Monday, February 2, 2009

GroundhogHappy Groundhog Day!After a week of grueling winter weather that included a campus closing January 28, most were ready for Buckeye Chuck to emerge from his burrow and see a grey and cloudy day, signaling that spring is just around the corner. Buckeye Chuck is Ohio’s official weather-predicting groundhog, and this morning at 7:30 a.m., in an official ceremony on Main Street in Marion, he saw his shadow.  Why are we not surprised? So prepare for six more weeks of winter!


Meet dean candidates for Workforce DevelopmentThe Human Resources Department cordially invites Columbus State employees to meet the candidates for the position Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development (CEWD).  The search has been narrowed to three candidates, who will attend open forums on:

Friday, February 6: Jane Schaefer, Bellevue, Nebraska

Monday, February 9: Larry Scott Neal, Whiteland, Indiana

Wednesday, February 11: Nancy Case, Columbus, Ohio

All three sessions will be held in WD Room 404 from 3-4:30 p.m.

DARSWeb seminars rescheduledFour DARSWeb sessions canceled due to the bad weather January 28 have been rescheduled. The sessions will highlight new features of the next DARSWeb release scheduled for mid February.  New functionality within the Interactive Audit Report will allow users to create “Planned Courses,” which can then be incorporated into the audit run. Planning future courses and grades will enable students to project GPAs and outline their road map to graduation.

Wednesday, Feb 4:
9-10 a.m. - Register
2-3 p.m. - Register

Monday, Feb 9:
10-11 am - Register
12-1 pm - Register


Lunch sackITDL Brown Bag forum “Interaction is More than an Email”Engaging interaction is possible with Blackboard. One of the most powerful tools is the Discussion Board. Come learn from each other about best practices using online discussion board forums at this Brown Bag Forum, Monday, February 9, or Tuesday, February 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CT Room 107.

Columbus Public Health gives tips to staying safe during weather emergencies Winter weather graphicBecause the groundhog, Buckeye Chuck, saw his shadow today and we can look forward to six more weeks of winter, the Columbus Public Health Department has these tips for residents in case of a winter weather emergency:  
Shovel Snow with Caution:

  • If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or doing other hard work in the cold. 
  • If you do shovel snow, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.
  • Wear shoes that provide traction and watch your step on icy and slippery surfaces.

 winter photoDress Warmly:

  • In extremely cold temperatures, try to stay indoors. Make outdoor trips brief, and dress in several layers of loose clothing to reduce body heat loss.  Stay dry - wet clothing rapidly chills the body. And wear a warm hat and mittens, which are warmer than gloves.

 Watch for Hypothermia:

  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia—slurred speech, confusion, uncontrollable shivering, stumbling, drowsiness and body temperature of less than 95° F. Get immediate medical attention if you think someone has frostbite or hypothermia.
  • Get out of wet clothes immediately, and warm the core body temperature with a blanket and warm fluids. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.

 Keep Emergency Supplies on Hand:

  • Stock blankets, matches, a first aid kit, flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, non-electric can opener, prescription medication, food, water and, other special supplies such as diapers and pet food.
  • Keep several days’ supply of non-cooking food items such as bread, peanut butter, dried fruits and bottled water (5 gallons per person) in case water pipes freeze or rupture.
  • Equip your car with supplies, including: cell phone and charger, blankets, first aid kit, collapsible shovel, flashlight and extra batteries, and a windshield scraper.
Keep Food Safe During a Power Outage:
  • If the power goes out, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. A full freezer can stay at freezing temperatures about two days, a half-full freezer about 1 day.
  • If you think the power will be out for several days, pack ice in your refrigerator and keep raw food separate from ready-to-eat foods.
  • Refrigerated foods should be safe if the power is only out a few hours and the doors have been closed. Items such as meat and fish should be discarded if they are warmer than 41° F.
  • Frozen foods that remain frozen are not a risk.  If food is thawed, but still cold or has ice crystals, you should use them as soon as possible. If they are thawed and warmer than 41°F, you should throw them away.
Other precautions:
  • Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors to make sure they are safe.
  • Make sure your car is properly maintained and prepared for winter. Check the antifreeze level, and keep the gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tanks and fuel lines.
  • If you have pets, bring them indoors. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate shelter to keep them warm and make sure they have access to unfrozen water.

For more information on emergency preparedness materials including Ready in 3, please visit the Columbus Public Health Web site at