Thursday, August 6, 2009

August SEOM juggles diverse student needs with ease

Donna RobinsonDonna Robinson, office associate in the Modern Languages Department, returned to Columbus State after 10 years away, and now “sets the tone for the whole department,” according to her nominators for August Staff Employee of the Month.

Julie Molnar, Gilberto Serrano and Linda Berton, faculty in the department, speak highly of Robinson’s skills, saying “The community that Donna assists daily is a mix of diverse races, religions and nationalities. She handles the ESL population skillfully and at times has helped to identify cultural differences and traditions. She is well rounded, knowledgeable and versed in multicultural distinctions.”

“I’ve often seen ESL students engaged in conversation with her, as she enjoys the diversity as much as they are comfortable with her. Donna makes every employee, faculty, staff and student feel they are a part of something bigger than just themselves.”

“CSCC spirit means two things: to deliver customer service and strive to be student centered,” her nominators wrote. “Donna delivers on both fronts.”

Supervisor Garry Fourman, chair of Modern Languages, says “The position in Modern Languages is well suited for (Donna), as she thrives on the diversity of students, staff and adjunct faculty. She is extremely patient and thorough in meeting the various needs of faculty and students.”


Community Care Day offers chance to volunteer with LifeCare Alliance

Please consider volunteering for central Ohio’s largest one-day volunteer outreach event, Community Care Day, Tuesday, September 15, when Columbus State will send a team to LifeCare Alliance.

As a volunteer you will get an opportunity to see what a United Way agency does and work alongside your peers to make a significant impact on people’s lives.

Community Care Day

This year on Community Care Day, Columbus State will be volunteering with LifeCare Alliance. We will be assisting in the kitchens and pantries of Meals on Wheels and Project Open Hand, helping out in Carrie’s Café and maybe even playing Wii with the seniors visiting LifeCare Alliance’s facility on Harmon Avenue. It should be a lot of fun!

To sign up, please email Barbara Smith-Allen, no later than Friday, August 14.


YAATC studentsYAATC starting next class

The Youth and Adult Automotive Training Center (YAATC) is now recruiting for the upcoming class, so if you know someone who might qualify, give them a heads up.

YAATC students have the opportunity to earn college credits, receive job placement in the automotive technology field and a complete a certificate in Maintenance and Light Repair. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Applicants must be drug free, at least 17 years of age, and interested in the automotive field. Classes begin August 24.

Interested individuals can apply at or by calling (614) 287-5504.


ESL Afterschool program earns grants totaling $329,000

The Columbus State ESL Afterschool Communities, a program in the Community Education Workforce Development Division, was awarded a new and a continuing Ohio Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center grant totaling $329,000 for fiscal year 2010.

The funds will allow programming to continue at Providence Glen, Emerald Glen and Bending Brook apartment complexes. The ESL Afterschool program is a CEWD outreach initiative that brings the Columbus State and the immigrant/refugee communities together. The program serves as the bridge between school and home and helps underserved students discover that college is a possibility.

The comprehensive afterschool programs provide a safe, caring environment where children are able to develop academic, social and personal skills that will last a lifetime. You can find out more about
ESL Afterschool Communities at their website.

Providence Glen students

Providence Glen students

Students from the Providence Glen Apartment
Complex visited the Park of Roses this summer



Panel to discuss “Audience Response Systems”

As part of an ongoing pilot study, the Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning Department will host an informal discussion panel on the use of Audience Response Systems, or “clickers.” The panel will be held Tuesday, August 18, from 2–4 p.m.

The wireless Audience Response System allows faculty to request information and allows students to respond by using a clicker or hand-held response pad to send their information to a receiver. When presented with a question, the student presses a button on a hand-held response pad or clicker, which sends either an infrared or radio signal to a receiver attached to a computer. The computer records and/or displays the response per the instructor's preference. You can see these in use on the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” when the contestant “asks the audience.”
Audience Response System

The panel discussion will consist of four faculty members who will discuss their experiences using clickers, including subjects such as: the learning curve for their use, how are they used, positives and negatives, student response to the technology, pedagogical value, and more.

Panel members are Tom Barrowman, assistant professor, Real Estate; Mary Ann Canter, clinical coordinator, Respiratory Care; Jeff Watters, adjunct faculty, Psychology; and Chuck Wilson, Ford Asset coordinator/instructor, Automotive & Applied Technology.

To attend, Click here to register




Cougar Conversation Partners – a new global initiative

Cougar Conversation PartnersThe Cougar Conversation Partners Program matches native English speakers with non-native English speakers at Columbus State to provide an opportunity for individuals to practice language, share cultural heritage and gain confidence in the communication of thoughts and ideas. Participation in the Cougar Conversation Partners Program is a great way to gain volunteer experience and to become or remain proficient as a language learner. It is open to any students or employees who would like to participate.

For more information on how to apply to be a conversation partner, contact Kimberly Brazwell at (614) 287-2426 or email

Golf School Wednesday Evenings open to all

Bridgeview Golf ProThere is a brand new opportunity for golf novices to brush up on basic skills during some special summer school sessions at the Columbus State Bridgeview Golf Course.

Golf School Wednesday Evenings kicked off yesterday (August 5). Golf pros will be on site each Wednesday offering free tips and tricks. It’s for anyone—those just learning the sport or accomplished golfers looking for some one-on-one instruction.

The only fee is the purchase of a bucket of balls (large buckets will be offered at the $5 price of a small). The golf pros will be available from 5–8 p.m. each Wednesday this month. There is no pre-registration required. Interested golfers can attend any or all of the four Wednesdays in August.

Bridgeview Golf Course

The par 36 Bridgeview Golf Course is on the northeast side of Columbus at 2738 Agler Road. Don’t know how to get there? Here’s a map.


Auto Tech can fix A/C

Automotive A/C
The Automotive Technology Lab will be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 175 – Heating and Air Conditioning class. If your car is 10 years or newer and you are having problems of a heating or A/C nature, then the AUTO 175 class may be able to help.

For more information, please email Dave Hill at Please note that there are a very limited number of appointments available and there is a $10 lab fee for work performed. No phone calls please.