February 24, 2005

Women's History Month Celebration March 1

In conjunction with the annual Women's History Month activities in March, the Office of Student Activities and Athletics will honor up to 10 students with Outstanding Woman Student Leadership Awards in a ceremony March 1, from noon-2 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge.

In addition to celebrating the outstanding women student leaders at Columbus State, a panel discussion with outstanding women leaders from our community will be held March 1 featuring Angela Pace, WBNS 10TV; Kathy Sullivan, CEO/President of COSI; Sauni Schuster, Ohio Assistant Attorney General; and Valerie Still, former professional basketball player and MVP of the American Basketball League. The theme of this year's celebration is "Women Change America."


Take charge of your health
February 24, 2005

Employees and students take advantage of the Fitness Center.
Many people can take charge of their health care and lower their health care costs by following a regimen of a healthy diet and exercise and participating in wellness programs such as Diabetes Advantage, Pain Solutions, Kidney Link, Heart Sense, Baby Link, Breathe Easy, and Balanced Outlook offered by Medical Mutual.

Don Laubenthal, coordinator in Sports and Fitness Management, says there are many ways to become healthier, and he offers 10 quick tips that can be incorporated into everyday living now:

  Get Active! The Surgeon General recommends everyone should accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week. You can accumulate physical activity by taking short walks during lunch, playing with the kids, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, washing and waxing your car, or doing any moderate-intensity activity.  

  Don't sit in one position for a long time. Performing repetitive movements while in a single position for long hours can lead to injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and low back pain syndrome. Take frequent short breaks and stretch your wrists, shoulders, neck and back. Also, take several short walks (2 to 5 minutes) during the day.

  Watch your posture. Make sure your work station fits you. Sit with your hips at a 90 degree angle and your feet flat on the floor. Your back should be straight, and your forearms should be parallel to the floor. Keep your wrists straight and try not to support your body weight with your shoulders. Proper workstation ergonomics will save you a lot of discomfort.

•  Drink plenty of water. Drink at least eight glasses (8 ounces) of water each day. Keeping properly hydrated will keep your energy levels up and help you stay healthy during cold and flu season.

•  Maintain healthy body weight. Maintaining or losing weight is a difficult struggle, but there are great rewards.  

•  Eat moderate portions. Eat slowly, and finish eating before you feel full. This will help you achieve the proper calorie consumption and maintain or lose weight.

•  Eat a balanced, healthful diet. Any way you look at it, fruits and vegetables are extremely healthy for you.

•  Maintain a healthy blood pressure. Maintaining a healthy blood pressure (120/80 or lower) will protect the cardiovascular system from damage and can help prevent cardiovascular disease.

•  Reduce stress. Stress reduction practices such as progressive relaxation, deep breathing, and meditation can do wonders for your mental and physical health. Also, if the work environment becomes too stressful, take a short walk. Physical activity is a proven stress buster.

•  Visit Columbus State's Human Performance Center. The Human Performance Center in Delaware 029 offers a variety of fitness and wellness services such as Active Living Every Day classes, personal fitness training, and fitness assessments. Call 287-3843 for an appointment, or just walk over.

Heather Borland, coordinator of Student and Recreational Activities, says there are plenty of on-campus opportunities for faculty and staff who want to become more active.

  • Take an aerobics class: Monday and Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m. or Tuesday and Thursday, 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.

  • Play basketball, volleyball, or soccer during open gym times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, 9 a.m.-noon.

  • Visit the fitness center and use the Nautilus equipment, lifecycles, stair climber, or treadmill: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and noon-6 p.m.

  • Join an intramural contest: 3-Point Contest, March 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon, or see the gym attendant for information on flag football, volleyball and soccer.

For more information, contact Don Laubenthal at extension 3627 about tips to improve your health and Heather Borland at extension 5348 for information on wellness and exercise programs.

Central District Science Day judges needed

Columbus State will host Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 19. About 500 students from local middle and high schools will present their projects at this event. Each project must be evaluated by a team of two judges. Consequently, many judges are needed. There will be an orientation session for judges from 8 to 9 a.m. in Nestor Auditorium. Judging will take place in Delaware Hall and the gym from 9 a.m. to noon.

If you would like more information about this event or you would like to volunteer as a judge, please contact Lud Sprandel (Nestor Hall room 481, extension 5362, lsprande@cscc.edu ). This is an excellent and worthwhile community service opportunity, so please help.

Presenters to discuss human cost of war in Iraq

The Columbus State Muslim Student Association and the International Student Association will present a lecture "The Human Cost of the War in Iraq" Saturday, March 5, 1-5 p.m. in the Nestor Hall west lounge. Presenters will discuss what the war has cost the Iraqi people, U.S. soldiers and their families, and the Columbus community. Speakers include Ramzi Kysia, an Arab-American analyst; Teresa Fowler Dawson, of Military Families Speak Out; and Charleta Tavares, Columbus City councilwoman.   A panel discussion will follow the presentations. For more information, contact Eric Neubauer at ext. 5698, or eneubaue@cscc.edu . The lecture is free and open to the public.

IT Support Center announces on-line grade entry assistance for faculty

The end of Winter Quarter is upon us. As a reminder, the deadline for entry of graduate grades is 11 p.m. Thursday, March 10. The deadline for entry of non-graduate grades is Saturday, March 19 . Assistance with entering on-line grades is available at the IT Support Center in the lower level of the ERC and in designated labs on and off campus. Online grade entry instruction manuals and quick reference guides are also available at the IT Support Center.

Below are the walk-in hours faculty can receive help or enter grades at the IT Support Center. You may also call extension 5050 (the Help Desk) for assistance.

Lab Locations

Location           Opr. System             Hours of Access
DH 104             Win 98                      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
DH 107             Win 98                      8 a.m. - 10 p.m. (8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Fri)
AQ 237             Win 98                      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
DE 216             Win 98                      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
EB 202             Win 98                       8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
EB 207             Win 98                       8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
UN 237            Win 98                       8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
NH 229             Win 98                      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
NH 230             Win 98                      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
NH 232             Win 98                      8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Graduate Grade Support (Please note time changes)

Thursday, March 10 - 8 a.m.-8 p.m. - I.T. Support Center - ERC Lower Level

Non-Graduate Grade Support (Please note time changes)

Friday, March 18 - 8 a.m.-5 p.m. - IT Support Center - ERC Lower Level
Saturday, March 19 - 9 a.m.-noon - IT Support Center - ERC Lower Level

FlexBen Flexible Spending Accounts deadline is Monday

If you were enrolled in either the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCR) or the Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCR) in 2004 the filing deadline for these Flexible Spending Accounts is quickly approaching.  Any eligible expense incurred in 2004 that have not previously been submitted, must be submitted by Monday, February 28, 2005.  If you have questions, call Ann Page at extension 2406.

DISCOVER Software for career advising now available

Students can go to the ERC or Aquinas Hall 116 to use the latest version of the DISCOVER software for assessment of career interests, abilities, and values. The recently installed software provides direct feedback to students on the results. Students who want to meet with an advisor afterward should schedule an appointment with a career advisor in Advising and Counseling Services, Aquinas Hall 116, extension 2668. 

Stats page now available on intranet

The IT department recently posted a statistics page on the intranet, which is available to view when you are working on campus. The page shows day-by-day quarterly enrollment figures as compared with the past two academic years. The page is located at: http://intranet.cscc.edu/stats.htm

February 21, 2005

Labor economist will describe Ohio job market through 2012

What will be the hottest jobs and industries for our students who will be graduating over the next few years? Nursing? Manufacturing? Electronic commerce? Financial activities?   The leisure and hospitality industry? You can find out.

A co-author of Ohio's new employment forecast, Ohio Job Outlook to 2012 , is coming to Columbus State to discuss the report and employment projections for Ohio. Labor economist Larry Less, with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, will make a presentation and answer questions at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in Nestor Hall D.

The report, issued February 14, describes the job marketplace in Ohio for the next seven years, occupations that will be in greatest demand, and educational levels that will be most frequently required. Copies of the report will be available at the seminar. The presentation should be valuable for administrators, academic advisors, faculty, and anyone who develops programs and curricula or talks with students about career opportunities.

The section chief for workforce research at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Bureau of Labor Market Information (LMI), Less has 20 years of experience analyzing Ohio's labor markets. Since 1998, he has been supervising the bureau's research efforts related to workforce information products and services. Less received his master's degree in labor economics from The Ohio State University.

Renovated nursing labs to hold Open House March 3

A $350,000 grant from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation provided major funding for a recent renovation of the Columbus State Nursing Department laboratories, including the purchase of a new Human Patient Simulator and equipment upgrades that will allow the program to expand. President Moeller, the Columbus State Development Foundation and the Nursing Department will host an Open House in the new labs Thursday, March 3, from 5:30 -7 p.m., in Union Hall Room 428. The Open House is free and open to the public.

"The addition of the second Human Patient Simulator will allow Columbus State to teach even more nursing students and provide our region with a valuable training resource for a wide range of medical professionals," said President Moeller.