Thursday, October 11, 2007

Certified Master Carver Greg Butaski demonstrates his craft to the chef apprenticeship students in the Hospitality Management 217, Garde Manger class. The ice-sculpting lab is only held once per year, with October’s recent record-breaking temperatures cooling off Wednesday, just in time to not melt the proceedings!

Construction Sciences helps sponsor “Contractor for a Day”The Construction Sciences Department recently partnered with the Ohio Contractors Association to help put on their annual "Contractor for a Day" program, October 2 at the Apollo JVS in Lima, and Oct. 5 in Columbus. More than 250 students, instructors and counselors from area tech prep schools attended.

Nathell Grubbs
, lab assistant in the Construction Sciences Department, and Dean Bortz, instructor in Construction Management, present Columbus State information at the “Contractor for a Day” event held in Columbus October 5.

The program began several years ago with industry members volunteering their time to encourage the next generation of the construction industry through training, site visits, and formal education. According to Dean Bortz, instructor in Construction Management, this program is important because the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the one-million-person shortfall in the construction industry at present will grow to 5 million in the next 10-20 years.

This program matches OCA members with tech prep students around Ohio to take students to projects to see work in progress and talk to the field personnel about careers in the construction field, emphasizing heavy highway and operating engineers. This program encourages students to consider apprenticeship programs in various construction trades and to attend construction and engineering programs at community colleges such as Columbus State.

New Colleague Desktop User Interface (UI 2.1) begins Oct. 16Beginning October 16, the new Colleague User Interface (UI 2.1) will be deployed on campus. The schedule for this deployment will be on a building-by-building basis as noted.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: Aquinas, Davidson, Eibling, Delaware, and Center for Workforce Development (plus all other buildings across Cleveland Ave.)
Wednesday, Oct. 17: Madison, Rhodes, Columbus (ERC) and Franklin
Thursday, Oct. 18: Nestor, Union and all off campus sites

The deployment of this new user interface is the first step toward the college’s migration to Colleague Release 18 (R18), which is scheduled to take place over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The new UI will automatically install when you start up your machine. The new user interface provides a similar look and feel to the current UI. Seeing the new blue icon  on your desktop will be the indication that the upgrade successfully completed. Note that if you have established “favorites” and wish to retain them you will want to make a copy of them as they will not be included when the new UI is installed on your desktop. Just recreate them under the new version.

If you have any questions or problems with the upgrade, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 5050.

Bake Sale at Dublin to benefit “Holidays Are for Kids”The Staff Advisory Council will host a bake sale at the Columbus State Dublin site to support the 2007 Holidays Are for Kids annual campaign October 25 from 6-8 p.m. The Dublin site is located at 6190 Shamrock Court, Dublin 43016.

Please email Tonja Lawson if you are able to donate some baked goods for the sale. Staff Advisory Council will transport your baked goods to Dublin if needed. Please package items so that they can be transported easily. If you would like your container returned, please make sure your name and telephone number are on the item.

Retired professor Joe Maneri diesJoseph A. Maneri, age 82, former professor in the Columbus Technical Institute (CTI) Business Division, died Sunday, October 7, at Friendship Village of Columbus. Maneri retired from the college and was awarded emeritus status in 1986. He was also a retired tax accountant with H&R Block. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, WWII, and recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Norma A. Maneri and mother Rose Maneri.

“He really meant a lot to us who went to CTI in the 70s and 80s and were in his classes,” said Paul Carringer, faculty member in Marketing. “We all used to call him ‘Papa Joe,’” recalled Carringer.

“The first class I was in with him I got to class late. He promptly kicked me out of class telling me I had no chance to pass if I didn't respect the fact that class had a starting and ending time. But, he did it in a way that made me think about my responsibilities to the class, not that I was "bad" for being late. That situation gave me a deep respect for him and the subject,” remembered Carringer.

“He later helped me make the decision to go on for my BSBA and MBA degrees. He even took the time to have me over to his house to eat with his family and talk about what I should do after Columbus Tech. His concern for the student, in my experience, set him apart.”

Maneri is survived by sons James, Philip (Cheri Koscielny), and Thomas (Lisa Taylor). Arrangements are being handled by Southwick-Good & Fortkamp Funeral Chapel, 3100 N. High St., where friend may call on Friday, October 12, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

ERC closes in on 10,000-per-week markIf you have noticed many more students, faculty and staff frequenting the Educational Resources Center (ERC) lately, the door count certainly supports that traffic.

In the week beginning Monday, September 24—the second week of the Fall quarter—nearly 10,000 people entered the ERC for the purposes of accessing resources, studying, engaging in discussions with reference librarians, borrowing audio/video equipment, speaking with the IT Support staff, viewing art in the galleries and more.

Bruce Massis, director of the ERC says, “We are thrilled that students recognize the ERC for its resources and its staff. We are proud to meet the needs of our students in our role as a primary support service on campus.”

DX adds new Kenyan jewelry line“Zulugrass” jewelry designs from the Rift Valley in Kenya are now being sold in the Discovery Exchange bookstore. The Leakey Collection is made of natural grass beads that are dyed rich hues and then combined with hand-blown Czech glass beads to create over 200 brilliant color combinations. All the jewelry in The Leakey Collection, designed by Philip and Katy Leakey, is made from sustainable resources.

Strung on special elastic thread, and handcrafted by the Maasai women, who are expert bead workers, Zulugrass jewelry invites creativity. Individual strands can be wrapped and twisted and tied to become multi-strand necklaces, bracelets, belts, or hair-ties. Zulugrass jewelry evolved from the Leakey’s desire to provide economic opportunity for the pastoral Maasai, who have been greatly affected by the ongoing drought in their country.

Velez named to Ohio Humanities CouncilEdgar Vélez, Ph.D., associate professor in the Humanities Department, has been selected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Ohio Humanities Council, the governing body for the state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Ohio Humanities Council promotes, supports, and encourages public programs that help all inhabitants of our state understand the practical value of the humanities in our daily lives through consideration of such issues as the nature of citizenship in a democratic society, the meaning of e pluribus unum, the reasons for conflict and the path to resolution.  Through its work, the Ohio Humanities Council encourages tolerance, civility, and respect among all the citizens of this state. 

Campus departments to sponsor depression screening“Stop a Suicide Today” is the 2007 theme for National Depression Screening Day scheduled for Thursday, October 11. The focus of the program is to educate the public about the warning signs of suicide and how to effectively respond to someone who may be at risk.

The free screening and mental health educational materials will be available today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall Lounge. The activity is sponsored by Student Activities and Athletics, Counseling Services, and the Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation Department. For more information contact Heather Borland, supervisor of Student Wellness and Recreational Activities.