Monday, May 19, 2008

Road closures during the Arts Fest

map of road closings

Starting Thursday, June 5, some streets adjacent to campus will be closed for the set-up, event, and take-down of the 2008 Columbus Arts Festival in the Discovery District.

On Thursday, June 5, the following streets will close at 9:00 a.m., as the Arts Festival sets up: Ninth St. from Broad to Long St.; Gay St. from Grant to Washington; and Washington Ave. from Broad to Long. 

Long Street between Cleveland and Washington (borders our campus) will close at 6:00 on Thursday (after rush hour)

All of these streets will remain closed throughout the weekend. After the event is over, the streets will be cleaned and re-opened by 4 a.m. Monday morning, June 9.










Driving sensibly can save a lot on fuelgraph showing fuel economyAl LaForrest, Physical Plant, sends these tips for saving money on gasoline in these incredibly expensive times.

Drive sensibly
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.


Fuel Economy Benefit:



Equivalent Gasoline Savings:


Observe the speed limit
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. As a rule of thumb, you can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.20 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer.


Fuel Economy Benefit:



Equivalent Gasoline Savings:


Remove excess weight
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.


Fuel Economy Benefit:

1-2%/100 lbs


Equivalent Gasoline Savings:


Avoid excessive idling
Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. Cars with larger engines typically waste more gas at idle than do cars with smaller engines.

Use cruise control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Use overdrive gears
When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.

Note: Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $3.72/gallon.

Data Center launches online Capital Equipment Request system

The guys
The members of the Capital Equipment Request team, from left, are Dwight Holzworth, Shawn Ferguson, Chris Butler and Greg Phillips, of the Data Center. Not pictured is Etienne Martin.

Capital equipment requests got a little easier thanks to a project executed by the Data Center.

The Data Center designed and implemented an online system for capital equipment requests, located at The Data Center is a division within the IT Department that develops online systems and maintains the Colleague enterprise resource planning system.

The system went from conception to completion in about a month, says Supervisor Shawn Ferguson. Since it launched last month, it has already handled around 1,000 requests.

Chris Butler, Dwight Holzworth and Etienne Martin provided programming, while Greg Phillips handled the graphic design. To request a project from the Data Center, fill out an IT Project Request .

Ohio Academy of Science offers scholarshipsThe Ohio Academy of Science established the Ohio Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering Scholarship Program with a grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF).  These merit-based, non-renewable scholarships will be given to Ohio students admitted to state and private colleges and universities who can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to careers in environmental sciences or environmental engineering. The scholarships are $1,250 for two-year college students and $2,500 for four-year students. An Academy-appointed panel will select awardees.
More information and an application can be found here. Deadline to apply is June 1.

Wellness Initiative Body Challenge III results so far The Third Wellness Challenge is coming to a close. There are approximately three weeks till it ends on June 6. The current team standings are:


DX Warriors



Darla’s Darlings



Mission Control



HR Knockouts



HR Terminators



The Splatters



Brains & Brawn



Darla's Darlings 2



Sassy Samurai's



Eating PL



Physically Pffft



Advising Services



A - Team



Magnificent 10



The Nightingales



Nightingales 2



For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.