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B 50 Years Ago at CSI

In September of 1965...
The Civic Auditorium Association, which had been working to fund its own venue for community events, announced that their funds would be made available to the newly formed Junior College District to match federal funds that might be applied for in order to build a civic auditorium. The only condition stipulated by the association was that the auditorium be built "within a certain radius from the city of Twin Falls." Thus, the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium was built.

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KimThank You Kim Fultz
Mark Your Calendars: 
Kim Fultz's Retirement  Party is 9/30

Please Join Us
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
SUB Fireside Room
3 - 4:30 p.m.

We will celebrate 38 years, rain or shine, of caring for and paying our employees without ever missing a step or a deadline. Kim has worked both in the Business Office and then in Human Resources and has always given us her very best. We all wish her many healthy years with her family and hope she returns to visit often.

PACEPACE 50-for-50

We currently have  35 active   participants and  over 870  selfies documented for the  PACE 50-for-50 Challenge   ! Listed below is your competition! 

Challenge Participants
# of Items  C ompleted
Doug on a Stick (Real participant, fake identity)
Kyle Brown
Dan Guthrie
Elaine Bryant
Ella Johnson
Jud Harmon
Janet Milligan
Crystal Ayers
Tonja Bowcut
Carrie Nutsch
Jennifer Zimmers
Jonathan Lord
Cindy Harding 


  • Give a CSI Presentation to a group of people (any CSI topic, any group of people)
  • Send a picture to klapray@csi.edu of your program engaged on a project
  • Visit the Herb Garden
  • CSI Community Party Volunteer (happened on Sept. 12)
  • CSI Community Party Flash Mob Participant (happened on Sept. 12)
  • Add more fruits and veggies to your lunch/snack at work
  • Attend a Music Department performance
Some of the items on this list have already passed, just try to be as creative as you can to back date your picture. Use a sign in sheet, any e-mail documents with the events title on it, etc.

Tamara Harmon,  tharmon@csi.edu  | 208-732-6249
Kimberlee LaPray,  klapray@csi.edu  | 208-732-6299

DirectoriesNEW! CSI Directories
The new telephone directories for 2015/16 are at the campus copy center and contain an alpha section, departments with all reporting regular ongoing employees, a quick reference of direct telephone numbers and street addresses for off-campus folks, and a FAX directory. Only persons who appear in the online directory are included in the hard copy book.

Your helpful and timely updates helped us bring the online directory current. Future updates can be sent by reply email or message to hr@csi.edu -- unless it's a title change, which must be submitted with the proper paperwork through your supervisor. Also, the online directory will ALWAYS be the most current information.

To order your hard copy directory:

* Go to: https://www.csi.edu/forms/hr/directoryOrder/directoryOrderForm.asp

* Order for yourself/work group and include your billing information. Each book costs $2.60.

* Expect a couple of days to process. Your books will be delivered to your workplace.

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

Miles50 Miles in 50 Days
Challenge ends Monday, October 19, 2015

CSI faculty and staff are invited to participate in "50 Miles for 50 Days". We want the CSI community to move - walk, run, cycle, climb, etc. - 50 miles every day for 50 days. This activity can take any form convenient to your day and schedule, but it should get you up out of your office chair and moving. Keep track of the distance you cover and report it each day via the " 50 Days for 50 Miles" project form. Your distance will be added to that covered by your colleagues and will help us reach our daily goal!

Here is some inspiration to help you get up away from your desk and moving:
*You may back track and enter your miles from previous days.  Click here to find building maps with 1-mile routes marked on them.

Jaime Tigue, jtigue@csi.edu | 208-732-6479
Liz Knight, eknight@csi.edu | 208-732-6258

WorkshopsStudent Workshops
Please encourage your students to take advantage of the great workshops our Learning Assistance Center is putting on. Please see information for each workshop below:

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

FacebookFacebook 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.  

If you'd 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

Evin Fox
Professor, Early Childhood Education
efox@csi.edu | 208-732-6872
Brow Bag Topic this Week

Janea Triplett-Newell will be leading our discussions this week. She will describe her job as the new instructional designer. She wants to hear what our thoughts are as well.
Wednesday at noon in the Desert Café with Tiffany Seeley-Case.
Thursday at 1 o'clock in the Hepworth building room 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:  9/23, 9/30,  10/14, 10/21, 10/28,  11/18, and 1 2/2.

To receive text messages about Brown Bag eventstext @8d63b7 to 81010. You can opt-out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @8d63b7'.
VolleyballCSI Volleyball

CSI Volleyball Home Games

Our CSI Women's Volleyball team plays at home this week! 

Tuesday, September 22, at 7:00 pm vs. Salt Lake Community College
Friday, September 25, at 7:00 pm vs. North Idaho Community College

*All employees get a $1 pass (one for you, one for your significant other, and one for each child living at home with you) for all regular season Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, and Baseball games. You can get your passes by contacting Ginger Nukaya in the Gym at gnukaya@csi.edu or 208-732-6486. 

RefugeeRefugee Forum

Location:  CSI Fine Arts Auditorium
Date:  Tuesday, September 22
Time:  6:00 pm
Note:  There are only 900 seats.
Objective: T o give panel members a chance to answer the community's questions. Questions will not be given to the panel prior to the event. 

The Times-News will play host to a community forum on Tuesday about the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center. It's important you join us.

No other local issue has sparked as much attention in the Magic Valley this year. Advocacy groups have formed, both in opposition and support of the center. One group hopes to soon gather enough signatures for a ballot measure calling for an end to refugee programs in Twin Falls County. Other groups have pledged to bolster support for the program.

The stakes couldn't be higher. Some believe the community's future - from culture to politics to the economy and our very way of life - will be determined by what becomes of the CSI Refugee Center over the next year.

That's why we're proud to offer this forum.

It's no secret this newspaper's editorial board has been supportive of the program while recognizing the concerns from some in the Magic Valley. But this forum isn't designed to advocate for or against the center. It won't be a debate, and we're not trying to change anyone's mind.

We are trying to present facts - solid numbers and information from a panel of experts directly involved with refugees in our community. We've directed these panelists not to espouse points of view during the forum - they're there to answer your questions, objectively and in detail.

Larry Bartlett is the director of the U.S. State Department's Office on Refugee Admissions, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. Ken Tota is deputy director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement. Each a high-ranking official in the federal government, these men will answer questions about how refugees are screened, how the government determines who gets into the United States, and where refugees ultimately end up.

ZeZe Rwasama is director of the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Programs, and is the top local administrator for the refugee center in Twin Falls. He can answer questions about local refugee services - where the refugees come from, how much assistance they receive and the impacts refugees have in Twin Falls.

Brian Pike is Twin Falls deputy city manager of public safety and a former police chief. He can answer questions about refugees and crime, as well as the city's relationship with the refugee community.

Mike Mason is CSI's vice president of finance and is prepared to give detailed answers about the college's financial relationship with the refugee program.

Dr. Steven Kohtz, with St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, can answer questions about refugees' medical screenings and impact to the local health care industry. And Wiley Dobbs, superintendent of the Twin Falls School District, can answer questions about how refugees are affecting local schools.

We've been collecting questions for the panel from the community over the past week, and those who attend the forum will have an opportunity to pose questions, too. The questions will not be shared with the panel in advance.

We believe the forum presents the best opportunity for the community to get the answers it needs, but not everyone agrees. Some local activists and a radio shock jock have urged people not to attend. We can only speculate this is because they want to keep you in the dark about this important community issue.

Come judge for yourself. The doors open at 6 p.m. at the CSI Fine Arts Auditorium, and seats are limited to the first 900 people.

This article can be found at: http://ow.ly/SuaSy.
OilsEssential Oils
Understanding Essential Oils
Date: Thursday, September 24
Time: 6-8 pm
Instructor: Sharon Johnson
Fee: $19
Location: CSI Jerome Center

Learn the history of Essential Oils, where they come from, how they are processed, and how they have been used across the globe since ancient times.  Regardless of the brand that you currently use and whether you are new or experienced with Essential Oils, join us and learn the safe and effective uses for self, family, children and pets.
To register or for more information visit: 
or call (208) 324-5101 or (208) 732-6442.

Anna Dovenmuehler
CSI Jerome Center
adovenmuehler@csi.edu 208-732-6464

RetireesCSI Retirees

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

WriterIdaho Writer-in-Residence 
CSI Community Education to Present Idaho Writer-In-Residence

The College of Southern Idaho Community Education Department is hosting Idaho writer, Diane Raptosh, the state's 2013-2015 Writer-in-Residence at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 in the CSI Fine Arts Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, Raptosh will give a reading of her works and discuss her craft. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Raptosh, who was awarded the state's highest literary recognition by a proclamation of Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, lives in Boise. A native Idahoan, she is a graduate of The College of Idaho, and earned her MFA at the University of Michigan.

Raptosh is now professor of English at The College of Idaho, where she holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair. She has published four collections of poems, among them Just West of Now (1992), Labor Songs (1999), and Parents from a Different Alphabet (2008). Her most recent collection, American Amnesiac (2013), was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Her work has appeared in more than 20 anthologies and 50 journals.

The Writer-in-Residence program is directed by the Idaho Commission on the Arts to bring literature by Idahoans to Idahoans. The Commission selected a panel of out-of-state writers (fiction writer Gina Ochsner, Oregon; poet Paisley Rekdal, Utah; nonfiction writer Jack Nisbet, Washington) who read anonymous submissions for the position. Based on literary excellence and contributions to literature, it recommended Raptosh for the award. She will give 12 readings during her term.

For more information about the presentation or to view the current course roster offered by CSI Community Education, visit http://communityed.csi.edu or call (208)732-6442. CSI Community Education can also be found on Facebook at http://facebook.com/csicommunityed

Stacy Madsen
Director, Community Education
smadsen@csi.edu 208-732-6290

MysteryMystery Solved?
Mystery Solved? 
Lack of Preventive Dental Exams May be the Problem
Since moving to SelectHealth and Delta Dental for our insurance provider the college has been notified we have a higher incidence of usage and costs than is customary for a group our size.  We wondered why this might be until more data came to light during a recent discussion with HUB International, our insurance broker.
With aggregate data supplied by Delta Dental to HUB we have learned that 30 percent of our insured employees made no visits to the dentist in our previous budget year (376 total - 150 of them were employees and the balance were spouses and children). This indicates that roughly one-third of our covered members aren't getting any annual exams.  It is very likely that higher dental costs are the result of a lack of preventive and timely care. HUB reminds us that in order for our members to accrue rollover dollars, we must visit at least once per year for cleaning and exam. Members receive cleaning and exam at no cost every 6 months.
The CSI Employee Wellbeing Program would like to encourage all our insured employees to take full advantage of our preventive dental services! The direct correlation between proper dental care and optimal overall health is highly recognized and documented.
According to Delta Dental, regular preventive care, early diagnosis, and treatment can help you avoid more costly dental problems that may develop or be worsened by lack of basic preventive care. For example, for non-preventive services, your share of the costs progressively climbs as the type of dental procedure becomes more involved. Many dental plans require a 20 percent coinsurance level if you need a cavity filled. More extensive procedures such as a root canal, crown, bridge or periodontal work (to treat gum disease) can require a 50 percent patient coinsurance level. The costs of such procedures can also be high in comparison to more basic services, sometimes costing upwards of $1,200.
Annual maximums (the total cost of care above which a dental program will not pay) are frequently in the range of $1,000 to $1,500 per person. As a result, you can find yourself running out of benefits if you or your family needs extensive dental work. Even under most prepaid dental plans, which advertise lower out-of-pocket costs with no deductible and/or annual maximum, there usually are significant copayments for major services.
Avoid the costs and discomfort of major dental work and advanced dental disease by visiting the dentist for routine checkups and keeping up good daily oral hygiene habits.
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu 208-732-6269

GenWhat is Gen Z
What is Gen Z, and What Does it Want?
By Jeremy Finch

Continuing a discussion started at a past LEADership meeting, this blog addresses preconceived assumptions and alternative suggestions for the behaviors of this 
emerging generation.
"While generational research is an inherently messy process-older generations study "the kids" to figure them out-much of the recent research is awash in normative 
preconceptions, biases, and stereotypes. 
Gen Z deserves a fairer shake, and the rest 
of us need a more nuanced conversation: 
This group makes up a quarter of the U.S. population and by 2020 will account for 40%  of all consumers. Understanding them will be critical to companies wanting to succeed in  the next decade and beyond."

Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu | 208-732-6269
FruitFruits & Veggies Month
September is fruit and veggie month! Now is a perfect opportunity to eat more fruits and vegetables at home and in our workplace.  Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren't getting enough. This September,  CSI and the PACE team are proud to participate in Fruits & Veggies - More Matters Month.

Eating a healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you:
  • Lower your risk for heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Maintain or reach a healthy weight
  • Keep your body strong and active
  • Save money on healthcare or insurance costs
Here are some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
  • Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
  • Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they're ready for quick, healthy snacks.
  • Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.
Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun - and it's worth it! Send in a "selfie" of half your plate covered in fruits and veggies for a PACE 50-for-50 item. 

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

ListeningActive Listening
"Active Listening" Makes Both Sides of Conversation Feel Better

Wall Street Journal
Experts say we're naturally just not good at listening for a whole range of reasons. We have a tendency to swap stories, so we interrupt. We're uncomfortable with emotions, so we avoid focusing too closely on someone else's. We'd rather talk about ourselves, so we rush the talker along.
And there's something relationship researchers call "listener burnout." We've all endured someone's endless droning on and on, often about the same old problems. When we offer quick advice or suggest ways to fix the situation, we may be unconsciously trying to protect ourselves from burnout.
"Good listeners overcome their natural inclination to fix the other's problems and to keep the conversation brief," says Graham D. Bodie, an associate professor of communication studies at Louisiana State University, who studies listening.
It's not as easy as it sounds. Practice "active listening," a term experts use to describe the way you listen when you are an engaged presence in the conversation, fully in the moment with the other person, not just sitting there, half paying attention.
Think of the different ways you can listen to music. You can put it on in the background while you're doing something else. Or you can put on your headphones, give it your undivided attention and really notice how it affects you. That is active listening.
To actively listen to a person, you will need to master certain behaviors-some verbal, some nonverbal-that signal your interest. Researchers call these "immediacy behaviors."
  1. Start by putting your phone away and turning off the TV. Sit close to and lean toward your loved one. Let your facial expressions reflect what he or she is saying. Be sure to make eye contact. (Your mother was right when she said, "Look at me when I am talking.")
  2. Read this article for more helpful tips on active listening
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator

RecycleReduce, Reuse, Recycle
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Default to 
2-Sided Copies
The Sustainability Council has chosen to focus on the theme of solid waste for the coming year and will be inviting and encouraging all employees and students to get actively involved. How can you get started? How about setting your computer's default for printing to 2-sided copies?  Imagine the paper you will save. 
Here are the quick and easy steps to setting your printing default to 2-sided:
  1. Click on your Start button and the on Devices and Printers in the left frame of the window that opens
  2. Double click on the printer you use and then on Print Options
  3. When the window opens on My Tab, choose from the Print Type the setting for 2-sided. 
  4. Click on OK to save.
Judy Heatwole, MTD
Employee Wellbeing Coordinator
jheatwole@csi.edu 208-732-6269

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