Thursday, May 14, 2009

Christopher’s Restaurant open today!Check out today’s menu for the student-run Christopher’s Restaurant, open today in Eibling 05 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 

Columbus State students named to All-Ohio Academic Team

All Ohio studentsAt the 2009 All-Ohio Academic Team Luncheon May 7, team members Sarah Garno, left, and Robert Knode,
right, pose with President Moeller and Board of
Trustees member Poe Timmons.

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society held the All-Ohio Academic Team recognition luncheon May 7 at the Ohio Statehouse, honoring the top two-year college students in the state with cash scholarships, medallions and pins.

Two students from Columbus State earned honors at the banquet—Robert Knode, a Digital Photography student and retired firefighter, was named to the First-Team All Ohio, receiving a $1,000 scholarship and Sarah Garno, a chemistry major who hopes to become a pharmacist, earned Third-Team honors and a $100 scholarship. 

Fifty-one students from the 23 two-year colleges in the state were recognized at the ceremony, sponsored by Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Knode, 44, has a 3.9 grade point average in his photography studies at Columbus State and hopes to continue his education for a bachelor’s degree then work as a photojournalist. As a retired firefighter, he is able to use his new career to volunteer with his old one, taking photos at the fire station during Fire Safety Awareness programs for children.

Garno, 33, uses her expertise in the sciences and mathematics to be a peer tutor for Columbus State’s Developmental Education Department, where she has worked more than 500 hours. She holds a 3.8 GPA and hopes to further her education through the doctorate level in order to pursue a career in pharmacological research or chemistry.

Columbus City Schools “Baseball Day” scores home run with 6th graders

Baker with students
Mathematics Chairman Jonathan Baker, right, plays a quiz show game with a couple of sixth-graders while Cougar basketball player Greg LeSage, left, makes an assist.
crowd scene
The crowd for Baseball Day filled quite a bit of the Schottenstein Value City Arena.


The Ohio State University annually partners with Columbus City Schools to promote higher education aspiration and access by hosting “Baseball Day,” an event that brings more than 3,000 sixth-grade students and staff from the Columbus City Schools to campus for an educational pep rally followed by a Buckeye baseball game.
Now in its fourth season, the program is designed to show young students that college can be a real possibility in their future and inspire them to stay in school in order to achieve this goal. This year, Columbus State joined in the fun as one of the event partners, and Jonathan Baker, chairman of the Mathematics Department, took the stage along with two star Cougar basketball players, Greg LeSage and Antonia Mason.
According to OSU, the program has become extremely useful in building students’ knowledge and opportunity to excel in school. Students must maintain a 95-percent attendance rate between January and May, have no suspensions, and have completed all portions of the Sixth-Grade Achievement Tests to be eligible to attend. If they have three discipline referrals (three strikes), they are also “out.”  Since 2004, graduation rates have increased from 60 percent to 72.9 percent.

Faculty Spring Symposium set for WednesdaygraphicColumbus State's first “Spring Symposium,” honoring the academic interests and research of our faculty, will take place Wednesday, May 20, in the West Lounge of Nestor Hall. The all-day event will be open to the public, and students or full classes are welcome to attend!

Schedule of Presentations: 

9:00 a.m.: Edgar Velez, Humanities: “Cardinal Ratzinger’s Letter and the Ethics of the Catholic Vote”

9:30 a.m.: Jeff Richardson, Biological and Physical Sciences: “Columbus State, Palynology, and the Early Invasion of the Land Plants in Eastern North America”

10:00 a.m.: Cindy James, Biological and Physical Sciences: “Proteomics – the Application of Protein Science to Accelerate the Discovery of Disease”

10:30 a.m.: Myung Han, Biological and Physical Sciences: “Is Global Warming a Proven Fact or a Still Debatable Topic?”

11:00 a.m.: Deborah Kuzawa, Communication Skills: “Community College, Digital Literacy, and the Nontraditional Student: Perspectives from a Case Study”

11:30 a.m.: Greg Goodhart, Mathematics: “Graduate Teaching Assistants: Students or Employees?”

Noon: Marlinda Sardovia-Iyer, Biological and Physical Sciences: “Significance of Newborn Screening for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”

12:30 p.m.: Kent Fisher, Biological and Physical Sciences: “Textbook Authoring”

1:00 p.m.: Clayton Kie, Social and Behavioral Sciences: “Education as a Condition of U.S. State-Level Spatial Convergence”

1:30 p.m.: Rebecca Mobley and Erica Swarts, Social & Behavioral Sciences: “Bringing Students to the World”

2:00 p.m.: Rita Bova, Communication Skills: “Using Visual Metaphors to Teach Classical Grammatical English Language Concepts”

2:30 p.m.: Harry Smith, Mathematics: “Fingerprints in the Digital Age”

For more information, please contact Douglas Gray (, ext. 5819.

Attend an “ITDL Brown Bagon emerging technologies The Instructional Technology Distance Learning (ITDL) Department will offer the next brown-bag seminar: "The Horizons Report: Six Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning" on May 18 or 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in CT 107.

Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education over the next one to five years. The six selected areas for 2009 are mobile devices, cloud computing, geo-everything, the personal web, semantic-aware applications, and smart objects. This brown-bag seminar will address the potential relevance of each to teaching, learning, and creative expression.
May 18 Click here to register
May 19 Click here to register

logoPower of Purple” next week from PTKColumbus State's Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, will be celebrating the “Power of Purple” May 18-22. Why purple? Because purple is the color that represents all cancers and Phi Theta Kappa  Relay For Life team's dedication to raising funds for The American Cancer Society Relay For Life.

A Power of Purple Bake Sale will be held on Tuesday, May 19, in Nestor Hall Lobby and in Davidson Hall Lobby from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Also, during Spring Fling on Thursday, May 22, Phi Theta Kappa will have a Relay For Life table with two silent auctions for t-shirts, beautiful bracelets, homemade buckeyes and many other items, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The American Cancer Society.

If you can’t make Spring Fling, the items will also be available for sale during the week in the Phi Theta Kappa office, Nestor Hall Room 122.

So, wear something purple and help support PTK’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life team during the Power of Purple week.

Grounds Department to limit lawn mowingphoto of tall grassStudies have shown that one hour of lawn mowing creates the equivalent pollution of driving a vehicle 250 miles. Over one year, a single gas mower can spew 87 pounds of CO2, and 54 pounds of other pollutants.

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that one gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the amount of time.

As a result, the Columbus State Grounds Department will take a step to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint on our 85-acre downtown campus.

The department is in the midst of exploring options for reducing lawn mowing by at least 60 percent.  The staff is looking at 12 alternatives to maintaining traditional grass lawns, including such things as planting wildflowers, meadows and other groundcovers. Over the next year they will examine what an alternative lawn may look like at both the downtown campus and at the still-under-construction Delaware County campus.

The initiative will also allow students in the new sustainable landscape program to observe alternatives to highly-maintained lawns and gardens.

Women of Color organization present awards

Award photo
Receiving awards at the Women of Color event are, from left:
Barb Smith-Allen, CSCC community outreach coordinator,  Stephanie Steward-Young, vice president, National City Bank, Mary Lawrence, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, and Deborah Moore, senior vice president, National City Bank.

Columbus State was given the 2009 Women of Color Community Partner Award May 11 at their 4th Annual Personal and Professional Development Retreat held at the Renaissance Hotel.

The award is given annually to a nonprofit organization that has not only supported the organization financially, but also shares Women of Color’s vision and mission for the education, training and leadership development of women and girls of all colors, and puts it into practice.

Barbara Smith-Allen, Columbus State community outreach coordinator, was also presented with the 2009 Stephanie Tubbs Jones Courage Award in recognition of her “tireless efforts on behalf of all women.” Smith-Allen serves on the conference planning committee for the organization and supports attendance at the events by encouraging young women from local high schools to participate.

photo of bandChorus and “Spring Grove” to perform at DXChorus Columbus State will perform a Mini Jazz Concert in the DX Bookstore Monday, May 18, at 12:30 p.m. The concert will be approximately 30 minutes and highlight a few of the selections the Chorus is performing for the Spring Quarter Concert. 

Columbus State’s Concert Band and Chorus will both perform their quarterly concerts on Monday, June 1, at 8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium.

Chorus Columbus State's director, Gordon Franklin, will also perform with his own folk group, Spring Grove, on Tuesday, May 19, from 12-1 p.m. in the DX. Come hear him sing and play a variety of folk instruments, including the mountain dulcimer, fiddle, banjo, and the hammer dulcimer. Math instructor Carter Jastram will sing and play his 12-string guitar. Steve Zelenka, Human Resources, will play the upright bass. You never know what you'll hear from this group. It could be anything from Bach to bluegrass!

Proclamation recognizes police officers’ sacrificeTo pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve on the front lines of the battle against crime, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved in 1962, authorized May 15 as “Peace Officers Memorial Day,” and the week in which it falls as “PoliceWeek.”  On Friday, May 15, the U.S. flag will be flown at half-staff to recognize Peace Officers' Memorial Day.

play posterTheatre Columbus State will search for intelligent life next weekMark your calendars for the opening of “Search for Signs of Intelligence in the Universe,”the third of this season's “Comic Perspective” series. You might recall that this play was originally a one-woman show that Lily Tomlin performed on Broadway. Directed by Frank Barnhart, this Tony Award-winning play by Jane Wagner is a comic look at the 1980s and the feminist movement. 

Performances are at 8 p.m., Monday, May 20, through Saturday, May 23, with one matinee on Thursday, May 21 at 3 p.m.  Admission, as always, is free!