Monday, June 8, 2009

Kevin Boyce
The Honorable Kevin L. Boyce

More than 700 on schedule to earn degrees Friday, Boyce to deliver address

One of Columbus State’s largest Spring Quarter classes is on schedule to receive their associate degrees on Friday at the commencement ceremony, to be held at Veterans Memorial, starting at 10 a.m.  The ceremony is free and open to the public. 

The graduates in attendance will hear from the Honorable Kevin L. Boyce, Treasurer of State, who will deliver the commencement address prior to the awarding of degrees. 

Boyce was sworn in as the 47th Treasurer of the State of Ohio on January 7, 2009. Prior to his appointment as treasurer, Boyce served eight years as a member of the Columbus City Council, of which the last three he served as President Pro Tempore and as Chairman of the Public Finance Committee. During his tenure on city council, he established a record of fiscal integrity, instituted performance-based budget practices, and oversaw the adoption of the city’s $1.3 billion annual budget, which includes a capital budget of nearly $400 million for roadways, neighborhood development, and infrastructure improvements.

Boyce also served as Executive Director of KnowledgeWorks Ohio, a nonprofit organization created with the mission of improving Ohio’s school systems through public development and advocacy. During his tenure at KnowledgeWorks, he was a part of a team that invested over $100 million in Ohio’s public school systems, implementing cutting-edge education models such as Project GRAD, Small Schools, and Early College.  Boyce also has served as Chief of Staff for the Ohio House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus under Minority Leader Jack Ford, was Executive Director of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, and directed youth programs under Mayor Carleton Finkbeiner in the City of Toledo.

Boyce earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Toledo and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Boyce and his wife Crystal have two sons and reside in Columbus.

Spring Quarter Valedictorian turns adversity into advantage

Paul Case
Paul Case

You could say Paul Case “fell” into his successful college career here at Columbus State.  The Spring Quarter class valedictorian good naturedly recounts how he was knocked off a building under construction 30 feet to the concrete below in 2004, breaking many bones, but not his spirit.

After 18 months of rehab, the former construction worker decided to return to college and earn a degree in construction management, which he did in fine fashion, earning perfect grades throughout his studies and graduating summa cum laude. Case plans to continue his studies at Franklin University to earn a bachelor’s degree in business so he can re-enter the construction industry in a management role.

Case, 42, is modest about his accomplishments in the classroom. “I didn’t have anything to do but study,” he says. “I wasn’t working like a lot of students here who have to divide their time between college, work and family.” 

“It had been 20 years since I last sat in a classroom, and I did not truly believe that I would be able to learn and successfully complete the work required to earn a college degree,” he says.

He was wrong.  He has everything that it takes and more!

The first ever graduation speech delivered by text-message...


"Mania", by T. Delmatto, N. Abercrombie and R. Glandorff

New Art Exhibit in the ERC showcases creative spiritA new exhibit in the Educational Resources Center (ERC) is entitled "Spark! A Celebration of the Creative Spirit Works of Artists of ONE."  According to Exhibition Curator Samuel Hoar, "The work in this exhibit is the result of an ongoing exhibition of artists with and without disabilities. The presence or absence of disabilities aside, what unites these works are the desire and passion for creative expression—characteristics common to all artists and innate to human beings."  Please visit the ERC and join in this celebration of the human spirit. The exhibition will be on view until July 1 in the Main Gallery on Level 1 of the ERC in Columbus Hall.



Final results in for MATYC Student Mathematics LeagueKevin James, associate professor in Mathematics, reports that more than 80 Columbus State students participated this year in the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (MATYC) Student Mathematics League competition. 

The competition involves two one-hour, 20-question, multiple-choice exams. The first round of tests was given during Fall Quarter and the second during Winter Quarter. The level of the tests was pre-calculus mathematics, including algebra, trigonometry, synthetic and analytic geometry, and probability. The scores from both rounds were added together, and the top five student scores from each team were totaled and submitted for national competition. 

More than 200 colleges nationwide competed, with Columbus State’s team placing 105th nationally and 15th in the region. Congratulations go out to the top five scorers: Eric Hojnacki, Hai Nguyen, Sam Byrum, Chun Chuang and Brittany Teal, as well as all the other students who participated in the competition.

Faculty members who would like to recommend students for next year’s competition should contact league advisor Kevin James in the Mathematics Department. Practice sessions are ready to begin!

What is the DX Thinking?Congratulations to Susan Van Atta, the final winner of the "What is the DX Thinking?" contest for Spring Quarter. The correct answer was “document binding” (coil or comb), one service offered by the DX Copy Shop. Thanks to everyone who submitted guesses to all of our riddles this quarter!

Come to the Bookstore this summer as they give away weekly prizes to help you enjoy summer fun. Stop by each week beginning June 29 to enter for the prize of your choice:

  • Weekly drawings for $50 gas cards (July 10-August 14. Enter each week to win.)

  • Big summer prize package (drawing August 31): ISymphony music system with iPod dock, Garmin navigation system, cooler, beach towels, grill and more—package is valued at over $300!

FreeGeeks have a busy Spring Quarter

students with computers
Josh, left, a student in the EET Class, gives a tutorial to one of the PC winners from the Spring Quarter giveaway contest, RJ Mickle.

students with computerThis Spring Quarter, Debra Dyer’s group, theFreeGeeks at CSCC” otherwise known as Dyer’s EET 143 class, gave away five refurbished PCs, 18 software bundles, and free training sessions—and they even built a new Web site:

The group donated a PC, monitor, keyboard and mouse to the Combat Veterans benefit for Fisher House on April 25.  The donation generated $275 for the benefit at auction. 

The group donated a similar package to the Small Business Development Center to be given away at their annual Ohio Growth Summit next week. They donated the same outfit to the TRiO program to be given away in a free raffle to TRiO students, and they raffled off two PCs and 18 software bundles on May 25 to lucky entrants.

The FreeGeeks want you to know that reusing and recycling computers eliminates the possibility that they will end up in landfills. Computers contain many toxic chemicals, and these dangerous chemicals become a source of pollution of our land and water, if not properly disposed of, according to Dyer.

“Through our program, the FreeGeeks at CSCC take unwanted computers from businesses and individuals and ensure that good equipment is given a new home so that obsolete equipment doesn't end up in a landfill,” says Dyer. “Computers that can't be refurbished are broken down by material type and recycled.”

For more information about computer recycling, contact Dyer at ext. 2477.

Fee waiver deadline reminderThe deadline for employee/dependent fee waivers for Summer Quarter is June 19. A Request for Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on that date to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

Employees may also pay 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  into Human Resources by July 29. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.

Great Weather brings thousands downtown for Arts Fest

viewers look at artUnlike last year when sweltering temperatures kept many away from the Columbus Arts Festival, the 2009 event in the Discovery District had lovely weather and great attendance, according to event organizers. 230 artists displayed their creations in the area bordered by Columbus State and CCAD.