Monday, September 25, 2006

Free flu shots for employees insured through Columbus State

For three days in October, Human Resources' Wellness Initiative is sponsoring free flu shots for all employees who carry health insurance through the college. For employees who don't have college-sponsored insurance, the cost is $25, payable at the cashier's office.

From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. October 11, 12 and 17, US Healthworks will administer the shots in Nestor Hall Lounge. Employees will need to show their health insurance card to receive the shot.

To be ensured a shot, you must sign up by September 29. To sign up, call Lou Ann Carman at 287-2416 or Nicole Bowman-Glover at 287-3989.

Late registrations or walk-ins will be welcome, but you may have to wait.


Kathy Eichenberger, a font of knowledge, earns Staff Employee of the Month

Serving as the hub of information for the Nursing and Related Services Department has earned Kathy Eichenberger, senior office assistant, recognition as Staff Employee of the Month for September.

"Ever since I met Kathy in 1990 when I was an adjunct instructor, she has made a positive difference," says her nominator Jane Winters, assistant professor in Nursing and Related Services. "I am impressed by Kathy's knowledge of the department and college, and especially by her work ethic and positive, honest attitude."

Every day, she willingly gives her best efforts, is extremely patient with faculty, staff, and students, does not "take sides," and helps promote positive group work.

Her former supervisor Polly Owen, Dean of Career and Technical Programs, says, "Kathy is constantly working to keep everyone, students included, organized in this large and busy department."

One example of this is that she organized the process and now coordinates all student data needed to evaluate 500 students for admission to the Nursing program. She answers all student questions, keeps the faculty up-to-date on all the department and college changes, and is always available to lend a helping hand.

"Kathy is proud to be an employee of Columbus State," says Winters. "It shows in her actions and interactions as she willingly gives outstanding service to students, faculty, and all who work at Columbus State."


Welcome Back Wednesday

The annual fall Welcome Back activities will be held Wednesday, September 27, near the Christopher Columbus Statue.

From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. celebrity chefs will be giving away hotdogs, chips, and soda. Everyone is invited to visit the various vendor, club, organization, and photo button booths, as well as the caricature artists, and the gladiator joust.


Study rooms make the library a little quieter

Just in time for the start of fall quarter, the Educational Resources Center (ERC) has created three new group study rooms for student use. The rooms were created in response to student requests.

ERC Director Bruce Massis says, "The responses were gathered from more than 950 students in our spring survey, many of whom indicated there was a pressing need for more group study space in the ERC." To fill this request, the ERC and Physical Plant staffs worked diligently to create these rooms.

The new group study rooms include: CO 012, on the ground level, which holds a maximum of six people; CO 123, on level 1, which holds a maximum of four people; and CO 125, on level 1, which holds a maximum of six people.

Sign up for these rooms can be done at the Circulation Desk on level 1 of the ERC.


Rape Aggression Defense training available

A Rape Aggression Defense class will be held for five weeks during October and November. The course normally has a $75 fee, but is only $10 for Columbus State employees and students. Classes will be held October 7, 14, 21 and 28, and November 4, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A.

To register, call 287-5858.


New media services available through ERC

The Audio/Video Circulation Department in the ERC has a number of new resources available on the "Media Services" web page. Information on LCDs, smart cart instructions, and the various technologies available on campus are available on the following Web pages:


Increase your strength through fun exercises

The Wellness Activities Initiative will present Circuit Training Part II for all those who want to learn quick tips for increasing strength, decreasing body fat, and improving their health. Participants will also learn easy and fun exercises that can be done without expensive equipment.

Mandi Helfrey will conduct the seminar Tuesday, September 26, at noon and Wednesday, September 27, at 2 p.m.

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


City to collect hazardous waste

The City of Columbus Refuse Collection Division is sponsoring, in conjunction with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, several household hazardous waste collections the next couple of months.

Items considered hazardous include, but are not limited to paints, solvents, batteries, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil, propane cylinders, smoke detectors, old ammunition, pool chemicals, fireworks, and fluorescent bulbs.

There is no cost to drop off your hazardous waste.

Collections will are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the following locations:

For further information, call 311, 614-645-3111, or 614-871-5100, or go to: