Thursday, September 20, 2007

Staff member of month ASSET to Automotive Department

Chuck Wilson

As coordinator of the Ford ASSET program, Chuck Wilson does it all, according to his nominator for the Staff Employee of the Month award, David Hill.

"He does everything to ensure that the Ford ASSET program is meeting the needs of the dealerships that employ his students, and the students themselves. Chuck also makes sure that the program has a positive image out in the community," reports Hill.

"He routinely travels all over Ohio to recruit students for not only the ASSET program, but also the Automotive Technology," says Hill.   "He meets with employers of current and past students to get their feedback on the students' progress and to help facilitate a bridge between the work site and the classroom. His attitude to seize the opportunity is infectious!"

Dr. Andy Rezin, chair of the Automotive Technology department says, "Chuck always looks for a way to make good things happen in spite of obstacles, rather than ever considering that it can't be done. His positive attitude, constant energy and technical abilities continue to inspire his students and his coworkers."

Hispanic Heritage Month activities span first weeks of quarter
Columbus State will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during the first four weeks of Fall Quarter with several exciting activities.

  Hispanic Heritage Month corresponds with the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries--Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. The celebration runs from September 15 - October 15.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.


Activities for the month include:

September 23 - October 20
• Exhibit in ERC - Migration Series - Emanuel Enriquez

September 26 - 4-6 p.m. - in conjunction with Welcome Back Day
• Musical Presentation - Sumatka

1st week in October - Movie, Angel Rodriguez

October 10
• Bilingual Poetry Reading - Cosponsor - Social and Behavioral Sciences
• ERC TV Studio - Noon-1 p.m.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Renée Hampton, TRIO programs director and special assistant to the provost for diversity.

Outside of the Directions for Youth building, Carl Bradwell paints over graffiti to spruce up the area.
Community Care Day team paints the town

A group of Columbus State employees took the day off work Tuesday to paint the new fitness room of the Directions for Youth building on Ohio Avenue, formerly the Police Athletic League, and help with yard work at the agency. The volunteer effort was coordinated by Barbara Smith-Allen, coordinator of Community Outreach, on behalf of the United Way.   Community Care Day matches volunteer work teams with agencies that need help with special projects such as painting, landscaping, cleaning, and other unskilled labor. The volunteers for the day were, from left:   Sharon Ward, Nancy Ziminski, Suzy May, Barbara Smith-Allen, Cheryl Ferguson, Vickie Hunter, Kelly Sanchez, Carl Bradwell and Paula Collier.  Not pictured are Brenna Michaels, Susan Ewing-Ramsey, and Will Kopp.




Symphony Week

Peter Stafford Wilson, conductor
Statehouse Lawn

Hosted by: The Statehouse

The Capitol Cafe, operated by Sanese Services, will be preparing a variety of fresh food right on the Statehouse lawn. Bring your appetite and feast on hotdogs, bratwurst and much more!  

Thursday, September 20
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Program includes selections from Pirates of the Caribbean, selections from Billy Joel, Tchaikovsky March Slave and more!

Friday, September 21
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Program includes selections from Phantom of the Opera, Finlandia, Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 1 and more!

Sunday, September 23
1 pm - 5:30 pm
Ohio Theatre
Program includes selections from Finlandia, Light Cavalry Overture, Liberty Fanfare, Lord of the Dance, Billy Joel, The Lion King and more.

From 1 pm - 4 pm, free activities include:
Meet our musicians, get free tattoos, play an instrument, make an art & craft , and much more

From 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Play along with the Symphony. Make your reservation to play today at

For more information, please call (614) 228-8600 or visit our Website at

TQE Partnership to sponsor roundtable discussion with noted national speaker

Dr. Joseph White

The Teacher Quality Enhancement Partnership will sponsor a roundtable presentation on urban education facilitated by Dr. Joseph White, a national authority on diversity in education and urban psychology.

Dr. White will lead a discussion on the teacher-student relationship and the role community plays in the development of students in an urban environment.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, October 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Workforce Development Conference Center, 315 Cleveland Avenue. For more information on the roundtable, contact Laura Shady, TQE coordinator at ext. 5541.



Wellness Initiative announces "Body Challenge" resultsSince April, a number of teams from various departments at the college have been working to reach their goals in the "Body Challenge" competition initiated by Human Resources . . . and the results are in!

The goal of the Body Challenge was to create a healthier and more physically active environment on campus and for many of the participants, this goal was achieved. 

Participants had the opportunity to spend three months altering behaviors that would impact their weight, body mass index (BMI), body composition (BC), circumference, aerobic output, and the amount of steps taken per day. Eight teams with a total of 116 participants took part in the challenge, and the majority of the contestants made positive changes, according to Don Laubenthal of the Human Performance Center. The HPC staff took initial and final assessments of all participants.

The competition worked on a point system and individuals earned points through changes in body weight, body composition/body mass index, circumference, and aerobic capacity. Point adjustments were made to account for variations in team size. The results:

Top Teams
Human Resources - 856 points
Business Services - 818 points
Admissions - 799 points

Biggest Achiever per Team
Business Services - Terri Gehr
Admissions - Bryan Wills
Nursing - Amy Weber
Human Resources - Nichole Bowman-Glover
CEWD-CPE-BI - Thelma Bucy
Respiratory Care - Sue Donohue
Modern Languages - Luis Latoja
Instructional Services - Michele Arnold

Biggest Overall Achiever
Nichole Bowman-Glover

Congratulations to all those who participated! The CSCC Wellness Advisory Committee would like you to keep your eyes open for the next Wellness Challenge which will begin soon.