Monday, March, 26, 2007

Laptop lending program at the ERC begins Spring QuarterA new program at the Educational Resources Center (ERC) is making laptops available to borrow for in-ERC use only. Students may come to the Circulation Desk on level 1 of Columbus Hall and borrow a laptop computer with wireless access for three-hour periods.

The following borrowing limits and availability guidelines apply:

·   Laptops can only be checked out by currently enrolled Columbus State students with a valid Cougar ID card.  
·   Laptops will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. They cannot be reserved ahead of time.
·   Students may only check out one laptop at a time.
·   Checkout is for up to three hours. They can be renewed at the Circulation Desk if no one is waiting.
·   Laptops will not be checked out when there is less than one hour before the ERC closes.
·   Laptops must be returned in person to the Circulation Desk no later than 30 minutes prior to ERC closing. Please do not place laptops in the book drop.
·   If students have fines on their ERC account, they will not be allowed to check out a laptop.

Upon checkout, students will be required to sign an agreement of understanding regarding these and other guidelines for the use of laptops.

ERC Director Bruce Massis says, "We believe this service to be a significant development in the manner by which students use the ERC. In our student survey, administered last spring, many students indicated this to be a necessary additional service provided by the ERC. We are pleased to respond by implementing it."

Aviation Department holds symposium

A packed house listens to one of the sessions at the annual Aviation Symposium, hosted by the Aviation Maintenance Technology at Bolton Field.

The Columbus State Aviation Maintenance Technology hosted the 16th annual Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium March 14 and 15 at Bolton Field. Over the two-day event, more than 550 aviation maintenance technicians and students attended recurrent training. For certificated mechanics holding the Inspection Authorization designation by the FAA, the training is required for their annual renewal.  Participants came from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The 32 speakers included Columbus State Aviation Maintenance Instructor Jeff Gruber, who presented a session entitled "Failure to Follow Procedures." Participants also had the opportunity to visit 43 vendor displays, which were set up in the hanger of the Bolton Field Facility. 

New discounts for employees from COESRAColumbus State is a member of the Central Oho Employee Services and Recreation Association (COESRA). This organization provides members with the opportunity to learn about various discount programs offered by vendors in our community.   Some of the discounts offered are for automotive, communication, entertainment, dental and eye care, parks and recreation, real estate, retail, and travel.   To see a complete list of services and discounts, visit the following Web site: To get your membership card please contact Human Resources at ext.2408.

Briggs presents workshop for college storesLisa Briggs, accounting supervisor for Auxiliary Services, presented a workshop entitled "Benchmarking 101" March 23 in Orlando, Fla., at CAMEX, the largest trade show and educational event for college stores hosted annually by the National Association of College Stores (NACS). Briggs' session covered the basics of benchmarking principles and terminology that helped other college stores devise a plan to begin benchmarking their own college store.

More than 1,100 college stores and 700 exhibiting companies were represented at this year's event. Briggs serves on the NACS benchmarking committee. She also presented a session at the annual meeting for the Ohio Association of College Stores (OACS) last October entitled "Benchmarking & Reporting:   How Are We Really Doing?"   She was elected to the OACS Board of Directors for a two-year term as a Bookstore Trustee.

"Smokeout" program receives additional grant to continue serving Somali community

Senator Ray Miller speaks to the audience after presenting a check for $145,000 for the Somali Smokeout program to Marian Ghedi, in background.

The Somali Smokeout Program, a culturally-specific tobacco program targeting the Somali community in Columbus, recently received additional funding of $145,000 from the Ohio Tobacco Prevention Foundation (OTPF).

During a ceremony at Providence Glen Community Center, State Senator Ray Miller from Columbus presented a check for $145,000 to Marian Ghedi from the Somali Smokeout Program.

The program has successfully impacted a significant percentage of the youth and adult Somali population with tobacco education and coping skills for smoking cessation. Somali Smokeout partners with the Ohio Department of Education after-school program, coordinated by Columbus State's Language Institute, to give life skills instruction for tobacco prevention and education about the dangers of tobacco products to refugee students.

YAATC graduates celebrate new careersThe graduation ceremony for 15 new technicians from the Youth and Adult Automotive Service Center (YAATC) program was held March 20 in the Workforce Development Center. The program celebrated the completion of ten months of automotive, life skills and job readiness training for the students. Graduates heard from Kendall Lee, from the Commission on African-American Males, Dr. Frank Hale from the Ohio State University, and Ford Motor Company representatives who were on hand for the event. Class valedictorian Harry Lewis received a certificate from the program and a $500 gift certificate for Rotunda tools from Ford Motor Company. The YAATC program allows disadvantaged individuals to attend college in the field of automotive technology. The graduates received a certificate in maintenance and light repair, job placement assistance, and a toolbox to begin employment in the field. The program, in its seventh year, is funded by Ford Motor Company and the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation (Co-Wic).    


After the YAATC graduation ceremony March 20, class valedictorian Harry Lewis, far right, displays his certificate with other presenters including, from left, Kendall Lee, Dr. Andy Rezin, Ford representatives Lee Cork and Marsha Saafir, and James Brady, YAATC.





AQIP Quick Fix of the WeekWhat is a Quick Fix?
Quick Fixes are those things identified on Conversation Day by employees that can be accomplished quickly with minimal resources, yet yield noticeable improvements. For a complete list see the AQIP website under the Quick Fixes link at

Quick Fix requested: "Find a different Café food service that offers better, more diverse selections and possible lower cost with cleaner atmosphere and practices."

Response: "The cafe at the DX broadened food choices on campus with soups, panini sandwiches, and other food choices. Also, cafeteria and catering services at Columbus State have been solicited through a competitive proposal process that is nearing completion. Transition to a new array of food service providers for cafeteria and catering will occur by June 2007. Also this year, the cafeteria will get a new coat of paint and will have new tables and chairs. Food vendors on contract with the college are responsible for standards of cleanliness acceptable to the Health Inspector.  -Business and Administrative Services.