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B 50 Years Ago at CSI
In December of 1965...
Members of a special advisory committee for a new program in Agri-Business that was to be offered at the College, met and started developing curriculum for the program. It was proposed that the instruction begin the second semester.

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PACEPACE 50-for-50 Challenge

We currently have over  1,638  selfies documented for the  PACE 50-for-50 Challenge and 27 winners! It's not too late to start this challenge. There are 23 jackets left to win! 

Your competition is listed below:

Challenge Winners So Far
# of Items Completed
RD Van Noy
Kyle Brown
Dan Guthrie
Jud Harmon
Ella Johnson
Janet Milligan
Crystal Ayers
Elaine Bryant
Jennifer Zimmers
Ed Ditlefsen
Jon Lord
Carrie Nutsch
Tonja Bowcut
Michele McFarlane
Chance Munns
Erin Nunnelley
Nikcole Zamarripa
Jentri King
Laird Stone
Polly Hulsey
Randy Simonson
Clark Draney
Heather Barnes
Maritza Vega
Cindy Harding
LueLinda Egbert
Jamie Bridges
Next Top Competitors
# of Items Completed
Gail Schull
Chris Anderson
Heidi Campbell
Andie Dayley
Kara Mahannah
Evin Fox
Judy Hansen
Ben Hamlett
Mark Wasden
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Tamara Harmon,  tharmon@csi.edu  | 208-732-6249
Kimberlee LaPray,  klapray@csi.edu  | 208-732-6299

STEMCSI Workshop Breaks Food Down to Its Molecules
At the College of Southern Idaho on Saturday, cooking meals was a matter of scientific analysis.
The lab: a kitchen at the Desert building where 30 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students from the Magic Valley learned basic knife skills, prepared dishes and learned the molecular properties of salad dressings.
The day was the final part of the fall semester's Discover Science Workshops, a series of science-related gatherings designed to draw student interest into STEM programs.
"This is the future," said Dr. Jeff Fox, the president of CSI. "It gets people involved in science. It's fun for everybody. Everybody eats."
Heidi Campbell
Associate Dean for STEM Studies
hcampbell@csi.edu  | 208-732-6429

LuncheonPACE Employee Holiday Luncheon Update

PACE Holiday Luncheon Update:

1. RSVP for the luncheon that will be held on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm. The     luncheon will be located in upstairs in the Taylor cafeteria. (Remember that off campus centers       will close at 12:30 in order for them to make it to the party.)

2. Get a basket from your department to the Information Desk by Tuesday, December 22.

3. Decorate your door with a snowman from your favorite era then, take a picture and send it to     Ella Johnson at  ejohnson@csi.edu. ( Winners will be announced at the luncheon.)

4. Bring a canned good or toy to the luncheon to receive an EXTRA raffle ticket.

Kimberlee LaPray
PACE Executive Committee
klapray@csi.edu  | 208-732-6299

PortugueseAdvisors: A great 4-credit General Education class for your students
If you're advising a student who needs a 4-credit general education class, this could be it!

Portuguese 101 is a 4-credit hybrid class that meets twice a week. There is no textbook required; the course uses an online video-based approach called Semántica. CSI students get 1 year of access to the site (which we use in PORT 101 and 102) for only $75! The course satisfies a gen-ed humanities requirement, and is a great fit for Spanish speakers wishing to learn another language, although previous experience with Spanish is not required. This class also utilizes Brazilian music and film to help students gain an understanding of the rich culture of Brazil while learning the language. Please contact Adam Crofts at 208-420-8487 with any questions.

Adam Crofts
Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
acrofts@csi.edu  | 208-732-6845

CSI 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.  

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

DentalDental Assisting Silent Auction Baskets
You've probably seen the e-mails from Rae Jean Larsen for the Dental Assisting Silent Auction bids. 

It's not to late to bid if you're interested in a basket! 

E-mail your bid to csidaa@csi.edu. Bids close at 5:00 pm on December 15.  

Tonja Bowcut
Program Director - Dental Assisting
tbowcut@csi.edu  | 208-732-6708

SpanishSurvival Spanish-A Community Ed Class in Jerome

Anna Dovenmuehler
CSI Jerome Center
adovenmuehler@csi.edu  | 208-732-6464

PinochleOpen Invitation Pinochle Day - Faculty/Staff Only
It's the end of the fall semester.
Don't we need to relax and play cards?

We are holding an open invitation Pinochle day.  However, if that's not your game we will have other cards, o r you can bring a game to share!  This is a faculty/staff event only! 
We have secured Taylor 276 for a round of cards on  Thursday, December 17th 2015 f rom 1:00- 4:00 PM.
No RSVP needed, drop in's welcome! 

Janet Milligan
CSI Surgical Services Program Director
jmilligan@csi.edu  | 208-732-6284

RATRandom Acts of Theatre Players Present: "Deathtrap" by Ira Levin

Random Acts of Theatre Players present the comedy/thriller: "Deathtrap" by Ira Levin. 
January 14, 15, and 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Matinee performance: Jan. 16, 2016 at 2:30 pm) 
CSI Fine Arts Center 
Tickets: $10 

You can purchase tickets at the CSI Box Office during regular business hours or online at
www.ratplayers.com. This week only, show your CSI ID and get up to 4 tickets for $8 each (discount tickets can only be purchased in person, not online.)

This show, directed by Tony Mannen, features the talents of CR Call from the CSI Bookstore and Tamara Harmon from the CSI Foundation. Tickets make great gifts too. 

Happy Holidays from the RAT Players!

Tamara Harmon
CSI Foundation
tharmon@csi.edu  | 208-732-6431

FaulknerThis Week at the Faulkner Planetarium

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

HappeningsHappenings: Discounted Events for CSI Employees

Idaho Steelheads   New

State of Idaho employees may purchase discounted tickets to the  December 19th   Idaho Steelheads Hockey Game. Games are played at CenturyLink Arena in Boise; game time is 7:10 p.m. Each ticket includes a voucher for a free RR Ranch hot dog, a bag of Lays chips, & a small Pepsi product. Purchase your tickers now! Username: STATE; Password: EMPLOYEE. Ticket orders must be placed at least 4 hours prior to game time OR subject to availability. Questions? Contact Ben by email  or at 208-472-2115.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort 

State of Idaho employees and family members may purchase discounted ski lift tickets (10% off) to ski at Schweitzer Mountain Resort outside Sandpoint in Northern Idaho. The 2015-16 Ski Season discounts are available; purchase your tickets now! Don't forget to check out Schweitzer's Calendar of Events. Questions? Contact Jamie at 208.263.9555, ext. 2818 or email her.

Thunder Mountain Line - Santa Express, Dinner with Santa, Holiday Dinner Train 

Board the Thunder Mountain Line in Horseshoe Bend. State of Idaho employees receive a 10% discount on any train excursion, based on availability. Visit The Thunder Mountain Line for additional information. To make reservations, call 1.877.IDA.RAIL or 208.331.1184 and choose Option 1. You must identify yourself as a State of Idaho Employee. A business card or ID may be necessary upon check-in. The Thunder Mountain Line offers amazing scenery and themed rides.

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

WebMDWebMD: 60-Second Aerobics
As we get closer to Christmas Break with stacks of papers on our desks, it's time to be very mindful about activity breaks at work!  Here's a great article from WebMD about 60-second exercises you can do near your desk, the back hallway of your building or a vacant room. Grab a friend for a more challenging workout!

Kelli Calabrese, MS, an exercise physiologist and spokesman for the American Council on Exercise
says that improving your heart rate variability -- your  heart's ability to jump from resting to "pumped" -- has been shown to increase longevity and decrease heart disease risk.
While you shouldn't give up on your home or gym exercise routine, you can certainly supplement it with exercises done at your desk (and, on those extra-long workdays, it's much better than doing nothing.) Here are a few aerobic tricks to try during your next break between tasks:
Glance at the wall clock and rip off a minute's worth of jumping jacks. If you're a beginner, try the low-impact version (raise your right arm and tap your left toe to the side while keeping your right foot on the floor; alternate sides)
Do a football-like drill of running in place for 60 seconds. Get those knees up! (Beginners, march in place.)
Simulate jumping rope for a minute: Hop on alternate feet, or on both feet at once. An easier version is to simulate the arm motion of turning a rope, while alternately tapping the toes of each leg in front.
While seated, pump both arms over your head for 30 seconds, then rapidly tap your feet on the floor, football-drill style, for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
If you can step into a vacant office or conference room, shadow box for a minute or two. Or just walk around the room as fast as you can.
Or do walk-lunges in your office or a vacant room. (You could also amuse your co-workers by doing these in the hall; remember Monty Python's "Ministry of Silly Walks" comedy routine?). Set your PDA to beep you into action.
No conference room? Take to the stairs -- two at a time if you need a harder workout! Do this 5-7 times a day.

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

MSASee Presentation on Idaho Medical Savings Account
First, we congratulate Pamela Luper and Mike Kestie for winning the drawings of $50 gift cards  to Elevation for attending our Idaho MSA presentation last week.  
For your convenience, we have placed the PowerPoint presentation and link to the Website online with the Wellbeing Calendar of Events.  The presentation and Website can be accessed under the month of December events. 
The HR office and Wellbeing Committee would be happy to offer these presentations again after Spring Semester is underway.  If you'd be interested in attending, please send a message to HR@csi.edu and we will let you know when we have dates and times available.

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

MayoMayo Clinic: Prevent Holiday Stress & Depression
The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests - stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands - parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.
But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it's hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.
  1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
  2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  5. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don't try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someone's name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange.
  6. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That'll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
  8. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.
  9. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
  10. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.
Take control of the holidays
Don't let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

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

EAPDecember EAP Online Seminar: Stick with it!
One of our two Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), Business Psychology Associates, offers monthly online seminars with timely and very informative topics intended to be of interest to all our employees. These programs are presented by experts and offer helpful and practical solutions to real life issues. We have offered these live in a Lunch and Learn format in the past but find most people prefer to view these at their own desks or as archived programs at a later time. The instructions below will help you find and register for this month's program.
December - Creating a Personal Development Plan
Learn to recognize types of goals and understand effective goal setting. Explore potential obstacles that can create barriers to reaching your goals.
Instructions for EAP Webinars:
  1. Go to http://www.bpahealth.com. These are NEW INSTRUCTIONS to get to Seminars on this now updated site:
  2. Click on the link for INDIVIDUALS, then the red button for EAP Member Resources. 
  3. On the next page enter Employer Name as College of Southern Idaho and the Toll Free Number as 800-726-0003 to Log In.
  4. Click the red button for My Work-Life Resources
  5. Scroll until you see the green apples with Seminars printed below.  Click on the plus sign at the bottom of that box to open a window listing upcoming seminars and view archived.
  6. Click on this month's seminar and choose your preferred time and email yourself the information needed. 
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellness Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu  | 208-732-6269

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