January 30, 2006

Fire Science partners with Westerville Fire to house truck, equipment

From left, Westerville Fire Department Chief Bernie Ingles, Fire Science Coordinator Carolyn Steffl, and Deputy Chief John Ross show off the fire engine the college recently purchased from the Sutphen Corp.

Columbus State's Fire Science and EMS programs have a home for their bulky training equipment and refurbished fire engine, thanks to the Westerville Fire Department.  

Westerville Chief Bernie Ingles and Deputy Chief John Ross are both graduates of Columbus State's programs and hold instructor certifications from the college. The Westerville Fire Department generously offers space in its new Station 112 to house the engine, as well as helmets, breathing equipment, ladders, hoses, poles and fire suits used by students for training.

"We have an excellent educational relationship with Columbus State," said Ingles. "We hire a lot of graduates of the programs and send our firefighters to Columbus State for continuing education."

"The Columbus State students do their medic (Emergency Medical Technician) internships here as well," added Ross.

Students use the refurbished 1981 Sutphen fire engine to carry equipment, pump water and serve as a training vehicle at various locations such as the State Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg. Columbus State bought it from Sutphen this past fall after it was retired from the City of Athens Fire Department and was inspected and refurbished.


ITI offering discussion board and classes on blogging and videography

If you're looking to brush up on your Blackboard, Colleague, Respondus, GroupWise or other technology skills, or just need to ask questions, the Instructional Technologies' Discussion Board is the place to go. The discussion board enables everyone to share ideas, ask questions, and be updated for any committee or campus discussion group. To take part in the discussion board, go to http://iti.cscc.edu/forum/.

In other ITI news, the Instructional Technologies Institute has added two more classes to its roster for Winter Quarter--Blogging for Beginners and Basic Videography.

  • TWT100 Blogging 101: Blogging for Beginners

A blog, a contraction of "Web" and "log," is a Web site in which journal entries are posted regularly and displayed in reverse chronological order. Blogs are easily created and updated and require little or no knowledge of Web programming.

Technorati, a blog-tracking service, tracks 24.5 million Web logs. Bloggers write about all aspects of human experience, and blogs can be valuable tools for education and professional development as well as personal expression.

On February 10 from 9-11 a.m., this class will explore the world of blogs and help you get started with blogging. During the hands-on session, you will browse a variety of blogs, discuss the potential for blogging in education, and learn how to use a free blogging service to begin to create our own blogs.

To register for Blogging 101, go to  http://www.cscc.edu/cscctraining/registrationForm.asp?idKey=607&CID=135

  • WDM400 Basic Videography 101

Want to shoot better video for classroom or personal use? Whether you have the most basic consumer camera or a more professional model, you can improve the quality of your video by understanding basic guidelines for composing a pleasing shot that communicates want you want.

On March 2 from 10 a.m-noon, Basic Videography will review the basics of camera movement, lighting, focus and composition and discuss how to use some of the common features on most consumer cameras. Production services and video production equipment available from the Teaching and Learning Resource Center will be reviewed.

Bring your own camera, if you wish.

To register, go to http://www.cscc.edu/cscctraining/registrationForm.asp?idKey=634&CID=114


CougarWeb adds feature for students

A new feature recently activated on CougarWeb will send students an e-mail confirmation to their student e-mail accounts when they add courses via the web.  This feature is not currently in place for dropping courses, but it is forthcoming.  For questions about this new feature, contact Regina Peal, Ph.D., registrar, at rpeal@cscc.edu .


Ohio's biggest campus is invisible

A new report from the Ohio Learning Network (OLN), "Bounded Exuberance: e-learning in Ohio," claims that the biggest college in the state is the College of Distance Learning--37,421 e-learners as of 2004 and growing rapidly.  

"Ohio's largest campus might be its least visible one," said Kate Carey, executive director of the 72-member OLN.

Columbus State Community College was highlighted in the report, named as a "leader in distance education" by OLN. Columbus State's enrollment in distance learning increased 36 percent in 2005, with 6,129 students enrolled in distance courses autumn quarter 2005. Today, more than 8,500 students are enrolled in distance learning.

OLN reports that 67 percent of students completing e-learning courses at Ohio colleges are female, and more than half of them are over 25 years old and full-time students (51 percent). Most of them are enrolled at community colleges (22,168). The report does not include students enrolled in restricted and cohort courses and from independent colleges. All totaled, it is likely that Ohio has about 45,000 or more on-line learners, according to Carey.

During autumn quarter 2005, 85 percent of Columbus State's 10,000 seats in on-line courses were filled, and the completion rate for these courses rose to 84 percent, the highest rate to date. The college   currently offers five associate degrees on-line as well as two certificate programs, and students can transfer from Columbus State into on-line bachelor's and master's degree programs at University of Cincinnati, Franklin, Miami, Toledo, Akron and Ohio universities.


Indian Palace featured at Union Café

The Union Café will feature its first guest restaurant, Indian Palace from Dublin on Tuesday, January 31. The authentic Indian cuisine being cooked up includes tandoori chicken, butter chicken, aloo saag (spinach and potatoes), chana masala (garbanzo beans), basmati rice, tandoori naan, and badami kheer (rice pudding). A complete meal is $5.75.


Dive into a championship volunteer opportunity

The Greater Columbus Sports Connection and the Ohio State University Department of Athletics are looking for volunteers to help make the 2006 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships a success.

Volunteers are needed February 15-18 to assist in organizing the swimmers and the awards ceremony, to serve as timers, or to serve as basket carriers caring for swimmer's belongings. All events take place at the new McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

If you're interested in signing up for one or more three-hour shifts, go to

http://www.columbussports.org/big_ten_swimming_volunteers.pdf to download the application. Applications should be submitted by February 8 to Mike Penner, championship manager, at penner.2@osu.edu. If you have any questions, contact Penner at 614-292-1848.


Celebrating Columbus State careers



Kathy Weiss, administrative assistant in Business & Administrative Services, shares a moment with her boss Senior Vice President and CFO of Business & Administrative Services Terri Gehr at her retirement party on Friday. Helping Weiss celebrate her pending retirement are husband Ira and employees from all over campus. 






Later on Friday, Provost Mike Snider is surprised by his gift of a new greenhouse and potting bench that will help make sure his thumb stays good and green during his spare time.


















A few of the provost's earliest students, from left Kathy Hedges (class of 1976), Evie Hoechstetter (class of 1978), Marsha Harty (class of 1978) and Sue Donohue, (class of 1978 and now assistant professor in Respiratory Care), help Mike Snider celebrate his 34 years of service.