March 17, 2005


The mail always comes with a smile

Staff Member of the Month

William Bretz
Mail Clerk, Office Services

William Bretz, mail clerk in Office Services, was recognized yesterday for his hard work, dedication, and his unflappable cheerfulness as the Staff Employee of the Month for March.

An employee for the past 10 years, Willie, as he's know around campus, always has a smile, a friendly "hello" and a joyful spirit for anyone he sees, says Bill Silcott, director of Office Services. Willing to go the extra mile, Willie delivers items back to office services, diverts packages to other locations upon request, and makes sure his customers receive their packages no matter what the weather.

"Willie is someone who brings a little bit of sunshine and joy to everyone's day," says Silcott. "The college has a great asset in William."

Consumerism is key in reducing health care costs

According to Tim Wagner, vice president of Human Resources, the main health care premium cost drivers include the costs of drugs, doctor's fees, our experience rate, administrative costs and competition.

So, what can you do to become a smart consumer when it comes to your own health care and reducing costs? At this week's health care updates, Wagner said you can become an informed customer by asking questions of your physician, investigating costs for procedures, asking questions regarding prescription drug usage, and looking at different options for your health care problems. The two simplest ways to take more control of your health care are:

  • Talking to your doctor. AARP recommends that before you visit your doctor, write down all the questions you have, bring a list of symptoms and a list of all the medicines you take, arrive early to fill out forms, and bring your medical records or have them sent in advance.   AARP also recommends you speak up and follow up with questions.
  • Visiting health insurance related websites. Medical Mutual of Ohio at, Delta Dental at, Matrix at, WebMD at, and AARP at

To obtain reading materials from the health care updates held March 15 and 16, contact Ann Page, program coordinator in Human Resources, at ext. 2406.

Summertime class includes two weeks in Greece

Columbus State students can spend two weeks this summer learning in the land of Homer: no, not Springfield, the hometown of the Simpsons. The class is going to Greece.

Columbus State is offering a unique eight-week course on Ancient Greek civilization (HUM 299) this summer that includes a trip to Greece. The flex-term course is designed to meet the scheduling needs of teaching professionals, college students, and business people who can spend two weeks away from work in June.

The course begins June 10, with a departure to Greece. Upon return to Columbus on June 25, students will finish the class by participating in a web-based course and learning more about the wonders of the Ancient Greek world.

Students taking the course for credit will be required to enroll at Columbus State and will earn five hours of credit. Teaching professionals are not required to pay for audit credit, and on completion of the program may submit to their local LPDC for up to five CPUs.

The cost of the trip is $2,980, which includes airfare, ground transportation and some meals. This price does not include Columbus State tuition (approximately $380). The first deposit for the trip is due April 3.

For more information or an application contact Assistant Professor Mark Bocija at ext. 5049 or .

In-Service Day presenters needed

The casting call is out for creative, captivating, energetic and educational presentations for In-Service, which will be Friday, May 6. The In-Service program is a way for faculty and staff to teach the rest of the college about their particular area of expertise. For more information or to submit a proposal for a concurrent session, contact Tracy Little at extension 5739 or at

Sunny 95 Breakfast Break

Sunny 95 radio station will be bringing their Breakfast Break to the Delaware Hall gymnasium 7:30-9 a.m. March 22, thanks to Trish Jenkins in IT, who entered a contest for the prize, breakfast, giveaways, prizes, caricature drawings and massages are on the menu.

Cafeteria spring break hours

The Grill and the DC Sub Kiosk will be open during spring break from Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Catering requests can still be made by contacting Dan Henrie at ext. 5547.

Also, the cafeteria will be giving away an NCAA Finals chili and sub party for 10 on April 4. Sign up for your chance to win.

Admissions Office streamlines services

To increase efficiency and better utilize existing resources, visitors to the Admissions Office evenings and Saturdays will now be served in the Student Assistance Center on the second floor of Madison Hall.  Please contact Tari Blaney in the Admissions Office at ext. 5021 or Jackie Stewart in the Student Assistance Center at ext. 2694 with questions. Admissions Office hours are: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. with the last appointment taken at 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with the last appointment taken at 4 p.m. The new hours are effective immediately. The Admissions Office phone number is 287-2669.