Thursday, November 2, 2006

Reminder: A new face for GroupWise email is coming November 20

GroupWise version 7 will be replacing GroupWise 6.5 on all college computers on November 20. GroupWise Version 7 training is available to all employees. Online self-paced computer-based training is available now at the URL address:

2006 giving campaign helps little-known efforts

Columbus State employees received a packet this week that will allow them to help a wide array of agencies served by the 2006 Combined Charitable Giving Campaign.

Many of these agencies do much of their work under the radar, using volunteers and donated funds to help the less fortunate in central Ohio.  

One of those agencies is Community Shares, a group of volunteer-run nonprofits that prevent family, school, and neighborhood violence, homelessness and hunger, child abuse and neglect, and environmental devastation; protect civil and human rights; and increase literacy, democracy and voter education, healthy lives, and social justice.

And one of those Community Shares nonprofits is Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI).

Recently The Columbus Dispatch ran an article that said one in six Ohio children will go to bed hungry tonight. It's always shocking to read these kinds of statistics about hunger in our community, especially when it affects children. Unfortunately, it is a real problem in our neighborhoods that significantly impacts the future of our youth.   NSI executive director Cheryl Carter tells this story:

"I want to tell you about the day I met Mike. A teacher who works with honor students called NSI from a Columbus high school where the majority of the children live in low-income households. She told me that three student's families needed help with food over the holiday break.

"When I met Mike, he was a shy, 15-year-old who seemed uncomfortable that he was in a food pantry. Mike's mother and aunt share a home, and Mike is the oldest of six children in the home. Both women work, but they make a minimum wage, totaling together about $21,000 a year.

"His teacher had shared with me that he had passed out at school a couple of times and he had told the school nurse that he had not eaten for a day or so. Mike didn't eat dinner some nights so that he could save the food for the days he had a test or so other younger children in the family could eat.

"The families came to NSI and shopped through the food pantry, selecting the food that their family could use. As Mike and his family got ready to leave, he said, 'Thank you!   My mother is so proud of me today because I helped the family get food.'"

"Community Shares of Mid Ohio(CoSMO) donations help Neighborhood Services, Inc. buy food for approximately 275 families a month, which includes 285 children under the age of 17 years," says Carter.

Other initiatives of NSI focused on children include: a Summer Youth Program for inner-city children who could not otherwise attend camp, offering arts and crafts, reading and math tutoring, field trips, a 4H Club, and more; the Children's Christmas Program; and the Back-to-School Clothing Program, which provides children with new school clothes.

When giving to the Columbus State 2006 Charitable Drive, you can direct your campaign gift to one or several specific agencies; Columbus State honors the donor's wishes for designated gifts.


Nifty at night

With the end of Daylight Savings Time October 29, this view of the new DX bookstore can be seen by the time evening students arrive. Plenty of glass makes for a great view into the DX once the sun goes down.


Sneak peek at the new Discovery Exchange begins next week for employees and students

You're invited to take a special sneak peek inside The Discovery Exchange. As a Columbus State employee, you can be the first inside the doors. From Monday-Thursday, November 6-9, and Saturday, November 11, you can check out the new store and sample many of new products and services.

The DX is giving away thousands of dollars in promotional items and many gift cards to local retailers. While you're in, check out the new Café DX & Barista, the DX Copy Shop, and DX On-the-Go.

A complete schedule of events for the Employee Sneak Peek at the DX is here. The official ribbon-cutting for the new facility will be held Monday, November 13, at 11 a.m. and will continue through the afternoon and evening with events for the downtown community.


OU seeking executive Ph.D. candidates

The Higher Education Program of Ohio University will host an informational meeting in Columbus for potential applicants to the Executive Ph.D. program in higher education. The session will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Monday, November 6, in the third-floor boardroom of the Columbus, a Renaissance hotel, 50 North 3rd Street.

The Executive Ph.D. in Higher Education is geared toward full-time administrators and faculty members in higher education. Nine cohorts have been conducted since the program's inauguration in 1983.   The tenth cohort is schedule to begin in Fall 2007 and continue through Fall 2009, with subsequent concentration on the dissertation. The review of applications for the 2007 cohort will begin this January. Admission is competitive.

The program is offered through courses on Friday and Saturday, approximately every other weekend during academic terms, including summer. Class locations alternate between the Ohio University main campus in Athens and branch campuses of the university, particularly OU-Lancaster.

For more information about the program or the information session on November 6, contact Dr. Marc Cutright at, or call (740) 593-4459.


Advising and Counseling Services moving to appointment system November 13

In order to better fit students' busy schedules, Advising and Counseling Services will be moving to an appointment system on November 13. Please remind students to plan ahead and to stop by Aquinas Hall Room 116 or call 287-2668 to schedule an appointment for winter quarter planning and beyond. Thank you all for your assistance in getting the word out to students and for helping them to be prepared to meet with an academic advisor.


Are Columbus State elevators safe?

Although Columbus State has no dormitories, and seldom experiences over-packed or crowded elevators in its academic buildings, the tragic news from Ohio State of a dorm elevator accident resulting in the death of an 18-year-old student is fresh on the minds of many.

Paul Goggin, director of Facilities Services, reports that Columbus State's 28 elevators are inspected twice a year by the state of Ohio. The next inspection is scheduled for the week of December 11. If you are aware of any potentially unsafe conditions in Columbus State elevators, you are asked to contact Alan La Forrest in the Physical Plant department at ext. 2678.

A few rules of thumb for staying safe in an elevator are: 1) never overload an elevator. The posted weight limits and occupant limits should be observed. 2) If an elevator should begin to move with doors open, do not attempt to exit or enter the elevator. 3) If an elevator stops between floors, never try to pry open the doors--push the emergency button for assistance. 4) While waiting for assistance in a closed elevator, be patient and calm. Sit on the floor in case the elevator begins moving suddenly.


Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account enrollment for 2007 announced

Columbus State will hold Open Enrollment meetings on November 6 for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dependent Care Account, and the Health Savings Account (HSA) plans to be effective January 1, 2007.  

All eligible employees who would like to enroll in the FSA and Dependent Care for 2007 must complete a new enrollment form. The college will be continuing with USI Midwest, which includes a debit card option.

The college will also hold a special open enrollment for employees who would like to enroll in the Health Savings Account (HSA) plan though United HealthCare. This is a one-time opportunity to switch from the Core plan or the Alternate 2 plan to the HSA plan on January 1, 2007.

The meetings will be held in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A at 10 a.m. and again in Seminar Room D at 2 p.m., November 6. USI and United HealthCare will conduct a 30- 45-minute presentation explaining the plans in detail. The companies will also be available to answer questions.


The Impact of Martin Luther's Theology on the Development of Continental Philosophy

While more may have been written by and about Martin Luther and his influence on shaping the course of European history than any other historical figure, relatively little has been written about Luther's influence on the course of philosophical development on the Continent. Dr. David Hockenbery will discuss Luther's influence, both direct and indirect, on European philosophy from Copernicus to Kant, Hegel, and the Existentialists, on Wednesday, November 8, at 3 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room C. The lecture is part of the Division of Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.


$30,000 scholarship opportunity for transfer students announced

Greg Goodhart, professor in the Mathematics Department, is serving as the Institutional Representative for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship for 2007. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation will award approximately 50 scholarships of up to $30,000 a year to outstanding students nationwide, who are transferring to four-year colleges and universities in fall 2007.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, a nominee must:

  • Be attending a community college,
  • Have completed freshman year credits by December 31, 2006,
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher,
  • Have unmet financial need,
  • And be transferring to an accredited 4-year institution for the fall 2007 term.

Columbus State alumni may apply if they graduated since May 2002.

Columbus State can nominate up to two students for the 2006-07 competition. Students and recent alumni may download the application materials from the foundation's Web site Applications are due in the Financial Aid Office by December 9. Please alert any qualified students you know to this tremendous scholarship opportunity. For more information about the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship, contact Greg Goodhart at ext. 5431.


Communication Skills Department celebrates Make a Difference Day with GED students

Kae Denino, adjunct instructor in Communication Skills, instructs Moses K. Adu-Gyapong in the writing workshop.

Faculty from Communication Skills participated in the national Make a Difference Day effort Oct. 28, by hosting "Envisioning Possibilities: A Writing Workshop and Essay Contest for GED Students."  Thirty-seven GED students from across central Ohio gathered in the ballroom of the Workforce Development Center for a four-hour writing workshop. During the workshop, GED participants received one-on-one help from writing faculty and from specially-trained student tutors enrolled in "English 119--Tutoring for Literacy."

In November, GED participants will return to campus for additional tutoring sessions and will submit finished essays for a writing contest. Four winners will each receive $500 to be used for education-related expenses.

The Envisioning Possibilities project is funded through a grant from the Columbus State Development Foundation's Mini-Grant program.




Women's nutrition seminar offered

The Columbus State Wellness Activities Initiative will present "Women's Nutrition" with seminar presenter Jan Van Horn. The seminar is free and open to the public.   Join the Wellness Initiative to learn healthy nutrition tips, how to eat a nutritious diet that is also tasty, and how to improve your overall health through good nutrition. The seminar is offered on Tuesday, November 7, at noon in Delaware Hall, Room 029. For more information, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.



SBDC to offer marketing seminar for small businesses Dec. 5

Small business owners can attend a seminar to learn why and how to leverage their organization's hidden marketing assets using a system that will help increase profits and sales--without spending more on advertising.

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State and the Columbus Chamber will present experts from The Knowledge Group, , to help business owners optimize and leverage their existing marketing assets on Tuesday, December 5, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Ohio State's Longaberger Alumni House, 220 Olentangy River Rd. The cost is $35 per participant. For more information, or to register, call the Small Business Development Center at 287-5300 or register online at


Health Risk Awareness Month to offer prizes for participation

The Columbus State Wellness Initiative is under way, and in an effort to encourage employees to be healthy, the college is sponsoring a raffle for employees who carry UHC and take the online Health Risk Assessment ( Log in, then go to "assess and improve." This is a confidential health survey where the information is only shared between the employee, UHC and the employee's health provider if chosen.

Raffle Prizes
1st prize:
Two people awarded 3 payday rate* holidays.
2nd prize: Two people awarded 2 payday rate holidays.
3rd prize: Two people awarded 1 payday rate holiday.
4th prize: Two people awarded complete assessments through Columbus State's Human Performance Center.
5th prize: Two people awarded one-hour massage through Columbus State's massage therapy program.

The drawing for the prizes will be held November 13. If you have questions please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, or ext. 3989.
* Payday rate holiday : you do not have to pay your portion of the health insurance for a pay day.