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Week of April 21, 2014

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Table of Contents

Earth Day Celebration and Active Transportation Week are here!
CSI Employee Writes on Running Upcoming Boston Marathon
Career & College Expo is April 24
Highland Culture Club Holds 5th Annual Games May 3
Donate Cell Phones for Soldiers During Earth Week
48th Annual CSI Commencement is May 16
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 26
X-OurSize April Activity Schedule
Join 5k Mental Health Awareness Fun Run April 26
CSI Chemist Sets Hot Dog Record Straight
CSI Teams with Sage Truck Driving School for Classes
Early Childhood Ed Holds “Let’s Dance” Workshop
CSI Expands Plastic Bag/Film Recycling Program

Earth Day Celebration and Active Transportation Week are here!

Earth DayApril 21-25 Active Transportation Week: Bike, Walk, Run, Long board to campus, receive treats from 8am-12 noon each day and a chance to win prizes. Burn calories, Not money! Look for the Active Transportation table at the bus turnaround area at the main campus entrance.

Organizer Angela Ellis says everyone is welcome at no charge. Local businesses will demonstrate sustainability techniques, local food sources, alternative transportation, and fuel-efficient vehicles. Twin Falls Mayor Don Hall and newly-elected CSI Student Body President Matt Ahrens will be available, the CSI Enviro-Technology mobile lab will be parked nearby, free Earth Day T-shirts will be given to all CSI students, and the Twin Falls Police Department will accept un-needed or outdated prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Hilex Poly will give a new Raleigh bicycle to the person who brings in the most plastic bags for recycling. The documentary ‘Earth Days’ will be shown free of charge that evening at 7 p.m. in room 119 of the Fine Arts building.

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

CSI Employee Writes on Running Upcoming Boston Marathon

Source:  Times-News

Alice SchenkRUPERT -- "The label of ‘marathoner’ has, from the beginning, been awarded to those who went the distance under their own power, whether they ran, walked, crawled, or tiptoed. When you cross that finish line, you’ve entered an elite group. About one-tenth of one percent of the population has done it. Don’t let anyone take that great achievement away from you.”― Jeff Galloway, Marathon!

Thirty-six thousand members of that one-tenth of one percent have committed to toe the line for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon on April 21. I am honored to be numbered among them – runner number 21011, to be exact. That means I am starting ahead of about 15,000 athletes, and there’s another 21,000 ahead of me! Simply amazing. I’ll certainly have plenty of time to enjoy each precious moment.

Continued online>>

Career & College Expo is April 24

Don’t forget to stop by at the Career & College Expo at the CSI Gym this Thursday, April 24th between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 

Participating employers are:

DishOne
Standlee Premium Western Forage
Idaho Dept of Health & Welfare
KMVT
Sun Valley Resort
Automated Dairy Systems
St. Lukes
Fastenal
US Department cof Reclamation
US Army Recruiting
Cactus Petes
Agri-Service LLC
Joseph Charles
H & R Block
St. Alphonsus
Intelligent Employment Solutions
Panda Express
Syringa Wireless
Boise State
Idaho Milk
Weber State University
DOT Foods

Kate Woods
Career and Counseling Services Coordinator

Highland Culture Club Holds 5th Annual Games May 3

The College of Southern Idaho’s Highland Culture Club will host its fifth annual Highland Games and Diversity Faire from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 3 on the field behind the CSI Dorms. 

The all-day event will feature the best-known Scottish athletic events as well as more than a dozen performers, food and information vendors. The athletic competitions - stone throw, hammer, sheaf, and caber toss - are open to all men and women age 16 and older regardless of experience. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guarding willing to sign a liability waiver.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 per competitor. Online pre-registration is at http://toddandlyman.com/eisa/ and then go to the link for the Twin Falls Games. Everyone who signs up online will receive an event shirt. Competition begins at 9:15 a.m. 

Musicians and dancers will perform throughout the day, including Irish Dance Idaho from Boise, the Teton & District Performing Arts Pipe Band, and The Barking Owls.  Performances will be at various times between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Several booths will feature snacks and information. The CSI Renewable Energy Club will have its mobile trailer on site to showcase its programs. The Highland Culture Club will also raffle several prizes that will help fund the event next year.

Admission is free to everyone. The games, performers, and booths will be located in the large field just east of the CSI Dorms. The Celtic Dash will start on the South Side of the Shields building.

Visitors are encouraged to try the Excalibur Sword Pull, a feat of strength open to the public and all competitors. Prizes will be awarded to the man and woman who can pull the sword from the stone. A new event this year will be the Cheesy Sock Contest. Wear your wackiest pair of socks to the games for a chance to win a prize.

The CSI Student Senate will hold a 5K Fun Run/Walk called the ‘Celtic Dash’ that morning to help raise money for its annual Operation Change, which helps an area family with large medical bills. Registration the day of the race runs from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and the entry fee is $18. The first 25 students to pre-register at CSI Student Activities pay half price. The event begins at 9 a.m. First place men and women in each age group will win prizes and all participants will receive event items. Light refreshments will be available. All proceeds will go to the family.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Donate Cell Phones for Soldiers During Earth Week

This week especially, find a box at the Taylor Information Desk or in the SUB to donate your used cell phone so the components may be recycled to purchase calling cards for soldiers.

Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. 

Since 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers...

  • Have provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time
  • Mails approximately 7,500 calling cards each week
  • Recycled more than 11 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills
  • July 2012 launched Helping Heroes Home, to provide emergency funds for returning veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships.
  • Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assisted more than 400 veterans and their families with emergency funding.
  • Has remained a family-run, nonprofit organization operated almost exclusively by Bob, Gail, Brittany, Robbie and Courtney Bergquist.

A program of the CSI Wellness Committee
Judy Heatwole, Coordinator

48th Annual CSI Commencement is May 16

The College of Southern Idaho will hold its 48th annual commencement for graduates at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16 in the Gym. Chief Judge of Idaho’s Court of Appeals, Sergio A Gutierrez of Boise will be the keynote speaker.

Judge Gutierrez is a former school drop-out and farmworker. While in the Job Corps, he earned his GED which he says is his proudest accomplishment. “It gave me a new start in life,” he says. Gutierrez earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Boise State University, his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California Hastings Law School, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwest Nazarene University. He is active in community service, having been honored by the Voices of Faith Human Rights, Boise State Distinguished Alumni, College of Western Idaho, Idaho Community Foundation, the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children, the National Job Corps Association Board, and Treasure Valley Reading Foundation to name a few. In 2002, the judge was also listed by the Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the 100 most influential Latinos in America.

According to the CSI Registrar’s office, nearly 1200 applications have been filed for graduation. More than 400 graduates typically choose to take part in the commencement exercises. The exact number in the procession will not be known until graduation night.

CSI graduates are being asked this year to try to limit their number of guests in the gym to no more than four. Guests should plan to find seats before 7 p.m. as it is often very crowded. A reception with refreshments catered by Aramark Food Service will be available to everyone in the Taylor Building Cafeteria immediately following the commencement program, which is expected to conclude between 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 26

April 26th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Now is the time to clean your medicine cabinets and cupboards. This week you may donate your prescription meds at the Sustainability Fair.  At other times you may take them to the drop-off at KMVT parking lot at 1100 Blue Lakes Blvd North where it will be recycled by the Twin Falls Police Department. 

Our environment and our children will be more safe!

CSI Wellness Committee
Judy Heatwole, Coordinator

X-OurSize April Activity Schedule

Monday
April 14

Tuesday
April 15

Wednesday
April 16

Thursday
April 17

Friday
April 18

Saturday
April 19

5:30 Canyon Rim From Sportsman’s

5:30 North Side Canyon Decline

5:30 Rock Creek at Parks and Rec

5:30 Centennial Grade (Mike to lead)

5:30 Canyon Rim to Gun Club

CSI Rec Day at Dierke’s Lake
Free kayaking, etc.

Monday
April 21

Tuesday
April 22

Wednesday
April 23

Thursday
April 24

Friday
April 25

Saturday
April 26

5:30 Rock Creek Old Hospital

5:30
Walk-a-thon in Rock Creek Park by old hospital

5:30 CSI Trail

5:30 Dierke’s Lake Loop from Cash Shack

5:30 Auger Falls Walk

Biking Auger Falls

Monday
April 28

Tuesday
April 29

Wednesday
April 30

Thursday
May 1

Friday
May 2

Saturday
May 3

5:30 Centennial Park

5:30 CSI Trail

5:30
Rock Creek @ Parks and Rec

5:30
Canyon Rim from Sportsman’s

5:30
North Side Canyon

Biking
Canyon Rim

Saturday events are for folks who want to have a nice weekend activity. We are introducing biking and if anyone has an extra bike they would like to allow someone who does not have a bike to use, that would be FANTASTIC! I am working on getting bikes but it is not an easy task.

Our walking and activity schedule is set up for 45 minutes to one hour each weekday with Saturday fun activities. Biking will be introduced into the weekly activities as soon as we have enough bikes and swimming or rowing will also be introduced. We are waiting on word from Dive Magic for our introductory, one time, scuba instruction date that should be in May.
Remember we will be planting a garden for everyone to use and learn how to grow and eat healthy.

Sandra Bosteder
Program Coordinator

Join 5k Mental Health Awareness Fun Run April 26

The College of Southern Idaho Community Service Council and six other local sponsors invite everyone to participate in a 5K Mental Health Awareness Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26 on the CSI Campus.

According to Community Service Council advisor Mary Christy, the group has arranged for Linda Peterson to address everyone at 9 a.m. right before the event begins. Linda is the mother of Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson of Boise, the 2010 Olympic Downhill Aerial Silver Medalist who suffered from major depression for many years before committing suicide in 2011.

There is no entrance fee and no registration. Everyone is welcome to participate. All runners and walkers will receive event T-shirts and refreshments will be available after the race. The race will begin in the parking lot of CSI’s Eldon Evans Expo Center.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

CSI Chemist Sets Hot Dog Record Straight

I was reading the note on hot dogs and find quite interesting that they label Heme iron as something to watch out for in hot dogs. Heme iron is basically the same iron ion that is found in any type of meat. The same iron that would make red blood cells red, the same iron that you need to have healthy hemoglobin…Since hot dogs have meat by-products it would be very reasonable for them to have Heme iron in them. Although a diet of purely hot dogs is probably not advisable it is important to use reliable sources of information that provide a balance view of the nature of the chemicals involved. For more information about Heme and non-heme iron here is a link from the National Institutes of health:
http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-HealthProfessional/

Rosa M. Dávila
Profesor of Chemistry

CSI Teams with Sage Truck Driving School for Classes

The College of Southern Idaho has teamed with Sage Truck Driving Schools to begin truck driving classes at the College of Southern Idaho’s Twin Falls campus. The first class will start Wednesday, April 23.

The program provides students with the training necessary to earn their Class A commercial driver’s license, including endorsements for double and triple trailers, tankers, and hazardous materials. Classes will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Monday through Friday and will consist of intensive classroom and behind-the-wheel training. Students can opt for a four- or five-week course depending on how much driving time they sign up for. Specialized training course are also available to fit the individual needs of local trucking companies.

“We’re excited to open this new program. We feel it’s going to fill a tremendous need, especially in the Twin Falls and surrounding area,” said CSI Technical Division Dean Terry Patterson. “CSI has received many requests over the years for a truck driving school. The partnership with Sage will benefit everyone.”

Sage Schools started in 1989 and has grown to 24 locations throughout the United States. Many are affiliated with colleges. “One of the things that sets us apart from other truck driving schools is that we only have one student per truck.  This gives the student focused, individualized training with no distractions," said Barbara Blake, Western Regional Director for SAGE.  "We also work closely with the local and regional trucking companies to help place our students in good jobs immediately upon their graduation from the program.  We continue to assist all of our certificate program graduates with lifetimeplacement assistance as long as they hold their CDL in good standing." 

Demand for truck drivers with a Class A CDL remains high with entry level jobs starting between $35,000 and $45,000 a year in southern Idaho. 

The Twin Falls office will be managed by Sandy Taylor. Taylor says once classes begin, she’ll start a new group every Monday, year around. Class groups will vary from two to twelve students, depending on how many are signed up for that week. Taylor will also consult with students about payment options, which can include assistance from granting agencies such as WIA and Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as several local/regional agencies and private student loan options.

For more information, call 208-933-2346.  Information is also available at www.sageschools.com.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Early Childhood Ed Holds “Let’s Dance” Workshop

The Early Childhood Education program at the College of Southern Idaho invites parents of young children to sign up for a 45-minute, age-specific workshop called ‘Let’s Dance’ on Saturday, May 3. Parents are invited to learn more about the connection between brain development and movement as they participate with their children in this interactive movement class.

The workshop for 3-5 year olds is at 1 p.m. The class for 2-3 year olds is at 2 p.m. And the class for 1-2 year olds is at 3 p.m. All classes will be held in room 236 of the CSI Rec Center.

Please register in advance. The cost is $10. For information, please contact Jennifer Patterson at 732-6884 or at jpatterson@csi.edu.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

CSI Expands Plastic Bag/Film Recycling Program

As part of CSI’s Earth day celebration, The CSI Sustainability Council in Partnership with Hilex Poly announce the expansion of CSI’s plastic bag/plastic film recycling program.  Hilex Poly has received 500 lbs of good quality plastic bags from CSI since the program began.  Hilex Poly is ready for more.  Now you can keep even more plastic film off the streets, out of the streams and rivers, and out of the landfill by recycling the items listed on the attached flier. Copies of this information will be posted near the “Close the Loop” plastics recycling receptacles around campus. Keep up the good work CSI!  After all, it is your planet: The only place that has warm cinnamon rolls.

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