Monday, May 5, 2008

All Ohio Students

Students named to 2008 All-Ohio Academic TeamProvost Kay Adkins, left, and Chair of the Board of Trustees Suzanne Stilson Edgar, right, join All-Ohio Academic Team members Dawn Leach and Matthew Wolf at the annual banquet held April 30 in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.  Leach, 37, a nursing student, was named to the First Team and earned a $1,000 scholarship.  Wolf, 29, an accounting student, was named to the Third Team and earned a $100 scholarship.  The program is put on by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa, and sponsored by Honda of America Mfg, Inc., and KnowledgeWorks Foundation.

Adjunct Appreciation Award given to economics instructor

Jeff Buser
Jeff Buser

The Adjunct Appreciation Committee from the Social and Behavioral Sciences recently awarded the Spring 2008 Adjunct Appreciation Award to Jeff Buser, an instructor in economics since 1993.  Buser, a Westerville resident, teaches Principles of Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, as well as World Economic Geography.

The nominating committee, chaired by Tracey Haynes, wrote, “Jeff Buser is a true professional. He is student centered, caring, and goes the extra mile for his students. Jeff makes economics interesting, fun and applicable to many situations outside the textbook.

“He brings numerous applications outside the text into class and asks his students to do the same. One can see or hear Jeff explaining economics to students in the cubicles or in the small conference room prior to tutoring services. He makes himself available to his students before class, after class and on his own time. Buser has been with the department for many years and is always upbeat, friendly and ready to help out in any way he can whether it is a student or a colleague. He always has a positive attitude and is excited about academics and teaching.”

The nomination tout’s Buser’s versatility in teaching all the economics courses and world economic geography, as well as his participation in economics discipline meetings.

“He introduces new applications and shares them with other faculty members; he is willing to review new texts thoroughly; and he is willing to write new final questions. The economics faculty members highly value his opinion in the direction the department moves.”

The other nominees for the award were Dr. Beth Fohl-Bailey, Psychology; Dr. Betsy Nichols, Psychology; Ms. Donna Karno, Psychology; Ms. Marie Mika, Sociology; and  Mr. Gary Virostek, Geography.

Nursing instructors earn MSNsScott Dolan and Karen Hughes, both instructors in the Nursing Department, have received their Masters of Science in Nursing. Hughes received her degree from Capital University and Dolan received his from the University of Phoenix.


sun graphicMay is melanoma awareness monthThe American Academy of Dermatology, as in previous years, has designated the month of May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month with the first Monday in May, (May 5) as Melanoma Monday. With the advent of summer, May is the appropriate time to bring this to public awareness since most skin cancers are attributable to overexposure to the UV radiation of the sun.

Recent reports tell us that cancer, in general is on the decline, however this is not the case with melanoma, the deadly form of skin cancer. Since the early 1970s, the incidence rate of melanoma has increased significantly on average 4% per year from 5.7 per 100,000 in 1973 to 13.8 in 1996. The American Cancer Society reported that in 1996 there were over 800,000 cases a year of highly curable basal cell or squamous cell cancers and about 38,000 new cases of melanoma. And in 2000, the American Cancer Society estimated approximately 1.3 million cases a year of basal cell or squamous cell cancers while the number of melanoma cases expected to be diagnosed was 47,700. An estimated 9,430 deaths in 2001, 7,300 from malignant melanoma and 2,130 from other skin cancers, occurred. Melanoma accounts for about 3% of skin cancer cases, but it causes most skin cancer deaths. The number of new cases of melanoma in the United States is on the rise.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2008 there will be 62,480 new cases of melanoma in this country. About 8,420 people will die of this disease in 2008. Melanoma tends to occur at a younger age than most cancers. Half of all melanomas are found in people under age 57. Adolescents can have melanoma also. About 1 of every 30,000 girls aged 15 to 19 will develop melanoma. For boys of this age, the rate is about 1 of every 15,000.

The sun's ultraviolet rays are strongest during the midday hours (10 a.m.-4 p.m.); exposure at these times should be limited or avoided. When outdoors, cover as much skin as possible with a hat that shades the face, neck, and ears, and a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Sunscreen comes in various strengths, graded by the solar protection factor (SPF). Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Because of the possible link between severe sunburns in childhood and greatly increased risk of melanoma in later life, children, in particular, should be protected from the sun.

 Early detection is critical. Recognition of changes in skin growths or the appearance of new growths is the best way to find early skin cancer. Adults should practice skin self-exams and suspicious lesions should be evaluated promptly by a physician.  More information on skin cancer detection is available from the American Academy of Dermatology online.

Employees complete health and safety trainingThe Human Resources Human Capacity Development department conducted the Health & Safety Block Training April 14–18.
A total of 238 employees completed training in one or more of the following areas: Hazard Communications, Personal Protective Equipment, Fire Extinguisher, Confined Entry Space, Bloodborne Pathogens, and the Employee Safety Academy.

The next training week will be August 11–15. Contact Rosalind Porter for the next training schedule and more information.

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Wellness session focuses on fad dietsGet the facts on dieting at the next Wellness Initiative session titled “Fad Diets” with presenter Anne Justice. Learn the truths about dieting on Wednesday, May 7 at 12:15-1 p.m. in the DX Conference Room 306.  The presentation is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627 or