Monday, January 29, 2007

Sign up for Read-In Feb. 4 and 5
The Communication Skills Department will host the "18th National African American Read-In Chain," 4­-6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, and 11 a.m.-noon Monday, Feb. 5, in Nestor Hall Student Lounge West. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants in the Read-In are encouraged to present oral readings, dramatizations, and other interpretations of works produced by African Americans in honor of Black History Month.  Please contact Robyn Lyons-Robinson at ext. 3657 or rlyons@cscc.edu for further information or to sign up to present. Light refreshments will be available.

Do you know who I am?
(*answer at bottom)
Booker T. Washington
Frederick Douglass
Langston Hughes
Marcus Garvey
Richard Wright
August Wilson
Malcolm X
Ralph Ellison

Ansley given 2007 Teacher Award from ONLADick Ansley, professor in Landscape Design/Build, was presented the 2007 Teacher/Public Service Award by the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) for his contribution and excellence in teaching. The award was given at the organization's annual meeting last week. Two Landscape Design/Build students, Bela Chavda and Crystal Morter, also were recognized at the meeting, receiving $1,000 scholarships.

Trustees elect new officers

Suzanne Stillson Edgar
Jeffrey L. Scheiman
At their January 25 meeting, the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees voted to elect Suzanne Stilson Edgar as chairman for a one-year term. Edgar is president of Surface Style, a ceramic tile products company that she launched in 1991.

Jeffrey L. Scheiman was elected vice-chairman, also for a one-year term. Scheiman is Chairman and CEO of SOS Productions, a full service video communications and content development company that he founded in 1981.

Edgar has served on the Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees since 1994 and has previously served as chairman and vice-chairman. She was appointed by Governor Taft in 2005 to serve a third six-year term as a Columbus State Trustee, scheduled to run through 2011.

Bass player neededGordon Franklin's folk group "Spring Grove" is in need of a bass player. Please email gfranklin@cscc.edu if you would like to play bass in a folk group.

Scheiman was appointed to the Columbus State Board of Trustees in 2004 to fulfill the remainder of the term of Peter Grimes, who passed away. The term is scheduled to end August 31, 2007.

OLN invites you to hear leading theorist on process of learning
Hear George Siemens--a leading theorist on the implications of technology and societal trends on learning and knowledge--examine how changing learner expectations impact educators, institutions and the process of learning. Siemens will present the opening keynote address, Connectivism: Content, Connections, Conversation, on Monday, March 5, 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the Ohio Digital Commons for Education (ODCE) Conference at the Columbus Hilton at Easton Towne Center. 

Siemens also will present a wrap-up session on March 6 to close the conference. Learn more or register for the conference at http://www.oln.org/conferences/ODCE2007/ODCE2007.php. Register by February 8 and receive a $50 discount off the regular conference rates.

"ODCE 2007--The Convergence of Learning, Libraries and Technology" will be held March 4-6, at the Easton Hilton. The conference will feature submitted and invited presentations, technology demonstrations, pre-conference workshops and vendor exhibits. The preliminary program is online now at http://www.oln.org/conferences/ODCE2007/ODCE2007PrelimProgram.pdf.

ODCE 2007 is jointly sponsored by the Ohio Learning Network, OhioLINK, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center/OARnet.

New Windows updates will self-loadA new batch of Windows updates is on its way to campus PCs. If you shut your PC down normally at the end of the day, patch installation requires no special action on your part. If you leave your PC on in the evening you will be prompted to reboot after the patch installs. This prompt normally occurs in the morning.

This particular batch of patches is rather large, and you might see some performance degradation during the patch installation process.

If you have questions, contact the Help Desk at ext. 5050.

W-2s coming in the mail and on-lineOver the past year the Payroll Section of the Human Resource Department has been working with Automatic Data Processing (ADP), a Fortune 500 company that specializes in Payroll Services. In partnering with them, the college has been able to provide an upgrade in service and the Colleague system to provide online W-2 service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This year you will receive a hard copy W-2 by January 31. By registering online, you will be able to access your W-2 statement if you wish to have additional copies.

Here is how to register on ADP W-2 Services (from information obtained from your W-2)

•  Go to https://w2.adp.com
•  Click on "First Time Visitor? - Register Now".
•  Enter the Self Service Registration Pass Code, which is:   1Cougar-W2
•  Select W-2 Services at the next prompt.
•  The following information is required:
• Tax year
•  Employee ID # from Box A (6-10 digit code, your Cougar ID number)
• Company code from Box A (VJC)
•  Your home zip code
• Full social security number

You will be prompted to complete a registration process during which you will select a unique password. Your password must contain between eight and 20 characters and at least one alpha and one numeric character. Additionally, you will be assigned a system generated User ID.

Once you have completed the registration process, you should "Bookmark" or "Add to your Favorites" the URL, https://w2.adp.com.

Additional benefits: You can now go to https://taxpartner.adp.com to learn more about downloading your W-2 from ADP to use online services (i.e. Turbo Tax) to file your tax return.

You may call 1-800-422-9410 anytime and request a copy of your W-2 and instructions for "How to Order a Copy of Your W-2 Statement." The instructions are also included with your January 31 pay advice.  

For questions about this new service, please contact the Payroll Office.

* Langston Hughes - 1902-1967, an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and newspaper columnist. Hughes is best known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance.