Thursday, August 2, 2007

Healthy Living classes available free for employees Autumn QuarterThree one-credit courses will be offered to employees fall quarter through the Sport and Exercise Studies department, and are free to employees using the tuition waiver program.

SES 299A Active Living I is the first of a two-quarter class sequence that outlines a 20-week program for adopting a more active lifestyle. You will learn basic concepts like setting activity goals as well as more advanced topics such as avoiding pitfalls, time management, and trying new physical activities.

SES 299C Healthy Eating I is also the first of a two-quarter sequence that  addresses the real causes of your unhealthy eating habits and find the tools you need to succeed in eating better with Healthy Eating Every Day. You'll discover how to choose the best balance of the right foods for optimal health, set realistic goals and rewards, and cope with triggers for unhealthy eating.

SES 299D Healthy Eating II is the continuation of SES 299C and is open only to those who've completed that class.

"Since these are cognitive-behavioral approaches to two complicated habits, we recommend taking them one at a time," said David Litt, Ph.D., coordinator of Sport and Exercise Studies.

The Human Resources department provides the participant packages to employees who enroll in these classes.

BalletMet offers free lunchtime opportunityIn honor of BalletMet's upcoming 30th anniversary, the organization will offer free open rehearsals in their new performance space during lunchtime (noon-1 p.m.) from August 6-10. BalletMet would like their neighbors at Columbus State to stop by for a visit to see what the company is doing.   For more information, contact Sheila Hunt, director of Marketing and Communications at BalletMet, at 229-4860, ext. 160.

New session for Cost Center Managers scheduledDue to popular demand, Business Services has scheduled another session of Cost Center Manager Training for August 23.  If you would like to sign-up, please email Beth Bates at or call at ext.2640 by Thursday, August 16. The flyer can be viewed online at flyer.

Board revises president's contractAt its July 26 meeting, the Columbus State Board of Trustees conducted its annual evaluation of the president and amended Dr. Moeller's contract, providing a 5 percent pay increase effective July 1, 2007.

Board Vice Chairman Jeffrey Scheiman said the Board had a very productive session and expressed "strong unanimous support" for the work Dr. Moeller has done and "confidence in her ability to keep moving the college forward."

Molnar heads fundraiser for victims of domestic abuse

Julie Molnar,
left, and Gail Heller, executive director of Choices, load some of the donated luggage for the Luggage for Love Drive.

Julie Molnar, Ph.D., professor in Modern Languages, recently headed a fundraising drive called "Luggage for Love Drive," sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Columbus Section, which collected 200 pieces of luggage for Choices, a Central Ohio shelter for women who are victims of domestic violence. The drive was held at Temple Beth Shalom in New Albany and Jewish Family Services in Bexley.

"We want to thank the community for coming out and showing their support," said Molnar, a Bexley resident. "Hopefully, we have made the transition a little easier for these women as they begin to rebuild their lives."

As women leave Choices' temporary shelter, many do not own and cannot afford luggage. In addition to providing luggage, NCJW filled cosmetic bags with toiletries ranging from makeup to soap as well as a copy of the Traveler's Prayer.  

One of Ohio's most comprehensive programs devoted to domestic violence, Choices offers temporary shelter to women and children living in violent situations, and provides a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling, advocacy and community education.

Too much sitting can be a painDo you suffer from pain and stiffness after sitting for long hours during the work day?   If so, you are not alone.

The average worker sits between six and 10 hours each day, which can lead to a number of strength and flexibility imbalances, which in turn, can lead to pain and stiffness.  

The longer you sit, the greater the potential for strength and flexibility imbalances, as well as repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, impingement syndrome, and low back pain.  

Do not let the pain and stiffness continue. It takes only 10-15 minutes per day to reduce discomfort and also reduce the risk of repetitive stress injury. The solution is simple, but it requires consistent effort.

The first rule for correcting imbalances created by prolonged sitting is to stretch out the tight muscle groups. The muscle groups that normally become tight with long hours of sitting are the hamstrings, hip flexors, low back muscles, and the internal rotators of the shoulders.  

The second rule is to strengthen the weak muscle groups. The muscles that normally weaken as a result of long hours of sitting are the upper back muscles, abdominal muscles, gluteal muscles, and quadriceps muscles.

The final rule for correcting an imbalance caused by sitting is to reduce the length of time you remain seated. Regardless of workload, everyone can stand up, stretch out, and do a few simple office exercises.   A few minutes of moving and stretching each day and you will began to feel the difference.  

If you are interested in learning more about exercises you can do to reduce muscle imbalances, please contact Don Laubenthal at ext.3627 in the Human Performance Center. The Human Performance Center will come to your department and provide office exercise demonstrations if you have six or more people who will attend.

US Bank window in Rhodes Hall to close FridayThe U.S. Bank branch, located in Rhodes Hall, will close permanently at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 3.  If you are a U.S. Bank customer, you can access your accounts at any of the over 2,400 branch locations, 4,900 ATMs or online at  Here are two locations near campus:

Columbus Downtown
62 East Broad Street
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Third and Town
175 South Third Street
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New technologies and too little time?    OLN can help!The Ohio Learning Network's TeachU seminars were created just for busy educators like you. TeachU seminars are once a month, one hour long, and oriented toward "how to." Sessions are informative and practical and save you time. Facilitators focus on student success, effectively integrating learning and technology. Best of all, you can attend from your favorite chair.

To participate, you will need a computer ( OS: Windows, Mac or Unix), 512 MB RAM, a Web browser, 56/kbs or faster internet connection, and sound card with speakers and microphone (headset with microphone is better).  

The first three webinars are:
September 6: 10 a.m.: Online Labs
October 4: 2 p.m.: The Web 2.0 Classroom
November 8: 3 p.m.: Stretching Into the Future

For more information and to register visit TeachU!

Summer Quarter data onlineSummer Quarter 2007 headcount and FTE reports by department, off-campus centers and distance learning modalities, showing comparisons with Summer 2006 and Summer 2005, are available at  If you have any questions please contact Jim Hamberg at

Spam filters upgradedYou may have noticed by now that Columbus State's spam filters have been upgraded to keep pace with new spam and virus threats.  This upgrade went into production July 23.

The appearance of the new spam quarantine report is slightly different, and quarantined spam is now managed via a Web page accessed from the quarantine report.

Over 90 percent of all email coming to Columbus State is filtered as spam. To put that in a real number example, yesterday 1,300,000 email messages were sent to the student email system, of that 1.3 million messages all but 61,000 were detected to be spam email.  The filters blocked 1,239,000 spam messages from reaching student email in-boxes in a one day period.

For more information on the new spam filter, contact Tim Malloy at