Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Stay safe on foot this winter quarter
With 20,000 students on campus this winter quarter and the possibility of inclement weather, the Public Safety Department would like to remind employees of some basic safety tips for pedestrians.  

The city of Columbus is currently upgrading signage in areas where there are many pedestrians.   The new signs in the road remind motorists and pedestrians to be careful at intersections and crosswalks. Columbus law says motorists must yield to pedestrians, giving them the right of way, but those on foot must watch for vehicles that may not always yield as required.

If a traffic signal is out or malfunctioning, you may contact the city at 311 or leave a message at 645-7393, which is monitored 24 hours a day.

On campus, these simple tips will help you stay safe as a pedestrian:

  • Watch for turning vehicles.
  • Make eye contact with drivers.
  • Assume drivers do not see you.
  • Remember that cars and trucks take time to stop.
  • Wear bright or reflective colors.
  • Don't panic when the countdown timer flashes the red hand. Time still remains to cross.
  • Some intersections have a push button to activate the walk signal. Be patient after you push.

Find out what's in your toolbox: Columbus State offers basic home repair classesAcquire the skills to do minor home repairs without paying the costs of skilled professionals.

The Transitional Workforce Department at Columbus State will offer a series of noncredit "Guide to Basic Home Repair" classes, which offer hands-on experience in carpentry, ceramic tiling, plumbing repair, and electrical wiring and repair.  

You can take one session, several classes, or the whole series, and all the tools needed for each session are provided in the registration fee of $50 per course, or $350 for the series. Students will also receive several tools to take home after each session. Register for four or more courses and earn a free tool box. The classes being offered are:

Basic Carpentry: January 20 (special price $40)
Learn how to use basic hand/power tools by making a wooden shelf or bench from start to finish.

Carpentry II: January 27
Learn to install a window, door and put up finish trim work using a miter saw and proper tools.

Carpentry III: February 3
Learn to use a biscuit jointer, wood lathe, band saw, routers and more.

Ceramic Tile: February 10
This class covers how to prepare various surfaces, cut and install tile, and create artistic designs with tile.  

Plumbing Repair: February 17
Learn basic plumbing repair: how to install a sink, toilet and repair and replace water lines.

Electrical I: February 24
Learn to wire parts of a simple circuit and how to wire a plug, switch, receptacle and light fixture.

Electrical II: March 3
Install a ceiling fan and learn three-way switches and GFCI outlets.

Electrical III: March 10
Learn to install breaker boxes and service upgrades.

There will also be a special class called Home Buyer's Seminar to be held January 27 from 9 a.m.-noon that costs $40.

All classes will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the WD building. To register, call the CEWD registration office at ext. 3838.

Mileage reimbursement rates to increase January 1  Columbus State's travel procedure 9-06(A) ties mileage reimbursement rates to the Internal Revenue Service guidelines. The IRS recently announced an increase to the mileage rate because gas prices have increased. Effective January 1 the rate will increase from 44.5 cents to 48.5 cents per mile for all business miles driven.

Travel forms are available on the intranet and will be updated to reflect the new rates. Reimbursement forms that are in transit will have the mileage adjusted by the Travel Office for travel that occurs on or after January 1.

New passport requirements effective January 23Effective January 23, all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air to Canada, Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean will be required to present a valid passport to re-enter the country. A valid driver's license will no longer suffice for re-entry documentation.

Travelers who are planning trips out of the country in 2007 are encouraged to apply for a new passport or check your current passport to ensure that it is still valid. It can take up to six weeks to process a new passport. For more information please visit the U.S. State Department Web site at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html.

Questions regarding travel or mileage reimbursements should be addressed to Betty Sugar in the Travel Office at ext. 2421. 


W-2 verification requested of all employees The Payroll team is preparing for the 2006 year-end and subsequent W-2's, which will be distributed during the later part of January 2007.   It is important that you verify the address printed on your check stub because that is your address on record, and that is where our printing service will be sending your W-2.   If you need to change your address on record, please e-mail Steven Zelenka szelenka@cscc.edu.

If your tax information needs to be changed or if you have moved and need to change your school district, please complete new tax forms available in the HR/Payroll Department located in Rhodes Hall. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Jan. 10 last day to submit Personal Leave forms for 2006Please submit Personal Business Leave forms no later than January 10 for hours taken during 2006.   Personal Business Leave hours left over from 2006, up to 16.00 hours total, will be paid out on January 31. Employees do not need to submit a special form to have their eligible Personal Business Leave paid out.