Monday, April 20, 2009

In-Service program now available onlineThe annual Spring In-Service Day will be held Friday, April 24
from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Embracing
Diversity,” and the day will kick off with a keynote presentation
by Karsten Look, associate professor in the Social and
Behavioral Sciences.

To view the day’s program of events and sessions, go to
the In-Service Day Web site and open the “program” file.


Three-part Financial Wellness workshop starts WednesdayA three-part Lunch and Learn workshop on Financial Wellness will kick off Wednesday, April 22, with the first session covering budgeting and goal setting.

Lunch and Learn workshops are offered from 12.15–1:15 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Room 302.

The second session will be held April 29 on retirement planning. The third session, May 6, will cover debt reductions and housing equity. If you would like to attend any or all of these sessions, please email Lou Ann Carman. Don’t forget, Lunch and Learn workshops count toward points for the Wellness Initiative!

Abu Farah
Abu Farah

New dispatcher joins Columbus State during special weekColumbus State Public Safety Department dispatcher Abu Farah recently joined the staff during National Public Safety Telecommunicator’s Week. According to John Nestor, director of Public Safety, the role of a dispatcher is to get the right information to the right people at the right time, and remain calm. “Columbus State’s public safety dispatchers handle over 50,000 campus calls for service per year,” says Nestor. “They are the 24-7 lifeline for campus in dispatching campus police, security, paramedics or firefighters when time matters to protect life and preserve property. Thanks to them, assistance is only a phone call away at extension 2525.”

Columbus State’s Public Safety dispatchers are J. Moore, B. Diles, K. Pawson, B. Hickman, Kim Gatliff, and Abu Farah. 


Employee recognition event scheduled for June 5Although the Spring In-Service has been the occasion for Columbus State to recognize employees’ contributions in various areas of service, this year the college will honor employees at the Employee Celebration of Excellence on Friday, June 5.

Service Award recipients, Distinguished Teaching Award recipients and the Staff Member of the Year will be recognized. The Employee Celebration of Excellence will be held at the Confluence Park Restaurant from 6-11 p.m. 

Go to the Human Resources Web site and select the “Service Awards List” to view the current list of Service Award recipients for 2008.  If you have any questions, please contact by Friday, April 24. 

Wellness Challenge hits midway markWellness logoThe fifth Wellness Challenge recently passed the midway point with The Determinators, led by Julie Van Wynseberghe, racking up 15,493 points. In second place is Wii R Fit, led by Debbie Pond with 13,226 points. A total of 19 teams with 10 members each are competing in Wellness Challenge V, which will wrap up in May. 


Leeman to exhibit paintingsStacy Leeman, adjunct instructor in Humanities, will have two paintings displayed at the International Miniature Art Exhibition at Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, N.C., May 1-June 1.Miniature art is often referred to as “the little jewels of the art world” and enjoys continued growth in popularity worldwide.This nationally acclaimed show has more than 600 works of art by artists from all over the world.

image of couponsBookstore specials feature Earth Day, wildlife books and cardsCheck out Update’s link to The Columbus State Bookstore’s coupons this week to see “print-your-own” coupons for Earth Day specials, wildlife books and greeting cards.





What is the DX Thinking…today?Last week’s winner to the DX’s thinking contest was William Wolfe. The answer was: Candles. Specifically, the Time & Again line of scented candles available at the Bookstore. Get some today and light up your world.”

This week’s contest features the following riddle:  (Send your answer to for a chance to win!)

  • What they say is meaningful, but you might think of them as "wind bags."

  • You can't keep a good one down.

  • They come with strings attached.

What is the DX Thinking?

No Sweat to get these tickets! The first six employees who email to with the subject line "Blood, Sweat and Tears" will win two tickets to that concert on Thursday, April 23 at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion.