Thursday, April 3, 2008

graphic of money tree
"The Money Tree Game Show", Tuesday, April 8, from noon-2 p.m. in the Nestor Hall east lounge.

Financial Wellness Week speakers talk about coupons, car buying, moreDuring the week of April 7, the Department of Student Activities and Athletics will sponsor "Financial Wellness Week” to help everyone start the spring off right with a healthier financial forecast.

On Monday, April 7, join us for the Financial Resource Fair from noon-2 p.m. in the NH East Lounge. Just in time for tax season, you can stop in and pick up a wide variety of helpful financial information from tax providers, financial planners and more.

Coupon Guy
Joe Daugirdas "The Coupon Guy"
Jeff Fortson
Jeff Fortson

Then on Tuesday, April 8, the Smith Agency presents “The Money Tree Game Show” in the NH East Lounge from noon-2 p.m. Come and test your financial knowledge and win some great prizes.

On April 9, Financial Wellness Week brings Joe Daugirdas to campus from11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the ERC TV Studio.

Daugirdas, also known as “The Coupon Guy,” has been honing his shopping skills in the Northeast Ohio area for many years. He has built his saving ways to the point where he typically saves 70-80 percent when shopping for groceries. He has also received money back from some stores, including one trip to Giant Eagle supermarket that netted him $7.02 along with $41.35 worth of groceries. Savings of 90 percent to 100 percent are also not uncommon. Much of what he purchases is then donated to charitable organizations such as the Cleveland Food Bank.

Using his shopping skills, Joe began teaching the “Savvy Shopper” class at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio, along with “Choosing Cell Phones,” a class designed to help people find the best cell phone deals. Come hear him talk and get some tips for saving money the old-fashioned way—clipping coupons.

On April 10, Jeff Fortson will visit campus to offer car-buying secrets and tips that can save you money. Fortson will speak 6-7:30 p.m. in the WD, Room 404. Fortson is an Atlanta-based automotive consultant and editor of, a Web site designed to help women and minority consumers with the mechanics of car-buying.

With more than 18 years of automotive experience from the corporate and retail sectors, he is diligently working his way into the driveways of American consumers via and Jeff F's Auto-Buying Clinic. His copyrighted clinic is the first of its kind in the country—designed to help women and minorities understand the credit scoring system and financing, purchasing and servicing a vehicle.

All activities during Financial Wellness Week are free and open to the public. 

Diabetic Support Group to meet April 9Bring a friend or family member and learn how to control diabetes at the Diabetic Support Group meeting, Wednesday, April 9, from 12:10-1 p.m. in the Discovery Exchange Conference Room 306. RSVP to Don Laubenthal at or ext. 3627.

Fidelibus elected chair of Chemical Dependency Board

Dianne Fidelibus
Dianne Fidelibus

The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board recently elected Dianne Fidelibus, MH/CD/MR faculty member, as chair.  She also serves on the Ethics, Treatment and Education Committees of the board.

Fidelibus graduated with an associate degree in Mental Health/Mental Retardation from Columbus Technical Institute in 1979. She became an adjunct faculty member in 1993. In 1995 she was hired full time as the clinical coordinator of the MH/CD/MR Program and now is a full-time faculty member and the coordinator of the Community Living Specialist Certificate Program (CLS) in the department.



Pay dates for Spring Quarter 2008Due dates for time cards and payroll Action                       Pay Date
April 1                                                                                  April 15
April 16                                                                                April 30
May 1                                                                                  May 15
May 16                                                                                May 30
June 2                                                                                 June 13
June 16                                                                               June 30

Pay dates for adjunct instructors for Spring Quarter 2008
April 30
May 15
May 30
June 13
June 30

graphic of car and wrenchAutomotive class to offer diagnosis and repairThe AUTO 300–Shop Experience class has limited openings and will be accepting vehicles with general automotive problems. The class can diagnose most car problems and perform some repairs but will not do any rebuilds or perform any other extensive repairs (e.g. transmission). So if your car is 10 years old or newer, has a mechanical (not cosmetic) problem, then the shop experience class may be able to help. The class is held on Tuesday mornings only. Send an email to to schedule an appointment


Shared Governance Election 2008 to be held May 20-21Nomination forms for the Shared Governance Election are now available on the Shared Governance intranet site (accessible only on campus) and are due by April 28. 

If you have any questions about the nominating process or the election itself, please call Cathy Hatfield at ext. 3903 or email

Spring “Petition to Graduate” deadline is next weekAttention program coordinators, faculty advisors and academic advisors: 
The deadline for students to submit their completed Petition to Graduate Form for Spring Quarter 2008 is Friday, April 11, before 4:30 p.m. in the Records and Registration Department at the Registration Windows in Madison Hall.  

Everyone should know that it is acceptable to submit the Petition to Graduate Form for a student who has pending transfer credit, proficiency credit, prior learning credit, course waivers and/or course substitutions. In addition, please ask the student to hand carry the completed form if you approve the Petition to Graduate Form close to the deadline date so that it will be received in time.

The Petition to Graduate Form can be found on the Web at If you use the Web version, please be sure to make two copies of the form to submit with the original.