Monday, November 22, 2010

Toys for Tots boxes on campus now

distributing boxes
From left, John O’Keeffe, Abubakr Farah and Gary Shepherd distribute Toys for Tots boxes on campus.

In the 62 years the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve has overseen the Toys for Tots program, more than 400 million toys have been distributed to an estimated 188 million deserving children. This charitable endeavor has made the U.S. Marines a leader in looking after less fortunate children during the holidays.

The Staff Advisory Council recently approved a request from the Marine Corps Reserve to implement the program at Columbus State.  Between now and Monday, December 6, you can take part by bringing an unwrapped new toy for a child (infant to 15 years old) and leave it at one of the drop-off points listed below (all drop boxes will be in place by Nov. 24). Former student and Delaware Campus staff member John O’Keeffe (who is a Marine Reservist) is helping organize the effort. Additional contacts are Gary Shepherd, Jeff Dapkins, and Abubakr Farah.

Drop off locations:

ERC/Columbus Hall 2nd floor circulation desk
Delaware Hall 083
Eibling Hall 101
DX Bookstore
CT 339
Franklin Hall employee break room
Rhodes Hall 143

Telephone Information Center
Nestor Hall 432
Child Development Center
Moeller Hall

Off campus sites:
Dublin off campus center
Bridgeview Golf Course

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Capital equipment installations moving forward quickly
The Capital Equipment Team is pleased to announce that more than 600 PCs have been installed campus-wide to date. This includes upgrading 13 labs. Additionally, the team will complete all offsite locations this week. To see a schedule of all installations, go here.

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Auto Lab needs cars with steering/suspension problems
steering wheelThe Automotive Technology Lab will be scheduling lab work for the Auto 145 -Advanced Steering and Suspension class. If your car is 10 years old or less and having vibrations while in motion and your foot is off of the brake, or it pulls to one side, or makes unusual noises while turning or going over a bump, or you have a TPMS light on (Tire Pressure Monitoring System), then the Auto 145 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 $10.00 lab fee for work performed.

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Employee, dependent fee waivers due Dec. 14
Deadline for Employee/Dependent Fee Waivers for Winter Quarter 2011 is Tuesday, December 14.   A Request for Fee Waiver form must be turned into Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also first pay your fees and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the quarter by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt into Human Resources by February 3, 2011.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.

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Weekly security tip:
phish graphicHow to spot a phishing email

It could be a phishing email if:

  • There are misspelled words in the email or it contains poor grammar.

  • The message is asking for personally identifiable information, such as credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, PINs or Social Security Numbers.

  • There are "threats" or alarming statements that create a sense of urgency. For example: "Your account will be locked until we hear from you" or "We have noticed activity on your account from a foreign IP address."

  • The domain name in the message isn't the one you're used to seeing. It's usually close to the real domain name but not exact. For example:

    • Phishing website:

    • Real website:

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


youth on phoneITDL Seminar:
The Digital Lifestyle Series: Apple Gear and Podcasting

This is the second in an ongoing ITDL series about how you can integrate existing and emerging technologies into your day-to-day life, both on and off campus. Have you ever wondered what it takes to create a podcast? Curious about those iPods that students (and your colleagues) are carrying around campus? Join us for this hands-on technology session with Apple, and explore the answers to these and other questions about the exciting, engaging world of personal digital broadcasting as well as mobile learning.

Friday, December 3 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00  p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 107
NOTE: Seating for this event is limited to 20 participants.

Time to update your Employee Safety Manual
The Columbus State Employee Safety Manual has recently been updated by the Campus Safety Committee of Rosalind Porter, John Nestor, John Nedel, Christopher Keller, Norman Jones, Stephen Trundy, Alan LaForrest, and Teresa Lister.  

Each department should download the updated procedures to place in their three-ring binder. The updated manual can also be accessed online at

Documents that have been updated include:
Departments Affected by Specific Procedures
Directory of Contacts
Table of Contents
Procedure #1 Safety and Health Related Work
Procedure #2 Blood borne Pathogens
Procedure #8A First Aid and Emergency Health Care
Procedure #8B AED (Automated External Defibrillator) 
Procedure #11 Hearing Protection
Procedure #12 Personal Protection Equipment
Procedure #13 Chemical Hygiene Plan

If you have questions, please contact Rosalind Porter, program coordinator, Health & Safety - Human Capacity Development, at ext. 3860.

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cell phoneOld cell phones put to use by nursing class
Columbus State’s senior nursing class will hold their annual Health Fair on Wednesday, December 1, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall student lounges. As part of the Health Fair this year, the student nurses are working with Verizon Wireless “Hopeline” project, which recycles used cell phones for use by victims of domestic violence, who can use them free of charge to make emergency calls.  At the Health Fair December 1, you can donate any old cell phones, batteries or accessories you no longer need. You can also drop off these items in the Nursing Department, Union Hall fifth floor, through December 1. If you have any questions about the project, contact student Kristie Finamore at

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