Thursday, February 19, 2009

Notice of total systems outage for planned maintenance,
Feb. 22
There will be a total system outage on Sunday, February 22, from midnight to 4 a.m., in order to replace the campus firewalls. All services will be unavailable during that time.    


Input on logos, symbols, sought by Shared Governance council

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The Human Capacity Development committee of Shared Governance, with input from Institutional Advancement and other departments, has proposed revisions to College Policy No. 11-03. Changes provide a rationale and procedures for protecting and managing the use of Columbus State logos, symbols, mascot, etc. We are seeking additional campus comment before advancing the policy for a vote. Please join us for discussion of proposed changes February 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 in Nestor Seminar Room D. For additional information, please contact committee member Rich James at ext. 5630.


Human Performance Center to begin scheduling for Springscene in the hpcThe HPC will start scheduling personal training for Spring Quarter 2009 on Monday, February 23.

  • All scheduling will be done only through Mandi Cecil, HPC coordinator.

  • Scheduling will start at 6 a.m. Monday, February 23, and preferably in person.

  • You must sign the client/trainer agreement before you will be put in the schedule book.

  • The HPC will no longer be able to accept money for payments. All payments will now go through the Cashier’s Office in Rhodes Hall. Payment methods are cash, check, money order, or credit card (Visa, MC, Discover).

  • When you schedule in the HPC, you will receive a statement to take to the Cashier’s Office to pay. The HPC will be able to apply any credits that are due.

  • You must pay in advance to hold your spot on the training schedule. If your statement has not been paid within two days of scheduling, you will be removed from the HPC schedule. It will then be your responsibility to reschedule.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mandi Cecil at ext. 2083

Graduation name readers neededThe Commencement Committee is looking for faculty volunteers to read the names of the candidates for degrees at the upcoming Winter Quarter Commencement Ceremony, to be held Friday, March 20, at Vets Memorial. Each ceremony is divided into four segments of graduates—accounting through veterinary technology, associate of arts and science—and the graduates’ names are read from cards as they cross the stage for their diploma. Faculty readers are allowed the opportunity to review the names and pronunciations as the graduates check in prior to the ceremony. If you would like to read the names of graduates at the upcoming ceremony, please email for more information. 

Leadership group for students begins Spring QuarterStarting Spring Quarter, the National Society of Leadership and Success will form a chapter at Columbus State.

The nationally recognized organization specializes in providing leadership training to college students. More than 2,500 of our students will receive invitations to become members of this organization, and the leadership sessions will be open to the entire campus.

Rather than just providing a one-time event, the Society distinguishes itself from other programs by integrating a year-long speaker series with interactive components, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable to achieving goals. Columbus State’s Student Ambassadors will serve as facilitators for the activities. To learn more about the National Society of Leadership and Success, please visit

February is Dental Health MonthBy Connie Clark, RDH, M.Ed.

wellness logoHave you made an appointment to have your mouth examined?  Most people go to the dentist to have their teeth checked for cavities. But did you know your dentist and dental hygienist are looking for more than cavities? Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup, you will likely be evaluated for the health of your gums, and perform a head and neck examination for oral cancer.
Periodontal disease (gum disease or infection) is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. However, warning signs of periodontal disease include the following:

  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Bleeding while brushing, flossing
  • Gums that are receding
  • Loose or separating teeth
  • Pus between your gums and teeth
  • Sores in your mouth
  • Persistent bad breath

Infections in the mouth can play havoc elsewhere in the body. Evidence suggests that people with periodontal disease are at higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, preterm births, and respiratory disease. Periodontal bacteria can enter the blood stream and travel to major organs and begin new infections.
MEN: A recent study reveals why it is especially crucial that men pay close attention to their teeth and gums. Recent research found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. In fact, researchers uncovered that men with periodontal disease may be:

  • 49 percent more likely to develop kidney cancer
  • 54 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer
  • 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancers

Schedule your check-up and enjoy a healthy body and a healthy smile.

Gregory Rice
Gregory Rice

Columbus State student named Player of Week

The Ohio Community College Athletic Association (OCCAC) has named second-year men's basketball player Gregory Rice as the player of the week for February 16.

Gregory Rice, 6-3, a wing from Covington, Ky., averaged 20.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 3 games during the week of February 10–15. He also had one block in the three Cougar wins. He was 24 of 47 from the floor (51.1 pct.), 3 of 8 from the arc (37.5 pct.), and 10 of 15 (66.7 pct.) from the free throw line.

The men’s basketball team is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) coaches poll. Their next home game is Monday, February 23, vs. Sinclair CC at 7:30 p.m. (Lady Cougars play at 5:30 p.m.).

Bookstore holds “Customer Appreciation Days” Feb. 25, 26 The Columbus State Bookstore is having a sale next week where you can save 30% on everything!* Click for the flyer. *except textbooks, software, TI-84 calculators, massage tables and newspapers. 


Better by half Saving money on a prescription could be as easy as having your doctor double its strength, then splitting the pills
By Steve Wartenberg
Reprinted courtesy of The Columbus Dispatch

pillsCindy Davis was paying $44 a month for Zocor and wasn't happy about the high cost of the cholesterol-reducing tablets. "I started looking around," said the Westerville resident, 45. "It wasn't on the $4 list at Kroger or Giant Eagle, then I found it on the (discount) list at Walmart."

Davis was able to purchase a 90-day supply for a $15 co-pay and, with the approval of her doctor, who doubled the strength of her Zocor prescription, she cut her pills in half so they would last six months.

Her yearly bill for Zocor went from $528 to $30. (Read entire article)