Monday, July 2, 2007

Reminder: Campus offices close at 4:30 p.m. July 3 On Tuesday, July 3, offices will close at 4:30 p.m. Classes will be held as usual. The 12S parking lot will be closed at 1 p.m. to be used for Red, White and Boom coordination.

Jadin Thomas

Cougar basketball player named Academic All-American The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced that 2006-2007 men's basketball team member Jadin Thomas has been named to the 2007 Academic All-American Team.

Thomas completed his work at Columbus State with a 3.73 grade point average and graduated on June 8.

"This is exciting news," said M.D. Ferguson, athletic director. "It sets a bar for future athletes to reach during their Columbus State years and all of the coaches and athletic staff are poised to help. Congratulations to Jadin for his hard work on the basketball team and with his outstanding academics."

Serrano teaches Spanish at State Troopers AcademyGilberto Serrano, associate professor in Modern Languages, is busy this summer teaching Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel at the Ohio State Troopers headquarters for their Academy. Columbus State is the only institution in the state offering the course, and Serrano is the only one currently teaching it.

The course offers students the opportunity to learn basic phrases in Spanish, allowing the future officers to more effectively gain control of situations. They are taught to communicate such directives as "Tell me what happened," and "Turn off the engine." Serrano will be teaching about 50 students at the Academy in two sessions that run through December.

Serrano says he very much enjoys teaching at the Academy because it is a different environment than his regular classes at Columbus State. "It is very interesting to teach in a para-military environment," he says. "Attendance is mandatory there. The students respond 'yes, sir' and 'no, sir' to everything I say and are very respectful. I really like it."

"I feel that I'm giving the students a very valuable tool for their future law enforcement careers."

Sports and Exercise Studies inducts three alumni

From left, Connie Coughenour, Penny Oyer, and Jeff Sheppard are inducted in the Columbus State Sports and Exercise Studies Hall of Fame 2007.

The Sports and Exercise Studies program recently inducted three graduates of the program into their Hall of Fame. The inductees were recognized with a ceremony held June 1.

Connie Coughenour is a 2000 graduate of the SES program who also holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Ohio State. Coughenour is currently a personal trainer in private practice as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member for the SES program, where she has taught physical education courses for the past seven years. She retired from the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department following 30 years of service as an associate and administrator to the youth of Columbus. She specialized in aquatics management, adult sport management, and community center administration. Coughenour also has served the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a women's basketball official for the past 25 years, and she has served as a swimming coach for the Columbus Public Schools and the Northland Community Association summer league program.  

Penny Oyer is also a 2000 graduate of the SES program. Oyer is currently an administrative assistant and paralegal with the law firm of Kepart Fisher LLC, and a licensed massage therapist in central Ohio in private practice. She was nominated for her tireless efforts in managing, organizing and facilitating the annual SES Spina Bifida Athletic Camp sponsored by Children's Hospital. She has spent the past eight years as an integral part of the success of the camp. While at Columbus State, Oyer worked in the athletic department (1996-2000) then took an office associate position within the SES program for five years (2000-2005). She worked for RCS Construction and Family Life Chiropractic and Wellness Center while completing both of her degrees in Sport and Exercise Studies and Massage Therapy.

Business Services offers seminar July 13
The Business Services Department will offer a seminar for employees, Working with Business Services: An Introduction to Business Services-Cost Center Manager Training, on July 13 from 9 a.m.-noon. More information on the seminar can be found online.

Jeff Sheppard is a 1995 graduate of the SES program and holds a bachelor's degree from Wilberforce University. Sheppard is currently the athletic director for Columbus South High School in the Columbus Public Schools and has served in that role since 2001 at several schools.   Sheppard led Brookhaven to two state titles and helped carve Brookhaven's well known athletic reputation prior to accepting his position at his alma mater, Columbus South. Sheppard was awarded the Columbus Public Schools Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2005. He worked as the coordinator of Cultural Arts and Recreational Activities for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department (1995-2000). Sheppard has also worked for the YMCA and served Columbus State as an assistant track and field coach and Westerville South High School as the freshman football coach.  

Give Life at July 2 Blood Drive today The Red Cross will be on campus to conduct a Blood Drive today (July 2) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lobby. To schedule an appointment, visit (sponsor code: cougars) or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE.  All donors are eligible to enter to win a six-month car lease from Saturn on a 2007 Aura. The drawing will be held September 9.

If you donated on or before May 8, you are eligible to donate. 

Positive identification is required to donate blood. A Red Cross donor card or photo ID showing date of birth is required. Blood donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, be at least 17 years of age and be in general good health.


New catering providers to host open house July 12Summer quarter has begun, and the Columbus State cafeteria is now open for business.

As the college's new dinning, vending and catering services, AVI, moves into the new space, additional products and services will be offered. Dinning options such as pizza, a taco bar, deli, exhibition cooking, and gourmet salad stations will be available. AVI also has Jolly Pirate donuts delivered fresh daily and will bake fresh home-style cookies, muffins and pies in-house each day. The AVI on-site food service manager, David Greer, may be reached at ext. 2483.

The current hours of operation in the cafeteria are Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a Catering Open House to formally introduce the five approved catering providers to the campus on Thursday, July 12 from 1-4 p.m. in the Workforce Development ballroom on the 4 th floor. AVI Food Systems, Delightful Delights, Creative Cuisine, Vito's Catering, and LA Catering will provide food samples and menus and will be available to answer your questions.

For assistance in placing a catering order at all campus locations except the conference center in the Center for Workforce Development, contact Sherita Golden at ext. 5988.   For catering at Conference Center events, contact Rita Bedritis at ext 5761.

The Board of Trustees has also approved hiring a food and beverage coordinator who will coordinate all aspects of the college's food services program.