Thursday, April 23, 2009

Landscape students, alumni, rally to help ill homeowners

students raking
From left, landscape student Alex Uhlenhake and Winter Quarter graduate Adam Darst work on cleanup detail, while in the background, Ed Young, Class of 2000, trims hedges. Young works as a designer and in sales for Yard Barbers, one of the companies providing sponsorship of the Helping Hands project.

students with Steinman
Students Baylee Deeds, left, and Barb Fleshman, right, get a hug from homeowner Susan Steinman.
Amanda Boggs
Landscape student Amanda Boggs works on filling planters in Susan Steinman’s back yard.

In a stiff breeze that ruffled budding trees and threatened to remove hats, seven Columbus State landscape design/build students and alumni bent over last year’s spent gardens, pulling weeds and removing debris at the Bexley home of Susan Steinman. 

Steinman hovered nearby, grinning from ear to ear despite the chill that had her wrapped in a wool shawl and boots. Diagnosed with breast cancer last fall, Steinman was unable to tend her sprawling gardens. Her treatments left her weak, and her gardens still wore the brown cloak of last year’s fallen leaves and dried plantings. 

The students and alumni from Columbus State were there to lend “Helping Hands in the Garden,” an outreach program founded by Elaine Euwer, a Columbus State graduate and a cancer survivor. While undergoing cancer treatments, Euwer had experienced an outpouring of support that had included the upkeep of her yard and garden by friends, and it got her to thinking of the many other cancer patients who could only look out the window, watching their gardens decline, unable to attempt the strenuous work of landscaping.

So on Wednesday, the students and alumni working with Helping Hands bundled for the cold at 8 a.m. and spread out across central Ohio to four homes in Bexley, Dublin, Clintonville and Hilliard to kick off their 2009 efforts on Earth Day—a fitting occasion to work outside, if not the most accommodating weather.

By noon, the first projects were being wrapped up, raked up, and swept clean.  And the sun peeked from behind the clouds at last with the unmistakable warmth of spring.

SAC collects for Operation FeedlogoStaff Advisory Council (SAC) is proud to announce the return of the annual Operation Feed Campaign. The campaign kicks off this Friday, April 24, at the Spring In-Service Day.

The goal this year is 3,500 meals, and the campaign ends on May 22.
Make the biggest impact by providing a financial contribution or by donating these most-needed foods, which are things such as pasta meals in a can, canned fruit, tuna, canned vegetables, canned meat, soup, and peanut butter.

Checks made payable to Operation Feed. Contact Betty Richardson at ext. 3821 or for additional information or to obtain a collection box for your area.  
You can make an online donation to the food drive by visiting Columbus State’s Operation Feed donation page.

cakeChristopher’s opens today for Spring QuarterDon’t forget to visit Christopher’s, the Hospitality Management student-run restaurant in the lower level of Eibling Hall, for their weekly delicious luncheon! Christopher’s opens at 11:15 a.m. and serves until 12:30 p.m. Check out their menu.

Automotive Technology students need cars for lab workgraphicThe Automotive Technology Lab will be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 165-Advanced Electrical and Electronics class. If your car is 10 years or newer and is having issues with the starter, alternator, lights, power windows, power mirrors, power seats, power locks, or windshield wiper motor, then the AUTO 165 class may be able to help.

The Automotive Technology Lab will also be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 175-Heating and Air Conditioning class. If your car is 10 years or newer and you are having problems of a heating or A/C nature, then the AUTO 175 class may be able to help. Email David Hill for more information or to sign up.


More dates added for Wellness Incentive health coaching, biometric screeningDue to the popularity of the new Wellness Incentive program, additional dates for health coaching have been added to the schedule for May and June.  Also, two additional dates for biometric screenings have been added on April 24 and May 15. Biometric screening is your first step in the program and must be completed the month prior to scheduling your health coaching.  The program wraps up June 30, so schedule your appointments now to get it all done and earn your incentive! To schedule, go to Columbus State’s WebMD page and sign up.

Take the “Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge!”cyclistYou can help us show the community that Columbus State is a healthy and eco-friendly workplace by participating in Bike to Work Week (B2WW).

While the national program—sponsored the League of American Bicyclists—occurs May 11–15, the City of Columbus is hosting events throughout May to educate the public about the new bike infrastructure and safe riding. This includes the Commuter Challenge in which area workplaces form teams and count bike commuting miles from May 4 to 14. There are prizes for different sized organizations and a celebration breakfast at the conclusion. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to try out bike commuting, meet and learn from other cyclists, and take steps toward a healthier and greener lifestyle.

Even if you can only bike part of one day for only one leg of your commute, please join Cougar Cranks, the Columbus State team, by visiting our Commuter Challenge team page at: To learn more about the event and bike commuting, visit the “Bike Commuting” workshop during Spring In-Service or contact Rich James in Instructional Technologies at ext. 5630.

Deadline to drop changesstudent with booksThe deadline for students to drop a class has changed, starting this quarter—Spring 2009.  This quarter, the last day to drop will be Thursday, May 14, 18 days earlier than the drop deadline for last Spring Quarter. From now on, the last day to drop a full-quarter class during any quarter will be when 61 percent of the course has been completed, which is approximately the 7th week of the quarter. In the past, students had until the 10th week of the quarter to drop their classes.

Student help tips for faculty and staff

  • Inform your students of important dates and deadlines.

  • Provide early feedback to students on their academic performance to keep them well informed on their progress.

  • Inform students of resources to assist them should they have academic problems.

  • Go to: for more information.

Red Cross Blood Drive May 13 focuses on rare blood typesred cross logoPeople come in all different shapes, sizes and blood types. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the following blood type categories: A, B, AB, and O. However, for a small percentage of the population, finding someone else with the same blood type can be as difficult as looking for a needle in a haystack. Your blood type is inherited just like the color of your eyes and hair. As an inherited trait, African Americans and other minority groups have rare blood types that are specific to their race, ethnicity or genetic background.

Columbus State will host an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, May 13 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge. Minority blood donors are especially encouraged to donate. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, or visit

Rich James with daughterTaking our kids to work

Video/Web developer Rich James grabs a quick breakfast with his daughter, Miranda, 12, before today's program "Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day" begins. The day's program includes a half-day of special activities for the kids, a luncheon, and the second half of the day for the kids to spend "working" with their parents, observing what they do. The program, coordinated by the Human Resources Department, was provided to 25 kids in 6-8th grades, with age-appropriate activities.