Thursday, August 24, 2006


Nichols steps up to the plate; earns Staff Employee of the Month

Noting a void in leadership when many changes were taking place in Student Athletics and Activities, Scott Nichols, office associate in athletics and volleyball coach, assumed responsibility for various athletic activities, became interim athletic director, and motivated coaches and staff. For his efforts, he has been named Staff Employee of the Month for August.

"Scott Nichols possessed not only the maturity and vision to 'step up to the plate,' he inspired others to join him in continuing excellence in athletics in the absence of not only one, but two division leaders," says M.D. Ferguson, athletic director and Nichols' supervisor.

Earlier in the year when the director of Student Activities and Athletics and the athletic director position were vacant, Nichols learned new procedures and processes to maintain smooth operations during the transition, motivated staff, and took a solution-minded approach to issues. He continued to work with athletes on their educational goals and made sure that everyone at athletic events had positive experiences.

"Assuming leadership and responsibility for a department without a permanent director was important to the day-to-day operations," says Ferguson. "A team player is one who does what is needed to the best of their ability. Scott demonstrated teamwork and expected teamwork of the athletic staff."

"An office associate is not often looked to for advice," says Nichols. "I appreciate the department depending on me."


Barrett named Educator of the Year

The Ohio Restaurant Association recently honored Don Barrett, one of Columbus State's long-time Hospitality Management adjunct instructors, as Educator of the Year. Barrett is a registered sanitarian who teaches a section of the college's hospitality sanitation and safety course three quarters every year.

When not educating our students, Barrett is the environmental health program health coordinator with the Columbus Health Department.

Don Barrett is presented the Ohio Restaurant Association Educator of the Year Award by, from left, Betty Kaye, executive director of the Ohio Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and Gail Baker, executive director of the Central Ohio Restaurant Association. Kaye was a Columbus State student in the Nonprofit Management Certificate program.


Saxophone ensemble makes debut

Columbus State's new Saxophone Ensemble will make its debut in a 40-minute concert Tuesday, August 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room.

Under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, the ensemble of four alto saxophones, a tenor saxophone, and a baritone saxophone will perform jazz arrangements of big band swing and popular classics such as "Moonlight Serenade" and Gershwin's "S'Wonderful."

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Thomas Lloyd at


CPE to help you earn dividends for life

It's never too late to begin planning for retirement, and Continuing Professional Education is there to help you plan your future. On August 30 from 6-8 p.m., CPE is hosting Passport to Retirement to help you learn how to spend your retirement comfortably and in control of your finances.

Passport to Retirement teaches a conservative approach to money management and will help you identify lifestyles and other issues facing all retirees. The seminar will help you maximize your income; get more from your investments, Social Security, and retirement plans; and teach you how to protect your hard-earned assets from erosion.

Erik Zwilling, a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services, will lead the workshop. Zwilling has worked in the financial services industry over 13 years, served as a financial advisor over seven years, and holds the Charter Retirement Planning Counselor designation.

Registration, including an in-depth workbook, is $20. With the registration, a spouse or guest may attend for free.

To sign up for this course, number CPEPDV-157, call 287-5858.


Cocchi in Who's Who

Wayne Cocchi, director of Disability Services, has been selected for inclusion in the 2007 edition of "Who's Who in America."



Preseason volleyball tournament on campus this weekend

Columbus State's women's volleyball team is hosting a preseason tournament August 25-26. The tournament will be held 12 -9 p.m. Friday, August 25, and 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, August 26. Columbus State will play the first game at noon Friday in the Delaware Hall gym.

Teams participating in the tournament include Indiana Tech University JV, Clark State Community College, Southern State Community College, College of Southern Maryland, Muskegon Community College, Edison State Community College, and Mercyhurst NE.

For further information, contact the Athletic office at 287-2445.


Columbus State to register voters

The Department of Student Activities and Athletics has partnered with Allegheny College's Center for Political Participation (CPP) on a project to register 18-29-year-old voters for the 2006 election cycle.

Columbus State is one of 30 community colleges in Ohio and Pennsylvania chosen to register 20,000 voters on campus and in the community through peer-to-peer outreach. CPP's project is part of a nationwide, nonpartisan effort to register 350,000 voters in 2006 through a $3 million grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Student Activities office will be working on the CPP project until October 10. Some of the strategies they will use include:

If you are interested in having voter registration forms brought to your department or classroom, contact Heather Borland at 287-5348 or