Thursday, December 11, 2008

Staff Member of the Month
Tough guy teaching assistant found his niche in EMS

Norm Jones
Norm Jones

After 15 years in the U.S. Air Force and 15 years at Columbus State, Norman Jones says he’s still learning how to be tactful in all situations. The teaching assistant and adjunct faculty member says working directly with students is his favorite part of the job because “they keep me on my diplomatic toes!”

In 1988, while working as an MP in the Air Force, Jones suffered a heart attack and needed to be “shocked nine times” to be resuscitated. After recovering, he decided that he would like to become an EMT like the military paramedics who had saved his life.

But Jones was nominated for Staff Employee of the Month by EMS/Fire Science faculty member Jonathan Packer for much more than his tact and diplomacy.

“The guy is amazing,” says Packer. “He has essentially taken ownership of the GA building where we are located. Norm is always helping with repairs and updates to the classrooms—usually with tools in hand fixing something!”

“He also schedules our lecture and helicopter visit from MedFlight for the EMS classes,” continues Packer. “We don’t have to do anything—you just call him and it’s done.”

Jones also teaches a full load as an adjunct faculty member, instructing classes in first aid, responder emergencies, CPR, and current issues in HIV. After putting in 52 hours a week at Columbus State, he works another 12 hours a week as a paid volunteer medic with the Minerva Park Fire Department.

In 1988, while working as an MP in the Air Force, Jones suffered a heart attack and needed to be “shocked nine times” to be resuscitated. After recovering, he decided that he would like to become an EMT like the military paramedics who had saved his life.

He was discharged from the military and was working as a bouncer when he broke his leg and decided to use that opportunity to go back to college. He chose Columbus State and graduated with his degree in EMS in 1993, then began working at the college in the health technology labs.

The father of four and grandfather of seven also has a little extra hobby that keeps him busy—as if he has more than 24 hours in a day. He works as a “corner” in the world of Ultimate Fighting, helping out his friend, “Butterbean,” a world-famous oversized ultimate fighter.

Autumn Quarter graduation ceremony tomorrowThe Autumn Quarter commencement will take place Friday, December 12, at Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St. The processional begins exactly at 10 a.m., and the ceremony will last approximately one hour. Four hundred fifty-one students have petitioned to graduate Autumn Quarter. Graduation ceremonies at Columbus State are free and open to the public.

Degree puts icing on the cake for food science graduate

Cindy Coleman
Cynthia Coleman
If you just loved the malt vinegar tartar sauce you had on your fish and chips the last time you dined at Applebee’s, you can thank Cynthia Coleman—a food scientist at Marzetti’s and soon-to-be graduate of Columbus State.

Coleman works in the research and development department of the food service giant, developing new products and matching various restaurants’ in-house sauces and dressings. She started there as a lab technician and enjoyed the work so much she went looking for a college degree program that would provide her with the tools to advance as a food scientist.

At Columbus State, Coleman began studying Quality Assurance and enjoyed the coursework, but soon realized it was engineering oriented. She needed more meat and potatoes in her studies. 

Quality Assurance Chairman Dick Bickerstaff took her down to talk with Mokie Steiskal, chairperson in Hospitality Management, and together the three of them created an Associate of Technical Studies degree that combined food management and culinary classes with the quality class work.

Coleman will earn that ATS degree tomorrow at the Autumn Quarter commencement ceremony. It took her three years, but as a fulltime working mother of two young children, ages 4 and 6, that could be considered an accelerated pace.

Immediately after high school, Coleman enrolled at North Carolina State, but only attended for one year.  She has worked in the culinary field ever since but “fell into the R&D job at Marzetti’s through luck,” she says. She hopes to continue studying for a food science bachelor’s degree, possibly at Ohio State, “after a little break,” she adds.

Her lasting impression of Columbus State is the care and attention she received from her advisors, instructors and the two chairpersons who helped her design the perfect degree program. “That is what I love about Columbus State—everyone was so helpful. It was amazing. Mokie and Dick were awesome. And now I know someone else who’s thinking of taking the same courses and getting this same degree because it’s so perfect!”

Welcome Team time!Welcome Team for Winter Quarter 2009 will be active January 5 and 6 from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. in the lobby of Madison Hall Room 225. Consider sharing your support and join in the fun as they welcome new and returning students to the Columbus State campus.

Your service has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State. Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all. 

Please RSVP to Barbara Allen,, ext. 5526, with the times and days you are able to work. Confirmation will be sent within 24 hours.

guy mentoring other guyHuman Resources announces New Hire Mentor programThe Human Resources Department will introduce the New Hire Mentor program in 2009 to enhance the connection formed between new employees and the college. 

The six-month program will function as a part of the Employee Orientation program. New Hire Mentors will provide new employees with information about the college, answer questions, and assist employees with developing a social network at Columbus State. Current employees who transition into a new position at the college will also have the option of participating in the program.

To become a New Hire Mentor, volunteers should:

  • Be a graduates of the Leadership Institute

  • Have three or more years of continuous service to the college

  • Complete an application indicating supervisor’s approval to participate in the program and be given time to be accessible to the new employee.

If you are interested in serving the college as a New Hire Mentor in 2009, please contact India Ashley.


Winners of recent SAC raffleThe Staff Advisory Council (SAC) thanks everyone for their continued support. Below is the list of winners from the Dec 4 “Holidays Are for Kids” raffle/bake sale. 

Parking Space Winners
WI 09: Michele Welsh, SP 09: Michele Welsh, SU 09: Jessica Cho, AU 09: Michele Welsh

Overnight Hotel Stays: 
Hampton Inn/Suites (Short North) - Shawndeia Thomas, Cherry Valley Lodge -Jill Whitton

Other Winners: 
Ceramic Snowman Plate (donated by LouAnn Carman) - Steven Zelenka
"Art From the Heart" Necklace - Brad Farmer
Emeril's Cook Book (donated by Chuck Pritchard) - Sue Thomas
Mario Batali Cook Book (donated by Chuck Pritchard) - Treschelle Kendrick
Blue Jackets Autographed Picture of Rostivslav Klesia - Rosalind Porter
Meal at Christopher's - Ralph Griffin and Roger Stinson
DX Gift Basket -Bev Murphy
5 Single Dips of Graters Ice Cream - Ralph Griffin
CSCC Body Massages - Linda Sandlin and Regina Harper
CAPA Tickets to Cherish the Ladies' Celtic Christmas (2) - Marlon Dixon
SES Human Performance Center Fitness Assessment and 5 training sessions - Sharon Tengelia and Kim Leggett
Funny Bone Tickets(2) - Nancy Buza and Bradley Farmer
$25 Gift Cards to AMC - Richard Penny, Charvella McKaye, Linda Sandlin, and Susan MacDowell

The grand total for Holidays Is For Kids campaign so far is $1,000. The proceeds will be used to purchase Old Navy gift cards to be donated to the Community for New Direction (

From played out to playground

old shoe
Everyone has a few of these lying around!
recycling plant
Shoes are sent to a recycling center for “grinding up.”

recycling plant
The resulting product is called “Nike Grind.” 
running track
One of the finished products is a beautiful new track surface!

Melissa Marmie, an adjunct faculty in the Accounting Department recently discovered a fascinating recycling opportunity for green-minded employees and students.  

“I just discovered that Goodwill works in conjunction with the National Recycling Coalition and Nike to recycle old athletic shoes,” says Marmie. “In the past, I haven’t donated my old athletic shoes in bad shape to Goodwill, thinking I was saving them from going into the landfill.  It turns out Goodwill gives athletic shoes that are in bad shape to this group that recycles them and uses them to make playgrounds.”

Nike takes the beaten-up sneakers and recycles them into a product called Nike Grind, which then is either made into new shoes or into playground surfaces, tracks or athletic courts.  It’s the ultimate grunge-to-green turnaround!

You can find more information at the Nike Web site:

There’s still time to helpHolly graphicStill looking for that opportunity to donate to a good cause this holiday season?   Several campus departments are coordinating donations to various charitable organizations, including the Human Performance Center employees, who are collecting food and toys for Mid-Ohio Food Bank and Toys for Tots until December 17 in the HPC, lower level of Delaware Hall.  The Staff Advisory Council is collecting donations for Community for New Directions. The Institutional Advancement Department is organizing a donation to the YWCA Family Center Holiday Wish List.  Two additional organizations that are in need during the holiday season are  the Columbus Open Shelter, which is collecting coats and outerwear for the homeless, and Amethyst, which is collecting holiday baskets with supplies for their clients.  So there’s still time to do something meaningful this holiday and help out one of these organizations.