Thursday, October 11, 2007
Construction Sciences helps sponsor “Contractor for a Day”The Construction Sciences Department recently partnered with the Ohio Contractors Association to help put on their annual "Contractor for a Day" program, October 2 at the Apollo JVS in Lima, and Oct. 5 in Columbus. More than 250 students, instructors and counselors from area tech prep schools attended.
Nathell Grubbs, lab assistant in the Construction Sciences Department, and Dean Bortz, instructor in Construction Management, present Columbus State information at the “Contractor for a Day” event held in Columbus October 5.
The program began several years ago with industry members volunteering their time to encourage the next generation of the construction industry through training, site visits, and formal education. According to Dean Bortz, instructor in Construction Management, this program is important because the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the one-million-person shortfall in the construction industry at present will grow to 5 million in the next 10-20 years.
This program matches OCA members with tech prep students around Ohio to take students to projects to see work in progress and talk to the field personnel about careers in the construction field, emphasizing heavy highway and operating engineers. This program encourages students to consider apprenticeship programs in various construction trades and to attend construction and engineering programs at community colleges such as Columbus State.
Bake Sale at Dublin to benefit “Holidays Are for Kids”The Staff Advisory Council will host a bake sale at the Columbus State Dublin site to support the 2007 Holidays Are for Kids annual campaign October 25 from 6-8 p.m. The Dublin site is located at 6190 Shamrock Court, Dublin 43016.
Please email Tonja Lawson if you are able to donate some baked goods for the sale. Staff Advisory Council will transport your baked goods to Dublin if needed. Please package items so that they can be transported easily. If you would like your container returned, please make sure your name and telephone number are on the item.
ERC closes in on 10,000-per-week markIf you have noticed many more students, faculty and staff frequenting the Educational Resources Center (ERC) lately, the door count certainly supports that traffic.
In the week beginning Monday, September 24—the second week of the Fall quarter—nearly 10,000 people entered the ERC for the purposes of accessing resources, studying, engaging in discussions with reference librarians, borrowing audio/video equipment, speaking with the IT Support staff, viewing art in the galleries and more.
Bruce Massis, director of the ERC says, “We are thrilled that students recognize the ERC for its resources and its staff. We are proud to meet the needs of our students in our role as a primary support service on campus.”
Velez named to Ohio Humanities CouncilEdgar Vélez, Ph.D., associate professor in the Humanities Department, has been selected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Ohio Humanities Council, the governing body for the state-based program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Ohio Humanities Council promotes, supports, and encourages public programs that help all inhabitants of our state understand the practical value of the humanities in our daily lives through consideration of such issues as the nature of citizenship in a democratic society, the meaning of e pluribus unum, the reasons for conflict and the path to resolution. Through its work, the Ohio Humanities Council encourages tolerance, civility, and respect among all the citizens of this state.
Campus departments to sponsor depression screening“Stop a Suicide Today” is the 2007 theme for National Depression Screening Day scheduled for Thursday, October 11. The focus of the program is to educate the public about the warning signs of suicide and how to effectively respond to someone who may be at risk.
The free screening and mental health educational materials will be available today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall Lounge. The activity is sponsored by Student Activities and Athletics, Counseling Services, and the Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation Department. For more information contact Heather Borland, supervisor of Student Wellness and Recreational Activities.