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GraduationGraduation Priority Application Deadline is Approaching
Application for Graduation - Apply on MYCSI!

Degrees are not automatically awarded. Students MUST complete an Application for Graduation to be considered for a degree.  Degrees are not automatically awarded. Students MUST complete an Application for Graduation to be considered for a degree. Here are some answers to questions commonly asked by students.
  1. How do I know whether I am ready to apply for graduation?
    Check your Graduation Degree Audit Report. If you are ready to graduate, all requirements should show as "met" or "in progress". See your faculty advisor if you have any questions.
  2. What is a degree audit?
    A degree audit is the process of checking your records to ensure you have met all requirements for graduation. This includes making sure transfer courses and substitutions have been properly applied.
     See the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions. 
  3. When should I apply?
    Students should apply for graduation the semester prior to degree/certificate completion or by the priority deadline.
If you plan to graduate in...
Priority application deadline is...
March 15
March 15
Final application deadline is...
May 12
July 29

*If you will complete all requirements during summer or fall semester, but wish to participate in May commencement, you must:
- have 10 or fewer required credits remaining at the end of Spring semester .
 - apply by the Spring priority deadline to be included in the commencement program  
  1. What happens if I miss the priority deadline?
    If you miss the Spring graduation application deadline, your name will not be printed in the commencement program. Applications received after the priority deadline will result in a later mailing date and delayed arrival of your diploma.

The Difference between Graduation and Commencement

Graduation   is actually receiving a degree from The College of Southern Idaho. A student is graduated from the college only after completing all degree or program requirements, completing a graduation application, and paying all outstanding fees. It is important to make sure you meet with your program advisor to confirm all requirements are being met.

Commencement   is the graduation ceremony. It is a celebration of accomplishments. Students are not required to walk in the commencement ceremony, nor does it guarantee graduation.  For more information: Commencement Ceremony Information

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

EmergencyWhy Would You Ever Need To Text 9-1-1?
The Southern Idaho Regional Communications Center (SIRCOMM) is pleased to announce the successful implementation of text to 9-1-1 with the Blaine County Emergency Communications and the City of Twin Falls Communications Center. After thorough testing, the ability to send a text message to 9-1-1 in Blaine, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, and Twin Falls Counties is now available.

Below you will find two documents with information on the new service. Also, please click here to view the SIRCOMM video.
If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Public Safety, Jim Munn.

Jim Munn
Director of Public Safety
jmunn@csi.edu | 208-732-6860

JayA Farewell Note From Jay Sneddon
Seventeen years ago, one of my first tasks as a new CSI employee was to service Bill Studebaker's computer on the first floor of the Taylor Building, near where the Bookstore is now. While working on his computer, Bill told me stories from his summer spent kayaking above the Arctic Circle in Greenland. I knew then that CSI was a special place full of unusually gifted and remarkable people. During my years at CSI, the bad days were few, the good days frequent, and the great days exhilarating. I truly loved my time on campus. Since Christmas, my career has taken me to a different path away from CSI. In the months I have been away, I reflect often on the great people that make CSI the special place it is. Thank you for the wonderful years, and how you lifted not only me but the rest of the IT staff. 


Jay Sneddon
Former CSI IT Employee
PACESpring 2016 PACE 50-for-50 Challenge
You have until April 29, to win one of the 19 jackets that are left. Ready...Set...Start taking selfies! 

Click here for the new checklist.

Current Competitors:
Pam Luper
Chris Anderson
Kelly Wilson
Evin Fox
Devin Jenks
Angela Chapin
Kelli Bolta
Heidi Campbell
Jodie Bridges
Melissa Earl
Andie Dayley
Kara Mahannah
Judy Hansen
Ben Hamlett
Larisa Alexander
Amy Christopherson
Ann Keane

*Note: Please add the following items to your checklist:
  • Attending the First Friday Forum 
  • Meeting with a health coach on campus 

Tamara  Harmon
PACE Executive
tharmon@csi.edu | 208-732-6249

The College of Southern Idaho Foundation is offering scholarships to help pay for child care expenses for the Spring 2016 Semester. The scholarships are offered to full and part time CSI students (6 credit minimum), with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. The maximum semester award will be up to $500 per child that attends the CSI Child Care Center, CSI Early Childhood Education Preschool Lab, or other state licensed child care centers. 

Applications must be completed and turned in to the CSI Financial Aid Office, (Taylor Building - Matrix) before 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2016. If mailed, the application must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2016.

This is a great opportunity for students to get help with their child care expenses for the Spring Semester!!

Wanda Luna
College Apartment Manager
wluna@csi.edu | 208-733-0740

February 29, 2016

Jerome Buying Station received an award Feb. 23 at the Idaho Small Business Development Center's luncheon to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The Jerome business buys, sells and transports cattle. It was one of seven businesses that had success stories honored at the event.
"Our overall revenue has increased immensely because we were willing to follow [the SBDC's] gentle advice," owner Bryan Harris said. "Thanks SBDC for taking us from our worst year in business to our best year."
To read more of this article at magicvalley.com click here >>
Bryan Matsuoka
Director, Regional ISBDC
bmatsuoka@csi.edu | 208-732-6451

An amazing opportunity is upon our students, please encourage them to participate. It is senate election time for sophomore student representatives! Encourage your students to run with this need-to-know information:

Applications (that include all eligibility information) are available in 3 places:

1) The Office of Student Affairs
3) In an email sent by the Dean of Students

Applications are available from March 1st-March 11th. Voting and campaigning will run March 14-18. Results are posted March 18th. VOTING: Starting on March 14th, you can vote at vote.csi.edu

According to the approved constitution by the student body, there are 8 sophomore senate positions that are open to the entire student body. The president and VP positions are available to students who "have served a parliamentary position. 'Parliamentary position' shall be interpreted as having served one full semester in the ASCSI Senate at the College of Southern Idaho." 
-ASCSI Constitution most recently approved 2015.

These positions have scholarships! 

If you have any questions please contact the elections committee at ascsipres@csi.edu and they will be happy to answer you! 

Justin Elmer
ASCSI Student Body President

 FairBuy Butter Braids This Week Only to Help 4H Kids with Fair Entry Fees
Interested in assisting 4H kids? Down on the Farm 4H club is raising money for fair entry fees by selling BUTTER BRAIDS! YUM!
Please contact Beth Hewes (6776) to order today! 

  • Cinnamon, Apple
  • Crème Cheese
  • Blueberry/Crème Cheese
  • Strawberry/Crème Cheese 
  • Raspberry
Beth Hewes
Director of Forensics and Professor of Communication
bhewes@csi.edu | 208-732-6776

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.  

07 MAR
Mar 7 - Mar 11 · 4 guests
Twin Falls, ID, United States
07 MAR
Mar 7 - Mar 9 · 1 guest
Twin Falls, ID, United States
08 MAR
Tomorrow 2 PM
Twin Falls, ID, United States
08 MAR
Tomorrow 4 PM
Twin Falls, ID, United States
08 MAR
Tomorrow 7 PM · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, United States
08 MAR
Tomorrow 7 PM · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Gooding, ID, United States
09 MAR
Wed 7 PM · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, United States
10 MAR
Thu 3 PM
Twin Falls, ID, United States
11 MAR
Fri 12 PM
Twin Falls, ID, United States
11 MAR
Fri 7:30 PM · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, United States
11 MAR
Mar 11 - Mar 12 · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, United States
12 MAR
Sat 9 AM · 2 guests
Twin Falls, ID, United States
12 MAR
Sat 7:45 PM
Twin Falls, ID, United States
15 MAR
Tue 5 PM · 1 guest
Twin Falls, ID, United States
16 MAR
Wed 7:30 PM · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, United States
17 MAR
Thu 5 PM
Twin Falls, ID, United States
17 MAR
Thu 7:30 PM · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, United States
19 MAR
Mar 19 - Mar 21 · 2 guests
Twin Falls, ID, United States
19 MAR
Sat 8:30 PM · Hosted by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls, ID, United States

If you would like to see more of what's going on at CSI visit our Facebook page. O r, if you would 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

BrownBrown Bag This Week

Evin Fox
efox@csi.edu | 208-732-6872

This Week's Topic: 
"What is a Millennial, and why do we care?"

Resource Articles (please read/review these and/or bring some of your own articles):
Wednesday at noon  in Hepworth 176 with Tiffany Seeley-Case. No Desert Cafe this week.

Thursday at 1 o'clock in Hepworth 176 with Evin Fox.

Friday morning at 8 o'clock in the Taylor Administration Building in TLC with Shane Brown. 

*Note:  Wednesday Brown Bags are held in the Desert Café on these dates: 3/16, 3/30.
To receive text messages about Brown Bag events , text @8d63b7 to 81010. You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @8d63b7'.
Take the civility pledge at:   http://www.civilitypledge.org
Visit our  CSI Best Practices Facebook group to join the conversation.
ChampionshipCSI Athletics This Week
The College of Southern Idaho Volleyball team opens its spring season tonight at home. The Golden Eagles will host Boise State University at 5:30 p.m. for a spring scrimmage. Admission is free.

CSI Baseball hosts Colorado Northwestern Friday at 1 p.m. (doubleheader) and Saturday at Noon (doubleheader).  Come out to the ballpark for a hamburger and some great baseball.  If you can't come, live stats will be available at: http://www.sidearmstats.com/sidaho/baseball/

Softball travels to Colorado Northwestern Friday and Saturday.

Today's the day that the CSI Women's Basketball team will find out what seed it is for the NJCAA National Tournament in Lubbock, Texas. We will send out information as soon as it's available.

Get your tickets now for the 40th College of Southern Idaho Intercollegiate Rodeo to be held March 11 and 12 at the Eldon Evans Expo Center in the Shawn Davis Arena. The rodeo will start at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night. Click here for more information.

Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director
kbaumert@csi.edu | 208-732-6493

It's Diversity Week at CSI

CSI Diversity Council will host a Religious Diversity Panel on March 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Fine Arts 119.

The goals for the event are:
  • Compare and contrast beliefs of religions and faith traditions;
  • Evaluate similarities and differences in belief systems and rituals;
  • Encourage research and utilize interactive and experiential activities, pair and group workdebates/dialogues, round tables and forums with guest speakers;
  • Develop speaking, writing and critical-thinking skills;
  • Construct knowledge and understanding of world religions;
  • Most of all educate our community of different fundamental beliefs and ideologies to promote tolerance and understanding.
Please join us for a night of learning and understanding. Some of the panelists' fundamental beliefs and ideologies are: Islam, Christian, atheism, Jewish, orthodox Christians, Mormonism.

For more information regarding any Diversity Week activities please contact Perri Gardner.

Perri Gardner
Instructor, Political Science
pgardner@csi.edu | 208-732-6867

 Students Host Spring Week This Week

Along with Diversity Week the students are also hosting Spring Week! The event schedule is below:

Monday: Free Giveaways from 11 am-1 pm at the Student Union Building; Jump Time from 8 pm-10 pm.

Tuesday: Acoustics & Popcorn from 11 am-1 pm at the Student Union Building; Dodgeball Tournament starting at 7 pm at the Rec Center.

Wednesday: Maui Wowi Smoothies from 11 am-1 pm at the Student Union Building; Human Hungry Hippo starting at 5:30 pm in the Student Union Building.

Thursday: Free Giveaways from 11 am-1 pm in the Student Union Building; Movie Night at Cinema 13 TBA on the time.

Friday: Dairy Queen Ice Cream from 11 am-1 pm in the Student Union Building; Marcus Monroe starting at 7:30 pm in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Free to everyone.

Jasmine Lopez
Student Activities Coordinator
jlopez@csi.edu | 208-732-6229

ORCMarch Trips and Classes with the CSI Outdoor Recreation Center
The CSI Outdoor Recreation Center always has exciting trips planned. Watch eNotes and the CSI Outdoor Recreation Facebook page for updated information about each trip. It's not too early to start planning your Spring Break vacation!

HREC 149: Dutch Oven Cooking * Starting Monday, March 29,  at 4:30 pm * Always wanted to take a class where your grade comes from socializing and eating good food? Then Dutch Oven Cooking is for you! This course is designed for students with little or no Dutch oven cooking experience, this class introduces the basic skills required to cook with Dutch ovens. Working in small groups, students will learn to cook in Dutch ovens by preparing entrees, breads, vegetables, and desserts during class. Other topics will include cleaning and caring for Dutch ovens and the history of Dutch oven cooking. This course may be repeated once. * Contact Christa at 732-6697 for more information! Note: This class is located at the Outdoor Recreation Center basically on Washington Street, behind the Office on Aging.

HREC 244: Intro to Mountain Biking * Starts Tuesday, March 30, at 2 pm * This course is a well-rounded introduction to Mountain Biking, including an explanation of techniques, equipment, and safety considerations. It is the goal of this course to give students the basic skills and knowledge to safely enjoy and further explore the sport of Mountain Biking on their own. The student furnishes or uses CSI Mt. Bikes and equipment and pays an additional fee for the class. Topics include riding techniques, clothing, equipment, safety and bike maintenance. This course may be repeated once. * Contact John Twiss at 732-6470 for more information! Note: This class is located at the Outdoor Recreation Center basically on Washington Street, behind the Office on Aging.

Christa Gessaman
Challenge Course Coordinator
cgessaman@csi.edu | 208-732-6697

MannyManny Scott Visits CSI This Week As Part of Eagle View Lecture Series
March 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium

Before he was 16, Manny Scott had missed so much school that he had dropped out. His dad was in prison, his best friend had been murdered, and he had lived in so many places that he didn't feel he had a home. Worse, he felt he had no future. How did he go on to become one of the young men portrayed in the 2007 hit movie 'Freedom Writers' and one of the most sought after motivational speakers in America?

Hear his story for yourself at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium. For the past ten years, Scott has spoken to more than 125 groups a year energizing leaders, educators, volunteers, and students with authentic messages of hope. He has helped raise student achievement in 150 school districts, prevented countless suicides with his presentations at school assemblies, and helped raise $400-thousand through one keynote address to a non-profit organization. His mission is to equip leaders and teachers with the skills necessary to understand, engage, reach, and teach even the most underperforming young people.

Manny Scott's presentation is part of CSI's Eagle View Lecture Series, sponsored by the CSI Honors Program, and is free and open to everyone.

Camille Barigar
CSI Fine Arts Center
cbarigar@csi.edu  |  208-732-6288

MarcusMarcus Monroe 'Rock Star of Jugglers'
Marcus Monroe, called the 'rock star of jugglers' by the New York Press, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 11 at the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium. His performance, sponsored by the CSI Program Board, is free and open to everyone.

Actually, Monroe is more than just a juggler, having performed as a comedian throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia as well as on several cruise lines. He co-starred in the movie 'Wisconsin Death Trip' and has appeared in numerous national TV shows and commercials. He has also performed at large music festivals including Bonnaroo, Summerfest, and Outside Lands as well as at comedy and magic clubs from coast to coast. See more about the Marcus at www.marcusmonroe.com.

Doors to the Fine Arts Auditorium will open at 7 p.m. No tickets are required.

Camille Barigar
CSI Fine Arts Center
cbarigar@csi.edu | 208-732-6288

p20CSI P20 Educator Conference - Call for Proposals
CSI is hosting the "P20 Educator Conference: Reaching for New Heights" this summer. This conference seeks to gather educators from Southern Idaho to explore ways to innovate teaching and expand learning opportunities for students and instructors. The goal of the P20 Educator Conference is to provide a thought-provoking and stimulating forum for educators of all disciplines and experience levels to share practical ideas and best practices to advance teaching and learning. 

Conference organizers are currently looking for educators who would like to present at this conference! If you would like to submit a proposal to present please visit www.csi.edu/p20. If you have any questions regarding the submission process please e-mail p20@csi.edu

If you are accepted as a presenter you are automatically enrolled in the conference FREE OF CHARGE and will not need to complete the online registration form. 

Jon Lord                                                         
Education Department Chair                                        
jlord@csi.edu | 208-732-6484                                             

BreakSafe Spring Break Events Start Next Week 
Please note these events are for students EXCEPT FOR the Women's Self Defense Workshop on Monday, March 14. Faculty/staff are encouraged to attend this workshop. 

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

RelayCSI Relay for Life Team Breakfast Fundraiser

Tamara Harmon
CSI Foundation Administrative Assistant
tharmon@csi.edu | 208-732-6249

EAPWho to Call For Help? Employee Assistance Program
CSI's EAP offers services to help employees and their family members privately resolve problems that may interfere with work, family and life; up to 4 visits per issue with each company, of which there are two to choose from.  These services m ust be pre-approved  with each provider used by calling the toll-free numbers below.

RBH 24-hour Crisis hotline   (866) 750-1327
Legal, Financial, Parenting, Adult & Elder-Care Services available.
MyRBH Website  use  
LifeMap  for the Access Code
BPA 24-hour Crisis hotline   (800) 726-0003
With special resources for smoking cessation, weight management, alcohol & drug abuse, legal & financial services.

Use the BPA Website to Log in use College of Southern Idaho for your Organization's Name and 800-726-0003 for the Plan's Toll-free Number. 
Judy Heatwole
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269

FoodI Used a Food Log to Track Every Single Bite for a Week
Note: If you're planning to lose weight after the holidays , this is the single  best trick our past CSI weight management class participants found to really work for them. Even if you only track your food for a short time, it makes you much more aware of what and when you eat. If you're looking for an easy online tracker, try the one we used in class at https://www.myfitnesspal.com/ .
By Moira Lawler, Fitness Magazine
We tend to do some crazy things in the name of losing weight and getting healthy. Why else would fads like the taco cleanse and the grapefruit diet be so popular? As far as silly diet habits go, keeping a food log is one of the few sane and reasonable ideas-plus, it works! It's a common recommendation among nutritionists, and there's science to back it up. One study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition of Dietetics found women who logged their food lost 6 pounds more than those who didn't.
So we can agree that food journaling is beneficial, important, and even healthy. But keeping an ultra-rigid food log tracking every last bite? Sounds borderline nuts, I'd say, but that didn't stop me. I tracked my food for one full week. Not just my meals, but snacks (full disclosure, there were a lot of them), and drinks, and everything in between. That included the bite of mac and cheese I ate straight off my boyfriend's plate.
Anyone who's tried a food log can vouch for what a pain it can be. A 2015 study looked at 141 journalers and found many of them described the process as time-consuming, tedious, and requiring too much effort. In the past, my best intentions of keeping a journal went out the window the second I got home from work. True story: If you scoped out my food-tracking app, you'd see regular log-ins until everything just stopped at 7 p.m. Part of me felt accomplished enough for the day, while the other part of me knew my unhealthiest habits came in the evening and writing them down would be downright shameful. This time would be different. I relied on pen and paper, and I actually stuck with it. Here's what I found.
Writing everything down inspired me to eat healthier.   Well, for the first two days anyway. I started off feeling self-conscious about what I was eating-even though no one would see the list but me. On day one, I found myself only choosing fruits and veggies I wouldn't be ashamed to write down.
The journal made me aware of bad habits.   At least three times a day, I'd grab a mini handful of chocolate chips or crackers after spotting the bag wide open in the cabinet. It doesn't seem like much, but a little bite here and there adds up.
I outsmarted myself-and that wasn't a good thing.   Four days into tracking, my brain had figured out how to beat the system. I realized my task was simply to write down everything I ate, not necessarily to eat extremely healthfully. And so, I started eating less healthy out of convenience. Turns out, writing "chicken sandwich and fries" was far easier than outlining everything packed into a veggie-heavy salad.
Tracking every last morsel is hard work.   I'm a writer, so stashing a small notebook and pen in my purse isn't totally out of the ordinary. But pulling it out at restaurants so I wouldn't forget to log my meal got to be pretty annoying for me and everyone I dined with.
After seven days, I was relieved to sit down for a meal with no notebook in sight. However, I can now say that I'm much more aware of my eating habits and what I need to work on. First things first? Completely closing the chocolate chip bag.
Judy Heatwole
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269

BikingBiking as Starter Exercise for Weight-Management
According to Vitality Magazine, a publication sent to your workplace by the CSI Employee Wellbeing Program, biking is a good starter exercise if you've been sedentary because it's a weight-supported activity that's easy on the joints, advises the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A 160-pound person can burn 300 calories riding for 45 minutes at a modest pace of 10 mph. Besides supporting your weight-management goals, biking tones muscles, increases endurance, and enhances lung capacity.
Ask your office support staff where the copy is in your building/department or find extra copies in the Teaching and Learning Center, Taylor 2nd Floor near the IT staff offices. 

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

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