Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lt. Governor to speak at June 8 commencement

Lieutenant Governor
Lee Fisher

Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher will deliver the commencement address to the 2007 Spring Quarter graduating class on Friday, June 8, at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Fisher's career has spanned the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Prior to his election to the Lt. Governor's office he served as the President and CEO of the Center for Families and Children in Cleveland for seven years.

"We are delighted that Lee Fisher will be addressing our graduating class," said President Val Moeller. "He is an exciting speaker who has keen insight into workforce and economic issues in Ohio."

As Lt. Governor and Director of the Ohio Department of Development, Fisher promotes economic opportunities to improve the profits and prosperity of Ohio's citizens. The Department of Development acts in a supporting role to provide financial, informational, and technical assistance to those making an investment in Ohio's future.

As Lt. Governor and Director of the Ohio Department of Development, Fisher promotes economic opportunities to improve the profits and prosperity of Ohio's citizens.

A highly-regarded public servant for more than 14 years, Fisher served as Ohio Attorney General, State Senator and State Representative. He also worked as a private attorney, public company board director, and as a federal appellate law clerk.

Fisher is the founder and former Co-Chair of the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition and serves or has served on many nonprofit boards, including the National Leadership Board of the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center; the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; and Oberlin College. In addition, Lee was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Chair of the National Commission on Crime Control and Prevention, and to the World Board of Governors of the United Service Organizations (USO).

Raised in the Cleveland area, Fisher graduated from Oberlin College and later received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and his Master Degree of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) from the Case Mandel School for Nonprofit Organizations. He is married to Peggy Zone Fisher, the President and CEO of the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio. They have a son, Jason, who is a recent graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications and a daughter, Jessica, who is in high school.

Christopher's to serve at Spring Fling todayAt Spring Fling today, be sure to visit the Hospitality Management students as they prepare kosher hot dogs, Johnsonville brats, grilled chicken, and barbecued pork sandwiches along with roasted corn, coleslaw and baked beans. The students will be located between Eibling Hall and the ERC.

Cougar student athletes receive recognitionThe National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 12 has named Columbus State golf team members Jess Moss, freshman, and Mychal Alvarez, freshman, to the Region 12 All-Region Golf Team.

Beth Rocker, a freshman cross country and track and field athlete, was named a finalist in the Wilma Rudolph student athlete competition. This award is given by the National Association of Academic Advisors (N4A). The award recognizes scholarship, community service and overcoming life challenges.

One hundred percent of Dental Hygiene students pass national boardsTerrence Brown, Ph.D., chairperson of Health, Dental and Veterinary Programs, reports that for the second year in a row, 100 percent of this year's Dental Hygiene class successfully passed the National Board Exam for licensure.

Officer Lisa Karas
Karas earns Bachelor's degreeCongratulations to Columbus State Police Officer Lisa Karas for graduating from Ohio Dominican University, earning her B.A. in Criminal Justice.  She is also a graduate of Columbus State's Law Enforcement program.

Leadership Institute seeks applications for 2007-2008The Columbus State Community College Leadership Institute is a 9-month leadership development experience designed to develop personal leadership and competencies related to leading change. Participation in the 2007-2008 Leadership Institute is by application only and limited to 25 selected participants. Selection will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's readiness to engage in the leadership learning experience and the applicant's commitment to the time and attention required. All full-time Columbus State Community College staff, faculty, and administrators may apply. A total of 25 applications will be selected in proportional staff, faculty, and administrator categories.

IT department implements new network securityTo keep pace with industry standard best practices in network security, Columbus State IT will be implementing a product called Cisco Clean Access. This implementation will occur on May 31.

This product will bolster security on our campus wireless network by requiring all users to have the latest Windows security patches and the most current antivirus signatures installed before joining our network.

The application contains two parts:

  1. A small program called an agent that is downloaded and installed on your computer.
  2. A Clean Access server that communicates with that agent before you join our network to tell CSCC what patch and signature versions you have installed.   

If Clean Access determines a computer needs patches, the Clean Access server will grant temporary access then redirect the computer to a website to download and install the required patches. It is an automated process and easy to use.

The college has been successfully running Cisco Clean Access in a test environment for several months. A full set of instructions is available on the intranet at  

If you are a self-sufficient power user and want to use the product now, join the Clean Access test network by directing your wireless device to the CCATest SSID.

Summer Cooling Program offered by Breathing AssociationThe Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) "Summer Cooling Program" is a federally funded program for elderly households and customers with qualifying medical conditions, who might benefit from air conditioning during the summer months.

To find out more about the Summer Cooling Program from the Breathing Association, visit or call for appointment at (866) 861-6399.

United Way offers summer opportunities for Franklin County kidsThe United Way of Central Ohio wants every child to have a great summer filled with fun, active and educational experiences, regardless of the family's ability to pay.  

Their flyer, "Great Opportunities for Franklin County Kids," includes listings of summer camps, sports, nature outings and games. Programs are for ages 5-17, and depending on your income, the fee may be paid by the Franklin County Department of Jobs and Family Services.