May 18, 2006

Employee of the Month keeps college moving

Helping change the campus culture to a healthier and more active community is the goal of this month’s Staff Employee of the Month Don Laubenthal, coordinator of the Human Performance Center (HPC).

“It’s funny, whenever I walk into the room for a meeting or celebration on campus, everyone puts down their donuts and gives me a look,” Laubenthal says.

As coordinator of the HPC and Active Living Every Day programs, Laubenthal and his staff offer wellness programming for students and staff. They also develop and coordinate Health and Fitness Fairs, Wellness Week programs, and brown bag series on wellness-related topics.

“Don is extremely active with Columbus State’s wellness, working hand-in-hand with Human Resources to provide Active Living Every Day to Columbus State employees,” says Les King, chair of Medical and Sports Programs.

After nearly 10 years as an hourly part-time employee, Laubenthal was hired as the full-time HPC coordinator in 2003. During that time, he helped tackle projects, write and implement HPC protocols, work with HPC clients, train new HPC employees, and write educational materials for the HPC.

According to his nominator Dave Litt, coordinator in Sports and Exercise Studies, “Don is a consummate professional who has shown great adaptability, resilience, and leadership in the fulfillment of his duties.”

Laubenthal has taken the HPC’s efforts out into the community by offering Active Living Every Day and Healthy Eating Every Day to Nationwide Insurance in Dublin. He will soon be offering these courses at Columbus Children’s Hospital. He and his staff have also conducted extensive fitness field assessments for firefighters in Worthington, Marsyville, and Westerville.

“People who have been exposed to the HPC often become very strong advocates for the client-centered programming that occurs there,” says Litt. “Where would Columbus State be without Don Laubenthal? Hard to say, but it certainly wouldn’t look the same.”

“I have the greatest job on campus. It is fun and I look forward to coming to work every day,” says Laubenthal.



Royce Carpenter

Rosemary Mayberry accepts her diploma from Wilberforce University President Dr. Floyd Flake.

John Riggs

Tracy Sowards

Adam White

Tonya Wilson

Employees CLIMB through Wilberforce University
Several Columbus State employees marched in the Sesquicentennial graduation ceremonies of Wilberforce University on May 6 at the Ervin J. Nutter Center at Wright State University. At the special ceremony commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the nation’s oldest private historically black college, the class representative spoke of the graduates as barrier-breakers like their forefathers.

Royce Carpenter, Rosemary Mayberry, John Riggs, Tracy Sowards, Adam White, and Tonya Wilson received their degrees after completing the CLIMB program through Wilberforce. CLIMB, Credentials for Leadership in Management and Business, is an accelerated, adult degree program administered through Wilberforce’s Adult and Continuing Education Department.

Royce Carpenter, a sign language interpreter in Disability Services, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management and also served as the interpreter for the graduation ceremony. Carpenter plans on attending Capital University’s Law School in Fall 2007 after completing a few of her general education courses this summer and fall.

Rosemary Mayberry, senior office associate in Sports and Exercise Studies, earned a Bachelor of Science in Global Management and Communications and plans on pursuing a master’s degree in counseling from The Ohio State University.

John Riggs, accountant I in the Accounts Receivable Office, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Management and Communications.

After completing a thesis project focusing on recruitment and retention of African-American males at community colleges, Tracy Sowards, office associate in Student Activities, earned a Bachelor of Science in Global Management and Communications. In April, she began a master’s program in Higher Education at Ohio University.

Adam White, a Telephone Information Center Representative, earned a Bachelor of Science in Global Management and Communications and is a member of the National Omicron-Psi Honor Society. He plans on attending The Ohio State University next year to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in English/Creative Writing.

Tonya Wilson, project specialist in Business and Industry Training Services, earned a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and was inducted into the National Omicron-Psi Honor Society.








Automotive Technology hosts Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition
Columbus State saw 20 of the state's top high school automotive mechanics compete in the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition on Friday, May 12. The competition, cosponsored by Columbus State, NAPA Auto Parts, and AAA took place inside the automotive facility.

The competition’s goal is to encourage young people to enter the automotive business, get training needed to be successful, and recognize the students and schools for their dedication and hard work to make it to the competition.

To reach the competition, 75 schools sent teams of up to eight students to take a written qualifying test at regional colleges, of which Columbus State was one. The two highest-scoring students from each school competed at the hands-on competition at Columbus State.

At the competition, each team diagnosed and repaired identical Ford Escapes that were bugged with identical malfunctions. The rules of the competition require repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship in the lowest total time.

Representatives from Ford Motor Company, AAA, and Bill Warner and Mark Mitchell from the Automotive and Applied Technologies department served as judges. Chuck Wilson, Ford ASSET coordinator and instructor, served as Technical Competition manager.

“We will probably sign up some of the contestants for the Ford ASSET program here at Columbus State,” says Wilson. “In fact, the two winners are very interested and have $5,000 scholarships for the ASSET program.”

The winning two-person team, from Buckeye Hills Career Center, will go on to the national finals June 24–27 in Dearborn, MI.


Last day for fiscal year 2006 purchases approaching soon
The last day to purchase goods and services for Fiscal Year 2006 (ending on June 30, 2006) is June 9, 2006. Other key dates are below:

  • June 8 - Last day to create on-line requisitions.
  • June 9 - Last day to place orders with vendors. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member and Brad Farmer, purchasing supervisor.
  • June 9 - Last day to requisition capital equipment. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member through your immediate supervisor by June 8.
  • June 30 - Date by which goods and services must be received in order to be charged to FY'06 budget.

Other related year end items:

  • Grant accounts may have unique payment deadline. Please contact your grant accounting representative if you have questions.
  • Please continue to process (approve for payment) invoices from vendors and receiving goods using PORC in Colleague.
  • Travel-related reimbursements must be submitted within 30 days upon return from travel or by July 31 if travel occurs in late July. Tuition reimbursements are not subject to this deadline and can be processed as usual.

If you need assistance expediting the delivery of goods or if you have questions regarding the Year End process, call the Purchasing office at ext. 2641, 5600, or 2443.


Employees rock at the sock hop

The Mouseketeers make a surprise visit At the Hop. Columbus State Mouseketeers include: front row from left, Charley Eschenbrenner, Sue Thomas, Erika Reese, Brittney Ryder, Dan Reese, and Tim Simpson; middle row from left, Cathy Hatfield, Barb Simpson, and Nina Reese; and back row, John Eschenbrenner.


Winners of the best costumes are Les King, chair of Medical and Sports Programs, and his wife Tracy. King says, “Now that the party is over, I have to drink an anti-nerd potion to keep from turning back into that nerd.”





Service award deadline in June
If you received a service award at the Spring In-Service Day held May 5, the deadline for ordering your service award gift from the selection catalog is Monday, June 12.

Discount tickets available for CSO concert

Pianist Benedetto Lupo
The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is once again offering Columbus State employees discounted tickets to this weekend’s concert featuring Pianist Benedetto Lupo and Conductor Laureate Alessandro Siciliani.

The concerts, held Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 21 at 3 p.m., will feature Strauss’ Don Juan, and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Symphonic Dances.

The CSO is offering a $9 discount on tickets for this show. To take advantage of the discount, contact the CSO Customer Service Center at 228 - 8600 and mention code # C14EMB. The center is open Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and concert Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Discount not valid with other discounts/offers or previously purchased tickets. Offer is not valid without proper code and does not apply to Rear Balcony seating.

Discount group rates are also available for this concert. Contact Aubrey Yuzva at 228 - 9600 ext.1214 for group ticket sales.