Thursday, March 13, 2008

Payroll specialist gives her all

Teresa Kackley
Teresa Kackley

Teresa Kackley is a model employee who truly enjoys working with the campus community, and for this she was named Staff Employee of the Month for March in a ceremony held March 12.

Kackley is a team player with meticulous attention to detail

Her nominators, Irene Bricker, retired, and Lou Ann Carman, supervisor of Payroll, agree: Kackley is a team player with meticulous attention to detail. “She has stayed later or come in early to make sure an employee received their correct paycheck,” says Bricker. “It doesn’t matter who the person is—part time, full time or student employee—she goes the extra mile.”

“She makes sure that everything is checked and balanced, and will put in the time until it does,” says Carman. “Teresa was also very instrumental in the successful implementation of Datatel in the payroll area, working with ADP on W-2s and web time entry in addition to her daily job.”

Since being nominated for her work in the Payroll Department, Kackley has taken a new job at the college and now works as office associate in the Curriculum Management Department, where she is enjoying lots of new challenges.

UpNext newsletter wins Gold Paragon
Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson, (left)
Publications Coordinator
in Institutional Advancement,
holds the Gold Paragon Award
from the National Council for
Marketing and Communications,
which she won March 11 at the
annual conference in Savannah,
Ga.  Wilson writes and edits the
newsletter “UpNext” which is mailed
to all high school students in Columbus
State’s four-county district twice a year.

UpNext won the college newsletter category as the best community
college newsletter in the naion. The competition attracted more than 2500 entries into 40 categories of marketing, advertising, and communications. The newsletter is designed by freelancer Bill Walker of Walker Designs.

Columbus State won the gold award in the same category last year for the “Connection” newsletter, edited by Suzanne May and distributed to community leaders.

Wellness Initiative Body Challenge III starts March 31wellness logoIs your team up for the challenge? Are you interested in gearing up for the summer? The Wellness Initiative Body Challenge III will run from March 31 through June 6. This is your chance to set some personal wellness goals and allow this competition to motivate you.

The Wellness Initiative is soliciting team challengers who are interested in spending the next three months making some impact on their health.

Interested employees should select a team of 10 people, with one person designated as the captain to coordinate efforts for their group. This individual will collect all of the contact information for their team members and will be the point person for all communication throughout the event. All teams should have a name. You can work with Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator if you have difficulty gathering a team.

The competition will work on a point system. For every hour of wellness activity, you will earn five “wellness points.” This includes physical activities, wellness seminars, wellness classes and support groups. To record your wellness activities and points, just go to the campus wellness Web site at and download the Wellness Challenge Tracking Form.

Points will be given for steps recorded on pedometers. Pedometers and step log sheets are available through the Wellness Coordinator. Monthly totals will be collected and submitted to Don Laubenthal, Human Performance Center. The top team will receive a prize.

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, ext. 3989.

Students win free computers from FreeGeek@CSCC

photo of winners

Students Michelle Dennis, Shawn Stedman and Guillermo Moran pose with the computers they won in the FreeGeek contest.  Not pictured is winner Mike Kolar.

Four students were selected as the winners of the logo/slogan contest for FreeGeek@CSCC, a project that instructor Debra Dyer initiated with her class of students in CIT. The winning students: Shawn Stedman, Guillermo Moran, Michelle Dennis, and Mike Kolar, each won a free network-ready desktop PC, mouse, keyboard and CRT monitor for their winning entries into the contest. FreeGeek@CSCC is a student project to recondition used PCs and computer equipment for students who need them.

Columbus State men head to NJCAA National TournamentColumbus State won the NJCAA Region XII District 7 Championship and a seed at the NJCAA Division II National Men's Basketball Championships by defeating Sinclair Community College 79-63. The tournament will be held March 19-22 at Danville Area Community College, Danville, Ill.

Marcus Britt was the Cougars top scorer with 30 points. Britt was named the Tournament MVP. Gregory Rice and Brandon Bland were named to the OCCAC All-Tournament Team.

The women’s basketball team did not fare as well in tournament action, losing in the first round against Mott Community College 73-60. Brenda Carter stepped up for the Cougars scoring 19 points to go along with 5 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. All-Conference Second Team member, Kerri Imwalle, had 15 points and 11 rebounds.