April 4, 2013
Grant pays for new equipment in Mechanical Engineering labs
An Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR) grant of $210,000 has allowed the Mechanical Engineering Department to purchase several high-tech pieces of equipment for its machine shop lab, including a Mazak lathe, a HAAS milling machine, and a FARO 3D measuring arm.
“This enhancement to our Machine Shop positions us to support our region’s advanced manufacturing sector needs well into the future, said Shane Bendele, associate professor in Mechanical Engineering.
Making a variety of sophisticated metal parts can be done with the speed and versatility of modern computerized lathes and milling machines. Lathes are machines that cut raw material that is spinning rapidly in a jaw through the use of tool blocks, drills and boring bars to shape parts. Computerized milling machines actually shave off small sections of the part until the final product is produced. Both machines are programmed using computer numerical controls. Technology from FARO permits high-precision 3D measurement, imaging and comparison of parts and structures within production and quality assurance processes.
Bendele gave credit to his team for successfully pursuing the grant, including Dick Bickerstaff, Cheryl Hay, Sherry Layton, Darrin Albaugh, Jan Ellis, Polly Owen, Mary Vaughn, Martina Cora and Robbie Campbell.
Did you know that more than 200 student employees are actively working for Columbus State right now? The Career Services Student Employment office invites employees to join them in recognizing National Student Employment Week April 8 to April 12! This is the third annual celebration to thank our student employees for their unique contributions to our campus and community partners.
If you supervise or work alongside a student employee, please take a moment to recognize their efforts and consider nominating them as our 2012-2013 Student Employee of the Year. The winner and all nominees will be recognized later this month at the Student Employee of the Year Reception! For a nomination form, contact Amanda Jennings or call ext. 2156
Also, on Thursday, April 11, Career Services will host a “Coffee with Supervisors” for those on campus who employ student workers in their office or department. The coffee will be held from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in WD 312. RSVPs are appreciated to Amanda Jennings.
The student employees themselves have been invited to attend a National Student Employment Week reception on Tuesday, April 9 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Union Hall 332. Remind your student employee today!
Caregivers Employee Resource Group is April 5
The challenges of caring for others can result in caregivers ignoring their own physical and emotional health. Share your story and network with other employees who also provide care to children, elderly family members or dependent adults. Join the group on Friday, April 5, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Library Studio (Lower Level) for the Caregivers ERG.
Thomas, Caregivers ERG Liaison, for more information.
In preparation for In-Service Day and to wash down winter’s salt and grime, the Grounds Department will close alternate floors in the garage for spring cleaning.
The roof will be closed today, April 4. On Friday, April 5, the 3rd floor will be closed. Over the weekend April 6 and 7, the entire garage will be closed. And on Monday, April 8, some remaining areas of the first floor may be closed for a short while to complete the job.
Take part in student success conversations
All faculty and staff are invited to join in the following discussions:
Engagement and Why Does It Matter?
Friday April 5, noon to 1:00 p.m., WD 1094 Register
What is “engagement?” Does engagement influence student persistence and attainment? What did we learn from the 2010 survey and could this inform other college initiatives? Bring a lunch and join the discussion. Ideas To Go!
Student Success Story
Friday, April 19, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., CT 107 Register
Participants build a student profile from a collection of variables that are often obstacles to learning for our students. Then participants share their ideas and experiences supporting students with these characteristics. Learn about the unique challenges for first generation college students. This is part of the “Academic Onboarding and Renewal” series
The Medical Assisting Program will offer what it’s calling a “test drive” on Monday, April 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the Delaware Campus. Faculty, administrators and students in the program will promote the fast-growing field to prospective students by giving them an opportunity them to talk with professors, check out the course requirements and learn more about careers in the field. Michelle Heller is coordinating the Test Drive, if you’d like to find out more.
Columbus State Advising Services is offering a wide variety of BLUEprint Success Workshops during April, which can really help your students to be successful! Seven brand-new one-hour workshops are being offered this month, which are all listed here: Spring workshops
Workshops for April include: What Google Can't Tell You, Transfer Planning 101, Workplace Professionalism, Advising Outside of the Box, Navigating Cashier and Student Accounting Services, Money Management for Students, and Tackling Test Anxiety. BLUEprint workshops are valuable for both new and returning students!
Columbus State, Franklin University and Columbus College of Art and Design will partner April 15 through 19 to present the annual Take Back the Night and Day of Silence activities.
These annual events seek to empower students and community members of the Discovery District to become a safer and more unified community for all residents, visitors and friends. Both of these national movements work to end violence against women and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) individuals. Through an evening march and vigil on April 15, to town hall meetings, movie screenings and workshops on multiple dates, the annual event raises awareness throughout the Discovery District for these issues. A full schedule of events, dates and times is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITDL seminars coming up:
Building Blackboard Online Tests Using Respondus
This seminar is designed for the faculty members who are already familiar with the basics of the Blackboard, and are ready to start developing online quizzes, exams, or surveys. This seminar will focus on the use basic use of a software tool called Respondus.
Tuesday, April 9 (6:00 - 9:00 PM) - Register
Content Collection I - Revolutionize How Blackboard Course Content is Added, Updated, and Managed (NEW!)
Blackboard's Content Collection is a built-in virtual hard drive that allows instructors to store course materials for easy access and deployment in a course(s). Instructors can link course content items in a course to their course's Content Collection. When an Instructor changes a content item in the Content Collection, all links to the item reflect those changes.
Wednesday, April 10 (8:00 - 10:00 AM) - Register
WebEx Meeting Center Basics
WebEx Meeting Center is a virtual online meeting room which allows Columbus State employees to hold meetings online. WebEx requires participants to have internet access and a computer with a microphone and audio capabilities. All communication is done through the computer, whether a desktop pc or laptop. WebEx allows for multiple participants, up to 200, at different locations to connect online and share any document, power point, web site, or other multimedia. Although WebEx has video capabilities, the focus generally is with sharing data and information with participants.
Thursday, April 11 (9:00 - 11:00 AM) - Register
Join the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) on Monday, April 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge, where they will offer special screenings, prevention information, and local resources for help with alcohol addiction.
Cougar Challenge 5K deadline for t-shirts is
Staff Advisory Council needs your help! They are looking for runners, walkers and volunteers on April 27 for the second annual Cougar Challenge 5K at Bridgeview Golf Course. Register at www.cougarchallenge.eventbrite.com or volunteer by contacting Yaizmen Fayne at email@example.com or ext. 5131. You need to register by Friday, April 5, to be guaranteed a t-shirt!