Monday, December 17, 2007

Accountant plays by the numbersEmily LonghenryEmily Longhenry is “extremely vigilant” in processing payments, according to her nominator Irene Bricker, and “thinks across departments,” says Bricker. Bricker made the nomination before she retired this summer, and made sure to stop by to congratulate Longhenry at the Staff Employee of the Month ceremony Dec. 12. Making payments to the retirement system is one of Longhenry’s jobs, for which Bricker is certainly appreciative!

The Accountant I in the Business Office always meets her deadlines and therefore assists other departments in meeting theirs, earning her the December 2007 award. “I rely heavily on Emily,” says supervisor Ann Helfrinch, “as she is always willing to do whatever needs to be done, whenever it needs to be done, to further the mission of the college.”

Longhenry has worked at Columbus State for more than nine years. She spent her first 10 months sharing an office with her supervisor, with old boxes stuffed with files from the 1970s underneath her feet, according to Helfrinch.

“Emily goes the extra mile every day,” says Helfrinch, “but to give you a good example, one day I had to drop her off in front of the Ohio Bureau of Management downtown with a reporting package that was due in five minutes. When I drove around the block to pick her back up, she was holding her arm. I asked her what happened to her arm, and she said she jammed it in the elevator door because it was closing and she didn’t want to wait for the next one and miss the deadline!

“Now that’s going the extra mile!”

Fee Waivers due Dec. 20Please submit your Employee/Dependent Fee Waivers to the Human Resources office by
Thursday, December 20, at the close of business (4:30 p.m.) to guarantee that they are processed before late fees are assessed. Please make sure to include the appropriate instructional fees and lab fees on your form or attach a copy of the invoice that shows the itemized charges.

picture of ornament on treeHoliday safety tips save livesSome holiday safety tips come to us from Alan LaForrest in Physical Plant courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of more than 400 Americans, injure 1,650 more, and cause over $990 million in damage.

According to USFA, you can take simple life-saving steps to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty.

Preventing Christmas Tree Fires
Special fire safety precautions need to be taken when keeping a live tree in the house. A burning tree can rapidly fill a room with fire and deadly gases.

Selecting a Tree for the Holiday
Needles on fresh trees should be green and hard to pull back from the branches, and the needles should not break if the tree has been freshly cut. The trunk should be sticky to the touch. Old trees can be identified by bouncing the tree trunk on the ground. If many needles fall off, the tree has been cut too long, has probably dried out, and is a fire hazard.

Caring for Your Tree
Do not place your tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, causing it to be more easily ignited by heat, flame or sparks. Be careful not to drop or flick cigarette ashes near a tree. Do not put your live tree up too early or leave it up for longer than two weeks. Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times.

Disposing of Your Tree
Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove. When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. The best way to dispose of your tree is by taking it to a recycling center or having it hauled away by a community pick-up service.

picture of christmas light bulbsMaintain Your Holiday Lights
Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up. Use only lighting listed by an approved testing laboratory.

Do Not Overload Electrical Outlets
Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe. Connect strings of lights to an extension cord before plugging the cord into the outlet. Make sure to periodically check the wires—they should not be warm to the touch.

Use Only Nonflammableable Decorations
All decorations should be nonflammable or flame-retardant and placed away from heat vents.

Never Put Wrapping Paper in a Fireplace
It can throw off dangerous sparks and produce a chemical buildup in the home that could cause an explosion.

Artificial Christmas Trees
If you are using a metallic or artificial tree, make sure it is flame retardant.

picture of candlesAvoid Using Lit Candles
If you do use them, make sure they are in stable holders, and place them where they cannot be easily knocked down. Never leave the house with candles burning.

Never Put Lit Candles on a Tree
Do not go near a Christmas tree with an open flame—candles, lighters or matches. Finally, as in every season, have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly, and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help. And remember to practice your home escape plan.


photo of Louis Foster
Louis Foster II

Foster earns Bachelor of Science

Louis Foster II, Groundskeeper I in Physical Plant, graduated Dec. 9 from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree. Foster majored in Landscape Horticulture and minored in Agribusiness.