March 13, 2006

Columbus State, Physical Plant union agree on 3-year contract

Columbus State Community College has reached agreement on a 3-year labor contract with its Physical Plant employees, who ratified the contract Friday, March 10.

The employees are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 284. The parties have been in negotiations since November 2005, and they settled without having to go to fact-finding.

“This contract fairly rewards our employees for the important work they do and helps maintain long-term sustainability for the college and our students,” said Columbus State President Valeriana Moeller. “The negotiating process was respectful and sincere, and it resulted in an excellent contract for both parties.”

For the three years of the contract, beginning January 1, 2006, Physical Plant employees will receive pay increases of 3 percent in 2006, 3.75 percent with $500 to defray the costs of health care in 2007, and 3.75 percent with $500 to defray the costs of health care in 2008. The contract runs through December 31, 2008.

The Physical Plant Department also will continue to develop and utilize an apprenticeship program concept through joint efforts of labor and management. The program offers additional training opportunities for employees.

Interim Provost Snider to deliver winter quarter commencement address Friday

Dr. Mike Snider had one leisurely month of retirement before he returned March 1 to assume the interim provost position, and on Friday, March 17 he will deliver the commencement address to 300 graduates of the winter quarter class of 2006.

At commencement, Snider will share a few of his memories from 33 years at Columbus State, where he was hired in 1973 as chairman of the Respiratory Therapy program.  

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial, 300 West Broad St. Commencement ceremonies are free and open to the public, but parking costs $4.50 per car. Expect heavy traffic near the end of Columbus State’s ceremony, because the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins downtown at 11:45 a.m., ends at Veterans Memorial.

Snider began his career after graduating with an associate degree in respiratory therapy from Washtenaw Community College, in Ann Arbor, Mich. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in health science education from the State University of New York in Buffalo. His first job in the field was as supervisor of the Respiratory Therapy department at Children’s Hospital. He also was an instructor in the Columbus Public Schools, teaching adults in the Respiratory program.

At Columbus State, Provost Snider chaired departments including Respiratory Therapy, Emergency Medical Services, Vision Care, Dental Laboratory, Interpreting/Transliterating, Medical Laboratory and Multi-Competency Technology. In 1987, Snider was named dean of the Health and Human Services Division, where he was responsible for ensuring the quality of the curriculum in 15 technical programs.

In 1995, Snider became vice president for Academic Affairs, where he planned, organized and directed all the educational functions of Columbus State. Two years later he was named to his current position as provost, where he also assumed responsibility for the college’s student services and worked with 60 administrators, 274 full-time faculty, 1,200 adjunct faculty and more than 20,000 students.

For more information about commencement, contact Suzanne May at ext. 5115.

Columbus State wins State’s Jobs Challenge among community colleges

Columbus State Community College received the largest disbursement of funds among Ohio’s community colleges for the 2006 Jobs Challenge Workforce Incentive Grant, a program that rewards colleges for offering noncredit job-related instructional training. 

Columbus State earned more than $6.5 million in noncredit revenues in 2005, qualifying the college for $528,045 in total Jobs Challenge funding. Columbus State was the second-highest performing campus in the state, trailing only Zane State College, in the Technical College category, with $536,416.

The Ohio Jobs Challenge Grant was established in 1997 to reward colleges for addressing the critical workforce training needs of Ohio’s businesses. The EnterpriseOhio Network includes 53 campuses, including community colleges, technical colleges, universities and university branches. The EnterpriseOhio Network and the Jobs Challenge Grant funding work together to make Ohio’s economy more competitive by building a more skilled workforce.

Each member campus receives a uniform Performance Grant of approximately $52,000 to provide basic support for their operations. The Workforce Development Incentive grants are distributed to campuses as a match for revenues they receive for noncredit job-related training.

The Ohio General Assembly appropriated a total of $9.3 million to the Jobs Challenge Program for fiscal year 2006.

Ten women students honored for outstanding leadership

At the March 8 Women’s History Month Celebration, 10 outstanding Columbus State women students were honored for meeting the challenges of life and for their contributions to the college, the community and the classroom. Each student inspires the spirit of possibility and hope in themselves and others and are leaders in their own right.


This year’s recipients are:

Patricia Bauman, a non-traditional student, serves as a mentor in and out of the classroom, exhibiting leadership individually and on team projects. She serves on the Re-registration Refund Appeals Committee and volunteers in the community with church missions and youth groups.


Samantha Clark is a student ambassador and Phi Theta Kappa member who volunteers for the Buckeye Ranch, Jazz and Ribs Festival, Canine Companions and Hope Street Kids. While assisting in the care of her mother who has multiple sclerosis, she still manages to earn high marks in her classes and has overcome her fear of public speaking by participating in orientation sessions and freshman experience classes.


Mary Beth Cligrow is president of Phi Theta Kappa, and is currently involved with the House of Hope, where she co-facilitates groups providing education on drugs and helps clients develop goals and create treatment plans.


Sarah Conner is the district representative for Phi Theta Kappa and student representative to the Columbus State Board of Trustees. She has also served as Phi Theta Kappa’s Ohio Region President, allowing her to study the ideas of popular culture in Las Vegas and share her ideas with the region. She also spent two summers in Mexico studying the culture and language.


Jennifer Holsey is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president for the College Democrats, and vice president for the International Student Association. After graduating from high school, she moved from Oklahoma to Ohio and worked for two years to save money to travel abroad for six months. She has lived in Australia, Indonesia, and several other countries.


Brittney Hypes is a veterinary technology student working on her Animal-Assisted Therapy in Education certificate. Her passion for animals has led her to volunteer for Animal Outreach, K9Rescue, the Franklin County Animal Shelter, and Canine Companions for Independence. As a student ambassador, she formed partnerships with the National Kidney Foundation, the Ohio Historical Society, and BalletMet.


Huong Le is a key part of the Conversations Partners program, enabling international students to practice their English skills. She is secretary of the Scrabble Club, member of the International Student Association, and member of Phi Theta Kappa.


Hope Moore has worked with Admissions, the Student Assistance Center, Acloche, Phi Theta Kappa and the Welcome Team. She is treasurer of the Scrabble Club and photo editor and writer for Cougar News. Diagnosed with systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 3, she continues to use her activities as physical therapy.


Ashley Toda makes outstanding contributions in classroom discussions and as a teacher of English as a Second Language at her church. She has volunteered at Villas of St. Therese’s assisted living community, served as a camp counselor for youth, and currently coaches gymnastics at Buckeye Gymnastics.


Jacqueline West restarted the Student Organization for Adult Reentry (SOAR) on campus, serves as a student ambassador, and coordinates the International Student Conversation Partners. She has volunteered at the Center for New Directions and at Court Appointed Special Advocates for Abused and Neglected Children.

Researcher discusses wage gap, education and other issues facing central Ohio women

Roberta Garber (center), executive director of Community Research Partners, discussed the population, employment, achievement, and health and well-being statistics and trends affecting women and girls in central Ohio as part of the college’s March 9 Women’s History Month celebration.

According to Garber, low-wage work, poverty, and family support issues of child and health care are prevalent in women’s lives. “The key to success in raising women into leadership positions in the community are education and training,” said Garber.

Joining Garber in the dialogue about women’s issues are, from left, Women’s History Month Planning Committee members Sunday Zidonis, Heather Borland, President Moeller, and Tracy Sowards.

Jelle earns TESOL certification

Ahmed Jelle, site specialist in the My Future/My Success program, an after-school program for refugee and immigrant children through the Language Institute, received his TESOL certification through the American TESOL Institute. 

The American TESOL Institute brings together citizens from across the nation to teach English abroad. The Institute builds teacher confidence and gives individuals the tools to be successful English teachers.

TESOL, or Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, is a certification process that generally requires 60 to 80 hours of work. TESOL is the standard requirement for teaching English abroad, and with TESOL certification, individuals can teach virtually anywhere in the world  including, but not limited to, China, Thailand, Eastern and Western Europe, and the Middle East.

Welcome Team seeks volunteers

The Welcome Team is seeking faculty, staff, and students to help disseminate information, navigate the web, look up class schedules, print parking passes, direct students to classrooms, troubleshoot issues, pop popcorn, and simply welcome our students back to Columbus State.

The Spring Quarter Welcome Team will be offering assistance from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. March 27 and 28 in Madison Hall.

If you’d like to volunteer, contact Barbara Allen, ext. 5526 with the times and days you are able to work. A confirmation will be sent within 24 hours.


OTAP students build Home and Garden Show exhibit

On February 27 and 28, the OTAP/Plus adult class worked with the National Association for the Remodeling Industry building the exhibit for their construction companies at the Home and Garden Show at the Ohio Expo Center.

The students worked with trained trades people to rough-frame, install and finish 250 sheets of drywall, paint walls, and trim and clean work areas. The students learned many hands-on skills that they can later use when employed. Several of the students were interviewed for jobs, and at least one was hired.

Union Café alters hours for exam week and spring break

The hours of operation for the Union Cafe during final exam week and spring break are as follows:

Final Exam Week (March 13–19)
Monday, 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday, 7 a.m. –7 p.m.
Wednesday, 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Friday, Closed (Graduation Day)
Saturday, 7 a.m.–1 p.m. (Science Fair)
Sunday, Closed

Spring Break Week (March 20–27)
Continental Breakfast 7:30 a.m.–9 a.m.
Starbucks or house coffee service, fresh fruit, assorted pastries, cold beverages.

Lunch Service 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Grill menu and deli menu available, grab and go salads, hot and cold beverages, snacks.

Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, Closed.

Week of March 27—Resume regular hours of operation
Monday–Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Sunday, Closed

The Nestor Hall Coffee Cart will be closed from Friday, March 17, through Sunday, March 26.