November 10, 2005

Interpreter demonstrates all the right signs for Staff Employee of the Month

Marla Crouch
Team player, student focused, and efficient are a few of the attributes that earned Marla Crouch, sign language interpreter in Disability Services, Staff Employee of the Month for November. A Disability Services employee for 24 years, Crouch is an integral part of the services provided for deaf students, as well as a contributor to improving procedures and services for all Disability Services students.

"Her interest in effective services, adaptive technology, computers and software led her to recommending and taking a role with other staff in redesigning testing services, forms, the Resource Center, and service provision procedures," says Wayne Cocchi, director of Disability Services.

Always helpful, encouraging and friendly, Crouch is often looked to for assistance by colleagues because of her extensive knowledge of computer programs, services offered and the equipment used. This also spills over to students who come to the department frustrated or stressed. She talks to them calmly, positively, respectfully, and often with a wry sense of humor to help them become more relaxed and at ease.

"Her foremost efforts are focused on the students, whether in the classroom interpreting or in the Resource Center," says her supervisor Nellie Nelson, assistant director of Disability Services. "She is an integral team member in our efforts to provide efficient and superior services for our students."

One of   the many initiatives Crouch undertook was working with fellow Disability Services staff to set up a Test Schedule on Excel, moving the department from a paper and pencil system to a more efficient and accurate method on the computer. In addition, she trains fellow coworkers on using the schedule and each quarter consistently updates information and makes any adjustments necessary. She also supports the Resource Center staff and cross-trained to perform other Resource Center staff duties when needed.

Noticing that the Testing Center and Disability Services had different procedures and forms for providing testing services for students, Crouch took a lead role in adapting the Testing Center's forms to be in line with the center's procedures.

According to her nominator, Jerri Heine, sign language interpreter in Disability Services, "Marla is an excellent team player and makes a real difference to Columbus State and to members of the campus community."

Network services out temporarily this weekend

At 11 p.m. Saturday, November 12, all internal network services (including Blackboard, email, intranet, Internet from campus, etc.) will be taken down for several hours to perform system maintenance. The college web page will remain up. All services are expected to be up and running around 9 a.m. Sunday.

Also, there will be a Colleague outage Saturday, November 12, from 5 p.m. through Sunday, November 13, 5 p.m. for system maintenance.

Development Foundation encourages alumni to Support What Works

Student Deonta Walker, an Associate of Science major, encourages alumni to donate to Columbus State's scholarship program, while Matt Kelly, Development Foundation executive director, walks a fellow student through the calling campaign process.

As part of the Support What Works campaign, the Development Foundation recently began calling Columbus State alumni to reconnect with them, update their information and better communicate with them in the future.

Every Monday through Thursday evening from 5- 9 p.m., between seven and 10 current Columbus State students work in the Telephone Information Center calling alumni to ask them to participate in the Support What Works campaign. The students ask alumni to help by donating one credit hour of tuition to the Foundation's scholarship program. This modest request is meeting with good success, according to Matt Kelly, executive director of the Foundation.

"The students are receiving between 10-15 pledges, or about $500 each evening," said Kelly. "Having our own students call alumni is a great way to re-connect them with the college."

During the first calling campaign, which lasts through December 1, approximately 4,400 alumni will be called. A second group of approximately 7,500 alumni are scheduled to be called during Spring Quarter.

Staff Advisory Council raises over $800 in Lunch Money for a Day campaign, kicks off Annual Holidays Are for Kids campaign

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) would like to thank each employee who gave up a "lunch out" and contributed to the Annual Lunch Money for a Day campaign held during Fall In-Service. This year's contributions raised $836.48 for the Children's Hunger Alliance.

The next fundraiser on the calendar for SAC is the Annual Holidays Are for Kids campaign, which will kick off with two bake sales - Wednesday, November 16, and Thursday, December 1. Both sales will be held in the Delaware Hall Lobby from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

As part of the fundraising efforts, SAC will be raffling off a reserved employee parking space at the November 16 bake sale, and various items donated by Columbus State employees and local businesses at the December 1 bake sale. All proceeds of the fundraiser will benefit the Community for New Direction, a non-traditional, community based, drug and alcohol and violence prevention agency, specializing in cultural diversity.

If you'd like to donate baked goods for the bake sale, contact Tina Spencer at ext. 2603. For more information regarding SAC or the Holidays are for Kids Campaign, visit

Health Fair presented by the 7th quarter nursing students

As part of their senior project required for graduation, the 7 th quarter nursing students are holding a health fair on November 28 from 9 a.m. -   4 p.m. in the Nestor Hall lounge.

Started as an independent project, the students of Nursing 213, Concepts of Nursing Management, form groups to determine what services to offer. On November 28 the students will provide information on diabetes, cancer, strokes, family planning, alternative therapies, nutrition, domestic violence, and more. They will also offer screenings for diabetes and stroke.

All are welcome and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Jackie Miller, faculty member in Nursing and Related Services, at ext. 2601.

Columbus State celebrates International Education Week

International Education Week begins November14 and everyone is invited to Columbus State's opening celebration on November 15. From 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge there will be food, drinks, music, international cultural dance, table games and a photo display. During the celebration, Dr. K. Sandy Drakatos, assistant professor in Humanities, will present "You Should Regard the Whole World as your Country!"



Campanizzi authors book on effective writing techniques

Jane Campanizzi, Ph.D., adjunct faculty in Communication Skills., has authored a book titled, Effective Writing for the Quality Professional: Creating Useful Letters, Reports, and Procedures . The pocket-sized, spiral-bound reference book demonstrates how to apply effective writing techniques and strategies to meet workplace needs, including effectively communicating with coworkers and customers. It provides practical guidelines for writing and designing clear, well-organized documents. The book is published by Quality Press, the publishing house of the American Society for Quality.

Harkin to facilitate Louisiana Recovery and Rebuilding Conference

Kate Harkin, coordinator of staff training and development in Human Resources, will help facilitate Louisiana's rebuilding efforts being developed by the American Planning Association.

Harkin is attending a collaborative visioning conference November 10-12 in New Orleans for the long-range rebuilding and recovery of Louisiana after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The conference will bring local and national design and planning professionals together with Louisiana public officials, civic groups and business organizations to develop a body of principles to guide Louisiana's long-range recovery efforts. For more information about the initiative, visit