December 8, 2005


Staff Employee of the Month Nathell Grubbs radiates enthusiasm

Enthusiastic, proactive, team player, dedicated, inspirational, and positive influence are all words her coworkers use to describe December Staff Employee of the Month Nathell Grubbs, technician in Construction Sciences.

"Nathell is extremely dedicated to the college and her role as laboratory technician. There is no job she is unwilling to do for the good of the faculty, department or college. She is a wonderful asset," says her supervisor, Antoinette Baldin, chair of Construction Sciences.

Her nominator, Dean Bortz, instructor in Construction Sciences, says the esprit d'corps that Grubbs engenders is infectious. "Her enthusiasm for her work and joy of learning radiates all around her," he says.

"Nothing seems to get her down, and even if she's having a bad day, or someone has 'lost it,' she never lets it get in the way of getting things done right the first time," continues Bortz.

Bortz says she is a team player who coordinates efforts for each program in the department, works with everyone no matter the situation, and leads or follows as the situation requires. "Nathell's commitment to excellence and infectious spirit make her a great staff member, day in and day out. She inspires me to do my best as an instructor and to always aspire to do my best each and every day."

At Grubbs' recognition ceremony, President Moeller thanked her "for being one of those staff members who accomplishes the many little things that make a big difference to the college."

Nursing student earns first Saralabai Naik Memorial Endowed Scholarship

From left, Nursing student Rugiatu "Abby" Kamara is congratulated by donor Dr. Rajadhyaksha and President Moeller for earning the Saralabai Naik Memorial Endowed Scholarship from Columbus State's Development Foundation. Kamara, who will be graduating Friday, received the scholarship designated for minority students in nursing and funded by Dr. Rajadhyaksha at a December 6 luncheon to celebrate the first awarding of the scholarship.

Modern Language faculty to chair special interest group

Assistant Professor Gilberto Serrano and Professor Luis Latoja , of the Modern Languages Department, traveled to Baltimore recently to attend the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conference, where they hosted a forum for the Special Interest Group on Community Colleges, along with Luzmaria Alvarez from Johnson County Community College in Kansas, who chairs the group. Latoja serves as vice-chairman of the 153-member ACTFL, and he will become chairman in 2006, with Serrano in line to head the group in 2007.

Retiree Profiles

Claudia Bergquist

Counselor in Disability Services

When did you start at Columbus State?

I began my employment at Columbus State on October 17, 1981, 24 years ago. I have held my same position as a counselor in Disability Services since then.

What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

My fondest memory of Columbus State is during the years when Dr. Nestor was president. He was a true friend and gave me wonderful moments of his time. Since my office window looks down upon the president's parking spot, he always looked up to my window upon his arrival to work. Kiddingly, I always pointed to my watch and shook my head negatively, as if he was late.

What will you miss most?

I will miss the students, staff and faculty whom I worked with so closely. I will truly miss the campus community.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

My retirement plans are to spend quality time with my parents, both of whom are in their mid-80s. Also, I will be very involved and volunteering with local organizations such as Deaf Initiatives, a program for young adults who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families, and Communication Services for the Deaf of Ohio. I also plan on returning to Columbus State to serve as an adjunct faculty member with the Interpreting/American Sign Language Education Program. I will also plan on squeezing in some travel time.

Any anecdotes, stories or thoughts you'd like to share about your career at Columbus State?

I want to thank the entire campus community, especially the Disability Services Department, for all the years of their support and loyalty.

Evelyn Boyce

Program coordinator in Information Technology

When did you start at Columbus State?

I started working at Columbus Technical Institute on June 18, 1979. Twenty-six years ago I was hired as a clerk typist in the Health Division which included Mental Health, Math, Basic Sciences and Dental, moved to Security in the Data Center, then to the Help Desk coordinator in the Data Center. I am currently the program coordinator for Information Technology. I have been doing Datatel Security for five years.

What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

My fondest memories are of the employee banquets that were held in the past.

What will you miss most?

I will miss the day-to-day interaction with the friends I have made at Columbus State.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

I will be rehabbing houses to resell, doing some interior decorating, spending more time with my grandchildren, working on four new inventions, fishing and traveling. I will also be spending a lot of time with my parents.

Any anecdotes, stories or thoughts you'd like to share about your career at Columbus State?

There was a reason I was sent to work here. When I started, I had one child, my daughter, and my son, John Boyce Jr., was born in 1980. He grew up, attended college here, graduated in architecture, and now has a very good job as an architecture technician at ML Architects. He found the love of his life--Ganika--here, married her, and because of this I will now have another grandchild in February.

All I can say is life is good. I have been very blessed, and I am looking forward to the future. There will be life after Columbus State.

Evelyn Boyce (left) enjoys spending a few moments with her son John Boyce Jr. and daughter-in-law Ganika Boyce at her retirement party on December 6.

Donna Chambers

Educational classroom interpreter in Disability Services

When did you start at Columbus State?

I started working at Columbus State in 1972 as an interpreter for a deaf man named Doug Slasor, who started the deaf program. He liked the way I interpreted and needed a secretary. He asked if I could type and I said a little, but that most of my work would be interpreting. My typing did improve!

I worked with Doug for two years before he went back to Indianapolis to work in a mental health facility he wanted for deaf people. I worked for Bill Otis in the same capacity for two years and then requested a transfer to interpreting services so that I could be off quarter breaks and have more time with my four children during the holidays.

When I first started here in March of 1972 I had planned to work until the children were out of school for the summer and then quit. After working together with Doug for three months, our first students began attending, and friends who were interpreters were hired. I am still here after 33 years of service and will be retiring as an educational classroom interpreter.

What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

I believe the overall fondest memories will be of instructors and staff taking the extra time and, through their actions, encouraging my deaf students to feel they are important and can be successful in college. 

Another great memory I have is of Disability Services and all the wonderful students that we have served. Some of our students overcome great obstacles to attend school and most come without complaint of their disability. Our staff is professional and has excellent expertise in working with our students.

What will you miss most?

I will miss the great people who I work with and the many deaf students I have met through the years.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

I plan to learn Spanish and travel to Mexico again, write my family genealogy for future generations, travel to Hawaii and Ireland, take a cruise to Alaska with some family members, take online courses, and read, read, and read more.

My immediate plans are to go through my many totes that I call "tote world." They seem to have taken on a life of their own!

I will also be interpreting in our community and interpreting the Living Christmas Concert at Grace Brethern Church.

Any anecdotes, stories or thoughts you'd like to share about your career at Columbus State?

One time back in the day when we had to wear dresses, I was walking across campus and my half slip fell to my ankles. I picked it up and kept on walking.  Did anyone notice?

Joyce Falk

Development coordinator for the Columbus State Development Foundation

When did you start at Columbus State?

In March 1983 I began my career at Columbus Technical Institute as the lab assistant in Hospitality Management and became the teaching assistant in Hospitality Management in 1987. In July 1996 I was hired as the alumni coordinator in the Development Foundation office, and in 2003 my job was redefined as development coordinator.

What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

It's hard to pick just one fondest memory. My first would be being able to surprise my daughter, with Dr. Nestor's help, when I presented her with her diploma at graduation on stage. Funny thing is many people told her she didn't graduate since she didn't shake Dr. Nestor's hand!

A close second would be receiving the Staff Member of the Year award in 1993.

What will you miss most?

What I will miss the most is the people I have worked with and seeing how our graduates have fared out in the world.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

I have so many projects in mind for my retirement that I don't think I will have any spare time.

Any anecdotes, stories or thoughts you'd like to share about your career at Columbus State?

Columbus State has been like a second family. When I turned 50, the Hospitality Management Department surprised me with the delivery of a huge black helium "hot air" balloon with a basketful of candy, which was the weight to hold it down. I was in the storeroom when it was delivered and Carol Kizer told me there was a delivery in the office I had to sign for. When I walked out of the storeroom into the lobby of the ground floor of Eibling Hall, the students and faculty started singing "Happy Birthday," and out comes the "hot air" balloon. Everyone who walked into the department office that day knew I turned 50. The fun part was getting that balloon into my car that evening to take home. It was a good thing I had a minivan.

Possible slow going for tomorrow’s graduation
If you are planning to attend the Autumn Quarter Commencement Ceremony tomorrow, December 9, at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial, please allow extra time for your commute due to the expected inclement weather overnight. The students are asked to check in starting at 8:30 a.m.; faculty and ceremony participants should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m. to dress and line up in the processional; and guests will want to be seated before 10 a.m. when the ceremony begins. Please plan

to publish on limited dates over break

Due to the break between quarters and the upcoming holidays, Update will be published only once a week. Publication dates are Thursday, December 15, Thursday, December 22, and Thursday, January 5. There will be no Update the week of December 25. Regular Monday and Thursday publications will resume the week of January 9.

Union Hall Café hours reduced during break

The Union Hall Café's hours of operation for the upcoming break are listed below.

Friday, December 9 - Closed

Saturday, December 10 - Closed

The weeks of December 12 and December 19

Monday through Friday

7:30-8:45 a.m. - Starbucks coffee service and continental breakfast

11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Limited Lunch Service - Grill, Deli, Grab & Go.

The Week of December 25 - Closed

The Café will reopen for Winter Quarter on Tuesday, January 3.