Monday, December 7, 2009
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Grads to hear from City Year director

Lourdes Barroso de Padilla

The Autumn Quarter Class of 2009 will graduate Friday at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial, featuring a commencement address by Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, the executive director of City Year, a program that unites diverse young adults in full-time community service.

Padilla has an extensive background in youth development and leadership.  She began her 16-year career with City Year as a founding corps member in both City Year Columbus and City Year Cleveland.

Padilla has helped to found five of City Year’s eighteen sites across the country, and has worked at all levels of the organization.  She is a certified Youth Development Trainer and was awarded the Hewlett Packard Alumni Leadership Award in 2004 for her impact and service to the organization.

Padilla is a first generation Cuban-American who was born and raised on the eastside of Columbus and is a product of the Columbus public school system.  She currently resides with her husband, Ernesto, and daughter, Eva, in Merion Village on the city’s near south side.

The graduation ceremony is free and open to the public.

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Fall quarter graduate completes 34-year quest for degree

Jerry Sweatte
Jerry Sweatte, right, sits with two of his children, Shatirah, 26, a DeVry student, and Keith, 19, a Columbus State student.

Jerry Sweatte’s life has thrown him more ups and downs than The Beast, complete with horrifying drops, slow climbs back up and near-death experiences.

Sweatte, 48, dropped out of high school in ninth grade. He has five children ranging from 16 to 26 years old, but has never married. He walks with a limp due to a car accident in 1989 that required four hip surgeries to repair his shattered pelvis. The mother of his four oldest children was murdered in 1992, and he gained custody of three of them, although he had just been released from jail for possession of drugs. An admitted “one-night-stand” led to the birth of his youngest daughter, Doneira, now 16. He became addicted to heroin, cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes and wound up in jail again for drug possession in the early 2000s. He was allowed out of prison in 2006 to sit, handcuffed, by his mother’s side in the hospital as she was dying.

And yet, in the midst of many troubles, he attended Mountain State University in West Virginia to earn his GED. He then took two years of college classes and earned more than 100 hours of credit. He took four more classes while incarcerated. He built and repaired his relationships with his children and went searching for his oldest son, Salam, who had been adopted by a couple in New Jersey. He went into rehab and kicked his drug and alcohol habits.

And he enrolled in Columbus State to finish his college degree, which he will do on December 11 when he graduates with his Associate of Applied Science in Marketing.

“Columbus State put me in professional mode,” explains Sweatte, sitting proudly on campus with his oldest daughter Shatirah, 26, and youngest son Keith, 19. Shatirah is studying for her bachelor’s degree at DeVry, and Keith has enrolled at Columbus State for Winter Quarter. Sweatte has an older son Tim, 23, who is also enrolled at Columbus State.

“I enjoy seeing the vision I’m painting here,” adds Sweatte. He admits to less-than-stellar grades in some of his challenging classes. “My first quarter I got a D in American Literature, a C in Psychology, and an A in International Business,” he laughs. He recalls that his toughest professor has been Marilyn Howard in Humanities. And his most motivating teacher has been John Matney, an adjunct in the Business Management program. “That man has so much information!” exclaims Sweatte.

“I’m now addicted to college. Some people say I stay at the college too much because they see me here every day,” says Sweatte, who rides the bus to campus every day including Sundays, when he holds court in various study areas, helping friends and strangers work through their assignments together. Some of the younger Columbus State students frequently mistake him for a professor, which he enjoys immensely.

A surprising revelation was that he likes teaching and coaching others, and thinks that even after he finishes his bachelor’s degree in business at Franklin University, where he will start this winter, he might like to pursue a master’s degree so he can contribute to others’ education, especially teens and young adults.

By sharing his story of rollercoaster ups and downs, he feels that he can help young people avoid the troubles he encountered and keep them on the right track by completing their education. “Columbus State helped me turn my life around,” says Sweatte. “The least I can do is repay the favor.”


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Biometric screening scheduled for Dec. 10The next Biometric Screening for the Wellness Incentive Program will be held on Thursday, December 10, from 8 a.m. – noon in WD Room 302. To make an appointment for your screening, which is the first step in the Wellness Incentive Program for 2010, you must go to, click on Columbus State WebMD, and create an account, or log-in to your current Columbus State WebMD account. All full-time employees are eligible for the Wellness Incentive Program, in which you can earn a $150 incentive for completing a biometric screening, an online personal health assessment, and one session of health coaching from the Ohio State University Managed Health Care, Inc. Additional wellness activities completed throughout the year can be logged on WebMD through June 2010 to earn up to $300, paid to you in August 2010.

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Financial Wellness Lunch and Learn Dec. 10logoAttend a Lunch and Learn workshop called “How to Avoid ID Theft and Scams” on Thursday, December 10 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in WD Room 302, and earn 10 points toward your 2010 Wellness Incentive! Bring your lunch and hear how to keep thieves and scam artists from stealing your identity and your money. Sign up by contacting Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989, or email



New class focuses on technology in the classroomAs Columbus State builds its online offerings and relies more on technology in the classroom, faculty and staff need to be more technologically savvy. Technology in Education (EDUC 220) is a fun, hands-on new course for those interested in using technology to engage students and enhance learning. In this class, you’ll learn to do things like:

• troubleshoot common hardware problems,
• create fun and engaging presentations, blogs, and websites,
• use social networking to engage students,
• find high-quality free (legal!) software,
• create and edit graphics for handouts and websites,
• create an effective and engaging distance learning environment,
• identify and combat academic dishonesty, and
• identify which materials you can legally and ethically use in classroom presentations. 
“I’m going to teach them how to really harness technology so if they can dream it, they can do it,” says Professor Carolyn Kaufman.  “People can work on things that interest them at their own level.” 
Remember that as a Columbus State employee, you may be eligible for a fee waiver.  (A Request for Fee Waiver, which is available on the Intranet, must be turned in to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on December 14.)
Technology in Education will be taught Winter Quarter on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 - 3:20 p.m.  If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Kaufman at


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Lizard quilt
"Peek-A-Boo Pete Lines in Moss Peat", by Bobbie Brooks

Original quilt designs featured in new ERC gallery exhibit

The Educational resources center (ERC) is proud to announce a new exhibit of original quilts. The quilts were all made by the Art Quilt Alliance group. This group has been in existence for 20 years.  There are approximately 35 members - all fiber artists.  Their mission is to present their work to different venues in the Columbus area.  The exhibit holds many different styles and subjects all created by their members.  You may view quilts with names including “O'Jerusalem,” “Puppies from Heaven,” “Fruits of the Sea,” “Satchmo,” and many more.  Some quilts are done in various cloths as well as paints.  This exhibit is a must-see! The quilts will be on display in the main gallery through the month of December.

Click on the thumbnails to view a few of the quilts in this show.


Mergel performs in sold-out dinner theaterBob Mergel, professor in Civil Engineering Technology, has been busy performing with the Big Walnut Area Historical Society as a member of the Rosecrans Headquarters Unit, a Civil War reenactment group which promotes the history of the Civil War and the history which refers to General William Starke Rosecrans, a native of Sunbury, Ohio.

photo of playThe sold-out November and December performances of the dinner theater took place at the historic Myers Inn in Sunbury, and consisted of a meal and a short play concentrating on one of General Rosecrans engagements.

In this scene, on the eve of the Battle of Stone’s River, Captain Nathaniel Milcher (Bob Mergel – front left), briefs General Rosecrans (Tom Paul, center) and the Headquarters’ staff about the area’s topography and Confederate positions.

For more information about the Rosecrans Headquarters Unit, you can visit their web site: Mergel says that more performances are scheduled for 2010!


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Ginormous Holiday Sale at the Bookstore! posterClick on the holiday flyer from the Columbus State bookstore to see all the great items on sale this week only—sweatshirts, books, flash drives, t-shirts, backpacks and more—all up to 75% off! You can even enter to win a GINORMOUS stuffed snowman!

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Food, glorious foodSo, are you ever wondering where to go and what to eat on campus? Now you can click on and find descriptions of where to eat on campus, and what options each location offers. From Skyward Grille to the DX Café and Bistro, you can find just about everything from a quick cup of coffee to a satisfying full meal. Click it and check it out!