Monday, May 4, 2009

High School counselors converge on Columbus State

Deane Cobler with High School counselor
Deane Cobler
, associate professor in Hospitality Management, chats with counselors about his programs at the department showcase portion of the annual workshop event. The Hospitality students also catered the event’s breakfast and luncheon menus.

Nearly 100 high school counselors from across central Ohio attended the annual Counselor’s Workshop Day, held in the Center for Workforce Development Friday, May1. 

The event featured a showcase of academic programs, student life, and support services, as well as a breakfast and luncheon catered by Hospitality students and music provided by the Gospel Ensemble and other student musicians. Counselors listened to a student panel discuss their experiences at the college, and then were then given the opportunity to attend up to four workshops on subjects such as transfer agreements, online learning, leadership opportunities, and K-12 programs at Columbus State.


Time to RSVP to the Employee Celebration of Excellencepea sprout artThe 2009 Employee Celebration, entitled “Spring Forward” will be held Friday, June 5 form 6-11 p.m. at the Confluence Park Restaurant near downtown.  The event now has a Web site where you can RSVP to the event and sign up to bring a guest if you’d like. Directions, the menu, and the RSVP form are all online at

Between raindrops, Bridgeview Golf opens for seasonA verdant Bridgeview Golf Course and Driving range was opened for the season on Friday with an all-day line up of events, and the threat of a total rain-out that never materialized.

Attendees willing to dodge a few puddles were treated to a $9 special to play nine holes of golf on the meticulously groomed course, $5 buckets of balls for the driving range, an open house for First Tee, the children’s introductory golf program, lots of free golf tips, giveaways, raffles and a Beat the Pro challenge.

New General Manager Brent Ernsberger, who just joined Bridgeview this year, is a member of the PGA of America and was previously the head golf coach at New Albany High School. 


aqip logoNine attend AQIP Colloquium in ChicagoNine Columbus State employees attended the AQIP Colloquium in Chicago April 18 which was part of the Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Meeting.  Jerri Heine, Deborah Coleman, Sunday Zidonis, Cathy Hatfield, Marlon Dixon, Bruce Massis, Terrence Brown, Tom Erney, and Les King attended a variety of sessions addressing the many facets of continuous quality improvement.  Erney and King also presented a session called: “Promoting Institutional Quality Using an Online Interactive Quality Tool Box.”

According to Heine, interpreter in Disability Services and a new AQIP Steering Committee member, colleges from across the U.S. were represented at the conference.  “Some have been AQIP institutions for as many as eight years,” said Heine. “Some are just beginning to consider whether or not AQIP will fit their needs, and most, including Columbus State, were somewhere in between. The overall atmosphere was one of support and camaraderie.”

Heine attended a workshop titled “AQIP Action Projects:  A Process Approach” presented by Allen Community College, Kan., a college that has been involved with AQIP for a number of years. The presenters offered two guides called “Tips for a Successful Action Project” and an “Action Project Process Guide” which Heine found to be very informative explaining how Action Projects work. The guides are available for review by contacting Heine.

“As one of the newest members of the AQIP Steering Committee, I gained a much clearer understanding of continuous quality improvement, what constitutes an action plan, and how the entire AQIP process works,” said Heine.  “We have a good thing going here and I encourage more people to get involved!”

canned foodsDon’t forget Operation FeedOperation Feed runs through May 22, and Staff Advisory Council has a Goal of 3500 meals. If your department doesn’t have a box for collections of canned and boxed non-perishable food items, you can pick up one in the IT Support Center, lower level of Columbus Hall (ERC).  If you’d like to make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Operation Feed.  Staff Advisory Council thanks you!


Digital Arts Fest now accepting entriesdigital paintingEntries are now being accepted from students who have created digital art in the following categories for the Downtown Digital Arts Festival, 2009:  digital design, digital photography, video, or interactive media/Web.

The Downtown Digital Arts Festival is held annually at Columbus State. The Fest is a celebration of excellence in digitally created art and design. Judged entries will be displayed from June 2 - 4. Awards will be presented at a gala on Thursday evening, June 4.

For more information, contact the Integrated Media and Technology Department in 401 Eibling Hall, or call (614) 287-5010.

What’s the DX Thinking?Last week's winner was Daniel Johnson with the answer: “The Acer Aspire One Netbook,” which is now available at the Bookstore. At just 8.9", it's the ultra-portable solution to all of your computer needs.

This week’s riddle: (send you answer to

- Do it at the DX and you're wise. Do it in class, and you're cheating.
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- If everything is black & white, you can fly solo.

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