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B 50 Years Ago at CSI
In 1965...
In preparation for the bond election the trustees adopted the seal of the college. Within the circular seal, in the lower front, stands a pillar of learning. Next to it is a lamp of knowledge followed by two gears that depict technical education. Upon a road to infinity rests a gem representing the Gem State. All are surrounded by a wreath. At the top, the college name surrounds the wreath, and "1965," the year of establishment, decorates the bottom.

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PACE 50-for-50

We have had over 160 selfies documented so far! Are you in it to win it?  Click here to print off your instructions and checklist for the  PACE 50-for-50 Challenge.  The first 40 employees to check off 50 items will get their choice of jacket shown below with the 50 year logo: 

  • Visit the new Firewise garden (located at the Breckenridge Farm) 
  • Attend a Faculty Forum
  • Buy Apple Cider from a Horticulture Student
  • Share a Facebook post on your own timeline from a CSI page
  • Visit the CSI booth at the Gooding County Fair
  • Attend the AAWCA meeting (take a selfie the e-mail Michele sent out)
  • Attend a Get Moovin' session (take a selfie with your exercise band) 
  • Attend the Foundation Welcome Back Bash (take a selfie with the e-mail invitation, or send in one you took while at the event)
  • Attend Kid's Fest
  • Purchase something from the Farmer's Market
  • Take the Civility Pledge
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kim LaPray or Tamara Harmon. Good luck on the challenge and remember, if you don't have a smartphone ask a friend to take a selfie and send it to Tamara for you.

Tamara Harmon,  tharmon@csi.edu  | 208-732-6249
Kimberlee LaPray,  klapray@csi.edu  | 208-732-6299

MariachiMariachi Anyone?
Looking for sufficient interest across campus (not limited to music department) in establishing a Mariachi Ensemble.

With the large Hispanic component of our Magic Valley population, it seems unfortunate that we do not have better representation of what is now considered the national music of Mexico, which has evolved, with numerous outside influences, from Mexican folk music dating back to the 1500s. The genre had its roots in what is now known as the state of Jalisco, west of Guadalajara. It is my aim to recreate this music in our area, using local musicians, and performing regularly, including a concert or two each year.

Members need not be music majors, but just reasonably proficient on their respective instruments. The following may be needed:
  • 2-3 trumpets
  • 2-3 violins
  • One vihuela (essentially a tenor guitar), for which a standard guitar could be substituted
  • One standard guitar
  • One GuitarrĂ³n (a very large acoustic bass guitar)
  • (Optional) Marimba
As many as possible of the above should also be capable of singing reasonably well, although this is not necessarily a prerequisite, as we can get by with only one or two of the ensemble members actually doing the vocalizing.

Note that this list does not include any saxophones or drums (sorry folks, but we want this to be authentic). Also note that some of these spots may be tentatively filled already, but please check with me. If you're interested, please contact at gconley@csi.edu or 732-6762.

ConvocationCSI Convocation

Thanks to an amazing team for collaborating and pulling off another successful Convocation! This year students were given the opportunity to listen to guest speakers Bryan Wright from Wright Physical Therapy and Kalie Wright, the current Miss Idaho. The Student Affairs Office and Admissions Office worked hard to put something together that would be meaningful and engaging for our new incoming freshman. A memorable march from the Fine Arts, around the tower, and then into the Gym was a new tradition this year as students prepared to meet others in their program of study. 

BrownBrown Bag Survey

No more summer cat naps. The beginning of the semester is here! Brown Bag Learning Communities (newish name) will be starting up in September. I have modified the survey questions to reflect the responses I received in last week's survey.  If you are planning on attending a Brown Bag event, please take this survey. If you won't be attending, please don't take the survey. I really appreciate your input on this, and I'm looking forward to beginning our Fall 2015 Brown Bag Learning Communities soon. 

Additionally, we are expanding the days and offerings, and are looking for interested people to help take on a leadership role in these learning communities. If you are interested in being a host/leader for any of the sessions, please let me know. I have someone for the Wednesday noon and Friday morning event, but I need someone for the Tuesday noon or Thursday 1:00 event. Thank you all so much.

Evin Fox
Professor, Early Childhood Education
efox@csi.edu | 208-732-6872
AmericaMiss America
One of CSI's alum (daughter of a faculty member, Shelly Wright) is extremely close to being the next Miss America! Help her reach her goals by voting for her once a day on Facebook or Twitter until September 10 . To vote, all you have to do is type " Idaho #MissAmericaVote " without the quotation marks. Make sure that the privacy settings on your posts are set to public!  

If you'd like to follow Kalie Wright in her adventure of hopefully becoming the next Miss America you can do so through her social media channels which are listed below:


Facebook: Miss Idaho Kalie Wright

Twitter: @MissAmericaID

Snapchat: missamericaid

Instagram: missamericaid

Tublr: missamericaid

BandSymphonic Band
The College of Southern Idaho Symphonic Band is looking for players. All members of the community, including high-school musicians, who can play at least moderately difficult music, are invited to 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 on Aug. 24 for the band's first performance on Tuesday, December 1. There is no cost to join. For more information, please contact Dr. Halsell .

George Halsell
Professor, Music &  Band Director
ghalsell@csi.edu | 208-732-6767

EventsCSI Events
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.  

If you'd 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

ReadinessABE College Readiness

Class:  ABE College Readiness
Dates:  Begin August 10 (Open Enrollment)
Cost:  Free
Location:  CSI-Jerome Center

The CSI Jerome Center is holding ABE College Readiness classes. Enrollment is open so hurry in if your COMPASS score indicates you need 0-level classes (020, 099, 015, 025, etc.). Or, spread the word if you know someone who could benefit from this class. Prepare for English 101, Math 108, or Math 123. For more information don't be afraid to call! 

Anna Dovenmuhler
CSI-Jerome Center
adovenmuehler@csi.edu | 208-324-5101 
NutcrackerNutcracker Auditions
September 3, in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium

Don't miss the chance for you and your family to see your little dancer live on stage with the Eugene Ballet in their annual production of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, which will be performed on December 3. Children aged five to 18 are encouraged to audition. Auditions will take place in the Fine Arts Auditorium on the CSI Campus on Friday, September 5. There will be a $5 audition fee.

The Eugene Ballet requests that all participants arrive at the audition at least 15 minutes prior to the audition time and be ready to dance (dressed and stretched). Late-comers will not be allowed to audition. Please make sure that children audition for the proper roles. Students auditioning must be the appropriate age at the time of the audition, not the time of the performance. Boys and girls are welcome to audition for all parts except "Waltz of the Flowers", which is only open to advanced female students. Girls should wear class uniform, or a solid colored leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes, and hair should be secured in a bun. Boys should wear white t-shirt, black tights and black ballet shoes. All students audition in flat technique shoes EXCEPT "Waltz of the Flowers", who audition on pointe.

Rehearsals will fall on Saturday afternoons in October and November. Students must be available for all rehearsals and the performance. For more information, call 732-6288

Nutcracker audition times are as follows:
SIL 4:00 Baby Mice Ages 5-7 no height requirement 1 yr ballet pref.
4:30 Angels Ages 7-9 must be under 4'6" 1 yr. ballet min.
5:00 Bon Bons Ages 9-11 must be under 5' 2 yr. ballet min.
6:00 Party Children Ages 11-15 must be under 5'2" 3 yr. ballet min.
7:30 Waltz of the Flowers Ages 12-18 5'2" and over 3 yr. pointe min.

Camille Barigar
Fine Arts Special Events Coordinator
cbarigar@csi.edu | 208-732-6288

PartyParty Volunteers

The CSI Community Party Committee is looking for volunteers for our community celebration! The party will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11 am to 3 pm. Everything will take place on the main campus, on the north side of the Student Union Building. There will be food, live music, activities for kids, meet and greet with athletes, and much more. The whole community is invited to celebrate CSI turning 50! If you are interested in volunteering to help please click on the Volunteer Sign Up Form link below and list your name where you'll be available. Thank you everyone! 

Perri Gardner , pgardner@csi.edu   | 208-732-6867
Samra Culum , sculum@csi.edu  | 208-732-6223

DirectoryDirectory Update

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu |  208-732-6269
Submit Faculty & Staff 
Directory Changes 
The HR office is proofing the employee directory information for a printed CSI Telephone Directory. Please HELP by  going online to our CSI Directory ASAP and confirm your:

1.     Name
2.     Title
3.     Department name
4.     Telephone extension
5.     Email address
6.     Campus building
7.     Room number   
If your job title isn't what you think it should be, please report that to your supervisor and contact Dannette in the HR office at dstarr@csi.edu or telephone call to x6270 to see that she has the proper paperwork to support making that change. 
All updates must be received by the end of the day Tuesday, August 25, to be included in the printed version. 
Wellness2015 Wellness Calendar

Welcome to Fall 2015 Inservice Week and the start of a new semester.  Your CSI Employee Wellbeing Team is excited to offer you another year of great wellness opportunities and events.  With the help of a great summer intern, Shelby Howe, recent graduate from BYU Idaho in Health Promotion, we have planned fitness challenges, special speakers, national health recognition days, and lots of fun, creative activities to look forward to.  Please watch for messages through the eNotes and email in general, check our
and other news.
For the 2015/16 school year we will follow the health aspects of the   Wellness Wheel, focusing on balance in body, mind, and spirit.
Instructions for EAP Webinars : Go to  http://www.bpahealth.com . Click on Members (in green), under Benefits go to General or Personal login, select General Login and put College of Southern Idaho and then the toll-free number of: 8007260003 to sign in.
  • Select Work/Life Benefits and click on Access BPA Resource Connection.
  • Scroll down the next page (EAP newsletter), find Online Seminars in the right column.
  • Click on the seminar you are seeking or view archived seminars below that.
  • Register for the session time of your choice.
  • View or print the slides and notes offered in PDF format if you like.

September- Emotional Wellness

  • Sept 15 Coping with Change EAP online seminar
  • Stress Management class with the CSI Employee Wellbeing Team
  • Meet your Employee Assistance Program with Tina from BPA
  • Fall Walking Challenge w/pre- and post- Fitness Assessments with John Twiss

October- Cancer Awareness

  • Oct 20 Know the 10 Signs (of Alzheimer's disease) EAP online seminar
  • Oct 21- National Unite against Bullying, Wear Orange with Student Senat
  • Great Pumpkin 5K walk/run

November- Financial Wellness

  • Nov 17 Stick with it (to make positive change) EAP) online seminar
  • Identity Theft/EAP with Tina Taylor from Business Psychology Assoc.
  • Flu Shots and essential documents
  • Post Fitness Assessment for the fall challenge

December- Spiritual Wellness

  • Dec 15 Creating a Personal Development Plan EAP online seminar
  • Create a Christmas Tree with gifts to families in need
  • Aroma therapy with Eric Dahl, Doterra, in the Chapel & Relaxation Center
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
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