Monday, October 19, 2009

Vet Tech students featured in national journalcover artColumbus State’s veterinary technology students graced the cover of the Fall 2009 issue of NAVTA Journal, the professional journal from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. And inside the issue-- even more great press! The members of the Student Chapter of NAVTA were featured in an article about their club, activities, fundraisers, officers and mentorship program. The Chapter has more than doubled its membership in the past year. President of the chapter, Rob Smith, also was profiled in a story titled “Breaking the Mold.” Smith is a nontraditional student in the Vet Tech program because he is 43 years old, male, and starting his second career after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in 1989. Smith explains in the article that he “decided to follow my childhood dreams and pursue a career in the veterinary health care field.”

You can read the NAVTA Journal in its entirety here.


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Disability Awareness Month to offer many activities, eventsOctober is Disability Employment Awareness Month, and along with the month-long art exhibit “Accessible Expression Ohio” in the ERC art gallery, the Office of Disability Services also will coordinate the following special events:

poster artOctober 20: “Current Strategies for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum”
3 - 4:30 p.m. - WD Room 407.
A workshop on the teaching and learning process for college students on the autism spectrum including Aspergers Syndrome.  Practical tips and resources will be shared.
Presenter: Matthew Wilson, Educational Specialist, Educational Service Center of Central Ohio Autism College Transition (ACT) program
October 22: Alternate Media presentation,
Noon - 1p.m., Eibling Hall, Room 101.
A demonstration and discussion of the software and hardware used to produce alternate media (e-texts, etc.) for students with disabilities.
Presenter: Alissa Price, Disability Services Assistant, Disability Services
October 23: “Teaching Students with Disabilities in Speech and Hearing”
1 - 3 p.m., Nestor Hall, Room 010.
A workshop is sponsored by the Communication Skills department
Presenters: Professor Gail Whitelaw, Ph.D., The Ohio State University Speech and Hearing department, and Cameron Crane, Ohio Department of Education, Hearing Disabilities.

Dr. Whitelaw will provide an overview of speech and hearing challenges such as stuttering, stammering, and other speaking issues and provide tips on communicating and working with this population of students. Mr. Crane will discuss ways to teach and communicate with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
October 26: “Access to Higher Education”
2 - 3 p.m., WD Room 404.
This workshop will focus on access to higher education for people with disabilities and its historical connection to civil rights and social justice.
Presenter: Scott Lissner, University ADA Coordinator, The Ohio State University
October 28: Disability Services Open House
1 - 3 p.m., Eibling Hall, Room 101
Take an opportunity on In-Service Day to visit Disability Services’ new office and student support service space and to meet the staff.

October 30: Student Panel
11a.m. - noon, Eibling Hall, Room 101
Presenters: Columbus State students
A panel of students with disabilities will talk about their education at Columbus State and the services they receive.

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OTAP graduates 14graduates
State Representative Tracy Maxwell Heard was the keynote speaker at a graduation ceremony for 14 students in the Orientation to Trades and Apprenticeships Program (OTAP) September 21 in the Workforce Development Center Ballroom.

Provost Judith Scherer, Dean Jane Schaefer and OTAP Supervisor Carol Higgins also addressed the graduating class. To achieve an OTAP Certificate, the students (pictured above showing off their certificates and gift work boots) were required to take part in a ten-week course that included six hours of classroom and hands-on training five days a week. The course allows them to enter the work force in construction trades, sustainable and renewable energy jobs, weatherization and all trade apprenticeships.

Celebrate “National Save for Retirement Week” October 18-24The following Financial Wellness activities will be offered for employees during National Save for Retirement Week:

retirement signOhio Deferred Compensation Program
Enrollment Day: Monday, October 19,
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

A representative will be outside of the Cafeteria in Union Hall. Stop by during this period to speak with the representative. This is an opportunity to join the plan or review your account with a rep.

Budgeting Seminar
Thursday, October 22,
12:00-1:00 p.m. WD 302

This seminar will provide cost-effective, time-saving budgeting techniques that may be used by anyone, as well as help employees utilize available tools and resources to get out of debt.
Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, ext. 3989 to RSVP.

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Upcoming events at the Columbus State Bookstore!Scholastic Book Fair at the Bookstore
CliffordBring the family to "Read around the World" at the Scholastic Book Fair, featuring books for every age and reading level!
Thursday, Oct. 22, is Family Fun Night from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Bookstore. Bring the little ones to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and Clawdette, the Columbus State mascot!
Bundled T-Shirt Sale
Bundles of two Columbus State t-shirts are on sale for $14.99 (reg. $19.99). Sale dates October 19–24. No other discounts apply. In-store purchases only.
Halloween Sale
Save 25% on all Halloween merchandise October 19–27. No other discounts apply. In-store purchases only.

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Webinar: “Create Content that Meets Quality Matters Standards for Online Courses” Quality Matters is a set of forty specific elements, distributed across eight broad standards, by which to evaluate the design of online and hybrid courses. These standards help to design the layout of a course, making sure it is optimizing student learning. Webinar presenters are Samita Ghoshal, Instructional Designer and faculty, Lone Star College, Texas, and Sharon Rifkin, District Director, e-Learning and faculty, Broward College, Fla.

Attend this Webinar on Thursday, October 22, at 2 p.m. in CT 107. Click here to register