Friday, November 20, 2009

Board of Trustees votes to honor president with naming of Delaware Campus academic center

Moeller Hall

The Board of Trustees last night voted to name the academic center nearing completion at the Delaware Campus “Moeller Hall” honoring President M. Valeriana Moeller. The building will open during the summer of 2010 and the first classes will be held Autumn Quarter 2010.

In their resolution, the Board stated:  

WHEREAS, M. Valeriana Moeller has faithfully and honorably served Columbus State Community College as President since 1996; and 

WHEREAS, during her tenure as President the College’s enrollment has grown from 16,013 in the Autumn 1995, to 28,309 in Autumn 2009, a 77 percent increase; and 

WHEREAS, to best serve the community’s continuing education and workforce development needs she established a Community Education and Workforce Development Division and oversaw the design and construction of a building to house its programs.  The division now serves about 18,000 students a year in non-credit programs; and 

WHEREAS, she led and supported the evolution of online learning, expanding access to higher education to more than 16, 000 students, resulting in Columbus State being No. 1 in Ohio for “seats” filled in online courses; and 

WHEREAS, she expanded access to higher education by opening suburban centers in Grove City, Tolles, Delaware, and Pickaway County; re-established Marysville; and expanded Westerville and Dublin to include science labs and offer degree programs; and 

WHEREAS, she recommended and the Board approved the largest scholarship initiative in the 46-year history of the college:  a $3.0 million Think Again scholarship program, subsequently increased to $6.25 million, that provides scholarships to students age 25 and older; and  

WHEREAS, she has contributed effectively to shaping higher education policy in the State of Ohio through her work with the Ohio Board of Regents, the Governor’s Workforce Policy Board, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and through her work on various national committees and boards; and 

WHEREAS, she was a charter signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate, established a college-wide Sustainability Committee, and presented an Energy Efficiency Plan for the Board’s approval that will, when implemented, reduce energy consumption by 20% by 2014; and  

WHEREAS, she led the implementation of a Shared Governance model that was established to better involve the entire campus community in governance, and since 2002 the majority of college policies and procedures have been updated; and 

WHEREAS, during her tenure the College enhanced its financial stability, as measured by an average score of 4.8 on a 0-5 scale administered by the Ohio Board of Regents; an increased bond rating by both Moody’s Investors and Standard & Poor’s; and by earning unqualified audit opinions each year; and 

WHEREAS, during her tenure the number of full-time faculty increased more than  62 percent, to 317 positions; the workload for full-time faculty decreased from 20 to 16 contact hours, with no decrease in salary or benefits; and the sabbatical program for full-time faculty was enhanced and expanded to bring it in line with an academic model; and 

WHEREAS, she launched in 2002 and personally participated annually in the College’s Leadership Institute, an 8-month leadership development program for staff, faculty and administrators, from which 175 employees have graduated, and 25 more will graduate in April; 

WHEREAS, she led the work of assessing the feasibility of building additional campuses in the College’s district, and engaged five successive campus committees to plan a program, design, and operationalize the first phase of the Delaware Campus, which includes an Academic Center and an administrative office building, scheduled to open for classes in Autumn 2010; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Board of Trustees of Columbus State Community College, on the eve of her retirement, wish to honor President Moeller’s long and distinguished years of service at the College, by renaming the first academic building on the Delaware Campus, currently known as Academic Center E, as Moeller Hall.

Site Specialist ‘speaks from heart’ about Columbus State

Teresa Lister

Terry Lister, long-time site specialist at the Columbus State Dublin Center, acts “almost like a den mother to what she refers to as ‘her students,’” said adjunct faculty member Barbara Pletz, a Communication instructor at the site. “Her dedication to this campus is what brings students and faculty back each quarter,” said Pletz.

This dedication and service earned Lister the November Staff Employee of the Month award, presented Nov. 18 by President Moeller in a ceremony in the Board Room.

“When Terry talks about Columbus State, one really knows she is speaking from her heart,” continued Pletz. “In addition, she really knows her job! She can probably cite just about anything regarding the nuts and bolts issues that students face. She’s amazing and draws people like a magnet!”

Lister serves on several campus committees, including serving as Parliamentarian on the Staff Advisory Council. She also served on the Delaware Campus Committee, the Safety Committee and the Problem Solving Committee. For several years she accompanied Dr. Sandy Drakatos on a travel abroad trip to Greece, acting as the trip organizer and event planner on the 12-day excursion. Her photographs from those trips now adorn the hallways of the Dublin Center.

“As an adjunct instructor who has taught at Columbus State for more than a decade, I love having classes at the Dublin Center, because I know if there is anything I need, Terry is there,” said Pletz. “She makes adjuncts feel like part of the entire Columbus State team!”

Big, green news on campus Two campus submitters' projects to the Sustainability Committee that were approved by the president for implementation are currently under way, and several departments and divisions are initiating their own green projects.

bridge photoLighting the bridge with the sun
One project will light up the pedestrian bridge over Spring Street, “Passages,” using solar energy. The project, led by Dick Bickerstaff, Chair of Engineering Technologies, is currently under way with hopes of illuminating the dark walkway this winter.

The original electric lights on the bridge haven’t worked for a while, since they were ruined by sidewalk salt. Vince Borghese and Shane Bendele’s classes are working on the fabricating and electronics for the project, and they’re using a recycled solar panel from the Engineering Technologies’ old solar car, which wasn’t being used. The solar panel will be perched on the roof of the parking garage’s elevator, “which is at the perfect angle, by coincidence,” said Bickerstaff.

French-fry fuel
plate of friesAnother approved project is to bring in a biodiesel processor to turn used cooking oil from the cafeteria into biodiesel fuel that can be used for college vehicles. This effort has been tested, and is successfully in use at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, where they produce 50-100 gallons of biodiesel per week to power grounds maintenance equipment.

The biodiesel project will be led by Mike Ryan, supervisor of Grounds Maintenance. “Currently we’re looking for the funding and space for the biodiesel conversion unit,” said Ryan. “Over the last five years we’ve converted more than 90% of our equipment to diesel, so we’re ready.”  

Print less PowerPoint
Powerpoint logoOver in the Instructional Technology Distance Learning (ITDL) Department, they have considered themselves quite green from Day 1, considering that students studying at a distance drive to campus less and don’t often use classrooms, parking spaces or many campus resources. But one thing they do is sometimes print their numerous PowerPoint slide presentations in campus computer labs, using lots of paper and ink, says Suzanne Patzer, supervisor.

According to Patzer, the ITDL Department is encouraging online instructors to put their many presentations and reports into condensed PDF files, which can be printed in far fewer pages. Faculty members have been encouraged to tell their students to print less and to use Blackboard for assignment submission, online testing and as a repository for documents.

outletUnplug, reuse, recycle
ITDL puts their money where their mouth is, too, foregoing the plumbed-in coffee pot in their break room and using instead a small, plug-in unit, ceramic coffee cups, recycled dinnerware for meetings, as well as offering extra recycling containers in their area, and LCD screens for agendas, rather than printing out paper agendas.

Green curriculum
Alesa Mansfield, assistant professor in Humanities, has initiated a "Green Group" in Arts and Sciences that is actively considering how to keep sustainability issues highlighted in the curriculum.  Currently, there are 2-4 fulltime faculty representatives from each of the departments in the Arts and Sciences division. 

The mission of the committee is to advance sustainable practices.  This includes increasing awareness, implementing sustainable practices that are appropriate for Arts and Sciences faculty, and integrating sustainable topics into the course content.  Myung Han, Mort Javadi, Ingrid Emch,  Judy Anderson, and many other members already incorporate the topic of sustainability into some of their courses. Humanities adjunct instructor Harvey Wasserman  is a specialist on this topic.  Next quarter,  his special topics course is on the History of the Environment and Environmentalism. 


That’s COOL!A new link to the Career Opportunities On Line (COOL) log-in page can now be found on the Web on the “Faculty & Staff” page. It is the first new link on the page. The COOL system is used to complete all your PERFORMs requirements. Please contact your Human Resources employment representative if you have any questions regarding COOL.

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New Testing Calendar to help with lines and waiting graphicBecause of increased enrollment at Columbus State, adjustments have been made to meet student needs in the Testing Center. A new Testing Calendar has been added to the website so that anyone can view high-traffic dates and exam deadlines. This will help students experience a minimal wait and efficient service.

Faculty members are asked to inform their students about the Exam Testing Calendar. You will notice that all of the Saturdays in the quarter are “red days,” which means a minimum of 400 tests will be administered. Saturday is the most popular day that our students report for testing. We want them to be aware of what to expect when reporting on particular days.

The Testing Center is asking faculty to select a different deadline date other than Saturday if they have not already submitted their exams to the Testing Center.

If you have any questions, please call Michelle L. Parks at ext. 5771.

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Woodwinds to play Nov. 24The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will present a 45-minute concert on Tuesday, November 24, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will include the works of European composers Palestrina, Handel, and Tchaikovsky as well as African-American composers Scott Joplin and William Grant Still. The free concert will be narrated by Thomas Lloyd, Band Director. For more information contact

cover artDon’t forget to give!Please remember to log onto the intranet to view the 2010 Combined Charitable Giving Campaign Donor Guide and complete the pledge form. Pledge forms should be sent to Barb Smith-Allen, campaign coordinator, in Franklin Hall. The campaign deadline is Friday, December 18.

Discovering the district
goings on in and around the Discovery District!
logopearlsKelton House presents “Pearls: The Best Gift Your Grandmother Ever Gave You!” with Eva Stein and Georgeanne Reuter, Sunday, November 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Kelton House Museum and Garden, 586 East Town St.

Learn about the history and quality of pearls and the influential women who wore them throughout the ages. See photographs of famous pearls worn by famous women. Available for sale—design your own strand!

The cost is $8 per person, and reservations are recommended. Call (614) 464-2022.


November is Alzheimer’s awareness monthBy Jacqie Walli, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, Wellness Committee

wellness logoLoss of memory is not a normal part of aging. It may be the most common form of dementia, which is a symptom of the most progressive and fatal brain disease called Alzheimer’s. It finds a new target every 70 seconds and is currently affecting 5.3 million people in the United States. The cost of caring for patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s is more than $148 billion each year. Alzheimer’s is the seventh-leading cause of death.

Scientists have not yet identified any single cause for Alzheimer’s. However, the following risk factors have been identified that increase the likelihood of developing it:
AGE: The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles every five years after age 65 and after age 85, the risk reaches nearly 50 percent.
FAMILY HISTORY: If you have a parent, sibling, or child with Alzheimer’s, you are at higher risk. Diseases tend to run in families—either heredity or environmental factors or both may play a role.
GENETICS: Two categories of genes have been found that can play a role in determining whether a person develops a disease. The Alzheimer’s genes have been found in both.

No single type of doctor specializes in diagnosing and treating memory loss, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. Because primary care physicians usually examine patients first, they frequently refer patients to a neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist or geriatrician.

Alzheimer’s organizations provide us with the following 10 warning signs of the disease:
• Memory loss that disrupts daily life
• Challenges in planning or solving problems
• Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
• Confusion with time or place
• Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
• New problems in speaking or writing words
• Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
• Decreased or poor judgment
• Withdrawal from work or social activities
• Changes in mood and personality

If you, a family member, friend or acquaintance are experiencing any of the above signs, please consult a physician. Although there is no current cure, early diagnosis will allow the person to get the maximum benefit from available treatments and plan for the future.

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Bring your kids to see Santa!santaEmployees and their children or grandchildren are invited to attend the annual Columbus State Alumni Breakfast with Santa fundraiser, December 5, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Nestor Hall student lounge. The fundraiser helps support the Alumni Association's scholarship. The cost is only $10 per child and includes breakfast, activities and a photo with Santa Claus. The deadline to RSVP is next week, on November 23, so email the organizer or call (614) 287-2722 for more information!

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Updated H1N1 flu information available on fact sheetThe college wants employees to know more about the H1N1 flu virus and what Columbus State is doing to ensure employee and student safety during the current outbreak. To read the latest updated facts about the H1N1 flu and college initiatives, go here.