Thursday, November 29, 2007

Give generously to soldiers overseasphoto of soldier in IraqPTK logoThe holidays can be lonely when you have to spend it away from family and friends. The members of Phi Theta Kappa have initiated a project to bring some holiday cheer to our troops.

The group is collecting holiday cards and toiletry supplies to send over to the troops. Columbus State has a Phi Theta Kappa member who is serving in Iraq who will see that the items are distributed to our servicemen and women.

You can drop off your signed cards and toiletry supplies to Mary Hooker-Myers in DH-241 or Phi Theta Kappa office in NH-122. Deadline is Dec. 1. A person will be available in DH-241 Dec. 1 until 5 p.m. to take your donation.

montage of raffle itemsLast chance for Staff Advisory Council goodiesDec. 3 is the final bake sale for Staff Advisory Council’s Annual Holidays are for Kids Campaign.

It’s also an opportunity  to enter a raffle. Items to be raffled include the "coveted" parking space courtesy of Public Safety, a one-night stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites located in the heart of the Short North (near plenty of shops and gallery hopping), and massages courtesy of the Massage Therapy Department. In addition, SAC will raffle 14K gold jewelry, an MP3 player and a host of other items. There is also an overnight stay and two breakfast buffet passes at the Argosy Hotel & Casino (expires October 15, 2008.) A complete list of items can be viewed at

The bake sale will take place in the Delaware Hall Lobby (near the ATM) from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Raffle tickets: Parking Space ($2 each); tickets for the other items to be raffled: $1 each ticket or 6 for $5.

Raffle tickets can also be purchased through SAC representatives. For a list of SAC reps, please visit:


Voice your opinion on travel reimbursement policyOnly two opportunities remain to voice your opinion on travel and reimbursement policies.

The Shared Governance Fiscal Resources and Facilities Committee is seeking input into the current procedures for travel and reimbursement. At issue is meal reimbursement for staffers on the road.

The committee will hold two more open forums on Nov. 29 and Dec. 5, and also will seek input through a one-question survey. To see a description of the project, find dates and times for each forum, or participate in the survey, follow this link. (

“Raisin in the Sun” casting begins Dec. 3-4stage photo of play "Raisin in the Sun"Theater Columbus State begins casting for Raisin in the Sun, a landmark civil rights play, on Dec. 3 and 4.

Casting sessions run from 7-10 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. The group is looking for eight men, three women and many production team members.

For more information, call James Mathis, Director:  614-466-9988 or; or contact Nancy Kephart:  614-287-2534;

Set in Chicago's South Side during the pre-Civil Rights era of the 1950s, the plot revolves around divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family.  Multiple African American themes of identity, pride and power, quest for liberation, strength of family, and Black America's links with Black Africa all culminate in the family's climatic refusal to sacrifice human dignity to the demands of a money-driven, racist society. This defining moment presages the coming turmoil and transformation brought about by the Civil Rights Movement and the resultant Civil Rights Act of 1964. Click here to view audition flyer.

Engineering Forum turns spotlight on students

photo of TAS robot
The TAS robot

Columbus State’s Engineering Technologies will showcase its programs at a Dec. 6 Engineering Forum.

The one-day forum, held in Spring and Autumn quarters, allows engineering students, faculty and alumni to discuss engineering topics and highlight student work. The Spring conference included presentations on:

* The Baja Car: Engineering Students competed in a contest to build a car to withstand the severe punishment of rough terrain.
* The TAS: This robot, built for a Capstone project, helps people find objects in hospitals, stores and other settings. TAS is intelligent, knowledgeable and a problem-solver.

The conference runs from 8:30 a.m.–noon Dec. 6 in the Columbus State Conference Center in WD. Students will also get an opportunity to network with alumni and prospective employers.

New Vacation Procedures ApprovedThe Board of Trustees revised the vacation policy to permit service time from other public colleges and political subdivisions to count toward the accrual rate for vacation at Columbus State Community College.

In addition, they approved a provision to permit employees who have worked for the college a minimum of three years and who have already taken two weeks of vacation, to exchange up to one week of unused vacation time for cash. This provision will go into effect January 1, 2008. Since the policy was approved August 1, 2007, the “cash-out” benefit of vacation cannot be retroactive. Consequently, all employees who are eligible may not use this part of the benefit until they qualify beginning January 1, 2008.

Check out the intranet to view all of the new procedures that were adopted as a result of the college forums. If you have any questions, please call your Human Resource Department Representative at ext. 2408.

Sprang, Gruber leaders in aviation maintenance groupGene Sprang, associate professor and program coordinator for Columbus State’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Department, was elected president of the Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (COPAMA).

COPAMA is a local chapter of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. Sprang was one of the cofounding members of COPAMA in 2002 and has served as Secretary, Board of Director, and Chair of the Scholarship Committee. He is also representing PAMA and CSCC on the FAA Advisory Rule Making Committee on Curriculum for FAA certified Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools.

Jeff Gruber, assistant professor of Aviation Maintenance Technology, was elected for a second term as the Great Lakes Regional Director of PAMA. He also serves as PAMA Chairman of the Government and Technical Issues Committee and writes the “Ask-A-Technician” forum column for Trade-A-Plane e-magazine and “Industry Update” column for Jet Repair Anywhere Newsletter.

COPAMA has granted over $25,000 in scholarships to aviation students over the past five years.