Monday, November 6, 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:

Sneak Peek begins today at the Discovery Exchange!

Make sure to take some time today to visit the new bookstore and retail complex, Discovery Exchange, which is hosting a special week of opening activities exclusively for faculty, staff and students, November 6-9 and Saturday, November 11.

Today's grand prize drawing features an iPod Shuffle, and there are many more prizes to be drawn throughout the day, tours of the new facility, treats and giveaways all day long. To see a schedule of the week's events, look here.

Bookstore employees Jono Green and Gabrielle Davis
get the DX On the Go convenience store ready for Sneak
Peek Week.   Jono is from England and is a member of
the Cougar basketball team.   Gabrielle is an Ohio State
student who moved to Columbus from New Orleans after
Hurricane Katrina.



Oh say can you sing?

The Department of Athletics is looking for Columbus State students, faculty or staff who can sing the National Anthem during home basketball games (without honorarium).  Please contact the athletic department at ext. 2445 for more information and to sign up.

Cougar men's and women's basketball games are set to begin this month. Women's head coach Randy Crites is in his 13 th year with Columbus State, and first-year head coach Patrick Carlisle starts the men's season November 8.

Upcoming home dates for women's basketball are:
Nov. 6 vs. Urbana JV at 7 p.m.
Nov. 8 vs. Ohio Dominican University JV at 5 p.m.

November home date for men's basketball:
Nov. 8 vs. Ohio Dominican University JV at 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 vs. Ohio State University JV at 2 p.m.
Nov. 21 vs.Wooster JV at 7 p.m.

All home games are held in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center. For more information contact Athletics at ext. 2445.


Columbus State to begin phasing out floppy disk drives

Beginning in FY2008, the IT Department will no longer order 3.5-inch floppy disk drives on any computers for the college.

"As storage technology has moved forward, dramatic improvements in size and capacity of storage devices have made many storage media types obsolete," says Hamid Danesh, vice president for Information Technology.    "Vendors now offer 3.5-inch disk drives only as an option rather than a standard device."

In keeping with industry trends, Columbus State IT will remove the floppy disk drive as a standard device on desktop systems purchased in the FY '08 capital equipment cycle.   "As cost center managers begin preparing their capital equipment budgets for the coming fiscal year, it is imperative that this planned transition be brought to the attention of all staff," Danesh says.

"We recognize that some departments may still rely on 3.5-inch floppy drives as storage media for students. If your department falls in that category, please contact IT so that we can meet with you to discuss options that will be available to you to replace the 3.5-inch floppy disk as storage medium."

If you have questions, or if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss this transition, please email Jim Beidler ( or call ext. 2646.


Retirement Income Planning workshop offered Nov. 14

The Central Ohio Professional Education Council (COPEC) will offer a free workshop on Retirement Income Planning on Tuesday, November 14, in Seminar Room C of Nestor Hall. Two workshop times are available: 4:30-6 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. The workshop is designed for people nearing retirement, who have begun investigating their retirement income options, and will address Social Security, pension plans (PERS/STRS), supplemental retirement plans (403b/IRA), Medicare and health insurance, and long-term care. Please RSVP for the workshop at


Out with the Old, In with the New: Revising General Education Outcomes

Libby Daugherty, Ph.D., chairperson in Computer Information Technology, and Barb Thompson, professor in Communication Skills recently made a presentation at the nation's oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education.

At the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) 2006 International Assessment Institute in Indianapolis, Daugherty and Thompson presented Columbus State's process for revising General Education Outcomes (GEOs). The 80 attendees who participated in the session learned strategies for establishing and revising GEOs.

Others attending the conference from Columbus State were Lydia Gilmore, Business Management; Ty Fogle and Patricia Opong, Computer Information Technology; and David Litt, Ph.D., Sports and Exercise Studies.


Creating Colorful Crafts

Student Ambassadors Connie Shih, far right, and Sichu Mali help children with craft projects at the annual Family Literacy Day event held October 28 in Nestor Hall. A number of Student Ambassadors helped the K-12 Initiatives Department with the event, which featured story reading, dress-up, and craft activities. Other ambassadors who participated in Family Literacy Day were: Hope Moore, Sean Lehosit, Doron Pryluk, Lakeesha Cunningham, Davina Adams, and Samantha Clark.


Web site gives guidance on Internet safety

Director of Public Safety John Nestor, Ph.D., recently attended the Ohio Attorney General's law enforcement conference in Columbus, which featured nationally known Internet safety expert Parry Aftab, founder of "Wired Safety." This nonprofit organization maintains a Web site at that contains hundreds of articles and links dealing with Internet safety and security.

According to Nestor, on the Columbus State Public Safety Department Web site, employees can find this link and other helpful links dealing with these subjects. "With the increased concern for children's Internet safety in the news, this Web site could be very helpful in educating parents about Internet safety," says Nestor.