July 25, 2013
Join our “Pelaton!”
Columbus State has formed a peloton (team) for Pelotonia 2013 that consists of bicycle riders, virtual riders and volunteers. Every dollar raised by Pelotonia goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
In its first four years, Pelotonia has attracted more than 11,100 riders and raised $42 million for cancer research.
If you’d like to join the Columbus State Peloton, you can become a virtual rider for just $10, or you can donate to one of the Columbus State riders or volunteers by going online to http://pelotonia.org/. Find the “Profiles” section and search for Columbus State! If you have questions about Columbus State’s Peloton 2013, contact Beth Bates.
The Columbus Crossroads Project has announced that Cleveland Ave. northbound between Mt. Vernon Ave. and Jack Gibbs Blvd. will be reduced to one lane beginning at 7:00 a.m. Friday, August 2. The closure is expected to last about two weeks as part of the road widening project.
The closure will mean that the Grove Street entrance to campus will also be closed. Those traveling southbound on Cleveland Ave. or exiting from I670 eastbound to Cleveland Ave. will have to travel south to Long Street, turn left and enter campus on either Washington Ave. or Jefferson Ave.
All lanes on Cleveland Ave. and the campus entrance at Grove St. are expected to be open by August 16.
Annual Reviews for full-time employees are due to Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. All forms and information needed to complete the Annual Reviews can be found here: http://www.cscc.edu/about/hcd/performs/review.shtml
For additional information, or assistance, please contact your HR business partner at ext. 2408.
Get free tickets to the fourth annual 10TV Health & Fitness EXPO on July 27 and 28 in the Columbus Convention Center. The 10TV on-air team will be at the EXPO, along with national celebrity guests, cooking demos, health screenings, and fun fitness activities for kids and parents alike -- and over 150 wellness exhibitors. Email Nichole Bowman-Glover, Columbus State Wellness Coordinator, to get your ticket(s).
The EXPO is at the Greater Columbus Convention Center located at 400 N. High St., from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 27 and July 28, 2013. The Expo is in Halls E and F near the Goodale Street entrance.
It is time for Taste the Future 2013! Join us on August 13 to kick-off Columbus State's 50th Anniversary celebration and enjoy food from more than 50 local establishments—all while helping to provide much-needed scholarships for our students.
Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at www.tastethefuture.com/tickets.
(CHANGE: The Anniversary Group photo has been changed to Friday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. on the courtyard due to scheduling challenges during the first week of the semester!) If you missed the Columbus State 40th anniversary group photo back in 2003, don’t worry—we’ll do it all over again for the 50th anniversary! We will meet on the plaza in front of the statue on Friday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m. and position ourselves for the picture taken from the roof of Union Hall. We’ll make the print available for everyone who wants one, just like we did on the 40th.
Although our local weather has recently taken a turn for the cooler, this warning from the International Parking Institute bears repeating:
More than 20 children under the age of five have already died this year after becoming overheated in parked, unattended vehicles, according to Jan Null, professor at San Francisco University who tracks heat stroke deaths of children in cars.
Tragically that number is likely to rise as summer continues.
More than 600 children have died from hyperthermia, the medical term for overheating, in parked cars in the past decade, according to Kids and Cars, a child safety advocacy group. That number has increased ten-fold since concerns about the dangers of front airbag deployment relegated children to the rear seat, where they are more easily forgotten.
Children's internal temperature rises at three to five times the rate of adults'. At the same time, a parked car's interior can heat up by 19 degrees in the first 10 minutes, and more than 40 degrees in an hour. Even in mild temperatures of 70 degrees, the inside of a car can surpass a heat index of 110, even with the windows open a crack.
Statistics show 20 percent of these tragic cases occurred when a parent or caregiver forgot to drop a child off at daycare in the morning, continuing on with their busy day with the child locked in the rear seat, according to Null.
To help prevent such tragedies, the International Parking Institute urges drivers to routinely put their cell phones, purses, or briefcases in the back seat, out of reach of children, but as a reminder to check the back seat.
While there are devices on the market that have sensors and warning systems to alert drivers when a child is in the car, a study by Consumer Reports last year found them unreliable.
Child safety groups recommend parents make it a habit to "look before they lock" and coordinate with daycare providers to call if your child does not show up as scheduled. Other tips include placing a large stuffed animal in the child's car seat when empty - and moving it to the front seat when traveling with a child as a visual reminder.
IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE, says it is also important to take action if you see an unattended child in any parked car. In these cases, calling 911 will bring assistance from a local police or fire department that can open the car while parents are located.