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Week of April 14, 2014

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Table of Contents

Coming Event: Celebrate Earth Day/Week April 21 - 25
Policy about Student Refunds for No-Shows
Faulkner Planetarium Presents “Dark Side of the Moon”
EAP “What to Expect from Counseling” Webinar is Noon, April 15 in TAB 258
HR Needs Your Change of Address Notification
Magician Ben Seidman Visits CSI April 21
Brown Bag: Rigorous Teaching
Team CSI Scores at Malad Gorge Walk/Run
Early Childhood Hosts Movement Class
Spring Fertilizing with Golden Eagle Brand Fertilizer
Easter Sale at the Herrett Center Store
Strength in Numbers: 5 Ways Friends Keep You Healthy
Table Talk: Respect
Drop the Dog, Dude!
What does April Mean?

Coming Event: Celebrate Earth Day/Week April 21 - 25

April 22 is Earth Day.  To celebrate, the CSI Sustainability Council has organized a number of events.  All week, April 21-25, those engaging in Active Transportation to campus (walking, biking, long boarding, running) will be rewarded with treats and chances to earn prizes.

On April 22 the 4th Annual Sustainability Fair will take place in the SUB from 10 AM – 2PM.  Many businesses, agencies, and organizations will have tables highlighting their sustainability practices.  On the evening of April 22 the film Earth Days will be shown in the Fine Arts building room 119, at 7 PM.  You are invited to participate in all three events.  Please join in.

B. Randolph Smith, D.A.
Professor, Biology Department

Policy about Student Refunds for No-Shows

There has been some inconsistent information given to students regarding refunds when a student is dropped for no-show from courses that are not full term.  Please note the following refund policy and refer students with questions regarding payment due dates or refunds to the Money Matters section appropriate to the year/term the student is inquiring, or to a Student Service Specialist. 

*Please note this is not a policy change.  This is the same policy that has been in place for many years.

Early Start, Short Term, Late Start, Community Education and Non-Credit courses

  • Tuition and fees for all courses that do not run the entire semester, such as: Early Start, Short Term, Late Start, Community Education and Non-Credit courses are due at the time of registration regardless of when the class starts. If the student has been approved for Financial Aid, they may complete a tuition loan agreement with no down payment and no additional fees.  If the student drops, withdraws or is withdrawn after the start date of the course and financial aid is not disbursed, the student will owe in full.
  • Students withdrawing from all courses that do not run the entire semester, such as: Early Start, Short Term, Late Start, Community Education and Non-Credit courses will be refunded 100% if the course is dropped prior to the first day of class.
  • Students who do not pay at the time of registration and withdraw themselves or are withdrawn by a CSI employee after the start date of the course will still owe in full for that course.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the course due dates and refund periods.

Any student who is dropped for no show from Early Start, Short Term, Late Start, Community Education and Non-Credit courses, will owe in full, or will not receive a refund as they did not drop the course ‘prior to the start date’.

Dawn Orr
Administrative Assistant

Faulkner Planetarium Presents “Dark Side of the Moon”

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_52IGDMu-J0M/THrtAhmwu1I/AAAAAAAACNs/9_inD8SMQ98/s1600/moon99pct_1200x910.jpgNight owls and moon lovers are hoping for clear skies to enjoy a total eclipse of the moon that will be visible over the entire Western Hemisphere the night of Monday, April 14. Southern Idaho fans of the classic rock group Pink Floyd can also look forward to it as the Herrett Center for Arts and Science plans to an exclusive entertainment event.
The Faulkner Planetarium will present its newest program, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ at a special 11 p.m. showing Monday, April 14, right before the lunar eclipse begins. In the meantime, everyone who wants to enjoy free, up close views of the eclipse are encouraged to go upstairs to the Centennial Observatory, which will be open starting at 10:45 p.m. to view sky targets in advance of the eclipse.
Planetarium manager Rick Greenawald reminds his customers that with the Faulkner’s new full-dome video and 5.1 Dolby surround sound system, this show is a completely new and more thrilling experience than the show the Faulkner produced for its previous projection system. Admission prices to the planetarium are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students, including CSI students with a valid student ID. Children under age 2 are admitted free. Parents should note that this program contains mature lyrics and themes. Those who would like to attend the special 11 p.m. showing on April 14 are urged to buy their tickets in advance at the Herrett Center or by calling 732-6655 to reserve their seats.
Admission to the Centennial Observatory will be free of charge. The earliest phase, called the partial umbral eclipse will begin at 11:58 p.m. April 14. The total eclipse phase begins at 1:07 a.m. Tuesday, April 15. The moon will be completely darkened by the Earth’s shadow from 1:46 to 2:25 a.m. Tuesday morning and the eclipse will be finished at 3:33 a.m.
Greenawald says while eclipse viewing at the Centennial Observatory is dependent upon clear enough skies to view the moon, the planetarium show will run as scheduled regardless of the weather. For more information, call the Herrett Center at 732-6655 or go to www.csi.edu/herrett

Doug Maughan

EAP “What to Expect from Counseling” Webinar is April 15

http://www.southeasttourism.org/settra/upload_images/image/WebinarLogo.jpgWill there be a couch?  Many people avoid counseling due to misconceptions or even fear.  Learn about the counseling process, different types of counseling, what is talked about, and terminology used.  Yes, counseling can help.

Bring your lunch and a coworker, spouse or friend at noon in TAB 258.

Judy Heatwole
Employee Wellness Coordinator

Learn “Secrets of the City” of Rocks at Herrett Forum

Do you know your way around Idaho’s City of Rocks? Actually, the ‘City’ hides her secrets well within the granite landscape and along the California Trail in southern Cassia County. City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park Superintendent Wallace Keck will take you on a journey to discover the untold stories of tragedy and triumph, natural wonder, and the human experience in his presentation ‘Secrets of the City’ at the Herrett Forum 7:30 Wednesday, April 16.
Armed with a wildlife degree from Arkansas Tech University, Keck worked at seven parks in Arkansas, Missouri, and Idaho for the past 30 years. He has spent half his career at City of Rocks/Castle Rocks. He and his wife Susan have a home in nearby Almo. He shares his passions for camping, fishing, hiking, spelunking, bird watching, and photography with more than 100,000 visitors annually.

The Herrett Forum is a monthly series of presentations generally held the third Wednesday evening of each month during the school year. Topics are coordinated by the Herrett Forum Committee, a group of community individuals dedicated to bringing high quality presentations to Twin Falls. No tickets are required for this free public lecture. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is located on the north side of the College of Southern Idaho campus at the North College Road entrance.

Doug Maughan

HR Needs Your Change of Address Notification

All employees must notify HR whenever they have a change of address.  This can be done by emailing llaird@csi.edu or by using the Address Change Form and submitting it to the HR office.

Benefited employees and retired employees on insurance must notify all three insurance companies (Select Health, Delta Dental and VSP) on-line of their change of address.  Directions for notifying the insurance companies can be accessed here:
Employee & Retiree Address Change

Dannette Starr
HR Specialist

Magician Ben Seidman Visits CSI April 21

http://www.epic1.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/alchemy-news.jpgBen Seidman, the only entertainer to be named Resident Magician at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, will perform at the College of Southern Idaho Fine Arts Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21.
Seidman’s audience-interactive shows are a creative mix of sleight-of-hand, standup comedy, pick-pocketing, and storytelling. In addition to his work at Mandalay Bay, he has appeared at numerous other luxury casinos in America, the Bahamas, and Macau, China. He also worked for three seasons as a creative consultant for ‘Mindfreak’ on A&E during which he designed illusions performed by Criss Angel. Go to http://www.benseidman.com to see some of his illusions.
Seidman’s CSI appearance follows two other Idaho engagements at the University of Idaho in Moscow and the College of Idaho in Caldwell. The performance is sponsored by the CSI Program Board and is free and open to everyone. Those who come to the show are encouraged to bring cans of food or other non-perishables that will be donated to a local food bank.

Doug Maughan

Brown Bag: Rigorous Teaching

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 12:00-12:50
Where: Desert Cafe
Host: All of us. We will have a roundtable discussion on how to make our courses appropriately rigorous.

Evin Fox, Ph.D

Team CSI Scores at Malad Gorge Walk/Run

Team CSI:

·        Kim Madsen – 2nd place age group winner
·        Elaine Bryant – 1st place age group winner
·        Ansina Durham – 2nd place age group winner
·        Karrie Hornbacher – 3rd place age group winner

Above: Elaine, Ansina and Karrie

Community Service Council Sponsors “The Anonymous People”

‘The Anonymous People,’ a 2013 documentary about the millions of Americans struggling with addictions, will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12 in room 108 of the Hepworth building at the College of Southern Idaho.
According to the IMDb movie database site, the 88-minute film is the story of America’s deeply entrenched social stigma and sensational media depictions that perpetuate a lurid public fascination with addictions. These factors often keep people from getting the help they need. The story is told by citizens, leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and public figures who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them.
The documentary is sponsored by the CSI Community Service Council and is free and open to everyone. The film will be followed by a very brief panel discussion, refreshments, and a silent auction to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
For more information, please contact Mary Christy, CSI Addiction Studies Program Manager, at 732-6713 or at mchristy@csi.edu.
Doug Maughan

Early Childhood Hosts Movement Class

http://www.ladcblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/children-movement.jpgThe Early Childhood Education Program will be hosting a movement class for young children and their parents titled Let’s Dance! This class will be held on Saturday May 3rd, 2014.

Parents: come learn about the connection between brain development and movement as you participate with your child in an interactive movement class. Learn movement activities that you can do with your child at home. All Proceeds go to support the Early Childhood Education Student Club.

Date: Saturday, May 3rd, 2014
Time:     3-5 yr. olds-1pm
                2-3 yr. olds-2pm
                1-2 yr. olds-3pm

Location: CSI Recreation Center Room 236
Price: $10.00 per child for a 45 minute class
RSVP: Jennifer Patterson (jpatterson@csi.edu) or 732-6884
Who: Children 1-5

Payment must be made in advance to fully reserve your child’s spot.
Payment must be sent to:
Jennifer Patterson

Get your Reservation and Payment in early. Spots are limited to 15 per class.

Jennifer Patterson
Early Childhood Education

Spring Fertilizing with Golden Eagle Brand Fertilizer

The CSI CoHorts has received their first shipment of Spring fertilizer.

  • $30.00 - 50 lb. bag (covers 12,500 sq. ft.
  • 70% time- release nutrients, 25-3-10 Analysis
  • Made for Spring & Summer feeding in Southern Idaho.
  • $5 / bag donated to student scholarship

Upcoming Events: Plant Sale – May 8-10

Contact Dan Spencer (danielespencer@eaglemail..csi.edu)
Or Visit the Ag department in the Evergreen Building

Easter Sale at the Herrett Center Store

http://www.premiumwp.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/easter-sale.jpgOur annual Easter sale is now on at the Herrett Center store through Saturday, April 19th.  20% off all items over $5.00, (excluding Meade products).  We carry a variety of jewelry for both adults and children.  Come check out our Easter themed stuffed animals, hatch ‘em eggs, painted marble eggs, games, puzzles and books.  We also carry decorative rocks, Bill & Sheryl West pottery, Kenyan soapstone, and moon & sun outdoor chimes!

We are open to the public Tuesday & Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Make our store the place to shop for your Easter gifts!

Carolyn Browning
Herrett Center Coordinator

Strength in Numbers: 5 Ways Friends Keep You Healthy

Oprah Magazine

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A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that after healthy people were given nasal drops containing a strain of cold virus, those with six or more types of social ties (including friends coworkers and fellow volunteers) were four times less likely to get sick than those with only one to three types of social relationships.

Less Stress

When researchers from University College London measured cortisol levels (one marker of chronic stress) in individuals 30 minutes after the subjects woke up, they found that the loneliest people had levels 21 percent higher than the most socially connected.

Improved Cognition

Socializing can give your mind a workout: According to one study, the more frequently people interacted with others, the higher they scored on cognitive tests. Plus, research in the American Journal of Public Health found that among older women, those who had daily contact with friends saw their risk of developing dementia reduced by 43 percent compared with those who had contact less than once a week. This may be because social interaction helps form new synaptic connections, staving off cognitive decline.

Lower Blood Pressure

Researchers have found that people with hypertension who feel they can open up to friends are a third less likely to have their condition go uncontrolled. In another study that tracked people for four years, those who were the least lonely could expect their blood pressure to be 14.4 points lower than that of those who were the most isolated.

Better Sleep

In a small study in Psychological Science, researchers monitored college students' sleep patterns and found that those who reported feeling more connected to their peers fell asleep 14 minutes faster and spent 17 fewer minutes awake during the night than their more solitary counterparts did.

Table Talk: Respect

Table TalkTable Talk is a new feature on the State of Idaho Health Matters newsletter. The table topic changes monthly with thoughts and questions your family may discuss at the table, on the couch, in the car, or on a walk. It’s a great way to connect and to learn what’s going on in each other’s lives.

Use the questions below for self-reflection or to start a discussion with your family.

  • What is respect?

    Thoughts: Admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important. A feeling or understanding that someone or something is important and should be treated in an appropriate way. An expression of high or special regard. To take special care of yourself, someone, a place, or things around you.

  • Why is respect important at school, at work, and at home?

    Thoughts: showing respect to someone is a way of saying "you're okay" or that you matter. We all need to feel okay, no matter where we are.
  • How can you earn someone's respect?

    Thoughts: love and respect yourself first. Be good at what you do - do your best; respect other people; be honest and reliable - keep your word; treat others as you would like to be treated; act professionally; don't talk badly about others; be yourself; stand up for what you believe in; walk the talk; be open to other viewpoints and ideas; learn to listen.
  • What does it look like when someone is not being treated with respect? What does "disrespect" look like?

    Thoughts: bullying, exclusion, rude talk, name calling, ignoring, talking over their words, spreading rumors/gossip, teasing.
  • Have you seen someone be disrespected at school, at work, or at home? What did you do, or what do you wish you had done, to make it better? 

    Thoughts: It takes courage to step in when someone is being disrespected. Sometimes we don't have that courage. Recognizing the situation after it happens is good; that helps you prepare for future situations. Practice out loud by role playing what you might have said or done.

  • What does it feel like when you are respected...and when you are disrespected?

    Thoughts: when you are respected you could feel valued, confident, cared about, and that you matter. That's when you might do your best work! When you are disrespected you could feel angry, hurt, shy, unsure, sad...and like closing your door!

  • What are you doing right now to respect each other in your family or at work? 

    Thoughts: listening more, valuing each other's ideas, space, and possessions, sharing limited resources (TV, games, cars), trusting each other

  • What things can you build on to create more respect for each other?

    Thoughts: ask each other about important events in your lives; do things for each other; talk about respect; keep your promises; really try to understand the other person's viewpoint

  • What did you do today to show someone that you respected them?

    Thoughts: hold a door open, be quiet and listen, smile and nod, respond quickly to do what was asked of you; keep your word

Drop the Dog, Dude!

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer among men and women, with 1 in 20 developing it in his or her lifetime. Join the Physicians Committee to learn about colorectal cancer and how to share the message of prevention and longevity. 

Processed meat products are strongly linked to colorectal cancer, and it’s estimated that more than 50,000 Americans will die from it this year.

Why is processed meat unhealthy? To improve color, taste, and durability, processed meat products have been preserved with additives that are potentially cancer-causing. Every bite is bad for your body - so don't you think it's time you dropped that hot dog?

Anatomy of a Hot Dog
Anatomy of a Hot Dog: What's in a hot dog, and why is it bad for me?
Learn more online>>

Submitted: Ann E Flannery
Post-Secondary Transition Specialist

What does April Mean?

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