Monday, October 5, 2009

book coverVal’s Book Club to read Geoff Colvin bookThe President’s book club for Autumn Quarter will read “Talent is Overrated—What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else” by “Fortune Magazine” editor and columnist Geoff Colvin. The first 25 Columbus State staff or faculty to respond to will receive a free copy of the book and meet on Wednesday, November 18, at noon to discuss it.
About the book, the publisher writes, “Expanding on a landmark cover story in “Fortune,” top journalist Geoff Colvin debunks the myths of exceptional performance.”

“Colvin offers new evidence that top performers in any field—from Tiger Woods and Winston Churchill to Warren Buffett and Jack Welch—are not determined by their inborn talents. Greatness doesn't come from DNA but from practice and perseverance honed over decades.”


Media tour new Delaware Campushard hat tour
Glenn Smith
, Facilities Planning, center, and David Wayne, Institutional Advancement, right, guide members of the media through the new academic center under construction at the Delaware Campus. Wayne organized a “Media Hard Hat Tour” on September 29 for reporters to get a sneak preview of the facility.

The 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of LearninglogoJoin the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation for a keynote presentation and be among the first in Ohio to learn about an exciting forecast related to teaching and learning. The presentation will be held Wednesday, October 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 2020 Forecast: Creating the Future of Learning describes six drivers of change that are fundamentally and systemically recreating our relationships with our bodies, organizations, systems, societies, and economies, as well as with information itself. Presented by the Institute for Creative Collaboration at KnowledgeWorks, this keynote will examine the role that innovation can play in creating the future of learning.

The keynote speaker will be Katherine Prince, Director of Operations, from the Institute for Creative Collaboration at KnowledgeWorks.

Lunch will be provided to all attendees. You can register here.

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Geology professor to present at national meetinglogoAssistant Professor in Physical Sciences, Jeffrey Richardson, will present a session titled “Takin’ It to the Streets: A Successful, Innovative Model for Online Geology,” at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 18-21, in Portland, Ore.
“Teaching geology online takes its difficulty one level higher,” states Richardson in his session description. “I found that bringing the geology into the student’s home, workplace, leisure activities and neighborhood is the best way to induce ‘geo-memory’ from the online course.”

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Disability Awareness Month features art exhibitIn recognition of October being Disability Awareness Month, VSA (Vision, Strength, Arts) of Ohio ( has installed an art exhibit in the ERC titled “Accessible Expressions Ohio,” displaying artwork by people with disabilities. It will run through October 30.

Brown-bag webinar to discuss the greening of higher educationgraphic with map and eyeballThe Sustainability Committee will host a brown-bag webinar on Tuesday, October 13, from noon– 1:00 p.m. in CT 107 called “Greening Higher Education: Sustainability Initiatives in the University Environment.” 
Speakers will be Dr. Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature, a nonprofit sustainability foundation; the Sustainability Office from the University of Washington; John Kelly, vice president, Education Market, Xerox Corporation; and Marlon Miller, marketing manager for ColorQube. 
Come learn the best practices in sustainability from the experts.

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Posters, dispensers, remote access added to Flu Plan

A section of the new flu prevention poster, showing instructions written in Somali.

A college-wide influenza coordination team with more than 20 members is meeting weekly to keep on top of developments and to promote flu prevention at the college and in the community.  Each week some additional measures are added to the plan.
Chris Terry, supervisor in Building Services, is working to have an additional 30 sanitizer dispensers installed. He's working with Andy Jarvi, Emergency Management coordinator in Public Safety to coordinate offering sanitizer wipes in all computer labs.  
Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, and Giselle White, Web designer, developed posters written in Spanish, English, and Somali for flu prevention. 
Jim Beidler, director in Communication Technology and PC Services, is finalizing plans so key staff members will have remote computer access to critical systems in the event the campus would close for pandemic flue or other emergency. 

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ERC presents historical exhibit of audio/videologoStop by the ERC second-floor gallery to see a history of video and audio over the years, presented by Media Services in recognition of AV Week, October 18-24. Think of all the students on this campus who probably couldn’t even identify an 8-track tape, a vinyl record, or a ¾” video tape—remember those huge video decks that played the giant tapes?  Reminisce at the A/V Week exhibit!

Hanson, the bandHanson at Newport Music Hall anyone?The Education that Rocks promotion has tickets for the Hanson/HelloGoodBye concert at the Newport Music Hall on Wednesday, October 7, for the first six employees to email with the subject line “Hanson.” MMMBop!
Isaac, Zak and Taylor Hanson today—all grown up!