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April 20, 2015
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In This Issue
50 Years Ago Today
Established in 1965

In March of 1965, Dr. Taylor noted the drawing card for the Junior College District during its first few years would not be a location or par excellence of its facilities, but the caliber of the instructors. It was determined that no academic teacher would be hired that had less than a master's degree.

We will be posting weekly updates in eNotes for the remaining fun facts, events, and things going on for our 50th Anniversary! If you have a fun fact, picture, or 50th Anniversary idea we'd love to hear it! Please send any information to 
Accreditation Visit
Our big visit is THIS week

You are encouraged to attend one of three open meetings that the visiting team for NWCCU has requested so they can hear from you!  This is an ideal opportunity for you to be an integral part of this very important accreditation process.  We hope you will join in the activity at the appropriate time designated for the role you have at CSI.


Please note that each open meeting is limited to a specific group from our campus:

  • Staff are encouraged to attend an open meeting with the NWCCU accreditation team Monday, April 20, from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm in Taylor 276-277. This meeting is exclusively for staff.
  • Faculty are encouraged to attend an open meeting with the NWCCU accreditation team Tuesday, April 21, from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm in Taylor 276-277. This meeting is exclusively for faculty
  • Students are encouraged to attend an open meeting with the NWCCU accreditation team Tuesday April 21, from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm in Taylor 276-277. Exclusively for students.
  • Everyone is invited to attend the NWCCU accreditation team exit meeting at 11:00 am, Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00 am in Taylor 276-277. The team's initial commendations and recommendations will be revealed at this meeting.
The Guest
Hosted by the CSI PACE Committee

...Imagine coming to CSI and every employee  you came in contact with made you feel like a special guest that had been welcomed into his or her home...Faculty, Staff, Administration---we can all benefit from revisiting our customer service skills. Starting April 27, the PACE Committee will be presenting customer service sessions in a program they have titled  The GUEST . Enthusiastic presenters such as Amy Christopherson, Rosemary Fornshell, Colin Randolph, and Dianne Jolovich will lead small groups through this two hour fun and engaging program. Refreshments will even be served.


Participation in this program will help strengthen CSI as a whole and is highly encouraged! You only need to sign up for one session as they all cover the same information. Although sessions will run weekly through fall, faculty are encouraged to sign up for a session before summer break. Please watch for session times via campus wide e-mail and eNotes. Sign-ups will be done with Charmaine at the Info desk in the Taylor Building.

A Panel of Experts Coming to CSI 
Education Questions

Monday, April 20, 1:00-1:50

Hepworth 150


Evin Fox's Education class is hosting a panel of education experts. Please come and join us as they answer questions the students will pose for them. Our expert panelists (listed below) are involved in local education:

  • Dr. Wiley Dobbs, Superintendent
  • Mr. Bill Brulotte, TFSD
  • Mr. Dennis Sonius, retired principal
  • Mrs. Mary Barron, TFSD School Board
  • Mrs. Carol Boyd, retired teacher

 All faculty and staff are welcome to come and be a part of our audience.


Evin Fox, Ph.D.

208-732-6872 |

Taco Tuesday
CSI Relay for Life Fundraiser

Taco Tuesday in the Matrix tomorrow (not the SUB) starting at 11:30. All sales by donation to support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Contact any member if you are interested in joining the team!


Sponsored by the CSI Relay for Life Team:

Tamara Harmon

Heather Barnes

Jud Harmon

Matthew English

Clay Schull

Perri Gardner

Shannon Kerr

Cindy Lopez

Kelly Wilson

Polly Hulsey

Gail Schull


Trade & Industry State Skills Winners
Congratulations to our students

Gold: CNC Mill Jason Rogers
Silver:  CNC Lathe Nicolaus Sorth

Automated Manufacturing
Gold:  Jared Dahl, Christopher Perron, & Patrick Hucthinson



Silver: Logan Boyle



Gold: Michael Armstrong

Silver: Jeff Mickelson

Bronze: Wyatt Angell



Silver: Mitchell Mahannah

Bronze: Mitchell Mahannah (Job Interview)


Welding Fabrication
Bronze: Jennifer Crowdson, Robert Hutchison, Nathan McKay
CSI Art and Soul Contestants
Don't miss their work

Make sure to stop by and see Ken Triplett's piece for the Art and Soul contest this year. It is at Middlekauf Ford labeled #5-052. His piece is called 'A Bridge Too Far'. We also have a student piece from Jessica Larsen at Everton Mattress labeled #5=055. 



A Note from the Best Practices Committee
CSI Civility Project

The Honorable Jim Leach, a 30 year Member of Congress, finished his Civility Tour in 2011 and continues to talk about civility and how it is affecting America. The CSI Best Practices Committee continues to promote the CSI Civility Project on campus and in the community, and encourages all faculty and staff to review the following article:

A quote from the article:
"He stressed that civility is not simply or principally about manners. 'It doesn't mean that spirited advocacy is to be avoided. What it does require is a willingness to consider respectfully the views of others, with an understanding that we are all connected and rely on each other.' "

A conversation on civility has been started on the CSI Best Practices Facebook page. Please join us at
Summer and Fall Photography Classes
Registration is now open

If you've always wanted to take a photography class now is your chance to sign up! Contact Ben Lustig with any questions or for more information at 208-732-6756 or
Brown Bag
This week's schedule.

Wednesday: 4/22, 12:00-12:50, Hepworth 176:"Why you know what you *know* you know." 


Thursday: 4/23, 11:30 -- 1:00, Canyon 123: Build your class using Canvas.

Friday: 4/24, 8:00 am - 9:00 am. Taylor Building, Room TLC: "Open Forum."

St. Jude Radio Thon
Looking for volunteers

Townsquare Media (95.7 KEZJ and 96.5 Kool) is looking for groups interested in volunteering for their St. Jude's Radio Thon. Volunteers are needed to answer phones and take pledges on April 30, and May 1, from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm both days. Participants are able to rotate in and out to cover the hours needed. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please contact Kim Lapray at or x6299 if you know of a group that may be interested in helping. 
CSI Weekly Events-Check Facebook
What's happening on campus this week.

See all event details on the "Events" tab of our College of Southern Idaho Facebook page. Not sure how to get there? No's three easy steps:

1. Log into Facebook
2. Search "College of Southern Idaho"
3. Click on the "Events" tab right under our cover picture



Golf Skills: Pitch, Chip & Putt

Gooding Golf Course & Country Club in Gooding, Idaho

6:00 pm



Surgical Career Open House

HSHS Building in Twin Falls, Idaho

2:00 pm



Metales M5 Mexican Brass Band

CSI Fine Arts Center in Twin Falls, Idaho

7:30 pm



S.O.A.R Session

College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho

1:00 pm



Shriners Hospital for Children Screening Clinic 

HSHS Building in Twin Falls, Idaho

9:00 am



International Astronomy Day

Herrett Center for Arts & Science in Twin Falls, Idaho

11:00 am




Renewable Energy Golf Scramble & Raffle 

93 Golf Ranch in Jerome, Idaho

2:00 pm

If you have any questions about any of these events, or would like to include your event in this listing please e-mail with a description, picture, flyer, or any other supporting information. 
Highland Games
CSI Highland and Interclub Event

Dr. Nick Redbone will be emceeing the CSI Highland and Interclub's sixth annual Highland Games and Diversity Faire from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, on the field behind the CSI Dorms on the main campus.

The day-long event will feature all the best-known Scottish athletic events as well as more than a dozen performers, food and information vendors. The athletic competitions - stone throw, hammer, sheaf, and caber toss - are open to all men and women to all ages above 16 regardless of experience. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian willing to sign the official wavier.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and will be $25 per competitor to join the games or you can pre-register at and find the link for the Twin Falls Games.

We will also have the Celtic Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk that started last year. It will be open to all ages and will be hosted by the Highland Club and the CSI TRI club. Registration for the Celtic Dash begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $15.00 per person.

As always there will be music and dance performers. Entertainment will be provided by Irish Dance Idaho from Boise, the Teton & District Performing Arts Pipe Band, and The Barking Owls. Performances will be at various times between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Admission for the general public is free and the Highland Club will be raffling off several prizes that will help fund the event next year. You can enter the raffle for a small cost or bring 25 pop tabs or 25 soda cans to enter. The pop tabs are being collected by Shriner's for their own fundraiser.

Phil Sansotta has confirmed he will be at our games and he will attempt to break 3 world records in the Scottish Highland Games. Weight for Height, Sheaf and Breamar Stone are the three events that he has a shot at if he has a great day. We hope to see all three records broken!

Please come out and support the athletes, performers and clubs. The games will be held on the field just east of the CSI Dorms and the Celtic Dash sign up will be close to the dorms. Music and booths will be on the field behind the dorms as well. Several booths will feature snacks and information. The CSI Renewable Energy Club will have its mobile trailer on site to showcase its programs.

Visitors are encouraged to try the Excalibur Sword Pull, a feat of strength open to the public and all competitors. Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman who can pull the sword from the stone. And, back by popular demand is the Cheesy Sock Contest. Find your most wacky pair of socks and wear them to the games and get entered to win a prize for that as well (no feat of strength required).
Active Transportation Week
is THIS week

The CSI Foundation Hosts Retirement Planning
An Overview 


The College of Southern Idaho Foundation will be hosting a Retirement Planning overview on May 7, 2015. Learn about investments for retirement at any age, how to maximize your social security benefits, and tax and legal implications. This event will run from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences. Admission is free, please RSVP to Tamara Harmon by May 4, at or you can call 208-732-6249.

Faculty Workshop
Effective Teacher

Please RSVP your spot for the Effective Teacher Workshop held this summer in Hepworth Building.

Thursday and Friday, August 13 & 14. 9:00-4:00 each day. Snacks, lunch, and entertainment provided! You can sign up for continuing education credit as well. Join us in exploring what it takes to be a great teacher.


Contact Shonna Parsons at or X6281.


Evin Fox, Tracey Meyerhoeffer, Shane Brown, Tiffany Seeley-Case
CSI Favorite Poem Project
April 28, 2015 , 7-8 pm, Fine Arts 119


In 1987, US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky organized the first Favorite Poems Project (FPP) to celebrate the role of poetry in American Life. "
When he began the project, Pinsky had a hunch that poetry already had a vigorous presence in American life. The project has sought to document that presence, giving voice to the American audience for poetry."
(from "About the Project" on Such events have been held all around the country in many locations for many years since. The National Undergraduate Literature Conference at Weber State University has hosted a FPP in conjunction with its conference every year for some 20+ years.  


CSI student Amethyst Griggs has organized a local version of the FPP for 
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 from 7-8 pm, in Fine Arts 119 . Readers will include CSI faculty, Twin Falls citizens and leaders, students, and many other interested parties. You are invited to celebrate  Poetry Month  at this free event. 
Twin Falls Armenian-American Community Event
100th Year Anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide

Dear CSI community, please join the Twin Falls Armenian-American community in support and awareness, to commemorate the 100th year Anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, this April 24th 5:30 at the City Park. Feel welcome to bring family and friends.

This was just this week:  Join the community on Monday, April 20th at 5:00, for the reading of Mayor Hall's proclamation at the beginning of the City Council meeting.  Thank you for your attention and support! 

Liyah Babayan
For questions - 541-292-7159
Earth Day Celebration & Fair
Free for everyone


Earth Day Wellbeing Events
Spring Cleaning and Skin Cancer Screenings

April 22-24 - CSI Spring Cleaning - Tidy and unclutter your workspace and clean your surfaces and tools.  Starting Wednesday at noon we will collect your cast-offs in TAB 258 through the rest of the week.  Return anything belonging to CSI to this spot and FEEL FREE to help yourself to items left by others that you can use.  When it's all over we will recycle whatever is left. 


April 23 - Employee Skin Cancer Screening - with Dr. Thad Scholes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Teaching and Learning Center, TAB 211.  Bring your spouses and other family members to check out any spots that concern you.  Pick up information about skin cancer.  Just drop in and we'll see you and get you back out the door quickly.


Refer your questions to Judy Heatwole at or by calling x6269.  These events are brought to you by your Employee Wellbeing Committee.   


Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
Join us for an EAP Presentation
Disrupting Negative Thoughts

On Tuesday, April 21, at noon in HEP 176 learn how to gain control over negative thoughts and increase recognition of the positives occurring in your life. 

Attend this presentation in person or gain access to log in from your own desk by replying to or calling x6269. You must RSVP to attend in person.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator