Monday, November 23, 2009

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

Dr. Moeller with group
Dr. Moeller accepts a framed original painting of “Moeller Hall” at the Columbus State Delaware Campus, as it might appear in September 2010 when it opens. At the presentation are, from left: Board Chair William Dolan, Faculty Representative Darrel Minor, Staff Representative India Ashley, Student Representative Liliana Landauer, Dr. Moeller, Vice Chair Michael Flowers, Trustee Richard Owens, Trustee Suzanne Edgar, Trustee Dianne Radigan, and Trustee Poe Timmons. The painting was made by Paul Rehg of Institutional Advancement.

The Board of Trustees last Thursday 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.

Read the full text of the Board of Trustees’ Resolution.

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Winning JamQuest band member tuning in to higher education

Kamron Bradbury

One year ago Kamron Bradbury couldn’t imagine he would be traversing a college campus on a full-ride scholarship. It’s a dream come true for him and his family after his high school band entered the JamQuest contest and walked off the stage with the top prize: full scholarships from Columbus State Community College for each band member.

While Kamron, 19, is the first to take advantage and hit the books, two fellow band-mates, Kyle Appel, 18, and Joey Thompson, 19, are making plans to enroll. Along with Luke Archibald, 18, and Ethan Gray, 19, the quintet is known as Though She Wrote—a self-described “post hard-core Christian” band. For the uninitiated it might best be described as high-decibel rock music with a searing Christian message.

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"Though She Wrote"

The group began as a three-piece band but soon expanded to five members in 2006. At the time, three members were enrolled in the Bloom-Carroll School District while the other two attended Lancaster High School. All have graduated except Archibald who will get his diploma from Bloom-Carroll in June 2010.

Over the years, Though She Wrote has developed a loyal and expanding fan base. Its spin on Christian music, no matter how unorthodox it might seem to a traditional churchgoer, keeps the group tied up on weekends and summer breaks. Promoters typically have them booked in venues in Ohio and surrounding states.

While Kamron aspires to make it big in the music biz, he says he’s keeping himself grounded “by pursuing an education to have something to fall back on should the live concert scene falter.” For now, he is concentrating on business management at Columbus State. It’s a career in its own right and one that would complement Kamron’s musical talents should he remain in the music industry. Scouting for bands for a major record label is one of his career goals.

For now, Kamron continues to take it all in just months after the big win that opened up his new educational opportunities. The guitarist—who took only a few lessons and plays mostly by ear—says, “We entered the contest not knowing if we had a shot at winning. The grand prize of full scholarships just sounded too good to be true. However, we wanted the experience of playing at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in downtown Columbus where the contest was held. It was an awesome experience to perform on the same stage where major artists play while touring.”

“The JamQuest event was very competitive. We didn’t know until our band was announced if it was actually possible to win because there were several other top-quality bands competing. I couldn’t believe it when we got the grand prize.”

While Kamron had not planned to attend Columbus State he feels he’s right at home. “I have two older brothers who graduated here. One was in the Fire Science program, and he’s now working for the Grove City Fire Department. The other went through the police academy at Columbus State and he’s now a deputy with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.” Still, it’s not without some effort. “College is more challenging than high school. You really have to keep yourself on track,” he says.

With his drive and determination, Kamron could eventually have the best of both worlds: a business career plugged directly into the music scene. And he’ll soon have close company. Lead vocalist Appel and bass player Thompson are both planning to cash in by using their scholarships beginning winter quarter. It’s clear that members of Though She Wrote are writing their own tickets to success.

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Volleyball team places 7th at NJCAA Tournament The Lady Cougar Volleyball Team ended up 7th at the national tournament held this past weekend in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. After a first-round victory against McHenry Community College, Mich., the Cougars were defeated by Parkland College, Ill., in the quarter final round. The Cougars then lost to Des Moines Community College, Iowa, but rallied to win their final match on Saturday against Kalamazoo Community College, Mich., finishing 7th out of 16 teams in the tournament.


Early heads-up on fee waiversThe deadline for Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers for Winter Quarter is rapidly approaching. A Request for Fee Waiver form must be turned into Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. December 14 to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also first pay your fees and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the quarter by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt to Human Resources by February 3, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.

LloydLloyd serves on conference panelThomas Lloyd, Columbus State Concert Band director, attended the William Grant Still Music Conference in Natchez, Miss. last week. He served on a panel of conductors discussing the arts and education. There was also a performance of the new edition of Still's Folk Suites, for which Lloyd served as editor. The conference was hosted by the composer's daughter, Judith Anne Still, who was a guest of Columbus State last June for a concert of her father's music.

Join Weight Watchers in time for the holidaysMembers of Columbus State’s Weight Watchers program are having great success this quarter, and a new class will begin Tuesday, December 1. The program is a great way to keep yourself “in check” through the holidays. The next open meeting to explain the program and how it works is Tuesday, November 24, at 11:30 a.m. in WD 302. Come and find out all about the program and how you can become a winner by losing unwanted pounds and inches!

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Time for holiday flowers, too!poinsettia plantThe Columbus State Landscape Association is holding their annual Poinsettia Sale through December 5. Proceeds help the landscape students raise the money to go to PLANET Career Days, an annual national competition. Each year for more than a decade, Columbus State’s Landscape Design/Build students have placed in the top 10 and been one of the highest placing two-year colleges in the nation. This year’s competition will be held in April in Atlanta. Order forms for holiday flowers can found online at: or in Davidson Hall Room 205.

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Presidential Search Forums scheduled
The search firm of Greenwood/Asher and Associates from Miramar Beach, FL will be holding campus forums on Tuesday, December 1.   Greenwood/Asher would like to gather valuable insight and advice from the campus community.  Two questions which they would like input on are:

1.      What should the next president of Columbus State expect to accomplish in the first three to five years?

2.      What characteristics or qualities should the next president possess?

Please bring your questions, concerns and enthusiasm to the forums.   Greenwood/Asher needs your assistance in the search process for identifying and subsequently making recommendations for a successor to the president of Columbus State.  Your participation will make a difference!

The forums have been scheduled as follows:

            Tuesday, December 1, 2009
       Community Education and Workforce Development Building – Room 404
           9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Students
                     2:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Faculty

If you have any questions regarding the forums, please contact Linda Shinn at ext. 2133 or by e-mail at