Monday, February 18, 2008

The Division of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series presents
How to recognize and help potential suicides among college-age students

Rick Baumann
Rick Baumann

Every 16 minutes someone in the United States will die by suicide.  Among college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death.  This tragedy also has a lasting impact on the family, friends and community of the victim. Join the Division of Arts and Sciences at a lecture on the topic by Rick Baumann, Tuesday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m. in WD Room 404. The lecture is free and open to the public.

This presentation will cover the basics of suicide prevention with a focus on college-age suicide.  Topics will include the role of mental illness, warning signs of immediate risk, and how to help suicidal individuals.  The DVD “The Truth about College Suicide” will be shown. Information on local resources will be shared and handouts will be available. 

Presenter Rick Baumann has a long history of involvement in the field of suicide prevention.  Following the suicide attempt of his teenage son in 1991, Baumann, a plumber by trade, applied to be a volunteer with the Suicide Prevention Services.  As a Hotline worker, and later as a trainer and a speaker, Baumann put in an amazing 5,000 hours of service.  He now serves as the Assistant Coordinator of Suicide Prevention Services.  Because he is also a survivor of several suicides by family members, Rick brings a deep compassion and unique perspective to the topic.

Woods named Early Childhood “Teacher of Teachers”Tricia May Woods, early language and literacy specialist in the Early Childhood Development department, has been given the 2008 Ohio Associate for the Education of Young Children “Teacher of Teachers” Award.

“The Ohio AEYC Awards celebrate those dedicated to the field of early childhood education and acknowledge dedicated professionals whose work affects the quality of care for young children in all settings and their families,” said Lisa Mandelert, of the Ohio AEYC Awards committee.

Woods will receive her award at the annual Early Care and Education Conference April 5 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Carringer completes interactive marketing certificatePaul Carringer, assistant professor in the Marketing Department, recently completed a certificate program in Interactive Marketing, from the National Center for Database Marketing.  The Interactive Marketing track was one of five tracks offered at the three-day conference and “ included best practices, case studies, metrics and benchmarks to help database marketers find practical approaches to today’s customer data and technology challenges,” according to Carringer.

Free online service helps Ohioans file taxestax formsAs April 15 nears, thousands of Ohioans are preparing to file their taxes. A new free online program is now available through the Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB), a web-based program that connects low- and moderate-income Ohioans with access to work supports such as tax credits and public benefits.

The self-service program, accessible at www.OBB.Ohio.Gov, is designed to help working individuals and families, whose annual income is less than $54,000, prepare and file their taxes electronically at no cost to them.  Clients can also check potential eligibility for other work support benefits, such as health care coverage, home energy assistance, child care subsidies and food stamps. 

Individuals who do not have web access or would rather work with a trained counselor can visit one of Ohio’s more than 120 Benefit Bank sites and clinics.  At these sites and clinics, counselors help Ohioans prepare and file their federal and state income tax returns at no cost to them. And, if eligible, clients can claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and receive a tax refund quickly – usually within seven to 10 days.  At these counselor-assisted sites and clinics, clients can also apply for other work supports, such as health care coverage, home energy assistance, child care subsidies and food stamps. 

Each year, more than $1.6 billion dollars in tax credits and other work supports go unclaimed by eligible Ohioans who do not apply.  More than 95 percent of these unclaimed funds are federal dollars.  Claiming these dollars will bring more federal money to Ohio, therefore helping to boost the State’s economy.

For more information or to locate an Ohio Benefit Bank site nearest you, call 1-800-648-1176 or visit www.OBB.Ohio.Gov.

Students named OCCAC Basketball Players of the Week

Jerrel Sanders
Jerrel Sanders
Mariano Bowles
Mariano Bowles

Jerrel Sanders and Mariano Bowles of Columbus State were named Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Men's Basketball Players of the Week for their outstanding play in wins over Owens Community College and Lakeland Community College last week.