The official employee newsletter of CSI since 1998
CSI Holds 47th Annual Commencement Friday, May 17
A Sample of our Graduation Speaker’s Humor
CSI Family Picnic is Tuesday, May 21
To be Presented at the Picnic: 2013 Longevity Awards
High School Students are Eligible for Technical Credits
CSI Benefit Open Enrollment Open Through May 24
Regional Call for Creative Writing Submissions
Idaho STAR Brings Spring Courses in Twin Falls
Boise State Recognizes Graduates from Twin Falls Programs
The College of Southern Idaho will hold its 47th annual commencement for graduates at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17. Former Wendell resident Elaine Ambrose, an author and publisher who now lives in Eagle, Idaho, will be the keynote speaker.
After graduating with honors with a journalism degree from the University of Idaho, Ambrose became Idaho’s first female newscaster when she worked at KMVT Television in Twin Falls in the early 1970’s. Later, she became the associate editor of the Magic Valley and Boise Magazines. She started Mill Park Publishing in 2003 and has published several nationally acclaimed books including her bestseller, ‘Menopause Sucks.’
According to the CSI Registrar’s office, nearly 1400 students have filed applications for graduation. Some of those are completing the requirements for two or three degrees or certificates. More than 400 graduates typically choose to take part in the commencement exercises. The number for the 2012 event was 442. The exact number will not be known until the evening of the program.
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 will conclude between 8:30 and 9 p.m.
College of Southern Idaho
Note: I chanced to meet this year’s speaker at a writer’s seminar a few years ago and found her to be most delightful. When I touched base with her last week she sent me a link to her blog in which she anticipates her talk with our students. Please find an excerpt and link below:
Submitted by Elaine Ambrose on May 10, 2013 - 6:40am
I’m the commencement speaker next week at the College of Southern Idaho. I’ll tell the graduates that they are doomed, there aren’t any jobs, the country is teetering on the brink of destruction, they’ll never get out of debt, and they should move into a tent in the forest and make macramé hangers to sell at craft fairs. Too harsh?
I grew up in a small town during an easier time. My mother would send me alone to the grocery store, and I would return with fresh bread, local eggs, a roast, and a pie or two. You can’t do that anymore because there are too many security cameras.
Thousands of graduates and their families will sit through commencement ceremonies this spring, and I hope they glean a few tidbits of wisdom from the speakers who desperately will be searching for eye contact. It’s difficult for motivational speakers to keep going when they know the audience already has checked out. So, while you’re all still awake, here are my ten simple suggestions for a good life:
Student Union Building
Please attend and enjoy live music, bounce houses and balloon sculptures for the kids, door prizes, and a 50/50 drawing (tickets $1 with half of the proceeds going to the CSI foundation).
Chicken, Fish, Ribs, and Dessert will be provided.
Please bring a large side dish to share.
We hope to see you there!
Jan S. Carpenter
Associate Professor of English
We congratulate these employees and thank you for your many years of dedicated to the college.
40 Years – CSI
30 Years – CSI
20 Years – CSI
20 Years – Office on Aging
10 Years – CSI
Jennifer Emery Davidson
10 Years – Trans IV
10 Years – Office on Aging
10 Years – Head Start
Students who have graduated from high school within the last two years can still receive technical credits for certain courses they have taken, according to the Region IV Tech Prep office at the College of Southern Idaho.
Karrie Hornbacher, the Coordinator for Accelerated Learning with Tech Prep, says students who graduated in 2011 or 2012 still have the opportunity to transcript and receive CSI credit for some of the technical courses they took in high school. Examples of qualifying courses and programs include Ag/FFA, Accounting, Equine Science, Food Production Management, Education Assistant, Web Design, Welding, Cabinetry, Nutrition and Foods, and Drafting.
To receive Tech Prep credits, students must have passed those qualifying courses with a ‘B’ or better and pay a $22 per credit transcription fee. For more information, please contact the Region IV Tech Prep office at CSI at 208-732-6276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Relations Director
The 2013 benefit Open Enrollment is May 6, 2013 through May 24th, 2013.
If you are not adding a spouse or dependent to your insurance or enrolling in the FSA you do NOT need to do anything. Insurance cards will be mailed out in the middle of June.
Premiums for the 2013/14 year are:
Employee Only $ 62.75
Employee/Child $ 90.10
Please us the link provided below for more information, changes and forms.
The Department of English, Languages, and Philosophy is pleased to announce a call for submissions to Silo, the College of Southern Idaho’s literary journal to be published again in 2014. The journal has been published in print form in the past and we hope now to continue the tradition by providing an online collecting place for exceptional creative writing. Please visit the journal’s website and submit work according to the submission guidelines by November 30, 2013. Visit http://producer.csi.edu/silo for additional information.
CSI motorcycle and scooter riders! Spring is here and with it the riding season. The Idaho STAR Motorcycle Safety Program will kick off the riding season in Twin Falls on May 25th with a Basic II Course (now on sale…keep reading).
The Basic II Course is designed for riders who are already comfortable with the basic skills of turning, shifting, stopping, and balancing the motorcycle. This 8-hour course includes both classroom and on-cycle instruction in street-strategies and emergency situation skills. You will practice cornering, braking, and swerving maneuvers on the riding course. For this course, you may choose to ride one of their motorcycles or bring your own. Tuition for the Basic II Course is $105, but you can get a $10 discount now by using Promo Code 952RIDE.
To register or learn about one of the program’s 8 course offerings, visit idahostar.org; STAR has courses for all levels of riders. Ride safe everyone!
Join Boise State University deans and faculty in recognizing the 44 bachelor's degree graduates and 25 master's degree graduates from Boise State's Twin Falls Programs in a ceremony on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the College of Southern Fine Arts Auditorium. A reception to congratulate the graduates will follow the ceremony in the Fine Arts Atrium. For further information contact Shari Stroud, Twin Falls Extended Studies Coordinator at 732-6284 or email@example.com or Christy Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The list of graduating students is as follows:
Brenda Arambula, Twin Falls
Laura L. Bailey, Filer (2nd Bachelor’s)
Jamie Alicia Buckingham, Twin Falls **
Teanna Campbell, Buhl
Orlando Cantu, Burley
Gwen Clements, Gooding
David Hillis, Hansen
Devon Lynn Jenks, Twin Falls
Mari Neiwirth (in Memoriam) *
Dustin S. Nilsson, Burley *
Jennifer Schultz, Hailey (2nd Bachelor’s)
Cleo Spencer, Jerome
Sarah Underwood, Jerome (2nd Bachelor’s)
General Business, BBA
Neil Christiansen, Shoshone (2nd Bachelor’s)
Kristi Fehringer, Kimberly
Josh Hagley, Twin Falls
Drew J. Latimer, Challis
Coralee McCarthy, Kimberly
Corinne Park, Twin Falls
Stacie M. Porter, Twin Falls (w/Accountancy Minor)
Eli Searle, Kimberly
Joe Stevens, Kimberly
Ryan Stout, Twin Falls
Brett Thompson, Jerome *
Zarina Umarova, Twin Falls
Klayton Weybright, Pocatello
Accountancy & General Business, BBA (Double Major)
Patricia Juarez, Boise *
Lisa Romer Keele, Gooding
Ryan Loveday, Twin Falls **
Rachel M. Pantone, Shoshone *
Human Resource Management, BBA
Kim D. Bryson, Hailey (w/Accountancy Minor)
Criminal Justice, BS, BA
Shaiyenne Anton, Twin Falls
Tamara Aslett, Twin Falls (w/Business Minor) *
Tyler Barton, Kimberly
Lynne Eppers, Jackson, Wyoming *
Terrisa Haycock, Jerome
Letisia Lopez, Twin Falls **
Benjamin J. Mittelstadt, Filer
Diane Rock, Twin Falls
Ryon Sirucek, Buhl
Anis Trbonja, Twin Falls
Trish Turner, Jerome
Victoria Watkins, Twin Falls
Christopher Wilson, Twin Falls *
*CUM LAUDE (3.50 to 3.74 Grade Point Average)
**MAGNA CUM LAUDE (3.75 to 3.94 Grade Point Average)
***SUMMA CUM LAUDE (3.95 to 4.00 Grade Point Average).
Master of Social Work
Paul Bamesberger, Twin Falls
Candace Barry, Chubbuck
Pamela Basinger, Rexburg
Laura Bingham, Chubbuck
James Boutwell, Twin Falls
Cassaundra Collins, Twin Falls
Irene De La Cruz, Burley
Lisa Catherine Eastman, Twin Falls
Michele Elsbree, Ammon
Nicole Elizabeth Gentry, North Ogden, Utah
Wendy L. Greener, Spring Creek, Nevada
Krista Marie Griffin, Firth
Kristina Loder, Gooding
Holli Ludwig, Pocatello
Emily Macfarlane, Ogden, Utah
Jeanette Marie McIlhenny, Bellevue
Linda Deanne McIntosh, Twin Falls
Steven Jerold McKee, Pocatello
Sarah Swanson, Twin Falls
Jill Thomas, Jerome
Lenorah Tsetsakis, Gooding
Bree Van Leeuwen, Twin Falls
Shannon Wilson, Twin Falls
Karl Stanley Winegar, Pocatello
Lacey Wuthrich, Pocatello