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The CSI Foundation is pleased to announce that over $13,000 has been awarded to the following applicants for Professional Development:

  • Robin Bagent - Attend and speak at the NWeLearn 2016 Conference
  • Sandra Bosteder - Conflict resolution facilitator training
  • Laura Browarny - Attend the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting and Museum Expo
  • Jud Harmon - Attend training in Lighting Design and Technology at the Live Design International Conference
  • Polly Hulsey - Attend College Board Forum sessions and workshops for transition coordinators
  • Jim Munn - Attend Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Certification Course

Deb Wilson
Director, CSI Foundation
dwilson@csi.edu  | 208-732-6245

CSI purchased a mobile cheese trailer and made it into the Cheese Market News on page 12!

"TWIN FALLS, Idaho - College of Southern Idaho (CSI) has purchased a mobile cheese trailer for its students. The 45- foot gooseneck trailer, purchased from Darlington Dairy Supply Co., Darlington, Wisconsin, will be available at the end of the spring semester. It also has tanks for clean water and wastewater so students can make cheese on the road." click here to continue reading this article >>

Janna Hamlett
Instructor, Food Science/Quality
jhamlett@csi.edu  | 208-732-6376

CSI EMPLOYEES and the PACE (Professional and Classified Employees) Organization had a successful April Pay it Forward initiative.   We met our goal and their generous donations went towards the purchase of two items for our Magic Valley Boys and Girls Club. They were formally presented to the Club on May 18

The PACE  Pay it Forward Proclamation encourages all of us to participate in activities and acts of kindness that demonstrate selfless giving all throughout the year.

Shonna Parsons
Executive Administrative Assistant
sparsons@csi.edu  | 208-732-6281

FSA Online Open Enrollment is now!
The Open Enrollment period for your FSA is   May 9, 2016 - May 27, 2016.
You must re-enroll for this benefit each year.
Online enrollment only at the PacificSource Administrators secure web portal: https://hrbenefitsdirect.com/PSA/signIn.aspx   
Directions for online enrollment along with detailed information on the Unreimbursed Health Expenses (HRE) and Dependent Care Expenses (DCE) can be found  here.
If you have any questions please call or email   Anita Tatge @732-6206 or   Dannette Starr at 732-6270
Anita Tatge
HR Specialist
atatge@csi.edu | 208-732-6206

The open enrollment period is May 9, 2016 - May 27, 2016
You do not need to do anything if you do not have any changes.
Open enrollment is the only period of time when current eligible employees
can enroll themselves and/or dependents in the medical/dental/vision insurance. 
Premiums for the 16/17 year are:
Employee Only                                $78.07
Employee/Spouse                         $153.68
Employee/Child                               $97.07
Employee/Children                       $148.26
Employee/Spouse/Children         $216.77
Click here for the medical summary showing the new deductibles and prescription co-pay.  Click here required notices regarding enrollment.
To enroll yourself and/or a dependent(s) in the Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance use the Link provided below and submit to the Human Resource Office no later than May 27, 2016.  

And for a guide to your medical insurance by Select Health  click here
If you have any questions please call or email   Anita  Tatge  732-6206 or   Dannette Starr 732-6270

Anita Tatge
HR Specialist
atatge@csi.edu  | 208-732-6206

Now is a great time to get a video made to advertise your program. We will have Zack Bartlett , our student videographer, on campus until the end of July so book him now while he still has openings. 

If you have questions or are interested in creating a video, please give us a call and we can give you all the details. 

Here are some recent examples of his work:

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

The College of Southern Idaho has launched a new program this summer for first-time college students who are interested in pursuing careers in biology or health science. The 'Bridge to Success' summer program introduces students to their academic expectations, provides their first seven credits of coursework, and even provides lunch each day for just $125.

The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays June 6 to July 29. Students will receive an orientation and will be enrolled in their first college-level math and general education classes. The program also includes textbooks, tutoring, community engagement, leadership training, academic advising, daily lunches, and a graduation ceremony and dinner for the students and their families. There is also an opportunity to earn a scholarship for fall semester classes.

The total value of the program is $1,600 but the program is being offered to first-time, degree-seeking students for just $125.

"This program will help the student develop essential skills for the classroom and the workplace and also makes valuable campus resources available while at the same time fostering social and academic relationships," said John Hughes, CSI's Associate Dean of Student Success.

Students who are interested in applying or learning more should contact the CSI Admissions Office right away at 732-6221.

John Hughes
Associate Dean of Student Success
jhughes@csi.edu | 208-732-6549

GNEDNEW! GNED Classes on Campus
We have new courses on campus...check them out! 

Clark Draney
Professor of English, Department Chair
cdraney@csi.edu | 208-732-6810  

TrusteesCSI Trustee Zones Proposal Update

The College of Southern Idaho has complied with a new state law that requires dividing the Twin Falls/Jerome County taxing district into five zones of nearly equal population. House Bill 512 requires that each of Idaho's three community colleges zone their districts in order to guarantee representation from each county or each segment of the college district. The law stipulates that each of the five zones be "as nearly equal in population as practicable." The law passed by the 2016 Idaho Legislature required the use of 2010 census figures.

This map was created by Jeff Cooper, CSI Geographic Information Systems instructor, certified by licensed surveyor Roger Kruger and was adopted by the CSI Board of Trustees on May 2, 2016. It was then sent to the Idaho State Board of Education for its approval.  The approved zones will be in effect from July 2016 until sometime after completion of the 2020 census, at which time new boundary lines may be necessary based on population distribution.

Under the new law, current board members will finish their terms. The terms of trustees Thad Scholes, Jan Mittleider, and Laird Stone expire in November 2016. Trustee Scholes lives in zone 4 and has announced that he does not plan to seek re-election. Trustee Mittleider also lives in zone 4 and says she intends to seek re-election. Trustee Stone lives in zone 2 and also says he intends to seek re-election. Since the board does not currently have representation from zone 3, Jerome County, residents who live within that zone will be encouraged to file for candidacy for the November 2016 election. The terms of Chairman Karl Kleinkopf, who lives in zone 1, and Vice Chairman Bob Keegan, who lives in zone 5, don't expire until November of 2018.

For more information visit:  http://www.csi.edu/TrusteeZones/

Kathy Deahl
Administrative Assistant, Office of the President
kdeahl@csi.edu | 208-732-6201

GrantPioneering Grant Applications ($5,000-$10,000) - Due Wed., June 1, 2016
The President of the College makes these funds available to support development and innovation at CSI. The purpose of the Pioneering Grants is to support the CSI Strategic Plan and promote farsighted, innovative, or visionary projects. CSI faculty and staff are eligible to apply. Applicants must show how the proposed project will contribute to student learning, development, and success. Projects involving inter- and intra-departmental collaboration among faculty and/or staff are encouraged. Pioneering Grants are NOT meant to pay for ongoing operational costs or for projects that should be built into the regular departmental budgets through the annual UDP process. Pioneering Grants can be used for equipment. Pioneering Grants do not pay salaries or honoraria for the applicant. Travel expenses are limited to 15% of the total request. Food is generally not an allowable expense, except for travel-related per diem.
  • Complete and submit your application (CSI Common Grant Application Form) to the Office of Grants. 
  • Development (Taylor #120) by Wednesday, June 1, 2016. 
  • Applications must be signed by your Department Chair, Dean, and Vice President (all 3).
  • Applications can be delivered to or e-mailed (scanned with the signatures) to dmckinstry@csi.edu.
  • Applications will be reviewed and awards announced during the week of Fall In-Service 
If you have further questions, please give us a call at x6244.

Donanna McKinstry
Administrative Assistant
dmckinstry@csi.edu  | 208-732-6244

HumanitiesRecommend ENGL 257: Western World Lit To Students Looking for a Humanities Credit
Do you have a student looking for a Humanities credit? Recommend English 257: Western World Literature to them. This course taught by Jan Carpenter and is a study of literary masterpieces of the Western World, from the ancient world through the 17th Century.  Students will analyze literary works through discussion and writing.

Jan Carpenter
Professor, English
jcarpenter@csi.edu | 208-732-6851  

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. 

MAY 24
Tomorrow 8:45 AM · 1 guest
Twin Falls
MAY 24
Tomorrow 5 PM · 3 guests
Twin Falls
MAY 26
Thu 8:45 AM
Twin Falls
Wed 1:30 PM · by College of Southern Idaho
Twin Falls
Jun 4 - Jun 5 · by College of Southern Idaho

If you would like to see more of what's going on at CSI visit our  Facebook . 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
PlanetariumScheduleEvents at the Herrett Center This Month

Herrett Center for Arts and Science          College of Southern Idaho
Museum, Planetarium, Observatory
Year round open 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
Public Event Schedule for May 2016
Tuesday, May 24th
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure.
Friday, May 27th
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Dynamic Earth: Exploring Earth's Climate Engine with a live sky tour.
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Pink Floyd: The Wall.

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

WeldingWelding Fundamentals 30-Hour Course
Course: Welding Fundamentals
Date: May 24-June 3, 2016 (2 Weeks)
Days: Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Time: 5-10 pm
Location: CSI Desert Building, Room 105
Cost: $375
Instructor: Jonathan Hardesty
Course Code: WELD S004 C03

Course Description: This 30-hrs course covers safety, general lab safety rules, thermal cutting, blueprint reading, welding theory and welding practice (SMAW, GMAW, GTAW). You will learn how to identify and utilize hand tools, power tools and equipment. !!!HANDS ON experience!!! Open welding lab to improve your welding skills.

For more information about this course  or to enroll, please call the CSI Workforce Development office at 732-6310 or e-mail them at workforce@csi.edu.
Katrina Oksten
Workforce Development Specialist
kaoksten@csi.edu | 208-736-6310
OutdoorGrand Ronde White Water Rafting Trip With CSI Outdoor Program

Grand Ronde White Water Rafting Trip* June 3-5 *  Spend three days floating down the beautiful Grand Ronde River, enjoying pristine scenery, adventurous rapids, and good food with new friends! This trip includes gear, transportation, and some meals * A trip like this retails around $500 - a total steal of a deal! *MANDATORY Pre-trip Meeting May 31 , at 7 pm * This trip is open to all experience levels - so bring your friends! * $75 CSI Students (7+ credits) / $225 CSI Staff & Facilty / $300 Community members * Call 732-6475 to register, and check out Facebook for more info!

Christa Gessaman
Coordinator, Outdoor & Challenge Programs
cgessaman@csi.edu  208-732-6697

STEMDiscover Science Workshops - Application Deadline June 6

For more information about the Discover Science Workshops and the application form click here. All applications are due by Monday, June 6, at 5:00 pm. 

Heidi Campbell
Associate Dean of STEM
hcampbell@csi.edu | 208-732-6429

AthleticsSummer Time Athletic Camps for Kids
It's summer time and you know what that means....SUMMER CAMPS EVERYWHERE! 

Click here to see all of the CSI Athletic summer camps for kids. They start this June with basketball!

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

MusicCSI Music Fest 2016

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

Refugee7th Annual Magic Valley Refugee Day
It's Refugee Day  Again, Folks!! CSI Refugee Programs would like to invite the public to attend. The Seventh Annual Magic Valley Refugee Day will be held at the College of Southern Idaho soccer field on Falls Avenue at 6 PM of Friday June 17.

Our Refugees will be presenting  ethnic food, music, song and dance from the various countries that now call Twin Falls home. There will be  displays and information about their countries of origin.  This annual event is a way for our newest residents to thank the Twin Falls community for all their support and help in relocating displaced people.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Those who attend are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs for enjoying an evening on the lawn. For more information, contact the CSI Refugee Programs at 736-2166.

Come out and experience the World in your own back yard!

Tara McFarland
Social Services Specialist, CSI Refugee Center
tmcfarland@csi.edu | 208-732-6668

HerrettCrash Courses in Caveman Living Taught At the Herrett Center
The Herrett Center for Arts and Science at the College of Southern Idaho offers crash courses in caveman living again this summer and fall. Herrett Exhibits Manager Joey Heck will teach three classes - flintknapping, atlatls, and building fire.

Beginning Flintknapping is a three-session class that runs 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Friday, June 17, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Participants will assemble their own knapping tool kits and create a number of flaked obsidian tools. The workshop will focus on the creation and recognition of stone tools and knapper safety. The $50 course fee includes class materials and pizza.

Atlatls - Spear Chuckin' 101 - is a five-day class that runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 25 - 29. In this class, you will learn the history of the throwing device called an atlatl and gather local materials from which you can build your own. At the end of the course, participants will compete in a throwing competition. The fee for all five classes is $50.

The one-day class 'Fire!' will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Participants will use native materials and household objects to construct a bow drill and fire spindle to ignite your tinder bundle. A fire-making competition will be held at the end of the class. The cost is $15.

Class sizes are limited in order to assure that everyone can see, hear, and get personal instruction as needed. Participants need to be at least 12 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Registration can be done any time ahead of the classes online at Herrett.csi.edu or by calling 732-6655.

Joey Heck
Exhibits/Collections Manager Herrett Center 
jheck@csi.edu | 208-732-6668

KidsSummer Workshops for Kids at the Herrett Center
The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is launching a series of nine fun, low cost, summer workshops for kids as young as six years old. All sessions will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
June 15: Paper Planes. Ever wonder what keeps airplanes in the sky? This is a workshop about flight. Everyone will learn the basic science behind flying, and then have a chance to build their own paper airplane. We will finish the workshop with a paper plane fly-off to see which designs are the best flyers! Ages 6 and up. Children under 8 must have a parent present. $5 per participant.

June 22: Coiled Pottery. Many different American Indian cultures created beautiful clay pottery. The technique that was widely used in North and South America is called coiling. In this workshop, you will make your own coiled clay pot using air-dry clay. The technique is easy to learn, and everyone will leave with a completed pot that will dry overnight. Ages 6 and up. Children under 8 must have a parent present. $10 per participant.
June 29: Hoop Drums. For the many Native cultures that call the Great Plains their homeland, the hoop was a very important symbol of the circle of life. In this workshop, you will have the chance to create one of the most musical examples of the hoop in Great Plains cultures: the drum! Learn about other important symbols as you build and decorate your own hoop drum. Ages 8 and up. $10 per participant.

July 13: Nature Walk. Take a walk on the wild side while exploring native plants just minutes from the Herrett Center. Join us for a short nature hike around the CSI campus, stopping to identify native plants and explore their prehistoric uses by indigenous peoples. Everyone will discover tool-making resources, edible plants, and general plant identification techniques. After the hike, return to the Herrett Center for an activity. Ages 8 and up. $5 per participant.

July 20: Fossil Casts. Many of the fossils seen in museums are not originals. The originals are often too fragile to be on display, so museums create casts of the fossils that look just like the real thing. In this workshop, you will have the chance to create your own fossil cast of an object from the Herrett Center collection. Ages 6 and up. Children under 8 must have a parent present. $10 per participant.

July 27: Textile Printing. In the rainforests of Peru, the Shipibo and Conibo people create beautiful designs that they paint all over everything that they wear. In this workshop, you will use printmaking techniques to create your own printed fabric using based on the artwork of the Shipibo and Conibo people. Learn about Peruvian cultures and about printmaking. Ages 8 and up. $15 per participant.

August 3: Telescopes. Ever since the telescope was invented in the 1600s, people have used it to gaze at the stars. In this workshop, you will get to build your own working telescope to take home with you. Join us after the workshop to look through the Herrett Center's giant telescope in the Centennial Observatory. Ages 6 and up. Children under 8 must have a parent present. $15 per participant.

August 10: Metalworking. From central Mexico throughout South America, native people used gold and other precious metals to create jewelry, masks, and other decorative and ritual objects. In this workshop, you will get to test out an ancient metalworking technique called repousse (re-poo-say) to create your own metal artwork. Ages 8 and up. $15 per participant.

August 17: Hoop and Dart Game. Try your hand at this classic Native American game using traditional materials to construct a set of prehistoric lawn darts. Students will build a set of corncob darts and a willow hoop, then learn the rules of this fun pastime on the Herrett Center front lawn. Ages 8 and up. $10 per participant.

Spaces will be limited in each workshop to ensure a fun experience for all participants. Payment must be received at the time of registration. Adults may not sign up without a child. For information, call 208-732-6655 or drop by the Herrett Center at the College of Southern Idaho.

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

p20The P20 Educators Conference - All Faculty/Staff/Students Register Now 

Jon Lord
Department Chair
jlord@csi.edu | 208-736-6484

SkinFriday Before Memorial Day, May 27, 2016 is "Don't Fry Day"
The National Council on Skin Cancer encourages you to protect your skin!

To help reduce rising rates of skin cancer from overexposure to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has designated the Friday before Memorial Day as "Don't Fry Day" to encourage sun safety awareness and to remind everyone to protect their skin while enjoying the outdoors. Because no single step can fully protect you and your family from overexposure to UV radiation, follow as many of the following tips as possible:
  • Do Not Burn or Tan
  • Seek Shade
  • Wear Sun-Protective Clothing
  • Generously Apply Sunscreen
  • Use Extra Caution Near Water, Snow, and Sand
  • Get Vitamin D Safely
As warm weather approaches and millions of Americans prepare to enjoy the great outdoors, the risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases. Skin cancer is on the rise in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates there will be more than 73,870 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and more than two million new cases of basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers in the U.S.

Fortunately, skin cancer is highly curable if found early and can be prevented. Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap!...and Wrap when you're outdoors - slip on a shirt, slop on broad spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, slap on a wide-brimmed hat, and wrap on sunglasses. The best way to detect skin cancer early is to examine your skin regularly and recognize changes in moles and skin growths.

Most skin cancers are caused by overexposure to UV radiation. Individuals with lighter-toned skin are more susceptible to UV damage, although people of all races and ethnicities can be at risk for skin cancer. Those who have a family history of skin cancer, plenty of moles or freckles, or a history of severe sunburns early in life are at a higher risk of skin cancer as well. To minimize the harmful effects of excessive and unprotected sun exposure, protection from intense UV radiation should be a life-long practice for everyone.

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention is a united voice to reduce skin cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality, through awareness, prevention, early detection, research, and advocacy.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-736-6269

wellbeingInitial Employee Wellbeing Survey Results Are In
I would like to thank the 206 people that participated in this survey.  As usual, the vast majority of respondents were women over the age of 40.  Since women are most often the care-givers in our society it seems plausible that you would be most interested in health and wellness matters in the workplace as well. 
The GOOD NEWS is that 93% agree that CSI has an intentional culture of wellness, 73% respond that services and resources help them feel included and successful in reaching health standards, and 89% agree that program offerings are clearly communicated and easy to find and understand.  Employees strongly agree that CSI fosters an environment of caring and value for the individual that help employees feel productive and empowered to meet their goals and those of their department.
Perhaps one of the most telling outcomes is that participants responded most often to the question of what you like most about working at CSI as being the "awesome' coworkers in your department, the support you feel for yourself and your family, and the emphasis on student success across the board.  That is very happy news, indeed!
Comments and trends will be summarized and shared soon. Find the aggregate results of the yes/no questions online now at http://wellness.csi.edu/calendar.asp.
Also on that site, for those that didn't realize we have an Advisory Team or know who those persons are, please find that info at http://wellness.csi.edu/advisoryTeam.asp.
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu 208-732-6269

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