February 3, 2011
Lean on me!
Veterinary Technology students Julie Washburn and Melissa Fisher balance on each other as they trek across the ice that layered campus Tuesday morning. Campus was delayed opening until 10 a.m. to give road and building crews time to salt major pathways. A power outage from ice and high winds in Delaware County kept the Delaware Campus closed through Wednesday.
Systems administrator cuts queries from hours to seconds
Joel Mathias likes things to run faster. As a systems administrator in Information Technology, he is able to write code that will speed up many processes for his clients on campus. His talents earned him the Staff Employee of the Month award for February 2011.
“I wrote a query that was taking hours to run,” said SEOM nominator Jaimie Allen, Fiscal and Compliance Services. “He noticed it and helped me rewrite the code to make it run in a few seconds!”
“Joel is one of the most knowledgeable resources on this campus,” said Shawn Ferguson, Mathias’ supervisor. “He shows his dedication every day by giving suggestions for improvements, or pointing out things that could become issues before they arise,” he said.
“Joel also improved the performance of the financial aid transmittal process, which saves me a couple of hours and a lot of frustration,” said Allen. “He says he’s just doing his job, but he really does go above and beyond.”
Mathias worked at Columbus State for seven years in the 90s before being hired by a private firm called Compuware. The company placed him back on the campus in 2002 and a year later he was rehired by Columbus State. He has worked as a microcomputer specialist, programmer analyst, database administrator, application developer and is currently a systems administrator for database environments.
Mathias and his wife Jami are cat people—they have five cats, two of which he found abandoned as newborns on his front steps. Not surprisingly, he likes to work on computers at home, too, but he also likes to draw, write, play soccer and ice hockey to keep things interesting! Watch the SEOM February video here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg5wYy2xoPA
Wellness seminar: Financial Planning: Part 1
Join faculty member Jill Cadotte, CPA, CTFA, instructor in Finance, on Tuesday, February 8, for this financial wellness session on financial planning. The session will be held from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in CT107, and also broadcast to the Delaware Administration building, in room 129. You can even get points toward the Wellness Incentive Program and the Wellness Team Challenge. RSVP by contacting Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.
Columbus State basketball Cougars ranked 7th nationally, Cosey Player of the Week
Even after a one-point loss to Owens Community College last week, (71-70) the Columbus State men’s basketball team climbed up the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings one place, from 8th to 7th in the latest poll taken Tuesday.
Glenn Cosey, a 6’0” forward from Flint, Michigan was named NJCAA Player of the Week for the last week of January. In back-to-back games against Cincinnati State and Edison CC, he averaged 32 points, 11.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game. Cosey also shot 9-of-13 from beyond the arc over the two games.
Columbus State is now in a three-way tie for first in the Ohio Conference (OCCAC) with Cincinnati State and Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus, each with four wins and two losses in the conference. Columbus State’s overall season record (19-4) is better than Cincinnati (17-7) and Tri-C (10-8). The Cougars play Cuyahoga CC Saturday at home. Women’s tipoff is at 1:00 and men’s at 3:00 p.m.
Columbus State’s Miller is Firefighter of the Year
During his childhood it was obvious Brian Miller would become a firefighter.
His parents searched far and wide, including flea markets and auctions, for firefighter gear to help his drive to decorate his whole room in a "fireman" motif.
"I've wanted to do this my entire life, since I was 3 years old.” Miller said.
That interest grew to a career for the 34-year-old Westerville resident, and on Jan. 22, Miller's lifelong passion for firefighting was recognized when he was named the Ohio Firefighter/EMT of the Year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The group also awarded him the VFW National Firefighter Award.
Miller is an adjunct instructor in Columbus State’s Fire Science and EMS technologies, teaching CPR.
"Brian is incredibly deserving of this award and recognition, and we are so proud that our division has access to his talents and his commitment to the residents of Westerville and Blendon Township," said Westerville Fire Chief Bernie Ingles.
Miller lives in Westerville's Hampton Estates neighborhood with wife Jennifer and their sons Alex, 2, and Grant, 2 months. He has worked for the Westerville Division of Fire for 11 years.
Originally from Reynoldsburg, Miller was introduced to Westerville at 15 when he participated in city's fire cadet program and later when he attended Otterbein College.
When he's not on duty as a firefighter-paramedic, Miller is active volunteering in the community.
He's a member of Westerville's Honor Flight Committee, which was the recipient of the $300 check included as part of his VFW award. He served as co-chairman of the division's 150th anniversary celebration in 2010, and he works closely with the Westerville Citizens Auxiliary Resource Team, a group of citizen academy graduates who volunteer for fire division events, activities and public education.
One priority for Miller has been education, as he teaches the Citizens Fire Academy and the Westerville Fire Experience as well as teaching at Columbus State. He said it's important for the public to understand the work firefighters do.
"I love my career and any chance I have to share it with someone else, I take the opportunity to do so," he said.
Photo and news story reprinted courtesy of Suburban News Publications.
Recent ice storm and weather closings increases Rave mobile alert registrations
Director of Public Safety John Nestor reports that registrations to the new Rave Mobile Text Alert system jumped from about 7,000 to more than 9,000 this week, in the wake of several emergency closings. The system was used to alert registrants to a delayed opening on Tuesday, early closing that same day, and the closed campus in Delaware both Tuesday and Wednesday, due to power outages and icy roads in that county.
Some employees have decided that they’d rather not receive both voice and text messages in the case of an emergency. The following steps can be taken to alter your profile in the Rave system to only receive text messages. Subscribers who would only like to receive voice messages on their home phone can also do so.
If you'd rather not receive a phone call (especially early in the morning,) take the following steps; this will allow you to still receive the text alerts without receiving a call. But know that the texts may still arrive early in the morning.
Go to the CSCC Rave site: www.CSCC.edu/Rave
Click SIGN UP TODAY. This will take you to CSCC's site on Rave Mobile.
Log in using your Columbus State password
About half way down the page, you'll see MOBILE CONTACTS
Uncheck the box that says "Enable Voice Message Delivery"
Continue through the rest of the steps, making no changes, until you can select DONE
Then log out
NOTE: If you add any Voice Only Line Contacts, you will receive a call on that line.
Weekly Security Tip:
Beware of phishing emails
You may occasionally get emails requesting that your information be verified, etc. This email may ask you to provide your username and password or a web site link to click on to sign in.
If you do this, hackers will be able to obtain your login information to gain access to your account. You can forward any emails like this to your spam filter by marking them as spam or delete them from your mailbox. If the email was replied to then it’s important to change your password immediately.
To see other tips about phishing email, click here to check out the following article by Microsoft.com. If you have any questions, please call Rob Clifford at ext. 3686.
Department statistics now available
The Winter Quarter 2011 FTE and Headcount Reports by academic departments, the Columbus Campus, the Delaware Campus, Off-Campus Centers and Distance Learning are now available by following this link:
If you have any questions, please contact Jim Hamberg at email@example.com.
ZENworks to be upgraded starting Feb. 7
Columbus State’s Communication Technologies and PC Services team is ready to install an upgrade to ZENworks, an application used for computer systems management.
The upgrade process will take approximately 5-10 minutes (more or less depending on the PC), will involve one reboot at the end of the installation, and will require no user interaction prior to the reboot.
For planning purposes, please refer to the following schedule to see when your building will receive the upgrade:
February 7: Eibling
February 9: Columbus
February 11: Union
February 15: Delaware, off campus locations (includes Delaware campus)
February 17: Center for Technology & Learning, West side of Cleveland Avenue
February 21: Nestor
February 23: Rhodes, Madison
February 25: Davidson, Aquinas
February 28: Franklin
For more information about the installation and troubleshooting, go
online here for details.