Monday, October 23, 2006


Lecture rooms reopened in Franklin Hall

Franklin Hall Rooms 104, 106 and 110 have been reopened for classes after last week's classroom accident with a broken medical instrument resulting in an elemental mercury spill.   According to John Nestor, Director of Public Safety, the Columbus Public Health office states that the level of mercury detected after decontamination was back to the safe level, or "minimum risk level," allowing the space to be returned to normal use. The Ohio EPA also visited the rooms and monitored decontamination efforts.

A new face for GroupWise email is coming November 20

GroupWise version 7 will be replacing GroupWise 6.5 as the "face" of GroupWise on all college computers. This new version has been tested for many months and will be automatically installed on all college computers beginning Monday, November 20.

According to Jim Beidler, director of Communication Technologies and PC Services, "While the look of the desktop interface is different, navigating the application will feel very familiar once you become accustomed to some different colors. The same holds true for the new Web access version of GroupWise 7 which also has many new features and helpful enhancements."

GroupWise Version 7 training is available to all employees. "We strongly urge you to take advantage of these training opportunities to familiarize yourself with new features and enhancements of GroupWise 7," says Beidler.

Online self-paced computer-based training is available now at the URL address:

Instructor-lead seminar training is available starting October 30. To register for any of these seminars, type into your browser and click on "Seminar Offerings"; then, click on "GroupWise" and select "GW7UPGRD Upgrade Your Skills to GroupWise 7" to register for the seminar.

Quick Start cards are also available from ITI and the Help Desk for both the Web access and desktop client.


Wellness Center offers Diabetes Awareness seminar

Do you know how to lower your risk of developing diabetes or how to control the disease once you have it? The Columbus State Wellness Activities Initiative will present a "Diabetes Awareness" seminar Tuesday, October 24, at noon and repeated at 2 p.m. in Delaware Hall Room 029. The session will be presented by Sarah Graff and is free and open to the public. Wellness Challenge participants earn five credits. For more information, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.


Web Time Entry goes live with first three departments

IT Frontliners, Developmental Education and ISD Instructional Services Supervisors are the first departments to go live with Web Time Entry, a new online time entry system within CougarWeb.

The first implementation goal was reached after information and training sessions were conducted. Part-time employees from these departments will now use the new Web Time Entry online system to report their hours worked. Rhonda Harley, Bart Prickett, Celeste Bland, Lynn Giese, Annie Peterson, Michelle Parks and Maureen Tock led the effort to reach this goal.

Implementation for all other departments is scheduled from November 2006 through July 2007.   Payroll Specialists Becky Ribble and Teresa Kackley will contact supervisors to initiate each department's implementation, and everyone who will be using the new Web Time Entry screens will receive information materials and training sessions.

In addition to reducing inefficiencies in the manual process, the new on-line system will:

  • Simplify time card entry and processing,
  • Improve accuracy and timeliness,
  • Simplify tracking and create a history of hours worked.

Look for announcements as each department goes online with their hours worked.


Walking to support Suicide Prevention

Participating in the Suicide Prevention Benefit Walk on October 14 were members of the Social & Behavioral Sciences faculty: (top row) Dr. Adam Moskowitz and Dr. David Tom; (middle row) Linda Miller, Dr. Wendy Jorgensen, and Dr. Betsy Nichols; (front row) Dr. Lilia Bermúdez and Dr. Edgar Vélez. Not pictured are Norman and Joyce Lambert.


Nursing students to raffle special-edition Barbie doll and Chris Spielman-signed football

Pink Ribbon Barbie(TM)
The seventh-quarter nursing students will hold their annual health fair on December 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall student lounge areas, an event they planned and staffed with help from the Office of Student Activities, according to Jackie Miller, chair of Nursing and Related Services.

The students will be raffling off several prizes, including a football autographed by Chris Spielman, ex-OSU football player and All-Pro NFL linebacker, with proceeds to go to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for breast cancer research.

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the Health Fair, or in the nursing office in Union Hall, fifth floor, for $1 each or six for $5.   Second prize in the raffle is a limited-edition Pink Ribbon Barbie doll, which has been introduced by Mattel Corporation to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.


Chorus Columbus State to perform Autumn Quarter Mozart concert

The Columbus State Chorus will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's great "Mass in C Minor" along with soloist and an orchestra, Sunday, November 26, at 3 p.m. in the Darby Court area of the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. The concert is free and open to the public.

Chorus Director Gordon Franklin provides this background: "Unlike many of Mozart's other pieces of music (including his Requiem ) the mass was not commissioned. Mozart wrote it purely for his own pleasure - in fact, he probably spent time writing the mass when he should have been working on his boring paid commissions. Clues from letters have led many people to believe that Mozart wrote the mass partially in thanksgiving to God, possibly because of good events that had recently occurred in his life. These events included his marriage to Constanze Weber, the birth of their first child, and Constanze's recovery from illness. He could also have been trying to prove something to his father.

"Even though Mozart never really finished the mass (the final part, Agnus Dei, is missing, and the Credo is incomplete), it has the title of 'Great Mass,' as it is considered one of his greatest works for orchestra and choir."