Monday, April 27, 2009

In-Service insightKarsten LookKarsten Look, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, gives the keynote presentation at Friday’s In-Service Day, where the theme of the day was “Embracing Diversity.”

PERFORMs self-review and annual review help available

Employee Self-Review Workshops
Assistance for full-time employees completing the PERFORMs self-reviews will be available by registering for one of these optional workshops at:
Tuesdays, April 28, May 5, May 12: 9-10:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
Thursdays, April 30, May 7, May 14: 10:30 a.m.-noon, or 1-2:30 p.m.

Annual Reviews Workshops
For supervisors and administrators interested in additional support completing Annual Reviews and planning for review discussions optional workshops will be held:

Tuesday, May 26: 10 a.m. – noon
Thursday, May 28: 1-3 p.m.
Thursday, June 5: 10 a.m. - noon

Please register at the Employee Training site at: 
For more information please contact Mary Francis McLaughlin, at ext.5220, or Susan Thompson, at ext. 2406.


poem graphicCelebrate “Poem in Your Pocket” Day Help Columbus State celebrate the second national Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 30, and get a Bookstore coupon in return—as well as a chance to win a just-published poetry anthology. 

poem book coverSelect a poem you love—one you’ve written, or one penned by someone else—and carry it with you on April 30.  Then drop off your poem in the giant pocket in the Writing Center (246 Franklin Hall) between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the 30th, and receive a coupon for 30% off any single general book (textbooks and reference books excluded) and $1.00 off any frozen drink or $.50 off any hot drink at the Columbus State Bookstore and Cafe*.

By dropping off your poem, you'll also be entered into a raffle to win one of three copies of the new book, Poem in Your Pocket, which features an introduction by U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, who recently visited Columbus State for its Sixth Annual Writers Conference.

All poems dropped off during Poem in Your Pocket Day will be shared at the Writing Center's booth during Spring Fling on May 21.

For more information about Poem in Your Pocket Day, visit For questions about our celebration, contact

*While supplies last.  No other discounts apply.  Limit one offer per customer.  Offer valid April 30 - May 2, 2009.

New capital equipment request system now onlineThe Capital Equipment Request for Campus (CERC) system came back online Friday, April 24.

Departments are asked to use CERC to request capital equipment as part of their 2009-2010 budgeting. The system has been revamped to make it easier to use. Improvements include:

1. Improvements in speed
2. The system now remembers prior settings, and the last tab
3. One-click reports: predefined reports based on most frequently asked report type
4. The ability to approve or deny multiple items at once
5. The ability to copy one or more items

CERC is located at CERC was developed in-house by the Data Center, which is part of the Information Technology Division.

Columbus Public Health heightens swine flu surveillancepigThe Ohio Department of Health (ODH) today confirmed a case of swine flu involving a 9-year-old boy from Lorain County. While no cases have been identified in Columbus as of Sunday at 4:00 p.m., twenty cases of swine flu had been confirmed in the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. The confirmed cases are in California, Texas, New York, Kansas and now Ohio. There are an undetermined number of cases in Mexico reaching into the hundreds.

There are important everyday actions people can take to stay healthy.
• Stay informed.
• Cover your cough.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way.

Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
• If you get sick, we recommend that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza, and include high fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
According to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all health care providers who see patients with flu-like symptoms and learn that the patient traveled to Mexico, affected counties in Southern California or Texas during the 7 days preceding their illness onset, should have nasal swab samples from the patient tested.

Additional information is available on the Columbus Public Health Web site and CDC Web sites at and or

What’s the DX Thinking?Last week’s winner was Darrel Minor with the answer: “Balloons! Specifically, helium-filled mylar balloons, available at the Bookstore with more than 20 different messages and designs!”

This week's riddle: (send your answer to )

- If the name rings true, it helps you shoot for "A's"
- Small, but packs a mighty RAM!
- Puts the net in a notebook

What is the DX Thinking?