March 27, 2006

Chef Apprentice team and their advisor head to nationals

The Chef Apprentice Team won a gold medal and beat out 10 other teams from community colleges and four year schools to be named the Northeast Regional Representatives to the national American Culinary Federation competition to be held in Philadelphia in July.

Members of Columbus State's Chef Apprenticeship program display their contest entries. The Northeast Regional Representatives are, from left, Gabriel Selbo, Mitchell Barr, Team Manager Ian Rough, Jonathan Basch, Olivia Giesler and Amy Glaser.

The Chef Apprentice team out-cooked 10 other teams from community colleges and four-year schools and won the gold medal as the Northeast Regional Representatives to the national American Culinary Federation competition to be held in Philadelphia in July.

From March 16-19 in Toronto, the student team competed in a 75-minute knife skills test, followed by a cooking competition consisting of a gourmet four-course meal prepared from scratch and presented to the judges all in 90 minutes.

"We were the only apprenticeship program in the competition, making it harder to do because of scheduling issues," says Team Advisor Jim Taylor, assistant professor in Hospitality Management. "The team will now move on for a chance to win the national competition against three other teams who were the best in their region."

Northeast Regional Educator of the Year Jim Taylor in action.
In order to reach the regional competition, the Chef Apprentice team won the state American Culinary Federation's Junior Hot Food Competition February 4, out-cooking Sinclair Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Hocking Community College.

In Toronto, Taylor was named Northeast Regional Educator of the Year, and like the Chef Apprentice team, will go on to compete against the other three regional educators of the year at the national competition. To be named the American Culinary Federation Educator of the Year, each competitor must prepare a lesson plan and lecture while preparing a protein and appropriate side dishes for a panel of educators to taste and evaluate.


FIRSTLINK honored for service to the community

Each year the college and the Board of Trustees honor a local agency for providing exemplary service to the students of Columbus State and the greater Columbus area community. This year's recipient, FIRSTLINK, was recognized with the Community Agency Award at the March 23 board meeting for providing programming to help central Ohio residents get connected to the services they need.

FIRSTLINK strengthens and enhances the quality of life in our community by mobilizing volunteers and connecting people to critical community resources.

Last year, 594 families were linked with 1,110 community resource services through FIRSTLINK's Kinship Care Navigator program, about 180 Youth Volunteer Corps members from 68 local middle and high schools contributed more than 2,500 hours of community service, and through their RSVP program, adults 55 years and older helped others through service projects encouraging healthier lifestyles, provided support to a variety of nonprofit agencies, and increased literacy in central Ohio. In addition, 2,672 professionals participated in nonprofit and volunteer management training presented by FIRSTLINK, and the organization's Web site provided over 210,000 views of ongoing volunteer activities.

Joining Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, president and CEO of FIRSTLINK, and Chris McGovern, president of FIRSTLINK's Board of Trustees, at the presentation were WangYanrui (Jane), office and program manager of Shrine Stone Community Action in Beijing, and Cao Hong (Hong), human resources assistant with Plan China in Xi'an. Both are in Columbus learning about volunteerism through a U.S. Department of State funded program.

From left, President Moeller and Board of Trustees President Susan Finn present the Community Agency Award to FIRSLINK President and CEO Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher and FIRSTLINK Board of Trustees President Chris McGovern. Joining FIRSTLINK representatives were WANG Yanrui (Jane) and CAO Hong (Hong) from China.

Shine Stone Community Action provides technical assistance to groups devoted to finding practical ways to increase citizen participation at the community level. Plan China works with local communities to improve the quality of education at the primary and secondary levels, to engage the local community in economic development programs, and to provide resources to improve the quality of life in rural areas.

Chinnici-Zuercher and FIRSTLINK have served as project leader for Yanrui's and Hong's participation in "Strengthening Volunteer Management in Chinese NGOs," and they were instrumental in arranging internship placements for the participants in Columbus and Phoenix, Arizona.


Columbus State, East High School team to create winning robot at FIRST Buckeye Regional

A team of Columbus State employees, teachers and students from East High School, and the corporate sponsorship of American Electric Power (AEP) recently combined to win the robotics competition at the annual FIRST Buckeye Regional competition, held at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland March 9-11.

Vince Borghese, instructor in Electronic Engineering Technology, Laurie Johns, administrator in K-12 Initiatives, and her husband Ted Johns, an adjunct instructor in Engineering Technologies, worked with students at East High School to build, test and compete their robot, which was designed to play a "game" against other robots built by high school teams. The robot won the most matches and scored the most points in the three days of competition against 42 other robots.

The team also won the Imagery Award, given to the team with the best-looking graphics on their robot and matching team uniforms.

FIRST Robotics is a program designed to interest young adults in science and technology and was founded by Dean Kamen, inventor and entrepreneur. In 2006, the competition will reach more than 28,000 high-school-aged young people on over 1,125 teams in 33 regional events.

The FIRST Robotics competition in action at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland.


Strategic Directions survey results online

The results are in from Knowledge Resources and Planning's campuswide Strategic Directions online survey and the March 3 Strategic Directions meeting of campus employees.

The survey covered forces, issues and trends emerging at the local, state, national and international levels that are impacting central Ohio. Results include information on how Columbus State can build on its strengths and meet the needs and expectations of its stakeholders, how to differentiate Columbus State from its competitors, and more.

To see the results of the survey, go to

If you have questions, contact Sunday Zidonis, coordinator in Knowledge Resources and Planning, at ext. 5987.


Desktop computer software updates pending

Beginning the second week of spring quarter, Communication Technologies and PC Services will be updating desktop computer software throughout campus. As part of normal software maintenance PC/LAN Support will be automatically installing a Novell Client update and an updated Novell ZenWorks agent to your PC's when you login to the network.

Not all computers on campus need both of these updates. The application that performs the updates looks at the version level of your current Novell Client and ZenWorks agent to determine if you need updates of one or both applications.

Computer labs will not be affected, but smart classroom carts could be.

Each application update will require a reboot to complete installation. You will see two automatic reboots if your system required two updates. Do not turn your system off during this process.

The update process will begin in Columbus Hall and will proceed one building at a time. The scheduled updates are as follows:

  • April 3 - CO
  • April 5 - AQ
  • April 7 - UN
  • April 10 - TL
  • April 12 - NH
  • April 13 - FR
  • April 17 - EB
  • April 19 - RH
  • April 21 - DH
  • April 24 - MA
  • April 26 - DE
  • April 28 - TIC
  • May 1 - ATS
  • May 3 - BF, DU, WV, SE

Collaboration Stations now available in the ERC

The Educational Resources Center (ERC) welcomes back students for the spring quarter with the installation of four "collaboration stations" on the ground floor of the ERC. Designed for a maximum of four people, students may utilize each station for the purpose of collaborative projects or meetings.

Each station consists of a table with a white board in the center designed for use with dry-erase markers. Dry-erase markers are available at each station for students to write in the center of the table during group discussions.

Comments regarding the use of these stations are being requested by the ERC. Comments should be entered into a computer available in the ERC near the stations.

If you have any questions about the new stations, contact Bruce Massis, director of the ERC, at ext. 5484.

The new "Collaboration Stations" available at the ERC. 


Used calculators for sale

You can now buy used calculators and sell back your old ones at the Columbus State Bookstore. In autumn quarter, the Columbus State Bookstore took over the calculator rental program from the Math Department. Since then, the demand for rental calculators has been so great that the bookstore decided to revamp the program and reduce costs for students.

The bookstore is adding a used calculator and buyback program to their long list of products and services, which means the bookstore is now buying back TI-83+ and TI-84+ graphing calculators. In addition, students can now purchase used calculators for half the price of a new one. The used TI-83+ calculator will sell for $50, and the used TI-84+ is $60. Stop in today and find out more about how the bookstore is making college more affordable for more students.


Planning meeting scheduled for marine biology study abroad

The marine biology study abroad program in Jamaica June 14-23 is having its second planning and information meeting on Friday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in TL 353--the Organic Chemistry Lab.

For more information on the program, go to

If you intend to participate in this trip but cannot make the meeting, contact Dr. John Francis at ext. 5925, or stop by Nestor Hall 493.