Wednesday, March, 21, 2007

Zelenka named March Staff Employee of the Month
For many Columbus State employees, Steven Zelenka is the first person they meet when stepping onto campus. He makes sure they want to come back.

Zelenka, an office assistant in the Human Resources Department, was named March's Employee of the Month for his customer service skills and unfailing good humor.

"Steven is indeed the perfect voice of Columbus State," nominator Tina M. Davis, a data entry operator in Human Resources. "His presence always holds pride in what he does."

Kevin Kasson, who was recently hired as a program coordinator in Knowledge, Resources & Planning, thanked Zelenka for helping guide him through the hiring process. "Steve was always there for me to ask questions, get the forms to the right person, and served as a knowledgeable conduit."

Zelenka, a West Columbus resident, has worked in human resources for almost 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys playing bass, spending time with his family, and volunteering with the Nichiren Buddhist community. He accepted the award with humility.

"'Thank you' is inadequate for being nominated," Zelenka said. "Having been selected still makes my head spin."

Service anniversary video stars needed April 5 and 6
It's almost that time of year again, when employees who've served the college throughout the years are honored. In-Service Day, April 27, will include the celebration of service awards, distinguished teacher candidates and winners and the staff employees of the month and of the year. As in the past, anyone eligible for a Service Award is invited to videotape a short interview to be played during the morning session. The interviews will be held in the ERC TV Studio on April 5 and 6. Please call Nick Cenci now at ext. 2497 and make a 15-minute appointment.

Dine at the DX this weekThe Union Hall Cafe will be closed from Monday, March 19, through Saturday, March 24, and will reopen on Monday, March 26, for Spring Quarter.

The DX Cafe, however, will be open every day during break, Mon.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sat., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Centralized Computer Application Patch ManagementA "silent" install of Novell ZenWorks patch management is coming to all Columbus State computers.   No reboot is needed and no other user interaction is required for this installation.   The patch management application will not impact PC performance in any way.   

This patch management application is an important step toward a centralized console for distribution and tracking of all operating system and application patches.

If you have questions contact the Help Desk ext. 5050.


Columbus State student one of three college finalists announced in Dimension 3D Printing Group's Extreme Redesign Contest

Mike Kochman's off-road cell phone carrier design.

Explaining that an expensive cell phone is a "terrible thing to waste," Columbus State engineering student Michael Kochman has designed an Off-Road Cell Phone Carrier for his dirt bike, and the design has been selected as one of the three best in the world from a college student.

The Dimension 3D Printing Group recently announced the six finalists (three college and three high school) for its third annual Extreme Redesign: The Ultimate 3D Printing Challenge, a global design contest that awards scholarships to winners.

The six finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 1,200 design entries from around the world, more than twice the number of entries submitted for last year's competition. The first place winners in each division will receive $2,500 scholarships, with second and third place finalists receiving $1,000 scholarships each.

The winners will be announced during a live webcast on April 4 at 1 p.m. on The finalists' designs are currently on display at the International Technology Education Association's annual conference in San Antonio.

Kochman, an avid dirt bike rider, explained why he chose to design his product: " I wanted to create a waterproof case for a cell phone that will be used on a dirt bike. Yes, cell phones are needed while riding a dirt bike! Many times while riding, I have been many miles from civilization (once in Arizona, it was over 25 miles) and experienced injury or more commonly mechanical failure. Having a cell phone with you can literally be life saving."

Massage graduates hear from author at pinning ceremony

After the pinning ceremony, the Winter Quarter 2007 class of massage therapy students poses together.

The graduating class of massage therapy students participated in the Winter Quarter pinning ceremony March 8 after hearing a presentation from the local author of several textbooks on the subject, Earle Timberlake, L.M.T. The graduates will now prepare for their licensing exam in early June.

Timberlake is an author, speaker, and educator, as well as a licensed massage therapist. He has been in practice in Ohio as a massage therapist for 25 years and has authored several texts on massage therapy.