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Week of September 29, 2014

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Table of Contents

Medical Coverage for CSI Out-of-Staters
St. Luke’s Shares CSI Biometric Screening Successes
CSI Nursing Students help Alzheimer’s Assoc. Raise Donations

Massie Family Sends Note of Thanks
Meet Renee Turner, New Office/Facilities Specialist
Help Set World Record, Win Car, prizes
Free Tutoring for CSI Students
Follow CSI on Social Media Sites
Oct. 1 Brown Bag Event Addresses Service Learning
We have 22 Fall ChallengeTeams, over 200 Members!
Exercise Strategies for Colder Weather
CSI Active Transportation Week is Oct 6 - 10

Medical Coverage for CSI Out-of-Staters

Medical Coverage for Dependents and Retirees living outside of Utah and Idaho can now contact MultiPlan toll free at 800-678-7427 or visit Multiplan.com for a network provider.  This information can be found on the CSI Benefits webpage also. http://hr.csi.edu/benefits/employee/Medical/Out_of_Network.pdf

Dannette Start
HR Specialist

St. Luke’s Shares CSI Biometric Screening Successes

CSI, with St. Luke’s assistance, held voluntary biometric screenings this month for the benefited employees and spouses.  As of today, we have had approximately 75% of the benefited employees take part.  If you recall last year, we had about 50% participation.  I am excited about the engagement, and even more excited about the personal stories that were shared regarding journeys of health improvement this past year.

Shelly McFarland, MSN, RN
Wellness Manager
St. Luke’s Health System

CSI Nursing Students help Alzheimer’s Assoc. Raise Donations

CSI Nursing students are helping the Alzheimer’s Association raise local awareness and donations. They encourage you to sign up and participate in the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Magic Valley, Saturday morning, Oct. 11 at Centennial Waterfront Park. If you would like to sign up that morning, the students will have a registration table set up at 10 a.m. The walk begins at 11. Although the route starts at Centennial Park, participants will not go up the grade, but will follow the canyon road past the golf course and back to the park. This will be an easy 2-mile walk – not a race – for all participants, even those in wheelchairs. Registration is completely by donation. The nurses will sometimes be doing registrations at a table in the Student Union. If you would like to register online, please go to alz.org/walk.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Massie Family Sends Note of Thanks

Dear Faculty and Staff,

     I wanted to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers for us. The outpouring of love through cards and flowers touched us deeply. Thank you for allowing us to celebrate Jim's life in the Fine Arts Auditorium and thank you to all who attended. Jim truly loved working with all of you.  God bless!

Rhonda Massie.

Meet Renee Turner, New Office/Facilities Specialist

Office of Instruction & Academic Affairs

My name is Renee Turner and I am the new Facilities Use Specialist. I am originally from Paul, and I attended CSI after high school. I worked for over three years as a secretary in a local body shop, and I am looking forward to the change of pace and new working environment. I am married. My husband and I enjoy going on road trips together, spending time with our families, fishing, golfing, and having lazy Saturdays once in a while.

I am very excited about all of the opportunities I will have at CSI, as well as all of the new people I will be meeting. I can’t wait to become acquainted and work with all of you!

Help Set World Record, Win Car, prizes

https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRZPeGI_tP5HMy_eX-GjqP3f5p-gUtn1KfwPjfYrPRkCnTeSZ7RDo you want to be a part of a Guinness World Record and have a chance to win a car donated by Randy Hansen Automotive or a $1,000 prize package from Bish’s RV? 

The Over 60 & Getting Fit Class is trying break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Line of Carved Pumpkins in the World on October, 25th.  1301 pumpkins is the current world record.  Would you help us smash it?  All you have to do is let us borrow your carved pumpkins for a few of hours, every carved pumpkin you bring to CSI between 6AM and 1PM on Oct. 25th will get you a ticket for the prizes. 

Your pumpkin must have carved-out eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth to qualify.  There will be lots to do on campus that day with 2 bounce houses, Halloween Carnival, DJ music, mini train, $1.00 hotdogs, coke products, food, coffee, kettle corn, CSI volleyball & softball games, and the PE’s Great Pumpkin Race.  You may have your pumpkin back after 2:00 PM.

Raffle prizes will be drawn at 1:30 PM and the car will be drawn at 2:00 PM sharp, you must be present to win and if under 18 you need to have a parent to claim car.  Car title, registration fees and taxes are winners responsibility.

Hope to see you there!!!

For more information contact Shelly Wright at 208-732-6483

Shelly Wright
Professor Physical Education

Free Tutoring for CSI Students

The Learning Assistance Center, located on the Second floor of the GR Meyerhoeffer bldg. above the Library, is open for tutoring.  Tutoring is available in Math, Writing, Computer Literacy, and some Sciences.  Schedules and hours can be found at http://www.csi.edu/ip/adc/lap .  Helping underprepared students prepare. Prepared students advance. And Advanced students Excel.
Kat Powell M.S., G.C.D.F.
Learning Assistance Coordinator

Follow CSI on Social Media Sites

If you haven’t done so already check out our main College of Southern Idaho social media platforms and start following the action! You can now like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, check out pictures on Instagram, watch videos on YouTube, get your professionalism on through LinkedIn, and don’t forget about Google+. On these platforms you will find upcoming events, important campus information, and many other interesting facts about CSI. You are even able to get in on the action by using the hashtag #CSIEagles when posting your own pictures. Watch for other hashtag updates as new events are announced. We are excited to start engaging with you!

All of these channels are maintained by our new Public Information Specialist, Kim Lapray. She was hired under Doug Maughan in the Public Information Office. If you have any questions about social media or have an event that you would like to publicize you can contact her at klapray@csi.edu or call 732-6299.

Follow Us:
Facebook: facebook.com/collegeofsouthernidaho
Twitter: twitter.com/csieagles
Instagram: instagram.com/collegeofsouthernidaho
YouTube: youtube.com/user/CSIEagles
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/edu/school?id=32064
Google+: google.com/+CsiEdu83301

Kimberlee Lapray
Public Information Specialist

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Oct. 1 Brown Bag Event Addresses Service Learning

Our last Brown Bag event on alternative assessment was fascinating. I am always amazed at how creative we are, and how much I learn from my colleagues.

Our next Brown Bag Event:

Hepworth 176 (Conference Room)
Wednesday, October 1
Topic: Service Learning
Come and learn about what this is, how we can use this with our students, and why it's important to our college.

Evin Fox, Ph.D.






Syllabus Review

Evin Fox

Hep 176


What does it mean to be a professional?


Hep 176


Teaching with Creativity


Hep 176


How to assess in non-traditional environments




Service Learning


Hep 176


Retention Issues and Strategies




Online Learning Tools




How to teach vocabulary and other memorizing facts




How to grade essays




Writing and using course learning outcomes


Hep 176


Classroom Management




How to teach the reluctant learner





Evin Fox


We have 22 Fall ChallengeTeams, over 200 Members!

Insert Logo HereWe want to especially thank our captains for helping round up all interested Active Lifestyle Challenge members for the fall!  We have more members than ever, including higher education campus center members and a lot of family participants.  This is going to be a super year for the Great Pumpkin if everyone turns out! 

Find all our great teams and details of the challenge itself online at http://wellness.csi.edu/Fall2014challenge.html

Judy Heatwole
CSI Employee Wellbeing

Exercise Strategies for Colder Weather

BPA Employee Assistance Program

Cold weather is just around the corner. Now is a great time to develop a strategy for winter fitness. There are many ways to stay physically active, no matter how cold the weather. Here are just a few.
Hit the Gym
The winter season is the perfect time to visit the gym. Start the cold season off on the right foot with a new membership or maximize the one you've been paying for. Chances are you are less busy during winter than you will be when the weather warms up, and that means more time to work out and get in shape. Whether you jog around the indoor track, check out the fitness equipment, or join an aerobics program, you can get some great exercise.
Walk the Mall
If it is too cold to walk outdoors, head to the local mall instead. Many enclosed shopping malls have walking programs, so chances are you will not be alone while you stroll. Some malls even open their doors early to accommodate the many mall walkers waiting outside the door. No matter when you go, you can enjoy some retail therapy while you log mileage. 

Play in the Snow
It might not be fun, but it is necessary. The next time Mother Nature gifts you with the white stuff, give the snow blower a rest and shovel the sidewalk or driveway instead. You will burn off a lot of calories and get some great outdoor exercise. Not a skier or snowboarder? Try snow shoeing or cross country skiing. These both present excellent opportunities to get outdoors, breathe in the crisp winter air, and burn some calories.
Start Your Spring Cleaning Early
It is never too early to start your spring cleaning. The weather may be cold and snow may be piled up, but you can still give the interior of your home a good cleaning. If you feel overwhelmed by the task, consider cleaning one room at a time. Breaking a large task up into smaller and more manageable chunks can make spring cleaning easier and make your cleaning workout more effective.

There are many ways to stay physically active during the dreariest of fall and winter months. Start planning now, be creative, and write down specific winter fitness goals. Consider trying something new! Having a defined strategy will help motivate you keep moving and stay healthy in the winter time and beyond. 

CSI Active Transportation Week is Oct 6 - 10

Oct. 6th – Oct. 10th
7:45 am – 12:00 noon each day


Leave your car at home! Bike, Board, Walk, or Run to Campus!

Check in at the main campus entrance bus stop between 7:45 and 12:00 noon for treats and an opportunity to win great prizes!

* Sponsored by the CSI Longboarders’ Club and the CSI Sustainability Council * 


New this semester!
If you live in an outlying community and would like to participate,
put your bike in your car, park at the Sunway Soccer Complex parking lot (N 2700 E),
and ride to campus.
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