Monday, November 15, 2010

new Ford
Ford unveils new 2011 Explorer at Columbus State

Ford Motor Company unveiled the all-new, reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer on the Columbus State campus November 12.  Columbus State Ford ASSET students have a partnership with Ford where they receive paid work experience and become certified Ford technicians, as well as earning their associate degree. ASSET instructor David Foor thanked Ford for their support of the program and assisted with the unveiling ceremony with his students.

Asset students
Ford ASSET instructor David Foor, (center, in plaid shirt) with a few of his students from the program: from left are Stacy Nance, Trey Langdon, Alex Lopez, (David Foor), Jamie Bell, Matt Skinner, Jerred Neil, and Alex Williams.

Ford brand manager Lew Echlin said production of the new Explorer will mean 1300 new U.S. jobs as well as work for 21 Ohio suppliers of parts and equipment.

The new, completely reinvented Explorer includes some nifty features including the world’s first inflatable seatbelts, hands-free voice-activated technology called MyFord Touch that responds to over 10,000 voice commands, and 30% better fuel economy than current models. It was the first time the prototype vehicle has been shown in Columbus.


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AU10 Headcount Reports now online
Autumn Quarter 2010 FTE and Headcount Reports by academic departments, the Columbus Campus, the Delaware Campus, Off-Campus Centers and Distance Learning are now available by following this link:

If you have any questions, please contact Jim Hamberg (

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William Grant Still,

Woodwinds to perform Nov. 16
The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will present a concert on Tuesday, November 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. On the program is the music of German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, Austrian classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and 20th century African-American composer William Grant Still.

The ensemble will also play a new work arranged especially for them by composer John Lloyd (brother of Columbus State Band Director Thomas Lloyd.)  The music consists of four Australian folk songs for woodwinds with piano. Faculty pianist Rose Marie Zuber will perform with the group. For more information about the concert, contact Thomas Lloyd.



student chefs
Judge Adam Richman, left, gives instructions on the cooking contest to students, from left,  Ben Kroeker, Rob Jones, and Rosanna Ha

Students compete at Giant Eagle Market District grand opening
Columbus State Culinary students became celebrities on October 14 when they were part of the Giant Eagle Market District grand opening at Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington. The chef apprentice students cooked their specialties and were then judged by Adam Richman, of the “Man vs. Food,” show on the Travel Channel,  ex-OSU Football great Eddie George, and Christina Machamer, winner of the fourth season of Fox TV’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” Each of the students won scholarship money from Giant Eagle, and the winning dish was judged to be Rob Jones’ “Tailgating Empanadas!”

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Student Leadership Conference thanks presenters
The Student Activities and Athletics Department and The Student Ambassador Leadership Program would like to thank the faculty and staff who presented at the first annual Student Leadership Conference hosted November 5 and 6 at Columbus State.   The conference was a great success with more than 100 students registered.  The following employees were presenters:

Karsten Look
-Keynote Speaker, Kimberly Brazwell-Master of Ceremonies,
Jeff Spain, Tracy Sowards, Lori Trent, John Wallace, Barbara Allen, Esther Cherry
Rhunette Diggs, Betsy Gingher, Kellie Brennan, Kimberly Brazwell, Dave Kerr, Reuel Barksdale, Alexis Sherman, and Thomas Dains.

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A special announcement for our students and employees with hearing loss
graphicColumbus State has the first Sorenson Video Phone 200 for public use which has been installed in the Center for Workforce Development (WD) on the second floor, in the student lounge.  Sorenson Communications is the leading manufacturer and provider of videophones customized for the deaf and hard of hearing.  Sorenson Video Relay Services is a service that enables callers who are deaf and hard of hearing to conduct video relay calls through a qualified interpreter.   For more information, please contact Marie Potts, advisor in Disability Services, by email



locker photoLocker rooms to have keycard access only
Lockers rooms in the Fitness Center, Delaware Hall, will soon be locked at all times.  In order to gain access to the locker rooms, employees will need to have their Columbus State Employee Cougar ID activated.  In order to have your ID activated please email Heather Borland at   (If you have already contacted Borland, you don’t need to do anything further).

Locker rooms will be available for use during the hours of operation of the Fitness Center which are:  Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Students will gain access through a request form which will be taken directly to Public Safety.

ITDL Seminar
The Digital Lifestyle Series: Accessible Web Video Production for Everyone
Have you ever wanted to post your own digital creation to YouTube? Are you curious about what it really takes to produce and publish online video content? Join us for this hands-on technology session, and explore the process of shooting, downloading, and posting videos to the Web with the latest Flip and point-and-shoot camcorders.

When: Friday, November 19 (1- 3 p.m.) - Register
Where:  Innovation Center, CT 106 
NOTE: Seating for this event is limited to 14 participants.




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Your employee discount now goes
further at the Bookstore

Your employee discount now applies to sale items! So you
can save even more than ever, and just in time for holiday
Some items are excluded: software, computers, laptops,
e-readers, digital camcorders, TI-84 calculators, 
newspapers, special orders, and clearance merchandise
priced 50% or more.

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Weekly Security Tip:
Use Strong Passwords
Make your passwords at least eight characters long and use upper/lower case letters, numbers, and special characters. Passwords shorter than eight characters are easy to crack.  Avoid common words and proper names and don't use any real names especially your own, your family members’ names, or your pets’ names.  Using the minimum of eight characters with upper/lower case letters, numbers, and special characters, yields six quadrillion different character combinations!  It would take a supercomputer 193+ years to try all combinations at one million tries per second.   

For more information on password security tips, please review Section 20 of Columbus State’s Information Security Standard.

If you have any questions, please send an email to or visit the Information Security website at

Black Friday" is this Wednesday and Thursday at the Bookstore
posterDon't wait until the after-Thanksgiving rush for the best prices of the season. Visit the Bookstore this week for our Way-Early Pre-Black Friday Sale, this Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 17 and 18) only.




Budget conversations start today
Columbus State is holding a number of open forums/conversations to discuss the college budgeting process. Forums have already been scheduled with Staff Advisory Council, Instructional Support Council, and Instructional Council. The campus community is welcome to attend any of the five Budget Conversations as follows:

Monday, November 15 

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Open Forum


Thursday, November 18 

2 - 2:45 p.m.
3 - 3:45 p.m.

Staff Advisory Council
Instructional Council

WD 402
CT 107

Friday, November 19

1:15 - 2 p.m.

Instructional Support Council

CT 107

Wednesday, November 24


Open Forum