Monday, July 10, 2006

Columbus State and Fraternal Order of Police reach labor agreement

Columbus State Community College and the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9, are pleased to announce they have reached a three-year agreement covering the college's public safety and security employees and dispatchers.

Leif Bickel, president of FOP Lodge #9, and Tim Wagner, vice president of Human Resources at Columbus State, said the parties used a very collaborative approach and came to mutual agreement without having to go to fact-finding. Union employees voted to ratify the agreement.

The college and its public safety department will continue to develop their partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police through joint training efforts between management and bargaining unit employees.


PBS to film documentary at Columbus State Thursday; seeking students to interview

PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer Productions is coming to Columbus State Thursday to interview students for a documentary exploring what is on the minds of young Americans.

For the 60-minute documentary, called "Generation Next," host Judy Woodruff and her production team are crossing the country in an RV, stopping along the way to talk with people between the ages of 18 and 25 about their lives and their views of the world. Interviews also will be used for several pieces on "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS.

The crew will be at Columbus State on Thursday, July 13 to talk with and videotape two of our students--Jesse Jones and Sarah McGarity. While on campus, the crew will shoot footage of these two remarkably ambitious students walking together on Columbus State's campus, as well as interviewing McGarity on the efforts the two launched in student government last year to begin a recycling program on campus.

PBS also will bring a 30-foot RV onto campus, where students can go to be interviewed for the documentary. The responses of Columbus State students will be combined with those of other young people from across the country--including Union Square in New York, Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, and Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Any student interested is welcome to participate.


Jonathan Baker adds onto his many roles

Jonathan Baker
How many hats can one guy wear? For Jonathan Baker, father, husband, active church member, Big Brother volunteer, Ph.D. student, faculty member, and recently appointed chair of Columbus State's Mathematics Department, quite a few.

"I'm teaching classes, running a department and (at times) running crazy," Baker explains. Recently promoted from faculty member to chair of the Mathematics Department, Baker has a lot on his plate.

"I like the diversity of students here. When I first came I never noticed so many students pursuing a higher education degree who had disabilities."

Originally from Chicago, Baker received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University then attended Ohio State University on a full scholarship as a teaching assistant. After graduating with a degree in statistics 10 years ago, Baker recalls, "I walked into Larry Lance's office--straight out of graduate school--with some flip flops on and a résumé in my hand. I gave him my résumé, and I guess they were hiring."

Coincidence may have brought Baker to Columbus State, but the nature of the college and its students has kept him here.

"I like the diversity of the students here. When I first came I never noticed so many students pursuing a higher education degree who had disabilities. This was something that I hadn't seen before," says Baker. "But here, I could see that Columbus State was making every effort to allow as many community members as possible to attain an education. Even the facilities around campus were more conducive in terms of the elevators and ramps and so forth that you can tell the college is supporting students with disabilities through and through. "

"So when all of these students come together in my classroom, I have a melting pot," he adds. "I've had students that were visually impaired, students with emotional disabilities, students from war-torn countries, students from war-torn parts of Columbus, all in the same classroom. I think that is really cool. That's why I wanted to go to college--to become a teacher and help those students who are disadvantaged. Columbus State opened my eyes to so many opportunities."

Baker also has opened himself up to opportunity within the community as a Big Brother volunteer. For six years he has been a role model in the program. This spring, WBNS-TV featured Baker and his little brother in a segment on community mentors. You can see "JB" in action with his little brother Ryan by clicking here .

It's a mathematical mystery that not even Einstein himself could figure out--how one man can do so much in so little time. But somehow Baker makes it all add up.



Pat Carlisle
Pat Carlisle appointed as head mens basketball coach

Columbus State has hired Pat Carlisle as the new head men's basketball coach. He joins the Cougars after two seasons as a Wittenberg University men's assistant coach.

Carlisle is a 2001 graduate of Wright State University and earned his master's degree from University of Cincinnati in 2005. Prior to joining Wittenberg, Carlisle coached at Dayton Jefferson High School, Miami-University at Middletown, and Sinclair Community College.

"I am excited about joining Columbus State and becoming a Cougar, and plan to coach towards a high level of academic and on-court success by the men's team members."


ERC displays poet's work

During July, the ERC is featuring several works by accomplished artist and poet Florestein Yancey-Jones. The author of "A Black Woman's Soul," Yancey-Jones creates pieces in watercolor, acrylic, quill, and ink. On display in the art gallery are paintings including "Santa Fe Way," "The Bird Bath," and "Summer Village."

You can view the works in the ERC Art Gallery, located on level one of Columbus Hall.


American Heart Association Heart Walk open to Columbus State teams

Columbus State is looking for teams of 10 people or more to participate in this year's American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday, August 26. The walk begins at 8 a.m. at COSI/Genoa Park and is a family-friendly, noncompetitive event including one-mile and three-mile routes through downtown Columbus. The event also will feature a festival area where walkers can learn about improving their health and lifestyle.

Teams participating will be supplied with Columbus State T-shirts for additional team spirit.

If you are interested in participating in the Heart Walk, contact Barbara Smith-Allen at or at ext. 5433.


New fiscal year reminders

With the new fiscal year having gone into effect on July 1, Purchasing and Accounts Payable has a few reminders on purchase orders, operating and capital equipment budgets, and invoice processing.

  • Purchase orders
    All regular purchase orders expired on June 30. Requisitions for purchase orders may now be made from the fiscal year 2007 budget.
  • Blanket PO's
    All blanket purchase orders expired on June 30. Now is the time to start planning purchases for the next year and creating requisitions for new blanket purchase orders. If you have questions about how to request a blanket purchase order please contact Brad Farmer at ext. 2641 or Debbie Strain at ext. 2443.
  • Operating budget
    The fiscal year 2007 operating budget was downloaded into Colleague effective July 1. Purchases may now be made from operational budgets, which can be found on the intranet.
  • Capital equipment budget
    Purchases may now be made from the Fiscal Year 2007 capital equipment budget. The approved capital equipment list can be found on the intranet. Cost center managers are encouraged to contact IT and Purchasing for assistance in acquiring capital equipment. Carla Ardinger is the contact for computers, audio visual and related items except software, which is handled by Joyce Willison. Cindy Klimek is the contact for all other items.
  • Invoice processing
    Employees should continue to process (approve for payment) invoices received from vendors and receive goods using PORC in Colleague. Invoices must be received in Accounts Payable by July 26 to be paid out of the FY 2006 budget. All invoices received after July 26 will be charged to the FY 2007 budget.  


Service award gifts to arrive in August

Due to an order deadline extension, service award recipients will be receiving their award in early to mid-August. If you have questions regarding the award, please contact Kate Harkin at ext. 5220.


Taking a more active role in your health care

At some point in our life we all become a patient, whether it is at the doctor's office, hospital or an urgent care facility. As a patient, it's important to know your rights and responsibilities and not be afraid to ask questions.

According to McGohan Brabender's "Taking Control," a newsletter dedicated to helping you take a more active role in your health care, "You have the right to ask questions and receive answers you don't understand, know your options, understand the risks, receive an estimate cost, and say 'yes,' 'no' or 'I need to think about it.'"

To read the July issue and discover the pertinent questions you should be asking click here.