August 1, 2005

First class graduates in emerging field of Nuclear Medicine

Mary Morgan, left, coordinator of the Nuclear Medicine program, instructs students Alseny Diallo, Danielle Wotring and Dmitriy Begunov in positioning a patient for imaging under a Siemens Orbiter gamma camera. Look closely to see that the camera has been signed by all of the members of the first graduating class.
Eleven students graduated June 10 with many job prospects

The first graduating class of 11 students received their Associate of Applied Science degrees in Nuclear Medicine at Columbus State's Spring Commencement ceremony in June. And none of them should encounter much trouble finding work in their new field - job prospects are good, according to Nuclear Medicine coordinator Mary Morgan.

"Most of the first graduates are already working," said Morgan." Four of the 11 graduates are working here in downtown Columbus. And for those willing to relocate, job prospects nationally are very good."

After graduating, students become certified by passing the Nuclear Medicine Technician Certification Boards. "Eight of the students took their boards the day after graduation," said Morgan. "They were anxious to begin their careers."

"I'm very proud of the first class," said Morgan. "They were extremely flexible and adaptable. They led the way over these past two years in a brand new program, with new faculty and clinical facilities."

Nuclear medicine technology is a medical specialty that uses radioactive nuclides (atoms) to evaluate and diagnose patient conditions. The technician must be trained and proficient in many areas, including radiation physics and safety, patient observation and communication, image evaluation, radiation protection, equipment systems and operation, and quality assurance.

Columbus State began the program in 2003 in response to demand from doctors' offices, clinics and hospitals throughout the state and across the nation. Columbus State is one of only two community colleges in Ohio to offer a degree program in Nuclear Medicine. The other is at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. Six additional programs are offered in Ohio at four-year institutions and hospitals.

Student volleyball athlete receives scholarship to Indiana Tech

Columbus State student athlete Tiffany Jenkins, center, a member of the successful Cougar women's volleyball team for two years, signs a letter of intent to attend Indiana Tech, in Ft. Wayne, Ind., on an athletic scholarship. With her are Laura Douglas, Indiana Tech women's volleyball coach, left; Tiffany's mother Judy Jenkins, seated, and Cougar women's volleyball coach Scott Nichols, right. Tiffany was an NJCAA Division III Volleyball All American last season, along with teammate Brittnay Miller, and the team finished fourth in the nation last fall, with a 28-7 record.

See TV ads on

You can now view Columbus State's current television ads at our web site. The four 30-second spots are running on a number of Columbus and cable stations August 1-14 and September 7-10.

Employee Assistance Program newsletter available online

The August edition of The Matrix Monitor is now available to update you on a variety of health and wellness issues, including sleep medications, parenting advice for college students, communication, counseling for teenagers, eating disorders, and stress.  To read the newsletter, click on the newsletter icon.

For confidential help with personal problems, call Matrix, Columbus State's Employee Assistance Program, at 1-800-866-1171 or 614-475-9500, or for more information go to and enter the password: cscc.

Columbus State, AEP to co-sponsor early childhood educator's science workshop

Because research has indicated that 50 percent of the way the brain processes information is established by a child's fifth birthday, Columbus State, American Electric Power (AEP) and AEP Ohio will offer a workshop for 20-30 area early childhood educators that will help them teach young learners to explore science.

The Bright Start Right Start workshop, being held August 3 in Union Hall, will show preschool teachers how to do hands-on physical science activities involving magnets, electricity, forces and motion. The activities are designed to fuel children's fascination with science and develop a foundation for later success in K-12 science.

Looking for alumni success stories

The Columbus State 2005 Report to the Community will feature stories about our graduates and alumni who are working and making a difference in the community. Please write or call and tell us about graduates you know who are thriving in their career; have made a successful transfer to a four-year institution; have found a special niche in the workplace; or have overcome obstacles to graduate from Columbus State and make their future brighter. We are interested in hearing about recent graduates or alumni from many years ago. Please let us know of any special Columbus State grads that you'd like to see featured in the 2005 annual report, by calling Suzanne May in Institutional Advancement at ext. 5115, or emailing