper
  • Rolling carts
  • Plastic milk crates
  • Reusable water bottles (not all schools air conditioned)
  • Mechanical Pencil Sharpeners
  • Paper bags
For more information about this event visit:

Seth Bronson
Twin Falls Rotary | 208.914-5404

WorkforceConstructionCSI Workforce Development and Training Construction Career Launcher 

To register for this program visit For more information, contact Workforce Development and Training. 
Workforce Development and Training  | 208.732.6310

IDOLJobFair2019 Idaho Department of Labor Job Fair & Hiring Event

To register for this program visit For more information, contact Workforce Development and Training. 
Randy Neerdaels
Workforce Consultant, Idaho Department of Labor | 208.735.2500 ext. 3653

VeteransSpaghettiDinnerVeterans Helping Veterans Spaghetti Dinner & Raffle
River Christian Fellowship Church
208.358.1636 or 208.539.2185

TaxUpdate2019/2020 Tax Update 
Jesse Stroup
Idaho Small Business Development Center | 208.732.6450

ComicsandCoffeeThe Twin Falls Public Library Invites You to Comics & Coffee at Twin Beans
CJ Rasmusson
Twin Falls Public Library

ICOAsSeniorNeedsICOA's Statewide Senior Services Needs Assessment
State of Idaho
341 W. Washington, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0007
Phone (208) 334-3833
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                CONTACT: Judy Taylor


BOISE ID (November 2019)

The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) is conducting public meetings to provide citizens of Idaho an opportunity to comment on Idaho's four-year Senior Services State Plan due June of 2020. ICOA plans and oversees services designed to keep at risk seniors living independently.

Services that ICOA funds through local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) include:
  • Home Delivered and Congregate Meals
  • Homemaker, Respite, Senior Transportation, Chore, Minor Home Modification
  • Legal Assistance, Adult Protection and Ombudsman services
At the meetings, ICOA staff will present the following for comment:  
  • Funding Formula: How federal and state funds are distributed to local areas for implementation.
  • Budget Parameters: The parameters to ensure funds are used for services.
Seek community input on program:
  • Current strengths, weaknesses, and unmet needs.
Town Hall Meeting Schedules
  • 11:00 - 12:00 - Information tables with ICOA staff
  • 12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch
  • 1:00 - 3:00 - Community input and brainstorming
  • PSA IV: Monday, 4th: 11:00 - 3:00 - Twin Falls Senior Center
  • PSA IV: Tuesday, 5th: 11:00 - 3:00 - Burley Senior Center



The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) is developing a four-year statewide Senior Services Plan and has contracted with Idaho State University to assess Idaho's needs. This below survey is about your experiences with the services and resources in your community that assist older adults with living independently. These are also services and resources that provide older adults with choices so that they have more control over their daily lives.
The responses that you and others provide to this survey will be summarized into a report. This report will be used to develop Idaho's Statewide Senior Services plan for the next four years. It will also be used by your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to strengthen services in your community.
Your participation in this survey is one of many opportunities to contribute to the Idaho Senior Services State Plan. We do not ask for any personally identifiable information. All information you provide is anonymous. The assessment results will be posted on ICOA's website at
We ask that you provide feedback concerning how these services affect your life. Most importantly, we ask that you read through the survey to learn more about the services being offered, and how they could benefit you or others you know.
The online version of the assessment will be available until November 30, 2019. This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete.
If you have any questions regarding this assessment, please contact Elizabeth Fore at the Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health at 208-282-4892.
To find out more about your local Area Agency on Aging, click on the link below.
Suzanne B. McCampbell, MBA, MSSW
Director, CSI Office on Aging |  208.736.2122

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