Thursday, November 30, 2006


Holiday volunteer opportunities abound through FIRSTLINK

Whether you'd like to wrap toys for tots, serve up a Victorian tea party, or help deliver a "Miracle on Long Street," there is a volunteer opportunity waiting for you this season through the FIRSTLINK organization.

Although a few of the opportunities listed at this link have passed by, most are associated with the upcoming holidays, up to and including Martin Luther King Day in January.

FIRSTLINK's mission is to strengthen and enhance the quality of life in our community by mobilizing volunteers and connecting people to critical community resources.  

A wide range of volunteer projects are listed, including some that can accept children volunteers for a great family holiday activity.

PTKs invite alumni to holiday festivities

Alumni of Phi Theta Kappa are invited to join local chapter Alpha Rho Epsilon at 5 p.m. Friday, December 1, for a holiday get-together.   The party will be held in Nestor Hall Seminar Rooms A-D. Bring a dish to share with the group, and there will be a variety of activities. Children are welcome.   Please contact Mary Hooker-Myers at if you'd like to attend.

If you are interested in helping to form a local alumni chapter of Alpha of Ohio (, Phi Theta Kappa's Ohio alumni association, contact Becky Murray at

Javadi's students present research at symposium

Mort Javadi, Ph.D., a faculty in Biological and Physical Sciences Department supervised a group of select students, including his daughter Mariam Javadi, Mike Legates, Kris Miller, Sharon Reeb, and Abdullahi Sheikh, in conducting a research experiment entitled "Chlorophyll Content of Bermuda Grass as Affected by Irradiance, pH, and Trimming."

The results of the experiment were recently presented by the students at the REEL (Research Experiences to Enhance Learning) Student Symposium at The Ohio State University. Mariam Javadi was the poster presenter, and Mike Legates and Sharon Reeb participated in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the symposium.

During the last several years, 38 of Javadi's students have authored or coauthored 12 abstract publications in scientific journals and have presented their results at state, national and international conferences.

Javadi's research activities include training students in conducting experiments and assisting them with publications and conference presentations. These activities have led to the designation of the Biological and Physical Sciences Department at Columbus State as a research department by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Only 20 community colleges in the nation have earned such recognition by NSF.

At the student symposium presenting their research are, front row from left : Abdullahi Sheikh,
Mike Legates, and Kris Miller; standing, from left: Mariam Javadi and Sharon Reeb.

Donate blood Dec. 4

Columbus State will hold a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall lobby. To schedule an appointment, visit, and use the sponsor code "cougars," or call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.

Grade Entry assistance for Autumn Quarter available

The deadline for Autumn Quarter 2006 grade entry is 10 p.m. Monday, December 11.

The IT Support Center will be available for assistance during finals week during the following hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m.-noon (callbacks 1-8 p.m.)
Sunday callback hours: noon-8 p.m.
Monday, December 11 callback hours: 6-10 p.m.
During the break (December 11- 29) IT Support Center hours will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The IT Support Center is located in the ERC (Columbus Hall, lower level). Contact us at ext. 5050.

Here is a quick tip for grade entry:

If you are entering grades for your class and find the system is running slowly or the grades are not completely entered after hitting submit, try entering them in increments of no more than 10.   By doing this you are less likely to get timed out.