Thursday, November 13, 2008

Volleyball team in actionRally the Lady Cougars on to victory! The Women’s Volleyball Team won their recent regional tournament, qualifying them to play in the NJCAA Championships November 20-22 in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. 

volleyball spikeThe Lady Cougars will be holding their last practice before leaving on Monday, November 17, at 12:30 p.m. in the Gymnasium, so stop over to wish them good luck, sign their Traveling Good Luck Banner, and join in the pep rally with the Cougar Cheerleaders, Clawdette the Cougar, free popcorn, giveaways and a whole lot of noisy fun! 


Degree Audit Reports to upgrade over the weekendThe DARS 3.5.7 Upgrade Team is pleased to announce the deployment of a new DARSWeb version during the scheduled system outage this weekend, November 15-16.

The upgrade includes new Columbus State branding, complete with a new color scheme and logos. While basic functionality remains the same, you’ll find a new menu configuration, accessed by simply clicking items in the toolbar. Users will also appreciate the new, cleaner audit report format, which includes links to course descriptions within the familiar “select from” lists. Other new features include the ability to view a student’s courses taken at other colleges and the option to include or exclude in-progress courses from the audit run.

Training sessions will be offered throughout December to showcase the next new feature of DARSWeb, the Interactive Audit. This feature will be deployed in January 2009 and will allow students to plan their schedules for terms into the future with the ability to include “what if” courses and grades into the audit report. 

Questions about the new features and functionality of DARSWeb may be directed to Ellen Brooks, DARS/CAS Coordinator in the Office of Curriculum Management, ext. DARS (3277), or at

Writing Center to host three workshopsThe Writing Center will host three end-of-quarter workshops.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome. They are:

MLA Documentation
Learn about MLA in-text citations and Works Cited pages.
Friday, Nov. 14, 1:00 p.m.
106 Franklin Hall

Making Your Research Paper Interesting
Learn skills for creating and maintaining audience interest in your paper.
Monday, Nov. 17, 1:00 p.m.
323 Nestor Hall

Research Troubleshooting
Learn strategies for researching and using library and online resources.
(Co-sponsored with ERC)
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2:00 p.m.
205 ERC

Identity theft reminders from In-Service DayDanielle Chatfield-Beres, Community Affairs Director at MidState Educators Credit Union gave a presentation on protecting yourself from identity theft at the Fall In-Service Day October 29. She sends the following reminders for anyone who was unable to attend her session:

 “To do” list items if you have not done so already:

  • Make sure you have a cross-cut shredder at home that you use on any documents that contain personal information such as account numbers, social security numbers, etc.

  • If you have a backlog of shredding items you weren’t able to bring to In Service Day, remember to look for Shred-It Day events like the one at Channel 4 TV.

  • Visit to view your credit report. Remember that this will not tell you your score, but it will show you all the information contained in the report.

  • Make sure you have updated spyware and malware on your home computer.

A few useful links:

Please feel free to browse the site and join in any of the discussions. Past blog posts have included topics ranging from the credit freeze, to scams, to ideas and tips and personal stories about individuals working to save money and pay down debt.

You can contact Chatfield-Beres at (614) 340-1504.

FreeGeeks @ CSCC to give away three computers to studentsFree Geeks logo
The group “FreeGeeks @ CSCC” will give a free, refurbished PC to the top two student designs for their group’s website or desktop background.  The entries are due by November 20, so tell your students about the contest!  Free Geeks is also raffling away another PC, and that only requires that the students enter to win. Entries forms for the contests are available in DH Room 205.

FreeGeeks @ CSCC combines a traditional electronics class with hands-on experience and service to the community. The students refurbish old PC equipment and grant them out to students in need. This also ensures that the equipment is given a new home so that it doesn't end up in a landfill.

Remember, the class can use your unwanted computer equipment, and any donation is tax deductible, as the group is part of the Development Foundation. These are some examples of what equipment they are looking for: 1-GHz processor or better,  256 Mb of RAM memory or better; LCD (flat panel) or CRTs, working monitors only please; routers, hubs, switches, and handheld devices, such as Palm Pilots.

CSEA collection for Children’s Hospital successfulThe Columbus State Education Association (CSEA) collected more than 300 puzzles, books, children’s videos, coloring books and disposable cameras to donate to Children’s Hospital “Patches of Light” effort earlier this month.

The collection drive was part of a partnership between the Ohio Education Association and Children’s Hospital to provide children at the hospital with a means of self-expression during their treatment and recovery.

Organized and coordinated by CSEA Membership Chair Ingrid Emch, assistant professor of English, the drive placed collection boxes in several buildings and drew donated items from almost every department in the college.

“CSEA is always looking for opportunities for service that will showcase the college’s links to the community,” CSEA President Darrell Minor said. “We’re especially hoping that new CSEA members will suggest future projects.”

 Wellness logoMoney Matters Day to host financial institutions on campusThe CSCC Wellness Initiative will host Money Matters Day on Thursday, November 20, to allow financial institutions to provide information about their services. Come to the WD Ballroom from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. to learn more from banks and investment companies including: Key Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Huntington, National City, MidState Ohio Credit Union, Ohio Deferred Compensation, MetLife, ING and others.