December 5, 2005

President of Battelle to address graduates

Carl Kohrt
Carl Kohrt, President and CEO of Battelle, will deliver the commencement address at the Autumn Quarter graduation ceremony, Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial. More than 300 students are expected to attend.

Around the world, Battelle is known for its science and technology expertise, which has led to the development of the Xerox machine and thousands of other inventions. Locally, Battelle is also known for its philanthropy to the community.

Battelle is a global science and technology enterprise founded in 1929 that develops and commercializes technology and manages laboratories for customers. Battelle teams with more than 800 federal, state and local government agencies, providing cost-effective science and technology in the areas of national security, homeland defense, health and life sciences, energy, transportation and environment.

At Battelle, Kohrt oversees a staff of 19,000 scientists, engineers and support specialists. Each year, Battelle is involved in thousands of technology projects for nearly 1,000 companies and government agencies. The company conducts $2.9 billion in annual research and development, which results in 50 to 100 patented inventions each year.

Dr . Kohrt joined Battelle in 2001after a distinguished 29-year career at Kodak in Rochester, New York. He served in numerous senior executive, international, and technical positions throughout his Kodak career--including executive vice president and assistant chief operating officer, chief technology officer, and vice president and general manager of the health sciences division.

Dr. Kohrt is a technology and product innovator with tremendous business and global marketplace experience, a people-oriented management style, and a strong community commitment. His knowledge of how to get technology and products to the marketplace helps advance Battelle's agenda to be even more commercial and entrepreneurial in the future.

He also serves as chair of the board of trustees of COSI.

He received his B.S. in chemistry from Furman University and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Chicago. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and received an M.M.S. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Congressman Sherrod Brown keynote speaker at OTAP recognition ceremony

Congressman Sherrod Brown addresses and congratulates the most recent OTAP class.
On December 2, Congressman Sherrod Brown served as the keynote speaker for the Fall Orientation to Trade and Apprenticeship Program (OTAP) recognition ceremony at the Electrical Trades Center. Seventeen students received certificates for completing the eight-week job training program designed to prepare them for employment in the Trades or acceptance in Apprenticeship programs.

In existence since 1987, OTAP teaches skills in work ethics, hand and power tool use, basic blueprint reading, applied math, thermodynamics, electricity, fluid dynamics and much more. This program helps prepare students for work as truck drivers, welders, plumbers, electrician apprentices, construction trade apprentices, auto technicians, and operating engineers, to name a few.


Another retirement party slated for December 7

In a month of many retirements, the Educational Resources Center is holding a party to honor Tim Vick, Library Services clerk, who is retiring at the end of December after 30 years of service to the college in both Media and Library Services. It's a surprise party, but we at Update were asked to notify the campus, and Tim's colleagues would make sure he didn't see the email. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration on Wednesday, December 7, from 2-4 p.m. in the TV Studio of the ERC in Columbus Hall.


Columbus State goes wireless

To better inform the campus of the many wireless access points on campus, Jim Beidler, director of Communications Technologies and PC Services, and his colleagues went around campus hanging signs like this one in Franklin Hall.
If you or a student have your laptop on campus and need internet access, all you need to do is look for the "wireless here" signs hung in many buildings throughout campus.

Currently, IT has wireless access points installed in 84 campus locations providing coverage for almost all of the campus on the east side of Cleveland Avenue. There are also two large outdoor OMNI antennas that serve the entire center mall way and much of the quad.

Buildings with wireless access include Davidson, Delaware, Eibling, Franklin, Madison, Nestor, and Rhodes halls, the ERC, and the Center for Technology and Learning. The west side of campus will be equipped with wireless access when the Discovery Exchange retail complex and the Center for Workforce Development are completed.

The areas on campus highlighted in red now provide wireless access


Flexible Spending Open Enrollment deadline Friday

All benefit eligible full-time employees who wish to enroll in the Healthcare Reimbursement Account or the Dependent Care Account for the 2006 plan year must return their completed enrollment form to Human Resources/Payroll by the close of business Friday, December 9.

Representatives from USI, the new Flexible Spending Account vendor, will be available to answer questions or accept your completed enrollment forms Thursday in Rhodes Hall Room 114 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

If you wish to enroll in the Healthcare Reimbursement Account or the Dependent Care Account and were unable to attend one of the open enrollment meetings, enrollment packets are available at the Human Resources front desk.


Welcome Team seeks volunteers for the start of Winter Quarter

Have you ever wanted to help meet and greet new and returning students during the first two days of the quarter? Then join more than 200 fellow employees who have done just that in the past year and volunteer your time to help make the start of classes an easy and enjoyable process for students, faculty and staff.

The Winter Quarter Welcome Team is now forming and is looking for faculty, staff and students to share class schedules, print parking passes, direct students to classrooms, troubleshoot issues, pop popcorn, and welcome students back to Columbus State's campus on January 3 and 4 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. in both Nestor and Madison Halls.

Any time you can share is greatly appreciated. If you're interested in volunteering, contact Barbara Allen at or ext. 5526 with the times and days you are able to work. She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.


Chatters honors women through book

George Chatters, enrollment advisor in Admissions, has written his first book Love That Woman Fully: A Transcript from a Man's Perspective.

Written in a conversational tone, Love That Woman Fully uses social commentary, comedic relief mingled with controversy, and down-to-earth dialogue to cover topics including: the purpose of dating, why men disrespect women, the role of women, the role of men, the role of parents, why the world is suffering, who is really to blame, and how to love a woman fully.

After reading the book, Associate Pastor Michael Roddy of Logos Bible Church in Pickerington said, "George K. Chatters successfully attempts to place marriage back upon its lofty platform and rightful position of honor, as he invites us into his living room of memories, stories and musings for a fireside chat."

When asked what inspired him to write the book, Chatters said, "There are several reasons I can point to, but my significant reason was that I wanted all women to know that they are absolutely magnificent, precious and to be honored in many ways. The woman was and is God's true gift given to man from the very beginning, but men very rarely demonstrate the honor or the love that all women deserve in today's society."

The will be released nationally January 3. For more information or to order an advance copy go to:


Minority Business Enterprise Open House to be held December 20

The Purchasing Department is holding its second annual Minority Business Enterprise Open House on December 20 from 1-3 p.m. for all businesses registered with the South Central Ohio Minority Business Council (SCOMBC). Minority businesses are invited to Columbus State to learn how to do business with Columbus State and have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Columbus State's authorized buyer that purchases the commodity they sell.

The open house, sponsored by Columbus State's Purchasing Department and SCOMBC, will be held in Nestor Hall Seminar Rooms C and D.

For more information on the open house, contact Brad Farmer, Purchasing/Accounts Payable/Travel Supervisor, at ext. 2641.


Elliott-Boyd attends Cancer Prevention Institute

Lorraine Elliott-Boyd, RNC, MSN, professor of nursing at Columbus State, secretary of Columbus Black Nurses Association, and member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc., was sponsored by the Oncology Nurses Society, in conjunction with a grant from the National Cancer Institute, to attend the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Institute for HBCU/MI Nurse Educators held November 4-6.

The goal of the workshop was to increase the number of nurse educators prepared to facilitate teaching and learning experiences focused on cancer prevention and early detection within the African-American community or among African-Americans within practice settings. The workshop was developed to help decrease the health care disparity in cancer prevention and early detection in the African-American population.

Elliott-Boyd will integrate the information and skills learned at this workshop in teaching her students and in her volunteer services in the community at various programs and health fairs.


Beidler is certified Project Management Professional

Jim Beidler, director or Communications Technologies and PC Services, recently earned certification as a Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute.

In order to qualify as a PMP, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent, a minimum of 4,500 hours of documented experience leading and directing specific tasks, and 36 months of project management experience. Beidler must also adhere to a code of professional conduct and had to pass a rigorous exam designed to measure his ability to apply project management knowledge in initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing a project, as well as professional and social responsibility.


Student named to regional dental board, earns scholarship

Second-year dental hygiene student James Starkey was selected as the 2005 North East Regional Representative to the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) Student Advisory Board. Only four students are chosen nationally to serve on the board. The Student Advisory Board voices the student perspective regarding dental hygiene education standards, student based events, and student involvement in the ADHA.

Starkey also was awarded the Christopher L. Simmons Memorial Scholarship, a $250 award based on academic achievement, a commitment to lifelong learning, community service, professional association involvement, faculty approval, and a future vision through the development of personal and professional goals.

Dental hygiene student
James Starkey