Thursday, February 5, 2009

Nursing academic coordinator makes “Positive Impact”

Carol Beneker
Carol Beneker

Twenty-eight years on the job at OhioHealth in respiratory therapy and recovery room nursing, plus a desire to teach and work with students at her alma mater have made Carol Beneker the perfect ally and advocate for Columbus State nursing students.

Beneker was awarded the February Staff Employee of the Month February 5, where her nominator, Professor Lorraine Boyd said that Beneker is “instrumental in providing nursing students with the opportunity to be successful.”

Beneker works with faculty to identify at-risk students and assists them through obstacles to their success, explained Boyd.  “Carol developed the Positive Impact class specifically geared towards helping nursing students in academic danger become their own advocate. She patiently listens to them and lets them explore the many avenues available to develop their self esteem and self confidence,” wrote Boyd.

“As a graduate of the nursing program, (December 2003) Carol can see the situation from both faculty and student points of view,” said Boyd. “Student and faculty alike speak highly of her,” said Jan Wagner, chairman of the Nursing Department. “She has taken a vague idea regarding retention and turned it into a concrete program.”

In her down time, what little of it she has, Beneker spends time with her husband of 40 years, her three grown children and five grandchildren.  “I also have a dog named Charlie that flunked obedience school,” jokes Beneker.  Maybe “Positive Impact – Canine Edition” could help!

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Last Call to join the Sustainability Committee book discussion Members of Columbus State’s Sustainability Committee will host a series of book discussions on Thomas Friedman’s latest book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” in March. If you care about the environment, the economy, or both, you’ll find this book paints a path for addressing these related issues. Copies of the book will be available for those who wish to join and participate. The following dates are open and space is limited to the first 15 for each session. Each discussion will be hosted by members of the Sustainability Committee in Rhodes Hall, Room 232.

            Wednesday, March 4, 8 – 9 a.m.
            Thursday, March 5, 4 – 5 p.m.

Contact Beth Bates to reserve your copy and join in the discussion.

Cost Center Manager Training offered Feb. 24 The Business Services Department will offer a seminar for employees called “Working with Business Services: An Introduction to Business Services-Cost Center Manager Training,” on February 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in WD Room 409.  The seminar is for cost-center managers, their assistants, and those who work closely with cost centers.  For more information, or to sign up for the session, contact Beth Bates at ext. 2640 by February 17.

Conflict of Interest Forms due
Don’t forget that all full-time staff must fill out a Conflict of Interest form and return it signed to the Human Resources office by by February 20, 2009, attn: Carmelita Boyer.

Volunteers needed for Central District Science Dayscience artColumbus State will host the Ohio Academy of Sciences Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 21. Approximately 500 students from local area middle and high schools will present their science projects in hopes of advancing to the state competition in May. Volunteers are needed to judge these projects and to assist in the smooth operation of the activities.

Judges will be needed during the period from 8 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. If you have never judged before, don’t worry. An orientation session will assist you. All judging is done in pairs and any inexperienced judge will be paired with an experienced judge to help you along.

Additional volunteers are needed to assure smooth operations during the event. Times of service will vary. Volunteers will help students find their display sites, assist in registration, tally up the scores, assist the judges by collecting score cards, and act as hall monitors to maintain order and security.  There is a volunteer job for every person regardless of science training.

This is an excellent community service opportunity so come and help Columbus State make it a success.

If you would like more information about this event or if you want to volunteer as a judge or in any other capacity please contact John Blaha Nestor Hall Room 495, call ext. 5930, or email

University System of Ohio offers digital conference March 1-3logoTake a look at Learning, Libraries & Technology 2009,the tenth anniversary of Ohio’s premier higher education conference, previously known as the Ohio Digital Commons for Education Conference.

You can reap the rewards of affordable, engaging professional development and networking opportunities right here in Ohio. Registration fees for LLT 2009 have been slashed to just $195 ($95 for students) for two days, and $95 ($55 for students) for one day. This premier higher education conference is held in Columbus, which minimizes travel costs.

LLT 2009 will be held March 1-3, 2009 in Columbus. You can view the program and register online at  

New sustainability proposals sought by committeegraphicIn November 2007, the Board of Trustees formalized the college’s commitment to sustaining the environment by authorizing Policy 11-1, Sustainability. The policy outlines the college’s commitment to reducing solid waste, energy consumption and pollution. In early 2007 the President joined hundreds of other college and university presidents in signing onto a national Climate Commitment designed to protect our planet for future generations.

A comprehensive energy efficiency plan was approved by the Board of Trustees in November 2008 which includes an array of projects that, when implemented, will reduce the college’s energy consumption by over 20% as mandated by state law and is outlined in on of the college’s five strategic goals approved by the Board in July 2008. See http://intranet/green/  for brief summaries of current initiatives and the approved Energy Efficiency Plan.

A committee has been appointed by the President to assist in reviewing and recommending new ideas. In 2008, the committee received over 25 ideas and several have been implemented or are in the process of being implemented.

The committee is now seeking additional proposals from faculty, staff and students.

All proposals submitted to the Sustainability Committee should address one or more of the following:

  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Reduce solid waste
  • Enhance awareness on campus
  • Reduce air pollution

Creating and submitting a proposal is easy!
Go to and click on the “submit a proposal” button. You will be directed to a proposal template which will help you organize your thoughts. If you need assistance with developing an idea or need pricing, please contact one of the sustainability experts listed on the proposal template or attend a workshop (see below).   

Proposal writing workshops:
Brad Farmer, a member of the Sustainability Committee, will host workshops on writing effective proposals on February 25 at 3 p.m., March 16 at 10 a.m. and March 25 at 1 p.m. All training sessions will be held in the Rhodes Hall 211A conference room. In-house sustainability experts will also be in attendance so please plan to bring your idea(s) to one of the workshops to learn more about proposal writing and bounce ideas off our in-house experts. 

Proposals ranked highest by the Sustainability Committee will be recommended for implementation.  Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3.

USI sends Health & Wellness newsletterColumbus State’s health provider USI offers some tips for healthy living in it’s February 2009 newsletter, which can be viewed here.
Inside are tips for watching less television, cooking healthy recipes, and preventive health care.

One of Leeman’s acrylics in the exhibit is titled “Vermont #9”

Leeman exhibits onlineAdjunct instructor in Humanities, Stacy Leeman, is currently in an online art exhibition called “6th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle Juried Online International Art Exhibition” online exhibition at Upstream People Gallery.  She has three works included.  The exhibit can be viewed at








couponSavings from the Bookstore!Valentine’s Day is on the way, and the Columbus State Bookstore at Discovery Exchange has a special discount for your sweetheart!  Click on the coupon for a printable image.


Video Introduction Day - tape your intro tomorrow! Giving your online students an introduction by video or audio adds a special personal touch to your online class. The video can also help guide your students on how to navigate Blackboard and emphasize the important objectives of your course. Sign up for a half-hour session to tape your own Web class introduction. Write and send the text to us and you can even use the teleprompter. Reserve a spot now, and we'll send you the instructions. Friday, February 6 - 9a.m.-5p.m.
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