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B50 Years Ago at CSI

Thank you, Dan Maclerran, for this CSI history!  


In 1985, the College of Southern Idaho had a Stage Band. The Director was Lawrence Curtis (pictured to the right). Current CSI employees in the group are Gene Conley-Keyboard Bass and Dan MacLerran-Trumpet. The former CSI Employees in the group are Jim Willis-Trumpet and Jack Nelsen-Trumpet. 


Click here to listen to them play Day In-Day Out.


Then, in April of 1986 Thomas Breske led Julie Edwards, Carey Holley, and Brenda Mulder in a flute trio. All flute soloists are CSI Alumni (Brenda and Carey 1986 and Julie 1987. Current CSI employees in the group include Dan MacLerran-Trumpet. The former CSI employees include Larry Curtis-Clarinet and Jack Nelsen-Trumpet.  


Click here to listen to a flute trio. 


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KCampus Maintenance Updates
Areas all over campus are getting somewhat of a face lift this summer as you may have read in a previous board notes document. In case you missed that document some of the projects include fresh paint, new carpet, roofing, windows, landscaping, sidewalk repairs, and more. So, what are some of the exciting projects that are lined up?

Well, for starters, 100 trees will be planted starting with the Fine Arts Building addition and the ATIC. After the last couple damaging wind storms that have blown through here this will be a nice touch.

Another exciting project includes hanging numerous local community artists' pictures in the HSHS building. April 1, 2015 was the deadline for local artists to submit up to two photos of their choice taken throughout the Magic Valley and Southern Idaho. A selection committee has chosen a bunch of the submissions to have blown up and put on canvases that will be hung on the bare walls of the HSHS. Here is a sneak peak of one of the selected photos...(watch for more of their work in upcoming eNotes). 

Photo By: Jan Mittleider

Last, but certainly not least, the Canyon building is expecting some remodel work. The copy center will be transferred from the back of the library in the Meyerhoeffer building over to its new home in the Canyon building.  

DISU Job Opening

Idaho State University-Twin Falls has an immediate opening for a Video Instructional Manger (VIM). This position basically takes care of two Distance Learning rooms and a 20-station computer Lab all in the Evergreen. Depending on needs and budget you could be supervising as many as 4-5 student employees a semester. 


IT knowledge is beneficial since you may also be asked to serve as the IT Help Desk for the Twin Falls Campus and provide technical support to the other ISU staff, professors and students. I have enjoyed being the VIM on the Twin Falls campus and am now transferring to Idaho Falls to fill their VIM vacancy there.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to see what the job entails.

Kurtis Moser
Video Instructional Manager, ISU/Twin Falls
mosekurt@isu.edu | 221.2754
For two semesters, fall of 2015 and spring of 2016, the College of Southern Idaho will fill its registered nursing program with applicants who are already on the program's waiting list. As CSI begins to accept applications next January for the fall 2016 class, it will eliminate the waiting list of applicants it has always maintained.

Due to the high job demand, salary, and benefits offered to registered nurses, there have always been more applicants than the 50 students CSI can accommodate in each of its fall and spring semester RN classes. As a result, the school has typically accepted all qualifying applicants, putting the excess number on a waiting list.

CSI Registered Nursing Department Chair, Valerie Warner, says eliminating the waiting list will bring the RN program in line with all of CSI's other health science programs, which have never used them. The new application guidelines will also allow CSI to choose only the top 50 applicants for the highly competitive program each semester.

Qualifying students must have successfully completed English Composition 1, College Algebra or Elementary Statistics, Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, and at least three General Education credits required by the RN degree prior to application. Additional classes will be required within seven years of application. Each applicant will then take the nursing entrance exam and the top point-earning students will be admitted. Pre-nursing students are strongly recommended to meet with a CSI nursing program advisor. Appointments can be made with Warner at 732-6724 or at vwarner@csi.edu. Health Sciences student advisor Hannah Clark can also advise students and is available at 732-6730 or hclark@csi.edu.


Students who apply starting next January will have until Feb. 15, 2016 to complete their application to be considered for the fall 2016 RN class. 


For more information visit their website by clicking here.


Valerie Warner

Department Chair/Professor, Registered Nursing 

vwarner@csi.edu | 732-6724

CSI Child Care Starts Kindergarten Program

The Early Childhood Education Program is excited to announce the addition of a kindergarten classroom to its program. We have worked with the foundation to set up a fund for this program. The fund is named the Early Childhood Teaching Lab Fund. We are looking for donations to provide scholarships and to purchase much needed materials for the new classroom. This classroom will provide educational opportunities to CSI students. You can make a one-time donation or set up a monthly donation to benefit this fund. Please contact Debra Wilson to make a donation. Thank you!


The CSI Early Childhood Education Program has three missions: provide developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences for young children, provide a learning center for early childhood education students, and provide a collaborative and educational environment for families.


This fall the Early Childhood Education Program will add a kindergarten classroom, in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Magic Valley, to its program. The curriculum will consist of Best Practices in Early Childhood Education focusing on Inquiry/Project strategies, Executive Function strategies, and Problem Solving strategies at developmentally appropriate levels to develop skills in content areas of Creative Arts, Social and Physical Development, Literacy, Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, and Critical Thinking. Curriculum for children will meet Common Core standards for Kindergarten Children.


The kindergarten program is now accepting enrollment. The program provides a certified teacher and an assistant teacher in each session to provide children individualized attention and to meet a variety of educational needs.


Kindergarten Two Sessions:

Tuesday through Friday, 8:00-11:00 am                                   

Tuesday through Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm                             


The daily routine will be approximately as follows:                                                                  

8:00-8:15/12:30-12:45 Arrival                                                 

8:15-8:30/12:45-1:00 Greeting/Literacy Circle            

8:30-8:45/1:00-1:15 Planning Journals

8:45-9:35/1:15-2:05 Learning Centers/Snack-Creative Curriculum Style

9:35-9:45/2:05-2:15 Clean Up                                                   

9:45-10:15/2:15-2:45 Outside Time

10:15-10:30/2:45-3:00 Music/Movement Time

10:30-11:00/3:00-3:30 Small Group Time


September - May


Registration Fee


Monthly Fee

Yearly Fee


Morning or Afternoon





AND, for those of you wondering, the CSI Child Care center will be filling in with daycare services outside of these Kindergarten hours to help alleviate the need for you to leave work to transfer your child from Kindergarten to daycare every day. Please contact Jennifer Patterson for the additional daycare cost. The prices listed above are for Kindergarten only.  


Jennifer Patterson

Early Childhood Education

Learning Center and Lab School Coordinator

jpatterson@csi.edu | 732-6645 

GOutdoor Program Upcoming Event



Event: Float the Payette with the CSI ORC

Date:  June 26-27, 2015
Time: Leave at 4:00 pm on Friday and return by 8:00 pm on Saturday

Cost: $50 full-time students,  $55 part-time students, $70 Staff & Faculty, $85 Community


Join the ORC on an overnight adventure to the Payette River! We'll spend the night Friday camping near the put-in spot on the river, swapping stories and enjoying a delicious homemade Dutch Oven Meal, and spend most of Saturday on the river, doing two runs and enjoying the sun, water, and surrounding sights! All gear plus two meals and transportation included! 


For more information about this trip  click here. Or, you can visit their website by clicking here

Christa Gessaman
Challenge Course Coordinator
cgessaman@csi.edu | 732-6697

PCSI Plant Sale
The Horticulture program still has lots of nice plants for sale for as little as $2 each as it sells off student projects from the past school year. Plants still available include a big selection of cacti and succulents, lots of hanging baskets and houseplants, dish gardens, many ferns, ficus trees, English ivy, geraniums, and alyssum. Very few vegetable plants remain. Prices are excellent; everything must go.

Visitors are welcome from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Sales are final and must be cash or checks only, please. For more information, please contact Munns at 732-6431 or at cmunns@csi.edu.


Chance Munns

Instructor, Horticulture
cmunns@csi.edu | 732-6431

YBelly Dancing
Wednesday, June 24
2 p.m.
SUB Fireside Room

Please join Cyndi Woods and the Employee Wellbeing Program this Wednesday for an introduction to the lovely art of Belly Dancing. Bring a friend and join us! Accessories will be supplied. Treats will be served.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 732-6269
OHealthy Grilling Demo for Men's Health

Presented by Mark Owsley, Executive Chef and Aaron Lewis, Lead Food and Nutrition Services cook at St. Luke's MV.


Join Mark & Aaron for an overview of safe and healthy grilling techniques, as well as learn some basic knife skills. 

Wednesday, June 24, 11:30 - 12 p.m.

Magic Valley Patio Area (outside St. Luke's cafeteria)


Questions: call 814-9182 or email healthu1@slhs.org.


Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu  | 732-6269
XMens' Health Fair is Thursday, June 25 in SUB
Calling all men - and the women who love them. Wear BLUE in support of Men's Health Month and join us from noon - 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 25 in the SUB Fireside Room for a HEALTH FAIR for men.

Come hungry, lunch is on us! We will have lots of information, an analyzer that detects facial skin coloring and cancer, blood pressure checks, FUN outdoor activities and MORE!

Learn more about men's health   online . Or, click here for the 411 on men's health. 

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 732-6269
MHow Many Steps a Day Should You Really Walk?
By Jesse Singal for HuffPost Health Living

If you pluck someone off the street, whether in New York or Wichita or Seattle or Sacramento, and ask them how many steps people should aim for per day in order to get enough physical activity, they'll probably tell you 10,000. In an age in which pedometers are cheaper, more accurate, and more feature-rich than ever, this number has taken on almost mythical proportions -- a lofty-sounding goal (in reality, it's approximately five miles, and a reasonably active person can pull it off fairly easily) that separates the active-lifestyle haves from the slothful have-nots.

But is there any medical reason to embrace this number? Not really. That's because the 10,000-steps-a-day recommendation has nothing to do with sedentary, fast-food-drenched circa-2015 America. Rather, the recommendation first popped up in a very different food and environment: 1960s Japan.

"It basically started around the Tokyo Olympics" in 1964, said Catrine Tudor-Locke, a professor who studies walking behavior at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Center. "A company over there created a man-po-kei, a pedometer. And man stands for '10,000,' po stands for 'step,' and kei stands for 'meter' or 'gauge.'" Ten thousand, it turns out, "is a very auspicious number" in Japanese culture, said Theodore Bestor, a Harvard researcher of Japanese society and culture, in an email. "That is, it seems likely to me that the 10,000 steps goal was subsidiary to having a good-sounding name for marketing purposes." Whatever the reason for the adoption of this particular number, "It resonated with people at the time, and they went man-po-kei-ing all over the place," said Tudor-Locke.

Is 10k a day a best practice for 2015 American workers? Learn more online>>

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

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