Thursday, October 2, 2008

Springer to headline voter drive tomorrow Jerry Springer

Talk show host and activist Jerry Springer will headline a voter registration drive Friday, Oct. 3 at noon in the student lounge in Nestor Hall.

Oct. 6 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 presidential election. Early voting is already under way in Ohio, and many have already cast their votes.

Springer will talk to Columbus State students about the importance of making their voices heard in the election. Springer, who served as city councilman and mayor of Cincinnati before starting the Jerry Springer Show in 1991, is a longtime activist for the Democratic Party.

Columbus State hosts political events on a nonpartisan basis, and campaigns have been courting Columbus State students all year.

Sen. Hillary Clinton visited campus during the presidential campaign, as did representatives from the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, hosted a voter registration drive on Aug. 14 alongside “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” star Kal Penn.

Columbus State faculty support Aviation Maintenance scholarship event

scholarship winner at golf outing
Columbus State graduate and scholarship recipient Kyle Beachy arrives at the golf outing shortly after passing his FAA exams.

More than a dozen of Columbus State’s faculty from several departments participated in the 2008 Central Ohio Aviation Golf Outing sponsored by the Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (COPAMA) and the Professional Pilots Association (PPA).

The event raised more than $8,000, and turned into an even bigger celebration when Columbus State graduate Kyle Beachy arrived shortly after passing his FAA written exams. He was awarded his temporary mechanic certificate by Gene Sprang, assistant professor and FAA Designated Mechanic Examiner. Kyle graduated with a 3.94 GPA and received $1700 in scholarships from COPAMA as well as being awarded national scholarships.

Columbus State students have received more than $35,000 in scholarships from COPAMA. COPAMA wishes to thank all of the faculty who continue to support its scholarship events.

Chorus at welcome back
Chorus Columbus State Welcomes Students Autumn Quarter got under way with a record class and an exciting Welcome Back Week. Enrollment topped 24,600 on the first day of the quarter. Welcome Back week featured a number of activities, such as an activity fair, free food from “celebrity chefs,” make-your-own videos, a video game tournament and an appearance by the Columbus State Vocal Ensemble.

Library conference seeks proposals for presentationsColumbus State faculty, staff and administrators are invited to submit proposals for the University System of Ohio’s “Libraries, Learning & Technology 2009 Conference.”

The conference will be the tenth anniversary of Ohio’s premier higher education conference, previously known as the Ohio Digital Commons for Education Conference. This year’s conference will deliver all the same great professional development and networking opportunities you’ve come to expect from past conferences.

The University System of Ohio seeks interactive and engaging proposals for presentations, pre-conference workshops and technology demonstrations. Visit to review the complete call for presentations or to submit a proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, October 15, 2008. Please note that the proposal deadline will not be extended. Proposals are sought for the following themes and topics: 

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Student Success
Ohio Is Moving Forward
Transforming Technologies
P-20 Education
What’s The Buzz? – Vendor Presentations

“Libraries, Learning and Technology 2009” will include keynote presentations, hands-on workshops, vendor exhibits and technology demonstrations. It will be held March 1-3, 2009, at the Columbus Hilton at Easton Town Center in Columbus. Online registration will be available in December via the conference Web site:

Abbott edits first-ever anthology of Columbus poets

Steve Abbott
Steve Abbott

Steve Abbott, professor in the English Department, is the editor of a new book from Pudding House Publications, Cap City Poets. In the book, 74 of Columbus and central Ohio’s best known, read, and requested poets are featured in a first and one-of-a-kind anthology.

Abbott suggests that the collection can both confirm and challenge a reader’s ideas about poetry.  “Too often, we want art to be only an escape from the world rather than a way of seeing it, and this is a common expectation for poetry,” Abbott said.

“Yet throughout the world, poetry remains a vital part of defining the human experience in all of its dimensions. Asking poetry to simply reinforce our perceptions rather than to challenge them is asking it to stop being art. I expect readers will be both surprised and impressed by the variety and scope of these poets’ work.”

Cap City Poets is a Who’s Who of the area’s most recognized and most active poets,” Pudding House publisher Jennifer Bosveld said. “Their work has appeared in the nation’s most prestigious literary magazines, many of them have multiple collections of poems in print, others are renowned as performance or slam poets, and others have been major contributors to the growth of poetry and its public presentation in central Ohio.”

In cooperation with local independent bookstores, libraries and art galleries, Pudding House will sponsor a series of one-hour readings on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons in the coming months to introduce Cap City Poets to the public, featuring poets from the book in their own neighborhood communities. All readings will be free and open to the public. Scheduled readings include:

  • Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m. at the Westerville Public Library (126 S. State Street, Westerville), featuring Jerry Roscoe, Kim Brazwell, Jody Brown, Robert Pringle, and Jim Gorman.

  • Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m., at The Bee Hive bookstore (25 N. Sandusky St., Delaware), featuring Robert Flanagan, Kip Knott, John Kneisly, and Terry Hermsen.

  • Sunday, Oct. 12, 2 p.m., at the High Road Gallery (12 E. Stafford Ave., Worthington), featuring Kathy Fagan, Connie Everett, Angie Estes and Steve Abbott.

  •  Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. at Aeropagitica Books (3510 N. High St., Clintonville), featuring Charlene Fix, Frank Richardson, Fred Andrle; Elizabeth Ann James and Doug Gray.

Additional readings will be promoted through local arts-event listings and on Poetry Calendar Columbus at