February 23, 2006

Staff Employee of the Month helps Columbus State hear and see the light of Day

As an audio-visual technician at Columbus State, Mark Day, audio visual equipment specialist in Communication Technologies and PC Services, supports both main campus and Off-Campus Centers. Day earned February Staff Employee of the Month for always being available to help faculty, staff, and administration.

Day was nominated by Tonette Baldin, chair of Construction Sciences, for going the extra mile and recognizing that our students are our most important customers.

When an adjunct instructor teaching an AUTOCAD course, where computers and an LCD projector are vital to instruction, called Baldin at 10 minutes before 5 to report that a LCD was not working, Baldin immediately contacted the IT Help Desk. In turn, Day was contacted, and though he was on his way home, stopped by the lab, identified the problem, and quickly returned with the necessary equipment to remedy the situation.

"Mark exceeded my expectations as he recognized the importance of needing the equipment to function to meet the needs of the course," says Baldin. "Mark was extremely professional, friendly, and pleasant. By completing the work in a timely manner, there was only 15 minutes of lost instructional time."

According to his supervisor Connie Feeney, "As faculty increase their dependency on AV equipment to enhance the learning environment, Mark Day has stepped up to the plate to provide the best possible level of support whenever needed. He does an excellent job working to keep the audio-visual equipment functioning."

"This award is very surprising to me," says Day. "If we weren't here for the students, we wouldn't have a job."


Architecture students design the science behind cookies

Students in Columbus State's Winter Quarter Architecture 264 class, Working Drawings II, and the Construction Specifications Institute student chapter will be competing for the first time in the Seventh Annual Cookie Box Creations competition March 3-11 at Polaris Fashion Place. Sponsored by the Girl Scouts-Seal of Ohio Council, the competition will include two other schools and four architectural firms all vying for the People's Choice Award.

The 3-D design representing the Girl Scout's theme of Be Brilliant--Cookeology: The Science Behind the Cookies was created by Architecture 264 students Irvin Ringler, Chad Miller, Anne Sexton, and Dave Keelen under the supervision of Mike Hosler, instructor in Construction Sciences, and brings to life the image of a Girl Scout and a Brownie mixing cookie ingredients.

The structure uses 700 Girl Scout cookie boxes to create the flooring and a corner construction of the letters CSCC. The construction consists of an illuminated Girl Scout logo, as well as wire to frame the upright figures of the Girl Scout and Brownie using a beaker to pour out cookie dough ingredients.

From February 18 until March 2 when the display will be constructed at Polaris, the Construction Specifications Institute student chapter, lead by chapter chair Stephanie Matthews, a construction management student, and assisted by Nathelle Grubbs, technician in Construction Sciences, is working on pre-constructing various parts of the structure. They will even be assisted by two Girl Scout troops that will help construct the base.

CSI members, from left, Nik Labudorski, Irvin Ringler, Dean Bortz, faculty advisor, Stephanie Matthews, CSI chair, and Anne Sexton, start assembling the wire framing for the Girl Scout figures.

When completed, the entire structure will be built on March 2 at Polaris Fashion Place. From March 3-11 all the structures will be on display for the community to vote on their favorite entry.

Winners of the People's Choice Award will be announced at the Seventh Annual Cookie Box Creations Auction and Reception benefiting Girls Scouts-Seal of Ohio Council on March 12 from 7-9 p.m. In addition to the People's Choice Award, a winner will be crowned Structure of the Evening at the reception.


Get fit through Active Living and Healthy Eating Every Day

If you're feeling a little sluggish after watching the athletes compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics, sports and fitness management has a solution. The department is once again offering Active Living Every Day and Healthy Eating Every Day courses for Spring Quarter.

Active Living Every Day 1, SFMT 299A, is designed to help sedentary adults become and stay physically active by changing one's health for the better. Course sections include 12-12:50 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays and 1-1:50 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Healthy Eating Every Day, SFMT 299C, is designed to help individuals make healthy and wise decisions about nutrition by incorporating simple methods to improve health. Classes in Healthy Eating 1 are offered from 12-12:50 p.m. Tuesdays or Thursdays and 1-1:50 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Healthy Eating 2 is offered 12-12:50 p.m. on Thursdays.

For any full-time employee signing up for a class, Human Resources will cover the cost.

For information on either program, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627 or Dr. David Litt at ext. 3681.

To take a look at all the course sections and times, go to http://cscc.edu/courselisting/fulllist


Language Institute teaches basic English to Latino Community

The Language Institute recently completed the first session of Basic English classes at St. James the Less Church on Oakland Park Avenue. Thanks to help from Rita Bova, professor in Communication Skills, the course successfully served 20 students from the Latino/Hispanic community. The second session will begin March 13 at the same location.

For more information, contact Tara Narcross, coordinator of the Language Institute, at ext. 5448.