Monday, May 18, 2009

Shared Governance Election is this week Don’t forget to vote in the Shared Governance Election to be held May 19-20, from 7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. both days in Rhodes Hall Room 114.

In this election, faculty vote for faculty representatives, staff vote for staff, and administrators vote for administrators.

If you have any questions, contact Cathy Hatfield at ext. 3903 or e-mail her at

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) elections to be held this week onlineThe Staff Advisory Council Elections will be held on Monday, May 18, and Tuesday, May 19, for the following three areas:

Business & Administrative Services – Business Services
Learning Systems – The Center for Workforce Development

Learning Systems – Instructional Services and Distance Learning

Please note that only full-time staff members currently working in these specific areas are eligible to vote.

The areas listed are the only areas requiring an election at this time. All other areas will be filled by an unopposed candidate or are currently vacant and may be filled by petition.

When finalized, the election results will be published in Update.

Lenore receives awardRetiring chair honored at Humor Workshop

Lenore Schneiderman, right, chairperson of the Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation technology at Columbus State for more than 30 years, is given a proclamation from Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland at the annual Humor Workshop, held last Friday in the WD Conference Center. Schneiderman will retire at the end of June.

Employee Health and Fitness Day is WednesdaylogoAs part of a national effort administered annually by the National Association for Health and Fitness to promote the benefits of physical activity at work and at home, Columbus State will have an Employee Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, May 20. Come by Nestor Hall East Lounge to visit, and watch fitness demonstrations every 30 minutes from 11a.m.-2 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room B (lower level).

You can also be entered into a drawing for fun prizes. Wellness Challenge Team Members will receive bonus points for each demonstration they participate in or watch. This is the perfect opportunity to gain more points before the Challenge ends May 29.  For additional information, contact Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989.

Employees participate in Bike to Work WeekThe Columbus State Wellness Advisory Committee would like to recognize the employees who participated in the Bike to Work Week May 11-15, including Rich James, Ben Berry, Cathy Treyens, Glenn Smith, Nancy Cleland, Tony Goins, Jonathan Baker, Greg Phillips, Jennifer Anderson, Willow Fodor, Kimberly Dybiec, Luxmikaanth Nimalamoorthy, Jennifer Hendricks, and Daniel Peterson. The team won their category (companies with 500-999 employees) out of 13 other teams in the Bike to Work Week Challenge by racking up 125 rides and 605.3 miles total!  Way to ride, Cougar Cranks!


AQIP Milestone Celebration to be held tomorrowPlease join Columbus State in celebrating our Action Project teams and their accomplishments this year, Tuesday, May 19, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in WD-407. All are welcome! Refreshments served. RSVP to Sunday Zidonis at ext. 5987.

Flex Spending maximum increasedThe Flexible Spending Medical (out-of-pocket) expenses maximum annual deduction amount has increased from $3,000 to $5,000. The change is effective for the July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010, benefit plan year.  If you have already submitted your form and would like to increase your amount, please complete a new form and return it to Human Resources by Friday, May 22. Enrollment forms are located on Contact Twila Wiley if you have questions.


Cougar golfer to play in nationals this week

Evan Lee
Evan Lee

Columbus State sophomore Evan Lee will head to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Men’s national championship round, to be held at Goose Pond Colony Golf Course in Scottsboro, Ala., May 19–22.

Lee was an individual qualifier by finishing fourth after shooting a three-round 228 (12 over par) in the Region 12 District tournament at Kalamazoo Community College last week.
Lee is the first Columbus State team member to advance to the national Division 2 golf championship round.

The Minister, Ohio, native received Ohio Community College Athletic Conference first team status and is being recruited by several four-year colleges.  He has maintained a 3.5 grade point average. 
The golf team practices at Columbus State’s Bridgeview Golf Course under the direction of second year coach Watson Walker Jr.

Regents visit Bolton Field With a goal to improve aviation education, staff members of the Ohio Board of Regents office and the Ohio Aerospace Initiative made on-site visits to the state’s aviation education facilities, including Columbus State’s Bolton Field facility on May 15.

The nonprofit Aerospace Initiative was founded last year by business leaders and educators with a mission to align the curriculum at state schools with the needs of the aviation industry.

The Bolton Field facility consists of a 10,000-foot hanger with classrooms, labs, aircraft and helicopters for use by students enrolled in the Aviation Maintenance Technology program. 

Roughly 80 percent of Columbus State students find jobs within the first six months of obtaining an aviation maintenance certificate or associate degree. Both rigorous programs require 1,900 class hours, with graduates obtaining a prized FAA certification needed for many jobs in the field. 

Locally, American Eagle, Limited Aviaion, Chautaugua Airlines, and many others have hired Columbus State graduates. In addition, Chautaugua Airlines is closing a maintenance facility in Pennsylvania and moving some of those positions to Columbus. That action could lead to additional airline maintenance jobs in the central Ohio market.

Social & Behavioral Sciences gives Spring Adjunct AwardThe Social & Behavioral Sciences Spring Quarter 2009 Adjunct Appreciation Award was given to Marie Mika, who teaches Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems, both traditionally and online.

According to the selection committee, “Marie’s dedication to teaching clearly shows. In whatever course she teachers, she never fails to bring improvements to the curriculum. Marie has great ideas for assignments, course structure, and teaching methods and always graciously shares these with her colleagues. Marie has been essential in the development of innovative curriculum in online instruction, and has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty in making improvements to the web courses. She creates, rather than just teaches, in any course in which she is assigned.”

adjunct faculty winners
Accepting their Adjunct Awards are, from left: Ray Goral
, Donna Karno, Marie Mika, Jon Racster, Deb Supelak,  and Teresa Hutchinson.

The department also recognized five adjunct faculty in other areas of the department, including Ray Goral, in Psychology, Donna Karno, in Political Science, Jon Racster, in Anthropology, Deb Supelak, in Social Science, and Teresa Hutchinson, in Economics and Geography.

Social & Behavioral Sciences formed the Adjunct Faculty Appreciation Committee in Winter Quarter 2003 to recognize the service of all adjunct professors in the department and for formally honoring the outstanding service of one of them twice a year.

Woodwinds to perform next weekThe Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, May 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The free 45-minute concert will feature the music of famous European composers such as Palestrina, Handel, Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven, as well as four prominent African-American composers: Frank Johnson, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington and William Grant Still. Director Thomas Lloyd will narrate the concert. For more information contact Lloyd at

What’s the DX Thinking?Last week's riddle proved a little too difficult, so we're adding a few hints to the mix. Since we didn't get a correct answer last week, we'll award prizes to the first two players who guess correctly this week! Send your guesses to

- Could be a command from your grandma
- Wherever it lands feels softer
- Different types for different areas
- Women use it to keep the "chaps" away
- Protects and “preserves'” both you and the planet!

Need another hint? Some super-savvy guessers have already figured out the DX is always thinking about something that's inside the DX building! So, what is the DX Thinking?