Monday, April 14, 2008

Rich James
Rich James

Web Developer named Staff Employee of the Month

Rich James, the whiz kid of the Teaching Learning Resource Center (TLRC) was named Staff Employee of the Month for April at a ceremony held April 9. James was nominated by his supervisor, Suzanne Patzer, who says that James “brings a level of intellectualism and thoughtfulness to the process of web course design and all he does.”

“Rich is a highly motivated employee who initiates significant projects, implements new ideas in a structured fashion, and can always be relied upon to be professional,” said Patzer. “He has been a great asset to the college in producing creative and innovative video productions, and pioneering emerging technologies. He is enthusiastic about teaching and learning, and his high level of expertise helps everyone on the team.”

Cougar Web outage scheduled for tonight
CougarWeb will be down for de-registration (non-payment of fees) beginning at 11 p.m. tonight, April 14. Services will resume on Tuesday, April 15, no later than 8 a.m. The following services will be affected: all CougarWeb and Datatel activities for students and employees and Touch-tone registration and fee payment. (Blackboard will not be affected.)





President’s Book Club to read about the future of higher education

The Spring Quarter edition of Val’s Book Club will jump into current events by reading and discussing “Ohio’s 10-Year Plan for Higher Education.” This important new document is a “must read” for all college faculty, staff and administrators, as it outlines the strategic plan for the state’s colleges and universities into the year 2017. The plan details strategies to meet the governor's goal of enrolling 230,000 more students while keeping more graduates in Ohio and attracting more talent to the state. It promises to raise the overall educational attainment of the state of Ohio.

"This report builds upon the principles I put forth last year in creating the University System of Ohio," said Governor Strickland. "This 10-year plan for Ohio's institutions of higher education will ensure not only that we dramatically expand educational opportunities for Ohioans but that we do so in a way that makes our state a world-class economic competitor."

Copies of the plan will be available for those who wish to join the book club and participate in a brown-bag discussion on May 29 at noon with the President. Contact Vickie Hunter to reserve your copy and join.

Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut and a panel of higher education experts also will be on our campus Wednesday, April 16, to discuss the strategic plan at “community conversation” open to the public. The discussion will be held 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the ballroom of the Workforce Development Center.

28-student Landscape team places 10th in nation at annual Student Career Days

Adam Darst
Adam Darst competes in Arboriculture Techniques at the 2008 Student Career Days held in Atlanta.

For the 12th consecutive year, the Student Landscape Association team from Landscape Design/Build placed in the top 10 teams at the annual Student Career Days competition, or the “Landscape Olympics.”

This year’s event was held during spring break at North Metro Technical College in Atlanta, Ga. The 28-member team from Columbus State spent all year fund raising to pay for their trip to the competition. Hundreds of students enrolled in landscape, horticulture, and design/build programs from 66 two- and four-year institutions around the country competed in 25 different events ranging from arboriculture techniques to pest identification and sales presentation. 

The host college, North Metro—which is a two-year college—won this year’s event. Placing second through ninth were four-year colleges, and Columbus State was the second highest placing community college team, at 10th overall.

Top individual placings for Columbus State students included a first place in Annual & Perennial Identification for Amber Haynes, a second place in Sales Presentation for Matt Mayle, and third in Exterior Landscape Design for Jane Forbes.  

Five students were awarded scholarships at the event, ranging from $1000 to $2500. Starlene Link,Amber Haynes, Kate Moushey, Matt Rietschlin, and Ryan Boston each earned a scholarship.


Landscape student earns scholarship, shares love of plants

Amber Haynes
Amber Haynes

Amber Haynes, a Landscape Design/Build student, recently earned the Thornton Landscape/Doesburg Family Scholarship, announced by Rick Doesburg, president of Thornton Landscape.

Haynes, 21, of Marysville, is a part-time student at Columbus State who works during the day and commutes more than 35 miles to class four or five days a week. Despite the busy schedule, she serves as president of the Columbus State Landscape Association and volunteers at Hollandia Botanical Gardens in nearby Springfield.

She said her interest in landscaping was sparked while a homeschooler. Her mother took her to the Master Gardeners of Union County to earn some science credits. That led to a serious study of botany and now her college major. And she’s now a member and regular speaker at the master gardeners club.

“I guess I just like being dirty,” Haynes said of her passion for landscaping. “I really enjoy talking to people about plants and how important they are to us. Designing landscapes is my passion. It combines my love of drawing and painting and the outdoors. Plants provide the perfect palette.”

The national scholarship, established as part of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Educational Foundation, is awarded to students with high character and leadership skills. It was established to help future leaders of the landscape industry receive their education in Landscape Contracting, Landscape Horticulture or Landscape Architecture, and to work in the Design/Build portion of the industry. The $1,000 annual scholarship is not based on financial need, but on educational excellence.

Doesburg created the scholarship to encourage youth to go into the design/build side of the landscaping industry. He said the scholarship allows him to give back to the industry he has been a part of for 40 years.

“All of Ms. Hayne’s professors speak highly of her, and having met her, I agree. She is exceptional young woman, and I am pleased she will be joining the green industry,” Doesburg said. “The green industry is a vital part of our environment and our economy, and I appreciate that it needs professional and knowledgeable people for its continued success. With people like Amber, it has a bright future.”

New exhibition in the ERC features Asian-style acrylic paintings The Educational Resources Center (ERC) is proud to present artwork by artist George Stump in the Main Gallery through the month of April.

In his view of painting, Stump says, "By looking at different art forms—not just paintings—I am able to formulate a direction for my expression in a painting."  

Stump says, "You should search until you have found what you enjoy painting but do not force yourself into a certain form of painting.” His form of paintings is based on Chinese and Japanese acrylics. 

Airplane in sunset skyStranded on a business trip?As many of you may know, American Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights this past week and Skybus went out of business the week before, stranding many passengers. A few calls have come to the Business Office regarding alternate arrangements for college personnel that may be impacted by these events.

The college’s Employee Travel and Reimbursement Procedure No. 9-06 (A) states:
"Unforeseeable and unavoidable situations may arise causing travelers to incur extraordinary expenses not covered in these procedures.  Exceptions to these procedures may be made on a case-by-case basis, with the approval of a Cabinet member."

Clearly, airline cancellations constitute unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances. It is not necessary that the traveler contact our Travel Office regarding approval of alternative travel arrangements. We recommend that the traveler, in communication with his/her supervisor, exercise judgment in securing reasonable accommodations, taking into consideration the additional cost of lodging, the cost and time of renting a car to return, and other related expenses. The Travel Office can be contacted if assistance is needed (please call Betty Sugar at ext. 2421).

If the traveler does not return on an originally scheduled airline, please inform the Travel Office upon returning, so that we may take the appropriate steps to secure refunds and/or credits for those that were arranged and pre-paid by the Travel Office.

pink ribbonBreast Cancer Awareness session offered WednesdayThe Columbus State Wellness Committee will offer a session on Breast Cancer Awareness, presented by Mandi Cecil on Wednesday, April 16, from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Exchange Conference Room 306. In the session you will learn how to identify the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and discover how to be proactive in the fight against breast cancer. RSVP to Don Laubenthal  or call ext. 3627.


Franklin County to offer help for foreclosureThe Franklin County Commissioners have recently announced the formation of a Foreclosure Assistance Program, which will provide up to $3,000 per qualifying household to bring mortgage payments up to date and settle late fees. 

The grants will be offered to households with incomes equal or less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, and whose primary residence has been served with notice of foreclosure.  For more information on this grant program, call (614) 233-4177. 

Second Annual Theatre Conference to be held April 26It's happening again! The 2nd Annual Theatre Conference will be cosponsored by the Communication Skills Department and the Theatre Roundtable of Central Ohio.

This year the conference will offer six workshops facilitated by theatre professionals, all in one place on the Columbus State campus: Nestor Hall Seminar Rooms B, C and D. 

It's going to be fun and informative with a free lunch included.  So mark your calendars now for Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The workshop is free, but there is only room for 60 participants, so make your reservations soon.  Email Nancy Kephart to register, or call ext. 2534. Bring a Friend.  Share the day. Play a little.

painting of soldiers
One of the paintings in the Lima Co.
memorial exhibit

Ohio Statehouse Site of Lima Company Memorial Honoring Fallen Marines“The Lima Company Memorial: A Remembrance of Spirit & Choice” will be on view at the Ohio Statehouse from Memorial Day weekend through Veterans Day weekend, 2008. This exhibition was created in memory of 22 fallen Marines and a Navy Corpsman from the Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division who lost their lives while serving in Iraq in 2005. 
The exhibition will be unveiled in the Ohio Statehouse Rotunda on May 23 at a private ceremony for the families and comrades of the fallen heroes. Governor Ted Strickland, Senate President Bill Harris, and Speaker Jon Husted are scheduled to attend the unveiling ceremony. The exhibition will be on public view from May 24 through November 11, 2008. The exhibition will be free.






New processes in place for accessing networksA new process for granting access to Novell, Groupwise and Colleague will begin April 15.

Hiring managers, supervisors, chairs, deans or administrators will no longer have to request new employee access and access termination through the HEAT system.  The HEAT system will be updated to reflect this change. The changes apply to Colleague, Novell and Groupwise access.

Hiring managers, supervisors, chairs, deans or administrators will not request access to Colleague for new employees through the HEAT system. 

Hiring managers, supervisors, chairs, deans or administrators will not request termination of access to Colleague for employees through HEAT. All employee termination requests should be directed to the Employee Services Representative assigned to your department.

Those who wish to change access to Colleague, Novell or Groupwise for a current employee in their area will still use the HEAT system to request these changes. 

Please contact India Ashley in Human Capacity Development at ext. 5297, or the Help Desk at ext. 5050 if you have any questions concerning this change.