Monday, March 9, 2009

Cougar Basketball News
Basketball actionColumbus State Men’s Team crowned Region 12 champsThe Columbus State Men’s basketball team defeated Cincinnati State Technical Community College on Sunday 91-75 in the Region 12 District Tournament championship game in Dayton. 

The Cougars will now head to the Division II National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament, where they were runners-up in last year’s title game. Columbus State is the No. 1 ranked Division II team in the nation.

This year’s Division II tournament will be held in Danville, Ill., at Danville Area Community College. Columbus State’s first game will be at 6 p.m. on March 18. 

The Lady Cougar basketball team also had a terrific regional tournament at Owens Community College in Toledo, advancing to a semifinal game against the No. 1 seed Schoolcraft College, Mich. They were defeated by Schoolcraft on Saturday by a final score of 74-66. Elise England was named to the All-Tournament team.

Women's basketball actionThe Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OACC) has named its basketball team award winners for the season, and several women’s and men’s team members have been recognized, including:
Women’s First Team OCCAC: Tiffany Powell and Elise England
Honorable Mention OCCAC: Katie Potokar
OCCAC Newcomer Player of the Year: Elise England

Men’s First Team OCCAC: Gregory Rice
Second Team OCCAC: Gregory LeSage and Brandon Beasley
Honorable Mention OCCAC: Jerrell Sanders
Co-Coach of the Year OCCAC: Patrick Carlisle

Everyone allowed at “Women Aloud!”The Communication Skills Department will host a Women's History Month Reading called "Women Aloud!" on Thursday, March 12, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the West Lounge of Nestor Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Women Aloud! will feature instructors and students reading important works by women writers.

More dates added for biometric screeningsWellness logoDue to the popularity of the new Wellness Incentive Program at Columbus State, two additional dates have been added to the schedule for March biometric screenings. March 17 and March 18 are now on the schedule if you haven’t yet signed up for this simple, 20-minute screening that includes a finger prick blood test for cholesterol and glucose, height/weight and blood pressure screening. To be accurate, the blood test requires an overnight fast of 12 hours. Screenings will continue in April and May.

The biometric screening is your first step in the three-step process to earn your $150 incentive bonus. The second step is to complete your online Personal Health Assessment, and the third step is to schedule a 30-minute health coaching session, which will soon be available to schedule online at Columbus State’s WebMD page. For a quick review on the Columbus State Wellness Incentive Program, visit

Sign your kids up for “college” Kids in college photoEnroll your children in Kids in College, the summer day camp for children who will enter 4th, 5th or 6th grade next year. Kids in College is two weeks of “college” experience that runs from June 15–26. It’s a fun, exciting, hands-on learning experience, held here on the Columbus State campus. Two learning tracks will be offered. “Exploring for the Future” focuses on creativity, art, self-esteem and exploring personal skills. “Tooling Up for the Future” is a technical, scientific program, with an emphasis on robotics, environmental science, and computers.  Each track offers field trips and special events each day. 

The camp costs only $300 for Columbus State employees’ children, and a limited number of need-based scholarships are available. For an application, visit the K-12 Initiatives Web site or contact Claudia Fowler, at ext. 5961. 

photo of truckWhat’s your point?
The owner of this Land Rover parked in the employee lot on Friday seemed to be making a point that spring is right around the corner! The car is parked on top of a rapidly dwindling pile of filthy snow and ice.




cartoon of bucketFree buckets!There are about 200 leftover plastic five-gallon buckets that were used for calcium salt during the winter months, which Physical Plant would like to see recycled. You can come over to the parking lot at 407 N. Grant (Physical Plant building) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, and get some to use for just about anything. They aren’t pretty, but they’re free!

Taste “MERLOT” MERLOT logoThe Innovation Center will offer a webinar called “MERLOT 101: Free learning objects for your online class—what are they and how can I get them?” The sessions will be offered on Wednesday, March 11, at either 9 a.m. or 4 p.m.

In 1997, “MERLOT” began in the California State University System as a digital repository providing free and open access to a wide variety of learning materials including tutorials, simulations, animations, case studies, collections, podcasts and more. Today, MERLOT consists of 20,471 materials, 18 editorial boards, and 62,835 members with 12,417 personal collections and 1,257 learning assignments. Participants in this workshop will learn to search, browse and find materials in MERLOT and learn to save these in personal collections.

You can register here:
9 a.m. session:
4 p.m. session:

What’s the DX Thinking?
The first one to respond to with the answer to today’s riddle will win a prize!  Last week’s winner was Lorrie Hursey!
Here are today’s hints:

  • Pick your choice of design

  • The perfect nest for a mouse

  • Makes it easier to roll

 What is the DX thinking?