Monday, January 7, 2008

Dick Gregory
Dick Gregory

Activist, author, comic Dick Gregory to speak in honor of MLK DayThis year’s Martin Luther King Day Celebration speaker will be Dick Gregory, comic, activist, author, and actor. Born in St. Louis, Dick Gregory grew up shining shoes to help feed his family. In high school he led a march against conditions in segregated schools and set a state record in track. As a star comedian in the early 1960s, he used biting racial satire and shunned the stereotypes of early black comics.

Gregory will speak on campus Thursday, January 10, at 11 a.m. in the WD Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

book coverPrompted by Martin Luther King Jr., Gregory became a civil rights and anti-war leader, running for president in 1968 and fasting for human rights both here and abroad. Bringing wit and dedication to countless causes for decades, Dick Gregory started the Campaign for Human Dignity in 1992 to fight crime in St. Louis neighborhoods. Read more about Dick Gregory.

The Columbus State Gospel Ensemble will perform at the MLK Day Celebration, and  following the lecture, Gregory will sign his new book, “Callus on My Soul,” a memoir. He will also be available for a small "fireside chat" following his book signing. The 2008 MLK Day theme is "Living the Legacy: The Road Ahead." For more information, contact Kim Brazwell at ext. 2426.

IRS increases mileage rate effective Jan. 1Columbus State’s travel procedure, 9-06(A) ties mileage reimbursement rates to the IRS guidelines. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that mileage rates will increase from 48.5 cents to 50.5 cents per mile for all business miles driven beginning January 1, 2008.

Travel forms are available on the intranet and will be updated to reflect the new rates. Reimbursement forms that are in transit will have the mileage rate adjusted by the Travel Office for travel that occurs on or after January 1, 2008. Questions regarding the new rates should be addressed to Betty Sugar in the Travel Office at ext. 2421. 

“Screen ’n’ Speak” to show movies, hold discussionsmovie reelThe Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department will provide a new series in 2008 called Screen ’n’ Speak.  Each month, the department will work with Student Activities to show a topically diverse film for one week. At the end of the screening week, a final showing of the film will take place coupled with a discussion session led by a faculty or staff member of Columbus State.

All Screen ’n’ Speak films will be carefully selected based on their inclusive subject matter in hopes that a rich dialogue can result from the viewing experience. The discussion sessions are geared toward broadening perspectives of diversity and inclusion and providing a voice for members of the entireColumbus State community to express themselves and learn from each other.

The 2008 film series will include:
January: “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” Thursday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. in the ERC TV studio
February: “Brother to Brother”
March: “Daughters of the Dust”
April: “Crossing Arizona”
May: “The Debut”
June: “It's Elementary”
July: “The Way Home”
August: “Fires in the Mirror”
For more information on this series, please contact Kimberly Brazwell at ext. 2426 or


Charlene fixCharlene Fix

Local poet to present next Visiting Authors Workshop Jan. 12 Charlene Fix, professor of Liberal Arts at Columbus College of Art and Design and recipient of the Robert H. Winner memorial Award in Poetry, will be the presenter at the next Columbus State Visiting Authors Workshop on Saturday, January 12.

Professor Fix's workshop, "Words, Images, and Other Matters: Writing Poetry," will be held from 2–4:30 p.m. on January 12 in Seminar Room D on the lower level of Nestor Hall. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Visiting Authors Workshop Series is presented by the Communication Skills Department and funded by a mini-grant from the CSCC Development Foundation.



Winter weather walking without wipeoutsgraphic of a person slipping on iceTips from the Campus Safety Committee
Many accidents at work and at home can be prevented. Below is some basic information from the Columbus State Campus Safety Committee that may help prevent a slip or fall:

  • Walking on snow or ice is especially treacherous, and wearing proper footwear is essential.

  • Well insulated boots with good rubber treads are a must for walking during winter weather

  • Change into your work footwear after you get to work. But wear the proper footwear when leaving your home and walking to your workplace.

  • When walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway, take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction.

  • If a sidewalk that has not been cleared and you must walk in the street, walk against the traffic and as close to the curb as you can.

  • Be on the lookout for vehicles that may have lost traction and are slipping toward you.

  • At night or early in the morning, wear bright clothing or reflective gear. Dark clothing will make it difficult for motorists to see you.

  • During the daytime, wear sunglasses to help you see better and avoid hazards.

  • Avoid bringing snow or ice inside the building, which will quickly melt and create hazardous walking conditions. Before coming inside, brush the snow and ice off your boots and shake your umbrella and outer clothing.

  • Walking on wet floors with dry shoes is very hazardous, and if you must walk on wet floors shorten your stride to maintain your center of balance, walk with your feet pointed slightly outward, creating a stable base, and make wide turns at corners.

  • Additionally, signs warning of wet areas should be posted and wet areas should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

Practices to avoid all trips, slips and falls, regardless of weather conditions:

Stay focused.
Do not read the newspaper or other paperwork while you are walking.
Do not talk on your cell phone.
If in a group and talking, keep your eyes on the walkway ahead.
Do not overload your arms, which can impede your view of the pathway ahead.
Do not run. Take small steps.
Wear proper footwear.
Use handrails when available.
If walkways are damaged or dangerous, take another route.

Wellness Initiative reminds us to wash our handswellness logoWinter is flu season and the perfect time to remember guidelines for hand washing. For every doorknob you touch, every hand you shake and every shopping cart you push, you are placing germs on your hands. It simply takes touching an infected surface then touching your eyes, nose or mouth to set cold or flu germs into action.

Fortunately, we have the ability to control a lot of infection through our hands. According to the Center for Disease Control, "Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection."  We need to remember to wash our hands: after using the bathroom, sneezing, coughing, eating, drinking, disposing of garbage, handling or preparing foods, changing diapers, using the phone, handling pets and shaking hands.

Hand-washing is an easy and effective way to help prevent colds, flu, and food poisoning.


Jeff Bates
Jeff Bates

Bates completes Ph.D. at Ohio StateJeff Bates, professor and program coordinator for Environmental Science, Safety & Health, graduated Dec. 9 from The Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences. The title of his dissertation was, "An evaluation of digital elevation models and geotechnical properties of the glacial deposits in Franklin County, Ohio, using a geographic information system."