Thursday, April 9, 2009

Locksmith controls your “access” to Columbus State

Sean NowlinHe’s so reliable and holds such responsibility on campus, that he’s been known to rush in on his day off to fix various situations.

-Kim Gatliff

Sean Nowlin, access specialist in Public Safety, is the go-to person for the whole college when it comes to opening doors. If you’re locked out, he gets you in. If you lost your key card, he gets you a new one. Need the locks changed? Call Sean. Can’t get into your file cabinet? Nowlin will get your vital documents out even if he has to pick the lock!

He’s so reliable and holds such responsibility on campus, that he’s been known to rush in on his day off to fix various situations. “…not only regarding thousands of locks on campus, but off-campus sites as well,” says Kim Gatliff on her nomination for Staff Employee of the Month. 

Nowlin’s reliability, sense of humor, willingness to help and can-do attitude earned him not one, but three nominations and the April Staff Employee of the Month award. 

Babette Money wrote that Nowlin will “often stop what he’s doing to help anyone that needs assistance. He will repair locks and card access even on his day off and it doesn’t matter what time of night or day!”

Andrew Jarvi appreciated Nowlin’s assistance when Jarvi was “the new guy.” “He made me feel like I was part of the team from day one and helped me learn the campus layout. He has a great sense of humor and is always willing to help.”

President’s Book Club to read "Lessons for Grown-ups" Val's Book Club will read "What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-ups from Children's Books," by Amy Gash, for its Spring Quarter discussion. The discussion will be held on Thursday, June 4, at noon. If you would like to take part in this quarter’s book club with the President, please email to enroll. The first 25 replies will receive a free copy of the book.

“This one-of-a-kind collection reminds weary adults not to lose sight of the values and virtues they learned as kids. There are over three hundred quotations from more than two hundred well-loved children's books, such as Charlotte's Web, Peter Pan, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Eloise, Sounder, Number the Stars, and Goodnight Moon, organized by topic, among them Acceptance, Goodness, Family Woes, and Growing Old.

With clever illustrations from Pierre Le-Tan, it is a book to share with a friend or keep by your own bedside. It will help you remember why you loved reading in the first place.”—Amazon Product Review





AQIP tools for the road - Bar ChartsWith spring come daffodils, sunshine, Easter eggs and of course—candy! The AQIP communications teams recently did a mini poll of 38 employees’ Easter candy consumption habits – just to illustrate how a bar chart can be used.

This incredible sacrifice was made to show how bar charts can be representations of data that help you recognize patterns.  Individuals or departments can use bar charts to chart anything from phone call volume, to walk-in traffic, to customer satisfaction.

bar chart

The Easter candy mini poll of 38 faculty, staff and administrators showed that the No. 1 favorite Easter candy is the Reese's Peanut Butter Egg. The poll indicated women enjoyed them more than men. Jelly beans were a close second with 5 votes for favorite. The poll showed that only one administrator preferred Kit Kat bars over more traditional fare such as jelly beans, marshmallow peeps, malted milk balls, Cadbury eggs and marshmallow bunnies. The poll did not measure how many employees bite the ears off their children’s chocolate bunnies, however. This may have been the runaway winner if measured!

Qualia event to highlight LGBT poetry May 1
Qualia postcard art

Look to share humor and message at Spring In-Service DayLookKarsten Look, associate professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences, will present “I Am Diversity: And So Can You!” at the Spring In-Service Day General Session Friday, April 24.  The theme of this year’s spring program is Embracing Diversity.

Look is an experienced presenter and is well known to bring a “fresh” perspective to his presentations. Come and experience it for yourself at the general session on April 24! The program and schedule for the day will soon be available on the In-Service Web site.

Dental Hygiene program saves money, environment with reusable equipment coversphoto of coverConnie Clark, clinical coordinator for the Dental Hygiene technology, reports that a simple change in procedure is helping the program save money and materials in the lab.  

“In our pre-clinic for sterilization, we are now using reusable cloth bags for covering our cassettes and hand pieces for sterilization,” says Clark.

 “The reusable bags may be used approximately 200 times. In the past, each cassette was wrapped in paper. Each hand piece was placed in a plastic/paper bag (one side paper the other plastic). The new reusable cloth bags will reduce our consumption to landfills by being sterilized with each use. The reusable bags are also slightly more cost effective, saving about 4 cents per use.”

Clark adds that this idea may be something other areas that have continual sterilization needs may find of value. “This is a nice example of how a department can advance the college's sustainability goal,” said Terri Gehr, senior vice president and CFO for Business and Administrative Services. 

AUTO300 class needs cars to fixThe Automotive Technology Lab will be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 300 - Shop Experience class. If your car is 10 years old or newer, and has a problem that does not require major engine or transmission work, or a problem that does not require labor time of 4.5 hours or more, then the Shop Experience class may be able to help.

For more information, please email Dave Hill at Please note that there are a very limited number of appointments available and there is a $10 lab fee for work performed. No phone calls please.

“What is the DX Thinking” winner for this weekDaniel Ball is this week’s winner of the DX contest for guessing “Putumayo World of Music CD” as the answer to the hints. Congratulations Daniel, and look for next week’s contest in Monday’s Update.