Thursday, January 22, 2009

Inauguration viewers react
In the Nestor Hall Lounge, the large crowd reacts
to President Obama’s address on Inauguration
Day January 20.  Big screens across campus
were tuned in to the proceedings and students,
faculty, and staff were able to watch the historic
events as they unfolded live from Washington, D.C.


Val’s Book Club to read Kent Keith bookbook coverThe next book club with President Moeller will be held on Thursday, March 5 at noon, with the group discussing their reading of “The Case for Servant Leadership” by Kent M. Keith. The first 25 employees to respond to will receive a copy of the book to participate in the book club.

Dr. Kent M. Keith is a dynamic speaker and writer whose mission is to “help people find personal meaning in a crazy world.” He is the author of "The Paradoxical Commandments," which he wrote when he was 19, a sophomore at Harvard College. The Paradoxical Commandments are guidelines for finding personal meaning in the face of adversity.

“The Case for Servant Leadership” cites the universal importance of service, defines servant leadership, compares the power model of leadership with the service model, describes some key practices of servant-leaders, and explores the meaningful lives of servant-leaders.


Strickland publishes QuickStudy guides to photography photoguideCoordinator of the Digital Photography degree program Gene Strickland, has authored two new “QuickStudy” guides for the BarChart company—one on Photography Basics, and the other on Digital Photography.

Strickland contacted BarCharts Publishing Inc. and “mentioned that of the 100s of topics covered for college students they did not have anything covering digital photography, which seemed misaligned with today's digital economy.”

It took Strickland almost a year to negotiate the deal with BarCharts and then another six months to research and write two new QuickStudy guides about Digital Photography and Photography Basics. The laminated study guides have now been published internationally and are available in bookstores nationwide and in Europe.

Strickland reports that the Digital Photography program at Columbus State has “really taken off” with more than 450 declared majors and another 200 students pursuing the short-term Photography Certificate.

DARSweb Interactive Audit Training sessions scheduled for next week   Workshops highlighting the new features of the next DARSWeb release will be held next week. The release is scheduled for early February.  New functionality within the Interactive Audit Report will allow users to create “Planned Courses” which can then be incorporated into the audit run. Planning future courses and grades will enable students to project GPAs and outline their roadmap to graduation. All workshops will be held in CT106. Register by going online and selecting the session you wish to attend:

Sessions will be held:

Monday January 26: 1 – 2 p.m., and 3 – 4p.m. 
Tuesday January 27: 10 – 11a.m. and noon – 1p.m.
Wednesday, January 28: 9 – 10 a.m., 10:30 - 11:30a.m., noon – 1p.m., and 2- 3:00 p.m.


ITDL Brown Bag event:
“Who left the Blackboard open?”
Mon., January 26 and Tues., January 27, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.– Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation, CT 107 – 339 Cleveland Avenue
This is what you’ve been waiting for….an open forum on Blackboard. Come on over for a discussion on anything Blackboard related. Bring your teaching ideas, concerns, suggestions and questions. You might just leave with a demonstration of new Blackboard technique or two. This is a must- attend for anyone using Blackboard!

ITDL presents:
"Stepping into Science" Virtual Second Life® Conference second life logoFriday, January 30 - 11 a.m. - 5p.m., CT Room 106 

What if, in addition to reading about chemicals in our environment, we could actually see common poisons all around us? What if, instead of reading about the structures in a cell, we could enter a cell and see them for ourselves? What if, instead of staring at a two-dimensional Web site, we could walk into and through the page of the screen?

The technology of virtual worlds is opening up a new universe of possibilities for students and lifelong learners. Many experts say we are moving from the area of the two-dimensional Web page to the era of three-dimensional virtual worlds. The "Stepping into" series of conferences is your chance to learn about and experience the power of virtual worlds. Over the coming months, we will explore some of the best and most creative work being done in virtual worlds, in the areas of history, literature, health, science and more. Attend one or more sessions. Come and go as you please. All sessions take place in Second Life, but you do not need to be a Second Life member. Sessions will be moderated locally by Instructional Technology and Distance Learning’s Mary Hooker Myers.

Stepping into Science Second Life Conference Agenda
Welcome – Keynote Address
11 a.m. – Noon
Troy McConaghy does media projects on the Web and in the virtual world Second Life® (SL). Most of his projects are related to science or technology. His educational background is in applied math, physics, space exploration, and astrodynamics.

Second Life Field Trip
12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
During this time period, participants can take part in a field trip. Field trips involve teleporting directly to one or more of the best science-related projects in Second Life. It is during the field trips that we actually "step into science" by virtually exploring the 3D environment.

Science Friday Radio Show
2 – 3 p.m.
We are very excited to be able to offer conference participants the opportunity to take part in the live audience for hour one of Science Friday, the popular science radio show that is broadcast from Second Life and into public radio stations across the country.

Second Life Field Trip
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
See Field Trip description above.

Summary Panel Discussion on Second Life’s Potential for Science Education
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

SBDC, DX offer networking session: Columbus TechLife Joe II
coffee cup on keyboardThere is no better way to start your day than to join the Ohio SBDC and the Discovery Exchange in a morning of networking. “Columbus TechLife Joe II” is a casual venue for people in the tech community to get together offline and talk, learn, plot and meet. Come meet some movers and shakers in the technology arena, individuals with opportunities for student work, and a cool group of passionate people. It is also a great opportunity to mix with some of the brightest students from Columbus State, Columbus College of Art and Design and The Ohio State University.

The event will be held on Friday, January 30, from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.. Please RSVP at to register. You bring the ideas...You bring the conversation...We'll have plenty of coffee and refreshments to wake you up.

Aviation Maintenance students win scholarshipsstudents with helicopterThe Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association awarded scholarships to four Columbus State Aviation Maintenance students January 13 at a ceremony at the Bolton Field facility.  The scholarships will cover the cost of FAA testing in Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic Ratings for the four students. The students are, from left:  Joseph Boyer, Rajah Ishwar, Andrew Sisinger,  and James Wende.


coupon for DXSpecials from your DX BookstoreWatch this space for special monthly offers from the Columbus State Bookstore at Discovery Exchange! To go to a printable version of the coupon, click on the image.