March 28, 2005

At the annual Student Career Days competition, students compete in events ranging from paver construction, shown here, to sales presentation and plant identification. More than 700 students attend and compete each year.

Student Landscape Design/Build team places eighth in nation

The Columbus State Student Landscape Association team recently returned with an eighth-place finish from the Student Career Days competition, which was held this year at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.    The competition, held annually by the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), is sometimes referred to as the "Landscape Olympics," and features dozens of competitions in horticulture, arboriculture, landscape business, design, construction and equipment operation. In 2004, Columbus State hosted the competition with many events held on campus, and at Franklin Park.

The 2005 event in Baltimore saw 56 teams from across the nation competing, attending workshops, interviewing for jobs at the career fair, and attending numerous special events. The Columbus State team has competed for eleven years and has placed in the top ten nationally for nine straight years, according to Steve O'Neal, professor of Landscape Design/Build, who accompanied the team to the event.   Of the six Ohio teams competing this year, Columbus State was the only top-10 finisher.   The top three teams in the competition were Colorado State University, North Metro Technical College (GA) and North Carolina State University.  

Columbus State second-year student Jason Douglas placed second in the Pest Identification competition.   Douglas and Kelly Buxton also received $1,000 scholarships at the closing ceremony at the event.

Columbus State hosts environmental education conference

Members from the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) attending the
Instructor Conference March 17 and 18 took a moment for a group picture on the Columbus
State statue.

Columbus State hosted the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education (PETE) Instructor Conference March 18 and 19 for member colleges in the eastern regions of the United States.   Seventy-five environmental technology, health and safety instructors from 20 states attended.   "When you get right down to it there are few issues more important than safeguarding our environment. We are delighted to have this opportunity to host this conference and to further support the work of our environmental technology," said John Marr, Ph.D., dean of Career and Technical programs, who welcomed the group. The keynote speaker was General (ret.) Todd I. Stewart, Ph.D., Director of the Program for International & Homeland Security of Ohio State University.   Numerous talks were given on a variety of environmental, occupational safety and health, and homeland security topics.   PETE is an affiliate organization of the American Association of Community Colleges.

The following presentations were given by Columbus State employees:

"The Twitch Factor: Are You Reaching Your Audience with Your Training?" given by Allen Frederick, adjunct instructor in Environmental Technology and Law Enforcement.

"Instructing Two Audiences at the Same Time," given by Tim Butcher, adjunct instructor in Environmental Technology.

"Innovative Strategies for Increasing Enrollment - Tapping into Continuing Education," given by Julie Maurer, Continuing Professional Education.

"Instructing a Multi-Disciplinary Soils Course," given by Jeff Bates, associate professor in Environmental Technology.

Community Service lauded

Columbus State Board of Trustees Chairman Susan Finn, Ph.D., second from left, and President Moeller present the annual Community Service Award to Joseph Blasco, left, Chairman of the Godman Guild Association and Randall Morrison, executive director, at the March 24 Trustees meeting   

The award is given each year to an organization recognized for exemplary service in partnership with Columbus State to further the mission of the college in providing education to the Greater Columbus community. The Godman Guild has a 106-year history of positive community work including programs that are designed to promote economic growth, self-sufficiency, leadership among youth, employment training, team development and a love of nature. The organization was founded in 1898 as the First Neighborhood Guild Association Boy's Club in what was then known as the Flytown neighborhood, home to a significant immigrant population.   In 1900, Henry C. Godman of the Godman Shoe Company gave $10,000 to build the first settlement house, which would become The Godman Guild.   Today, the Godman Guild provides a variety of youth services, workforce development programs, and programs at the Guild's Camp Mary Orton. Mr. Morrison has served as executive director of the Guild for more than 30 years.

Public Safety Department Restructures

During a recent restructuring of the Columbus State Department of Public Safety, clear lines of responsibility for the operational tasks of the department were established, according to the department's Strategic Planning Committee and Interim Director John NestorKath Wolfangel continues to supervise the front office and communications.  Babette Money will supervise safety and security, which manages key access to buildings, prevention, building safety inspections, and emergency management.  Frank Sugar will coordinate parking, special events, department vehicle maintenance, and special services, such as student fingerprinting and applicant background checks for Human Resources.  A supervisor for community policing is yet to be named, and two additional dispatchers will be hired to implement a 24/7 communications office.  This restructuring was done within the department's existing budget.  The department will continue to improve services, and place more emphasis on safety, security, and emergency preparedness.  The department welcomes your ideas and input, to .

Employees complete CPR training

The following employees completed the Adult CPR and AED training course during the quarter break.

Larry Gill, Applied Technology
Crystal Fauber, Massage Therapy
Micah Jenkins, IT
Dean Bortz, Construction Science Management