January 13, 2005

Passing the baton

Judge Greg Mathis addressed a standing-room-only crowd January 12 at the 15th annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration, challenging the young audience to, "Take the baton of leadership into your own hands. You have the option of grasping the leadership or letting someone else lead you," he said. Mathis, who was frequently applauded enthusiastically during the speech, delivered an impassioned speech based on modeling one's life after Dr. King's, rather than simply celebrating it. Mathis used his own life as an example to illustrate how a high school drop-out and member of a gang--who went to jail--could turn his life around "360 degrees" through education.






Campus goes wireless

Although the system has been in place for some time being tested, most Columbus State students and employees do not know that the college now provides wireless access to the network via a high-frequency radio signal transmitted from various points on the campus.

The signal is 900 megahertz, offering one gigabyte of bandwidth. To log on, an employee or student simply enters their log-in name and password using a laptop that is set up for wireless communication. Most new laptops are "wi-fi" enabled or can have a wireless card added. Currently, the signal is clearest at the center of campus and in the central buildings. As with any radio signal, transmission can be blocked or diverted by solid objects, such as buildings, and the signal doesn't travel very far.  

The Data Center plans to purchase a number of laptop computers for students to check out of the library. Using these laptops out on campus with wireless technology would ease use in some of the computer labs.

For more information on using the wireless network at Columbus State, contact Shane Stewart, network system analyst, at extension 5970.

Culinary Academy to "Go Gourmet" on WOSU

A special promotion for the Columbus State Culinary Academy called "Go Gourmet" will air on WOSU's Auction 34 program February 7.

The program will feature national and local chefs preparing culinary treats for the live studio audience, while various gourmet-related items are auctioned off to benefit the station.   Columbus State students from Hospitality Management Technology, including the Dietary Technician, Chef Apprentice, Travel/Tourism/Hotel Management, and Foodservice/Restaurant Management programs, will answer the phones during the prime-time program from 8 -10 p.m.

Chef Carolyn Claycomb, director of the Columbus State Culinary Academy, will offer cooking tips from her upcoming spring schedule of classes and donate gift certificates for cooking lessons for bid on Auction 34 .

PBS chef Johnny Carrabba, Bon Vie chef Mike Frame, and "The Wine Guy" Craig Decker will join Carolyn on the program to offer cooking tips and donate auction items

For more information on WOSU's Go Gourmet program on Auction 34 , contact the station at 292-4510 or go to the web site www.wosu.org/gogourmet/index.php .

Columbus State students killed in auto accidents over holidays

Three Columbus State students were killed in two separate automobile accidents during the holiday break in December, including a Christmas-day accident that took the lives of three men under age 21.

The accidents were eerily similar, involving head-on collisions with suspected drunk drivers going the wrong way on local freeways. On December 17, Ashley Hatch, a 19-year-old transfer student, was killed on I-670. Ashley had transferred credits from Ohio State University and was to start attending Columbus State this quarter to study business management. Also killed in the accident was Scott Rollins, 20, of Logan County. The two were on a date when their car was struck by a driver going the wrong way who had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit. That driver was also killed.  

Three young men including Columbus State students Lucas Carmean, 19, an associate of arts student who played on the '04 Cougar golf team, and Brandon Kent, 21, an associate of arts student who last attended fall quarter 2003, were killed early Christmas Day on I-71 by a wrong-way driver who survived the head-on collision. The driver who caused that accident had been convicted twice for driving under the influence. Also killed was Joshua Worthington, 19, of Grove City. The three friends had played varsity sports together at Grove City High School.

Smoking in doorways to be prohibited under city law

The new Columbus citywide smoking ban will have a minor, but immediate, impact on the campus of Columbus State Community College.

As of February 1, when the smoking ban takes effect, smoking will no longer be allowed in enclosed areas, in doorways or near entrances to buildings. Smoking in Columbus State buildings has been banned since 1992.

The citywide Smokefree Indoor Air Act of 2004 includes wording that restricts smoking from "all areas immediately adjacent to the ingress and egress of any enclosed area to ensure that smoke does not enter the enclosed area through entrances, windows, ventilations systems or other means."

In order to encourage smokers to move away from the entrances, no smoking signs with a phone number to report violations will be posted, ashtrays will be moved to new locations further from entrances, and the college's written smoking policy will be revised to reflect the new law.

Answers to some frequently asked questions about the Smokefree Indoor Air Act will be posted soon on the Columbus State web site.

January cooking classes offered from Soups to Super Bowl

The Columbus State Culinary Academy will offer several classes in January that should help you lift your spirits from the cold and dreary winter weather.

Who has time to cook after a long commute home in nasty weather? Take "Quick Meals for Busy Days" on January 18, and you'll learn several recipes that stir up in less than 30 minutes. Academy Director Carolyn Claycomb says, "Being short on time does not have to mean short on taste."

You can learn to make the hearty, warming soups that make winter bearable on January 31 in "Great Soups for Winter," which includes Tuscan white bean and veggie soup, leek potato and kielbasa soup, and seafood gumbo.

And for a Super Bowl party that everyone will remember, take "Super Snacks for Your Super Bowl Party" on January 30.   When you serve bacon and cheese deviled eggs, beef chili with jalapeno-cheddar cornbread, and New Orleans-style crab cake sandwiches, your guests will beg for overtime.

For information on these and other classes offered during January, go to the Culinary Academy website at cscc.edu/docs/cul/index.htm , or choose "Community Education" on the college's home page. All Culinary Academy classes are non-credit and usually are taught from 6-9 p.m. on weekdays.