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Week of September 15, 2014

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Table of Contents

Download CSI Telephone Directory
President Fox’s Submission to Times-News Reader Comment
CSI Health Screenings Continue Tuesday & Thursday
Rodeo Program Reports Recent Team Results
Fall 2014 Active Lifestyle Challenge Starts TODAY
October is National Dental Hygiene Month
Help Wanted: Speech & Debate Judges Needed
Lose Weight with MyFitnessPal's FREE calorie counter
Recycle Dead Pens & Mechanical Pencils on Campus
Keep Colds and the Flu to Yourself – Wash Your Hands
Donate Blood, Give the Gift of Life
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Comes to Taco Bell Arena

 Download CSI Telephone Directory

The CSI Telephone Directory is now available in print and to download from our Website.  Find the online version at Download the 2014-2015 Phone Directory  (PDF created September 2014).  See the office specialist in your department to order a print copy from the Copy Center on Campus.

President Fox’s Submission to Times-News Reader Comment

President Fox submitted the following Reader Comment to the Times News. It appears in Sunday’s edition:

Jeff FoxIssues have been printed recently in the Times News which question the College of Southern Idaho’s business and operating practices. I feel it is important for our students, the public, and our faculty and staff to know the accurate facts about these issues.

The CSI Board of Trustees did indeed raise tuition by $5 per credit in open session on March 17 of this year. They did so only after much questioning, study, deliberation, and feedback from our students. Elected officers from Student Government (ASCSI) addressed the board in that meeting, saying, “The ASCSI is supportive of Mike Mason’s $5 per credit increase of tuition and we express gratitude for the sincere effort put forth by CSI’s fiscal team.”

Also questioned is the transfer of funds to Plant Facilities and Maintenance. This is actually one of the sound fiscal processes CSI has conducted for several years. The college has made 7 plant facility transfers over the last 14 years from the General Fund Balance - every one in a public meeting. Those funds maintain the campus, and provide matching funds for new and remodeled buildings and other purchases that keep CSI beautiful and functional. More important, these transfers keep CSI’s deferred maintenance low or non-existent. It should also be noted that transferred funds are often restricted and may not be used for non-operations purposes such as salaries.

I am proud of how we have always obeyed both Idaho Code and our own policies with regard to our bidding procedures. Our newest trustees, Karl Kleinkopf and Bob Keegan, have been vigilant along with all the other trustees in abiding by bid process regulations. Occasionally, one and only one vendor is able to meet the stringent specifications for a project. In those cases, it would make no sense, financially or otherwise, to consider other bids. We are solidly within the procedural rules and guidelines when we do this.

Personnel matters are among our most challenging issues. On the one hand, the public has a right to know how much money is paid to satisfy the remaining portion of the contracted salary of a public figure we employ. On the other hand, we are limited by law regarding documentation we can provide relating to employee matters.  Coach Cox’s final payment reflected his gross contracted salary amount; benefits, taxes, and other withdrawals were not deducted. We appreciate your faith and trust, and we will do our best to answer questions without crossing legal or ethical boundaries.

The College of Southern Idaho is a large organization, employing more than 1,000 people, serving more than 4,500 full-time students each semester. We are recognized as a leader in the state, an essential and active partner in southern Idaho workforce, business, and health education. We are proud of our people and our processes. We will continue to do the public’s business in public, keep higher education affordable and accessible, seek out the lowest bidders, honor our contracts, obey FERPA laws, and respect the privacy of all our students and employees, past and present.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

CSI Health Screenings Continue Tuesday & Thursday

Tuesday, September 16 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Wellness Office, 496-A Shoup Ave W

Thursday, September 18 from 7 - 9 a.m. and again 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. in HEP 150

Participating in this screening is FREE and is rewarded with a $25 per month discount on health insurance effective October 2014 to July 2015. 

Remember to fast for two (2) hours by having nothing to eat or drink but water.  If you have diabetes, please just bring a copy of your latest Hgb A1C. Everyone is advised to take all medications as prescribed by your health care provider. 

If you have visited your healthcare provider between May 1 and the end of September you may submit a verification form by the September 30 to also qualify for the $25 monthly paycheck discount.

No appointment is necessary.  Just drop in during one of the times listed above. We must shut down promptly at 8:45 on Wednesday as a class follows in this room and we need time to vacate the room.

Please refer your questions to jheatwole@csi.edu or to x6269.

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

Rodeo Program Reports Recent Team Results

Congratulations to CSI's men's and women's rodeo teams, both of which did exceptionally well in the Sept. 5 & 6 Rocky Mountain Regional rodeo at Southern Utah University. First place awards went to Cole Hatcher - Men's All Around and Saddle Bronc Riding; Dylon Baker in Bareback; Ryan Kesi in bull riding; and Bailey Jo Bartlome in team roping. Other awards included: Dylon Baker, Ryan Kesi, and Baden Newman - 3rd, 5th, and 6th in men's all around; Chuck Povey, 3rd in women's all around; Jordan LaRoque, 5th in barrel racing; Chuck Povey, 6th in breakaway roping and 3rd in goat tying; Carson Hamilton, Wyatt Hurst, and Clayton Brum - 2nd, 3rd, and tied for 3rd in saddle bronc riding; Baden Newman, 2nd in bareback riding; Trasen Jones, 2nd in bull riding; Dylon Baker, 7th in tie down roping. The women's team is second in the region team standings behind the Idaho State University.

Doug Maughan
Public Relations Director

Fall 2014 Active Lifestyle Challenge Starts TODAY

wellbeingThis fall’s challenge is based on the President’s Active Lifestyle Challenge (PALA+), which is a national program that promotes physical activity AND good nutrition, because it takes both to lead a healthy lifestyle.  This challenge is super EASY.  Find all the details on the CSI Employee Wellbeing website: http://wellness.csi.edu/fall2014challenge.html. Find a roster of Teams and join one in progress or start your own.  See Tips for Eating, an Activity Log and information and registration for our closing event – the Great Pumpkin Walk/Run

What kind of activity counts in this challenge?  Go to the Questions portion of the page and link on the link to the PALA+ challenge online.  Questions?  Please call me at x6269 or email jheatwole@csi.edu.  See you on the walking trail!

Judy Heatwole, Coordinator
CSI Employee Wellbeing

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

How about celebrating with Miles of Smiles 5K Walk / Run sponsored by the CSI Dental Assisting & Triathlon clubs!

When: October 11, 2014
Where: On CSI Campus – Twin Falls
Time: Registration 7:00 am Race begins 8:00 am
How do I register? Just come the day of the event
How much is it? $10.00 per person

What’s in it for me? Each participant receives a bag of oral hygiene items and is entered into a raffle for an electric toothbrush. Fastest times will also receive addition prizes.

Questions? Call Scott Rogers 732-6488 or Tonja Bowcut 732-6708

Tonja S. Bowcut, CDA
Program Director - Dental Assisting

Help Wanted: Speech & Debate Judges Needed

Each year CSI hosts a speech and debate tournament on our campus.  It takes a great deal of manpower to successfully create this event.  We need at least 20 judges on Sept. 26 and 27. Would you like to assist?  Please contact Beth Hewes @ x6776 or bhewes@csi.edu for more info. 

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Recycle Dead Pens & Mechanical Pencils on Campus

The Sustainability Council wants to remind you that CSI recycles dead pens and mechanical pencils. Every building has a designated box (most are in the office specialist’s office). Just toss your dead pens in. Full boxes can be sent to the bookstore where they’ll be sent out for recycling. The boxes will be returned to be filled again. The CSI Foundation receives a donation based on the number of pens recycled. This money is used for scholarships.  This is a simple way to be sustainable and support our students.

Janice L. Simpkin, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Keep Colds and the Flu to Yourself – Wash Your Hands

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Hand-washing: Do's and don'ts

Hand-washing is an easy way to prevent infection. Understand when to wash your hands, how to properly use hand sanitizer and how to get your children into the habit.
Frequent hand-washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading illness. Hand-washing requires only soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer — a cleanser that doesn't require water. Find out when and how to wash your hands properly.

When to wash your hands

As you touch people, surfaces and objects throughout the day, you accumulate germs on your hands. In turn, you can infect yourself with these germs by touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Although it's impossible to keep your hands germ-free, washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria, viruses and other microbes.
Always wash your hands before:

  • Preparing food or eating
  • Treating wounds, giving medicine, or caring for a sick or injured person
  • Inserting or removing contact lenses

Always wash your hands after:

  • Preparing food, especially raw meat or poultry
  • Using the toilet or changing a diaper
  • Touching an animal or animal toys, leashes, or waste
  • Blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • Treating wounds or caring for a sick or injured person
  • Handling garbage, household or garden chemicals, or anything that could be contaminated — such as a cleaning cloth or soiled shoes

In addition, wash your hands whenever they look dirty.

How to wash your hands

It's generally best to wash your hands with soap and water. Follow these simple steps:

  • Wet your hands with running water.
  • Apply liquid, bar or powder soap.
  • Lather well.
  • Rub your hands vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Remember to scrub all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Rinse well.
  • Dry your hands with a clean or disposable towel or air dryer.
  • If possible, use your towel to turn off the faucet.

Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap may even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents — making it harder to kill these germs in the future.

Donate Blood, Give the Gift of Life

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Comes to Taco Bell Arena

We have just announced Trans-Siberian Orchestra coming November 20. Presale date and code word can be found on the EAP current rewards webpage.


We also are offering $0 in fees for Godsmack tickets if purchased at the Box Office for Boise State students and military members.

Daniel Salamone
Graduate Marketing Intern
Taco Bell Arena
Boise State University
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