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B 50 Years Ago at CSI

In December of 1967...


Thanks to Deb Stuart for her great find with this article! Do you know the purpose of the tower in the center of campus? Do you know how tall it is? Do you know how it was constructed? 

Article Wording: A structure, higher than any building in Twin Falls, is being erected in the center of the College of Southern Idaho Campus. 

The structure, while small in circumference, will be the focal point of campus and will serve as a sort of "beacon to education," since it will be lighted at night, according to Ed Peterson, architect with campus planners Jones-Fehlberg Associates.

The over 107-foot tower will be multi-use, Mr Peterson said, since it will serve as a communications tower, the campus focal point, a housing for a carillon bell system and eventually, probably play a part in campus television.

Mr. Peterson said, however, that for the present, the high rise structure will serve as a communications point. The area around it will be landscaped and benches constructed. It will probably become the identification mark of CSI since, because of its size, it will be readily visible from some distance away.

Mr. Peterson said the height of the tower will be the equivalent of a nine-story building.

The centrum, bottom part of the tower, has been under construction for some time and Thursday workmen began setting the five pre-stressed T's in place with a huge crane.

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C50 Year Gallery
Kudos to CSI 50-year Planning Committee co-chair Kathy Deahl for creating the CSI historical photo display in the Sunspot Gallery on the second floor of the Taylor building. Come by and spend some time with these photos and stories. Nice work, Kathy!


Doug Maughan

Public Information Officer

dmaughan@csi.edu | 208-732-6262

DCSI Rad Tech High Test Scores


Congratulations to our CSI Rad Tech Program! Recently all 12 members of this year's class took their ARRT credentialing exam and passed with flying colors. Their ARRT class average scaled score of 92 puts them at the top of the list for all classes we've graduated from the CSI Rad Tech Program. They even beat the national average which is around 84.  


Gary Lauer

Associate Professor, Rad Tech

ELow Enrollment Classes
FACULTY: Do you have a class with low enrollment? Let us help get the word out about it! Send all information you might have to Kim LaPray at klapray@csi.edu and we'll work on getting something in eNotes and on all of our social media channels. Fall semester will be here before you know it! 

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

FCongratulations Janet

On Monday, July 20, Janet Milligan is receiving the CTEI (Career and Technical Educators of Idaho) Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award. Her commitment to our students is a reflection of excellence that CSI promotes campus wide and the community should celebrate her success.


Career and Technical Educators of Idaho is your state career and technical organization comprised of affiliated divisions representing all fields of career and technical education. To learn more about who they are and what they do click here

Exemplary awards such as this one are presented by the Division to programs that meet strict criteria. To name a few, they must have an active advisory committee comprised of industry and agency partners, they develop leadership among students, and they align curricula to PTE standards, industry needs and State Common Core academic standards. To view the summer conference agenda where this award is announced click here and turn to page 6. 


GS.O.A.R Open Sessions


Administration has asked us to add three (3) additional SOAR sessions to the calendar in the hopes that some of the more than 3,000 admitted students who have yet to enroll may take advantage of this opportunity. Here are the dates and times:

  • Thursday, July 30th @ 1:30 
  • Friday, July 31st @ 9:00
  • Tuesday, August 4th @1:30
  • Wednesday, August 5th @1:30
  • Tuesday, August 11th @1:30 (last chance event!)

Heather Barnes

Admissions Coordinator

hbarnes@csi.edu | 208-732-6230


Thank you Medical Assisting Club

It's always a pleasure to share the good things our programs are doing on and off campus. Recently, our Medical Assisting Club received a thank you letter from the Mustard Tree Wellness Clinic thanking them for their $500 donation to the clinic. The club also donated $500 to the Penny Glenn Magic Valley Medical Assisting Scholarship Fund. 


The thank you letter reads: 


Hello Kara,

I want to thank you and Hailie again for coming to the Wellness Tree Clinic. It was fun to have you both here and I am excited to look for new ways for the MA program and the Wellness Tree to work together in the future. I attached the picture that we took here today. Please pass along our appreciation to all of your members for raising the money to help provide medical care to our neighbors in need. I appreciate you all very much!


Also, if you see ways that I can help your club in the future please let me know. I would enjoy the chance to help you in any way we can.


With warm regards,


Arne Walker

Executive Director

Wellness Tree Community Clinic



HClint Black at Cactus Petes

Eric Nielson
Director of Human Resources
enielson@csi.edu | 208-732-6267
The team at Cactus Petes appreciates the relationship we have with College of 
Southern Idaho, and we are grateful for the people who make CSI such a positive 
influence on our community. As a token of 
our appreciation, we would like to offer all 
CSI employees the opportunity to purchase tickets to our Clint Black concert at 50% off. 
The concert will be held Saturday, July 25, 
at 4 pm at our Outdoor Amphitheatre.  To take advantage of this offer, simply go 

to Ticketmaster


Under "Ticket Type" select Buy One Get One Free Offer. The offer code is: 

IDriving After Dark





The College of Southern Idaho Community Education Department, the Idaho Small Business Development Center at CSI, and the United Way of South Central Idaho is presenting a nighttime golf tournament, Driving After Dark, on Saturday, August 15 at the Twin Falls Golf Club, 545 Grandview Drive, Twin Falls, ID. Proceeds from this one-of-a-kind golf tournament are earmarked to underwrite educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for students in the Magic Valley by providing access to community education courses and small business development programs through extended learning at the College of Southern Idaho.


This unique golf tournament features a twilight shotgun start at 5 pm playing the first nine holes, followed by dinner at the clubhouse and the final nine holes will take place in the dark. It will be played like a traditional golf game, but in the dark with glow in the dark, regulation size, LED golf balls. The fairways will be marked and the tees and putting cups will have glow in the dark equipment to help players find their way from the tee box to the pin.


The presenters are currently seeking sponsors for the event, with the title sponsorship already secured by State Farm Insurance - Doug Stokes and Matt Stokes. Available sponsorship opportunities include tee for $250, tee and team sponsorship for $500, and interactive tee sponsorships for $750 (which includes a team registration and a company rep at a hole of the companies' choice).


Individuals and teams are also invited to register for the tournament. The registration fee is $75 per person or $300 per team. Participants may register in the course online or by calling Sladjana Duranski, Idaho Small Business Development Center, (208) 732-6455 or Bill Maikranz, United Way of South Central Idaho, at (208) 733-4922.


For more information and to view the course schedule on this and other CSI Community Education classes, visit our website. To register for classes, call the CSI Community Education Center at (208)732-6442, or register and pay online. CSI Community Education can also be found on Facebook. 


Stacey Madsen, CPP, CCT

Director, Community Education

smadsen@csi.edu | 208-732-6290


CJChristmas in July

Christmas in July is coming up on Saturday, July 25th at North Park in Jerome. The event will kickoff at 2:00 PM and will feature bounce houses, visits with Santa, a free lunch, Christmas ornament decorating and much more. Starting at 4:00 PM there will be a frozen yogurt and salsa contest. Businesses can create their own flavor of yogurt (made by Kiwi Loco) or salsa and the community will be picking their favorite. If your business would like to participate in the frozen yogurt or salsa contest, be sure to click here to download an entry form. The day will end with a movie in the park starting at dusk. For more information call the Jerome Chamber at 208-324-2711. 

Anna Dovenmuehler
Office Specialist
adovenmuehler@csi.edu | 208-732-6464

EAPInformation Overload Webinar
July - Information Overload

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.


Review practical tips for managing your devices and applications to eliminate distraction and create more focus in your professional and personal life.


Judy Heatwole

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269


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 (the EAP newsletter) and 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.
FFFFeet, Forks, Fingers, Sleep, Stress and Love 

The president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. David Katz, was recently interviewed by a member of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) about disease prevention.  When asked how we could eliminate chronic disease in the world today he answered with a simple formula: feet, forks, fingers, sleep, stress and love. Feet equates to activity, forks to proper diet, and fingers for holding tobacco products. Those were the three that most directly affect 80% of the chronic diseases in our population. Add quantity and quality of sleep, dealing with stress in a healthy way, and having strong, supportive relationships in our lives and Dr. Katz says we could achieve optimal health.


This is a great article that talks about the Blue Zones around the world where populations live the longest, the key elements for a great diet, technology in our lives, and some new organizations dedicated to effect changes in all these areas. Find this article here. Send me a note to tell me what you thought of the article and what you learned that you can apply to your life. 


The Wellbeing Committee will be addressing activity, stress and whole family health in the coming calendar year. Find our calendar of events online now and plan to join us for a great year ahead.


Judy Heatwole, MTD

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269
MEmployee Discounts

Happenings Discounted Events to State Employees


Check out new and ongoing events that are free or at reduced cost and advertised on the State of Idaho Wellness site. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269
SFSummer Fun

Judy Heatwole, MTD

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269
OSave Your Eyes

VSP Vision Care Newsletter for July...

5 Tips to Save your Eyes from Summer Sun

Even if you slather on sunscreen to your face and body religiously, you may be leaving your most important asset at risk. The Vision Council reports that more than 25% of U.S. adults rarely or never wear sunglasses, and nearly two-thirds are unaware of the link between UV exposure and cataracts and age-related macular degeneration! Luckily, sunglasses are the best and most fashionable way to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays. No matter what your style or price point - from chic aviators to lux wayfarers to the $10 gas station pair stashed in your glove box for emergencies - follow these tips to protect your eyes from sun damage!

TIP 1:  Before you slap that credit card down to purchase a new pair, make sure the lenses block 100 percent of UV rays. Look for a label on the lens or in the packaging. Or even better, check out the selection at your eye doctor's office so your optician ensure UV protection, help with fit and style and alert you of any additional discounts with your VSP plan.

TIP 2:  Polarize or not to polarize? If your outdoor activity spans more than just soaking up rays poolside, you may want to opt for polarized sunglasses. Polarized means they have a special filter that blocks glare from the sun, especially on waterways, roadways, trails and the golf course. You'll need to ensure the lenses also have 100% UV protection and be cautious around LED screens like your cell phone, tablet or LED-dashboards because they will be hard to read.

TIP 3:  Sunglasses fall off your face when you look down? When not in use, fold your sunglasses on your shirt instead of wearing them on top of your head. Most sunglasses are made of plastic so they soften and stretch in the heat. To keep your sunglasses looking their best, make sure their protective case is around, and don't leave them baking in the car!

TIP 4:  Don't forget about the kids! The earlier kids wear sunglasses the better. Damaging UV exposure in children's eyes is more intense that adults. Make sure you follow Tip #1 to ensure quality and fit and post photos! Nothing cuter than a little hipster kid in aviators.

TIP 5:  Darker the better? Not necessarily. The coating that blocks UV radiation is clear. So if gray, green or brown lenses match your style profile, go for it. In addition, those colors are good choices when driving. Be wary of yellow or rose tinted lenses, as they make it difficult to distinguish changes in traffic lights. But if you find yourself squinting while wearing sunglasses, you may want to go a shade darker and look into prescription lenses.

The content of this article is for general informational awareness purposes only. Please consult your eye care doctor or physician for actual advice.

Judy Heatwole, MTD

Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269
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