November 3, 2005

Labor and management collaborate to help Physical Plant prepare for future growth

Committee members Jim Spencer (left) assistant director of Physical Plant, and Lamont Rembert, electrical coordinator and union steward, shake hands.
Through a joint initiative of employees, union members, and administrators from Physical Plant and Human Resources, a classification subcommittee recently evaluated and developed updated position descriptions and began to develop a number of apprenticeship programs for the various trades within the Physical Plant.

The committee was chartered to review and revise the classification system and plan for future growth at the college, while endorsing the concept of Human Capacity Development.

Lamont Rembert, electrical coordinator and union steward in Physical Plant, said, "Understanding that change takes time, the classification committee is moving forward with positive change for the Physical Plant. We look forward to continued success in the future."

"There's still a lot of work to be done," said Jim Spencer, Physical Plant assistant director. "But it's exciting to be part of a team working together for the common good."

Members of the committee include: John Aldergate, Eugene Brundige (facilitator), Terri Williams Miller, Lamont Rembert, Brian Seely, Shelley Sills, Jim Spencer, Richard Tepper, TimWagner, and Mike Yuille.                     


SBDC at Columbus State presents panel discussion on venture capital tips and trends

A panel of Ohio venture capitalists will examine the venture landscape and future at the Columbus Dealflow Exchange, Tuesday, November 29, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at the Business Technology Center, 1275 Kinnear Road. The event is hosted by the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State.

Ralph Taylor-Smith, Battelle Ventures, L.P.; Curtis Crocker, Reservoir Venture Partners; Eric Von Hendrix, MWV Pinnacle Capital Fund, L.P.; and Dan Fleming, River Cities Capital Funds, will discuss topics such as: where today's venture capitalists are putting their money, whether the life sciences sector will continue to dominate, what other sectors will attract funding, and what sectors are seeing over-investment.

The Columbus Dealflow Exchange provides an independent forum where business leaders exchange ideas, opinions and viewpoints. Collaborators and competitors meet with authoritative moderators, and people attending can ask questions directly to panelists.

Cost for the seminar is $20, and registration ends November 25. To register, call the SBDC at 614-287-5300 or go online at


From left, YAATC students Tyray Luckett, Mirghani Karrar and Omar Faye facilitate a workshop on tire and travel safety.
Columbus State employees Make a Difference

Columbus State employees participating in the 15th annual Make a Difference Day October 22 helped members of the community with writing skills, literacy and automotive maintenance.

Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC) students taught basic car maintenance and repair to 35 community members. Sponsored by Napa Auto Parts and Matco Tools, the workshop included information on how to avoid automotive rip-offs and how to jumpstart a vehicle.



From left, students Vanessa Shepherd, Henrietta Young and Chanda Gelin from the St. John Learning Center get creative as they work on their essays for the contest.
The Communication Skills Department sponsored a writing workshop and essay contest for current and 2004-05 graduates of GED programs in our service district. The day included presentations by the 2004 essay contest winners, presentations by faculty members Crystal Clark and Kae Denino, and individual tutoring sessions. The culmination of the workshop will be four $500 scholarships awarded to the 2005 contest winners, who will be selected by Communication Skills faculty members.

About 25 children from pre-kindergarten through 5th grade participated in the Family Literacy Festival with their parents. Children listened to stories, made crafts, and had their faces painted.



Student Ambassadors, from left, Edward Dalton and Hassirou Tall enjoy creating crafts with participants in K-12's Family Literacy Day.












Volunteers needed for First Lego League competition

It's that time of year again when Columbus State is preparing to host the Columbus Regional First Lego League event.

Your help is needed to make the event as successful as it has been for the past three years. On November 19, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m . , the college will host 400 middle school students and their families and teachers for a hands-on learning competition.

The offices of K-12 Initiatives and Engineering Technologies need fun, energetic, enthusiastic students, staff, faculty, administrators and friends of Columbus State to help with the event.

In this year's competition, First Lego League teams from around the world must find solutions that will sustain the health, biodiversity, and productivity of the world's oceans for present and future generations. E ach team must build and program a Lego robot that addresses the "Ocean Odyssey" missions of: deploying a submarine; conducting transect mapping; protecting a pump station; servicing a pipeline; sampling one species from among others; releasing a dolphin; deciding about an artificial reef; cleaning up a cargo shipping accident; and finding and recovering archaeological artifacts.

Additionally, they will choose an ocean or sea activity or resource and trace its impact on our oceans' health, biodiversity, and productivity. Their project challenge is to create an innovative solution to help them improve the use of this resource or activity, while minimizing the negative impact on our oceans for present and future generations. 

If you are interested in volunteering, contact FLL Columbus Regional Program Coordinator Laurie Johns, K-12 Initiatives administrator, at ext. 5998 or


UNICEF and Columbus Sister Cities seek volunteers for International Festival

Celebrating its 50 th anniversary this weekend, the Columbus International Festival will host 150 exhibitors representing 80 countries through a global marketplace of international cuisine and unique crafts, a health fair, global activities, continuous entertainment, a celebrity variety show and a parade of nations.

The festival runs November 4, 6-10 p.m.; November 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; and November 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., at Veterans Memorial Hall, 300 West Broad Street. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $2 for children 6-12 years old, and free for children 5 years old and younger. Group tickets are $4 and are available by calling 614-487-1300.

During the festival, local UNICEF representative Peg Zidonis is looking for volunteers to help collect donations and distribute information at the UNICEF booth. Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts November 5, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and November 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets to the festival will be provided and can be picked up at the will call desk. If you're interested, contact Peg Zidonis at 614-457-3135.

Also looking for volunteers is Columbus Sister Cities International. People are needed to share information about Columbus' sister cities and the mission of the organization. Volunteers are needed for two-hour shifts, November 4, 8-10 p.m.; November 5, noon-10 p.m.; and November 6, 1-5 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Vroom at or 614-645-2510.


November issue of Matrix Monitor full of health and wellness news

The November edition of The Matrix Monitor, now available online, contains information on where to find a flu shot, coping with organizational change, dealing with interruptions, what video violence reveals and more. To view these articles brought to you by Columbus State's Employee Assistance Program provider, Matrix, click on the icon.


Flexible Spending Account update

The Human Resources Department is reviewing vendors for the college's Flexible Spending Account. More information will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have questions contact Human Resources at ext. 2408.