Thursday, April 5, 2007

Landscape students place tenth in PLANET

Student Scott Harmon, left, discusses the rules of the "Compact Utility Loader" competition with a judge from Toro and a Michigan State interpreter at the 2007 Student Career Days. Scott was the first-ever deaf competitor at the event, and interpreting was arranged for him by Wayne Cocchi, Director of Columbus State's Disability Services department.

Columbus State Landscape Design/Build Students placed tenth in the nation at the annual PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Student Career Days Competition, held during Spring Break at Michigan State University.  

Fifty-four colleges and universities and more than 800 students attended Career Days to compete in 24 different events such as landscape design, irrigation systems, patio construction, sales presentation, and plant identification.

Columbus State's ranking was the second highest of two-year colleges competing, after next year's host for the event, North Metro College in Atlanta, Ga.

Out of more than 400 colleges with landscape programs, only 22 schools including Columbus State hold PLANET's accreditation for their landscape contracting curriculums.   

The competition, which annually rotates around the country, unites students and professionals.    Students demonstrate their skills, while the pros observe their potential as future employees.  

Ryan Boston was the individual high-point student from Columbus State. Andrew Root and Mike LeGates successfully defended their national champion Pavers Installation event from last year. Bob Moreen placed second in Safety Management event and third place for Annual & Perennial ID went to Amber Haynes. In Sales Presentation, CSLA President Matt Mayle placed third.

Academic honors went to Ryan Boston, Bela Chavda, Nick Esthus, Dean Karbler, Mike LeGates, Starlene Link, Matt Mayle, and Crystal Morter, who were recipients of the ALCA Educational Foundation scholarship--the largest number of scholarships earned by any of the schools in attendance.   

Employee Fund Drive 2007 offers incentives to join

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The Development Foundation kicked off the annual Employee Fund Drive April 3 with an Employee Donor Breakfast and a mailing offering fun incentives and activities to attract employees to the Support What Works campaign.

A drawing for Taste the Future tickets, Longaberger baskets and reserved parking for one year are among incentives to contribute to the drive.  All employee donors will be entered into the drawing and employees that give at the 120 level or above will receive an additional entry, according to Matt Kelly, executive director of the Foundation.

Kelly plans to send video emails featuring employee donors, host a Support What Works tee-shirt day April 20, and recruit building ambassadors to help drive the drive.

On In-Service Day April 27, Kelly will hold the drawing for the campaign prizes. See prize list and incentives.  

Di Pietro piano works to be performed in MiamiRocco Di Pietro, instructor in electronic music and humanities, will have his own piano works performed by New York pianist Cristina Valdes at the ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music) New Music Miami Festival, April 15 at Florida International University. The works were composed at the Headlands Center in San Francisco and are entitled "Wind Swept Centering "and "Faust."

Health Risk Assessment raffle results In an effort to promote the online Health Risk Assessment, all UHC covered employees who completed an assessment were recently entered into an incentive raffle sponsored by the Columbus State Wellness Initiative. The winners were: Melanie Adams and Jaimie Allen- Three payday rate* holidays; Teresa Frazier and Susan Stumpp -two payday rate holidays; Jennifer Inscho and Amy Burns -one payday rate holiday. (*pay-day rate holiday mean that you do not have to pay your portion of the health insurance for a pay day). Also: Susan VanAtta and Michelle Kohar -a complete assessment through CSCC's Human Performance Center; Nicholas Tice and Shelly Sills - One-hour massage through CSCC's massage therapy program.

DX hosts Eggstravaganza todayHop over to the DX for the 5th Annual Eggstravaganza today, Thursday, April 5, from noon - 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. to search for hidden eggs filled with Bunny Money, coupons, and goodies. While you're in, don't forget to enter for your chance to win the world-famous DX Deluxe Easter Basket. For additional information, please contact Dan Henry at ext. 2352.

Bring your clunker to classThe AUTO 300, Shop Experience class has limited openings and will be accepting vehicles with general automotive problems. The students can diagnose most car problems and perform some repairs, but will not do any rebuilds or perform any routine maintenance procedures (i.e. oil changes). So if your car is ten years old or newer, and has a mechanical (not cosmetic) problem--the shop experience class may be able to help. The class is held on Tuesday mornings only. Send an email to to schedule an appointment.

ERC to host Jazz @ CSCC video lecture series The Educational Resources Center will host a free six-part film, lecture and performance series entitled, "Jazz @ CSCC" featuring many Columbus Jazz artists and educators, starting Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

"We are delighted to present this unique program focusing on one of the most important art forms in American history," said Bruce Massis, Director of Columbus State's Educational Resources Center.  "This program allows community members to use in-depth information from documentaries and provide access to the expertise of our top local Jazz scholars.  Our ERC and its library is the perfect backdrop for this discussion because we can offer a full selection of resources for further study of any of these topics."

The weekly two-hour programs exploring the rich cultural and social history of jazz will include, "New Orleans and the Origins of Jazz," "The Jazz Age and Harlem as a Center for Jazz, Harlem Renaissance," "The Jazz Vocalists," "The Swing Era," "Jazz Innovators: From Bebop, to Hard Bop, to Cool and More," and "Latin Jazz and Jazz as an International Music."

"Jazz @ CSCC" will be held on six consecutive Thursdays, April 19-May 24 from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.  All programs will be held in Nestor Hall Auditorium with the exception of the May 17 program.  (This special program with be held in the Center for Workforce Development ballroom). For details or to register, please visit or contact Kenny Ruffin, ext.2297, or

The project is supported by a grant from the Columbus State Community College Development Foundation, Inc.

Creative educator will keynote student citizen event"Scholarship, Citizenship, and Community Involvement" will be the theme on Tuesday, April 24, when the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual "Student Citizen Breakfast" at the Midwest Hotel and Conference Center on Sinclair Rd.  

Keynote speaker for the event will be Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld, internationally known educator, author and artist.

Chenfeld is a regular guest on WOSU AM's Open Line program focusing on creative education. A 3rd edition of her text ''Creative Experiences for Young Children" was published in 2002 by Heinemann Press.

Contact the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce for more information and reservations at   (614)262-2790 or email: