Thursday, January 25, 2007

Christopher's opens today!


New Chairs assume combined departments

Mokie Steiskal, Ph.D. has been named Chairperson of the newly combined departments of Hospitality, Massage Therapy, and Sport and Exercise Studies. Steiskal started fulltime at Columbus Technical Institute (CTI) in 1984 as a faculty member in the Hospitality Management Department. She has been acting as interim chairperson for that department since the retirement of Carol Kizer, who founded the program in the late 60s. Steiskal earned her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, her MBA from University of Dayton, and her Ph.D. from Ohio University. She is also holds certifications as a registered dietitian (RD), a certified culinary educator (CCE) and a foodservice management professional (FMP). Connie Grossman has been named Chairperson of the Allied Health Professions Department, which includes the Medical Laboratory, Medical Assisting, Health Information Management, Multi-Competency and Respiratory Care technologies. Grossman started at Columbus State as an adjunct instructor in the Dental Hygiene program in 1999, and became a fulltime clinical coordinator in 2001.   She became the Dental Hygiene program coordinator in 2002.   Grossman plans to continue to teaching in the Dental Hygiene technology as an adjunct. She is a registered dental hygienist (RDH) and earned her bachelor's degree from Ohio State and her Master of Education from Ohio University.


Winners to be honored in essay-writing contest for GED studentsThe Columbus State Communication Skills Department will recognize four winners of "Envisioning Possibilities: A Writing Workshop and Essay Contest for GED Students" on February 9. Each winner will receive $500 to be used toward higher-education expenses.

The four winners are Moses K. Adu-Gyapong from Columbus Public Schools ABLE, Judy Mercer from Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools, Marilyn Patterson from St. John Learning Center, and Erica L. Willis from Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools.

The awards ceremony will be the culmination of a project begun last fall when Communication Skills hosted a writing workshop for GED students as part of the department's participation in the national Make a Difference Day effort. Over several weekends, GED participants worked with faculty and specially-trained student tutors to compose personal essays about how a particular community has made a difference in their lives.

"We congratulate the winners for writing compelling essays about struggle, triumph, and the power of communal efforts," said Deborah Bertsch, one of the coordinators of the project.


New Sport!The Columbus State Ice Carving Team, consisting of chef apprenticeship students Titus Arensberg and Trent Mason, will compete in the Collegiate National Ice Carving Competition during Zehnder's Snowfest, in Frankenmuth, Mich. January 26-28.

We wish them the best of luck in their icy endeavors!

Titus, on left, and Trent practice for the carving competition at a recent event held in Akron.


Westerville Wellness Expo invites you Jan. 27The folks at Westerville Wellness Programs invite Columbus State students and employees to attend the Wellness Expo and Relay for Life kick-off program, Saturday, January 27, from 1-4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 2700 Corporate Exchange Dr., Columbus, Ohio, 43231.

The Expo will feature educational exhibits from Mt. Carmel St. Ann's Hospital, Ohio Tobacco Quit Line, Westerville Division of Police, Westerville Parks & Recreation, the Wellness Community of Greater Columbus and more.

Teams and individuals can also get information or register for the Westerville Relay for Life 2007, which will take place in June.