January 5, 2006

Bennett College President Johnnetta Cole to speak at Martin Luther King Day celebration

Dr. Johnnetta Cole
This year's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will feature Dr. Johnnetta Cole, president of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her groundbreaking success as the first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College and the first African-American to serve as Chair of the Board of the United Way of America will provide inspiration for the theme "Life to Legacy: Building the Beloved Community."

Cole will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 12, in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Cole has a long and distinguished career as an educator and humanitarian. Her work as a college professor and president, her published work, her speeches and her community service consistently address issues of discrimination.

Dr. Cole is president emerita of Spelman College and professor emerita of Emory University, where she retired as presidential distinguished professor of anthropology, women's studies and African-American studies.

Cole serves on the boards of America's Promise, the National Visionary Leadership Project, the United Way of Greater Greensboro, Merck & Co., Inc., and the Atlanta Falcons. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links, Inc., and the National Council of Negro Women.

Dr. Cole obtained her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her master's and Ph.D. in anthropology from Northwestern University. She has also received 51 honorary degrees and numerous awards, including the TransAfrica Forum Global Public Service Award, the Dorothy I. Height Dreammaker Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, and The Joseph Prize for Human Rights from the Anti-Defamation League.

She is the mother of three sons and has one granddaughter. In 1998, through Big Brothers/Big Sisters, she became a "big sister" of a teenager, and she is mentor to many young women and men.


Nursing and Related Services to honor retiree Pat Roper 

The Department of Nursing and Related Services is hosting a retirement dinner for Professor Pat Roper on Wednesday, January 18, at 5 p.m. at Confluence Park Restaurant.

Anyone who would like to attend and help the department honor Roper for her 30 years of service at Columbus State should contact Susan Accetturo at saccettu@cscc.edu  or ext.2505. Please RSVP before January 11. The cost is $25.



Physical Plant enhances recycling program with RYB2

Physical Plant has added a new member to its recycling effort on campus: RYB2 (Recycle your bottles too). RYB2 is only about five feet tall but is able to do amazing things with the bottles you currently throw in the trash. RYB2, with the help of other Physical Plant staff, will recycle bottles into things such as the benches you sit on throughout campus. The recycled material also can be used in carpeting, cinder blocks and other building materials.

Currently, there are 10 RYB2s on campus, with more being added in the new buildings on west campus and outside in the spring.

In other recycling efforts, Physical Plant, with the help of employees, is keeping cardboard out of the landfills by recycling it in their cardboard dumpster.

For more information on Columbus State's recycling efforts, contact Physical Plant at ext. 2424.




Find out what's in your toolbox: Basic home repair classes being offered

This quarter, you can acquire the skills to do minor home repairs without paying the costs of skilled professionals. Through the Transitional Workforce Department's "Guide to Basic Home Repair" classes, you can gain hands-on experience in carpentry, staining and stenciling, drywalling, painting techniques, tiling, flooring, plumbing, and electrical wiring.

You can take one session, several classes, or the whole series, and all the tools you need for each session are included in the registration fee.

The classes being offered are:

  • January 14 - Basic Carpentry : Learn how to use basic hand and power tools by making a wooden shelf or bench from start to finish. Tools included: hammer, tape measure, speed square, and carpenter pencil.
  • January 21 - Staining/Stenciling : Understand the proper procedures for staining and finishing wood and learn how to stencil and stamp wooden objects. Tools included: stain brush, sponge, and stencil package.
  • January 28 - Drywall : Learn how to install, finish and correctly repair drywall. Tools included: 6-inch blade, mud pan, and sander sponge.
  • February 4 -Faux Finishing / Painting Techniques: Learn new techniques for creating various painting finishes. Tools included: various brushes, rag painting supplies, and sponge.
  • February 11 - Ceramic Tile : The class will cover how to prepare surfaces, cut and install tile, and create artistic designs with tile. Tools included: adhesive spreader and grout sponge.
  • February 18 - Laminate Flooring : Learn the simple techniques to correctly install flooring and create a quick, new beautiful floor for your home. Tools included: floor pull and taping block.
  • February 25 - Plumbing Repair : Learn basic plumbing repair, how to install a sink, and repair and replace water lines. Tools included: pipe cutters, cleaning brushes, and plumbers putty.
  • March 4 - Electrical : Learn the parts of a simple circuit and how to wire a plug, switch, receptacle and light fixture. Tools included: wire strippers, linesman pliers, and Phillips and flat head screwdrivers.

Individual courses are $50 each or $350 for the entire series, which includes over $100 worth of tools that you take home.

All classes will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. To register for the classes, call Carol Higgins, Coordinator of OTAP, at 614-224-3818.


Health and wellness activities happening on campus

January is Health and Wellness month, and the Columbus State Wellness Activities Initiative is sponsoring several events.


Brown Bag Series  
Physical Activity 101
Thursday, January 12,
Noon-1 p.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room C
Adding Physical Activity to the Busy Life
Thursday, January 26,
Noon-1 p.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room C
Health and Fitness Day  
Thursday, January 19,
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Delaware Hall Gymnasium

Activities include fun games, prizes, and health and fitness information.

In addition to the activities above, the college offers a variety of fitness and wellness programs including Active Living Every Day, Healthy Eating Every Day, yoga, Pilates, aerobics classes, a fitness center, and personal trainers at the Human Performance Center.

For more information on health and wellness activities and events, visit the Columbus State Wellness website at http://cscc.edu/wellness/index.htm.


CSI to tour Corna Kokosing

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) will kick off Winter Quarter with a special meeting on Tuesday, January 10, at 4 p.m. at Corna Kokosing Construction Company, 6235 Westerville Road. Chris Szympruch will discuss "Project Safety Today" and host a tour of the facility.

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend. There is no charge, but to reserve your spot, contact Dean Bortz, instructor in Construction Sciences, at dbortz@cscc.edu or ext. 5033.

CSI is an individual membership technical society whose core purpose is to improve the process of creating and sustaining the built environment. The institute provides technical information and products, continuing education, professional conferences, and product shows to enhance communication among all disciplines of nonresidential building design and construction and meet the industry's need for a common system of organizing and presenting construction information.


Requisition and approval process has minor changes

Patches to the Colleague Financials module have resulted in minor changes to the requisition and approval process.

After entering all of the required approver names in the Requisitions REQM screen, the "requisition done" status must be changed from "no" to "yes."

In the Approvals APRN screen: The current fiscal year must be entered; the approval password must be entered before viewing requisitions; the APRN screen now displays all requisitions to be approved; and requisitions can be approved in the APRN screen, as well as the REQM screen.

For more information, go to the Colleague Financials How-To Manual on the front page of the intranet.

If you have questions, contact Brad Farmer at ext. 2641 or Debbie Strain at ext. 2443.


Scrapbook your way to holiday memories

Scrapbooking can be a fun way to organize and preserve the great photos you took over the holidays. And it's easy to do once you learn the tricks of the trade.

The Continuing Professional Education Department, in partnership with Scrapbook Groupies, is presenting scrapbooking techniques classes this month. Classes include:

•  Basic Scrapbooking Using Tools of the Trade (CPEPDV-200-001), January 17
•  Layout Design, Journaling, Lettering and Titles (CPEPDV-201-001), January 24
•  Paper Techniques (CPEPDV-202-001), January 31
•  Embellishments (CPEPDV-203-001), February 7.

All classes meet from 6-8 p.m. at Scrapbook Groupies, 1028 N. Hamilton Road in the Silver Lane Center in Gahanna. Sessions are $15 per class and include materials. A Columbus State application is not required to participate.

To register, call 287-5858 or go to www.cscc.edu/cpe/COURSE.asp.


Matrix Monitor provides insight into work and health issues

The January edition of Matrix Monitor includes articles and information on customer rage, internet safety for kids, bipolar disorder, diversity of generations at work, and more. To read the latest newsletter, click on the icon.

For confidential help with personal problems, contact Matrix at 1-800-886-1171 or 614-475-9500.