Monday, November 19, 2007

Gee Whiz! 
New OSU president visits Columbus State

OSU President Gordon Gee and President
Moeller show off their “partnership”
sweatshirts, with the two college’s
school colors reversed—scarlet
and gray for Columbus State and
blue and white for
Ohio State!

photo of Gordon Gee greeting crowd

With the easy style he’s known for, President Gee works the room meeting Columbus State faculty, staff and administrators. To Gee’s right are Ohio State Vice Provost Martha Garland and Columbus State Provost Kay Adkins.




Heat your space . . . safely! picture of spaceheaterColumbus State recognizes that different people have different levels of comfort associated with temperature and heat. The Public Safety Department says that the use of electric space heaters as a temporary measure is permitted, if the following guidelines are followed:

  • Where permitted, owners/users of space heaters are responsible for their proper use.
  • Space heaters must be electrically powered. Fuel powered (propane, kerosene) space heaters are not permitted. Space heaters must not take more than 110 volts of electricity to operate.
  • Any space heater used must be currently UL (Underwriters Laboratory) approved, with attached UL label.
  • Approved space heaters must be fan driven. Space heaters with heated coils are not permitted.
  • Space heaters must have a thermostat that shuts unit off when a certain temperature is reached.
  • Space heaters must have a tip-over shutdown feature. If a space heater is knocked over, the unit must automatically shut off.
  • Space heaters should always be plugged into a wall receptacle—not a power strip.
  • Space heaters must always be turned off and unplugged when the area being heated is not occupied.
  • Space heaters should be located in plain sight and clearly visible.
  • Space heaters must be kept at least 3 feet away from any combustible material.
  • Nothing should ever be placed on top of or touching a space heater. 
  • Coffee pots, hot plates and toaster ovens are limited to those UL (Underwriter Laboratory) commercial grade units installed in an approved manner and location. These devices should never be used for space heating.
  • The Columbus State Community College Department of Public Safety reserves the right to inspect and declare “unapproved” any space heater that creates a hazard or is inappropriate to a particular location based on specific circumstances, or code and/or legal requirements.
  • Do Not use space heaters or any other electric appliance around water or inflammables.

More safety information:Extension cords should be:

  • For temporary use pending the installation of permanent outlets.
  • For applications where equipment is not routinely used.
  • For temporary or portable equipment.
  • Energized from a permanent outlet.
  • Grounded 3-wire type.

Extension cords should not:

  • Run through openings in walls, ceilings, or doorways.
  • Be draped over light, ceiling, wall fixtures, etc.
  • Be attached or fixed to any surface.
  • Run across aisles or walkways.
  • Run under carpets or flooring.
  • Be plugged into a power strip.

Power strips should be:

  • Properly secured to a permanent surface.
  • Equipped with fuse or circuit breaker.
  • Energized from a permanent outlet.
  • Grounded 3-wire type.
  • UL approved.

Flexible spending open enrollment scheduledColumbus State will hold open enrollment meetings for the Flexible Spending Account November 26 in WD 404 from 8-9:30a.m., 10-11:30a.m., and 1-2:30 p.m.  More meetings will be held on November 27 in WD 435 from 9-10:30 a.m., 11-12:30 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.  Please plan to attend these meetings to sign up for next year. 

Autumn Quarter reports now availableAutumn Quarter 2007 headcount and FTE reports by department, off-campus centers and distance learning modalities, showing comparisons with Autumn 2006 and Autumn 2005, are available at If you have any questions please contact Jim Hamberg.

Rezin elected to Clean Fuels BoardClean Fuels logophoto of Andy RezinDr. Andy Rezin, department chairman of Automotive and Applied Technologies, was recently elected to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Clean Fuels Ohio.

Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) is a nonprofit organization based in Columbus devoted to increasing the use of cleaner American fuels and vehicles and energy-saving transportation technologies in order to improve air quality and health, reduce climate change, curb dependence on imported petroleum, and support Ohio’s economy.

Clean Fuels Ohio has taken on a statewide leadership role in project development, education and policy. Clean Fuels Ohio's primary goal is to develop public-private projects that deploy vehicles, refueling equipment, and other technologies. These projects lead directly to improved air quality, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, increased energy security and support for Ohio’s economy.

Gospel Ensemble to perform Dec. 1

photo of Emma Easton
Emma Easton

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Easton, will present its fall quarter concert on Saturday, December 1, at 7 p.m. in Nestor Auditorium. The concert, “The Sounds of Joy,” is free and open to the public.

“The Sounds of Joy will highlight original compositions written and/or arranged by Columbus State students, as well as those composed by Easton and local songwriter Ana Jackson. These arrangements will appear on an upcoming CD project being released by the Gospel Vocal Ensemble in 2008.

The performancealso will feature other community talents, such as 11-year old liturgical dancer, Isaiah Henderson; the Hands of Praise (an American Sign Language group that includes CSCC alumni), Christian comedian Keith Muse, and recording artist Zozay Washington. A six-piece band led by Easton’s son, Colin, will accompany the ensemble.


photo of baby bottleBoltwood, Hunt present paper on infant formula quality assuranceCharles Boltwood, Business & Industry Training consultant, Chuck Hunt, adjunct faculty member for Pharmacy Tech, along with Marsha Dumm, a registered dietitian for Riverside/Children's Hospital's Neonatal Unit presented a paper at the annual American Dietetic Association's Food and Nutrition Conference in Philadelphia. The paper has also been published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

The paper, "Certified Formula Room Technician Program Improves Safety and Quality of Product Delivered to Infants in Neonatal Intensive Care," detailed the results of the Formula Technician Training Program B&I developed for Nationwide Children's Hospital and taught to their formula room technicians. As a result of the B&I program, Nationwide Children's is staffed with certified formula room technicians.

According to Boltwood, implementation of the Columbus State program has resulted in a decreased error rate in formula preparation, an increase in infant patient safety, and an increase in quality of customer service within the hospital.

The presentation highlighted the partnership between Nationwide Children's Hospital and Columbus State in developing and implementing this training program. The course was needed due to the ever-increasing complexity of infant formula, which is always prepared specially for each patient, and the high volume of formula produced each day by Children's. 

The unique training program has also attracted interest from other hospitals. B&I is currently working with several other hospitals to make on-site presentations of the course, which would be tailored for each hospital.

Trustees approve sustainability policy at Nov. 15 meetingArecycling logot its recent meeting Nov. 15, the Columbus State Board of Trustees approved a new policy on sustainability, as recommended to the Board by both Councils of Shared Governance and the President.

This policy pronounces the college's commitment to doing its part to sustain the environment for future generations, and it calls for the college to engage in financially-sound academic and operational activities that result in the reduction of solid waste, pollution and energy consumption.

The college engages in many activities and initiatives already that will sustain the environment for future generations (see Update, August 6) and seeks to do more.

A campus Sustainability Committee has been chartered by the President. This committee has two primary responsibilities: to engage campus in identifying sustainability activities that are worthy of pursuing; and to initiate and implement awareness-raising activities in partnership with Institutional Advancement.

Committee members include: Grace Artl, student; Jeff Bates, Construction Sciences; Jim Beidler, Information Technology; Tony Belleau, Auxiliary Services/Copy Center; Stacy Drake, Continuing Education and Workforce Development; Brad Farmer, Business Services/Purchasing & Accounts Payable; Terri Gehr, Business & Administrative Services; Alesa Mansfield, Humanities; Mike Ryan, Facilities Services/Physical Plant; Barbara Smith-Allen, Institutional Advancement; and Jim Spencer, Facilities Services/Physical Plant.

More information about the process the committee will use to gather initiative proposals will be available after the start of winter quarter. In the meantime, please turn out your lights when rooms aren't in use, save paper by copying two-sided, and remember to recycle paper, plastic and cardboard.


Blood Drive to be held Dec. 4Red cross logoColumbus State will host a Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lobby. To schedule an appointment call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.

Positive identification is required, such as a Red Cross donor card or photo ID showing your date of birth. Blood donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old, and be in general good health to donate. Email Heather Borland for more information.

Charitable Giving Campaign continues through Dec. 14In 2007, Columbus State offers employees the opportunity to support a wide range of organizations from four charities including United Way of Central Ohio, Earth Share of Ohio, Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, and Community Health Charities of Ohio. 

The Charitable Giving Campaign ends December 14 at 4:30 p.m. You can make a contribution through payroll deduction or by writing a check. If you have any questions about the campaign, please call Barbara Smith-Allen, coordinator, at ext. 5433, or email

Rails to Trails converts tracksconverting an old railroadRails-to-Trails Conservancy, code no. 2045, is a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members and supporters, that advocates for healthier lifestyles by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. These public trails are used for walking, bicycling, hiking, skating, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, wildlife habitat and nature appreciation. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C.  The organization is part of the Earth Share of Ohio group. More information can be found online at Rails to Trails Conservancy.


Learn the process for seeking grants The Grants Office and Business Services will co-present campus-wide informational sessions to introduce the process for seeking and managing external grants.  The first date is Thursday, November 29 at 9 a.m. in Nestor Hall, Seminar Room B.  The session will be repeated on Thursday, December 6 at 9 a.m. in WD 354. Aletha Shipley and Jan Ellis of Business Services and Susan Stumpp from the Grants Office will facilitate the PowerPoint presentation and answer your questions.  If you have a grant or might want to apply for one, please attend.