Thursday, August 14, 2008

Donate to Free Geeks and help students

Debra Dyer
’s Electronic Engineering 143 class is a bunch of geeks.   

They like to think of themselves as computer- fixing geeks, and those computers are given free to deserving students after they are refurbished—which is the mission of  FreeGeeks @ CSCC. 

“Reusing computers eliminates their ending up in landfills,” explains Dyer. “Computers contain many toxic chemicals, and these dangerous chemicals become a source of pollution of our land and water if not properly disposed of. Fortunately, almost everything in a computer can be recycled or reused. Through our program, we can take old computers from businesses and individuals and ensure that good equipment is given a new home so that obsolete equipment doesn't end up in a landfill.” 

The students in EET 143 are gaining work skills as well as performing a community service, because each refurbished computer is granted to a student who needs it. The hard disks of all donated computers are completely deleted of all information to ensure security.

The Summer Quarter class is currently running a “raffle” to give away two computers from the program to the winning students. Students are able to enter the raffle through August 25, and the winners will be notified on September 2. Students can enter in Eibling Room 312. 

To donate used computer equipment (hard drives, monitors, routers, hubs, switches, Palm Pilots, etc.) contact Dyer at ext. 2477. You will be able to take a tax deduction for the donation’s fair market value.


Real Estate Career Night to be held Aug. 26 pic
The Real Estate Department will hold a career night event August 26 for interested students and graduates of the program to meet potential employers and learn more about their options in the field. The Career Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Trish Haaser for more information at ext. 5397.

Briggs earns certification
Lisa Briggs, Instructor in Business Programs and Lead Instructor at Madison Correctional Institution, has received the designation of Certified Collegiate Retailer (CCR) from the National Association of College Stores.   

This distinction is earned by those who have demonstrated the representative knowledge essential to succeed in college store management, expertise on collegiate retailing issues, and commitment to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct.  

Briggs serves on the Research Advisory Committee for the National Association of College Stores and is finishing her second term on the board for the Ohio Association of College Stores as a bookstore trustee.  

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.

Sustainability committee receives 26 proposals from campus

Earlier in the year, the college’s Sustainability Committee made a call to students and employees for proposals to reduce energy consumption and pollution and minimize solid waste on campus. The committee received 26 proposals in response to the call, and the members would like to thank everyone who participated. Below is a status report of the committee’s work:  

Currently in-process or being implemented

·        Four proposals focused on recycling. They have been shared with the Facilities Services Department to inform the further development of the college’s recycling program.

·        Four proposals focused on reducing energy consumption and greenhouse emissions by way of: a) replacing normal light-bulbs with CFL and LED lighting, b) installing motion sensors that will automatically turn out lights to spaces not being occupied, and c) donating perishable food goods from the DX that are beyond their sale date (reduces greenhouse gas emissions as the items don’t waste away in a landfill). The lighting suggestions have been forwarded to Facilities Services to inform their plans, and perishable foods that reach their sale date are being donated to homeless shelters.

·        One proposal encouraged the use of cleaning products that are environmentally-friendly to not only avoid contaminating our natural resources but also to ensure a healthy environment for students and employees. The college already uses biodegradable, environmentally-safe cleaning products.

·        Better print management (printing, copying, paper usage, etc) is a course of action that will over time lead minimally to reductions in energy consumption and solid waste output. Data gathering now under way will make us aware of the resources we are using and inform print management moving forward.


·        Four proposals addressed the issue of reducing carbon emissions by encouraging use of public or non-auto transportation. Columbus State offers a ride-share/carpooling link to the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) on its Web site. Also, bike racks are located around campus for students and employees who choose to travel by bicycle.


·        Four proposals spoke to raising awareness on campus and creating educational opportunities. These ideas will be forwarded to administrators on campus who can consider the ideas and their potential implementation. If they need further clarification, they will contact the proposers. These ideas included the use of  reusable shopping totes, reducing the amount of undeliverable mail sent to the college in the name of  former employees, using existing network scanning technology to save on paper usage, and a workplace  sustainability education program for employees that will help them understand the impact each of us can have on energy efficiency, solid waste management, and minimizing pollution


·        Various other ideas were presented that need more cost-benefit analysis. Proposers will have another chance to submit a more fully formed proposal in the next round of proposal-seeking, which will occur by Spring 2009. The ideas include minimizing impact of the sun on cooling systems from south-facing windows, reducing gas emissions and energy consumption by raking leaves rather than using blowers, using alternative biodegradable utensils in the cafeteria, and purchasing all goods and services locally.


·        We appreciate all the other proposals we received. There were many ideas like: having a farmers market on campus, purchasing food from local food sheds, installing solar panels to generate energy to CSCC clock tower, and sending staff to specific conferences. At this time, we are going to be focusing our energies on other projects, but to those of you who made submissions, thank you for the time and thought you put into the proposal.

These past few months have been quite instructive for our committee.  Most importantly we have learned that creating a culture of sustainability at Columbus State will require the building of capacity in various ways across campus. 

On a related note, the college is required, by state law, to submit a plan for approval to the Board of Trustees by December 2008 on how the college will reduce energy consumption by 20 percent by 2014, using 2004 as a baseline. The plan also will note how the college will reduce gas emissions by 5 percent by 2014. Working closely with technical experts, our colleagues in the Facilities Services Department are working diligently on creating the plan for the Board’s review and approval.


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Fires in the Mirror,” which focuses on Jewish and African American relations, will be shown at noon today with a discussion led by Barbara Allen. Free refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.