January 23, 2006

Rodney Harris

Rod Harris quietly goes about his business; earns Staff Employee of the Month

Making Columbus State an enjoyable, pleasant and beautiful place to work is what earned Rod Harris Staff Employee of the Month for January.

Dedicated to his job and his assigned buildings of Rhodes and Madison Halls, Harris quietly and enthusiastically goes the extra mile for employees, students and the campus.

When Co-Nominator Larry Hunter, specialist in student Records and Registration, was charged with preparing for Autumn Quarter registration, Harris asked what he could do to help and immediately followed through, making a huge difference to the students. According to Hunter, "His enthusiasm, competence and friendly demeanor make our working environment pleasant and a joy to work in this building."

While he might have a quiet demeanor, coming up with viable solutions, training new co-workers, and taking pride in his work are characteristics that make him stand out. Co-Nominator Karen Hill, office associate in Enrollment Services, says, "Rod goes above and beyond our expectations every time we make a request. His knowledge of things is amazing - he usually ends up coming up with better ideas and suggestions than our department."

"Rod is an important asset to the maintenance section of Physical Plant and his approach to his job is an example for all Physical Plant staff to model," says his Supervisor Jim Spencer, assistant director of Physical Plant.



Associate degree graduates average salaries of $36,058

The Ohio Board of Regent's new report "The Performance Report for Ohio's Colleges and Universities, 2005" details the benefit of higher education investment to the state, employers and students.

As of 2004, Ohio associate degree holders had an average salary of $36,058 just six months after graduation. Of the associate degrees granted, 44 percent were awarded in the field of health and 13 percent were awarded in engineering. A high demand in these fields translates into a higher starting salary for these graduates -- $40,461 for health graduates and $37,026 for engineering graduates.

According to the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, the Labor Market Information projections confirm that employment for Ohio associate degree graduates is expected to grow by 21.7 percent over the next decade - the fastest increase among all education and training categories and more than double the 9.7 percent average projected for all occupations during the period.


Cole's MLK speech available in the library

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, and the upcoming recognition of Black History Month in February, the Educational Resources Center (ERC) has the Martin Luther King keynote speech presented by Dr. Johnnetta Cole, president of Bennett College for Women, available on loan.

Copies have been placed on reserve and are available from the ERC, located in Columbus Hall. Copies in either VHS or DVD format can be requested at the Circulation Desk.  


Christopher's reopens for Winter Quarter

Christopher's, the Hospitality student-run restaurant, will open for Winter Quarter on Thursday, January 26. The first of seven lunch menus offered this quarter will include starters, main courses, sides, sandwiches, deserts and beverages.

Christopher's is open from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in Eibling Hall room 005.

To see the January 26 menu, go to http://www.cscc.edu/update/Christopher%27s.htm. In future weeks, click on the Christopher's side bar on the left for the latest offerings.


Office exercise tips to invigorate your day

If you're looking to keep your New Year's resolution of exercising more, the Wellness Activities Initiative committee can help you do so with simple office exercise tips.

On a monthly basis, the committee will provide exercises you can perform to help alleviate aches and pains and prevent long-term injuries. This month's video includes wrist and finger flexion techniques you can perform while sitting at your desk. To view the video, click here .

If you have any questions, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.


The Permanent Collection highlights well-known artists

The Educational Resources Center (ERC) announces its new exhibit, "From the Permanent Collection" presently on view in the ERC Art Gallery. This exhibit includes works by prominent artists Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson, Henry Cade, Jr., Roman Johnson, and Elijah Pierce, as well as a collection of photographs by Kojo Kamau. The ERC Art Gallery is located in Columbus Hall, and is open during regular operating hours.


Enter the Capital City Half Marathon; get a discount on registration 

The Third Annual Capital City Half Marathon and the Commit to Be Fit 5K will take place April 1 and all Columbus State employees, students and alumni can receive $5 off the registration fee.

The Capital City Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, and the Commit to Be Fit 5K Run, 3.1 miles, will start at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, formerly the Promowest Pavilion, in the Arena District. This year's event will include a two-day health and fitness expo, entertainment on the course, and the "caboose" at the end to ensure that the half marathon course remains open for four hours.

According to the marathons' website, "The marathon is a Saturday event, because a party like this could not happen on Sunday. Everyone gets a warriors send-off at the start and a hero's welcome at the finish. Every finisher also gets the Big HONKIN' Penguin Finisher's medal."

To receive the discount when registering for either event, use the coupon code "CSCC" on the payment page of the online registration form at www.ColumbusDistanceClassic.com.


Struve co-authors textbook

Associate Professor of Mathematics Kathy Struve is co-author of a newly released textbook Intermediate Algebra , published by Prentice Hall. Struve co-authored the book with Michael Sullivan, III from Joliet Junior College.






New dates announced for basic home repair classes

The Transitional Workforce Department has announced new dates for their "Guide to Basic Home Repair" classes. The new dates are:

  • January 28 - Staining/Stenciling
  • February 4 - Drywall
  • February 11 -Faux Finishing / Painting Techniques
  • February 18 - Ceramic Tile
  • February 25 - Laminate Flooring
  • March 4 - Plumbing Repair
  • March 11 - Electrical

You can take one session, several classes, or the whole series, and all the tools you need for each session are included in the registration fee. Individual courses are $50 each or $350 for the entire series, which includes over $100 worth of tools that you take home.

All classes will be held from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. To register for the classes, call 287-5858.