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Week of November 24, 2014

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Table of Contents

eNotes Evolves Again, Gets New Publisher
Triathlon Club Sponsors Annual Turkey Trot 5K
FREE HIV Testing in Honor of World AIDS Day
Surgical Tech Students Sell “Dinner for Two” Tickets
Magic Mud Art Show is Dec. 4 - 6
Faulkner Planetarium Two New Holiday Programs Start Soon
United Way: Tis the Season of giving
Welding Club Auction is December 13
Please Consider Donating to OOA at the Holidays
United Signers Hold 5th Annual Trap Shoot December 7
Join Herrett Center for Annual Primitive Skills Make-and-Take
Diversity Councils Shows Documentary “Red Light, Green Light’
Christmas Sale Now on at the Herrett Center Store
Diesel Tech Sells Potatoes
Brown Bag: Please take One Question Survey
Late Night Registration is Planned for Dec. 4, 5 – 9 p.m.
CSI EAP Offers Legal, Financial, and ID Recovery
Discounts to CSI Employees for Sports, Theatre,  More....
Thanksgiving Recipe: Wild Rice Stuffing
November is for Giving Thanks & National Family Caregivers Month

eNotes Evolves Again, Gets New Publisher

The eNotes has been the venue for employee news and communication since February 1998 and a part of the CSI Website since February 2011.  It was originally a hard copy employee newsletter published by Annette Jenkins, former Public Information Director that moved to live in the HR office when she retired.  In those days the HR possessed the most extensive lists of employee email addresses on campus, so it was easy to reach the majority of employees by that means as well as a few hard copies to specific off campus areas.  A listserv was added later to reach the employees without CSI email addresses and the staff and faculty email lists were taken over and maintained by Bob Moulson in the Institutional Information and Effectiveness office.  Well over 800 issues of your news over a span of 17 years were published by the HR office during that time.  

Starting Monday, December 1, the eNotes returns to the Public Information office to be assembled, uploaded, and archived each week by Kimberlee LaPray, Public Information Specialist.  It’s not often that an employee in a new position offers to integrate one of your responsibilities with theirs, so I was thrilled and happy to say yes.  Campus news and communications will now be housed under one roof again, and Kim will help it grow into a new era – reaching all our CSI employees through every means at our disposal.

It has been my great pleasure to serve you all these years through sad and happy news, celebrations, happenings on and off campus of interest to our readers, and the sale of many a used car, puppy, chick and kitten.  I’m pretty sure there was even a goat in there somewhere.

Watch the email this week for information on submitting your news to Kimberlee for December 1 and into the future. 

My best,
Judy Heatwole, HR Specialist

Triathlon Club Sponsors Annual Turkey Trot 5K

turkeyThere will be turkeys on the CSI campus Thanksgiving morning. Some of them will be waiting to be found by walkers and runners and a few of them will actually be running.

The CSI Triathlon Club’s annual Turkey Trot 5K fun run/walk will begin at 9 a.m. at the CSI Expo Center parking lot. This is a family-friendly, non-timed event for all ages. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The cost is $20 per person or $60 for a family of four. Each person who registers will get a fleece blanket instead of a T-shirt. All participants are invited to sail over the finish line on the zipline at the CSI Challenge Course. Proceeds from the event will help fund spring semester travel and activities by the Triathlon Club members.

Participants are encouraged to show up in costume if they would like. The Triathlon club will place frozen turkeys along the race route. Any participant who can carry one to the finish line is welcome to keep it. For more information, contact Scott Rogers at 732-6488 or at srogers@csi.edu

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

FREE HIV Testing in Honor of World AIDS Day

The Community Service Council is sponsoring South Central Public Health in offering free HIV  testing over in the Student Union Building, rooms 247 and 248 on Monday, December 1st from 11AM-2PM. This event is to recognize World AIDS Day.

Encourage your students to “know their status”!

Mary Christy

Surgical Tech Students Sell “Dinner for Two” Tickets

Students in the College of Southern Idaho’s Surgical Technology program are selling raffle tickets for their annual ‘Dinner for Two’ fundraiser. One winner will be chosen on Monday, Dec. 1.

Currently, the prize list includes dinners for two at Applebees, Johnny Carino’s, Tomato’s, Gertie’s Brick Oven, Outback Steakhouse, O’Dunken’s, Garibaldi’s, Slice, Twin Falls Sandwich Company, Shari’s, Chick-fil-A, Jaker’s, and CSI’s Desert Café.

Raffle tickets are $2 each and the winner will be notified by phone after the drawing on Dec. 1. All proceeds help support CSI Surg Tech students. Tickets are available at the information desk at the CSI Health Science building on North College Road. For more information, call 732-6701.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Magic Mud Art Show is Dec. 4 - 6

mudMagic Mud, the College of Southern Idaho Art Department’s annual fundraiser, is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 4 - 6 at the CSI Student Union Building’s Eagle’s Nest.

The event brings the works of student and professional potters together for a holiday show and sale. According to CSI Art instructor Bill West, approximately 20 pottery and photography students will be involved in this year’s show and sale. The event typically includes ceramics, photography, and other artworks.

Ceramic artists will be showing and selling lots of decorative and functional items including platters, bowls, vases, casserole dishes, cups, teapots, and unique objects.

The show will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Faulkner Planetarium Two New Holiday Programs Start Soon

Visitors to the Faulkner Planetarium at CSI’s Herrett Center for Arts and Science can see two new holiday programs starting after Thanksgiving, along with a Christmas program that debuted last year.
             
‘Let It Snow’ features songs of the season along with full-dome holiday imagery. The program includes ‘Let it Snow’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ by Gene Autry, ‘Winter Wonderland’ by Annie Lennox, ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ by Brenda Lee, and others. ‘Let It Snow’ will show at 3:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29 and will then be shown at 8 p.m. Fridays and 3:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays between Dec. 2 and 20.
              
The first new program, ‘The Star of Bethlehem,’ explores the 2,000 year old mystery of the light in the sky that led the wise men to the manger on the first Christmas. Was it a star that was seen only by the magi or was it a naturally-occurring phenomenon? Could it have even been a supernova? “This program provides many theories as well as an uplifting experience for all audiences,” said Faulkner manager Rick Greenawald. The program begins its holiday run at 2:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29. Between Dec. 2 and 20, it will show at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays.
              
The other new program is ‘The Longest Night: A Winter’s Tale,’ about a family of storytellers who come to a village to tell tales on the longest of nights. The tales include the moon and stars, beasts and heroes. The program also explores the concept that winter is a time for the Earth to rest, waiting for new growth in the spring. ‘The Longest Night’ will show at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29 and will then be scheduled at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays between Dec. 2 and 20.
              
Admission prices to the Faulkner Planetarium at $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $4 for students. Children under 2 are admitted free. Admission to the Herrett Center is always free of charge. For more information, call the Herrett front desk at 732-6655 or go the Herrett website at http://herrett.csi.edu.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

United Way: Tis the Season of giving

Don’t forget to send in your United Way Pledge to Sharon Whitchurch at the Office on Aging.  Lost your pledge card?  No worries just give her an email and she will send you another!  The campaign drive is short this year and we need all pledges in by Wednesday December 3rd.  Thanks for making a difference in the Magic Valley!

Sharon Whitchurch, OOA
For the CSI United Way Campaign

Welding Club Auction is December 13

The College of Southern Idaho Welding Program will hold its annual auction at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 in the CSI welding lab in the Desert building. Freshman and sophomore welding students have made a large variety of functional and decorative items that will be sold.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. for people to be able to browse through the items up for bid and to see the welding lab. Staff and students will be available for questions about the event and about the program.

Items for sale include: free-standing and wall-mounted artworks, fire pits, tables, chests, various styles of racks, a birdbath carousel, lamps, a 7-foot free-standing sunflower, and an enormous wind chime (You’ll love the sound this makes!).

Proceeds from the sale will help purchase equipment for the program as well as assisting in travel expenses when welding students compete in state or national competitions. Money will also be used for welding scholarships.
For more information about the event or the CSI Welding program, contact Hank Bauman at 732-6373 or hbauman@csi.edu or Cody Thornton at 732-6375 or cthonton@csi.edu or contact the CSI Trade and Industry office at 732-6301.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Please Consider Donating to OOA at the Holidays

The CSI Office on Aging is an organization whose goal is to enable people to live in their own homes as long as they can, as comfortably as they can and as safely as they can.  We currently offer services that provide meals to frail, homebound elderly, caregiver support, homemaker services, advocate for those who live in long-term care facilities, provide vital transportation to doctor appointments and grocery stores to seniors who no longer drive, and investigate allegations of elderly abuse, exploitation and neglect. We are dedicated to the clients we serve, and would greatly appreciate your consideration of a donation to the CSI Office on Aging during this holiday season.

With the growing number of Baby Boomers entering retirement and getting older, demand for our services continues to grow. With the sluggish economy and sequestration causing cuts in funding for many of our programs, it is becoming increasing difficult to serve those who need our help.  Demand for services rise during this time of the year as family members visit their elderly relatives during the holidays, and experience firsthand the difficulties their relatives are having maintaining independence in their own homes. 

Thank you for considering a donation to the CSI Office on Aging which will help our area seniors continue to live in their own homes this holiday season and beyond. If you would like more information about our programs, or if you know someone who could benefit from our programs, please feel free to contact us.

Suzanne B. McCampbell
Director, CSI Office on Aging

United Signers Hold 5th Annual Trap Shoot December 7

trapshootStudents in the College of Southern Idaho’s United Signers club will hold their fifth annual trap shoot starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Twin Falls Gun Club.

Participants should plan to provide their own gun and shells. One entry option is $6 for one station, which is five shots. The winner of this competition will win a prize. Another option is to buy a guarantee card for $30 and shoot at five stations, five times. Participants in this competition are guaranteed a prize. Shooting will continue until the prizes are gone. Tickets will also be sold for prizes that will be raffled at the event. All proceeds will help further educational opportunities for CSI students and the deaf community.

For more information, please contact CSI Sign Language professor Dawnette Reis at 732-6881 or at dreis@csi.edu

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Join Herrett Center for Annual Primitive Skills Make-and-Take

The Herrett Center for Arts & Science will be offering its annual Thanksgiving weekend primitive skills make-and-take activities, this Friday and Saturday, November 28th and 29th, from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Rick Allen Room. Activities include constructing split twig-figures, cattail ducks, and fossil replicas, as well as weaving, coloring projects, and more. The event is free of charge. Activities are offered on a drop-in basis, so you’ll also have time to shop in the Herrett Center Store or take in one of the new holiday shows in the Faulkner Planetarium. Bring the family and have some fun!

Joey Heck, Exhibits Manager
Herrett Center for Arts and Science

Diversity Councils Shows Documentary “Red Light, Green Light’

The College of Southern Idaho Diversity Council will host a showing of the documentary Red Light, Green Light at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3 in room 108 of the CSI Hepworth building (formerly the Aspen building). Admission is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.

Club advisor Perri Gardner says the film is about the global attempt to fight sex trafficking. Two filmmakers, who will be available online to chat with the audience afterward, have traveled across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to find out how to prevent sexual exploitation.

More information about the movie can be found at http://redlightgreenlightfilm.com

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Christmas Sale Now on at the Herrett Center Store

November 28th thru December 24th
20% off most items over $5.00

saleEverything you need for Christmas can be found at the Herrett Center store, located right here on campus!  We have lots of affordable stocking stuffers and unique gift items for adults & children alike.  A new shipment of jewelry has arrived!  We carry beautiful handcrafted soapstone from Kenya, Bill & Sheryl West pottery, Folkmanis puppets, plush toys, beautiful hand-turned wood items by Nick Peterson.

New arrivals daily!

Our hours are Tues. and Fri. 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wed. and Thurs. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sat. 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  We are closed on Sunday and Monday.
Come and see us! 

Carolyn Browning
Herrett Center Coordinator

Diesel Tech Sells Potatoes

Students in the College of Southern Idaho’s Diesel Technology program are selling potatoes until Dec. 19 as a fundraiser for their club.
              
Students are selling 50-pound boxes of large, locally-grown baking potatoes, 48 potatoes to a box, for just $15 per box. Orders can be called or emailed to Diesel Technology instructor and club advisor Levi Perkins at 732-6371or lperkins@csi.edu.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Brown Bag: Please take One Question Survey

Brown Bag question: Please answer this ONE question survey. It will only take one second (check the box for the answer that shows what time you want me to offer Brown Bag events).

Please click on this link: http://survey.csi.edu/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=l65Ml82

Evin Fox, PhD
Professor of Education

Late Night Registration is Planned for Dec. 4, 5 – 9 p.m.

The College of Southern Idaho will hold a special Late Night Registration event from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 in the Taylor/Student Union building to give returning students and those who are thinking of becoming students an additional opportunity to talk with advisors and register for the spring semester.

Academic and technical program advisors, career counselors, and financial aid advisors will be available. The bookstore and testing center will be open. CSI will provide activities for the kids along with free refreshments.

Registration is currently under way for the spring semester, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 20. For more information, call 733-9554 or contact any advisor in the CSI Taylor building.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

 CSI EAP Offers Legal, Financial, and ID Recovery

Business Psychology Associates, one of CSI’s two Employee Assistance Programs, offers legal, financial and ID recovery services not normally found with an EAP program.  Notice how these services work and the contact information below:

LEGAL ASSIST:
Provides a free half-hour consultation with an attorney on most legal issues. In most cases, discounted rates are available if further legal representation is required.

FINANCIAL ASSIST:
Provides a free telephonic consultation with a financial professional.

ID THEFT PREVENTION AND RECOVERY:
Provides a free telephonic consultation with an ID theft prevention and recovery professional. It also provides free registration to Control Your ID, an online ID monitoring program. If your identity is stolen while you are registered with Control Your ID, an ID theft professional will help you restore it.

When a legal issue, financial matter, or an instance of identity fraud disrupts your life, it can create substantial stress for you and your family. To help minimize the impact, your employee support program will assist you with managing the many complexities of these events. Through professional consultation, these programs can save you time, while providing valuable information and peace of mind.

Toll-free: 800-726-0003
Website: www.bpahealth.com
Username: College of Southern Idaho
Password: 800-726-0003

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

Discounts to CSI Employees for Sports, Theatre,  More....

The State of Idaho Employee Wellness Program lists all kinds of wonderful discounts for Idaho State employees online.  New offerings include BSU football tickets for group seating, Idaho Steelheads Hockey and the Idaho Stampede Basketball.  Ongoing activities include performances at the Morrison Center (Jersey Boys, Camelot, Momix, Alton Brown), Thunder Mountain Line, Wahooz Family Fun Zone, Monster Jam, lift tickets for skiing, Zip the Snake and more!

Always find a link to current activities in the left frame of the eNotes.  Just click Discounts Idaho State or bookmark the page for http://www.healthmatters.idaho.gov/Happenings.html.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

Thanksgiving Recipe: Wild Rice Stuffing

Health Matters, Idaho State Employee Wellness

http://www.healthmatters.idaho.gov/images/Recipes/wild-rice-pilaf.jpgFeeling adventurous this Thanksgiving? Substitute quinoa for the wild rice.

Ingredients


3/4 cup uncooked wild rice (or quinoa)
2 1/2 cups water
1 TBS olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped apple (including peel)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 cups diced celery
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 TBS poultry seasoning
1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Instructions

  • Rinse wild rice 2-3 times until water runs clear.
  • Place wild rice and water in a 1 1/2 quart sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed, stirring frequently. Do not burn. Cook wild rice for about 30 minutes. (If you are using quinoa, cook for about 15 minutes.)
  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add onion, mushrooms, apple, cranberries, and celery. Stir and heat through until tender. Add the salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Continue to stir and cook slowly until fragrant, about 10 minutes total.
  • Combine the rice, the fruit/vegetable mixture, and chicken broth in a large bowl. Use to stuff turkey. Or, bake in a dish coated with nonstick spray. Cover and keep warm in the oven until serving. Garnish with a sprinkle of toasted almonds.

    Serving Size:
     approximately 1/2 cup

    Nutritional Information

    Calories: 78, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: trace, Total Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5 g, Protein: 2g, Carbohydrates: 13g, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Sodium: 136mg
    Recipe from Mayo Clinic

November is for Giving Thanks & National Family Caregivers Month

In 1965 Congress passed the Older Americans Act in response to concern by policymakers about a lack of community social services for older persons. Funding from the Older American’s Act is given to local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to help provide services to older Americans.  In Idaho there are six AAA, including Area IV’s CSI Office on Aging (OOA).  Area IV covers eight counties; Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, and Twin Falls, encompassing 11,509 square miles. The OOA uses part of its monies they receive to provide many services to our area Caregivers.

The OOA has two support groups that help individuals with their caregiving role; Caregiver Support Group (CSG) and Grandparents as Parents Support Group, which meets monthly here at the OOA. Grandparent’s raisings grandchildren are designated as Caregivers also by the Older Americans Act. According to a 2014 report in Rueters there are 15 million unpaid caregivers. The report went on to say that currently 5 million U.S. citizens have Alzheimer’s and this number will triple by 2015.  78 million baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 (ranging in ages of 50 to 68) make up one quarter of the U.S. population.  We at the OOA are already seeing the trend of rising numbers of Caregivers calling on our office for assistance.

Every Caregiver who attends the monthly CSG is given information on all of the services the OOA provides to assist Caregivers in their caregiving role.  Senior Caregivers and those they care for are eligible for Home Delivered Meals.  Our area 15 Senior Centers provide a nutritious meal to them to free up the Caregiver’s time, and relieve some of their burden.  We also provide Respite Services which give the Caregiver a break (to take a nap, shop, read a book,  go to a Dr. appointments, etc.) while someone cares for their loved one.  Some of our frail Caregivers can be eligible for Homemaker services (assistance with light housekeeping and general chores) to help free those up to use their energy to assist their loved one with activates of daily living (eating, bathing, medications, toileting, etc.). 

I see every kind of Caregiver in my support group.  Some are caregiving for young or adult children with disabilities, parents or spouses with loved ones with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Traumatic Brain Injury,  and of course Dementia. Caregivers are often isolated from the rest of society as caregiving is a 24-7 job.  Part of my job as facilitator of the group is to teach Caregivers to recognize symptoms of burn-out (anger, hopelessness, unable to sleep, etc.). My group is a safe place for Caregivers to come and get peer support, information and understanding, and to say things no one will judge them for. 

Many people are unaware that the Caregivers are actually more likely to die than the person they care for. The stress of caregiving can become unbearable.  I find that knowledge can be a powerful weapon against burn-out. I once had a lady who called me and said she was going to kill her husband if he continued to wake up and run down the hallway to the kitchen every morning and pee in the sugar canister. Her husband has Alzheimer’s and these people often lose all their memories, some believing they are younger.  I asked her if her husband, when he was a young boy used a chamber pot, and she said yes.  I recommended she put up the sugar canister each night and replace it with a chamber pot so he could relieve himself in it. It worked, and it helped her to understand he was not doing this behavior because he was trying to make her mad, he simply thinks he is eleven years old, and has no idea who his wife is any longer (or at that time of the morning where the bathroom is!). Caregivers of someone with Dementia often lose their loved one before they lose them.

Given the number of baby boomers, our economy will face many strains over the next few years.  Unpaid Caregivers save our economy billions of dollars a year in Medicare and Medicaid dollars. If we can help support our Caregivers, we can enable them to care for a loved one longer, saving billions of dollars in long-term-care costs in facilities. In Idaho living in a care facility can cost between $3,000 to $10,000 a month (with costs rising every day), forcing seniors to lose all their assets, and ending up on Medicaid. 
How can you help a family Caregiver? First have them call our office: 800.574.8656 or 208.736.2122.  Our Senior Specialists will advise them on all sorts of services we have, along with other information that they may need. Give a Caregiver respite for Christmas; shovel the snow, bring them a homemade dinner, stay with the loved one while they shop, decorate the house and come back and pack it away after the holiday, visit with the care receiver, helping them to feel less isolated also, clean their home, wash their windows, etc.  Did you know as some of us age we, and those with Alzheimer’s can’t see the color white very well?  How about buying a colored toilet seat for the Caregiver’s bathroom so it is easier for a Dementia patient to see where it is. How about a gift certificate from you for 3 hours of respite anytime they choose, or a special night with you out to dinner?  Hey, bring a pizza over and watch a BSU football game with them!

I have a mantra:  “When the Caregiver is done, everyone is done.”  If we lose the Caregiver to burn-out, exhaustion or death, families or society must then step up and take over care for the loved one. Please take the time to watch the below video, ‘Experience 12 minutes in Alzheimer’s Dementia’ to help you understand what it is like to have this awful disease, or to care for someone with it.

Here’s hoping all of us can help others have a wonderful holiday season!

If you would like more information please contact the Office on Aging.  You may also wish to see the local caregivers’ site Assisting Angels Homes Care.

ShawnaWasko                                                                                                                                                    Public Information/Contracts Manager/Group Facilitator
CSI Office on Aging
736.2122  swasko@ooa.csi.edu