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May 18, 2015
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50 Years Ago Today
Established in 1965

In May of 1965, the State Board for Vocational Education said that it would require a survey to be completed prior to the establishment of an area vocational school in conjunction with the College.

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 
The Guest
Hosted by the CSI PACE Committee

The next G.U.E.S.T session will be next week Tuesday May 26, from 2-4 pm, in Taylor 247. To RSVP for this session please e-mail Charmaine West at  
Congratulations to Our New PACE Executives 
They will begin their two year term in July

The CSI Professional and Classified Employee (PACE) Executive Committee would like to congratulate and welcome their three newest executives:

Carla Wherry
Renee Turner
Tamara Harmon     
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

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. 
Healthy Aging Conference: Mentally, Physically, Emotionally
Hosted by the CSI Office on Aging

Who Should Attend?

? Caregivers of elderly loved ones

? Professional workers caring for older adults

? Social Workers or Mental Heath Professionals (3 Social Work CEU's Available)

? Health Care Professionals    

? Anyone whose job involves working with the elderly

? Anyone wanting more information about aging and  staying healthy

? Veterans and caregivers who want to learn more aging and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 


To view the flyer and register click here. Or, for more information contact the Office on Aging at 800-574-8656 or 208-736-2122.   

Summer Art Classes
Located at the Burley Campus

Outdoor Recreation Summer Classes
Sign up now

PHYA 244 C01 & C02: Mountain Biking
This course is a well-rounded introduction to Mountain Biking, including an explanation of techniques, equipment, and safety considerations. It is the goal of this course to give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of Mountain Biking on their own. The student furnishes or uses CSI Mt. Bikes and equipment and pays an additional fee for the class. Topics include riding techniques, clothing, equipment, safety and bike maintenance.

Dates: May 18- June 26, from 5:30-7:00PM, 1 Saturday Date TBA
Cost: 1 CSI Credit Fee + $20 course fee

Contact John at 732-6484 with any questions you may have!

PHYA 243: Intro to Backpacking
Spend a weekend hiking one of Idaho's hidden treasures in the Sawtooth National Forest! Toxaway Loop is 18 miles of mountains, fresh lakes, and beautiful scenery! This course is designed to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in a backpacking activity, serving as a solid introductory course for the beginning backpacker and good refresher course for participants with backpacking experience. The course will cover the history, philosophy, rules, fundamental/progression of techniques, strategy, and safety in the activity of backpacking. The course includes a backpacking excursion. This course may be repeated once. All gear included!

Dates: June 11, 18th TR from 4- PM-5:50 PM; Weekend Trip: June 19-21st
Cost: 1 CSI Credit Fee + $40 course fee

PHYA 199B C02: Whitewater Rafting
Spend 5 sessions out on the Hagerman River, learning how to guide Class I-III rapids in a safe and fun environment. Instructor Shawn Willsey will teach you the techniques to read CFS, find a line through each rapid, and to guide participants through a safe and fun whitewater experience. This class is only two weeks long but will equip you with all the skills you need to become a river guide!

Dates: July 6, 8, 13, 15, & 17: 3 PM-8:50 PM
Cost: 1 CSI Credit Fee + $40 course fee

Contact Shawn at 732-6421 with any questions you may have! 
Effective Teacher Workshop I & II
August 13 & 14, 2015

If you'd like to connect with your colleagues and learn more about teaching this is the workshop for you! 

Date:  August 13 & 14
Time:  9 am - 4 pm 

Food will be served and you can earn free credit by participating in this workshop.  Contact Shonna Parsons at 208-732-6281 or to reserve your spot.
Team Up for Health, Fitness and Camaraderie!
Create a Team and Participate


SelectHealth invites CSI employees to create a team for this upcoming race in Boise to benefit St. Luke's Children's Hospital. 

The 2015 FitOne 5K, 10K and Half Marathon is for runners and walkers of all ability levels, and takes place on Saturday, September 26, 2015. All courses start at the State Capitol in downtown Boise and finish in Ann Morrison Park.

Companies that join the FitOne Corporate Challenge have an option to pay for a portion or all of their participants' registration fees, which makes a positive incentive for company wellness programs.

Team Set-up Deadline: August 31
Team Participant Registration Deadline: Midnight on September 20

Learn more online at

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Snake River HR Professionals Offer Fall Conference

Everyone is welcome to attend


The conference "HR as a Strategic Partner" is coming to CSI on September 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  Topics include understanding the business model, improving workforce and work place, problem solving and making things happen.  Find more information and register online at:


Judy Heatwole, MTD

Human Resources Specialist

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator


Your Health Assessment Report is Coming

Most received their report on Friday, May 15


For those who participated in the April Know Your Numbers and online Health Assessment, your report is on its way.  The report that was generated from the information you submitted online and your screening results will offer feedback and suggestions for follow-up if needed.  Any comparisons to a peer group are based on gender and age category. Overall scores represent your match to national targets.


What you can expect:

  • A Welcome to your report chart will offer you overall scores for your KYN outcomes and entries into the online assessment as compared to your peers
  • Know Your Numbers at a Glance table showing the values from your April screening.  The colors red, yellow or green will represent your values as compared to national standards.  Points will also be awarded to represent your fit.
  • My Wellbeing Guide information will show screening results or survey question answer that correspond to a health topic or focus area.  This table will offer any "level of concern" that matches your outcomes and points from 1 - 10.  Points are awarded based on meeting the national recommendations.  A total score at the end of this table tells you how you scored out of a possible 100%. 
  • A Call to Action is the final step of the report with possible links to St. Luke's classes or services and events that may be on the CSI Wellbeing Website

Who to contact with questions:


Your CSI Employee Wellbeing Coordinator can answer general questions about the KYN health initiative program.

Nurse Health Coaches are available to answer specific questions about the report you receive and help you set and achieve any health goals you wish to set for yourself.


Judy Heatwole, MTD

Human Resources Specialist

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator


Don't Fry Day is May 22
Don't Fry Day Is All About Healthy Skin



Fact: Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with melanoma being the deadliest. In 2011, 65,647 people were diagnosed with melanomas of the skin. Skin cancer can be caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, either naturally from the sun or artificially in a tanning bed. Symptoms include a growth, a sore that doesn't heal or a changing mole.

Usually I share a really sweet message here about the importance of healthy skin, but since a picture is worth a thousand words I'm going to share a photo of basal cell carcinoma on the face of a 27-year-old nurse who spent years lying in tanning beds. This image and story is her own rally against sun damage and tanning beds.

Please protect yourself and your little ones, especially, this summer by wearing protective clothing and brimmed hats and always using and reapplying sun screen throughout the day. Your skin will thank you for it.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Human Resources Specialist
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

Wellbeing Survey Results are In

Thanks all who completed the survey


My grateful thanks to all that completed the CSI Know Your Numbers survey and left so many helpful comments!  We will take your suggests for improvement to the St. Luke's team so we can make your experience even smoother into the future.


More than 100 employees, 60/40 staff to admin/faculty, 25/75 male to female and with 90% participating in the KNY event responded the very first day we launched the survey. Ninety percent feel encouraged and supported by the college in your wellness journey, but 10% receive little or no support within their department.


I'd like to respond to some good comments that were made. I hope this helps with any concerns you may have.


1.1. Cholesterol screenings are no longer offered as part of the KYN events, but I will continue to probe to see if or when they might be included.  Meanwhile, community wellness fairs such as the one at the HSHS building the last Saturday in October still offer this screen AND you may drop by the Occupational Health office at the SE corner of St. Luke's in Twin Falls for a coupon to one of their labs for that screening at only $16.  Just remember to fast!


1.2. We're thrilled to hear from those that caught increased blood pressure or blood glucose levels so you can take those concerns to your physician.  Yes, there ARE means to address both those problems with proper nutrition, weight management, activity and, if need be, medications.  At the same time, if you had high numbers at the screening but your doctor is fine with your measurements there is a process to submit a note to receive the incentives anyway.  Please contact me for more information (


1.3. Some of you suggested scheduling your screening earlier in the month and completing the online assessment more quickly to avoid lines and missing the deadline.  Good points!


1.4. Many of you commented that you are more focused and motivated to effect changes for yourself and your families with the information and resources being provided.  That's what we want to hear!


1.5. Please don't hesitate to contact HR if you have a question or issue with a health benefit or resource - ever.


Finally, to our supervisors: Your employees need support to participate in wellness events. If wellness isn't your thing, please find a champion in your department to help communicate events and benefits and to assist in scheduling participation. We will continue to offer workshops and screenings both inside and outside of work hours and at multiple times and places to accommodate everyone's needs. If you have a specific request please let me know or speak to anyone on the team. We will do our very best to remove any barriers that you, your employees or their families experience toward success in goals for optimum health. 


Judy Heatwole, MTD

Human Resources Specialist

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator


EAP Webinar is Tuesday:

Estate Planning in 5 Essential Documents


Learn the key documents everyone over 18 should have prepared so your family understands your wishes regarding your health, wealth and property. 


RSVP to attend this noon session on May 19 or to download to your desk:


Judy Heatwole, MTD

Human Resources Specialist

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator