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IEDid You Know?

Did you know that the average (median) number of credits that Associate Degree graduates earned upon graduation in 2016-17 was 79? That's down from 86 in 2008-09.  

(Source: CSI Internal Reporting )

"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

GilbertsPantryGilbert's Pantry Thanks Clif Bar and the Crane Family
Thank you to Clif Bar and the Crane Family for a donation of 5,000 Clif Bars to Gilbert's Pantry! 

Gilbert's pantry is a food pantry  CSI Student Services opened to assist CSI students who are food deficient. 

For more information about the pantry visit: http://www.csi.edu/StudentAffairs/gilberts-pantry.asp .

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

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 and your help would be appreciated. It's easy and won't cost you an extra penny.

Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Twin Falls 
Barnes & Noble Website (add /bookfairs to your log-in)

Saturday, December 2, through Friday, December 8, 2017
Saturday in Twin Falls tell the check-out clerk you want to support the Book Fair.

At check-out you must provide code #12256673 .

If you are shopping Barnes & Noble online, 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
KarateNew This Spring, Shotokan Karate

Jesse Clark
Adjunct Instructor, Health Recreation and Fitness
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
FAFSADeadlineSpring 2018 Financial Aid PRIORITY Processing Deadline
Monday, December 4, 2017, is the Spring 2018, Priority Processing Date for CSI Financial Aid. In order to have financial aid available for the first disbursement date for Spring 2018,  FAFSA and ALL requested financial aid documents must be turned in and be completed by this deadline. If the deadline is missed students can still receive financial aid, however, they must have alternative payment arrangements made. Spring 2018 tuition is due by Friday, January 19, 2018.

What does a complete financial aid file include?
  • A student has applied and been accepted into CSI.
  • A student must have applied and submitted their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • A student must be in an eligible SAP standing.
  • A student must have logged into their Net Partner account, submitted any missing documents, and accepted their awards.
If you have questions about the CSI financial aid application, please contact the CSI Financial Aid Office, located on the first floor of the Taylor Building, inside the Matrix. They can be reached at 208-732-6274 or  csifinancialaid@csi.edu

Jennifer Zimmers
Director of Financial Aid
jzimmers@csi.edu 208.732.6277
DavidCSI Instructor, David Rodriguez, Accepts Distinguished Service Award
Congratulations to David Rodriguez, Automotive Technology Professor at the College of Southern Idaho. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the International Association of General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (IAGMASEP).

Rodriguez heads the Automotive Service Educational Technology program at CSI. This program helps meet the demands that technology has created in the automotive industry, and thus a need for a new generation of automotive technicians has emerged. Rodriguez and his team continue to work hard in order to provide better educational opportunities for CSI's students.


To learn more about the Automotive Service Educational Technology program at CSI, contact David Rodriguez at 208-732-6334 or drodriguez@csi.edu.


Program Link: http://tradeindustry.csi.edu/automotive/

Terry Patterson
Instructional Dean
tpatterson@csi.edu 208.732.6402
SiloNew Issue of Silo

It is my pleasure to announce the 2017 edition of the College of Southern Idaho's literary journal,
Silo, recently published and available at http://www.csi.edu/silo/. This issue includes visual art from CSI students with selected poetry, short fiction, essays and creative non-fiction from regional writers and students. Please refer your family, friends, and associates to this edition, as word of mouth is always the best way to increase exposure. Happy reading! 

Kory Lloyd
Associate Professor, English
klloyd@csi.edu 208.732.6811
ISBDCIdaho Small Business Development Center Success Story
Bryan Matsuoka
Director, Regional ISBDC
bmatsuoka@csi.edu 208.732.6451
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 28
6:15 - 9:00 pm
Observatory: Telescope Tuesday observing session, (weather permitting).
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
Friday, December 1st 
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Let It Snow!
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.
Saturday, December 2nd
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale and a live sky tour.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Star of Bethlehem and a live sky tour.
4:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Planet Nine and a live sky tour.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Let It Snow!
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Titans of the Ice Age.
Tuesday, December 5th
6:00 pm
Reptile Revue: Snakes, lizards and other guests.
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Art Reception: Birdbath Romance and Other Paintings by Dave Thomas.
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
Friday, December 8th 
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Let It Snow!
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon.
Saturday, December 9th
1:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale and a live sky tour.
2:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Solar System Odyssey.
3:30 pm
Planetarium Show: The Star of Bethlehem and a live sky tour.
4:30 pm
Planetarium Show: Planet Nine and a live sky tour.
6:15 pm - midnight
Observatory: Monthly FREE star party, (weather permitting).
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Let It Snow!
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Titans of the Ice Age.
Tuesday, December 12th
6:15 - 9:00 pm
Observatory: Telescope Tuesday observing session, (weather permitting).
7:00 pm
Planetarium Show: Let It Snow!
8:00 pm
Planetarium Show: The Star of Bethlehem and a live sky tour.

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

BrownBagBrown Bag Topics This Week
~The CSI Brown Bag Committee~

Topic This Week: (see below as the topics are different each day)

Wednesdays: Reflect on our teaching. What went well this semester? What will we do differently next semester? 
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Hepworth 176  
Thursdays:  Raquel will share the highlights of a teaching conference she attended.
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
Hepworth 176 

Fridays: Open topic as usual.
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Taylor 233 
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
HSHS 154

Click here to follow the Facebook discussion!  

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

Introduction to Strength Training for Young Athletes
Dates: December 19-28
Days: Tuesday-Thursday
Times: 1-2 p.m.
Fee: $75
Location: Gym 236
Ages: 10 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
AthleticsCSI Athletics Schedule 


Date Opponent Location Time Team
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
Dec. 8 Portland CC Salt Lake City, UT 3:00 pm Men
Dec. 8 Air Force Prep Salt Lake City, UT 1:00 pm Women
Dec. 9  Rexburg United Salt Lake City, UT 3:00 PM Men
Dec. 9 New Mexico JC Salt Lake City, UT 1:00 pm Women
Karen Baumert
Sports Information Director
kbaumert@csi.edu | 208.732.6493

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

JazzCSI Jazz Ensemble
December 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium
The CSI Jazz Ensemble, featuring students and community members, will perform pieces by Bill Holman, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Bob Mintzer, Woody Herman, and Sammy Nestico.  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

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

NutcrackerEugene Ballet Company's Nutcracker
Eugene Ballet Company's Nutcracker stands out from all the other holiday shows as the one to see. Since the early 1900s, the Nutcracker has been the most performed and most popular ballet of all time. Danced to Tchaikovsky's memorable score, The Nutcracker is a favorite holiday tradition.

Now in its 35th year, The Eugene Ballet Company is, in the words of the National Endowment for the Arts, "one of the premier touring ballet companies in the United States". Over its 30 year existence, the company has performed the Nutcracker in 32 states and 7 countries. The Nutcracker performances on December 12 and 13 at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium are a wonderful opportunity for the local community to see this outstanding professional ballet company.

Eugene Ballet Company's Nutcracker features a cast full of nationally and internationally acclaimed dancers. Artistic Director Toni Pimble overflows with enthusiasm when speaking of the talents of this season's performers.

"The Eugene Ballet Company brings dancers from all over the world to the CSI Fine Arts Center stage. Korean principal Yun-Kyung Kim bring technical aplomb and flair while Russian, Petr Orlov explodes onto the stage. Venezuelan Gilmer Duran brings character and magnatism, Leoannis Pupo Guillen acts the role of the Nutcracker with style. Juan Carlos Amy-Cordero's technical prowess is astonishing while long time principal dancer Jennifer Martin combines maturity with grace and technical acuity."  - EBC Artistic Director, Toni Pimble 

As has become the custom, local dance students will have the thrill of a lifetime as they perform onstage with the Eugene Ballet Company. Roles to be danced by the children include mice, angels, party children, flowers, and ladybugs. Students were selected by audition and have been actively rehearsing under the guidance off Rayni Capps. "Involvement of local dance students is something that we have always encouraged," according to Toni Pimble, the company's artistic director. "Their experiences with a professional ballet company will be something they will remember for years to come, giving them inspiration beyond their dance studies."

Performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on December 12 and 13 at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium. There are still about 400 tickets available for each night. Tickets, which are $25 for adults and $18 for children high school and under, can be purchased at the CSI Fine Arts Box Office from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, online at http://tickets.csi.edu, or by calling 732-6288. 

Camille Barigar
Director of Community Enrichment
cbarigar@csi.edu | 208.732.6299
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
Water - the Elixir of Life
We are fortunate to have two precious commodities and all that comes with them - water and life. 
The two are intricately entwined.

Here are some ideas to help with conservation of water and keeping it clean:
  • BE THANKFUL for the rain that we get. Consider using rain barrels. Use that collected water to take care of your outside plants.
  • Your houseplant, outside potted plant or garden would love to have that half glass of water you are about to pour down the drain.
  • If you like to drink cold water, put some in the fridge to get cold instead of standing at the sink letting the water run until it gets cold.
  • If you don't plan on drinking water when you go out to eat, let them know you would prefer to not have the water brought to you. While you are at it why not ask them what they do with all the water left in drinking glasses? Do they put it in a bucket and water their outside shrubbery at the end of their working day? If they don't be bold and suggest they do so.
  • Brushing your teeth? No need to leave the faucet running during the process.
  • Check all indoor and outdoor faucets for leaks. Replace parts when needed.
  • Check your hoses for leaks. Replace gaskets when need be.
  • Use sustainable cleaners  - think about what you might be sending down the drain.
  • Take advantage of prescription/medication disposal days. Don't flush those expired or no longer needed pills and liquids down the toilet or down the sink.
  • Be PROACTIVE in all things water.
Ann Keane
SSC Office Specialist
akeane@csi.edu | 208.732.6530

CarTheftHome Safety Issue: Car Thefts and Home Break-ins Across the Valley
Sergeant Kenneth Menci from the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office reports that car thefts and home break-ins are on the rise from Castleford and Buhl to Filer, Twin Falls, Kimberly, Hansen, Murtaugh and all areas in between. According to Menci, " There has been a significant rise in vehicle thefts across the county. A majority of these come from people leaving their car doors unlocked. We would strongly encourage you to make sure you lock your car even if you only plan to leave it unattended for a few moments. Also, the most popular way to get into a home is through the unlocked garage door."
He also suggests that if you are planning on doing your shopping online this holiday season and cannot be home to receive them, you might try having a friend or neighbor receive those packages instead.  A good quality cameral system/doorbell can also help local law enforcement agencies identify and arrest the perpetrators. 

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

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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