April 25, 2011
Distinguished Teachers, Employee of Year named
Four faculty and one staff member were honored during In-Service Day April 22 with the annual Distinguished Teaching Award and the Staff Employee of the Year award.
Given the Distinguished Teaching Award were: Frank Barnhart, theater instructor; Dan Chaney, professor of Spanish; Amy Hatfield, mathematics instructor; and Connie Clark, instructor and clinical coordinator in Dental Hygiene. Distinguished Teachers are nominated by their students, and selected by a committee of past distinguished teachers who review their portfolios and observe the nominees in the classroom. The DTA winners received a plaque and a cash award of $2500.
The Staff Employee of the Year award was given to Maureen Erney, program coordinator, Central Scheduling . The Staff Employee of the Year is selected from the 12 Staff Employee of the Month winners over the past year. Erney was also awarded a plaque and a $2500 cash award.
Shredding truck to return soon
We apologize for the Iron Mountain shredding truck's absence during Friday's In-Service day. The college is working to get them back on campus very soon to fulfill their obligation. Please watch for a new date, time, and location in an upcoming issue of Update.
Employee textbook scholarship created in memory of Mike Stancil
During Friday’s Spring In-Service Day, Mandy Gollhofer announced a book scholarship fund set up for employees in memory of the late Mike Stancil, former director of the Bookstore. Stancil’s estate made a generous contribution to the college which helped start the fund. Additional contributions were added and it now totals more than $6,300. In order to endow the fund so that it continues to give year after year, a minimum of $10,000 is needed. Remember, this scholarship will be used only for full-time staff employees. If you would like to donate to this scholarship, contact Andy Laux in the Development Foundation, at ext. 5101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hill earns master’s degree
Karen Hill, office associate in Aviation Maintenance Technology, recently graduated from Walden University with a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology. Hill earned her associate degree in Office Administration from Columbus State in 2006. In 2009, she earned an Associate in Business Administration and a B.S. in Applied Management from Franklin University.
Summer Quarter training schedule sign-ups start May 9
The Human Performance Center (HPC) will begin scheduling for Summer Quarter 2011 personal training on Monday, May 9, beginning at 6 a.m., in person only at the HPC.
All scheduling will be done only through Mandi Cecil, HPC coordinator. Due to high demand, scheduling requests via email and/or voicemail cannot be accepted.
Scheduling will start at 6 a.m. Monday for those who have completed a quarterly fitness assessment during Spring Quarter. New clients may schedule beginning May 16.
You must sign the client/trainer agreement before you will be put in the schedule book. Payment for personal training is taken through the Cashier’s Office (Rhodes Hall, 2nd Floor).
When you schedule, you will receive a statement to take with you to the Cashier’s Office to pay, including any credits that are due.
You must pay within 48 hours of scheduling to hold your spot. If your statement has not been paid within 48 hours of scheduling you will be removed from the HPC schedule. It will be your responsibility to reschedule yourself.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Cecil at ext.2083.
Create engaging interactive lesson presentations in your Blackboard course
SoftChalk is a powerful web lesson editor that lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons for your e-learning classroom. During this introductory session you will learn the basics of how to use the SoftChalk Lesson Builder to convert your existing content into engaging and interactive web lessons that can easily be placed into your Blackboard course.
Please join us and learn from one of the most knowledgeable and creative instructors that is actively pioneering the use of SoftChalk at Columbus State.
Introduction to SoftChalk (2 Hours)
When: Look up and register for a SoftChalk session
Facilitated by: Melissa Logue, Instructor, Modern Languages
Kids in College Summer Camp now taking applications
Kids in College will be held June 13-24 on the Columbus State campus. The camp is open to children entering the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in the fall of 2011. Two program tracks are offered: “Exploring the Future,” focuses on art, science, literature, drama and physical education, and “Tooling up for the Future” focuses on computer robotics, mass communication, conflict resolution, and environmental science.
Special events will be held including a trip to Battelle Darby Park and a trip to the Kelton House/Underground Railroad. Special visits on campus include the Columbus Zoo, COSI, Eric Paton the Taiko Drummer, Songs of America, and a safety presentation by Columbus State staff.
The cost for the two-week program is $330, with breakfast and lunch provided. The application is online here, or can be obtained by calling Claudia Fowler at ext. 5961.
Photography winners announced at Downtown Digital Arts Fest
Gene Strickland, coordinator of the Digital Photography program, announced the winners of the photo competition at the recent Downtown Digital Arts Fest, held April 5-7 in the Columbus State Conference Center.
Winners and their categories were: Amy Cohen, alternative size; Donna Federspiel, close up/macro; Evelyn Kamaitha, portraiture: Kathleen O'Dowd, landscape; Tyler Heichel, digital illustration; and Donna Federspiel, Best in Show.
In his speech at the awards ceremony April 7, Strickland told a story: “Paganini, a great violinist, owned a Stradivarius—one of the rarest instruments of its kind. It was so rare that when he gave a concert the press focused on the violin and not on Paganini. One night, he came out on stage, held up the violin and cut two of the strings. He then played the concert on the remaining two strings. At the end of the concert he told the audience, ‘It is not the violin. It is the violinist who makes the music.’ The same is true for photography. Cameras do not make great pictures, people do. It is not the type of camera you have, but the interest, time and dedication you bring to learning the diverse skill sets required to become a good digital photographer.”
Join an employee golf league
All fulltime employees interested in playing golf at the Columbus State Bridgeview Golf Course are invited to join a new coed golf league that will start in May. The league accepts all playing levels. It’s a perfect opportunity to come out and have fun playing golf with your coworkers on the college’s very own beautiful nine-hole golf course. You will also earn points toward the Wellness Incentive Program and the Wellness Team Challenge. For more information on the golf league, contact Doug Rellick at ext. 2290 by April 29.
Didn’t get to Bike to Work Friday?
Not many people braved the driving rain April 22 to try bicycle commuting, but there’s still time to try out your wheels now that better spring weather is approaching and gas prices are still rising! Columbus State has a special page on bicycle commuting where you can even view a new Bike to Work video.
Komen Race for the Cure is May 14
It’s not too late to register to participate in the annual Komen Race for the Cure, which offer a variety of events on Saturday, May 14. You may participate in the 5K (3.1 miles) Run, 5K (3.1 miles) Walk, One-Mile Family Fun Walk or Sleep in for the Cure. The first 52,000 participants, no matter the event, will receive a 2011 Race for the Cure t-shirt with their registration fee. Click here to register online. If you'd prefer to complete your registration offline, please download one of the following registration forms:
The Komen Race for the Cure raises funds for breast cancer research.