Monday, March 2, 2009

Presidential signing
photo of signing
Franklin University President Dr. David Decker and President Val Moeller complete the signing of a new “3+1” transfer agreement, adding to the already successful partnership between the two colleges. The expanded agreement offers associate degree students a third year of course work at Columbus State  toward their bachelor’s degree, and their fourth year completed at Franklin studying any of its 21 undergraduate majors.

Spring Symposium to showcase faculty work in MaygraphicThe Arts & Sciences Faculty Lecture Series Committee invites all Columbus State faculty members to submit proposals for the college's first Spring Symposium, featuring the range of scholarship and academic interests of our community.

This all-day public event will be held on campus in May (at a date yet to be determined). Faculty members are invited to submit 200-250 word proposals for 20-minute presentations on any topic in their chosen area of expertise and interest. Proposals may be sent by campus mail or e-mail to Doug Gray ( in Communication Skills.

The deadline for submission is April 6, and the selected proposals will be announced by the committee. For more information, please contact event coordinators Doug Gray, Mort Javadi (, or Susan Flatt (

lunch bagITDL Brown Bag Lunch event focuses on computer safetyJoin the Instructional Technologies Distance Learning Department for a discussion on the basics of computing safety, “Upgrade Your Computer Safety Understanding,” Monday, March 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or Tuesday, March 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in CT 339 - Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation

This Brown Bag Luncheon topic will be lead by Robert Clifford, coordinator of Information Security. It will focus on:

  • Campus policy

  • Internet safety

  • Security options

  • Examples of recent data breaches

  • Security tips

  • Free security products for home use .

 A general Q&A session will follow. Learn how we can be better stewards of our computers both at work and home.

Register here:


February is Dental Health Month
Wellness logoBy Connie Clark, RDH, M.Ed.
Clinical Coordinator, Dental Hygiene, Columbus State Wellness Committee

Everyone should be aware of the signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer often starts as a tiny, unnoticed white or red spot or sore anywhere in the mouth.  It can affect any area of the oral cavity including the lips, gum tissue, check lining, tongue and hard or soft palate. 

  • Other signs include:

    • A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal

    • A color change of the oral tissues

    • A lump, thickening, rough spot, crust or small eroded area

    • Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips

    • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue.

    • A change in the way the teeth fit together

Oral cancer is more likely to strike after the age of 40.  However, life choices may increase one’s risk.  Oral cancer most often occurs in those who use tobacco in any form.  Alcohol use combined with smoking greatly increases risk.  Also, prolonged exposure to the sun increases the risk of lip cancer.  Oral cancers can occur in people who do not smoke and have no other known risk factors.  Studies suggest that a diet high in fruits and vegetables may prevent the development of potentially cancerous lesions.

Invest in yourself and schedule an appointment with your dentist and dental hygienist to evaluate your dental health.  Commit to brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.  For those who use tobacco, commit to yourself to begin a cessation program.  Protect your lips when you are in the sun with a lip gloss with SPF of 4.  Eat a well balanced diet high in fruits and vegetables.  Your smile will thank you for it!

For those without a personal dentist, the Columbus State Dental Hygiene program invites you to call 292-2751 for an appointment with a Dental Hygiene student to have your teeth cleaned and your mouth evaluated.  The dental hygiene students are available at OSU evening dental clinic. 

More green tips from the Sustainability Committee

The 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 are a few more:

  • If it's clear that a train or other barrier will block your vehicle for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine. An idling vehicle burns more fuel than a simple restart. And you won't be polluting when the engine is off.

  • Install a programmable thermostat that lets you automatically lower the temperature when no one is home or when the family is asleep. The Energy Star people say this device can save a family budget up to $150 a year.

  • Have a plugged or slow-draining sink? Search a hardware store's plumbing shelves for a bacteria-based product. Its goal is to establish colonies of goop-eating, human-friendly bacteria that are supposed to keep drainpipes clear. To allow the critters time to establish themselves, pour in a little just before bedtime, after everyone has quit using the sinks.

  • Pipe insulation tubes will help prevent frozen pipes in winter. And properly installed, they will hold a hot-water pipe's heat for up to an hour after the tap was last used, thus stretching your energy dollar and saving water.

  • An aerator -- that cylindrical device that threads onto the end of a faucet -- reduces the amount of water needed to do jobs such as hand washing and dish rinsing. Look for one at the hardware store; it will be marked with the flow it permits, measured in GPM. A 2.0 GPM aerator is ideal for kitchen faucets, while a 1.0 GPM version works great for the bathroom sink.


DX logoWhat 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!

 What is the DX thinking?