Monday, June 18, 2007

Good attitude 'flowers' with Staff Employee of the MonthJune's Staff Employee of the Month not only brings a sunny attitude to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department, but she also regularly brings flowers.

Linda Miller was hired in March 2006 as office associate for Social and Behavioral Sciences in after a long period with a full-time associate, said department chair Karen Muir. Since then, she has made sure the department runs smoothly.

Linda regularly exceeds her duties, occasionally arranging for substitute teachers when a professor is out sick and regularly bringing in fresh flowers, Muir said. "Faculty and staff both comment on how she sets a positive tone."

Miller accepted the award at a short reception June 12 - where several of her coworkers brought flowers for her.

"I would just like to say that the people in the department make it easy for me, and I appreciate them a lot," Miller said.




DX barista takes fifth at cooking contestJennifer White's work whets appetites in the DX Café, but it won national recognition at the National Chicken Cooking Contest in Birmingham, Ala.

White, a student in Columbus State's Hospitality Management department, took fifth place at the contest with an original recipe, Zesty Ginger Beer BBQ Pulled Chicken sandwiches. She had never entered a cooking contest before, and she had never made Ginger Beer Chicken before. She created the recipe from scratch in her kitchen.

The National Chicken Cooking Contest is sponsored by the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association. White found out about the contest at the Ohio State Fair.  

Toothpick robot
Electronic Engineering students, from left to right, Jonathan Swies, Daniel Bunyard and Jay Lund demonstrate their robot project at the Engineering Capstone presentation session entitled "Focus," held June 7 in WD. Bunyard holds their robot, called "TAS," short for "Tell and Show," because they can tell the robot something, and it will show them where the object is. The students said they got the idea when their instructor Joe Bowman, said that he could never remember where toothpicks were in the grocery store.

Committee selects new food service vendorsThe college is pleased to announce that AVI will be the college's vendor for cafeteria and vending services beginning June 25.  

AVI is a full-service food service provider and will operate the cafeteria and vending for the college and will be one of the five approved caterers on campus. Between June 7 and June 24, there will be no food service in the cafeteria as the space will be cleaned and given a fresh coat of paint.

Additionally, five caterers will provide catering services to campus, including: AVI Food Systems, Delightful Delights, LA Catering, Creative Cuisine and Vito's Catering. The Café DX and Barista will also be available for limited catering.   For catering at all campus locations except the conference center in the Center for Workforce Development, contact Sherita Golden at ext. 5988.   For catering at the WD Conference Center, contact Rita Bedritis at ext. 5761.

The Board of Trustees has also approved a Food and Beverage Coordinator who will coordinate all aspects of the college's food service program.  

An open house with the new vendors will be scheduled after the start of Summer Quarter.   Watch Update for details.

Cougar golfer named NJCAA All-AmericanJesse Moss, first-year golf team member at Columbus State, recently was named to the 2007 NJCAA Golf All-American Team after placing fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.  The national tournament was held in Jamestown New York June 4 -8.

Columbus State exceeds goal for Operation Feed Campaign

Mike Rains,
Physical Plant, helps unload the many boxes of donations at the Mid Ohio Food Bank.

The Staff Advisory Council would like to thank the campus community for the generous contributions made to the annual Operation Feed Campaign.  After three trips to the Mid Ohio Food Bank, the total amount of meals collected added up to 3,321 (exceeding the goal of 2,500 meals). 

SAC would like to thank everyone who helped make this campaign a true success, especially the guys at the Physical Plant, who helped with the collection and delivery.  We could not do this without all of your support.