March 16, 2006

Dedication to success earns Brady Staff Employee of the Month

The epitome of dedication, Jim Brady, coordinator and instructor for the Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC), is committed to the success of his students, the success of his department, and the success of the college. His unmatched work ethic earned him Staff Employee of the Month for March.

Brady has created and fostered relationships with social service agencies, businesses, other educational institutions, and some of the largest automobile dealerships and parts suppliers in central Ohio, all with the idea of student success in mind.

“He is far more than a teacher. He is a mentor, a friend, and a confidant,” says his Supervisor Dr. Andy Rezin, administrator for Automotive and Applied Technology. “His commitment to the college and dedication to student success is an example to everyone. His drive for perfection requires him to make sure all of his students succeed.”

“Jim is instrumental in helping disadvantaged students become self-sufficient and many rely on his expertise long after they have successfully completed the YAATC program,” says his colleague Robyn Price, counselor and trainer for YAATC. “He spends hours on the weekend searching for potential employment leads to share with students.”

“Some of the YAATC students that come to Columbus State are homeless individuals and after going through the program are self sufficient because of Jim’s leadership and encouragement. He is a role model for these students,” says President Moeller.

Price says, “Jim believes the achievements of an organization are the result of the combined efforts of each individual.”

“His example of dedication and unselfish commitment sets a high standard for all others to aspire to achieve,” says Rezin. “Some would say he doesn’t know when to quit. I’d say there is no quit in the man!”

For this honor, Brady says simply, “I’d like to thank the college for the opportunity to do this work."


Host families needed for German exchange students

The office of International Initiatives and Community Outreach is collaborating with the CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE program in New York to bring German students to Columbus State for autumn quarter. The office is currently seeking host families for two students. Upon request, a modest monthly stipend is available to host families to defray living expenses.

The program is an ongoing, reciprocal exchange for career-minded young adults, and is supported by both the American and German governments. The program finances the costs for language training and study.

The exchange participants, who are between the ages of 18 and 24, will arrive in the United State in early-to-mid August, study for the fall term, and then work at a paid internship in their respective fields from January through the end of June. They return as a group to Germany following a mid-July seminar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

All exchange participants are fully covered by a comprehensive medical insurance plan, furnished a J-1 work visa by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and are required to provide their own transportation.

If you are interested in becoming a home host for one or both of these students contact Bob Queen at ext. 5013.



Latoja named in 2006 Who’s Who

Luis Latoja, professor in the Modern Languages Department, has been included in the 10th edition of “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” It is his second year being included in the publication. Professors can be nominated only by former students who have been included in an issue of The National Dean’s List.




Serrano presents at Language & Communities Conference

Gilberto Serrano, assistant professor in Modern Languages, presented a session March 11 in Chicago entitled “Spanish for Law Enforcement: Past, Present and Future” at the annual Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages “Language & Communities: Integrating Perspectives.” The conference brings together foreign language faculty from 17 states.



Nominate your students to attend the Ohio Growth Summit

The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State will hold its second annual Ohio Growth Summit June 13 and will offer up to 20 free registrations worth $149 each to students nominated to attend by faculty members.

The Ohio Growth Summit “will provide students a great opportunity to hear experts in building and growing businesses, as well as to network with members of the Columbus business community all in a single day,” said Mike Bowers, director of SBDC. The Summit would benefit students majoring in business management, small business management, marketing, or any other major with which the student might consider starting their own business in the future, according to Bowers.

The Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on campus June 13. Keynote speakers are Susan RoAne, author of business bestseller “How to Work a Room,” and Artie Isaac, president of Young Isaac ad agency. Eight breakout sessions covering business topics in marketing, sales, employee development and financing will be offered. Dwight Smith, CEO and Founder of Sophisticated Systems, will deliver a special student session called “Entrepreneurship 101” in which he will discuss the business building process.

For more information, visit the Ohio Growth Summit’s web site.

 If you have questions or want to nominate a student to attend, contact Mike Bowers at the Small Business Development Center, at ext. 5509.


Adjuncts advance their teaching styles

On March 10, twenty-one Columbus State adjunct faculty members completed the Second Annual Advanced Adjunct Faculty Workshop and are now better equipped with integrated teaching skills. The faculty from various departments met three times during Winter Quarter to discuss learning and teaching styles with seminar leader Dr. Carol Himeloch, an associate professor at Cleary College.

Seminar discussions, based on Ken Bain’s book “What the Best College Teachers Do,” helped the adjuncts develop an understanding of various learning styles and their application to teaching and learn how to use assessment tools in measuring general learning outcomes. Participants shared rewarding and challenging classroom experiences, discovered how to integrate technology into the teaching-learning process, and participated in an online learning community hosted by Himeloch.

Participating in this year’s workshop were: Juanita Abulokwe from Real Estate; Stephen Anasis and Christopher Barrett from Social and Behavioral Sciences; James Baumann from Accounting and Finance; Amanda Cochran from Justice and Safety; Kae Denino and Valerie DiCicco from Communication Skills; Mary Jane Frank from MH/CD/MR; Allen Frederick and David Holloway from Construction Sciences; Garlene Hamilton and Jorge Vallejos from Computer Information Technology; Lynn Kantner from Biological and Physical Sciences; Deanna Hall, George Khoury and Maria Soisson from Developmental Education; Carla Mayers-Bletsch from Veterinary Technology; David Rowe from Marketing and Logistics; Tammy Schakett and Martha Stemm from Business Management; and Kathlyn Shadle from Graphic Communications Technology.


Dental hygiene student gets published

Second-year dental hygiene student James Starkey has had his article, "The Oral Manifestations of AIDS," published in the March issue of ACCESS, a national journal for dental hygiene published by the American Dental Hygiene Association.

His article is a first for Columbus State’s dental hygiene program. “I am very excited for James and Columbus State’s program. He worked very had to complete this project and it is a product of his own endeavor for excellence,” says Connie Grossman, coordinator of Dental Hygiene.