Thursday, October 16, 2008

Val’s Book Club to read “Last Lecture”collageThe President’s Book Club will read “The Last Lecture,” by the late Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer this past July. The first 25 employees to email Vickie Hunter will receive a copy of the book and be enrolled in the book club, which will meet to discuss the book on Wednesday, December 10, at noon in WD 404.

On September 18, 2007, Professor Pausch stepped in front of an audience of 400 people at Carnegie Mellon University to deliver a last lecture called “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.” With slides of his CT scans beaming out to the audience, Randy told his audience about the cancer that was devouring his pancreas and that would claim his life in a matter of months. On the stage that day, Pausch was youthful, energetic, handsome, often cheerfully, darkly funny. He seemed invincible. But this was a brief moment, as he himself acknowledged.

Pausch’s lecture has become a phenomenon, as has the book he wrote based on the same principles, celebrating the dreams we all strive to make realities. His legacy will continue to inspire people for generations to come.


Nancy Rogers
Attorney General Nancy Rogers

In- Service Day keynote speaker announced

Nancy H. Rogers, Ohio State Attorney General and Dean of the OSU Law School, will speak about ethics and aspirations during the morning session of In-Service Day, October 29.

In May Governor Ted Strickland selected Rogers as interim Ohio Attorney General to complete the remainder of an unexpired term created by the resignation of former Attorney General Marc Dann. She will serve Ohio in this capacity through the November general election, when Ohio voters will determine a successor.

Professor Rogers became Dean of the Law School in August 2001, after serving for two years as Vice Provost for Academic Administration for The Ohio State University. She is also the Immediate Past President of the Association of American Law Schools.

For more information about the In-Service Day keynote, visit the Web site at

Flu shots to be given on In-Service Daywellness logoColumbus State will offer free flu shots to full-time employees on In-Service Day, October 29, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Union Hall Rooms 137, 138 and 139. You will need an appointment. To sign up, call Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.

Columbus State Off-Campus Centers to hold Open HousesColumbus State's Off-Campus Centers will hold an open house at the Westerville and Dublin centers for students interested in “saving gas, time and money” by attending college close to home. The first open house is today from 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4–6 p.m. at the Westerville Center, 7233 Northgate Way in Westerville.

The second open house is at the Dublin Center, 6190 Shamrock Ct., Dublin, on Tuesday, October 21, from 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. and 4–6 p.m.

A special workshop will be offered by Jeff Spain of Business & Industry Training Services called "Ready, Set, Change!" from noon to 1 p.m. at both of the open house events.



Franklin University offers discount for CSCC employeesColumbus State’s neighbor down the street, Franklin University, is offering Columbus State employees a 15 percent discount on tuition for their fourth year of a bachelor’s degree when they finish at Franklin. Franklin has 19 undergraduate majors to choose from, and students can take classes at one of their four central Ohio locations or entirely online. Franklin also will reduce the price of graduate program tuition by 10 percent to all Columbus State employees. More information can be found, including transfer guides for every major at

Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition now in the ERC painting of swallowsAs part of Columbus State's Disability Awareness Month (October 2008), VSA Arts of Ohio is exhibiting some of the art from their 2008 Accessible Expressions Ohio exhibition in the ERC gallery, October 3-31. Accessible Expressions Ohio is a statewide, juried, visual arts exhibition and tour adding to the richness of cultural diversity throughout Ohio. The artwork is exhibited at an opening ceremony, and a second adjudication is conducted to determine the first, second and third place winners in each category, as well as Best in Show. Following the opening ceremony, the artwork is divided for tours and travels around Ohio. If you would be interested in purchasing art work that is for sale, please contact VSA Arts of Ohio at 241-5325.

Forums to explain new Public Records and Records Retention policiesTwo forums will be held starting next week to discuss the new policy on Public Records (11-06), and the revised policy on Records Retention and Disposal (11-04) that were approved by the Board of Trustees during their last meeting September 25.

The forums will be held:

Monday, October 20: 2-3 p.m.,
NH Seminar Room A

Thursday, October 23: 9-10 a.m.,
WD Room 407

picture of cakePhi Theta Kappa bake sale todayThe Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society is holding a bake sale today (Thursday, October 16,) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Nestor Hall in the first floor lobby. The event has two purposes: to raise money for local chapter projects and to introduce Phi Theta Kappa to more students. Chapter officers will be available to answer students' questions. Feel free to stop by and buy a delicious treat for a good cause, if not good for your waistline!


How are your lungs?
October 19-25 is Respiratory Care Week, and as service for the campus community, the Respiratory Care students will be conducting lung screening tests on Monday, October 20, from 9 a.m.–noon in Nestor Hall Room 106. Stop over and have your lungs checked.


Wellness Initiative Corner – Hispanic Health Issueswellness logoAs Hispanic Heritage Month ends October 15, we note that Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in America. The estimated Hispanic population of the United States as of July 2007 was 45.5 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 15 percent of the nation’s total population.

mother and childAlthough Hispanic people experience many of the same health issues as all Americans, there are disparities. According to the Centers for Disease Control, they have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, stroke, diabetes, liver disease, homicide, lower respiratory disease, influenza, asthma, obesity, and tuberculosis. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights notes that the factors that contribute to poor health outcomes among Hispanics include language and cultural barriers, lack of access to preventive care, and lack of health insurance. In light of these barriers, it is important that the community responds to these issues through appropriate interventions in schools, work environments and other public venues.

These health issues can be addressed by modifying risk factors, such as high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, excessive body weight, and physical inactivity. Some of the recommended lifestyle changes are: eating a healthful diet, reducing stress, exercising regularly (30 minutes at least five times per week), controlling high blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and controlling weight.

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