Thursday, April 2, 2009

OTAP students set up
OTAP students begin building booths for the 2009 Home & Garden Show.

finished OTAP boothThe student’s completed exhibit promoted OTAP as well as environmentally responsible products and building methods.

OTAP students practice skills at annual Home & Garden Show

Thirteen Columbus State Orientation to Trades and Apprenticeships (OTAP) students recently worked at the Central Ohio Home & Garden Show building walls, drywalling, sanding, priming and painting more than 50 exhibit booths for the National Association for the Remodeling Industry (NARI). 

For their efforts, the students were given exhibit space to promote the OTAP program as well as sustainable construction techniques that they had learned. The students staffed their exhibit booth from mid-morning to 9 p.m. each night of the show, which ran from February 28 through March 8. They also helped with cleanup and demolition of the show after it closed. 

According to Paul Nicholson, OTAP project coordinator, the students had a great opportunity to put their newly acquired building skills to work and contribute to an industry that they hope will provide them with employment in the future. 

The students made numerous contacts during the show, and several of them were interviewed for jobs with various companies in attendance. This is the fourth year that OTAP has worked with the Home & Garden Show, helping to construct the event.

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The high school band “Though She Wrote.”

Inaugural “JamQuest” rocked!JamQuest logoOver the spring break, “JamQuest 2009” was a rocking success. Ten pre-selected finalist bands from local high schools performed in a showdown on Saturday, March 28, in front of hundreds of fans at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.

Though She Wrote was crowned the winner by a judging panel of music experts, which included Columbus State’s Kenny Ruffin. The judges’ comments included: “They owned the stage” and “Great musicianship. Amazing stage presence. Incredibly tight. Loved it.”

For the grand prize, all five members of the Christian heavy metal band have been offered full-tuition scholarships at Columbus State. Coincidently, the lead singer had recently applied and been accepted at the college.

The band members are students at Lancaster and Bloom Carroll high schools and Eastland Career Center. Check out the band on their MySpace page:

Employees invited to attend annual Writers Conference

Kay Ryan
U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan.

As a Columbus State faculty or staff member, you are invited to attend the sixth annual Columbus State Writers Conference at the discounted rate of $20 per person. 

The conference, sponsored by the Communication Skills Department, will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Workforce Development Conference Center. U.S Poet Laureate Kay Ryan will provide the keynote address. The Library of Congress is responsible for appointing the nation’s Poet Laureate. Ryan has published several acclaimed books of poetry, and her poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications. She was once named to Entertainment Weekly’s “It List.”

Other featured speakers during the conference include professional novelists, poets, screenwriters, journalists, and literary agents. 

Your conference fee includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch.  Participants may also enjoy a special lunch with the Poet Laureate for an additional $15 per person (limited to the first 50 registrants). 

For more information, and to print out a registration form, please visit You may also contact conference co-chairs Judy Anderson ( and Deborah Bertsch ( for more information.

Deadline tomorrow for In-Service Day Presentation proposalsIn-Service Day is right around the corner–Friday, April 24. Share your expertise and showcase your best practices that reflect our “Embracing Diversity” theme. Send in your presentation ideas by completing the electronic form on the In-Service Day Web site and e-mailing it to The deadline for presentations is Friday, April 3.

Award pinSave the date for “Spring Forward Employee Celebration of Excellence!”Columbus State will offer employees a new event this year called Spring Forward—
Employee Celebration of Excellence. The event will be held Friday, June 5, from 6-11 p.m. at the Confluence Park Restaurant near downtown, so save the date.

The celebration is to recognize employees for their excellence. Employees receiving Service Awards, the Distinguished Teaching Awards, and the Staff Employee of the Year will be recognized and celebrated. Lots more information will be coming soon.


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2009 Data Handbook now available onlineThe 2009 Columbus State Data Handbook is now available on the Knowledge Resources and Planning Web site. The Data Handbook is a compilation of data that shows the current status of Columbus State and the three-year trends for a number of factors important to the institution. You can find the 2009 Data Handbook online on the intranet (cannot be accessed from off campus.)



New copier brackets and monitors to be installedOver the next four weeks, Xerox will be installing new log-in monitor brackets and reinstalling log-in monitors on all campus copiers. The new log-in monitors are wheelchair accessible, can be operated with one hand, and are conveniently out of the way of other copier functions.

The monitors are identical to the monitors that have been used in the past. To access the copier, enter your department code or personal code if you have one into the monitor and select “enter.” If you don’t know your copier code, contact your supervisor.

Questions should be addressed to Brad Farmer at ext. 2641 or Pam with Xerox at 207-8751.

Diversity Programs coordinates Day of SilencelogoColumbus State will recognize Day of Silence on April 16. Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence has become the largest single student-led action toward creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. In recognition of the Day of Silence, Diversity and Study Abroad Programs would like to acknowledge all those in the Columbus State community who are allies to the LGBT community in a poster campaign. If you would like your name listed as an ally to the LGBT community, please email your name and department no later than Thursday, April 9.
A “Break the Silence” anonymous Story Box Project event will be held April 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the NH West Lounge.  Please join us to listen to readings, poetry, and testimonials of those who have been forced to be voiceless due to heterosexism and homophobia.  Support, participate and help the Columbus State community end the silence.

Habitat for Humanity to recycle computersphoto of computersHabitat for Humanity, Greater Columbus will hold a computer recycling drive on Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at TechUsed, 4231-H Leap Road, Hilliard. The donated computers will be refurbished by TechUsed and distributed to approximately 75 Franklin County Habitat families in need of home computers.

Black desktop monitors and Pentium 4 processors are most needed, but all donations are appreciated. Computer equipment does not have to be in working order to be donated. TechUsed will securely destroy all data files on donated equipment as a part of refurbishing to ensure privacy of any stored information.  

Donated computers that are beyond repair will be disassembled, destroyed and environmentally recycled to divert harmful computer materials such as lead, mercury and PCBs from our local landfill. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of any recycled materials also benefits Habitat for Humanity, Greater Columbus and helps to purchase additional software programs for the refurbished computers. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit:

What is the DX Thinking?If you can guess what the DX is thinking and you’re the first one to email with your answer, you will win a prize!

Today’s hints:
- Used to be forbidden in class
- Most people can't resist snapping and/or blowing
- "Under the table" transactions are not illegal—just socially unacceptable!
What is the DX thinking?

couponColumbus State Bookstore and Bridgeview Golf coupons online!New coupons are available for the Bookstore and Bridgeview by clicking on the Bookstore Coupons link on the sidebar of Update!

TIC staff present session at League for Innovation

at the airport
Arriving in Reno, Nevada are, from left: Barb Simpson, Nina Reese, Sue Thomas and Ryan Fissel of the Telephone Information Center.

Four members of the Columbus State Telephone Information Center attended the annual League for Innovation in the Community College “Innovations 2009” conference in Reno, Nev., during the break to present a session on Customer Service in Higher Education.

Barb Simpson and Nina Reese hosted a session featuring “Call Centers in Community Colleges.” They presented information highlighting the start-up of the call center, staffing criteria and training the representatives.  Discussion focused on the importance of customer service in higher education institutions. Ryan Fissel created the Power Point presentation, and Sue Thomas designed hand outs for the session.