Thursday, March 12, 2009

Commencement speaker helped start up Blue Jackets

LyttleAt Worthington Steel, she is responsible for internal and external communications, government relations, marketing and corporate contributions for the company

Cathy M. Lyttle is vice president for Corporate Communications at Worthington Industries, but before she joined the country’s leading steel processor in 1999, she directed the startup operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets, our NHL expansion franchise. 

Lyttle will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 graduates at the Winter Quarter Commencement Ceremony, Friday, March 20, starting at 10 a.m. in Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, Lyttle started her career at WTVN radio as a news reporter and anchor. She worked as assignment editor at WBNS-TV and vice president of marketing for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. At Worthington Steel, she is responsible for internal and external communications, government relations, marketing and corporate contributions for the company, which employs more than 8,000 people and operates 68 facilities in 10 countries.

Lyttle has received a number of honors, including Business First’s “40 Under 40,” International Association of Business Communicators “Distinguished Communicator” award, the Leadership Columbus Hall of Fame, and Columbus YWCA’s “Woman of Achievement.”

At the March 20 ceremony, the large number of graduates includes 14 students receiving their degree Summa Cum Laude, with highest honors—a perfect 4.0 GPA. And five of those students are in the Veterinary Technology!

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Bridgeview Golf to open March 20 with new Web site and special prices for employees
Columbus State’s nine-hole golf course on Agler Rd. will open for spring golfing on March 20, the second to the last day of Winter Quarter. The course recently welcomed a new manager, Brent Ernsberger, who will supervise the facility. A Season Kickoff Celebration is planned for May 1. And an inviting new Web site,, will promote the course.

To entice you to pull the clubs out of storage and start polishing up your game, employees who bring their Columbus State I.D. will receive a discounted rate of 9 holes for $9 throughout the golfing season.  Also, golf leagues are currently forming, and anyone interested in forming an employee team should coordinate this with Ernsberger at the golf course at (614) 471-1565. 

This just in: for those participating in the Wellness Incentive, one hour of golf now earns you 20 points!


May 20 date announced for Faculty Spring Symposiumsymposium graphicThe West Lounge of Nestor Hall will be the setting for Columbus State’s first Spring Symposium on Wednesday, May 20, an event when teaching faculty (both fulltime and adjunct) will be invited to give 20-minute public presentations on their most recent scholarship, professional projects and academic interests.

The symposium is scheduled on a regular class day in mid-week, when the greatest number of students, instructors, and staff members will be on campus as an audience for this celebration of Columbus State’s diverse and thriving intellectual life. The all-day event will be open to the public, and classes are welcome.

Columbus State faculty members from all divisions and departments are invited to send 200- to 250-word proposals on any topic, by April 6, to event co-coordinator Doug Gray. The Arts & Sciences Faculty Lecture Series Committee, which is sponsoring the Symposium, will select the presenters and announce the schedule for the day in May. 

For more information, please contact event coordinators Susan Flatt, Mort Javadi, or Doug Gray.



Reading event a successMembers of Phi Theta Kappa and the Columbus State faculty spread the joy of reading to approximately 20 children ages 2-11 March 7 in WD. The group read four Dr. Seuss books and two “Don’t Let the Pigeon” books by Mo Willems. The day also included readings by two 4th grade students. Children also created their own “Seussical” party hats and decorated sugar cookies. Every child was sent home with goodie bags stuffed full of treats. Children also received a book and “Highlights” magazine. Phi Theta Kappa wishes to thank the Columbus State Education Association, the Bookstore, and Institutional Advancement for their donations of time and goodies to send home with the children.

Screen ’n’ Speak is todayTake a break today (3/12) at noon and join the Office of Diversity, Travel Abroad and TRiO Programs for a film, refreshments, and discussion of the film “Slaying the Dragon,” by Deborah Gee. The event will be held in the lower level of the ERC Library in Rm. 006.

Even in our politically correct age, the stereotype of Asian women as exotic, sexy, submissive, and subservient is still prevalent in popular American stereotypes.  

Deborah Gee’s thought-provoking 1988 documentary “Slaying the Dragon” examines the different ways Asian women were portrayed in popular cinema from the 1920s to the 1980s. By identifying where and why particular notions of Asian women were first imagined, “Slaying the Dragon” serves to debunk contemporary stereotypes of Asian women.

poll workerPoll workers again needed for May primaryThe Franklin County Board of Elections recently thanked Columbus State for encouraging employees to work the polls for them last November under the “Champions of Democracy” program.

The Board of Elections placed more than 5,000 poll workers in November for the presidential election. They will need about half that number for the May 5, 2009, primary due to a projected light turnout.

Anyone interested in working the polls or serving in a standby capacity for the primary should call the board of elections at 462-4884 or register online at

All poll training will be conducted at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial for the primary. Dates and times will be announced in the near future. The Board of Elections will not hold training classes at local companies this spring due to the smaller number of poll workers needed.



Salt cleanupThe parking garage will be closed during Spring Break, March 21 to March 29, because the Grounds Department will be cleaning up the winter salt from the building.

What is the DX Thinking?The first to submit the correct answer to this week’s “What is the DX Thinking?” was Debbie Strain! The answer is Mouse Pad. Stop by the Bookstore to pick yours up—in one of four CSCC designs. Watch for another riddle in Monday’s Update and join in the fun!

Lots of great specials at the Columbus State BookstoreThe Bookstore is holding several specials to kick off the spring season, so check these out:

*See Bookstore for exclusions, dates, and limits for each sale.