Monday, August 21, 2006

Charles St. Jean
Professor, Veterinary Technology

When did you start at Columbus State?

I started teaching fulltime in September 1971 and have taught 35-plus years.

I started as an instructor in the laboratory animal management program, which was changed to animal health technology and is now called veterinary technology. I was the acting department chairperson in the early '70s and served as the attending veterinarian for all the animals used in the program from 1971 until around 1999.

I also was the committee chairperson for the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee from 1977 until my retirement.

What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

One of my fondest memories is teaching students in the veterinary clinic on Cleveland Avenue that Columbus Technical Institute bought to use as the initial laboratory facilities for the laboratory animal management program.

What will you miss most?

I will especially miss teaching the veterinary technology students internal and external parasites and parasitic zoonotic diseases. Most of them still remember all the scientific and common names of the dog and cat parasites.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

I do not know how much spare time I will have when I retire. I intend to spend more time raising and training my racehorses and, unfortunately, fixing the fence on my farm in Sunbury.


Become a certified baker

Breads, pies, pastries, oh my! If you'd like to finally learn how to make those yummy treats you've been dreaming of, Hospitality Management has a series of courses for you.

Hospitality Management is offering a baking certificate for professionals and hobbyists alike. "The certificate came about because large populations of professional bakers in central Ohio are reaching retirement age. As their positions open up, new bakers will need to be trained," says Mokie Steiskal, professor in Hospitality Management.

The program aims to train students in the preparation and production of pies, cookies, cakes, breads, rolls, desserts and other baked goods in independent and in-store bakeries, as well as large commercial bakeries, restaurants, and hotels.

While the courses are for credit and take a year to complete, you're just as likely to see a professional chef, as an accountant or a stay-at-home parent baking their hearts out in many of these classes, according to Steiskal.

If you're ready to jump in, classes are being offered fall quarter. Courses for the certificate and the quarters being taught are:

Fall Quarter 2006

Winter Quarter 2007

Spring Quarter 2007

Summer Quarter 2007

If you'd like more information on this 26-credit certificate, contact Mokie Steiskal at 287-2572.


City recognizes youth for outstanding work


Learn to age gracefully

The Columbus State Wellness Activities Initiative will help women learn more about the process of aging. On Tuesday, August 22, at 2 p.m., Mandi Helfrey will discuss the facts about menopause, osteoporosis, and aging in Delaware Hall Room 029. Tips to prevent health issues will also be discussed.

For more information, contact Don Laubenthal, coordinator of the Human Performance Center, at 287-3627.


Columbus State comes through for children in need

Through the collective efforts of employees and students, Phi Theta Kappa was able to donate over 900 school supply items to the Ohio Youth Advocate program. Leslie Jones, LSW, from the Ohio Youth Advocate Program picked up the supplies August 16 and helped distribute the book bags, hundreds of pencils, crayons, glue sticks, and dozens of filler paper packs collected by Columbus State on August 17 to poverty stricken children in Columbus.