Thursday, May 7, 2009

Media Services tech to the rescue

Corey Apling
Corey Apling

Corey Apling is an expert in his field and has the certifications to prove it, but “he never belittles a person who needs help running A/V equipment,”
says Jane Winters, Nursing Department faculty member. Apling was nominated for Staff Employee of the Month by Winters and received the award May 6 for his helpful, patient, and very knowledgeable work in setting up technical audio visual systems and computers for both faculty in the classroom and visitors to the college’s Workforce Development Conference Center.

Apling has worked for Columbus State since June 2005 and prior to that ran a freelance company called Apling Audio Visual Services, which he still dabbles in when he has the time. But his free time for freelance is at a minimum with his work schedule that begins at 7 a.m., and his class schedule (studying CIT), which ends at 10 p.m. He also has a one-year-old son, Logan.

Supervisor Martin Barry laughs that Apling gets grief from coworkers because, “by the time they get to campus at 8 a.m., Corey has already done all the work for that day!” Barry adds, “One day he called in sick, but when a couple other staffers also were sick, he ‘un-called-off’ sick and came in to get the work done.”

“Corey can tell by the way the light from the projector shines, what is needed to troubleshoot that system,” says Winters in her nomination. “When we have had trouble getting equipment running or fixed, even during class, Corey always comes to our rescue!”

interview with instructorGardening guru goes live

Fox 28 News’ Johnny DiLoretto interviews Bert Vonderahe, adjunct nstructor in Landscape Design/Build, on the Good Day Columbus live segment at McCullough Landscape and Nursery May 6. DiLoretto did a piece on the new class taught by Vonderahe called Basic Landscape Maintenance for the Home Gardener, a special topics class new this quarter and so popular that the department had to add an additional section, and make a waiting list for Summer Quarter. The class holds special appeal to homeowners trying to cut back on professional landscape services and instead “DIY.”

Cougar golf teams takes second in conference playgolferThe Columbus State Golf Team finished its Spring Quarter 2009 OCCAC golf season second in the conference and with several team members on the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) All-Conference Golf Team.

On First Team All-Conference is Evan Lee, a sophomore, and on Second Team All-Conference are Levi Nelson and Ross O'Neal, who are both freshmen.

Second-year Head Coach Watson Walker Jr. will next take his team to the NJCAA Region 12 tournament to be held May 11 and 12 at the Bedford Valley Golf Course in Michigan. 






Overview of the AQIP Action Project Completion Process for 2009In 2009 Columbus State’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) achieved the noteworthy milestone of completing four action projects. These action projects represent four AQIP categories: Valuing People, Helping Students Learn, Leading and Communicating, and Measuring Effectiveness.

In order for the action project teams to complete their action project journey, they had to go through four project phases: submission of an idea via charter initiation, team creation, development and research of the idea and, finally, reporting out and recommending the next action step for each project.

Each completed action project has followed a process improvement action plan called a Plan, Do, Study and Check. Additionally, each action project team has a designated sponsor and trainer along with faculty, staff and administrative members representing all area of the college.

Currently Columbus State has three action projects in process, and four have reached the final phase, including:

1) Improve Effectiveness of Employee Recruitment and Hiring ProcessValuing People

2) Transforming Learning through Assessment: General education outcomes attainment across curriculum – Helping Students learn

3) Bridging Communication Gaps within Columbus State Community College Decision Making Process – Leading and Communicating 

4)  Identifying Available Data Sources at CSCCMeasuring Effectiveness    

The Action Project teams utilized various continuous improvement tools including histograms, Pareto charts, flow charts, surveys and other tools to achieve their goals.

“Each team spent a lot of time and effort meeting, writing, researching and evaluating their work,” says Deborah Coleman, vice president for Knowledge, Resources and Planning. “Everyone who stayed with their action project through completion deserves recognition for this complex task.”

To celebrate the accomplishments of the action teams, a “Milestone Celebration” will be held May 19 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in WD Room 407. Everyone is encouraged to attend and support the action team’s efforts and learn how the completed action projects will impact you and the college. RSVP to Sunday Zidonis or call ext. 5987.


HIMTech hosts statewide educators’ conferenceAssociate professor/coordinator Lisa Cerrato and associate professor Jane Roberts of Columbus State’s Health Information Management Technology hosted the HIM Ohio educator's meeting May 1 at Columbus State.

Faculty from Bowling Green State University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, DeVry University, The Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, and the University of Cincinnati attended the meeting.

Dr. Leslie King, Director of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, opened the meeting with a presentation on the impact of technology in the educational environment for students and faculty. Other topics of discussion included transfer assurance guides between the two- and four-year HIM degree programs, virtual clinical practicum experiences, and grant opportunities.

photo of bookfairHave you been to the Scholastic Book Fair yet?It's going on all week (May 4-9) at the Bookstore. Stop by anytime to browse books for all ages. And stop by this evening from 4-6 p.m. for the Young Readers Celebration, featuring story times, favorite books for new readers, future readers, and even a visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog!


horwitzThurber House “Evenings with Authors” presents New York Times Bestseller Tony HorwitzTony Horwitz will read from his latest book, A Voyage Long and Strange, on Friday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Tony Horwitz takes you along on an epic adventure in his latest book, A Voyage Long and Strange. It is a story of history, myth, and misadventure that explores what happened in the century between Columbus' sail in 1492 and Jamestown's founding in "16-oh-something."

Tickets for the event are $18 in advance and $20 at the door, with discounts for students and seniors. Purchase your ticket by calling (614) 464-1032 or online at: Click here to purchase your ticket(s)!