Thursday, August 16, 2007

It was a laughing matterSteve Wilson, left and Corrine Cosseron share a laugh at Laughter Appreciation Day, August 14.   Wilson, a psychologist and former chairman of the Mental Health Technology, accepted the Golden Laughter Award from Cosseron, president of the French School of Laughter.   Together the two humor therapists work to spread the word that "laughter is the best medicine."

Lady Cougars take the v-ball court this weekend

Coach Scott Nichols

Head Women's Volleyball Coach Scott Nichols will be seeking his 100th career victory when the Lady Cougars take the court this weekend to start their 2007 season.  Nichols is currently 93-82.  Entering her fourth year as assistant coach is Lindsey Andrews.

The Cougars will scrimmage against both OSU-Marion and Clark State Community College on Saturday, August 18, in the Delaware Hall Athletic Center. Next Friday, August 24, the Cougars will host the Central Ohio Invitational, starting at noon in Delaware Hall, and continuing on Saturday, August 25, at 9 a.m.

In other volleyball news, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has notified Columbus State that women's volleyball will move from DIII to DII status beginning in 2007. The move will permit letters of intent with scholarship funds to be available for the women's volleyball program.


Surviving summer heatThe Student Activities and Athletics Department will offer information on staying hydrated, exercising in the heat and other hot weather tips, as well as healthy snacks on Wednesday, August 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside under the arched section of Nestor Hall.


Jacqie Walli RN MS, associate professor of nursing, is a member of the Columbus State Wellness Advisory Committee, and offers her expertise on the important subject of osteoporosis:

Boning up on OsteoporosisOsteoporosis, which means "porous bones," causes bones to become weak and brittle - so brittle that even mild stresses like bending over, lifting an object or coughing can cause a fracture.   In most cases, bones weaken when you have low levels of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals in your bones.

A common result of osteoporosis is fractures - most of them in the spine, hip or wrist.   Although it's often thought of as a women's disease, osteoporosis also affects a significant number of men.   Compared with the number of women and men who have osteoporosis, many more have low bone density.   Even children aren't immune.   Yet it's never too late -or too early - to do something about osteoporosis.

RISK FACTORS: A number of factors can increase the likelihood that you'll develop osteoporosis, including your sex, age, race, family history, frame size, tobacco use, lifetime exposure to estrogen, eating disorders, corticosteroid medications, thyroid hormone, some diuretics, other medications, breast cancer, low calcium intake, medical conditions and procedures that decrease calcium absorption, sedentary lifestyle, excess soda consumption, chronic alcoholism, and depression.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: In the early stages of bone loss, you usually have no pain or symptoms.   But once bones have been weakened by osteoporosis, you may have signs and symptoms that include:

•  Back pain, which can be severe if you have a fractured or collapsed vertebra.
•  Loss of height over time with an accompanying stooped posture.
•  Fracture of the vertebrae, wrists, hips or other bones.

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE: Early detection is important in osteoporosis.   Consider your risk factors, then discuss your prevention strategy with your doctor.   If you're a woman, it's best to do this well before menopause.

SCREENING AND DIAGNOSIS: Osteopenia refers to mild bone loss that isn't severe enough to be called osteoporosis, but that increases your risk of osteoporosis.   Doctors can detect osteopenia or early signs of osteoporosis using a variety of devices to measure bone density.   The best screening test is dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA).   It is quick, simple and gives accurate results.

If you're a woman, the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that you have a bone density test if you aren't taking estrogen and any of the following conditions apply to you:

•  You use medication such as prednisone that can cause osteoporosis.
•  You have Type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis.
•  You experienced early menopause.
•  You're postmenopausal, older than 50 and have at least one risk factor for osteoporosis.
•  You're postmenopausal, older than 65 and have never had a bone density test.

•  Consider hormone therapy (to be decided with your physician).
•  Get adequate calcium and vitamin D (dosages to be determined with your physician).
•  Exercise regularly.   Combine strength-training exercises with weight-bearing exercises.   Strength-training exercises help strengthen muscles and bones in your arms and upper spine and weight-bearing exercises mainly affect the bones in your legs, hips, and lower spine.   Swimming, cycling and machines such as elliptical trainers can provide a good cardiovascular workout but because they're low impact, they're not as helpful for improving bone health as weight-bearing exercises.
•  Add soy to your diet.   Plant estrogens found in soy have been found to help maintain bone density.
•  Don't smoke.   Smoking has been found to increase bone loss, perhaps by decreasing the amount of calcium absorption in the intestine.
•  Avoid excessive alcohol.   Consuming more than two alcoholic drinks a day may decrease bone formation and reduce your body's ability to absorb calcium.
•  Limit caffeine.

National Osteoporosis Foundation:
National Osteoporosis Society:
National Institutes of Health:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

McClain earns Masters DegreeTiffany McClain,coordinator of Interpreting Services in Disability Services has completed her Masters Degree in Education - Human Services from the University of Dayton this month.

McClain has been employed by the college since April 2003; in that time, she has enthusiastically coordinated support services for students, staff and faculty at Columbus State. With four full-time and up to 30 part-time interpreters, each quarter presents new challenges for this position.

Along with work and school, Tiffany met and married Bill McClain and welcomed Brady Haas McClain, now one year old. She earned her BA in Speech and Hearing Science from OSU in 1998 and an AAS in the Interpreting/Transliterating Program from Columbus State in 2000. The Department of Disability Services would like to congratulate her on the completion of her Masters Degree.


Gay Street to become two-way avenueConstruction is currently underway to convert Gay Street from one-way to two-way traffic between Front St. and Cleveland Ave. in order to make the area more pedestrian friendly and maintain effective traffic flow.   The new layout will include landscaped medians, new traffic signals, sidewalk replacement, resurfacing and future fiber optics--a total makeover.

By December of this year, the project is expected to be complete.