Thursday, September 6, 2007

Former chair of Early Childhood Development Ginny Carey dies, scholarship established

Virginia Ann Bell Johnson Carey, age 58, died Sunday September 2, at her residence with her family by her side. Ginny served as a faculty member and coordinator of the Columbus State Early Childhood Development technology for more than 20 years before taking disability retirement to fight progressing ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. 

Ginny was an active member of many boards of directors associated with Early Childhood Development in Ohio, including serving as President-Elect of the Ohio Association for Education of Young Children in 2005. She was the 1999 Teacher of Teachers for the OAEYC, and CDA Project Director.

Ginny is survived by her loving husband of 11 years Dennis Carey; children Samuel (Michelle) Johnson and Emily (William) Kronland; step-children Christopher Carey, Charles (Emily) Carey, and Karen (Chad) Snyder; grandchildren Sammy J., Luke, Austin, Jayson, Megan, Devin, Cody, Greg, Nathan, and Christel; brother Arthur Irving "A.I." (Jean) Bell; and sister Bette (Ed) Christman.

"What joy we all feel to have known her and for her to have been a part of our lives," said Bobbie Grawemeyer, coordinator of ECD.   "The last time we talked to Dennis we shared with him what she has meant to so many people.   He chuckled and said that Ginny did not want to be forgotten.   And we said, 'How could she ever be forgotten?'   What a special lady!"

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 7, at the Schoedinger-Norris Chapel, 3920 Broadway, Grove City from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 8, at the Broad St. Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St. Columbus at 10:30 a.m.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Ginny's name to the ALS Association, Broad St. Infant Toddler Center, or The Virginia Carey Scholarship Fund at Columbus State Community College.  Please visit to sign her online guest book or to leave a special memory.

Massis writes for library journal  ERC Director Bruce Massis, has written an article published in the latest issue of "Library Journal."  The article, on the subject of joint-use libraries, provides a state-of-the-industry capsule view of this concept as partnership and comments on a discussion of the topic at a recent international conference.

Massis writes, "Joint-use libraries--serving two or more distinct user groups and governed cooperatively--are growing in popularity internationally." Massis says, "We are living in a time of static budgets and a flat economy. The current environment cries out for creative solutions in order to make provision for quality library service. In communities, as well as community colleges, there may be ample opportunity for quality partnerships between colleges and public libraries that support both the academic user group as well that the public library patron." "Library Journal" is the most widely read national monthly serving the library profession. Readers may access Massis' article at

Grade entry assistance available for Summer QuarterThe deadline for Summer Quarter grade entry is Monday, September 10, at 11 p.m.

The IT Support Center is available for assistance during finals weeks:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.       
Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (callback hours 6-11p.m.)
Sunday: (callback hours only 1-11 p.m.)
Monday (Sept 10): 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (callback hours 6-11p.m.)

During the break (September 10-19) the IT Support Office hours will be Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

IT Support is located in the ERC (Columbus Hall, lower level). Contact them at ext.5050 or stop in for assistance.

A Tip. If you are entering grades for your class and finding the system is running slow or the grades are not completely entered after hitting submit, try the following: Instead of entering the entire class at one time, try entering them in increments of no more than 10. By doing this you are less likely to get timed out.

Meet and greet on the Welcome TeamHave you ever wanted to help meet and greet new and returning students during the first two days of the quarter?   Within the past year, more than 200 Columbus State employees have served on the Welcome Team to help make the start of classes an easy and enjoyable process for students, faculty and staff.

The Welcome Team hopes you will consider joining other faculty, staff and students as they share class schedules, print parking passes, direct students to classrooms, troubleshoot issues, pop popcorn, and simply welcome our students back to Columbus State on Wednesday and Thursday, September 19 and 20.    

Any time you can share is greatly appreciated as it makes a significant difference for students. The tasks are simple, from basic Web navigation to disseminating information. You can choose what you do and when.

Welcome Team Autumn 2007 will be held both days from 8 a.m. to ­­5 p.m. This quarter the team will offer assistance in both Madison and Nestor halls. Your service has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State. Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

Please RSVP to Barbara Allen,, or ext. 5526 with the times and days you are able to work. She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.

Iced Creations Staff members Pat Fabrisi, Admissions, Tim Lunsford, Cashier in Business Affairs, and Joy Jackson, Financial Aid Advisor, show off their final exams for their baked goods class. The students were completing HOSP 116 – “Baked Goods and Dessert Presentation and Decoration” and were required to complete a practical exam as part of the course requirements. The 12 students in the class planned, baked and decorated their way through two cakes and six decorator specialty cookies under the direction of Karen Krimmer, a new full time instructor in Hospitality Management. “The purpose of the exam was to illustrate the knowledge, skills and abilities gained from completing the course,” said Mokie Steiskal, chair of Hospitality Management. “It looks like they learned a lot!”


AQIP survey soon to be distributedIn an effort to gather baseline anecdotal data for the AQIP "Improve Effectiveness of Employee Recruitment and Hiring Process" implementation team, a voluntary and anonymous survey will be distributed to all employees in order to determine their definitions of administrators, faculty, and staff at Columbus State Community College.  

The survey will be available beginning September 17, and it will run through September 21. Results of the survey will be tabulated on the AQIP Web site located on the college's intranet (username and password protected) at:

Thank you in advance for your participation in this vital data-collection effort.

International Festival needs volunteers in NovemberAccording to Amy Burrell, international student advisor, volunteers are needed for the 52 nd annual Columbus International Festival, to be held Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4, at Veterans Memorial. The festival needs help with everything from children's activities, to decorating, to interpreting. For more information or to receive a volunteer sign-up form, contact Burrell at ext. 2671 or email To learn more about the Columbus International Festival, visit their Web site.

Know your cholesterolA message from your Columbus State Wellness CommitteeSeptember is Cholesterol Education Month, and according to the American Heart Association, knowing the facts about cholesterol can reduce your risk for a heart attack or stroke.

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol  is a fat-like, waxy substance found in the bloodstream and in all your body's cells. It's normal to have cholesterol. Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body because it's used for producing cell membranes and some hormones, and it serves other needed bodily functions. But too much cholesterol in the blood is a major risk for coronary heart disease (which leads to heart attack) and for stroke.

To keep your cholesterol under control, do the following:

            Schedule a screening
            Eat foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat
            Maintain a healthy weight
            Exercise regularly

You can learn more about Cholesterol Education Month by visiting or the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at   The 2007 National Cholesterol Education Month Kit is also available on-line.


New committee for Staff Employee of the Month forms, seeks nominations
New members of a committee that will select the Staff Employee of the Month gather for their first meeting, including, from left, Jim Brady, Kathy Eichenberger, Chairman Vance Anania, (Staff Employee of the Year 2007), Thelma Bucy, and Chris Grubbe. The committee would like to encourage everyone to submit nominations for this honor on behalf of any staff member they know who does outstanding work.