June 26, 2006

Staff Employee of the Month puts "assistance" into Student Assistance Center

Improving services to students, a commitment to the motto "Everyone Matters," and consistently going above and beyond the call of duty in his role with the Student Assistance Center has earned Financial Aid Advisor Vance Anania Staff Employee of the Month for June.

Examples of Anania's work to improve services are his tireless attention to the coordination of FAFSA workshops for students and production of web modules on the financial aid application process. "These modules are important resources for students with questions about financial aid," says Ken Conner, dean of Enrollment Services.

Colleague Barbara Allen, advisor in Strategic Enrollment Management, says, "Vance is dedicated to serving students in all capacities. He is patient, kind and thorough. He takes his time with students and really listens to them."

It is his quiet demeanor, enthusiasm, and open door policy that makes him so approachable. Through his compassionate manner he has helped hundreds of students work through the complicated financial aid process, with many students specifically requesting Anania's assistance. "He is one of the busiest members of the Student Assistance Center and for good reason. His service to students is excellent," says Conner.

Student Hope Moore says Anania was very patient with her when walking her through the complicated process of financial aid and that without him, she thinks she might not have received her financial aid.

"Vance's work ethic should be an example to all," says Jackie Stewart, associate registrar and supervisor of the Student Assistance Center. "He is dependable day in and day out. He comes to work with a smile on his face and leaves with a smile on his face."

"It is not an understatement to say that the Student Assistance Center would not be where it is today were it not for Vance's hard work and dedication," says Martin Maliwesky, director of Financial Aid.


Columbus State to receive Boeing 727 jet donated by FedEx

The Aviation Maintenance Department, the Criminal Justice Department and the Development Foundation invite the campus community to join them in welcoming N107FE, a Boeing 727 jet, being donated to the college by the FedEx Express worldwide shipping company. 

A FedEx Boeing 727 donated earlier in the year to Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina taxis to its new home.   A similar scene will take place Monday, June 26 at Bolton Field.

The jet will be used to train students in the Aviation Maintenance program, and the college is exploring the possibility of using the aircraft for future law enforcement training as well.

The aviation maintenance curriculum runs year round, so approximately 65 students will be on hand to welcome their new jet to the Alkire Road campus.

A Landing and Arrival Celebration will be held Monday, June 26, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Columbus State's Aviation Facility at Bolton Field, 5355 Alkire Road, in southwest Columbus. Parking is available at the Columbus State facility, and guests will walk or take a shuttle next door to the Bolton Field runway for the landing ceremony.

The jet is scheduled to land at 10 a.m. at Bolton Field, taxi to the tower, and officially retire in a ceremony beginning at approximately 10:15 a.m. Columbus State's own fire engine owned by the Fire Science program will provide the traditional "water cannon salute" to the retiring aircraft. A barbeque lunch sponsored by the Development Foundation will follow the ceremony.


Latino musician Ricky Hernández to perform, discuss music business

Musician, composer, writer, and producer create the score to Ricky Hernández's lyrical life. Growing up in a family full of performers--his father was a part-time bass player, his uncles were full-time musicians, his grandfather was a composer, arranger, musician and teacher, and his brother Bubba Hernández is a member of Brave Combo--it's only natural Hernández became a musician.

Hernández, whose recent release "Recuerdos," a collection of "Mexiclassical" compositions written by his grandfather Cenobio Hernández, will discuss life as a performing musician Thursday, June 29 at noon in the TL Music Room.

While performing compositions from his latest recording, Hernández will discuss his grandfather's influence on his music, the process of creating a record label, breaking into the music business, and how to bring a composition to life.

"Recuerdos" represents some of his grandfather's strongest selections of polkas, waltzes, and tango played with their inherent ragtime stride intact. Cenobio, who immigrated to San Antonio in the early part of the 20 th century, accompanied many silent movies and this influence can be heard throughout the 12 pieces on the album. The album, a labor of love 20 years in the making, is not only a tribute to his grandfather, but the first album under Ricky Hernández's his own label, RAH Records.

Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1951, it wasn't until the age of 12 that Ricky Hernández took notice of how cool it was to be an entertainer. While his mother, a music aficionado, exposed him to all genres of music including Rogers and Hammerstein and George Gershwin, it was hearing James Brown on an R&B radio station that changed his life forever.

Even though he wanted to be a singer, his cousin convinced him to bug his parents for an organ so he could play in their garage band. Hernández didn't think the organ was cool until he heard "Good Lovin'" by the Young Rascals. He got his first organ and his career began.

At age 13, Hernández began playing rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues in the band Zilches, and spent his teen years playing and recording 45s.

In 1970 he recorded an album with the blues band Eastwood Review, and spent the rest of the 70's playing rock and roll, jazz-rock, funk and R&B with various bands that were writing and performing their own music. The musical theater bug hit him and he was part of an original rock opera "Alice and Wonderland" based on Lewis Carrol's "Alice in Wonderland." He also co-wrote music for an original adaptation of Stevenson's "Dr. Jekle and Mr. Hyde," called "The Bloody Mr. Hyde."

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, Hernández is developing several projects including a TV sitcom, a musical, a one-man show, and an album that is a mix of his R&B and Latin roots. He will soon begin work on a second album featuring more of his grandfather's music.


Hal Merz retirement party Tuesday

The retirement party honoring Hal Merz will be held 3-5 p.m. June 27 in the Franklin Hall Boardroom.


Meet the new assistant

Paulette Fortea will be taking over retiring Jeanne Patton's duties as Dr. Moeller's administrative assistant as of June 30. Fortea is a Cleveland native and comes to Columbus State with over 25 years of administrative experience. Fortea "looks forward to meeting the campus community and working as part of the Columbus State team."




FY06 year end dates and information

Employees should continue to process (approve for payment) invoices received from vendors and receive goods using PORC in Colleague. Travel related reimbursement requests must be submitted, by college procedure, within 30 days upon return from travel, or by July 31 st if travel occurs in late June. Tuition reimbursement payments are not subject to this deadline and can be processed as usual. If you have questions regarding the year end closing process please contact Brad Farmer, ext. 2641 or Ann Helfrich, ext. 2420.

FY06 year end dates:

Date Process
6/30/06 Date by which goods and services must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid out of FY 2006 budget.
6/30/06 Date that all regular and blanket purchase orders expire.
6/30/06 Date that food purchase pre-approvals expire.
7/26/06 Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid out of FY 2006 budget. Late invoices will be charged to FY 2007 budget.

 It is recommended that new requisitions for blanket purchase orders be created soon after July 1st.


July 3 early closings due to Red, White and Boom event downtown

Campus offices will close at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3. Evening classes will be held as scheduled.