June 23, 2005

Dental grads display dazzling smiles!
Connie Grossman, left, coordinator of the Dental Hygiene Technology, chats with a few of her graduates before the Spring Quarter Commencement Ceremony June 10. Eleven Dental Hygiene students graduated, including Erin Harster, the Class Salutatorian, who led the Pledge of Allegiance at the ceremony.

Clearing the way

Demolition equipment does a number on the CL building June 21 in preparation for final construction activities on Academic Center D and groundbreaking for the $8 million Retail Complex. Departments housed in the CL and CA buildings scheduled for demolition were moved the Electrical Trades Center or the former offices of Business and Industry Training, in the CT building.  

Early Retirement Incentive Plan sign-up begins July 1

On July 1, at 8 a.m., the Human Resources Department will begin taking the forms for the Early Retirement Incentive Plan.  The sign-up information will be in Rhodes Hall, in Room 129.   Please go to the Intranet, where you will see Early Retirement Incentive (ERI) ( STRS Form / SERS Form). Please print out and complete the appropriate form and bring it with you when you sign up.   If you have questions, contact Lou Ann Carman at ext. 2416.

Early Retirement Incentive (ERI) update:

Many of you who are interested in taking advantage of the ERI have wondered what you need to do in order to be considered for this incentive. Here are a few simple steps to follow:

Step 1. You should contact the applicable retirement system (either STRS or SERS) and let them know that you are interested in taking advantage of the ERI offered by Columbus State Community College . Set an appointment with them to make sure you are eligible. They will be able to tell you what your monthly income will be, explain your options regarding the method of payment and also give you a cost for healthcare if needed.

Step 2. Beginning July 1, you must fill out the appropriate form/request which is located on the first page of our intranet under ERI. After the form is completed you must bring it to the Human Resource Dept. The form must be given to Lou Ann Carman. She will date stamp your request. Our Human Resource Department must file your request with the appropriate retirement system. Either STRS or SERS will certify your eligibility and your effective date of retirement

In addition, Carman will give you a packet of forms and information that both  SERS or STRS will need to complete your application. If you have questions, call Lou Ann Carman at ext. 2416.


Culinary Academy closes after ten years

The Columbus State Culinary Academy, the non-credit cooking school that offered three-hour evening classes to the general public, has closed effective June 15. The Academy began offering classes in September 1995. The closing was due in part to the expense of operation and reduced demand. The closing in no way affects the credit courses in the Chef Apprenticeship or Food Service/Restaurant Management majors. For those holding non-expired gift certificates for classes at the Culinary Academy, a refund will be issued by calling 287-5126.

Data migration complete from mainframe to Oracle

Hamid Danesh, vice president of Information Technology, reports that the division has officially completed the migration and certification of the data from the college's mainframe to the Oracle environment.

According to Danesh, the team of programmers and system administrators worked diligently to get the process completed in a timely manner so the college would not be required to renew the contract with Computer Associates for mainframe software licenses.

Additional steps were taken to conduct a third-party audit of the process to ensure accuracy of mission-critical database transfers, said Danesh. The certification process was completed within a timely manner, and the college has a comprehensive document that describes the process and demonstrates all the certification points.

The mainframe or "legacy" system is now decommissioned. According to Danesh, this means:

•  All the data on its hard drives and databases will be fully backed up for the last time on other devices and tapes.

•  All the data will be wiped off in case the college decides to sell or dispose of the equipment in the future; the data would not be compromised.     

•  All the software with licenses that expire in July will be taken off the mainframe.

•  The machine will be kept on for another six months in a "virtual-zero-operating-cost" mode. With no hardware or software maintenance, there will be no operating cost. Electric power consumption is minimal.

Danesh explains that the software license for the Oracle database is a "site license," which means the college can put any application data in that environment without incurring additional licenses or maintenance fees. The Oracle database is being used to house all of the migrated data.

Welcome Team still needs volunteers for Summer Quarter

Summer Quarter starts next week, and it's time to welcome our new and returning Columbus State students. Faculty, staff and students are all invited to join the Welcome Team, doing everything from giving directions on campus, to looking up schedules and instructors, and even popping popcorn - a highly specialized skill given only to those who qualify.

Please consider sharing an hour or two of your time during the first two days of the quarter, June 27 and 28, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

To volunteer, please email Barbara Allen at ballen03@cscc.edu. She will send you an email confirmation with a location and time request for you to volunteer.

New scholarship available to students planning to teach math, science

Science and math faculty, such as Assistant Professor of Mathematics Phil MacLean (left), will be training future middle school teachers aided by the new scholarship program.
A new grant program from the U.S. Department of Education provides scholarships to students who plan on a career teaching mathematics or science at the middle school level in at-risk school districts.  

The Teacher Quality Enhancement Scholarship Program at Columbus State will offer $2,500 per year to students enrolled in the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees, who hold a 2.0 GPA or higher, and who plan to transfer to one of the grant's partner schools to complete a bachelor's or master's degree in education and obtain their teacher certification. The scholarships continue at the partner schools, which currently include Ohio State, Capital,
Otterbein and Ohio Dominican.

Scholarship recipients are required to teach middle school math or science in the Columbus Public School system for a period matching the length of time they received the scholarship.   For example, if the student received the full scholarship for four years while earning associate and bachelor's degrees, they would teach at least four years of middle school math at a Columbus Public School.  

Graduates who decide not to fulfill that requirement would be required to repay the scholarship as if it was an ordinary student loan.

Teachers who specialize in math and science subjects are in short supply in some middle schools, according to program co-coordinator Scott Rombauer.

Rombauer and Laura Shady are coordinating the new scholarship program and are currently publicizing its availability with current Columbus State students. The scholarship will be given to up to 10 students per year and is available to new or returning students.

For more information about the Teacher Quality Enhancement Scholarship, contact Rombauer or Shady at ext. 5541.

Kids in College get dramatic

In the Drama and Self-Esteem class during the two-week Kids in College summer camp, the children display their "just finished a hard workout" poses. The camp, coordinated by Laurie Johns and the K-12 Initiatives Department, ran all day for two weeks June 13-24, combining educational, artistic, physical, and career-oriented activities for the kids, ages 8-12.