April 21, 2005

"Legacy" system migration

The old mainframe environment known as "legacy" will be decommissioned by July, saving the College about $360,000 a year.

All the information on the system as of April 25 will be preserved and is being moved to a new database environment. A consultant will be hired to verify the transfer and preservation of historical data. This older data will be available for reference and query on an as-needed and justified basis.

As of Friday, April 22, updates to the legacy system will not be possible. Extreme special circumstances that require an update to this historical information will be accommodated with a Cabinet member approval.

Watch Update for future articles on the transfer of the historical data and for news about how to reference and query the data under the new system.

For more information on the legacy system historical data, please contact Etienne Martin, Director of the Data Center, at emarti10@cscc.edu or ext. 2491.

Columbus State awarded Department of Education grant for Global Trade/Logistics Studies

Columbus State Community College has been awarded a $186,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand access to education in global logistics.

The two-year Title VI B grant will support the college's work on Project EAGLE (Expanding Access to Global Logistics Education).

Columbus State will work in partnership with the Columbus Chamber and the Small Business Development Center/International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC) of Columbus to enhance global trade education for both degree-seeking students and working professionals, and to expand global trade activities in the central Ohio business community.  

"Logistics/global trade are of critical importance to the central Ohio area," said Logistics Chairperson Mary Vaughn. "With this grant, Columbus State Community College will be able to support the community's needs for an educated workforce by attracting and educating students as well as by providing ongoing training to the professional workforce."

The goal will be achieved through the following activities:

•  Creation of a global trade major within the two-year Associate Degree Logistics program.   To support and enhance student understanding of global business, the new major will include language and culture course. (Spanish and Chinese). These courses will include a foreign travel component and will be designed for online delivery through Columbus State's Global Campus.

•  Increase the capability of small business in central Ohio to participate in global trade by providing targeted and affordable global trade seminars and conferences that take advantage of the depth of expertise available in central Ohio in such areas as export financing, regulatory compliance, and legal considerations.

•  Promote global trade career opportunities to students, their parents, counselors, and the business community through a comprehensive communications campaign.

•  Maximize the use of technology to deliver instructions to all of these constituencies by offering distance learning, developing a comprehensive website focused on global trade education, and helping practitioners participate in the instructional process.

April Staff Employee of the Month-
Jin Bae Chi

According to his coworkers, Jin Bae "Gus" Chi, system administrator in the Data Center, always goes the extra mile to assist with projects or problems. Whether individually or as part of a team, his flexibility, dedication and initiative enable him to achieve IT goals and complete projects. And that's why he was named Staff Employee of the Month for April.

Through consolidating and optimizing the Data Center's storage and backup systems, Jin Bae Chi helped the data system support the college more effectively and efficiently. According to his nominator, Chris Scanlon, supervisor of Network Administration, "He has a very helpful, flexible and dedicated attitude and is always available and willing to help."  

Dave Dilley, assistant director of the Data Center says, "I am impressed with his development and growth in the system area.   He is a hard worker and is always willing to assist with any issue."



Abbott Labs employees and their college-bound children visit Columbus State

George Chatters, admissions counselor in Enrollment Services, gives a presentation to a full house of Abbott Labs employees April 14 on campus. The Clara Abbott Foundation "Discover Education for First Generation College Students" program offers scholarships for the children of Abbott Labs employees. The Admissions Office prepared a general information session that included a campus tour, a panel of Student Ambassadors, a session on financial aid, refreshments and plenty of time for questions and answers about the college.

NEW: Summer Quarter students to be directed to CougarWeb for schedules and fee statements

Effective with registration for Summer Quarter 2005, April 25, printed schedules and fee statements will no longer be mailed to students.  Students scheduling through the Telephone Information Center (TIC) will no longer have a schedule generated and mailed to them; their schedule will also be posted to CougarWeb.  Students registering in person will receive a printed schedule at the time of registration. 

Students will be directed via e-mail by the Records and Registration Department to register for Summer Quarter on CougarWeb and select "My Class Schedule" for their schedule and "Account Summary" for their fee statement. Both the schedule and fee statement can also be printed from the web.  

Baker, Opong judge
Tech Prep projects

Fred Baker, administrator for Continuing Professional Education, and Patricia Opong , instructor in Computer Information Technology, were judges at the Central Region Tech Prep Showcase, held at Eastland Career Center April 14.   Ninety Tech Prep students presented their projects in areas including computer animated games, construction plans, the effects of obesity, and business marketing.

The Tech Prep Showcase recognizes outstanding teams of high school students for their ability to grasp, apply and present a mutually developed project that demonstrates higher-level technical and academic content in their program.


Be like Vic!

You can commemorate your own or a loved one's time of service, hire date, graduation date or retirement by purchasing your very own commemorative brick installed in the Student Services Quad on campus. The Columbus State Development Foundation's commemorative brick program is always available, and bricks are installed four times a year during quarter breaks.

The 4" x 8" brick allows three lines of text, with 13 characters per line.   The inscribed bricks are $100 each, with the tax-deductible portion of $85 supporting the Alumni Endowed Scholarship.   To obtain an order form, contact the Columbus State Community College Development Foundation Office at 287-2436, or order online at http://cscc.edu/DOCS/Alumni/brickart.htm


Victor Lucas, Office Services, poses with the brick he purchased for his wife Karen and himself. Lucas has also established a $1500 scholarship program for non-custodial parents studying law enforcement.

Ba on program committee for world conference

Jean-Claude Malik Ba, professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, is serving on the program committee for the upcoming World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development, to be held October 31-November 2 in Durban, South Africa. The conference is part of the celebration of the United Nations International World Year of Physics, the 100 th anniversary of Einstein's "Miraculous Year," in which he published three of his most famous papers.   Participants from developed and developing nations will meet to examine the contributions that physics has made to society in the past in order to formulate and sharpen action-oriented plans for the future.

Learn to "de-stress" at next Learner Success Forum

Faculty and staff are invited to attend "Stress Management Sampler: Simple things you can do at work to de-stress your work environment," Friday, April 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room D.

A panel discussion will include experts in Pilates, yoga, meditation, aerobics, weight training and massage therapy, and attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for free sessions in these areas offered in upcoming weeks.

If you are interested in attending the de-stressing seminar, contact Barbara Allen, at extension 5526 or ballen03@cscc.edu by April 27, as space is limited.  

Copy Center adds new digital service

The Copy Center now has a Sony PictureStation which can print your digital photographs in seconds.  The station takes all kinds of digital camera memory cards and sticks as well as CDs and disks. Photos can also be scanned to create duplicates and enlargements.  The Copy Center can print 4x6", 5x7", and wallet-sized pictures. The Copy Center's hours are 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday.  Call ext. 5652 with any questions and for digital photo pricing.