TWIN FALLS — The College of Southern Idaho‘s food pantry has seen an influx of donations, but could still use more items.
The topic came up during Monday’s CSI board of trustees meeting. It wasn’t on the agenda, but trustee Laird Stone mentioned Gilbert’s Pantry has seen growth since it opened.
Within the last week, the pantry received $1,400 worth of donations from five or six different companies, dean of students Jason Ostrowski said.
It’s the second school year for Gilbert’s Pantry, which opened in August 2016. It’s named after the college’s Golden Eagles mascot.
The pantry is open to any part-time or full-time CSI students who need assistance.
Since late September, 21 students have received items from the pantry. In the process, CSI employees found out two of the students were living out of their cars. They helped the students get into the on-campus residence hall in order to have meals and a place to live.
The food pantry, Ostrowski said, is “bringing to light a need that we felt, but didn’t have the data to support.”
Want to donate? The pantry has quite a bit of canned food already, Ostrowski said, but could use dried food items such as beans and rice, and toiletries.
During their meeting, trustees also:
Decided on leadership positions for the upcoming year: Bob Keegan as board chairman and Jan Mittleider as vice chairwoman.
The board and President Jeff Fox thanked outgoing board president Karl Kleinkopf — who’s remaining on the board as a trustee — for his service as chairman.
The board decides on one-year leadership positions each November.
Recognized the CSI cross country team.
It was the team’s inaugural season. Earlier this month, the women finished fourth and the men placed sixth in the team standings at the NJCAA Division I cross country championships in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Head coach Lindsey Anderson introduced CSI cross country athlete Eric Fitzpatrick, who won the national cross country championships.
Anderson thanked the board. “I know you are the people who made it possible to bring cross country back,” she said.
She has started recruiting for next year, although many team members are currently freshmen and are returning.
Later in the meeting, trustee Jack Nelsen said: “It’s really neat the quality of people you have in your program.”
Heard an update on S.O.A.R. orientation for new students.
New degree-seeking students — or returning students who haven’t been enrolled at CSI in more than two years —are required to attend an orientation session called S.O.A.R. (Student Orientation, Advising & Registration).
The requirement went into effect in fall 2016 for part-time and full-time students.
Admissions director Gail Schull told the board Monday many CSI departments — in addition to the admissions office — are involved in S.O.A.R. “I believe, in large part, that’s why we’ve achieved success to this point.”
About 2,000 students went through S.O.A.R. during the 2016-17 school year and 1,500 during fall semester. And 447 guests of incoming students — such as parents and spouses — also participated.
Approved a Head Start/Early Head Start report, which included approving an in-kind waiver and budget modification request.
Brizee, who died Nov. 8, was a CSI trustee for more than 20 years. She was the first and only other woman on CSI’s board, Mittleider said, and was an advocate for the CSI Foundation and women on campus.
McKinstry, who died Oct. 4, worked at CSI for 25 years. She had a “kind, gracious, capable spirit,” Mittleider said.