Monday, December 14, 2009
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Holiday hours announced Columbus State will close at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 24. The campus and all offices also will be closed all day Friday, December 25, and Saturday, December 26.

The college will be open for regular hours Thursday, December 31, and Saturday, January 2.

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Medical Exploring Program helps students plan careers

Medical explorer students
Michelle Heller, adjunct faculty member in Medical Assisting Technology, explains a piece of equipment to high school students in the Medical Explorers.

Former TV doctor Doogie Howser never had it this good: a real-life hands on medical exploring program for high school students. It happens every month on the Columbus State campus, where staff and faculty members in the Allied Health Department volunteer to mentor and guide prospective health care students.

The program teaches students not only what a medical assistant is and what they do; it also directs them in what college prep courses they should take prior to high school graduation.
-Fauna Stout

Affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life Initiative, the program brings together juniors and seniors from area high schools to meet the third Wednesday night of each month.

“It’s an up and coming field and a great career,” says Medical Assisting Program Coordinator Fauna Stout. “The program teaches students not only what a medical assistant is and what they do; it also directs them in what college prep courses they should take prior to high school graduation. Taking courses like biology and chemistry will help reduce the number of prerequisites that are necessary prior to acceptance in the medical assisting program.”

Following an open house in October, the first session took place on November 18 in the medical assisting lab. Students learned the basics of vital signs, EKG and autoclave—a device used to sterilize equipment and supplies. A different Allied Health program is featured each month. Upcoming stops include the Respiratory Care Lab, Medical Laboratory Technology Lab and the Dental Hygiene Pre-Clinic. The two-hour sessions give students time to see firsthand the scope of practice associated with each profession.

Through out the year-long course, students are given the opportunity to observe, and in many cases participate, as they learn the skills necessary for each of the particular professions. With the final session set for April, these high school students of today will be one step ahead of their peers as they plan for a post-secondary education.

Those volunteering as advisors for the program are Fauna Stout, Medical Assisting, and Sandy Arrighi, Medical Laboratory. Connie Grossman, Allied Health Department chair, is the administrative advisor, and Mary Ann Canter, Respiratory Care, is the primary advisor. Other faculty and staff volunteers include Sue Donohue, Respiratory Care; Mary Ellen Tancred, Medical Laboratory; Lisa Cerrato and Jane Roberts, Health Information Management; Connie Clark, Dental Hygiene; and Cheryl Trogus, Allied Health Department office associate.


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LexisNexis new search interface coming in January LexisNexis is releasing a significant update to the LexisNexis Academic interface in January 2010. The most dramatic changes are in the navigation menu, the Easy Search form, and the color scheme. More information can be found at the LexisNexis wiki:

A link to the beta version of the new interface is now posted on the ERC web site at:

Faculty who have incorporated screen shots of LexisNexis into their course assignments will want to review the changes and update their assignments as needed. As always, the ERC reference librarians are available to provide instruction sessions to students on search methods and strategies for LexisNexis and other library databases. Faculty can call the ERC reference services desk at ext. 2460 to schedule sessions for their classes. Sessions also can be scheduled by e-mailing the reference supervisor, Kim Leggett, at

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New issue of Health and Wellness newsletter online nowA holiday issue of USI Insurance’s newsletter is available online now with articles about watching your weight during the holidays, reducing stress, and getting more active during the winter months. You can read it here. USI also has a flyer with the “Top Ten Holiday Stress reducing Tips, including how to spend less on gifts, using the internet to shop, and calming foods you can eat!

The Huntington Holiday Train is at the Main Library

The Huntington Holiday Train is now on display at Main Library, 96 S. Grant Ave. (free one-hour parking). The beautiful winter scene includes seven miniature trains running on 280 feet of track through tunnels, over bridges, around mountains and among replicas of German homes, churches and other historic buildings. For more details, including hours of operation, go to: You can even see a Youtube video of the train in action here.

It’s a quick walk over there on your lunch hour, so try to stop over during the break!




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Last day to donate!The Annual Combined Charitable Giving Campaign will wrap up on Friday, December 18. You can view the campaign Donor Guide by logging onto the intranet, where you can also complete the pledge form. You can then send your donation directly to campaign coordinator, Barb Smith-Allen, in Institutional Advancement, Franklin Hall.

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couponBookstore has employee appreciation until Christmas!Stop over to the Bookstore now that the crowds are thinned, and you can get 30-75 percent off on apparel, gifts, general books, backpacks and Christmas merchandise!