Monday, June 4, 2007

Cancer survivor donates hair to "Locks of Love"Amanda Santos doesn't even remember having Hodgkin's disease as a four-year-old, but at one particular annual checkup when she was 18 years old and fully in remission, she recalls seeing other young patients in the oncology unit who had lost their hair to the effects of chemotherapy.  

She felt bad to have the long, glossy mane of dark hair inherited from her Mexican-American dad, and Finnish-German mother. She felt almost guilty.

When a co-worker of hers arrived one day at work with a very short haircut, Amanda asked her why she had decided to change her style so radically. That's when she learned of the "Locks of Love" program. In perfect serendipity the little girl who once fought cancer herself discovered how to donate her beautiful hair to a program that makes wigs for cancer patients.

Santos, 22, is an associate of arts student with plans to transfer to Ohio State to study early childhood education. She hopes to teach kindergarten some day. She last donated her hair when she was 18, making her current three-foot long locks four years in the making. Donated hair cannot be permed, bleached, dyed or damaged; Santos' is not. It flows luxuriously past her waist.  "It's hot," she laughs. Her friends at Columbus State may be shocked when she arrives this week for final exams with a shoulder-length bob. "Everyone likes me to wear it down, but with these temperatures, it really will be a relief to get it cut!"


Commit to be AQIPTeams celebrate first-year anniversary with reception Columbus State officially committed its four Action Projects to the Higher Learning Commission June 1. In addition to the official commitment forms, a summary of each project is available for view on the AQIP Project Directory on the Higher Learning Commission's AQIP website. The Action Project Teams celebrated this major milestone on June 1 with an appreciation reception at the Center for Workforce Development. This event also marked the first-year anniversary of being designated an AQIP college. President Moeller thanked all teams for their hard work on this significant journey. The AQIP Steering Committee gave everyone in attendance a t-shirt with the slogan: "While there's no U in AQIP, we can't do it without YOU!"

Students line up to make their own spray-painted t-shirts at the Student Activities event held May 31 on the plaza. The t-shirt event proved to be quite popular and dozens of students took turns air brushing works of art for the wearing!

Nursing class numbers more than 100The Columbus State Community College Nursing Department Class of June 2007 will hold their Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium.   There more than 100 students earning nursing degrees this quarter.

Parking to close June 7-25 To complete work in the 12-S parking lot, just west of the parking garage, the area will be closed on the night of June 7.  The lot will be ready to open on June 25 for the beginning of Summer Quarter.  If you have any questions please contact Mike Ryan in Physical Plant at ext. 2508.

Purchasing Department offers Fiscal Year 2007 year-end and planning for Fiscal Year 2008
PURCHASES:Date                         Process
6/07/07             Last day to create and approve on-line requisitions
6/29/07             Date by which goods and services must be received to be paid out of FY 2007 budget.
6/29/07             Date that all regular and blanket purchase orders expire .
6/30/07             Date that food purchase pre-approvals expire .
7/31/07             Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid out of FY 2007 budget.
Late invoices will be charged to FY 2008 budget.

It is recommended that new requisitions for blanket purchase orders be created soon after July 1.


Please continue to process (approve for payment) invoices received from vendors and receive goods using PORC in Colleague.

Travel and tuition reimbursements:
Travel related reimbursement requests must be submitted, by College procedure, within 30 days upon return from travel, or by July 31 if travel occurs in late June. Tuition reimbursement payments should be processed in accordance with Human Resources requirements which is within 60 days after receiving an official grade.

If you have questions regarding the year end closing process please contact Brad Farmer at ext. 2641 in Purchasing or Ann Helfrich at ext.2420 in Accounting.


Javadi presents at American Chemical Society

Dr. Javadi and his daughter Mariam show the student research poster in Kentucky at the American Chemical Society's annual meeting.

Mariam Javadi, the daughter of Mort Javadi, Ph.D., assistant professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, presented a research poster at the 2007 Central Regional Meeting of The American Chemical Society held in Covington, Ky. May 20-23.

This REEL Research Experience to Enhance Learning (REEL) research project, entitled "Seasonal Monitoring of Water Quality at O'Shaughnessy Park along The Scioto River," was conducted by Columbus State Biological and Physical Sciences students, Bradley Williams, Nicole Gresh, Mariam Javadi, and Akwasi Peprah. Mort Javadi was the research advisor. His daughter Mariam is currently a student at Ohio State University where she is studying to become an optometrist.