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Congratulations! And thank you for your service to the College of Southern Idaho:
10-Year Recipients Pictured Above: Catherine Begando,  Steven Birnie,  Heidi Campbell,  Heidi Cartisser,  Bill Ebener,  Randy Falusi,  Alan Heck,  Dianne Jolovich,  Clinton Keller,  Edith Leckron,  Joseph Lemoine,  Jasmine Lopez,  Tamara Pehrson,  Timothy Pierce,  Milica Popovic,  Scott Rogers,  Scott Snell, and  Anthony (Tony) Wilson


 20-Year Recipient Pictured Above: Christopher Anderson


30-Year Recipient Pictured Above:  Gary Baum

Kathy Deahl
Administrative Assistant, Office of the President
kdeahl@csi.edu | 208-732-6201


A number of offices on the main College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls will extend their usual hours for several days in order to offer students an opportunity to complete preparations for the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 22.
 
Offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 17 and 18 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Participating CSI departments include the Registrar's office, Admissions, Bookstore, Business Office, Financial Aid, and Advising.
 
Students who are new to CSI are reminded that the deadline to apply for the fall semester is Monday, Aug. 15. New students are also required to complete Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR). For more information, please contact the CSI Office of Admissions at 732-6221.

Michelle Schutt
Associate Vice President
mschutt@csi.edu | 208-732-6863


Visual
 


TIME HAS CHANGED: Wednesday, August 17, 2-3 pm.

Click here to review the new Visual Identity Guide. 

Kimberlee LaPray
Public Information Specialist
klapray@csi.edu | 208-732-6299


 
 
Faculty and Staff, please note that there have been changes to the Eagle One program (previously known as Higherone, now BankMobile). Please read about these changes at:  www.csi.edu/eagleonecard   
  • Students will no longer have free access to Higher One ATMs. However, now they'll have free access to over 55,000 Allpoint® Network ATMs Worldwide. Please have them visit www.allpointnetwork.com to find an ATM near them. They will continue to have free access to Customers Bank ATMs.
  • If students are currently using a Higherone / Eagleone card they can continue using the same card.
  • Please refer to the links for more information on Bankmobile.
  • The Bankmobile Kit will be sent after August 11 to all future credit students.
Maria Anderson
Administrative Assistant
manderson@csi.edu | 208-732-6207


 
 
 

It is with tremendous pride that I write to update you all on the progress of our Idaho INBRE students, and to thank you for all you have done to facilitate their success.
 
Jan, Randy and I attended the 15 th Annual Idaho INBRE Research Conference last week in Moscow, Idaho and were joined by 6 of our own CSI students. Two students, Kali Burrows and Megan Combe, conducted research during the Spring semester as part of Jan & Randy's INBRE Scholars/SSRP program. Four additional students, Arianna Bartlett (U of I Aquaculture Research Institute), Amanda Smith (TF County Pest Abatement District), Eisa Sobbi (U of I Extension) and Eric Higbee (USDA), participated as Idaho INBRE Industry Interns over the course of 10 weeks this summer.
  • Kali & Megan were awarded 2nd Place in the Scholars Category for their research on The Effects of Noise Pollution on Bird Abundance here at CSI.
  • Arianna was awarded 2nd Place in the Undergraduate Research, Faculty Choice Category for her research on gene regulation in rainbow trout at the University of Idaho Aquaculture Research Institute in Hagerman.
All 6 students presented their research during the student poster sessions at the INBRE Conference and all 6 students represented themselves, their mentors and CSI in the best possible way. All of the posters, in addition to those from 2015, will be available for viewing on the second  floor of the Shields building. Stop by anytime and see for yourself what our students are capable of!!
 
Please join me in congratulating all of our 2016 CSI Idaho INBRE students for a job remarkably well done!

Amy Rice Doetsch, Ph.D.
Professor, Biology
aricedoetsch@csi.edu |  208-732-6848


 
I'm excited to announce that the CSI Jerome Center, located at 104 West Main Street in Jerome, now has a full-service testing center at its location. There are 5 computers in the testing room, along with another 5 carrels for paper and pencil tests. Four in-room cameras will be used for monitoring students.
 
Anna Dovenmuehler, Jerome Center Coordinator, and I will be getting the word out to students that testing is available in Jerome, so I encourage you to have your course tests/proctor sheets sent to Jerome just as you do to the other off-campus centers. 

Placement testing and testing for other colleges and universities are also available. We will request students to call the center to make appointments for testing. 
 
Test and proctoring information may be emailed to:  jerometesting@csi.edu. The Jerome Center phone numbers are 208-324-5101 or 208-732-6464.  (From a campus phone dial x6464.)  The fax number is 208-324-7449.
 
Thank you.
 
Elaine Bryant, M.Ed.
North Side Center & Jerome Center Director
ebryant@csi.edu208-732-6461


  
The Idaho Career and Technical Education (CTE) conference held earlier this month at the College of Southern Idaho reinforced one of the most misunderstood components of postsecondary education, not only in Idaho, but all over the United States; the tremendous potential of CTE versus its general perception among so many who could benefit from it. While we have employers standing at our doors awaiting our graduates, the interest in these programs is not keeping up with the demand.

For example, this past year CSI struggled to get eight students into our Drafting Technology Program. All but one of those students were snapped up before the program was completed. I'm told there were likely 20 jobs for program graduates that went unfilled. As an alumnus and former instructor of this program, I can personally attest to the fact that the curriculum offers a terrific career in a great work environment that pays a living wage, and typically with advancement opportunities. Yet interest in this program is sparse to say the least. (As I write this, only five students have registered for the CSI drafting program.) Drafting is just one example; CSI trains and educates machinists, millwrights, cabinetmakers, machine operators, maintenance engineers, HVAC technicians, and many other occupations, yet in most of these trade programs, there is enrollment room to spare.

During my stint as State Director of the Division of Career and Technical Education (formerly Professional-Technical Education), it was discouraging for me to see that while everyone seems to admire and support CTE, they mostly feel it's for "someone else's kid." Every parent wants their child to have the best, but many mistakenly assume that earning a 4-year or graduate degree is an automatic pathway to a career and the middle class. Labor market information easily and soundly dismisses this notion. While the majority of postsecondary students head down the baccalaureate road, the clear majority of jobs require a different type of education: CTE. Those "get a Ph.D., make a million dollars" posters don't tell the whole story. The real opportunities are in the middle skill, high demand occupations. According to national data, only ten-percent of those entering college end up completing and then working in the area in which they major. No wonder the United States is wallowing in student loan debt and employers struggle to fill skilled positions.

This is neither an appeal for enrollments nor is it an indictment of more traditional higher education; it is a call to action. Let's encourage our youth to truly understand the labor market and their postsecondary choices. Several years ago, Kenneth Gray wrote the excellent book, 'Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future.' That's the perfect term: we need to get real in terms of proper career advising and coaching. Be a career coach, but know your facts. If you don't know the facts, ask us. The CSI Career Center is ready and waiting to help you, your child, or someone you know and care about to make the most of their working life. Yes, we need those with 4-year degrees and higher, but there are amazing alternatives. Do you know what they are?

In our Fall 2017 semester, our goal is to have at least 40 high school seniors attend CSI's CTE programs to help fill those empty seats and to support our employers. Because this will be designed for dual credit, tuition will be highly subsidized by the State of Idaho. CSI invites you to get acquainted with our CTE programs and our Career Center. It's time to 'Get Real.' There are opportunities by the fistful for those who make good college and major choices.
Todd Schwarz
Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer
tschwarz@csi.edu 208-732-6325





Each year, tens of thousands of volleyball players, coaches and families across the country join together to participate in The Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink® Rally in an effort to bring more awareness and funding to breast cancer. CSI Volleyball is excited to announce their partnership with The Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink® Rally during their game on Monday, October 24, 2016. Our goal is to raise $5,000. 

With a $50 donation, you can have your loved ones' name who has battled with breast cancer added (see example to the left) to the customized game jerseys the CSI Volleyball team will wear Monday, October 24, 2016. Following the match the game jerseys will be auctioned off. All proceeds will be donated to The Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink® Rally.
 
Thank you for helping us give hope to patients and their families!
 
The deadline to get your loved ones' name on the jerseys is Friday, October 7, 2016.

Payment Options
 
Check:
 
Print this form to mail in with your check made payable to the  "CSI Foundation" 
 
*Note: Write " Dig Pink " in the memo section on your check.
Credit Card:
 
Donations can be made over the phone by calling Tamara Harmon  in the CSI Foundation at:  732-6249 .
Online:

Donations by credit card can be made online at:  www.csi.edu/foundation
 
*Note: Click the red "Send Online" button then under "Please credit my gift to" click "Other" and type in Dig Pink.

Clark Rasmussen
Assistant Athletic Director
crasmussen@csi.edu 208-732-6482


We still need help filling multiple courses this fall semester! Help your fellow faculty by suggesting some of the following: 

GNED 101:

 

For more information about GNED classes contact Clark Draney acdraney@csi.edu or 208-732-6810.  

COMM 209: 

This is a MWF, face-to-face class that happens from 9:00-9:50 am in the Hepworth building (and is taught by Tiffany Seeley-Case) 

E mployers, teachers, and others  say we need to develop critical thinking skills in our students (and many studies back this up as to the high demand in the workforce for effective critical thinking skills) and, as luck would have it, we teach a class in this very thing! Who knew? How lucky is that? Course Description and Goals:

Critical Thinking and Argumentation is designed to introduce students to the basic principles of critical thinking, reasoning, informal logic, and argumentation, and to help students apply those principles in both their personal and public communication. 

This course has four broad goals: 
  1. To help students become more analytical and critical as a consumer of the discourse of others.
  2. To teach students to recognize flawed reasoning and equip students with strategies for dealing with flawed reasoning.
  3. To help students become more adept and more ethical in constructively advancing and defending views in both public and personal settings.
  4. To help students become more understanding and tolerant of those with whom they disagree.
COMM 209 is a required course for communication majors, but can benefit everyone! In particular, we recommend COMM 209 to pre-law, political science and criminal justice majors as well as to English majors with an emphasis in persuasion and/or persuasive writing. Further, majors in all of the sciences can greatly benefit from critical reasoning skills. 

For more information about COMM 209 contact Tiffany Seeley-Case  at tseeley@csi.edu or  208-732-6779.

ART 103-251:



For more information about Art courses contact Ben Lustig at blustig@csi.edu or 208-732-6756.


For CSI Students (1112 Frontier Rd.)
 
Days of Operation: Monday-Thursday
Hours of Operation: 5:30-10:00 pm
Serving Children: 2.5through 6 years of age
Cost Per Child: $150.00 per semester, with Scholarship Award
Semester Begins: August 22, 2016 (Enroll Now)
Semester Ends: December 15, 2016
 
The Center follows the calendar of the College of Southern Idaho. When CSI classes are not in session, the center will be closed.
 
The Early Learning Center, evening hours care program, is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children 2.5 through six years of age. The center provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child's cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development.  Within the program's schedule, each child has opportunities to create, explore the environment, learn problem-solving techniques, develop personal interaction skills, and learn concepts through firsthand experiences. Children will develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-and teacher-directed activities.  

Jennifer Patterson
ECE Child Care Labs Coordinator
jpatterson@csi.edu |  208-732-6645


HRHR Website: We've Changed Our Look
Not that you'd notice at first glance, but the HR website has changed.  First, we combined the contents of three pages into one.  Employment Opportunities, (training and) Development and Payroll/onboarding information is now on one page under Employment. You may link to CSI job announcements from that page as well as to ed2go classes. As always, all Forms and Links that are HR and payroll-related may be found on a single page.
 
These enhancements have greatly simplified our life and we hope they help you too.  Please feel free to always call or email when you have a question or issue.  We're here to help. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269


BandJoin the CSI Symphonic Band
The College of Southern Idaho Symphonic Band is looking for musicians. All members of the community who can play at least moderately difficult music, including high-school musicians, are invited to come join the ensemble. If you play a band instrument and have been looking for a reason to dust it off and tune it up, this is your opportunity.
 
The band is directed by George K. Halsell and will rehearse from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. Rehearsals begin Aug. 22 for its performance on Tuesday, Dec. 6. There is no cost to join. For more information, please contact Dr. Halsell at 732-6767 or at ghalsell@csi.edu.

George Halsell
CSI Band Director
ghalsell@csi.edu | 208-732-6767


CSI Events
Facebook
If you're looking for an event this month chances are we have the information posted on our  Facebook  page. And, don't forget that you can now subscribe to our events which means you'll get a notification when a CSI event is added to our page. 

THIS WEEK
AUG 15
Today 7 PM · Jeanie Cullip is going
Twin Falls
 
AUG 17
Aug 17 - Aug 20 · Nikcole Zamarripa is going
Twin Falls
AUG 17
Wed 1 PM · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
 
AUG 17
Wed 1:30 PM · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
AUG 20
Sat 7:30 PM · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
NEXT WEEK
AUG 22
Mon 8 AM · 1 guest
Twin Falls
AUG 22
Mon 11 AM
Twin Falls
 
AUG 22
Mon 5 PM
Twin Falls
AUG 24
Wed 11 AM
Twin Falls
 
AUG 24
Wed 1:30 PM · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
AUG 25
Thu 7:30 PM · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
 
AUG 26
Fri 6 PM · 19 guests
Twin Falls
AUG 27
Sat 10 AM · Laura L Erickson is going
Twin Falls
LATER THIS MONTH
AUG 31
Wed 1:30 PM · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
NEXT MONTH
SEP 6
Sep 6 - Sep 9 · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
SEP 24
Sat 10 AM · 47 guests
Meridian

If you would like to see more of what's going on at CSI visit our  Facebook . O r, if you would like your CSI event listed on our Facebook page, please send your information to eNotes@csi.edu . Pictures, flyers, and most all documents will be accepted and used for the posting. 
   
Kimberlee LaPray
Public Information Specialist
klapray@csi.edu   | 208-732-6299
 
 
PlanetariumScheduleEvents at the Herrett Center This Week

Herrett Center for Arts and Science
College of Southern Idaho
Museum, Planetarium, Observatory
Year round open hours.*
 
*Closed Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays.
Tuesdays
9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesdays
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Thursdays
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Fridays
9:30 am to 9:00 pm
Saturdays
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Public Event Schedule for August 2016
 
 
Day
Time
Event
 
Tuesday, August 16th
10:30 am
Planetarium Show: Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Accidental Astronauts.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
6:00 pm
Mingle in the Jungle Reptile Revue.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Flight of the Butterflies.
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.
 
Wednesday, August 17th
10:30 am
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
1:30 - 3:30 pm
Observatory: Free solar observing, weather permitting.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Violent Universe.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Black Holes.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
 
Thursday, August 18th
10:30 am
Planetarium Show: Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Accidental Astronauts.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
 
Friday, August 19th 
10:30 am
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Violent Universe.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Black Holes.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Pink Floyd: The Wall
 
Saturday, August 20th 
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Observatory: Free solar observing, weather permitting. KMVT's Kidsfest.
12:00 pm
Planetarium Show: The Accidental Astronauts. KMVT Kidsfest showing.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Accidental Astronauts.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
4:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Flight of the Butterflies.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Violent Universe.
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
 
Tuesday, August 23rd
10:30 am
Planetarium Show: Lewis and Clark: Great Journey West.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Accidental Astronauts.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Flight of the Butterflies.
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.
 

Rick Greenawald
Manager, Faulkner Planetarium
rgreenawald@csi.edu |   208-732-6659
 



Kathy MacMillan
TFSD Education Foundation Board Member 
kwmac@cableone.net | 208-420-7535


KidsSummer Workshops for Kids at the Herrett Center
We are nearing the end of the Herrett Center for Arts and Science summer workshops for kids as young as six years old. All sessions will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

August 17: Hoop and Dart Game. Try your hand at this classic Native American game using traditional materials to construct a set of prehistoric lawn darts. Students will build a set of corncob darts and a willow hoop, then learn the rules of this fun pastime on the Herrett Center front lawn. Ages 8 and up. $10 per participant.

Spaces will be limited in each workshop to ensure a fun experience for all participants. Payment must be received at the time of registration. Adults may not sign up without a child. For information, call 208-732-6655 or drop by the Herrett Center at the College of Southern Idaho.

Laura Browarny
Herrett Center Education Coordinator
lbrowarny@csi.edu | 208-732-6664


 
Find out about the resources, tutoring, and services offered through the Learning Assistance Center.  Drop by and check us out, see flyers, and ask questions.

What: Open house
When: Wednesday August 17 @ 11 am- Noon
Where: GRM Room 202
 
Kat Powell
Learning Center Coordinator
 kpowell@csi.edu | 208-732-6685


August 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium

The Concert Band is comprised of 39 musicians and is the largest performing ensemble within the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West. The band has performed for thousands of listeners in live concert appearances and for millions worldwide via recordings, television and radio broadcasts. Throughout its history, the Concert Band has collaborated with some of America's leading soloists and band conductors, receiving enthusiastic critical acclaim as one of the premier musical organizations of its kind. The Concert Band performs a wide variety of music, including standard concert band/wind ensemble literature, orchestral transcriptions, military marches, jazz and pop arrangements, Broadway standards, and of course, patriotic music. The USAF Band of the Golden West commonly performs throughout the seven westernmost states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington as well as for national and international audiences. This performance is co-sponsored by the Twin Falls Times-News and the College of Southern Idaho. Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available from the Times-News by sending a request for up to four tickets to:

The Times-News
Attn.: Band Tickets
1510 Overland Ave.
Burley, ID 83318

Tickets may also be picked at this address or at the Times-News' Twin Falls location, at 132 Fairfield Street W.  Doors will open at 7 PM, and all ticket holders must be seated by 7:20, after which any remaining seats will be made available to those without tickets.

Camille Barigar
CSI Fine Arts
cbarigar@csi.edu | 208-732-6288


Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269


Program Board and the Office of Student Affairs are excited to announce their annual WOW (Week of Welcome)! WOW is a campus-wide event that takes place each fall and spring semester. Students are able to have fun, socialize, network, receive free stuff, and get exposure to student life opportunities. The WOW Community Fair, which is only held in the fall, will be an opportunity for you to brag about your department or showcase student involvement or leadership opportunities through clubs and organizations tied to your department. This is also a vendor fair, with the purpose of fostering a relationship between the College of Southern Idaho and the Twin Falls community. Businesses and community agencies who participate are going to have free giveaways, information about their services, and a fun environment for students, faculty and staff to learn more about services that are in the Twin Falls community. We look forward to your participation in this event which is held during our Week of Welcome on  Wednesday August 24 , from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Click here for the application you need to fill out and return to make sure you are on our list of participants.
Benefits of a WOW Booth:
- You will be able to connect with CSI students.
- You will be able to distribute information about your department/organization.
- You will be able to see what other departments have going on around campus.
 
What's Included in a WOW Booth:
Booth spaces are furnished with a table and two chairs, unless noted otherwise, and a limited number of spots with electricity are available and reservations will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. To help entice people maybe a giveaway or sweet treat at your booth will help.  

P.S. If you know of a business that is interested in participating in this please let me know as their application is a bit different.

Jasmine López  
Student Activities Coordinator
jlopez@csi.edu | 208-732-6229


Plan ahead and start making your team for the Lori Rogers Fly Like an Eagle Golf Tournament slated for Aug. 27 at Twin Falls Golf Club (Muni).

The cost is $320 per team of four (cart fees not included) or $80 per player (cart fee not included). This event, sponsored by Gateway Real Estate and M&M Electric, will have an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

For more information, email Clark Rasmussen  at crasmussen@csi.edu or call 208-732-6486. You can email the entry form to Ginger Nukaya  at gnukaya@csi.edu or bring it by the CSI Athletics office.

Click here to get your entry form.


 
Clark Rasmussen
Assistant Athletic Director
crasmussen@csi.edu | 208-732-6482


The Herrett Center for Arts and Science introduces a new after school program for teens this September. The free program, open to students in grades 9 through 12, is funded by the Idaho Humanities Council and is the first of its kind in Idaho.
 
Herrett Center Education Facilitator Laura Browarny says Herrett Teens participants will go on multiple field trips, hear presentations from guest speakers, and make lots of new friends.
 
"The teens will have a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Herrett Center with a diverse group of new peers. We're creating a safe place for open dialogue about the past, present, and future of southern Idaho," said Browarny. "Members will share opinions, create personal connections, and more importantly, eat lots of snacks!"
 
The After School Teen Community for the Humanities will meet after school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for twelve weeks starting in mid-September at the Herrett Center on the College of Southern Idaho campus. A few Saturday field trips will take the place of weekday meetings. Space in the program will be limited to 25 students. Transportation to and from the Herrett Center may be arranged. Applications are being taken now through Sept. 6. Members will be notified of their acceptance to the program by Sept. 9.
 
The program website and online applications can be found at http://herrett.csi.edu/teens/.  For more information, please contact Browarny at 208-732-6664 or at lbrowarny@csi.edu.

Click here for the application form.
 
Laura Browarny
Education Coordinator
lbrowarny@csi.edu | 208-732-6664




Please RSVP by e-mailing Tamara Harmon at tharmon@csi.edu

T amara Harmon
CSI Foundation
 tharmon@csi.edu | 208-732-6249


Every four years the Summer Olympics come into our living rooms and inspire us to be healthier and more active. Make a comment to the blog post,  Is there an Olympian in you? on the  ChooseHealthMatters blog by 10 a.m. on  Wednesday, 8/24/16 and you could win a set of FREE tickets to Roaring Springs Water Park in Meridian, Idaho or Silverwood Theme Park in Northern Idaho.
 
Go to Enter the Water Park Drawing on Stress Center.
 
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269


Log your miles for chances to win a cruise for two!

The CSI Employee (and family) Wellbeing Program is setting sail for the Caribbean this fall semester and we want you to join us on board! Our cruise challenge is intended to get you out of your cabin, up on deck, and actively involved with your shipmates!

Registration begins in early September, the challenge starts September 26, and we arrive at our destination by Thanksgiving. Join us for the annual Great Pumpkin and Turkey Trot walk/run events and add bonus mileage points to your score.

A Wellbeing website for Cruise to Wellness is being developed now with all the information you will need while we gather team captains to help keep you involved and informed. If you want to captain a team, please contact Judy Heatwole by email to jheatwole@csi.edu or by calling x6269. We'd love to hear from you.
Stay tuned for details as they develop. 
 
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269


From Your VSP Newsletter

While it depends on the individual's genetics and lifestyle, many people begin to experience vision difficulties while in their 40s and 50s. A common issue is Presbyopia-a decline in the ability to focus due to the hardening of the lenses in your eye, or in other words, farsightedness due to age-which make it difficult to see up close. Other conditions, like glaucoma, cataracts, and AMD become more common in this age range as well.

According to the National Eye Institute, AMD affects 2 million people and is a leading cause of vision loss in the US, and aging is the biggest culprit. Most people don't realize they have AMD until damage has already occurred, or until their VSP provider detects it. From your 60s to your 90s, the chances of AMD advancing and causing vision loss increase from 1% to 15%.
Here are warning signs to watch for as you age:
  • Any eye pain
  • A sudden change in vision
  • Noticeable, excess glare
  • Difficulty adapting to low light levels
  • Gradual increase in haziness of your central or overall vision
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • A blurred or blind spot in the center of your field of vision
  • Additionally, individuals with diabetes or high blood pressure have a greater risk for developing vision problems. If you experience any health changes, such as a hypertension or a diabetes diagnosis, be sure to visit your eye doctor for a comprehensive exam.
 
  • Get an annual WellVision Exam from your VSP provider.
  • Wear sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection when you're outdoors.
  • Drink the recommended amount of water each day.
  • Aim to get at least 6 hours of sleep each night, as an adult.
  • Eat eye-healthy foods and take eye vitamins.
  • Most importantly, pay attention to your eyes and don't hesitate to visit a VSP provider if you have any concerns, or think you may have warning signs of a larger issue. Be sure you visit with them yearly to have your eyes examined and your prescriptions updated as needed. No matter what age you are, there are several things you can do to keep your eyes healthy and help deter eye disease.
For more information, log into your VSP Member site online
 
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269


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Nondiscrimination Statement:  It is the policy of the College of Southern Idaho to comply with all federal, state and local authorities requiring nondiscrimination, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Executive Orders 12898 (Environmental Justice) and 13166 (Limited English Proficiency).  College of Southern Idaho is an equal opportunity employer. The college does not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject any individual to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, income, protected veteran status, limited English proficiency, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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