September 15, 2005

September Staff Employee of the Month is "indispensable"

Vickie Hunter
Vickie Hunter is "dedicated, meticulous, extremely professional and has a terrific attitude," said Will Kopp, vice president for Institutional Advancement, about the administrative assistant that is "indispensable" to him and to the department where she has worked for nine years.

Hunter was named Staff Employee of the Month September 14 at the monthly presentation.  

"This year Vickie was asked to expand her job duties to include project management, and she now keeps all the department activities on deadline," said Kopp. "She also took on a huge project this spring, Val's Book Club, which everyone loves."  

"Vickie does everything but read the book for me," added President Moeller.

Hunter is highly regarded across the college, wrote Kopp in his nomination, noting that she serves on the Staff Advisory Council, where she was elected treasurer, and currently serves on the Compensation Review Committee. She also works extra hours in the Cashier's Office during rush periods, where Darlene Evans, supervisory of Student Accounting, said she is an "outstanding employee."  

"At the beginning of Winter Quarter, we received several inquiries from students who had problems with financial aid or registration," said Kopp. "Vickie handled all of these inquiries personally, gathering information from the students during the day and then finding answers for them during the evenings, often on her own time."

YAATC to offer free car care workshops in conjunction with Make a Difference Day

The Columbus State Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC), with support from Napa Auto Parts and Matco Tools, will conduct free automotive maintenance and repair workshops for the general public on Saturday, October 22, from 9 a.m.- noon. The workshops are planned for National Make a Difference Day, the largest single day of volunteer service.  

YAATC students, who attend Columbus State through   grants from Central Ohio Workforce Development Corporation and Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, will be conducting the workshops on preventive maintenance, basic repairs, how to jumpstart a vehicle, and how to avoid automotive scams and rip-offs.

The YAATC program allows disadvantaged individuals to attend college in the field of automotive technology at no cost. Coordinator Robyn Price says that the YAATC students wanted to "give something back" to their community in recognition of the support they receive through the program.

The workshop will be held in Delaware Hall room 145.   You can register by calling (614) 287-5504.  


The following story was written by Associate Professor of Nursing Jackie Miller, upon returning from the annual health care mission to Mexico in August with students in Nursing 199. The students earn one credit for traveling with the group for four days, delivering outpatient health care to Mexican clients of all ages. The students pay all of their travel expenses, doing significant fundraising on their own to cover their own expenses, as well as covering expenses for supplies and donations to some of the clients they serve.

During their trip this year, the students "adopted" a tiny infant, Anjel, who had undergone several surgeries to correct a defect in his intestines. The baby's mother needed medical supplies to treat her son at home, and Anjel needs one more surgery to allow him to lead a normal life, so the students collected $3,500 toward his care and are continuing to raise an additional $700 that would cover all of the baby's expenses. If you would like more information about donating to the Nursing 199 student's collection for Anjel, contact Administrator for Global Initiatives, Robert Queen, at ext. 5013.

Our Health Care Mission to Mexico -
Nursing 199

By Jackie Miller, associate professor of Nursing

Nursing students on the health care mission to Mexico are, from left, Kim, Leslie, Charity, Martha and Krissy.
How do you describe the feelings of accomplishment when returning from a four-day health care mission to Mexico?

It could be in the satisfaction of knowing that we provided care to 465 patients in two days, in 108-degree temperatures, in a Mexican church with dusty floors, screenless windows, and few fans. It could be in the smiles and greetings of "hola" from the families who trust us to care for them and do not mind waiting hours to see a doctor, physician's assistant, or nurse practitioner. It could be in the students who are participating in their first mission in conditions totally foreign to their experience--who cheerfully say, "I will do whatever you need!"   The joy I feel in those simple words are indescribable as I think of these students becoming my future colleagues and how well they will do!"

Students who traveled on the mission included Kim, an online fourth-quarter student who joined the mission. She did not really know anyone prior to the team meeting, but easily became a part of our team. Those nursing skills who seem so inadequate and new at home were utilized as she found that she can function as a nurse in very trying conditions.

Leslie is a fourth-quarter student who was the avid fund raiser. A sprained ankle on the first day did not hinder her efforts or enthusiasm. What a pleasure to see her practicing her Spanish and to also feel the same frustration she felt when she could not spend more time with each person.  

A "house" in the Colonius where many of our patients lived. Patients often walk miles from here to seek medical care in our clinic.









Krissy is a fourth-quarter student who changed her plans and agreed to join us at the last minute when another student could not attend.   She spent her 21 st birthday in Mexico with us. She learned exactly what hospital and medical care means to the people when she accompanied a patient to the hospital and discovered they would not admit her and provide care.

What a worthwhile job, when you see the smiles on the faces of the families we work with!
Charity is a fourth-quarter student who was a quiet, calm, and efficient practitioner during our trip. Whether she was working with a physician or in triage, she kept the flow moving. When you are seeing the volume of patients that we see, working efficiently is important.

"Our little angel," Anjel, in the clinic in Mexico to visit with the Columbus State nursing students on the health care mission, August 2005.

Martha is a sixth-quarter student. My favorite moment was Martha saying (with her face soaked with sweat and fatigue obviously in her eyes), "I will do whatever you want me to do." Now that's my type of nurse!  


Carol Kizer displays her honoree plaque after Taste organizers announced a new $10,000 scholarship established in her name.
Under fair skies, 17th annual Taste the Future honors retired Hospitality chair Kizer

The annual student scholarship fundraiser Taste the Future went off without a hitch with perfect weather, record attendance and a most flavorful celebration of the career of Carol Kizer, one of the founding committee members for the event, and recently retired chairperson of the Hospitality Management Department. To see many more photos from Tuesday night's "Taste," visit Update's photo gallery of the event!



Some of the student scholarship recipients of the past year display a sign indicating the amount
raised through the Support What Works multiyear campaign to date.

More Photos from Taste the Future 2005