Thursday, January 15, 2009


Two financial workshops offered for “Lunch and Learn”Mid State logoMidstate Educators Credit Union will present two Lunch and Learn workshops in January with valuable financial information. “Out of Debt” and will be offered Wednesday, January 21, from noon – 1 p.m. in WD 305. Learn how you can realistically set a plan for becoming debt free (especially from credit card debt).

identity theft graphic“How to Avoid ID Theft and Scams” will be offered on Thursday, January 29, from noon – 1 p.m. in WD 305. Learn the ways thieves and scam artists try to part you from your money.

Please email Lou Ann Carman to sign up for these classes.  Space is limited, and printed materials will be provided.


Openings for cars with steering, suspension, brake and engine problemsgraphic of carThe Automotive Technology Lab will be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 145- Advanced Steering and Suspension class. If your car is 10 years or newer and vibrates while in motion while your foot is off of the brake, pulls to one side, or makes unusual noises while turning or going over a bump, or you have a TPMS light (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) then the AUTO 145 class may be able to help.

The Automotive Technology Lab will be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 155- Advanced Brake class. If your car is 10 years or newer, and is squeaking, making unusual noises, pulling to one side, vibrating while the brakes are being applied, or you have little-to-no brake pedal, then the AUTO 155 class may be able to help.

The lab will be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 185- Advanced Engine Performance class. If your car is 10 years or newer and you have a check engine light, engine miss, high or low idle speed, hesitation during acceleration, or the engine cranks but won’t start, then the AUTO 185 class may be able to help.

For more information, please e-mail Dave Hill at Please note that there are a very limited number of appointments available and there is a $10.00 lab fee for work performed.


"We're here for you. What do you need?" Brown Bag event plannedThe Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning (ITDL) department is creating a Web site to support faculty needs. This is your Web site so come let us know what you'd like us to include. Discussion led by Les King.

Wednesday, January 21
11:30a.m.-1p.m., Center for Teaching Innovation (CT) Room 107
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Also Thursday, January 22
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young writerSubmit your best work to Spring StreetSpring Street, Columbus State’s literary and visual arts journal, is now accepting submissions for the 2009 edition. Students, faculty, and employees are invited to submit poetry, short stories, essays, short plays, photography, or artwork. The deadline for submitting is February 20.

Visit for a full list of guidelines. Submit your work online or drop off your submission into one of the Spring Street drop boxes, located in the Library and Nestor Hall 420. Each submission must be accompanied by the submission form found at the Spring Street Web site above.


Seats available in Grant Writing WorkshopColumbus Division of Police Regional Training Center and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grant writing workshop in Columbus, February 2-3. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.

Tuition of $425 includes all materials: workbook and accompanying 220MB resource CD with tools and more than 200 sample grant proposals. Seating is limited; online reservations are necessary. For more information including location and maps, graduate testimonials and instant, online enrollment, please visit:





Gantt plan without it!From time to time, we’ve all heard someone reference using a “Gantt chart.” Aside from the funny spelling, if you’ve ever wondered what type of chart it is and how it’s used, it’s a handy tool for planning.
A Gantt chart is a horizontal bar chart tool that can be used to represent the timing of tasks required to complete a project. Gantt charts bear the name of Henry Gantt (1861–1919), who designed his chart around the years 1910-1915 and popularized it in Western culture.
Gantt charts provide a graphic illustration of a schedule that helps a person plan, coordinate, and track specific tasks in a project. Some Gantt charts also include the person(s) responsible for completing a particular task.

Gantt chartIn a Gantt chart, each task takes up one row and is listed down the left hand side of the chart in the first column. The time frame runs along the top in increments of days, weeks or months, depending on your project time frame. The expected time for each task is represented by a horizontal bar whose left end marks the expected beginning of the task, and the right end marks the expected completion date of the task. Tasks may run sequentially, in parallel, or overlapping.

The chart is updated by filling in the bar when the task is accomplished. When all the bars are filled in, your project is finished, and that’s a satisfying feeling!