Thursday, October 9, 2008

College wins for commercials, newslettertv commercial imageColumbus State’s newest television commercial “Where the World is Going,” and a radio commercial for the new “Think Again” scholarship won gold and bronze Medallion Awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 3, on October 3 in Champaign, Ill.  The Medallion Awards ceremony was held during the district’s annual conference for marketing and communication professionals from colleges in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ontario. Columbus State’s electronic student newsletter, “Splat” also won a silver award in the competition. You can view the first-place television ad here.

LGBT History MonthColumbus State plans several events to honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) History Month:

Wednesday, October 15
Lazlo Pearlman
Workshop: “The Body as Mask”

2 p.m. in WD 409
Performance: “Madame Pierre’s Other Tongues”
8 p.m. in Nestor Auditorium

Lazlo Pearlman, a performer and speaker, will facilitate the workshop, “The Body as Mask—Gender, Identity, and the Theatrical State of Play” in WD 409. Later, at 8 p.m., Pearlman will perform “Madame Pierre’s Other Tongues,” a solo show that takes a subversive, surreal and silly look at language and gender and gender in language. 

Tuesday, October 21
Faisal Alam: “Hidden Voices:  The Lives of Queer Muslims”
11:30 a.m.
WD Ballroom

Faisal Alam is a 28-year old queer-identified Muslim activist of Pakistani descent. He is the founder and former cirector of Al-Fatiha, a U.S.-based organization dedicated to supporting and empowering Muslims who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

SafeZone Training
11:30 a.m.
WD Ballroom

The Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department will provide SafeZone Training on Tuesday, October 21, from 1 p.m.–3 p.m. in WD 404. This training is being provided to help the Columbus State community become more welcoming and inclusive of our lesbian and gay students and employees.

Contact Kim Brazwell at 614-287-2426 or for more information on these events.

Off-Campus Open HousesTwo of Columbus State’s suburban centers will hold open houses Oct. 16 and Oct. 21. Send students there to find out how they can get an education closer to home.

Thursday, October 16
Columbus State Westerville Center
10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 4:00–6:00 p.m.
7233 Northgate Way, Westerville

Tuesday, October 21
Columbus State Dublin Center
10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 4:00–6:00 p.m.
6190 Shamrock Court, Dublin

Special Workshop: Jeff Spain of Columbus State's Business & Industry Department will present a workshop, "Ready, Set, Change!" noon–1:00 p.m. at both open house events.

Rich James
Rich James

James completes Distance Education CertificateRichard James, video web developer for the Department of Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning, recently completed the Distance Education Certificate Program through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program covers the areas of education theory, instructional technology, instructional systems design and evaluation, with many elective seminars in areas such as instructional design and program management.

"The best thing about the program," says James, "was that I was encouraged to connect my program projects to real world initiatives in my department." As a result, James developed processes for new online course development, testing and evaluating technology, and he created a survey on student satisfaction for online instructional technology.

Having trouble with MS Office 2007?ERC Webpage Offers Help
Office softwareHave you received a document composed in Microsoft Word 2007 and had trouble opening or viewing it?  If you’re still working in MS Office 2003, you can’t do it.

Microsoft Office 2007 has a totally new design and many new features. Just finding the “Print” button for the first time may be confusing. Where do you start learning? 

The IT Support Center and ERC staff has compiled a short list of resources for students, faculty, and staff. The list includes resources to help with quick questions as well as in-depth tutorials and courses. The Computer Skills Learning Tools Web page is found at the bottom of the ERC home page located at:

The Interactive Guides link will show you how to find the Office 2003 commands you know in Office 2007. Download the guides to your computer for quick access. The LearningExpress Library link helps you track your progress through tutorials for various skill levels.  The Safari Books Online link provides online access to computer books for all skill levels. 

If you don’t yet have Office 2007, then you may need the link provided to download the free Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack so you can open 2007 files.

Finally, don’t forget the MindLeaders online tutorials, which are available to all current CSCC employees at:

Male breast cancer little known Wellness logoJacqie Walli, RN, a member of the Wellness Committee, would like campus to know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and she has submitted the article below.

Breast cancer isn’t just a woman’s disease. While women are about 100 times more likely to get breast cancer, less than 1 percent of all breast cancers occur in men. In 2005, when 211,400 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States, 1,690 men were also diagnosed. 

Because breast cancer in men is rare, few cases have been available for study. It’s important to understand the risk factors because men are not routinely screened for this disease and don’t think about the possibility that they’ll get it. As a result, breast cancer tends to be more advanced in men than in women when it is first detected.

To read about the risk factors, symptoms, tests, diagnosis, treatments, drugs, and prognosis, please visit the complete article online.


democratic signRepublican signPoll workers needed for the November electionFranklin County needs 5,000 civic-minded individuals to work the polls for the Tuesday, November 4, general election. Columbus State employees who wish to work the polls would be asked to use vacation time to do so. Poll workers earn a minimum of $123. You must be a U.S. citizen and registered to vote in Franklin County, attend a three-hour training course, and have transportation to the polls. Work hours are 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day. Call the Franklin County Board of Elections at (614) 462-5393 or register online.

Career fairCareer CruisingStudents cruise down the rows of tables in Nestor Hall at the Career and Technical Programs Open House October 7.  Students with “undecided” majors were able to gather information from the career programs offered at the college, in order to help them choose a course of study.