January 10, 2013
Tenacity and commitment the hallmarks of this SEOM’s work
Valerie Wilson’s energy and talents are “directed squarely on the achievements of others on the Columbus State campus,” says Susan Norris-Berry, director of Regional Learning Centers. “Her tenacity and commitment to the college are unmatched.”
Norris-Berry nominated her partner on the Switch2Semesters Communication Team for the Staff Employee of the Month, “because she embodies the spirit of Columbus State.”
“This college-wide effort was a three-year commitment with very few lulls in the committee work,” says Norris-Berry. “Each quarter brought its own sense of urgency with events and activities planned such as Welcome Back Day, Spring Fling, targeted emails and website pop-up videos. The whole committee admired Valerie’s industrious efforts and unflappable resolve to get it right!”
Wilson is Coordinator of Enrollment Publications in the Marketing and Communications Department. She was given the January 2013 SEOM award in a ceremony held Jan. 9 and attended by all the members of the Switch2Semesters Communication Team as well as her department colleagues.
“It’s important to note that while Valerie led the communication efforts for S2S, she also continued to perform her important work as the college’s coordinator for publications,” says supervisor Will Kopp. “She oversaw production of the college’s first semester-based Catalog, coordinated production of the Student Handbook, serves as editor of the college’s award-winning UpNext newsletter for high school students, and she wrote and produced many brochures and publications to promote enrollment at Columbus State.”
The Purchasing office has created a form to ask for assistance in writing a Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Quote (RFQ) for goods and services. The new form was created in order to help eliminate confusion in the bid process and improve communication flow with the Purchasing office. The form will allow all parties to be more efficient and consistent while expediting the bidding process. The form is located on the intranet under “purchasing forms.”
Please email completed RFP and RFQ Request Forms to Darrin Albaugh, supervisor of Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Travel. Questions regarding the RFP and RFQ Request Form should be addressed to Albaugh or Cindy Klimek.
The best way to protect against influenza is to get a flu vaccine every flu season.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.
There are two reasons for getting a yearly flu vaccine.
1) The first reason is that because flu viruses are constantly changing, flu vaccines may be updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and most commonly circulating viruses.
2) The second reason that annual vaccination is recommended is that a person’s immune protection from vaccination declines over time and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection.
Everyone is at risk for seasonal influenza. Health experts now recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza. While everyone should get a flu vaccine each flu season, it’s especially important that the following groups get vaccinated:
Children younger than 5, but especially children younger than 2 years old
People 50 years of age and older
People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
People who live in nursing homes and other long–term care facilities
People who live with or care for those at high risk for complications from flu.
For a complete list, see “Who Should Get Vaccinated against Influenza” at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm.
Influenza vaccine is not approved for use in children younger than six months so they should not be vaccinated, but their caregivers should be vaccinated instead. And people who are sick with fever should wait until their symptoms pass to get vaccinated. Some people should not be vaccinated before talking to their doctor.
If you have questions about whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.
Employees are invited to come to the Food Court (Delaware Hall) from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 11, to sample the new breakfast menu! There will be a variety of options served at the Grill, a fresh fruit and yogurt bar, as well as coffee, Pepsi products and light snacks. And as a thank you for stopping by, enjoy a free breakfast sandwich (limit 1 per guest, per day).
This is a “soft launch” of the Food Court’s new products and your feedback is appreciated. A short questionnaire will be provided with your meal and used to serve you better!
StateUniversity.com, the leading website for college information, has released its 2nd annual list of the safest colleges and universities in the U.S. The Safest Schools findings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials. The 2012 rankings are available online at http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank/safety_ score_rank.html.
As part of the Safest Schools ranking, StateUniversity.com analyzed crime statistics for 450 colleges and universities, and assigned a safety rating to each school. Safety ratings are determined based on the number of occurrences of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft/larceny, motor vehicle theft, forcible rape, and murder on campus, and then are weighed based on the probability of each incident happening to each student since naturally larger campuses would be expected to have a higher number of total incidents. Violent crime is given more weight in the ranking system, and has a greater effect on the safety rating than non-violent crime such as theft.
In Ohio, only Sinclair Community College in Dayton and Lakeland Community College in Kirtland ranked higher than Columbus State, which was given a 97.08 % safety rating out of a perfect 100. You can see the complete Ohio campus safety rankings here.