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Quality Spirit Quarterly 2018 Print

President's Report

Hello! I hope your 2018 has been off to a great start.  My name is Ashley Hatfield and I am your Chair-Elect for 2018. I am very humbled and excited for this opportunity to continue to partner with and serve our members.
Our biggest event of the year, the Spring Conference, is right around the corner! Our Spring Conference Committee, headed up by Marty Hartman, has been working non-stop over the past few months to make this event a continued success.This year’s theme is “Integrating Quality Into the Organization” and we have a great lineup of speakers for a fun day of learning, and networking. Our keynote speaker is Thomas Bartman, M.D., PhD. from Nationwide Children’s Hospital. If you haven’t registered yet, you are not going to want to miss this great event. Register at http://columbusasq801.com/meetinginfo.php?id=37&ts=1519878243 before registration closes March 18th!
Each year the leadership team gets together to decide on the following year’s business plan and objectives for our section to support ASQ’s strategic objectives. You can find our 2018 Business Plan here, or on our website. Our goal is to make your membership to Section 801 beneficial to you, but we can’t do that without your support! Do you have a need for CUs for your recertification or just want to get further involved in this organization? We are always looking for people to join our leadership team to show off their unique skills and talents. Have a creative side that you don’t get to utilize at work? Want to get involved with our student sections (OSU and OU) and help impact the next generation of industry professionals? Maybe behind the scenes working on our website or networking at Chamber events is more your speed - we have opportunities for you and would love to talk to you!
This year, thanks to the continued hard work of our Program Chair Bill Soller, we again have a great lineup of tours and dinner meeting presentations. We hope to see you at one of these events and don’t forget to bring a friend or co-worker! You can find a full list at http://columbusasq801.com/meetinginfo.php
Don’t forget to verify your email address, and subscribe to our emailing list so you can keep up to date on all the happenings of ASQ Columbus 801 and additional education opportunities. If you have any questions about how to do this if you haven’t already, or have missed the emails with the directions on how to do so, please reach out to me at Ahatfield@sections.asq.org and I will be happy to assist.
Ashley Hatfield
Internet Liaison

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2018 Spring Conference

Join us on Monday, March 19th!

Our theme for 2018 ASQ Spring Conference is “Integrating Quality into the Organization”. We are focused on providing an interesting and value added conference for quality professionals in a wide spectrum of careers.  It will be held Monday, March 19th at the Crown Plaza Hotel North, in Columbus, Ohio.

Comments from last year: 
“Outstanding job, great activities”
“Gave me usable tools to take back and implement tomorrow”
“Best spring conference I’ve been to-and I’ve been to several”

We are excited to have Thomas Bartman, M.D., Ph.D., as our keynote speaker.  He is the Associate Medical Director for Quality at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He will present Strategies and Tactics used to Develop a Robust Quality and Safety Program at the Largest Pediatric Hospital in the U.S. His presentation will describe successful quality improvement in neonatal services and throughout Nationwide Children's Hospital. The emphasis of which is educational programs and building of capacity/competence throughout the workforce.

Register here http://columbusasq801.com/meetinginfo.php  before you miss out on another great event! 


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Site Visits

ASQ members' visit to the Scotts Company's Headquarters on February 13, 2018.

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ASQ Student Chapters


We are the officers of ASQ at The Ohio State University. In recent years, our student chapter has not been active at OSU and the 801 ASQ chapter; soon ASQ at OSU comprised of dwindling numbers and half-hearted student members. As a result, our student chapter is fairly small and does not have a strong working relationship with the professional chapter. As the new leadership of this student chapter, it is our goal to rebuild this chapter.

Our primary value proposition to our student members is the opportunity to connect with working Columbus professionals. Whether you have three months or three decades of work experience under your belt, our students are eager and willing to talk with you. Thus, the ASQ student chapter is conducting a new initiative: a mentorship program. 

We are super excited to be working on this program. This initiative is a revamp of the initial program, ASQ Friends, providing students with an opportunity to connect with professionals. While we are not adapting the name of ASQ Friends, this ASQ Mentorship Program is still the same concept. 

 We would like to match student members up with ASQ professionals that work within the area of their interest. Once we set them up, it is up to the mentor and mentee to determine how many times per month and why they would like to meet. That’s the beauty of it: you can do whatever you want, whenever you want with your mentee. We are hoping that this flexibility allows for duos to meet up as often as possible and allow students to foster this relationship. 

What’s in it for you? Why should you give up your time to mentor a student? For one, pay it forward. These students are eager to learn from you – that’s why they sign up for this program to begin with. In addition, there may be opportunities that stem from this: if a student is deemed a valuable asset, they could be considered for a position at your organization. Overall, the benefits are what you make of it. 

This new initiative is completing its pilot run with success. Our current member enjoys his relationship so much that he meets with his mentor at least once a month and wants to continue for more than the intended time (set at one semester during the fall). For any mentor-mentee duo, it is up to them to decide how long to keep this up. 

Finally, the student chapter would like to host a banquet towards the end of the semester to thank any mentors for partaking in this program. Stay tuned for more information. 

Our leadership team is looking for ASQ Professionals interested in volunteering for this initiative. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please see our contact information below and reach out to us.


Stephen Pioro- Chapter President Pioro.1@osu.edu

Erik Furterer- Chapter Vice President Fueterer.4@osu.edu

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Educational Opportunities

March 2018

The section Education Committee wants your input!  What classes would you like to see offered?  Are there specific topics you would like to explore with local experts?  Webinars that would benefit you?  Please visit the columbusasq801.com website and fill out the Contact Us section to share your thoughts. 

For more information or to register for courses, please visit:  http://www.blueridgeasq1108.org/upcoming-events/ 

We are in the process of setting up the following courses. If interested, please leave a note at our Contact Us page:  http://columbusasq801.com/form.php?form_id=12

 Certified Quality Engineer Training Course – Online / On Demand

Cost:  $449

CEUs:  2.74

Available for 365 days from date of purchase

Offered via ARE, LLC

 Certified Six Sigma Black Belt Training Course – Online / On Demand

Cost:  $449

CEUs:  2.22

Available for 365 days from date of purchase

Offered via ARE, LLC

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Announcements for the Winner of the Quality Professional Award

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Announcement for the Winner of the Quality Technician of the Year Award

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