Monday, August 11, 2008

Eight complete training at the Chair Academy

Chairs at training
From left are: Cheryl Hay, Angelo Frole, Timeka Rashid, Connie Grossman, Lisa Schneider, Nancy Case, Terrence Brown, and Jonathan Baker.

Chair logoEight employees have completed the Chair Academy’s one-year leadership training program. They attended 10 full-day leadership sessions scheduled over one year and also completed a year-long practicum experience between training sessions.

Cheryl Hay, Director, Business and Industry Training; Angelo Frole, Chair, Business Programs; Timeka Rashid, Director, Student Activities and Athletics; Connie Grossman, Chair, Allied Health Professions; Lisa Schneider, Chair, Communication Skills; Nancy Case, Director, Transitional Workforce; Terrence Brown, Chair, Health, Dental and Veterinary Programs; and Jonathan Baker, Chair, Mathematics, all graduated from the program this month.

The Chair Academy training is built upon a foundation of leadership research, theory, skills, and best practices. Training occurs over time with measured outcomes. Leaders are mentored and coached during the Academy by experienced Academy coaches. Leaders are networked with mentors on their campuses and colleagues from their leadership class. Ongoing personal and electronic conversations keep leaders connected to each other, their campuses, experienced leaders, and the Academy.

Human Performance Center begins Fall Quarter Scheduling
The Human Performance Center, DE lower level, will begin scheduling interested students and employees for their Autumn Quarter personal training appointments, beginning August 11. Schedule now for the best appointments by calling ext. 3843.

YAATC recruiting for fall classThe Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC) at Columbus State is now recruiting students. Interested individuals must be 17-21 years of age and meet certain income guidelines. Selected students will participate in this 10-month training program at no cost. In addition, students will receive college credits in automotive technology, life skills and job readiness instruction, as well as job placement assistance. Interested students can contact Erika Hill at (614)599-0181 or Classes begin September 2.

Summer production of Theatre Columbus State opens next WednesdayTheatre Columbus State’s Summer Quarter production of Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wrightopens Wednesday, August 20, and runs through Saturday, August 23. Directed by Nancy Kephart, performances are at 8 p.m., with one 3 p.m. matinee on Thursday, August 21, in Nestor Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

According to Kephart, “The action is set in Minneapolis the day after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Waverly, an advertising executive, has a twin sister in New York City, but Waverly has not heard from her since the incident. Ironically, Waverly (Rachel Fulmer) had been set up with a blind date for the evening with Andrew (David Socolov), a bookstore owner. Through a bizarre set of coincidences, the two find that their lives were intertwined even before they met.

“Comic relief comes in the form of Waverly’s aunt played by a sock puppet, controlled by Eden Brown, who also plays Nancy, the girlfriend of Ron (Casey May), a wacky musician who lives in the same apartment building. The play concerns philosophical issues: free will vs. predestination, choice vs. chance. Do we actually have the ability to choose, as existentialists claim, or are we simply the pawns of fate?”


Parking lots to be prettied up with new paintIt is that time of year again to paint many Columbus State student and employee parking lots. Parking lots will be opened back up as painting is completed during the day. Here is the schedule:

8/11: 12-S

8/15: 3-E, 24-S, 15-E, PP

8-20: 7-E, 2-E, 21-S

8/12: 12-S, 13-S, 9-E

8/18: 10-H, 5-S

8/21: 17, 8-S, 20

8/14: 1-E, 4-S, 14-S

8/19: 6-A, 23, 22

8/22: 11-S

Executive director of Stonewall Columbus to speakCenter on High logoThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Advocacy Committee will welcome Karla Rothan, executive director of Stonewall Columbus, on Tuesday, August 12, to speak about a census study led by the Columbus AIDS Task Force, the United Way and Stonewall Columbus on the LGBT community in central Ohio. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held in Nestor Hall Seminar Room B at 2 p.m. For more information visit:


Screen and Speak logo
“Fires in the Mirror,” which focuses on Jewish and African American relations, will be shown at noon on Tuesday, August 12, with a discussion led by Barbara Allen. Free refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. The Screen ’n’ Speak film series—sponsored by the Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department—features films with diversity themes, followed by a group discussion. More information on the Screen ’n’ Speak program series is online, or contact Kimberly Brazwell at ext. 2426.

Volunteers needed for Hispanic Heritage Month festivalHispanic logo
Columbus State will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This year, the college will host an Hispanic Family Festival on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Nestor Hall lounges, where workshops will be provided on health, education and career topics. Free food and childcare will be provided. The Hispanic Family Festival will be a great opportunity to network and connect with central Ohio's Hispanic community. If you are interested in volunteering to help with this event, please contact Kimberly Brazwell at ext. 2426.


August is Bone Health Month Osteoporosis in men
Most men think that osteoporosis, a condition characterized by decreased bone mass and density, is something that affects only women. That is not the case.

xray of jointToday, 2 million American men have osteoporosis, and another 12 million are at risk for this disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, as the population continues to age, osteoporosis in men will become a more serious public health issue. In the United States, the number of men over the age of 70 is expected to double in the next 50 years. 

Unfortunately, the diagnosis of osteoporosis in men is often overlooked. For most men, the first sign that they have a problem is when they end up in the emergency room after a slip or fall.

About 30 percent of hip fractures occur in men, and one in eight men older than 50 years will have an osteoporotic fracture. Hip fractures in men result in a 31-percent mortality rate at one year after fracture versus a rate of 17 percent mortality in women.

The following risk factors are associated with osteoporosis in men:

  • Prolonged exposure to certain medications, such as steroids used to treat asthma or arthritis, anticonvulsants, certain cancer treatments and aluminum-containing antacids.
  • Chronic disease that affects the kidneys, lungs, stomach, and intestines and alters hormone levels.
  • Undiagnosed low levels of the sex hormone testosterone.
  • Lifestyle habits such as smoking, excessive alcohol use, low calcium intake, and inadequate physical exercise.
  • Age (bone loss increases with age).
  • Heredity.
  • Race: Of all men, white men appear to be at greatest risk for osteoporosis.  However, men from all ethnic groups develop osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is diagnosed by medical history, physical exam, Bone Mineral Density Test (BMD), or a bone mass measurement.

Suggested prevention and treatment tips for osteoporosis in men include:

  • Recognize and treat any underlying medical conditions that affect bone health.
  • Change unhealthy habits, such as smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and inactivity.
  • Make sure to get enough calcium each day to keep bones healthy. Men under age 50 need 1,000 mg. daily and men age 50 and over need 1,200 mg. daily.
  • Make sure to get adequate vitamin D. Men under age 50 need 400-800 IU daily, and men age 50 and over need 800-1,000 IU daily.
  • Engage in a regular regimen of weight-bearing exercises where bone and muscles work against gravity. Also, lifting weights or using resistance machines appears to help preserve bone density.

The primary goal is to ensure that we age healthfully. If you think you are at risk for osteoporosis, talk to your doctor who can guide you to a state of optimal health.

Submitted by: Jacqie Walli RN MS CNS CCRN, Associate Professor of Nursing