Thursday, February 26, 2009

woodwindsWoodwind Ensemble to performThe Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a free 45-minute concert on Tuesday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will include the music of Beethoven, Haydn, Scott Joplin, Richard Rodgers and William Grant Still. Director Thomas Lloyd will provide narration. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Lloyd.


New AQIP Action Projects sought by committee aqip logoThe Columbus State AQIP Steering Committee is inviting employees to submit ideas for new action projects this spring. To see examples of AQIP action projects by category, visit the link for submissions below.

To be considered as a new action project, initiatives will need to receive the approval of the cost center manager who will be involved. Selection as an AQIP action project will involve review and selection by both the Columbus State Extended Cabinet and the AQIP Steering Committee.

To submit an AQIP Initiative Submission Form, open this PDF  link,  or this form ( MSWord) complete and print the form, and return the form by March 6 to Deborah Coleman, chair of the AQIP Steering Committee.


portrait of womanWomen’s History Month event
Welfare to Well Off: Stories of SuccessA program called “Welfare to Well Off: Stories of Success” will showcase the experiences of real women in our community who have overcome obstacles to achieve success in their personal, academic and professional lives. The program will be held Thursday, March 5, from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development, Room 404. It is free and open to the public. In addition to telling about their hardships, the guest panelists—who represent different ethnicities, races, ages and challenges—will share their personal roadmaps toward happiness and success. 

Green tips from the Sustainability Committeegreen light bulbThe Columbus State Sustainability Committee has assembled lots of great tips for anyone who would like to save money and the environment at work, home and on the road. See the whole list at the Sustainability Committee Web site.  Here is a sampling:

  • The average laptop uses just a quarter of the power required by a desktop computer. Consider making your next personal computer the portable variety.

  • Generating enough electricity to cook for an hour in a standard electric oven creates 2.7 pounds of carbon dioxide. Here's a list of what can do it for less: toaster oven, 1.3 pounds over 50 minutes; slow cooker, 0.9 pounds over seven hours; and microwave, 0.5 pounds over 15 minutes.

  • If a vehicle's tires have less than recommended air pressure, gas mileage will suffer. Determine the correct pressure level from the small label likely found just inside the driver's-side door, but possibly on a rear doorpost, in the trunk/latch area, the glove box, or even on the sun visor.

  • Wrapping a water heater with insulation can keep as many as 1,000 pounds of global-warming carbon dioxide a year out of the upper atmosphere.

  • Using cold water can save up to 80 percent of the energy required to wash clothes.

  • Vinegar will clean out deposits clogging a steam iron or coffeemaker.

  • A cup of white vinegar will clean a washing machine. Run it through a regular cycle—but not with clothes.

Big Basketball News!Basketball playerThe Columbus State men's basketball team defeated Sinclair Community College Monday to clinch the regular season Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) conference title. The team has just been named the No.1 ranked NJCAA Division II team in the country!  Their current record is 23-2 and 10-1 in the conference. 

Last year’s team was national champion runners-up in Coach Pat Carlisle’s first trip to the nationals. The players from that team will receive their 2008 tournament rings at the final season game, Saturday at 3 p.m. The Lady Cougars play at 1 p.m. 

The men’s and women’s teams begin regional NJCAA tournament play on March 5.  The men travel to Sinclair Community College in Dayton, and the women travel to Owens Community College in Toledo for a series of games to advance to the NJCAA Division II Basketball National Championship, to be held in Danville, Ill.

What is the DX thinking?Join in the fun and play “What is the DX thinking?” Each week in Update we’ll give you three hints…you guess what we’re thinking about. Be the first to email the correct answer to and you’ll win a prize from the DX stores! Here are your first three hints:

  1. This costs less if you’re “green.”

  2. It’s a real “convenience.”

  3. This makes your day a little warmer – and perkier!

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