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Week of August 18, 2014

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Table of Contents

Military 101: Supporting our Vets from Battlefield to Classroom
Castle Rocks State Park “Dark Sky” Star Party is 8/22 & 23
Campus Health Screenings with St. Luke’s Begin in September
Note of Thanks and Farewell from Gordy Kokx
EAP Webinar “Getting Involved in your Child’s School” is Tuesday
2014/15 Wellness Events Calendar Now Online
HUB International Extends Run*Bike*Paddle Challenge
Summer FUN Wellbeing Activities End this Week

Military 101: Supporting our Vets from Battlefield to Classroom

MilitaryThousands of veterans are returning home and entering college, and many are coping with the effects of trauma and the adjustment to civilian life.  Representatives from the National Guard, Army One Source, and the State of Idaho have collaborated to visit our campus to share strategies for helping our veteran students succeed.   Please join the discussion in Hepworth 195 from 10:00 to 11:00 on Tuesday, August 19.  

Idaho’s suicide rate is 49% higher than the national average.  Just as CPR can provide emergency aid until medical professionals take over, QPR is a suicide prevention tool that can save lives.  Kim Kane from the Idaho Lives Project will share the “Question, Persuade, Refer” process on Thursday, August 21 at 1:00 in Hepworth 195.
   
Kate Woods
College of Southern Idaho

Castle Rocks State Park “Dark Sky” Star Party is 8/22 & 23

The Herrett Center and Magic Valley Astronomical Society will team up again for another ‘dark sky’ star party on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22 and 23 at Castle Rocks State Park near Almo. The annual event lets people enjoy sky views that are not washed out by city light.

The seventh annual City of Rocks Star Party will start at 2 p.m. each day with solar viewing at the Smoky Mountain Campground at Castle Rocks State Park until 6 p.m. This park is located about one mile southwest of the town of Almo. Visitors are encouraged to camp overnight at the campground. State park fees apply but the event is free of charge and open to everyone. Nighttime sky viewing, at the Lodge site, will begin at 9 p.m. and run until midnight, weather permitting.

For more information about the event, please call the Herrett Center at 732-6655 or visit the website at www.csi.edu/herrett.

Doug Maughan
College of Southern Idaho
Public Relations Director

Campus Health Screenings with St. Luke’s Begin in September

As we did last fall, St. Luke’s wellness coaches in conjunction with SelectHealth will be offering FREE health screenings to CSI employees and spouses. 

For your convenience, these quick and painless screenings are offered throughout the month of September and at various times and locations.  NO APPOINTMENTS are needed.  Just drop in after having fasted for TWO (2) hours.  See instructions below. No online assessment will be added to the screening for this event. The onsite biometric screening is all you have to do to earn a credit of $25 to your monthly health insurance premium through June 2015. 

If you have recently visited your physician and had these same measurements taken you may submit the attached doctor verification form to your doctor’s office.  Please make sure to follow up with that office to insure the information is forwarded to the proper contact at St. Luke’s. See that form attached with all contact info included.

We encourage you to take advantage of these preventive screenings that may help you identify and reduce your risk for diabetes, stroke and heart disease.  These screenings tests are completely confidential as are all discussions with wellness coaches about your results and goals toward improving your outcomes.  

Please feel free to reply to this message with any questions you may have.  We will continue to remind you about days/times and locations of these upcoming events.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

Note of Thanks and Farewell from Gordy Kokx

Dear CSI Family,

For the first time in 14 years I will not be joining you to start a new school year. Though I will not be there in person, know that I will be there in spirit. Life has called Kim and I on another adventure, but I wanted to let each of you know how much you mean to me. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your friendship and for all we have accomplished together. The work each of you does helps to make the world a better place and you do it very, very well. In my new position I measure and improve the quality of education in programs across the country. You have given me a benchmark that is exceptional to share with other schools as to “how good it can be.” CSI is truly a special place and it is a great privilege for me to be counted as a member of the family. If I can ever assist any of you in any way, please let me know. Also. if you are heading to Michigan, please put us on your list for a visit! Until next time, may God Bless you all.

Gordy
gordy@coaemsp.org
Gordon A. Kokx, MS, NREMT-P

EAP Webinar “Getting Involved in your Child’s School” is Tuesday

Join us Tuesday, August 19 at noon in TAB 258

Along with the notebooks, pens, and a new backpack, your kids need parental involvement to succeed in school. Learn effective ways to be a part of your child’s school experience.

Let me know you can attend and I’ll forward at link to handouts ahead of time.  Bring your lunch and a friend. Contact me at x6269 or email jheatwole@csi.edu.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

2014/15 Wellness Events Calendar Now Online

wellnessYour wellbeing team has been working throughout the summer on a FUN and ENGAGING calendar of activities for the coming year. Many of our themes and programs are NEW to you and they include events and activities that we hope will be of interest to all.  Please find the complete calendar online athttp://wellness.csi.edu/calendar.asp.

Remember to think positively, network, exercise daily, eat healthy, work, stay strong, build faith, worry less, read more, be happy, volunteer, relax, love, live. 

Activities for September are listed below. 

SEPTEMBER is National Preparedness Month

Employee Assistance Program
2014 Calendar of Monthly EAP Webinars

  • The CSI Color Run is September 27
  • Join our 8-week fall activity challenge.
  • Biometric screenings at various places on campus all month on a drop-in basis. Or, if you had a recent visit to your physician and had these tests taken, you can submit a form to your doctor to complete. Watch the eNotes for details.

Learn more about CSI Employee Wellbeing and meet your Wellbeing Committee online.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

HUB International Extends Run*Bike*Paddle Challenge

HUB International is a sponsor and participant in the annual Perrine Bridge Festival which will be held this year on Saturday, September 6th.  This is the 3rd annual Run*Bike*Paddle competition where businesses can compete against each other for fitness.  It’s a lot of fun for a Saturday.  The early bird registration ends Friday, August 15th. 

There is also an individual 5k race.

Find the registration form online>>

Denise Metcalf, SPHR, CIC, CISR
Hub International Director of HR

Summer FUN Wellbeing Activities End this Week

Thanks to all the presenters and all the participants that engaged in some summer fun, we had a great summer of learning and playing together: from balloon animal art, kickball, root beer making and card games, T’ai Chi, spear chucking, and cooking Dr. Pepper beans and cobbler in a Dutch oven. 

This is our final week of summer events as we end with another manly activity from the Scottish Highland Games lead by Joseph Lemoine.  We will attempt the sheaf toss by hurling a burlap bag stuffed with straw with a pitchfork over a horizontal bar above our heads.  Typical weight for the bag is 16 pounds.  This is also a traditional sport in the Basque country and in England, Ireland and Australia.  You don’t have to wear a skirt to participate in this sport, but it won’t hurt.

This last week we tried our hands at chucking a spear at a buffalo.  We had our largest group yet and many great attempts were made.  Joseph actually hit the animal for a win!  Pop cycles were enjoyed by all.  See photos below (thanks to Cindy Flowers):