Monday, June 22, 2009

phone off hookVoice mail out of service June 29The college voice mail system will be out of service for preventive maintenance on Monday, June 29, beginning at 11 p.m., for approximately 3 hours. At this time, all callers to the college, suburban sites as well as the Columbus campus, will hear ring-no-answer unless someone answers the call. During the maintenance outage, callers will not be able to leave new messages. No other systems will be affected by this work.

When the maintenance is completed, the touch-tone commands will remain the same, and existing messages should not be affected by the upgrade. However, the mailbox prompts may seem different because they have been re-recorded.

Please contact Micah Jenkins at 3636, if you have questions.



Five employees complete CPR trainingWilliam Highley, Nichole Bowman-Glover, Ben Williams, Amy Kostecka, and Shawndeia Thomas each completed the Adult CPR training June 17, which was taught by Norm Jones, Emergency Medical Services. This training is offered during each quarter break in partnership with the Human Capacity Development Department. For more information on the next class, contact Rosalind Porter.


Watch and Learnhelicopter landingmock emergency photoAs young kids from the Kids in College summer camp program and older kids from the “Camp ER” career program look on, Norm Jones, left, and instructors from EMS and Fire Science demonstrate emergency rescue techniques using a human patient simulator. The children also watched while MedFlight landed and demonstrated how an accident victim would be treated and transported by medical helicopter. The mock emergency scene was held during break on June 16. Photos were taken by Stephanie Byrne, photo intern in Institutional Advancement. Stephanie is Jim Byrne’s (Radiography) daughter.

Tornado emergency procedures from Public Safetytornado graphicThe following are some emergency tips and procedures in the event of a severe weather warning or watch.

In the event of a tornado warning, all employees, students, and visitors shall go to an interior hallway or the lowest level of the building. Avoid structures with wide free-span roofs and windows.

Pre-Plan Emergency Escape Routes:
Building evacuation signs (white plaques) are posted on each floor in various locations.
Identify tornado escape routes and shelter area before a building evacuation occurs.
Remember to stay inside buildings after the tornado warning sirens have been activated.

Weather Emergencies:
If severe weather occurs during working hours, employees should use standard emergency precautions as outlined by the State and Local Emergency Management Agency and the Employee Safety Manual. Generally, until inclement conditions cease or until emergency agencies approve travel home, employees should remain in their respective buildings. Contact Public Safety at ext. 2525 if additional emergency assistance or information is required. 

Atornado watch” is an alert to notify you that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado.

A “tornado warning” is an emergency alert that an actual tornado has been sighted. Move quickly to a safe area. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down, and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm.  It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

To receive a copy of the updated brochure listing all tornado shelters on campus, contact Rosalind Porter at ext. 3860.

Are You “SAD” This Summer?By Jacqie Walli, RN
Wellness Committee
logoSummer depression is considered a much rarer type of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) than the more common type, which is described as “winter depression.” Because summer depression includes some symptoms that are the reverse of those suffered with winter SAD, it is frequently referred to as “reverse seasonal affective disorder” or “summer SAD.” Presenting in spring to early summer, summer SAD affects sufferers through the brighter, hotter months.

Like other types of depression, it is difficult to determine a straight forward cause. Because winter depression is strongly linked to a lack of sunlight, it is logical to assume that summer depression may be linked to too much sunlight. Clearly more research is indicated.

Summer SAD is thought to affect less than 1 percent of the U.S. population. These people tend to live in the hotter regions. As with other depressive disorders, there are more female cases reported. Because people may feel uncomfortable coming forward, it is hard to determine the accurate number of gender variation, as some may manage their symptoms themselves, without seeking professional advice.

Sufferers of summer SAD may experience some of the following symptoms during the spring and summer months:

Depression, feelings of hopelessness
Loss of interest and/or enjoyment in activities
Anxiety or insomnia
Feelings of agitation or irritability
Poor appetite or weight loss
Change in sex drive
Suicidal thoughts and feelings

Symptoms subside in the fall, only to reoccur the following spring or early summer.

Sufferers of summer SAD often attribute their symptoms to the summer heat, reporting relief from symptoms by staying indoors and keeping cool. Some find relief in air-conditioned environments or from taking regular cold showers. Summer SAD has been shown to respond to the use of antidepressant mediations that alter the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin.

There is little evidence on how best to treat everyone with summer SAD. If you suspect you may suffer from summer SAD, the best solution is to contact your primary care physician to negotiate an individualized treatment regime for you.