June 5, 2014
Automotive Lab Tech greases wheels of department
David Hill knows just what to do to keep everything in the Automotive Technology Department running smoothly and the automotive students on the road to success. “Dave is the laboratory cornerstone, allowing the faculty to focus on teaching instead of lab logistics,” says instructor David Foor. Hill was recognized as the Staff Employee of the Month for June 2014 at the recent First Wednesday meeting.
“David regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty, by doing things such as answering automotive repair questions from Columbus State employees, assembling marketing materials for visit days, and monitoring safety conditions in the labs at all times,” adds Foor.
Hill is also a familiar face away from the auto lab, as he volunteers for many college events including Welcome Back Day, Spring Fling, the Welcome Team, Columbus State Day, as well as automotive events such as Skills USA and regional competitions.
“He is always available to give parents and students a tour of the facilities and explain the programs we offer,” says Chuck Wilson, recently retired faculty member. “Many of our classroom and lab activities require specific vehicles, equipment and supplies to meet the objectives. David has organized a database that tracks the vehicles and ‘bugs’ used for each class, including the week of the semester they are needed. He seeks input from faculty concerning equipment, and then organizes the requests so that faculty can prioritize their requests. In short, David keeps the wheels turning the Automotive Technology!”
Tom Crist was named Part-Time Staff Employee of the Month in May 2013.
For the first time, Columbus State will honor a Part-Time Staff Employee of the Year at the Continuous Quality Improvement Awards, to be held Tuesday, June 17. Launched in 2010, the annual luncheon celebrates Distinguished Teachers and Professors, Quality Improvement Teams, and the Staff Employee of the Year.
Winners in each category receive monetary awards, a plaque, and accolades from their colleagues for a job well done. The ceremony is one small way the college demonstrates that it values people – an expectation of AQIP, the college’s accreditation pathway.
The 2013 nominees for the Part-Time Staff Employee of the Year are:
• Tom Crist, Instructional Designer I, Distance Education and Instructional Support
• Beth Emrich, Representative, Telephone Information Center
• Catherine Giles, Testing Coordinator, College Testing Services
• Sue Judd, Advisor, Advising Services
• Mark Sommer, Academic Assistant, College Athletics and Recreation
• Brian Van Horn, Media Technician, Media Services
The Quality Awards will be streamed live from the Conference Center Ballroom beginning at noon.
Columbus State has joined the Sloan Consortium and faculty now have access to free online workshops that range from four hours to one week.
Some examples of the workshops include:
New to Online: Strategies for Increasing Interaction and Engagement
Strategies for Successful Group Work Online
Workload Management Strategies for Online Faculty
Exploring Interactive Video Tools
Creating Engaging Multimedia Introduction Activities
Faculty can view the Sloan Consortium online workshop schedule and contact Suzanne Patzer if you are interested in participating in one of these workshops. Courses fill up, so get your requests in soon!
Reminder: Package shipping no longer available
The Columbus State Bookstore no longer offers package shipping services, but does sell first class postage stamps in Customer Care. Employees are not permitted to have personal packages or mail sent to the college however, outgoing stamped personal letter mail will be picked up by Mail Services and taken to the post office.
If you have questions regarding mail services, please contact Steve Eldridge at ext. 2783 or Eric Johnson at ext. 2568.
The Aviation Maintenance Technologies’ most recent donation, a 1979 Piper Tomahawk, underwent its first engine run on Tuesday, June 3. The aircraft was donated with a damaged engine and broken windshield. Student Andy Culp, right, completed the teardown, repair and reassembly of the engine during Spring Semester as part of the Reciprocating Engine I class instructed by Associate Professor Gene Sprang. Culp and Jeff Mayse, left, reinstalled the engine and got it running. The Airframe Inspection class, taught by Assistant Professor Mark Reed, got the new windshield installed. The Aviation Maintenance Department also thanks G&N Aircraft for the donation of four new cylinder assemblies to replace the corroded original cylinders.
The company that removes and shreds the college’s documents, Iron Mountain, has hired new personnel, and some bins have been missed in recent weeks. Please take a look at the Iron Mountain bin(s) in your office area to see if any were missed. If this is the case, please send an email to Robert Clifford to make sure it gets emptied on the next run.
Measles added to community outbreak
As you may have heard, the number of reported cases of mumps and measles has continued to grow in Ohio. What started out as limited outbreaks for mumps, and then measles, has grown into what’s known as a “community outbreak.”
With more cases of measles being reported in the state, we have recently become aware of one case of measles on the Columbus Campus. Since both mumps and measles are highly contagious, it’s important to remain alert so that you know the symptoms and how to minimize your chance of infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information about both mumps and measles to help you learn more.
This link from the CDC has information about measles: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/
This link from the CDC has information about mumps: http://www.cdc.gov/mumps/index.html
If you think you may have mumps or measles, see your doctor or a health care provider right away.
To prevent mumps and measles: Get vaccinated or make sure your measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is up to date. Cover your cough or sneeze. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Columbus Public Health offers a free MMR vaccine. Details are on the homepage: http://columbus.gov/Mumps2014/.