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Graduation2017 CSI Commencement Ceremony Changes
Office of the Registrar
Phone: (208) 732-6795

As many of you will remember, the 2016 CSI Graduation brought us many unexpected issues, including overcrowding, which raised serious safety concerns.

The CSI Gym holds roughly 1,900 people (the largest indoor venue in Twin Falls), and until last year, it was large enough to accommodate our graduation ceremony. Last year, though, we were overfull; in addition to standing room only in the gym itself, we had nearly 800 people in overflow rooms across campus. After much discussion on the issue of overcrowding, safety, and a future where numbers are likely to increase, it is time for us to move to having two commencement ceremonies: one at 10:00 AM and one at 4:00 PM on Friday, May 12, 2017. There will be a small reception following each event.

At the 10:00 AM ceremony, graduates from the following majors will be honored: All Biology majors; Computer Science; Education - Physical; Education - Physical K-12; Health Promotion; Addiction Studies; Certified Nursing Assistant; Dental Assistant; Dental Hygiene; Emergency Medical Technician; Medical Assistant; Practical Nursing; Registered Nursing; Paramedic; Radiologic Technology; Surgical First Assistant; Surgical Technology; Surgical/Central Sterile Processing Tech; All Engineering majors; Mathematics; Chemistry; Geology; Pharmacy; Physics.

The 4:00 PM ceremony will honor graduates from the remaining majors: Accounting/Bookkeeping; Administrative Assistant; Agri-Business; Agriculture; Agriculture Science; Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating; All Equine majors; American Sign Language; Animal Science; Anthropology; Aquaculture; Art - Visual; Automation Engineering Technology; Automotive; Baking and Pastry Arts; Business - General; Business Management/Entrepreneurship; Cabinetmaking/Woodworking; Collision Repair; Communication; Computer Support Technician; Criminal Justice; Culinary Arts; Dance; Diesel Technology; Digital Media; Drafting Technology; Early Childhood Education; Economics; Ed Assistant; Bilingual Elementary Education; Elementary Education; English; Environmental Technology; Fire Service Technology; Food Processing Technology; Geography; Geospatial Technology; History; Horticulture; Hospitality Management; Industrial Systems Maintenance Technology; IT Development and Security; Law Enforcement; Liberal Arts; Library and Information Science; Manufacturing Technology; Music; Network Systems Technician; Political Science; Psychology; Renewable Energy Systems Technology; Secondary Education; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish; Special Education; Theatre; Veterinary Technology; Water Resource Management; Welding Technology.

If you have questions concerning commencement, please contact the Office of the Registrar at records@csi.edu.

Michele McFarlane
mmcfarlane@csi.edu | 208-732-6304

ScienceCampSign Your Child Up Now for the Science Camp-In at the Herrett Center
It's that time of year again! The 2017 Science Camp-In is happening April 7 th and 8 th this year and we want to give CSI staff and faculty a chance to register early.  We will begin signing up CSI staff and faculty members' children beginning March 7th. If you would like to register your 3 rd , 4 th , or 5 th grader, please print and fill out the registration form and return it to the Herrett Center c/o Laura Browarny along with a check. You can also register in person to pay with cash or a credit card, or over the phone (732-6655) if you provide a credit card number. The cost is $50 per child.
There are some great new workshops being offered this year, so be sure to register early to make sure your child gets his or her first pick. All workshops fill up on a first come, first served basis and we are only accepting 100 students for the event this year. Don't delay, you will be surprised at how quickly the spots fill up! For more information about the event, visit herrett.csi.edu/exploreherrett.

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

FriendshipCollege of Southern Idaho Friendship Family Program
Learn about the world right here in Twin Falls!!
Did you know that the College of Southern Idaho has over 45 international students from 16 different countries? The Friendship Family Program is a great opportunity to get to know students from across the globe.

Would you like to learn more about a different culture?
If so, consider being part of the Friendship Family Program (FFP). The College of Southern Idaho averages 40 - 60 international students representing 17 countries each semester. The FFP matches international students with families like yours to build relationships and promote and enhance intercultural communication and understanding.

Enhance the educational and cultural experiences of international students attending CSI and Twin Falls community members by providing opportunities for cultural interaction and a welcoming environment to all.

  • Share cultures and traditions between CSI's international students and Twin Falls community members
  • Allow opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and relationship building
  • Develop lifelong friendships that span the globe
Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to participate in FFP?
There are no financial obligations for FFP families. It is your choice, and NOT an expectation if you want to pay entrance fees or other costs for your student for activities you engage in together.

How often am I supposed to meet with my student?
It is expected that Friendship Families engage in some type of activity with your student at least 2-3 times per semester.

Does the student live with me?
No, the FFP is not a host family program. You are at no time expected to let students stay overnight in your home. In the case of a special event, you may choose to invite your student to stay the night. If you are interested in becoming a host family in which the student lives with you, please contact the International Student Services Coordinator at the College of Southern Idaho.

Do I get to choose if I have a boy or girl student? Where they are from? What is their religion?
Once committing to the FFP, you will fill out an application where you will be able to choose any preference you may have.

If the student has an issue that I am unsure how to deal with, what do I do?
Please contact the FFP program and they will refer them to advisors available at the International Student Services Office.
For More Information and/or to sign up contact Keith Quatraro.

Keith Quatraro
International Student Services Coordinator
kquatraro@csi.edu | 208-732-6383

WorkStudyWork Study Positions are Still Available for Students
If you have a student looking for a part-time job or some extra money there are still work-study positions available for those who qualify!
  • 10 hours a week
  • $8.00 per hour
  • Flexible hours
Open positions are posted at:  http://www.csi.edu/financialAid/workstudy_jobs.asp

Lisa Baker
CSI Financial Aid Advisor
lbaker@csi.edu  | 208-732-6285

ChildCareCSI Foundation Child Care Scholarship Spring 2017
CSI Foundation Child Care Scholarship


Do you have a student who could benefit from a child care scholarship while they attend college?

Scholarship Due Date: Friday, March 17, 2017
Turn in completed applications to the CSI Financial Aid/Scholarship Office
*Note: Applicant must be a College of Southern Idaho Student, with a cumulative 2.5 GPA.  One application per family accepted.

Childcare Scholarship Application: 

Sarah Danielson
Scholarship Coordinator
sdanielson@csi.edu  | 208-732-6226

PEOAnnual PEO Chapter Hanging Basket Fundraiser 2017
It's time for the annual  P.E.O.*  Hanging Flower Basket Sale.Kathy Stover, CSI retiree, moved to Boise and passed her duties onto Alice Anderson, another CSI retiree and  PEO  member.
*P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization that celebrates the advancement of women, supports women's higher education through scholarships, grants, awards and loans to help women achieve their highest educational aspirations. Twin Falls local Chapter D of P.E.O. sponsors this annual flower sale and donates all of the profits from the sales to these higher education projects. P.E.O. Chapter D appreciates your support in our annual fundraiser! Thank you!
There are at least five different PEO chapters in Twin Falls and several more around the Magic Valley area. Many of the members are educators, but women from nearly every profession and walk of life all over the world belong.
Baskets are $25.00 each (23.58 + 1.42 tax) The baskets are huge and they last all summer long!
Baskets varieties this year include: Geraniums in Red, Pink, or Mother Nature's Surprise & Mixed Annuals in a wide variety of colors

Ann Keane is helping PEO out with this project and has order forms up at the SSC reception desk that she can interoffice to you if you are interested. Or you can stop by her desk.

Ann has to have the order sheet and payments turned into Alice on Tues., April 4th.
They make great Mother's Day Gifts
Baskets will be available for pickup Fri., May 12th between 12:00-6:00 pm at the TF Nazarene Church parking lot (1231 Washington St N - across from CSI).
Checks can be made payable to PEO Chapter D.

Ann Keane
SSC, Office Specialist
akeane@csi.edu  | 208-732-6530

PlanetariumHerrett Center Planetarium and Observatory Schedule 

Herrett Center for Arts and Science        
College of Southern Idaho
Museum, Planetarium, Observatory
Year round hours. *
*Closed Sundays, Mondays, and federal holidays.
9:30 am to 9:00 pm
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
9:30 am to 9:00 pm
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Tuesday, March 7th
6:00 pm
Reptile Revue: Reptile program.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
Friday, March 10th 
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Eclipse: The Sun Revealed.
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Titans of the Ice Age.
Saturday, March 11th 
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Perfect Little Planet.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Eclipse: The Sun Revealed.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Secret Lives of Stars.
4:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Secret Lives of Stars.
7:30 pm - midnight
Observatory: Monthly FREE star party (weather permitting).
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Flight of the Butterflies.
Tuesday, March 14th
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Asteroid: Mission Extreme.

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

Observatory Activities This Month

Saturday, March 11th, 7:30 PM to midnight
Monthly free star party - Full moon, Mars (sets early), Jupiter (rises late), double stars. Free admission. 

Saturday, March 25th, 8:30-9:30 pm
"Earth Hour" telescope viewing - For one hour on this night, people all over the world are asked to turn off all unnecessary lights as a gesture of energy conservation. Why not come to the observatory and enjoy the dark skies? Mars, double stars. Free Admission.

Chris Anderson
Centennial Observatory Coordinator
canderson@csi.edu | 208-732-6663

BrownBagBrown Bag 


Wednesday, 3/8/17, Hepworth 176, 12:00 pm, with Tiffany and Jan

Thursday, 3/9/17, Hepworth 176, 1:00 pm with Evin Fox 
Friday, 3/10 /17, TAB 211, 8:00 am with Shane Brown

We are using the format of gathering together over a meal, snack, or drinks, to discuss in an informal setting our professional lives at the College of Southern Idaho, making our students' college experiences rich and engaging. Please come and be a part of this learning community. If there is a topic you would like to discuss, please contact one of us.

Shane Brown, Jan Carpenter, Evin Fox, Tiffany Seeley-Case
Twin Falls Community Education Classes 

Tai Chi
Whether your primary interest is in getting well, staying well, or learning a beautiful art, you will find Tai Chi rewarding. Beginning long ago as a form of self-defense based on observation of nature, tai chi has become a premier discipline for cultivating energy. In this class, we will begin to learn basic Tai Chi movement and principles as well as Tai Chi short form. Returning students may advance from their present level. Great new warm-ups for everyone! Participants who need to remain seated while learning and practicing tai chi are welcome.  

Days:  Tuesday
Dates:  March 7-April 18
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Location: Gym 236
Cost: $79
Instructor: Janice Willoughby

Hip Hop 
In the eight-week course, students will be introduced to and explore the many different styles of hip/hop street dance. They'll learn an ongoing routine, so they will have a finished product by the end of class. This class is designed for adults and students 12 and up who have always wanted to learn hip hop dance but didn't want to sign up for formal classes with experienced dancers through a studio. It promises to be a fun way to exercise to energizing music while learning a new dance form.

Days:  Tuesdays
Dates:  March 28-May 16
Time:  6:30-7:30 pm
Location:  Gym 304
Cost:  $80
Instructor:  Keesha Olander

Students can register or learn more about these and other classes at csi.edu/communityed , by going to the CSI Community Education Center, or by calling (208) 732-6442. Class size is limited so early registration is suggested. 

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

CSI Piano Celebration Presents Bill Anschell, Jazz Pianist

CSI Piano Celebration presents
March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Theater

Bill Anschell is a ja zz  pianist, composer, and humorist from Seattle, Washington. He has recorded five CDs as a leader, and performed or recorded with a host of other top jazz players including  Lionel Hampton Nnenna Freelon Tierney Sutton Russell Malone Richard Davis Russell Gunn Ron Carter , and many other greats. His original compositions and piano work are prominently featured on Freelon's  Grammy Award -nominated recording Shaking Free ( Concord Records ) and her  CBS recordings  Heritage and Listen. His own CDs have received extensive national airplay and critical acclaim. His compositions have appeared in film and television, including "The West Wing" and "The Wire".  This show includes a free jazz piano workshop that day from 3-5 p.m.  

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

WorkshopFree Student Workshops
Kat Powell
Learning Assistance Coordinator
kpowell@csi.edu | 208-732-6685

HistoryFilmsBlack History & Women's History Film Series
Please see text description below and do not go off of the poster dates.***

The College of Southern Idaho Diversity Council will celebrate Black History Month and Women's History Month with significant films that will be shown, free of charge.

'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise' will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 9. Best known for her autobiography 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,' Angelou was a singer, dancer, activist, and a prolific poet and writer. The film documents her upbringing in the Depression-era South, her work with Malcolm X, and her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton.

The series will wrap up with 'Makers: Women Who Make America' at 7 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 16, which documents the sweeping social revolution in American history as women strive for their full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity, and personal autonomy.

Both films are free of charge and open to the public. Each will be shown in the CSI Student Union building.

Peri Gardner
Diversity Council Advisor
pgardner@csi.edu | 208-732-6867

ISUGREFree GRE & GMAT Class and Dinner

All CSI Faculty and Staff are invited to the ISU Free GRE & GMAT Class & Dinner on March 9. 

Chris Vaage
ISU Twin Falls
vaagchri@isu.edu  | 208-933-2301  

Rodeo41st Annual CSI Intercollegiate Rodeo

This CSI College Rodeo will be the 6th, out of 10, rodeos in the season. Contestants will be competing for points for Regional Championships and a chance to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR).
The CSI Men's Rodeo Team is currently leading the standings in the Rocky Mountain Region and the CSI Women's Rodeo Team is currently sitting in second place.  

For current, up to date, standings you can follow this link:  

Steve Birnie
Head Rodeo Coach
sbirnie@csi.edu | 208-732-6620

NSLSAnderson Cooper and Hoda Kotb Speak to CSI Students
Anderson Cooper Speaks to CSI Students

Anderson Cooper is participating in a broadcast event produced in partnership with The National Society of Leadership and Success and NASPA. The event will be on
March 12, at 5:00 PM in  Taylor 277, and is free to all students, staff and faculty. The event will be streamed live from NASPA in San Antonio, TX. All viewers are invited to submit questions via Twitter and Facebook, which may be answered live during the broadcast.
Anderson Cooper is an acclaimed author, award-winning journalist and current anchor of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360°.  Since the start of his career in 1992, Cooper has worked in more than 40 countries, moderated several presidential debates and covered nearly all major news events around the world.  Cooper helped lead CNN's Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina and DuPont Award-winning coverage of the 2004 tsunami. Additionally, he has been awarded nine Emmy Awards, including two for his coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, and an Edward R. Murrow award.
This is a special installment of the 2016-2017 multi-speaker broadcast series sponsored by the Society. The Society's Speaker Broadcast series, which reaches more than 550 college campuses each month during the academic year, is designed to support The National Society of Leadership and Success's overall mission of Building Leaders Who Make a Better World.
Hoda Kotb Speaks to CSI Students

Hoda Kotb is participating in a broadcast event sponsored by the CSI chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success. The event will be on March 14, at 5:00 PM in the Fine Arts Building, and is free to all students, staff and faculty. The event will be streamed live and hosted by New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J. All viewers are invited to submit questions via Twitter and Facebook, which will be answered live during the broadcast.
Hoda Kotb is a reporter, activist, author and Emmy Award-winning co-host of NBC's Today Show.  Kotb has covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories across all NBC News platforms as well as numerous human-interest stories.  Kotb is a breast cancer survivor and has been a part of several initiatives to raise awareness about the disease.  Kotb will be sharing lessons learned in her personal and professional experiences, emphasizing the importance of loyalty, perseverance through rejection and being open to finding the people who can change your life.
This is the sixth installment of the 2016-2017 multi-speaker broadcast series sponsored by the Society. The Society's Speaker Broadcast series, which reaches more than 550 college campuses each month during the academic year, is designed to support The National Society of Leadership and Success's overall mission of Building Leaders Who Make a Better World. 

About The National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation's largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success-oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation's best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 550 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 680,000 members. For more information, please visit www.societyleadership.org . Follow the Society on Twitter @theNSLS, and Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theNSLS.  
NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Their work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy, and research for 15,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. territories. Visit naspa.org for more information.

Samra Culum
Student Development Coordinator
sculum@csi.edu | 208-732-6223

Community Education Classes 

From 1917 to 1919 the world went to war against  one of the deadliest enemies it has ever faced. An enemy so efficient in its ability to kill, it would take months from the time it killed its first victim until scientists were even able to identify it. This enemy killed indiscriminately, but it was especially efficient at killing the healthiest of the world's younger adults. No nation could defeat it, and it remains undefeated to this day. During its murderous rampage, this enemy killed an estimated 50 million people. Because this enemy could not be seen or heard, most learned of its existence as it tore through towns, villages and cities, leaving a trail of death and despair behind. At the time, news reporters called it the Great Spanish Flu. Where this flu actually started is a debate among scientists, but the damage it caused is undebatable and reverberates to this day. As with cities and small towns across the globe, Gooding County did not escape this enemy unscathed. Join us and hear how the people of Gooding County rallied, as they have from the time of the first settlers, to assist the survivors and keep their towns and their county moving forward.

Kelly Kast was born and raised in Gooding County and has spent many years researching and writing about the intriguing history of south-central Idaho. Kelly was a staff writer for the Gooding County Leader for seven years and its editor for three years. She has published many history articles with Idaho Magazine. Kelly currently works for the Idaho State Police and in 2013 published Without Compromise, the history of the Idaho State Police, in celebration of its 75 th anniversary.

Day: Tuesday
Date: March 14
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: North Side Center
Cost: Free Admission
Speaker: Kelly Kast
Safe & Effective Web Browsing
Learn effective ways to find what you are looking for in the vast universe that is the world wide web. In this class you'll practice techniques to search for exactly the results you need and filter out those you don't. In addition, you'll learn basic internet safety practices necessary in today's online world.

Days: Wednesday
Dates: Mar. 29 to Apr. 19
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: IESDB Computer Lab
Cost: $49
Instructor: Randy Bow

Students can learn more about these and other classes at  http://offcampus.csi.edu/northSide/index.asp , by going to the CSI North Side Center, or by calling ( 208) 934-8678 . Class size is limited so early registration is suggested. 
Elaine Bryant
North Side and Jerome Center Director
ebryant@csi.edu | 208-934-8678

Upcoming Classes for Mortgage Banking

Merry Olson
Career Services Coordinator
molson@csi.edu | 208-732-6306

HerrettForumMarch Herrett Forum "Oasis in the Desert"

South central Idaho's heaviest traffic today may be on Blue Lakes Boulevard or Interstate 84, but turn back the clock 152 years and the busiest place in the valley was the Rock Creek Station and Stricker home site south of Hansen.

Curtis Johnson, whose great-aunt Gladys Stricker lived there as a child, will discuss the history of Magic Valley's oldest settlement at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 15 in his Herrett Forum address 'Oasis in the Desert.' The Rock Creek site was an important stop along the huge 19 th Century westward migration. Many of the pioneers continued toward Oregon or California and a few put roots down here in the Idaho Territory. Johnson is the past president of Friends of Stricker, Inc., a non-profit organization that assists the Idaho State Historical Society in preserving and restoring the Stricker site.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the event begins at 7:30. It is free and open to everyone.

The Herrett Forum is a monthly series of presentations generally held the third Wednesday evening of each month during the school year. Topics are coordinated by the Herrett Forum Committee, a group of community individuals dedicated to bringing high quality presentations to Twin Falls. No tickets are required for this free public lecture. The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is located on the north side of the College of Southern Idaho campus at the North College Road entrance.

Teri Fattig
Director of Library & Herrett Center
tfattig@csi.edu | 208-732-6501

EagleWednesdayEncourage High School Juniors and Seniors to Attend Eagle Wednesday

Eagle Wednesday is an opportunity for Seniors around the Magic Valley to visit the campus and create a unique customized schedule that meet your specific needs; sessions will vary from general admissions requirement, financial aid/scholarships, student activities, student recreation center, student housing, honors program, student disabilities, college athletics, and major advising.

Visit the link below to RSVP Now: 

CSI Admissions
admissions@csi.edu  | 208-732-6221

LegalFree Legal Clinic for Students

To assist students in addressing legal problems and issues, the College of Southern Idaho provides a free legal clinic. Once per month, local attorneys are available to assist students in obtaining proper resources, preparing pro se documents, and by explaining legal rights and processes.      

Appointments will be available from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in half hour increments. If you are interested in further information or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Office of Student Affairs (732-6224).     

Once you have set your appointment, complete and return the     interview questionnaire    to Student Activities at least one day prior to your scheduled appointment (FAX 736-4705 or e-mail  rlopez@csi.edu ). 

Spring 2017 Free Legal Clinics Schedule   

Thursday, March 16, 2017   
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm   

Thursday, April 20, 2017   
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm    

Thursday, May 18, 2017   
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm     
Rosa Lopez
Administrative Assistant, Office of Student Affairs
rlopez@csi.edu  | 208-732-6289

SafetyFest8th Annual CSI Safety and Business Fest of the Great Northwest
Hundreds of business owners and exhibitors are expected to participate in the eighth annual Safety and Business Fest of the Great Northwest that will be held at the College of Southern Idaho Health Science building March 20 - 22. Those who would like to participate in one or multiple sessions are encouraged to reserve their place soon.

The event is hosted by the College of Southern Idaho Workforce Training Center, Idaho Small Business Development Center, Region IV Development Association, Southern Idaho Manufacturing Safety and Health Association, Idaho Department of Transportation, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Event sponsors include K&T Steel, Commercial Creamery, Snake River Chapter of SHRM, Glanbia Nutritionals, Chobani, Falls Brand, Clif Bar Baking Company, Lamb Weston, Idaho Milk Products and Tessenerlo Group. The event includes a trade show and nearly 40 classes on topics aimed at reducing hazards that can cause injuries, illness or fatalities. Over the years, it has become southern Idaho's key event for safety and business training and networking.

All events and classes are free of charge but registration is required. To register online, go to http://safetyfest.csi.edu. For questions, please contact CSI Continuing Education Director Stacy Madsen at 732-6290 or at smadsen@csi.edu. For information on being an exhibitor, please contact Sonya Haines at safetyfest@csi.edu.

Stacy Madsen
Director of Continuing Education
smadsen@csi.edu | 208-732-6290

TriCSI Student Rec. Encourages You to Try a Tri 
CSI Student Recreation
Try a Tri (or3) Winter/Spring Indoor Series
Sign-up with John Twiss, 732-6470 or  jtwiss@csi.edu. Space is limited so sign-up early!
$5.00 for CSI Students, $10 for All Others

Race #3 - March 24 & 25

Swim 600 yards:   Friday morning at City Pool, 6:00 am 1st heat begins, 2nd heat starts at 6:30 am, 3 rd heat starts at 7:00 am etc.

Bike - 36 minutes:   Saturday morning in spinning room of CSI Student Rec. Center Saturday morning 8:00 am 1 st heat begins, 8:40 am 2 nd heat starts, 3 rd heat starts at 9:20 am etc. Participants must keep your heart rate over 65% of max entire 36 minutes.

Run - 2.25 mile:   Immediately after the 36 minute bike ride - either on the indoor track CSI Rec. Center or outside on campus if snow is clear.

John Twiss
Director of Recreation
jtwiss@csi.edu | 208-732-6470

CarlosArts on Tour Presents 'Carlos Nunez'

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

BookClubBook Club - The Warmth of Other Suns
Please come and participate in the CSI Book Club; it will be held on March 30th in Hepworth 150 at 1:00 p.m.
March's book is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.
Information about the Book Club: one book is chosen each semester and we only meet once in the fall and once in the spring, so the time commitment is negligible. Please consider being part of our group!!!

Tracey Meyerhoeffer
Coordinator of Education Assistant Program
tmeyerhoeffer@isu.edu  | 208-7326874

SustainabilityA Message from the CSI Sustainability Council
Tips From the Sustainability Council
Whether you are a CSI student, staff or faculty, many hours a day are spent in front of a computer screen. Here are a few tips to make those hours a little more sustainable.
1. Use Blackle: Most people are not aware that there is an eco-friendly alternative to Google. When you use Blackle as your primary search engine, you are still using Google, but there are no background colors. The background is, well, black. By using Blackle, you can save up to 750 Megawatt-hours per year (Heap Media, 2017).
2. Turn off your monitor: A computer monitor uses about 1/3 of the energy it takes to run the entire computer. Configure your monitor to "sleep" while you're away from your computer. Also, turn down the brightness of your monitor. The brighter the display, the more energy it uses.
3. Turn off your screensaver: We all love animated screen savers, but they use as much energy as a monitor that's in use. By not turning off your screensaver, your computer also generates unnecessary heat which requires more fan power to keep it cool. According to the EPA, turning off the screensaver can save between $25 and $75 per year.
4. Save your eyesight: Use the 20-20-20 rule. The New York Times suggests that, while using a computer, everyone should look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds, every 20 minutes. Better yet, enjoy the spring weather and go for a walk!
For more information about the Sustainability Council go to http://sustainability.csi.edu/ or contact Jan Simpkin jsimpkin@csi.edu or Randy Smith rsmith@csi.edu. The Sustainability Council meets the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in Shields 201. All are welcome!
Paula L. Hart, MS, RN
Practical Nursing Assistant Professor
plhart@csi.edu |  208-732-6740

StateEmployeesLots of Discounted FUN Events for State Employees Like Us
This is only a sample of all the fun events coming soon!
Idaho Steelheads New
State of Idaho employees may purchase discounted tickets to the  March 10, 2017   Idaho Steelheads Hockey Home Game. Games are played at CenturyLink Arena in Boise; game time is 7:10 p.m. Each ticket purchased includes a voucher for a free RR Ranch hot dog, a bag of Lay's chips and a small Pepsi product. Purchase your tickets now! Username: STATE Password: EMPLOYEE. Ticket orders must be placed at least 4 hours prior to game date or subject to availability., Questions? Contact Ben by email or at 208.472.2115
Morrison Center for the Performing Arts, Boise


Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise
March 4-5, 2017 @ various times
Discounted tickets (10%) are available to State Employees. To access this upcoming Broadway in Boise 2016-17 show, click here. Use the promo code STIDA and purchase your discounted tickets no later than March 1, 2017 @ 10:00 p.m.


Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise
March 30, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Discounted tickets (10%) are available to State Employees. To access this upcoming Broadway in Boise 2016-17 show, click here. Use the promo code STIDA and purchase your discounted tickets no later than March 27, 2017 @ 10:00 p.m.


Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise
May 5-6, 2017 
Discounted tickets (10%) are available to State Employees. To access this upcoming Broadway in Boise 2016-17 show, click here. Use the promo code STIDA and purchase your discounted tickets no later than May 2, 2017 @ 10:00 p.m.

Fred Meyer Broadway in Boise
June 14-25, 2017
Discounted tickets (10%) are available to State Employees. To access this upcoming Broadway in Boise 2016-17 show, click here. Use the promo code STIDA and purchase your discounted tickets no later than June 11, 2017 @ 10:00 p.m.
Wahooz Family Fun Zone   & PINZ
Four new attractions -   just open! State of Idaho employees and their families may purchase discounted tickets to  PINZ Bowling Center and   Wahooz Family Fun Zone in Meridian. Discount tickets can only be purchased online.   Read the flyer for instructions.   Questions - call 208-884-8842, x3010 or email  marketing@roaringsprings.com.  
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269

ErgonomicsErgonomics for the Eyes: Simple Adjustments to Your Office Environment

American Academy of Ophthalmology offers tips for avoiding dry, strained eyes during Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March.


Long touted as good for backs and necks, proper desk ergonomics are also important for the health and comfort of the eyes. In support of Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the   American Academy of Ophthalmology  is offering tips to desk workers everywhere whose eyes may need relief from too much screen time.
Many people who spend long hours reading or working on a computer for their jobs experience eye discomfort. Focusing on tiny type for hours on end can cause eye strain, fatigue and headaches. Staring at screens for long periods can also leave eyes parched, red and gritty-feeling.
One reason dry eye affects computer users in particular may have to do with blinking. Every time the eyelid closes, it washes moisture over the front of the eye. Normally, people blink about 14 times a minute or so. Focusing the eyes on computer screens or other digital displays has been shown to reduce a person's blink rate by a third to a half, drying out eyes as a result.
To help avoid workplace dry eye and eye strain, follow these eye ergonomics tips from the American Academy of Ophthalmology:
  • Stay at arm's length: The eyes actually have to work harder to see close up than far away. If you have a desktop computer, try placing the monitor 25 inches away from your face. No measuring tape? Put your screen an arm's length away. You may need to adjust the type to appear larger at that distance.
  • Take care of glare: While many new phones and laptops have glass screens with excellent picture quality, they also produce a strong glare that can aggravate the eyes. If you use a glass screen device, try a matte filter for your screen.
  • Give your eyes a break: Just as carpal tunnel syndrome from overuse can hurt your wrists, eye strain occurs after long, continuous periods of reading paper or viewing digital screens up close. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking into the distance allows your eyes to relax.
  • Defy dry eye: Many newer office buildings have humidity-controlled environments that suck moisture out of the air. In winter, heaters on high can further dry your eyes. Try a desktop humidifier to add localized moisture. Keep artificial tears at hand to help lubricate your eyes.
  • Lighten up: When your screen is much brighter than your surroundings, your eyes have to work harder to see. Adjusting your environmental lighting can reduce eye strain. Also, try increasing the contrast on your monitor.
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Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269

CommunicationTrainingFundamentals of Management and Communication Training is March 22
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269

PERSIPERSI Trainings Coming to Campus
No matter where you are in your career, it is always a good time to learn about your retirement.

PERSI trainers will be on campus March 16th conducting different trainings based on different needs. The time and date of the trainings are listed below.

Please RSVP by clicking on the RSVP link below the box that best suits your retirement needs.


Anita Tatge
Benefits Coordinator
atatge@csi.edu | 208-732-6206

PharmacySave Money and Time with New Pharmacy Benefit
SelectHealth is offering a new home delivery pharmacy plan. Please see the brochure and pricing below.
Tier 1 - 90 day supply for one copay of $15 (rather than $45 if purchased at the pharmacy)
Tier 2 - 90 day supply for one copay of $60 (rather than $90 if purchased at the pharmacy)
Tier 3 - 90 day supply is $150 (no reduction in costs for this Tier.)

Click here to read a clear version of this document. 

Keep in mind that on the current plan, maintenance drugs qualify for a 90 day supply through mail-order.
Anita Tatge
Benefits Coordinator
atatge@csi.edu | 208-732-6206

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