Monday, August 18, 2008

Dean visits campus to encourage votingvoter rally
Howard Dean, former presidential candidate and chairman of the Democratic National Committee, visited campus Thursday morning to lead a voter registration drive, along with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Ohio State Representative Joyce Beatty, and actor Kal Penn of “Harold and Kumar” movies and “House.” An enthusiastic crowd gathered around the “Register for Change” bus to hear support for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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Four ensembles to perform Aug. 26woodwindsThe Columbus State Instrumental Ensembles will perform in the TL-123 music room on Tuesday, August 26 from 5-7 p.m. Featured will be the Woodwind Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble.  The free concert, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will include traditional classical pieces as well as popular tunes.  For more information, contact

Trogus named Staff Employee of the Month

Cheryl Trogus
Cheryl Trogus

The third floor of Union Hall is a little less hectic and a lot more “homey” thanks to the August Staff Employee of the Year, Cheryl Trogus.

Trogus, Office Associate for the Allied Health Department, helps out not only with her own departments, but also the Sport & Exercise Studies and Massage Therapy Departments which share the space.

“What makes Cheryl so amazing is that she helps everyone all the time!” said nominator Antoinette Perkins, program coordinator for Massage.  “Just recently she refurnished the Union Hall third-floor adjunct office with furniture that was on its way to the warehouse.  The furniture has made a world of difference in the function of that office.” 

“Cheryl brings out the Columbus State ‘spirit’ in everyone she meets through her kind gestures,” said Perkins.  “She brings a smile to the workplace and treats each person with value and respect.”

Supervisor Connie Grossman says “Cheryl has made the whole office very inviting and clean, and even decorates for the holidays.  She likes to celebrate everyone’s birthday and is great with all the students.”  What more could you ask?

Flight Rally a huge successflight rallyThe Young Eagles Rally held at the Bolton Field, Aviation Maintenance Technology facility on August 9 was a big success with 83 youngsters taking a free flight.  While waiting for a ride, kids enjoyed making and flying paper airplanes, taking a turn on a flight simulator, as well as touring the Boeing 727 and other aircraft belonging to Columbus State.  The members of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 9 were very pleased with the turnout, which was about 10 times the number that came in 2007. A big thank you goes to all Aviation Maintenance Technology faculty, adjuncts and student volunteers who made the event so successful.


Adam Messmer
Adam Messmer

Ford ASSET student dies

Adam Messmer, a student studying automotive technology in the Ford ASSET program, died August 9 of injuries he received trying to break up a fight near his home, reports Andy Rezin, chair of the Automotive Technology.  “Adam was a bright, well-liked student who was only a few months away from graduating from Ford ASSET ... and a bright career as a technician at Ricart Ford. He will be missed,” said Rezin.  Messmer, 20, was a 2006 graduate of Canal Winchester High School and the Fairfield Career Center.


ESL Afterschool Communities awarded 5-year Ohio Department of Education grant

kids in ESL afterschool program
Students in the ESL Afterschool program at Providence Glen

Columbus State’s Transitional Workforce Department will continue to offer afterschool and summer enrichment programming to local immigrant and refugee children in Franklin County, thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

ESL Afterschool Communities currently serves more than 90 children in three different communities:  Emerald Glen, Bending Brook and Providence Glen.  The grant will allow the Bending Brook and Emerald Glen sites to continue for the next five years.  The focus of the afterschool programs is the children, where learning and fun ready them for future success in school and life.

Travel procedures change September 1Columbus State’s travel procedure 9-06 (A) has been revised and approved by both councils of Shared Governance and the President. The new procedure will be effective on September 1. The changes were a result of employee feedback, as well as comparisons with State of Ohio and other Ohio colleges’ procedures. Some of the changes include: a new process for requesting a rental car, a new allowance for time spent waiting at a transportation terminal, clarifying language on meal reimbursements, and changes to in-state hotel reimbursement rates. 

Columbus State’s Travel Office is hosting a series of one-hour forums to explain the new travel procedures. Employees are encouraged to attend one of the sessions below:
August 26: 10-11 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room B
August 27: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room A
September 5: 10-11a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room B

Additional forums will be held after the start of Autumn Quarter. Questions regarding the new travel procedures should be addressed to Betty Sugar at ext. 2421 or Brad Farmer at ext. 2641.

Shiloh Baptist Church celebrates 140th anniversary

reception photo
Dr. Val Moeller welcomes Reverend Dr. Otha Gilyard at the reception for Shiloh Baptist Church.

The Shiloh Baptist Church celebrated its upcoming 140th anniversary Aug. 10 with a reception held in the Educational Resources Center. The ERC is currently hosting an extensive historical exhibit, entitled, "Shiloh's Legacy: A Reason to Come Home."  Shiloh's significance lies, in part, in that it was designed and built by African Americans in 1869 and has remained as an institution of worship and services for the community for more than 139 years. 

More than 100 people attended the reception which was funded in part by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council as a result of the members' participation in the Ohio Oral History Institute.

In 2004, Shiloh was recommended and accepted for recognition on the National Registry of Historical Places.   

Class has room for cars with heat and cooling problemsThe AUTO 175 class, Heating and A/C Diagnosis, will be accepting vehicles with heating and A/C problems only. If your car is overheating, has a temperature gauge that’s not functioning, a radiator fan that’s not functioning, a heater that’s not getting hot, or a 96 or newer car that has an A/C system that’s not working or not getting cold, the AUTO 175 class may be able to help.

Just send an e-mail to to get scheduled for an appointment. No radiator leaks, head gasket leaks or cars with R-12 A/C systems please. We do not accept cars with “Check Engine” lights, unless the check engine light leads to a temperature control problem. Please be advised, there is a limited amount of time and space available for this class.

And more car repair. . .
The AUTO 165 class, Electrical and Electronic Diagnosis and Repair, will be accepting vehicles with electrical problems. If your car is 10 years old or newer, and having starting problems, battery issues, interior, exterior light problems, alternator, power window, seat, or door lock problems, the AUTO 165 class may be able to help. Just send an e-mail to to get scheduled for an appointment. Please be advised, there are a limited amount of spaces available for this class, also!