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May 11, 2015
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In This Issue
50 Years Ago Today
Established in 1965

The first CSI Catalog listed 17 faculty members and was a whopping 43 pages long. It was a small, stapled-together document and is archived in the CSI Library. 



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 eNotes@csi.edu. 
Deadline for Grades
Tuesday, May 19 at 12:00 pm

The Office of the Registrar would like to remind you about some changes.

 
A.  To submit grades:
1. Log in to MyCSI with your network user name and password
2. Select the 'Faculty' tab at the top of the page
3. In the Faculty Course Control portlet, which lists all of your courses, use the drop down menu       next to the course name to select grade entry.
4. Select a final grade for each student on your grade list.
5. Click Save at the bottom of the page when you are done. The most common error is       
    forgetting to Click Save!

* Remember that grades of 'F' require entry of the last date of attendance. You will not be able to submit your grades if you have entered a grade of 'F' but the date is missing.  Late grade submission may result in financial aid funds being withheld from worthy students, delayed registration for continuing students, and delayed awarding of degrees.
 
B.  Grade Changes:  You cannot make grades changes in MyCSI. Grade changes must be done through the Office of the Registrar.  Please complete the attached form and send it Attention: Michele McFarlane.
 
C. To Submit an Incomplete Grade: Submit a copy of the signed Incomplete Grade Contract (attached) to the Office of the Registrar.  We will then assign the grade in Jenzabar.
 
D. Student Attendance: At the last Instructional Council meeting how to address student attendance was addressed.  That group decided, based on the attendance provision in the catalog (pg. 29 of the 2014-15 catalog) that states "When the number of class hours absent exceeds twice the number of course credits, the instructor has the authority to fail the student in the course" the following procedure is an option to faculty.
1. Once the Withdraw period has elapsed, if a student has missed at least twice as many hours as credits and it would not be possible for the student to pass the course, the instructor may issue an "F" grade at that time and enter a last date of attendance is their true last day.
2. The instructor would then not allow the student to take the final exam since the grade has already been issued.
3. If you elect not to issue an "F" at this time and the student does attend the final exam I believe her last date of attendance would be the day of the final
 
E. Drop for No Show Correction: If you discover you have someone on your course roster who should have been dropped for No Show at the beginning of the course, please complete the attached "Drop for No Show Correction" form and take it to your department chair.  They will sign and send it on to the Office of the Registrar.
 
F. NC Grades: If you teach one of the few courses that has authorization to issue "NC" grades, please complete the attached form and send it to the Office of the Registrar.
 
As always, if you have any questions or problems, please feel free to contact myself or someone in the Office of the Registrar for assistance.
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.

 

The Next Sessions:

5-12-15 Tuesday 2-4 pm Taylor 247 
5-14-15 Thursday 9-11 am Taylor 248 

Please RSVP to Charmaine West in the Information Office at cwest@csi.edu.
Watch CSI Graduation Live
Look for the Banner on Our Homepage

On May 15, 2015, at 4:00 pm visit www.csi.edu and click on the banner that looks like this:


Video streaming and the ceremony will begin at 7:00 pm. 
Calling All Volunteers
Harrison School is in Need

If you have a spouse, significant other, friend, enemy... who would be willing and able to give up a few hours this Wednesday, May 13, between 11:15 and 2:30 to come and talk to our fifth graders about their career, I would be most grateful!  We have had some cancellations already and will be short if we don't get some more on board.  Attached is the informational flyer if you want to share it and they can call or email me if they are interested.



Any questions? Call Anne Jensen at Harrison Elementary (733-4229) or at home (7370619) or cell (320-0648).
Brown Bag
This week's schedule.

We are not meeting this week.


If you have an idea for a topic for Fall 2015, please send me (Evin Fox at efox@csi.edu) an email with your topic suggestion, whether or not you would like to host/lead an event, or a guest speaker you would like to suggest.
Effective Teacher Workshop 
Session I and II

August 13 and August 14, (Thursday and Friday) will be our 3rd Annual Effective Teacher Workshop, Session I & II. These professional development classes are designed and offered as an opportunity for instructors and administrators to explore and improve their classroom instruction. We will be doing some drumming and dancing as well!

The instructors are Evin Fox, Tracey Meyerhoeffer, Tiffany Seeley-Case, and Shane Brown. Snacks and lunch will be provided for both days. There is no fee for the class, and instructors can sign up for credit.


If you are interested in taking this workshop, please send an email to Shonna Parsons to reserve your spot.

CSI English Department 2015 Scholarships 
This Year Two Candidates Were Nominated

English Prize Scholarship and Certificate of Excellence in English Studies for 2015 Winners:


Pictured Left to Right: Tiffany Black, Whitney Smith, and Amethyst Griggs 
 
Tiffany Black says Twin Falls is her home town now, but she used to live in Preston, Idaho. She won the Award for Excellence in English Studies which was for $300.00 this year.

Amethyst Griggs is from Buhl, Idaho. She won the English Prize which was for $500.00

The money for these scholarships is raised entirely through donations by English faculty at CSI.
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 problem...it'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

MAY

01

CSI Music Department Concerts

College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho

7:30 pm


 

  

MAY

14

HSHS Photo Submission Open House

College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho

4:00 pm


 
 

 

MAY

15

CSI Graduation

College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho

7:00 pm


If you have any questions about any of these events, or would like to include your event in this listing please e-mail eNotes@csi.edu with a description, picture, flyer, or any other supporting information. 
Community Ed Summer College for Kids
Registration is now open! 

 

Morning and Afternoon Camps:
Camp Masterpiece Art Camp - ages 5 to 14
Nursing School for Kids - ages 9 to 11
Kids Plyometrics and Agility Training - ages 10 to 17
Digital Photography Camp - ages 9 to 14
Kitchen Academy Cooking School - ages 9 to 12
Lego Robotics Camp - ages 9 to 14
Minecraft Camp - ages 8 to 14
Science Camp: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead - ages 5 to 14

More information about registration is available at http://communityed.csi.edu or (208)732-6442.
Women in Nature and Idaho Fish and Game Presents...
Outdoor Extravagansa

Scheduled Events Include:
Dutch Oven Cooking
Outdoor Photography
Kayaking
Outdoor Art
Fly Fishing
Archery
Mountain Biking
Trap Shooting
Bait Fishing
GPS/Geocache

Registration Form: http://www.csi.edu/events/2015SpringWINBrochure.pdf

 

For more information contact Sandra Bosteder at sbosteder@csi.edu.

St. Luke's Health Coaches/Dietitians 
Who Can Help You Meet Wellness Goals

The college has formed a partnership with St. Luke's and Select Health to provide health and wellness resources and benefits to you and your family. These resources include FREE wellness screenings, coaching, classes and special events.

Access to personal health coaches and dietitians from St. Luke's is one of our newest benefits through this partnership. These experts are available to see you through health, fitness and nutritional goals you have set for yourself. Visits are FREE and all information is strictly confidential. To access a health coach, please call 208-814-9180 or benkulas@slhs.org.

As a CSI employee you are also entitled to visits with a registered dietitian can help you:
Choose healthier meals and snacks
With menu planning
Choose wisely at the grocery store
In calculating nutrition needs
Create a healthier relationship with food
Feed your children and family healthier foods
Create healthy habits
Manage the nutritional aspects of chronic illness
Much more!
Learn more about how to connect with a St. Luke's dietitian>>

Sarah Renaldi, MS, RDN, LD
Melissa Sleight, RDN, CSP, LD
Outpatient Nutrition Services 
Let Us Know How We're Doing
Short Survey

The CSI Employee Wellbeing Program has now assisted SelectHealth and St. Luke's in several Know Your Numbers events to help you and any interested spouses in understanding your health and any associated risks. We hope these screenings have given you valuable information for your wellbeing as you go forward.  At the same time, we are aligning campus resources and events along with access to one-on-one coaching to help you achieve your nutrition and fitness goals. 
 
Please let us know how we're doing!  A very quick, anonymous survey has been created to gather your feedback.  Feel free to comment on the health screenings as well as any aspect of the Employee Wellbeing Program for which you have commendations or recommendations.  Your thoughts and ideas are always welcome!
 
Find this survey online at the link below and open to comment through the end of the week, Friday, May 15. 
 
5 Foods That Taste Better in May
Alexandra Sifferlin for Time Health
Often we think Spring is the season of abundance, but that's really not true. While there's certainly some produce that tastes its best during in spring, summer produces the more abundant yields. While the month of May is still early for some fruits and veggies, it certainly kicks off the season.
"In the produce business, we all kind of wish every month was like May. It's a time of intense change, and it marks the official start of the summer tree fruit season," says James Parker, the associate coordinator for Whole Foods Market's global perishables buying office. "We also see a tremendous increase in local and regional production throughout the U.S. Because it's domestic season, the product doesn't have to travel as far." That means that not only will produce in the grocery store be better quality, but it will likely be a good price too.
Parker says that in May, produce quality is still "contingent on the whims of Mother Nature." But we will start seeing lots of fruits and vegetables that were in poor supply in the Spring and Winter months. Here are five foods to add to your shopping list this month.
Corn: You may think of July and August as peak corn season, but consider this: "You want to buy corn as close to where it's grown as possible," says Parker. "That's because the longer the corn is held in storage, or the longer it has to travel, the less sweeter it becomes-its sugars convert to starch." Not only will corn by growing in abundance in California and Florida, but southern states will start seeing large crops too, which means less delivery travel nationwide.
Blueberries: Blueberries tend to taste better if you buy them locally, and domestic production of blueberries will be happening this month in many parts of the country. Not only will blueberries be fresh and sweet, but you're likely going to get a good deal too since berries will start competing against summer tree fruits for consumers' attention.
Apricots: Apricots tend to have a pretty short season, but Parker says this year's weather indicates there will be tasty apricots in May. "Most folks have them in preserves or dried, but the fresh fruit season is touch and go," he says. If the weather is really inconsistent, Parker says it can affect the apricot quality. "But this year we had a pretty mild winter," he says. That means there will likely be some delicious apricots available this month.
Cherries: "If you like cherries, chances are you are going to have a really good May," says Parker. The season for cherries on the west coast is starting earlier this year, so you'll likely be getting your fix of sweet and sour cherries this month.
Avocados: May kicks off the season for summer salads, and avocados are an especially tasty topper. "We see an overlap in domestic and import avocado production in May," says Parker. "[Avocados] are in great quality." In places with more temperate climates, avocados can be in season all year round, but in the U.S. May is a good time to start looking for especially delicious fruits.
 
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
208-732-6269
Use your CSI EAP for Life Planning/Documents
Articles, Tip sheets, Downloadable Legal Forms and Checklists

One of our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providers Business Psychology Associates (BPA) offers articles, tip sheets, downloadable legal forms and checklists for life's essential documents.  Find Advance Directives, Last Wills and other important documents at no cost to you.  Information on Social Security and retirement benefits as well as resources to find attorneys and financial planners is also available.
 
Call BPA toll-free at 800-726-0003 or find them online at www.bpaheatlh.com.  For the My Benefits site use your username.  Enter College of Southern Idaho as your company's full name and the password 800-726-0003.  Select Work-Life resources and click the Access BPA Resource Connection icon. 
 
Your CSI EAP is there for you 24/7 and is completely FREE and confidential.  Call this number for help with work, family and personal issues.  Some is there to listen and help.
 
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
208-732-6269
Etiquette Rules for the Smartphone Era Handwritten vs. Digital
By Lauren Fisher for Bazaar


(Because good manners and courtesy are always in fashion and make life a lot nicer.)

A Quick Guide to Smartphone Etiquette:

In general...
When you are out socially, it is fine to have the ringer on a vibrate function at a reasonable (low) volume if you have a sitter at the house or if your work or personal life calls for you to be available while you are at other commitments. However, others should not be subject to any aspect of your smartphone, including conversations live or typed out. Put it away. If you must take a call or return a text, excuse yourself, take care of business, and return promptly.

At dinner...
Don't leave your phone out on the table at dinner.

At a party...
Don't carry your phone around in your hand like something better could happen at any moment.

In an audience...
Turn your phone to silent. Dim your screen. Answer only in an emergency. Never use the phone from your seat.

On the plane...
Your conversations, ring tones and other smartphone addictions should never disrupt someone else. Be aware that your voice, device volume, and the light from your screen are a potential annoyance to the people around you, and keep them to a very low intensity or off completely.

For words to the wise about when to write a note by hand find this article online>>

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
www.csi.edu/jobs
208-732-6269 

Discounts to State (and CSI) Employees 
This Summer
 
Thunder Mountain Line (opens Mother's Day), Disney on Ice-Frozen, AEN Playhouse, Silver Mountain Resort, Schweitzer Mountain, Morrison Center (Arlo Guthrie), Wahooz Fun Zone/PINZ, Roaring Springs, Twin Falls Zip Line...and more on Happenings !
 
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
208-732-6269