October 17, 2005

Fall In-Service Day is Wednesday

The Fall 2005 In-Service Day, being held Wednesday, October 19, is packed full of information on Access. As usual, the day will include continental breakfast, a welcome and general session, concurrent sessions, lunch, and division and department meetings.

Highlighting the day are a Headline News presentation, an address by President Moeller on "A Story of Access," as well as sessions on making Colleague work for you, "The Apprentice," the Small Business Development Center, people skills, and the always funny presentation by Social and Behavioral Sciences, "Remember: You are unique! (Just like everyone else)."

For the day's agenda and a complete list and description of concurrent sessions, visit www.cscc.edu/inservice.

Communication Skills, K-12 and YAATC to participate in Make A Difference Day

For the 15th Annual Make A Difference Day on October 22, Communication Skills, K-12 and the Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC) plan to assist the community with writing skills, literacy, and automotive maintenance.

Communication Skills is sponsoring a writing workshop and essay contest that will award four $500 scholarships to support the educational goals of the winners. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. writing faculty and Columbus State students will help current GED students and 2004-2005 graduates of GED programs in our service district compose personal essays about how an individual or event made a difference in their lives. After the workshop, follow-up tutoring sessions will be offered for participants, and the faculty will select the four winning essays. According to project manager Deborah Bertsch, "This project creates a bridge between the college and the dreams of those who want to take advantage of educational opportunities." For more information, contact Bertsch at ext. 5860.

The K-12 Initiatives office will provide a Family Literacy Festival for children in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade and their parents. From 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge, children can listen to books and stories, create arts and crafts, have their face painted, and enjoy snacks. For more information, contact Angela Greene at ext. 5961.

From 9 a.m.-noon, YAATC is offering a free workshop to teach basic car maintenance and repair to help prolong the life of your car. Sponsored in part by Napa Auto Parts and Matco Tools, the workshop will include information on how to change a flat tire, avoid automotive rip-offs, properly jumpstart a vehicle, and perform preventative maintenance. Space is limited to 60 people. To reserve a spot, contact Robyn Price at ext. 5504 or rprice1@cscc.edu.

Lunch money sought as donations to the Children's Hunger Alliance

Columbus State's response to the 2004 Lunch Money for a Day campaign was so successful that the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is again sponsoring the event to raise money for the Children's Hunger Alliance. From October 17-21, SAC asks that you donate money you would spend for lunch on any given day to help feed hungry children in Ohio.

During In-Service on October 19, SAC will be providing donation bags, information and collecting donations in the Delaware Hall lobby near the cafeteria. Bags donated by Panera Bread for the donations will be available until the end of lunch.

Throughout the rest of the week, SAC members also will be collecting the donation bags. To find your SAC representative, visit http://www.cscc.edu/sac/members.htm.

For more information on the Children's Hunger Alliance go to http://www.childrenshungeralliance.org.

Columbus State recognized for marketing communications

At the annual National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 3 conference in Indianapolis October 9-11, Columbus State was awarded four Medallion Awards. The Medallions is a competition for two-year colleges' work in advertising, publications, and internal and external communications.

Columbus State was awarded the Gold Medallion for the Update Electronic Newsletter; Silver for Radio Advertisement; Silver for Television Advertisement; and the Bronze Medallion for the 2004 Annual Report to the Community . NCMPR's District 3 includes colleges in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ontario.

Franklin County Board of Elections seeks poll workers

The Franklin County Board of Elections is seeking professional employees to help fill the ranks of the 4,500 poll workers needed at Franklin County's 820 polling locations.

Through its Champions of Democracy program, the Board of Elections is asking businesses, labor unions, and civic and educational groups to share their employees on voting day to not only work the polls, but also to enhance the public's knowledge of the democratic process and civic responsibility of voting.

If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, you must be a registered voter, have reliable transportation, and be able to work the entire 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. shift. Columbus State employees can participate in the program but must take a vacation day in order to do so.

Election workers earn $15 for attending a training class and $95 for Election Day work. Precinct judges earn an extra $15 for the day.

In recognition of supporting the election process, Champions of Democracy gives workers the opportunity to wear corporate logo attire while working the polls on Election Day. In addition, if at least 25 employees from Columbus State choose to participate, training can occur on campus.

If you are interested in becoming a Champion of Democracy or would like further information, contact Renee at the Franklin County Board of Elections at 462-5352.