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IEDid You Know?

Did you know that the average (mean) age for entering degree seeking students (excludes dual credit) in the fall of 2016 was 21.4? That's down from a high of 23.2 in 2011.  

(Source: Internal CSI Degree Seeking Enrollment Data )

"Did You Know?" brought to you by the CSI Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Chris Bragg
Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
cbragg@csi.edu | 208.732.6201

MediaPrefsLearn How to Market and Communicate With Students
The deadline has been extended to December 3, 2017!

Have you ever wondered what method is most effective when it comes to communicating with or marketing to your students? Have them take the CSI Media Preferences Survey to find out! This survey will close December 3, 2017, and we will share what we find out. Also, your students may enter to win a $150 Amazon gift card for completing the survey.

Have your students go to: www.mediaprefs.com/72 and use the password: 72917 to take the survey! 
Kimberlee LaPray
Public Information Officer
klapray@csi.edu | 208.732.6299

TestingTesting Center Closures for November
Upcoming Campus Testing Center Closures:
  • 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 -Saturday, November 25 (Thanksgiving)
Upcoming Burley Testing Center Closures:
  • 1:00 pm on November 22 - Saturday, November 25 (Thanksgiving) 
Valerie Ward
Testing Center Coordinator
vward@csi.edu | 208.732.6201

GilbertsPantryGilbert's Pantry Thanks Local Community Businesses

T hank you to the following businesses for their generous donations to Gilbert's Pantry:  

Western Waste Services
Rob Green Auto Group
Mountain View Spraying Service
Design 125
Xtreme RV
Seth Wheeler M.D.

Also, thank you Debra Laing and Ann-Pell Rongen for all of your assistance and delivery! It is truly appreciated! 

Rosa Lopez
Administrative Assistant, Student Affairs
rlopez@csi.edu | 208.732.6289

EmployeePicsCSI Employee Photos
Why might you need your photo taken?
  • All new employees need to have their photos taken
  • Updates for old photos
  • Updates for bad quality or low resolution photos
  • Because you look or feel better than you did in your last photo
The next Faculty/Staff photo shoots will be:
  • From 9 - 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Canyon building studio.
  • From 10 - 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in room 248 of the Student Union
After the photo shoot you will receive a copy of your new photo that you are welcome to use as you please. The Public Information Office will put your new photo on the CSI website. Free service to all CSI and CSI auxiliary agency employees. No appointment necessary.

Doug Maughan
dmaughan@csi.edu | 208.732.6262

DaycareDrop In Daycare on Campus
Would your student be interested in having drop in daycare on campus? Please share this survey with them to help CSI understand if there is a need. 

Chelsea Bickers
Administrative Assistant
cbickers@csi.edu | 208.732.6529

GrantsCSI Foundation Mini and Professional Development Grant Announcement

The CSI Foundation is pleased to announce the fall round for Mini Grants and for Professional Development Grants. Up to $3,000 is available for each of these grants and projects are to be completed within a year of the award. The due date for these grants is midnight Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and proposals are to be submitted on the CSI Common Grant Application Form.

* Mini Grants - to stimulate creative ideas and activities and their subsequent implementation that result in improved student learning and/or success.  Additional information available at: http://www.csi.edu/institutionalEffectiveness/grants/miniGrants.asp

* Professional Development Grants - support travel to attend national conferences for the purpose of institutional improvement.  Additional information available at:
Application Process - Send a digital copy of the completed application to tharmon@csi.edu
by midnight Tuesday November 21, 2017. Please note that your application must signed by your supervisor and Dean/AVP/VP for consideration.

If you have further questions, please give us a call at X6249.

Tamara Harmon
CSI Foundation Administrative Assistant
tharmon@csi.edu | 208.732.6249
DonAnnaCelebration of Life for Donanna McKinstry

As many of you know our dear friend and co-worker Donanna McKinstry passed away in October. Her family will be holding a Celebration of Life on Saturday November 25, 2017 at the Turf Club in Twin Falls from 5-8 pm. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.  Everyone is invited to attend and no RSVP is required.

Tamara Harmon
CSI Foundation Administrative Assistant
tharmon@csi.edu | 208.732.6249

BarryGoldwater$7,500 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Opportunity
Hello Faculty,
I hope your fall semester is going well. I am the CSI faculty representative for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. This  scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually, for students entering their junior or senior year. These students need to have outstanding potential and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. M any college majors are eligible for this scholarship. Eligibility specifications and application information can be found at the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program webpage. 
The application deadline is December 8, 2017 The  application materials need to be uploaded to the scholarship webpage by this date. 
The January deadline on the Barry Goldwater Scholarship webpage is CSI's nomination deadline, not your application deadline.
If you have a student interested in applying, now is the time to get started. The application process is somewhat extensive.
    1. There is a pre-application form to fill out.
    2. There is an application form to fill out after your pre-application has been approved.
    3. Past and current college transcripts need to be collected.
    4. Proof of US citizenship, or a Letter of Intent to become a US citizen, needs to be provided.
    5. A two page essay needs to be written.
    6. Three online recommendation letters need to be written; at least two of which need to come from faculty members.
If you have been asked to write an online recommendation letter, please do so. The student's application will not be processed by the national board without these letters.
If your student is interested in applying, please feel free to contact Nolan Rice. His office is Shields 206F on the Twin Falls campus.
Nolan Rice
Professor of Merit, Mathematics
nrice@csi.edu 208.732.6819
PEOP.E.O. Chapter CI is Raising Money for Educational Scholarships
Betty Slifer (CSI retiree) is helping her P.E.O. Chapter CI raise money for educational scholarships for women & your help would be appreciated. It's easy & won't cost you an extra penny.

Location: Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Twin Falls & Barnes & Noble website by adding /bookfairs to your log-in.

Dates: Saturday 12/2/2017 through Friday 12/8/2017
Saturday in Twin Falls tell the check-out clerk you want to support the Book Fair.

If you shop in the Twin Falls store the rest of the week, you can still support this worthwhile cause. At check-out you must provide code #12256673.

If you are shopping Barnes and Noble online any time from 12/2/2017 through 12/8/2017, enter code #12256673.
P.E.O. Chapter Contact Information:  slifer@filertel.com
Either in store or online, a percentage of your purchase expense (not from gift cards) will go to support educational scholarships for women.You will gain great gifts, our gratitude & the satisfaction of knowing you are helping women improve their lives through education. Thanks!
Approved by Idaho State Chapter Executive Board on September 16, 2017
" P.E.O. chapters support the educational and charitable funds of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, but are not classified as charitable by the IRS. Therefore, donations to individual chapters do not meet the IRS requirements for a charitable income tax deduction. P.E.O. shall not be liable in any way for any goods and services supplied by third-party vendors or public establishments."

Ann Keane
Office Specialist 
akeane@csi.edu 208.732.6530
PhotoRegister Now for Spring Photography Courses

Ben Lustig
Associate Professor, Photography
blustig@csi.edu 208.732.6756
NAfMECSI Students are Selling a Cook Book this Christmas

The CSI NAfME (National Association for Music Education) is producing a cookbook as a fundraiser. It will go on sale and be available at the CSI Bookstore or directly from any NAfME member. 

The book contains well over 100 delicious recipes under several categories and sells for $15.00 plus tax.  

It will go on sale Monday, November 27. It would make a great Christmas present!  Buy one for yourself and several for gifts.

Gene Conley
Music Librarian
gconley@csi.edu 208.732.6762
Photo208First Annual Scholarship Photo Contest Hosted By 208 Photo Booth

Jacob McCue
Academic Coach
jmccue@csi.edu 208.732.6528
PlanetariumHerrett Center Activities

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, November 21
6:00 pm
Reptile Revue: Snakes, lizards and other guests.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Titans of the Ice Age.
Friday, November 24
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Activity: Holiday Crafts Kids Make-&-Take.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale and a live sky tour.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Secret Lives of Stars and a live sky tour.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Star of Bethlehem and a live sky tour.
4:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Dream To Fly.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Let It Snow!
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Titans of the Ice Age.
Saturday, November 25
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Activity: Holiday Crafts Kids Make and Take.
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale and a live sky tour.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Secret Lives of Stars and a live sky tour.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Star of Bethlehem and a live sky tour.
4:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Dream To Fly.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Let It Snow!
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Titans of the Ice Age.
Tuesday, November 28
6:15 - 9:00 pm
Observatory: Telescope Tuesday observing session, (weather permitting).
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.

Rick Greenawald
Manager, Faulkner Planetarium
rgreenawald@csi.edu | 208.732.6659

TurkeyTrotCSI Employees/Buddies Discount for Turkey Trot
We had such a great crowd of CSI families at our Great Pumpkin Race that we've decided to discount employees and one buddy each for the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving day - thanks to your CSI Employee Wellbeing Committee. Employees and each buddy are now only $10 each. Please come out and join the fun!  Proceeds benefit the CSI Challenge Course and our students.
Click here for the registration form and all the details. 
Here's the scoop on the event:
CSI 2017 Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
5K Run and Walk
November 23, 2017 
Starting at the Expo Building
Register at 8 a.m.
Start the race at 9 a.m.

Judy Heatwole
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269

Make-TakeHoliday Kids Make-and-Take at the CSI Herrett Center

Joey Heck
Exhibits/Collections Manager
jheck@csi.edu | 208.732.6668

AthleticsCSI Athletics Schedule 


Date Opponent Location Time Team
Nov. 24 Northwest College vs. Arizona Western Twin Falls, ID 1:30 pm Women
Nov. 24 Treasure Valley CC vs. Arizona Western College Twin Falls, ID 3:30 pm Men
Nov. 24 Tohono O'Odham Twin Falls, ID 5:30 pm Women
Nov. 24 Elite Prep Academy Twin Falls, ID 7:30 pm Men
Nov. 25 Northwest College vs. Tohono O'Odham Twin Falls, ID 1:30 pm Women
Nov. 25 Treasure Valley CC vs. Elite Prep Academy Twin Falls, ID 3:30 pm Men
Nov. 25 Arizona Western College Twin Falls, ID 5:30 pm Women
Nov. 25 Arizona Western College Twin Falls, ID  7:30 pm Men
Dec. 1  Salt Lake CC vs. Chemeketa Twin Falls, ID 1:30 pm Women
Dec. 1 Impact Academy vs. Western Wyoming CC Twin Falls, ID 3:30 pm Men
Dec. 1 Lethbridge College Twin Falls, ID 5:30 pm Women
Dec. 1 Planet Athlete Academy Twin Falls, ID 7:30 pm Men
Dec. 2 Salt Lake CC vs. Lethbridge Twin Falls, ID 1:30 pm Women
Dec. 2 Impact Academy vs. Planet Athlete Twin Falls, ID 3:30 pm Men
Dec. 2 Chemeketa Twin Falls, ID 5:30 pm Women
Dec. 2 Western Wyoming CC Military Appreciation Night Twin Falls, ID 7:30 pm Men
Dec. 5 Treasure Valley CC Twin Falls, ID  7:30 pm Women
Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director
kbaumert@csi.edu | 208.732.6493

WreathWreaths Across America

On December 16, 2017, Wreaths Across America will be at the Jerome Cemetery to Remember and Honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud. Wreath orders must be in by Nov. 27, 2016. If you would like to donate a wreath please click here
1 Wreath - $15.00
2 Wreaths - $30.00
5 Wreaths - $75.00
10 Wreaths - $150.00

Anna Dovenmuehler
Jerome Center Coordinator
adovenmuehler@csi.edu | 208.732.6464

CommunityEdTwinCSI Community Education - Twin Falls

Kombucha Brewing 
Date: Nov. 29
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Fee: $50
Location: Desert 114
Instructor: Kirsten Clancy
Glass Blowing - Vessels 
Dates: Nov. 29 - Dec. 13
Days: Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fee: $20 + $40 supply fee paid to instructor.
Location: 496 Madrona
Instructor: Cody Thornton
Kid's Plyometrics
Dates:  Dec. 19-28
Days: Tuesday - Thursday
Times: 12 - 1 p.m.
Fee: $75
Location: Gym 236
Ages: 6 and up
Instructor: Travis Bunker
For more information about any of the above mentioned classes visit: 

Camille Barigar
Fine Arts Special Events Coordinator
cbarigar@csi.edu | 208.732.6288

BookClubJoin the CSI Book Club
Please Join us for the CSI Book Club

Date: November 30, 2017 
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hepworth 150

Our book for Fall 2017 is the following:

Oct 11, 2016
by Jodi Picoult

For more information, please contact Tracey Meyerhoeffer at 208-732-6874 or tmeyerhoeffer@csi.edu.

Tracey Meyerhoeffer
Professor, Paraeducation
tmeyerhoeffer@csi.edu | 208.732.6874

BloodDriveAmerican Red Cross Blood Drive

College of Southern Idaho and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:
Site: College of Southern Idaho Student Recreation Center
Address: Falls Avenue, Student Recreation Center, Twin Falls, ID, 83301
Room Name: Student Recreation Center
Date: Thurs Nov 30, 2017
Time: 9:00: AM - 3:00: PM
Coordinator Name: Amber Nicole
Coordinator Phone Number: 

Thank you for your help! We need 95 units of blood.  The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community.  Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.  Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!  Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App on the  App Store Google Play  or text BLOODAPP to 90999. Schedule appointments, get rewards and invite friends to join you on a lifesaving team.

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269

MagicMudMagic Mud Art Sale
DanceathonFirst Annual Dance-a-Thon: Dancing Hunger Out of Town

Margarita "Alejandra" Hernandez
Multicultural Student Affairs Coordinator
mhernandez@csi.edu | 208.732.6312

MVSMagic Valley Symphony: December 1-2

Paula Sinclair
Magic Valley Symphony

SBDCUpcoming Small Business Development Center Courses

Dec. 1 - Dec. 2 Taylor 276
Franklin Covey Leadership Training

The price is $350 for faculty and staff. It will be held Friday December. 1st and Saturday December 2nd both from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

CHALLENGE: Consider the price an organization pays when only half the people show initiative, fewer than half feel they can be candid about tough issues, and only a third possess individual work goals, plan their time, or contemplate how to improve their performance. Let's face it. Individual strengths and personal effort drive effective organizations. Unfortunately, with common distractions, conflicting priorities, unclear objectives, poor communication, and lack of trust, it's easy to burn out and lose focus. SOLUTION: Based on the proven principles found in Dr. Stephen R. Covey's best-selling business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® Signature Edition 4.0 is training that helps your organization achieve sustained superior results by focusing on making individuals and leaders more effective. Participants gain hands-on experience, applying timeless principles that yield greater productivity, improved communication, strengthened relationships, increased influence, and laser-like focus on critical priorities. The course also includes over 30 award-winning videos. ABOUT THE COURSE: In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Edition 4.0, participants learn how to: take initiative, balance key priorities, improve interpersonal communication, leverage creative collaboration, and apply principles for achieving a balanced life. Participants not only learn, but also use processes and tools to live and apply the 7 Habits. LENGTH OF TRAINING: Two-day course WHERE: This course will be offered in Twin Falls on the CSI Campus. OUR TRAINER: Bryan Matsuoka is a Certified Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People facilitator and brings a wealth of personal knowledge and experience as he has personally used Franklin Covey's business & personal management system for many years. 

Dec. 5 - Dec. 19 
Quickbooks for Your Business
Please contact Jordan at the Idaho SBDC at CSI at (208) 732-6455 with any questions.  Or, go online to IdahoSBDC.org to register.

Jordan Gentry
Training Coordinator/Office Admin
Small Business Development Center
jgentry@csi.edu | 208.732.6455

PercussionEnsembleCSI Percussion Ensemble
December 5 at 3 p.m. in the CSI Student Union Building

Featuring the CSI Percussion Quartet playing works by Steve Reich, Peter Garland, JS Bach, and a tribute to Lou Harrison in celebration of his 100th birthday. Admission is free, but donations to the CSI Music Scholarship Fund are always appreciated.

Camille Barigar
Director of Community Enrichment
cbarigar@csi.edu  | 208.732.6288

SymphonicCSI Symphonic Band Presents "Secret Santa"
The College of Southern Idaho Music Department presents a performance by the CSI Symphonic Band, under the direction of George K. Halsell, on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 PM in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. This concert, entitled  Secret Santa , features music of the holiday season, including two works where composers have hidden Christmas melodies in larger works.
Dr. Halsell will lead the band as they play Johann Sebastian Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, "Train Ride" from Sergei Prokofiev's Winter Holiday, the March of the Belgian Parachutists, by Pierre Leemans, and Pavane and March from Francis Poulenc's Suite Française. The band will also play the overture to Haensel and Gretel by the German composer Engelbert Humperdinck and John Philip Sousa's Manhattan Beach March.
The featured works on the program are the Suite No. 2 from the French composer Georges Bizet's incidental music to the play L'Arlésienne (The Girl from Arles), and the Second Suite for Band, by the British composer Gustav Holst.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations to the CSI Music Scholarship Fund are appreciated. For more information, please contact Dr. Halsell.

George Halsell
Professor of Music
ghalsell@csi.edu  | 208.732.6767

ManThe Man Who Came to Dinner
Tickets are now available for the second performance of the CSI Theater Department's 2017-2018 Season, The Man Who Came to Dinner, directed by Shane Brown. The show will run December 6 - 9 at 7:30 p.m. and December 9 at 2 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for high school students and seniors. Tickets available at the CSI Box Office, by calling 732-6288, or online at tickets.csi.edu.

This comedy classic written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman had a successful run after opening on Broadway in 1939, and subsequently became a film, a musical, and a television movie. Famously outlandish New York City radio wit Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their icy doorstep, breaking his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. The irascible Whiteside threatens a lawsuit and monopolizes the Stanley living room; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transatlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. The arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. (It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen.) When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the local reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Don't miss this classic American romp!

Camille Barigar
Director of Community Enrichment
cbarigar@csi.edu  | 208.732.6288

LCSCLewis Clark State College Campus Visit
Are your students looking for possible transfer options? Tell them to check out Lewis Clark State College's campus visit to learn more about on-campus, online and scholarship opportunities. Staff will be here from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 7, in the SUB.
For more information contact Brock Astle at jbastle@lcsc.edu or 208.859.3778 and learn about what great opportunities LCSC can provide you.

Ryan Bigelow
Student Advisor
rbigelow@csi.edu  | 208.732.6680

ComEdJeromeChristmas in Jerome

Anna Dovenmuehler
Jerome Center Coordinator
adovenmuehler@csi.edu | 208.732.6464

Great news for full-time employees!
You can now purchase a meal plan with Sodexo through payroll deduction!
  • Complete this form and return to HR by December 13th for the Spring semester plan
  • Deduction runs January through May
  • Plan is good for the Taylor Cafe only
  • Must be used in the semester purchased (any unused meals will not carry over to the next semester)
  • Plans can only be purchased one semester at a time
  • Employees who terminate prior to the end of semester will pay out the balance of the plan with their last check

Plan totals and monthly cost:

Starter Plan      (16 Meals)           $119.77          $23.95                   
Pride Plan         (32 Meals)          $230.66          $46.13                                  
Eagle Plan        (48 Meals)          $336.01          $67.20                                  
Gilbert's Plan    (60 Meals)          $408.09          $81.62         
Click here for more information about on campus dining services.

Ciera Garechana
Benefits Coordinator
BlackFridayHow to be a Sustainable Shopper on Black Friday
No other day celebrates our obsession with things quite like Black Friday. With endless deals, doorbusters and throngs of consumers eager to satiate their hunger for products, it's safe to say that the phrase "environmentally conscious" is in practically no one's vocabulary on Black Friday.

While considering the environment on this hectic day might seem impossible, there are plenty of ways you can make your shopping experience a bit more sustainable. Follow a few of the tips belwo to get your Black Friday preparations off on the right, "green" track. ...adapted from dishmag.com/issue 175

Shop with longevity in mind
Try to purchase products that will last for years, like quality cookware or an Energy Star-certified small appliance. Choosing durable products with long lifetimes will prevent them from ending up in a landfill prematurely. If you're looking to buy clothing, stick to durable, high-quality items from socially responsible brands.

1. Bring a stash of reusable shopping bags
Taking a few totes or carrying bags with you can go a long way for the environment.

2. Be mindful of packing
Look for products that are packaged as minimally as possible, or better yet, with no packaging whatsoever.

3. Homemade or secondhand instead of new
Secondhand stores and consignment shops can be great  places to find  unique, lightly used products or gift ideas. Attend a PACE "Make and Take" on campus.

4. Opt out!
Spend the day outside burning off those Thanksgiving feast calories and don't shop at all!

Sarah Harris
Lab Manager, Biology

sharris@csi.edu | 208.732.6813

HRWellnessHR & Wellness Events for November
No Shave November is Back!

Back with the fierce wind and cold air is the 2nd Annual No Shave November! Since I already know you're going to ask: Yes, ladies, you can join! Beards of all sizes, shapes, and colors are welcome throughout the month ending with a contest to celebrate the best among us! Ready, set, go! Now is the time. 

C SI Men's and Women's Health Fair is November 30

2:30 - 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, Fine Arts Lobby

All CSI men and women and your spouses are welcome to a Health Fair just for you! There will be vendors representing and offering health and nutrition, financial fitness, wellness screenings and more!

Door prizes and desserts of all kinds will be offered. See you there!

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Wellbeing & Development Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208.732.6269

PERSI members who are actively at work are eligible to purchase additional term life insurance through NCPERS. Assuring adequate Life Insurance coverage is an important part of financial planning. Click here for the brochure details of the coverage available, and you are encouraged to review carefully, to see if you choose to take advantage of the financial security that this coverage can provide. You may enroll for this affordable coverage only during the annual open enrollment period beginning September 1 and running through November 30, 2017.Simply fill in each section of the the enrollment form, print, sign and date the printed form and return it to Anita Tatge in HR no later than November 30, 2017. Please keep in mind if you do not enroll now, you will not have another opportunity until the next open enrollment.

While considering to enroll in this valuable coverage, be aware that your insurance is automatically effective, with no medical evidence requirements. Coverage for your eligible dependents is also automatically included in your monthly premium at no additional charge.

PERSI members who already have enrolled for this coverage do not have to do anything to continue their participation in the insurance program.

Feel free to contact me for any questions you may have.

Anita Tatge
Benefits Coordinator
atatge@csi.edu | 208.732.6206

HRCelebrationCSI Employees are Invited to Celebrate Some Holiday Cheer 

Ciera Garechana
Benefits Coordinator
cgarechana@csi.edu | 208.732.6206

TFCHTwin Falls City Hall Grand Opening Celebration and Tree Lighting
The community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of the new Twin Falls City Hall with guided tours, building dedication, and Tree Lighting on Friday, Dec. 1. The celebration will be held in conjunction with the annual Festival of Lights Parade on Main Avenue and will host Santa and live music from Twin Falls students at the tree lighting.

The event will celebrate a significant accomplishment by the community that began in September 2014 with the formation of a citizen advisory committee. The committee recommended that the city repurpose the vacant retail building into a new city hall, and repurpose the previous city hall into the Twin Falls Public Safety Campus for police and fire departments. After council approval in 2015, city staff began working with architects to design both city facilities and to coordinate their construction with the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency's Main Avenue Redesign project. By coordinating both projects the city and agency minimized construction costs and the impact on downtown businesses.

"It was our citizens who led this public investment and they patiently worked with us during this transition," said Twin Falls City Mayor Shawn Barigar. "Now we want to thank our community by joining us in celebrating the opening of this beautiful new Twin Falls City Hall."

1:00 p.m. City Hall opens for guided public tours
4:00 City Hall Dedication
6:00 Festival of Lights Parade
7:00 Tree Lighting at Downtown Commons with music by Twin Falls students

The city spent approximately $6 million from reserves to repurpose the new facility into a long-term home for current and future city services. With 36,000 square feet for current services and an additional 12,000 square feet of shelled space, the building had ample room for future growth and expanded customer services.

"We want the public to see how their new city hall provides one convenient location for our departments, but we also want them to notice the design and how it encourages greater collaboration among city staff and our community," said Travis Rothweiler, Twin Falls City Manager.

Guided tours of the Twin Falls City Hall will be led by city staff from 1 to 4 p.m., with hot chocolate and refreshments served in the lobby. Department staff will also be available to answer questions. Music at the Grand Opening and Tree Lighting will be performed by concert choirs from Canyon Ridge High School, Robert Stuart and O'Leary Middle Schools, and the Twin Falls High School brass band.

Parking and vehicle traffic will be closed on Main Avenue from Shoshone Street to Idaho Street beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Additionally, all vehicle traffic will be closed on Main Avenue from Eden Street to Idaho Street beginning at 4 p.m. to ensure the safety of parade participants and spectators.

Parking will be available in all public lots on the Second Avenues. The events are expected to attract a large number of people to Downtown Twin Falls, so the public is encouraged to carpool, provide for extra time to reach your destination, and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

More information about the Grand Opening Celebration will be released on the city website at tfid.org or Facebook and Twitter by following #GrowWithUs

Josh Palmer
City of Twin Falls, PIO

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Nondiscrimination Statement:  It is the policy of the College of Southern Idaho to comply with all federal, state and local authorities requiring nondiscrimination, including but not limited to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Executive Orders 12898 (Environmental Justice) and 13166 (Limited English Proficiency).  College of Southern Idaho is an equal opportunity employer. The college does not exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject any individual to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, income, protected veteran status, limited English proficiency, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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