Thursday, May 8, 2008
Who you gonna call?
According to Robert Scholl, adjunct faculty in Accounting, you call Office Associate Linda Reid, the “go to” person in the Business Programs Department.
In Scholl’s nomination for Staff Employee of the Month, he jokingly compared Reid to the Ghostbusters, because “if something comes up, if a substitute is needed, if students need a tutoring room. . .you call Linda.”
“As a Bronze Star recipient who served in Viet Nam, I learned very early how important staff is to the success of any mission,” wrote Scholl. “Linda is the consummate team player who brings out the best in others by conveying a positive spirit herself.”
If it appears that Reid knows everything there is to know about the college, appearances may not be deceiving! She has 24 years of experience on the job, and as Scholl notes: “I have often overheard her on the phone counseling students of all ages and backgrounds, answering questions about possible enrollment, credit transfers, necessary classes, and location of facilities, just to name a few.”
“Linda also demonstrates a proactive nature that promotes the reduction of costs and the implementation of new ways to help our college succeed, “said supervisor Angelo Frole, chair of the Business Programs Department.
The Columbus State Police Academy Cadet Class participated in a walk-a-thon Saturday, May 3 for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) held at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus. The 19-member team was led by Columbus Police Officer and Academy instructor Thomas Paige. The police academy raised $1000 in pledges for NAMI.
Gerald Mueller, professor in Mathematics, gave a presentation on statewide credit transfer of mathematics courses at the Spring Meeting of the Ohio Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (OhioMATYC) held at Hueston Woods State Park on April 18. Faculty from two-year colleges from around the state attended the meeting. This was a follow-up to a recent article that Meuller wrote for the OhioMATYC Spring newsletter.
A representative from the Ohio Board of Regents also presented an update on the statewide initiative on college placement in mathematics and college readiness.
The focus of Mueller’s presentation was the Board of Regents initiative regarding the Transfer Assurance Guides (TAG), as well as the Ohio Transfer Module process regarding the transferability of college mathematics courses between Ohio public colleges and universities. The primary purpose of the talk was to familiarize community college faculty about the matching of courses for TAG equivalency between the institutions and the Mathematics TAG faculty panel review process.
Mueller serves as the Math TAG panel representative. He made recommendations for faculty to consider when matching their courses to the TAGs and also made suggestions about the kind of information they should include when submitting courses to the Board of Regents to improve the likelihood for panel approval for statewide transfer.
New campus printer “locator/installer” utility now availableA utility has been implemented to facilitate locating and printing to different printers on campus. This Web-based print-enabling application shows a floor plan view of campus buildings with installed printers. The utility allows you to select a campus printer that you wish to use by clicking on an icon on a floor plan view (provided that your login account has the appropriate access rights).The correct print driver automatically loads, and you may send the print request to the printer.
For additional information and access this utility, please visit the college's intranet page. If you have any questions or problems with the new printer utility, contact the Help Desk at ext. 5050 for assistance.
May is Motorcycle Awareness MonthIt's time to get out and enjoy Ohio. Whether you're traveling the state's scenic byways or interstates, in the coming weeks, motorists should begin noticing more motorcycles on the roads and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) wants to remind motorcyclists to "Ride Smart" and motorists to "Drive Smart".
Because of their smaller size, motorcyclists can be hidden in a vehicle's blind spot and are more vulnerable than passenger vehicle drivers in the event of a crash. National research shows that 80 percent of motorcycle crashes injure or kill a motorcycle rider, while only 20 percent of passenger car crashes injure or kill a driver or passenger in their vehicle. In 2007, 190 of then 1,257 fatalities on Ohio's roads were motorcyclists, an increase of 33 motorcycle deaths from 2006.
The Governor's Highway Safety Office recommends the following tips:
1. Always allow a motorcycle a full lane width and visually check for motorcycles in mirrors and blind spots before entering or leaving a lane and at intersections.
2. Remember, road conditions that are minor annoyances to other vehicles pose hazards to motorcyclists.
3. Allow three or four seconds following distance for a motorcycle to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
4. For motorcyclists: Ride SMART: Ride Sober. Ride Motorcycle Licensed. Ride Alert. Use the Right Gear. Ride Trained.
For training opportunities and other important motorcycle safety information, you can go to the Motorcycle Ohio web site at:http://www.motorcycle.ohio.gov/default.html.
Together, we can make a difference.