February 2, 2006
The following letter to the editor was published in yesterday's Cougar News .
The safety of our students and employees is top priority 24/7 at Columbus State. We take security very seriously, and we take pride in operating a campus where students can learn in a safe and secure environment.
In fact, violent crime is a rarity on our campus. For instance, there were about 600 simple and aggravated assaults in the Columbus Police Department's 16 th Precinct (which includes Columbus State) in 2004. Only four of those assaults occurred on our campus. Of the 222 robberies, only one happened on our campus. Our campus is one of the safest places in central Ohio, and one of the safest college campuses anywhere, and I invite students to take a look at the crime statistics reported on the Columbus State web site at http://www.cscc.edu/docs/publicsafety/ucr.htm.
Violent crime is a rarity here, but when it happens, our staff is quick to act to maintain the security of our students and employees. To keep the campus safe:
The college also is investing significantly in a project with the city and our neighbors to increase Columbus Police bicycle patrols in our campus neighborhood.
There is no reason to believe that there is a surge in crime on our campus. Nevertheless, we are taking actions to increase security in targeted areas. And, as always, we ask students and employees to take the precautions necessary on any urban campus in a major metropolitan area:
Together, we can keep this campus safe and secure.
Revolution Sparks Evolution: General Education Moves Into the 21st Century
Dr. Elizabeth Daugherty, chair of Computer Information Technology; Ty Fogle, assistant professor in Computer Information Technology; Dr. Mokie Steiskal, professor in Hospitality Management; and Barb Thompson, professor in Communication Skills, presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities annual meeting in Washington, D.C., January 25-28.
The group presented information on the evolution of the college's General Education Learning Outcomes that will become effective Fall Quarter 2006. The group found that the discussion among representatives from colleges and universities across the country provided insight and endorsement of the two-year efforts of the task force that was created from the Assessment and Curriculum committees of Columbus State's Shared Governance.
For more information on the General Education Learning Outcomes of critical thinking, effective communication, community and civic responsibility, quantitative literacy, scientific and technological effectiveness, and information literacy, go to www.cscc.edu/assessment.
Celebrating the best places to pucker up in Columbus
Jennifer Poleon, adjunct professor in Marketing and advisor of Cougar News , and Amber Stephens have authored Kissing in Columbus: Romantic Things to See and Do in and Around Ohio's Capital just in time for Valentine's Day.
The new book, published by Emuses Press, is a compendium of romantic places and ideas for dates and days to remember. Chapters include Great Places to Walk and Hold Hands, Romantic Getaways, Cheap Dates, Beyond Dinner and a Movie, and more.
The book retails for $16.95 and is available at Barnes and Noble, Borders, Columbus area gift shops and directly through the publisher.
Columbus-based publisher Emuses Press was founded in 2000 by former Ohio Magazine staffers Jennifer Poleon, Robin Smith and Kathy Murphy. For more information go to www.emusespress.com.
Men's Cougar basketball team undefeated in league
Columbus State's men's basketball team is dominating the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).
The Cougars took the lone possession of the OCCAC Conference lead after defeating Cincinnati State Community College's Surge 91-81 on January 18. The following week, they team defeated Lakeland Community College 81-62, and on January 28 they ran their conference record to 7-0, with an 82-81 win over Edison State Community College. The team's overall record is 14-8.
The Cougar women's team is 6-14.
This Saturday (February 4) the Cougar men and women take on Owens Community College in a doubleheader in the Delaware Hall gym, with the women's game beginning at 1 p.m. and the men tipping off at 3:00.
Matrix Monitor provides insight
The new edition of The Matrix Monitor is out and includes helpful information on how to remember names, use humor in the workplace, update your New Year's resolutions, age successfully and more. For more information, click on the icon or go to www.matrixpsych.com and enter the password CSCC.
Improve your heart health
February is Healthy Heart Month, and the Columbus State Wellness Activities Initiative will be offering the following wellness activities and events to help you improve your heart health:
Brown-bag fitness seminars
Discover ways to live healthy for your heart
Learn simple steps to improve heart health
Thursday, February 23
If you'd like to walk your way to better health, free pedometer rentals are available by contacting Don Laubenthal, coordinator in Sports and Fitness Management, at ext. 3627.
Active Living Every Day and Healthy Eating Every Day classes are also available. For more information, contact Dr. David Litt, coordinator in Sports and Fitness Management, ext. 3681.For more information on health and wellness activities such as yoga, pilates, intramurals, aerobics, and open gym, access the Columbus State Wellness Web site at http://cscc.edu/wellness/index.htm.