Monday, July 13, 2009

Celebrate Teaching & Learning event takes place July 17The Annual Celebrating Teaching & Learning event will be held on Friday, July 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Center for Workforce Development (WD).

The event is sponsored by Assessment FOR Student Learning of Instructional Services. Anyone interested in student success and improved learning will find this event collegial and beneficial.

Keynote and workshop facilitator Dr. Peggy Maki is an international voice on student learning in higher education. Her keynote address, “From a Testing Model to a VALUE Model,” will share the recent development of national scoring rubrics from the Association of American Colleges & Universities, where she serves on the national board.

Her afternoon workshop is hands on—designed for anyone who is developing learning experiences for students. It is titled “Planning Learning Assessment Backwards to Dive Deeper into Pedagogy.” Bring your program/discipline outcomes and syllabus with you to the workshop.

President Val Moeller will present updates on quarter-to-semester conversion during the morning session. New Provost Dr. Judith Scherer will also attend.

Additional breakout sessions will be presented in the afternoon addressing technology, accreditation, information you can reveal to parents, and degree audit information. Breakfast and lunch are catered by Vito’s Catering. Giveaways (books, massage certificates, Christopher’s certificates) will be in the WD Ballroom at 3:20 p.m. Register for a day of collegiality and celebration at The Celebration of Teaching & Learning.

For questions contact Libby Daugherty or 287-5700 or 3639.

Webinar today will discuss adjunct faculty support Consider attending today’s webinar: “Community College Adjunct Faculty: 5 Critical Issues in Supporting Adjunct Faculty.” The Webinar will be held today (July 13) in CT Room 107 at 2 p.m. To register, click here.

The description reads: “The current economic environment makes the systematic recruitment, training and retention of adjunct faculty more important than ever. Increased student enrollment, coupled with full-time faculty positions being frozen [there is no such freeze at Columbus State], are leaving many community colleges anticipating the recruitment of more and more adjunct faculty in the coming years.

“Institutions, now more than ever, must be prepared to support, orient and retain quality part-time faculty who will ultimately contribute to overall institutional quality. Our panelists will explore systems and strategies to ensure excellence in the use of adjunct faculty in the classroom.

“Recruitment, hiring practices, orientation, teaching preparation, integration, retention strategies, awards and recognition will be presented. Our expert panelists aim to assist participants in developing an action plan for reviewing their current systems and recommending strategies for integrating full and part-time faculty into one faculty at their community colleges.

Join our expert panel as they highlight programs and services that will assist in developing services and programs that help community colleges support adjunct faculty.”

City officials break ground for “Commons at Buckingham” photo of groundbreakingOnly steps from Columbus State’s Physical Plant building, seen in the background, city officials including Mayor Michael Coleman, broke ground July 8 for a new apartment building to be called Commons at Buckingham. The building will house apartments for individuals transitioning from homeless shelters, as well as low-income apartments for singles and families.

Columbus State graduate Denise Cornett spoke at the event, praising the faculty and staff at Columbus State, who helped create a “yellow brick road” to her current spot as a social work major at Capital University.

The building is scheduled to be completed next year. Terri Gehr, senior vice president for Business and Administrative Services and CFO; Will Kopp, vice president for Institutional Advancement, and Barbara Smith-Allen, coordinator of community and government relations, represented Columbus State at the event.


photo of Yumbambee bandJazzing it up in July The band Yumbambé plays on the courtyard in front of Christopher Columbus July 9 at the annual Jazz in July celebration, hosted by the Office of Student Activities and Athletics. Those attending the event enjoyed perfect weather for an outdoor concert!



Bookstore tics and picksLynyrd Skynyrd tickets to their upcoming concert at the LC Pavillion August 18 will be given away free to eight lucky winners. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the legendary sound of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Stop by the Bookstore today to enter the Education That Rocks drawing, to be held August 12.

And all logo items in the Bookstore are 25 percent off July 13-25, so if you were waiting to buy that t-shirt, cap or logo bag, now’s the time to go get it!


artworkERC exhibit features realismThe Educational Resources Center (ERC) is pleased to present the work of artist Neera Sharma. The artist has lived in Zambia and Botswana and works in a variety of media to create her art. She writes, “In the last 20 years, I have created paintings in watercolor, oil, batik, ink, pencil, charcoal and digital mediums. My art is centered mainly on realism. I love to make portraits, landscapes and still life and am ready to diversify my exploration.” The exhibition will be on display through July 30 in the Main Gallery of the ERC in Columbus Hall.