Monday, November 29, 2010

Interpreting faculty member led “Silent Weekend” experience for hundreds

Gayle Murphy

Gayle Murphy, 58, a 25-year faculty member and lab coordinator in Columbus State’s Interpreting/ASL Education program, died Friday, November 19, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Gayle had been involved the Interpreting Department’s Silent Weekend program for many years and led the October 24 "Voices Back" ceremony at the 30th reunion celebration that was her idea, at the 116th Silent Weekend last month.

Gayle attended the original Silent Weekend in 1981, organized by Chuck Gramly, who coordinated the Interpreting/ASL degree program for many years and retired in 2007. Silent Weekend was designed as a way for Interpreting students and the deaf community to get together away from the classroom and immerse themselves in the language. Gayle became the group's leader after Gramly retired. 

Gayle MurphyGayle Murphy at the 116th Silent Weekend on October 24.

“Gayle's selfless and generous spirit could be seen in her smile and in her every conversation. She will be greatly missed by all of us at Silent Weekends,” said Gramly on the group’s website. “As always, Gayle would want you to know the goals of Silent Weekend: To enjoy the beauty of communicating without talking; and to enjoy the warmth of friendships both new and continuing.”

After graduating from Columbus State with degrees in Social Services and Interpreting / American Sign Language Education, she returned as a teacher here for 25 years. She also spent several years working with the Buckeye Ranch. She touched many lives through her work with the Special Olympics, running the softball throw at the State Games for more than 30 years. She also enjoyed playing and coaching softball. She was very involved with the Girl Scouts, leading many troops and working at camps throughout the years.

“As an adjunct faculty member and the lab coordinator, Gayle was so committed to her students—always taking the time to answer questions, offer guidance, calm frazzled nerves, and applaud accomplishments,” said Christine Evenson, associate professor and coordinator of the Interpreting/ASL Education program. “Her door was always open, and students trusted her and respected her. Under Gayle's leadership, Silent Weekend was held each quarter to bring the Deaf community and our students together. She will be greatly missed."

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gayle Murphy Silent Weekend Scholarship Fund at Columbus State Community College, P.O. Box 1609, Columbus, OH 43216.

This fund is established to provide scholarship assistance to participants of the Columbus State Silent Weekend in honor of Gayle and her work for over 25 years in the Interpreter Education Program.


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Preview our new website!
screen shotAfter a year of planning, consultation and work, Columbus State is planning to roll out its new website over break. Go to for a sneak peek.

Please check out the information for your department and make sure it’s accurate. Academic department websites and the CEWD websites aren’t moving in this first phase. At, you’ll find a list of sites not moving and a list of where all the new sites are.

The new site was designed by Ed Mullen Studios of Jersey City, New Jersey. Lead designer Ed Mullen visited campus twice, interviewing around two dozen faculty and staff. The college has received input from many employees, held three student focus groups, and done one-on-one testing with students and future students.

But we need your help to put on the finishing touches. Send feedback to Tony Goins, the college’s web content coordinator, at

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Winter Weather closings outlined in procedures
snow sceneAs November draws to a close, the snow and ice can’t be far behind. It’s a good time to review the college’s weather-related closing procedures so you know what to do and what to tell students when that first major snowstorm hits.

Weather-related campus closing decisions are made by the President, per college procedure
pdf/3-16(a).pdf  When wicked winter weather strikes, you should watch the TV, listen to the radio, and check the website for information about possible closings, delays or cancellations at Columbus State.

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Union Institute signs transfer agreement
Union Institute & University (UI&U), a private, nonprofit university designed exclusively for adults and headquartered in Cincinnati, recently initiated an articulation agreement with Columbus State. As part of the articulation agreement, all students who graduate from Columbus State with an associate degree will be considered for admission to UI&U’s undergraduate degree program, and Columbus State graduates from selected programs may transfer appropriate coursework toward credits for their bachelor’s degree at UI&U.

UI&U will also offer courses on-site at Columbus State for those enrolled in UI&U’s new sport management concentration as part of the university’s Bachelor of Science in Leadership program. The first on-site classes at Columbus State began in September and exceeded the enrollment goals.

“We are very proud of this new partnership. The articulation agreement gives Columbus State students a viable option to easily continue their education and earn their bachelor’s degrees,” said Dr. Carolyn Turner, dean of UI&U’s Cincinnati Undergraduate Center. “And because of the immediate success of the sport management concentration, we are looking forward to implementing additional programs with Columbus State in the near future.”

UI&U’s new B.S. in leadership with a concentration in sport management program allows graduates of Columbus State with associate degrees to pursue their B.S. in Leadership with a concentration in sport management. Students can either attend classes on the Columbus State campus or complete their degree requirements online.

“The program is ideal for those who want to administer sport activities, like high school athletics programs, and for those who want to conduct health and wellness programs at corporations. It’s also a great program for people who work in the social services and in parks and recreation,” says Dr. Tom Habegger, professor in Sport and Exercise Studies and himself a UI&U graduate.

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Concert Band, Woodwinds to perform Nov. 30
bandThe Columbus State Concert Band will present its free Autumn Quarter performance on Tuesday, November 30, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD 435.

The band will be performing the Ohio premiere of a work by Andrew Boysen. Columbus State joined 26 other colleges in commissioning "Twilight of the Gods" through the College Band Directors National Association. Band Director Thomas Lloyd traveled to the University of Nevada-Reno for the world premiere last March. The music is performed while a nine-minute video by graphic artist Erik Evensen is shown depicting the end-of-the-world story found in Scandinavian mythology.

The guest artist is Historical Interpreter Roger Bechtel, who will appear as King Henry VIII, talking about life and the arts in England during the king’s reign (1509-1547). Representing music of the era, the band will play "Pastime with Good Company" (composed by Henry VIII) and selections from the William Bryd Suite.

Also on the program is the British march "Pentland Hills and the "Witham Hall Suite" composed by John Lloyd, brother of the band director Thomas Lloyd. The music was written after a visit to this English stately home, which is now a private school. This will be the North American premiere of the work. Sections include (1) The Front Drive and The Hall (2) The Music Class (3) The Stables (4) The Church and (5) The Sports Fields.

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will also perform Nov. 30. Their selections include English songs "Sumer is icumen in" and "Greensleeves" (the latter reputedly composed by Henry VIII, although that is unlikely.)  Also scheduled is another arrangement by John Lloyd, his "Down Under Suite," a collection of Australian folk songs in a new arrangement for woodwinds and piano (soloist is faculty pianist Rose Marie Zuber.) 

For more information contact Band Director Thomas Lloyd,


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Gospel Ensemble performs Dec. 2
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season as the Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Easton, presents gospel versions of holiday favorites. The free concert takes place on Thursday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium and will feature music popularized by artists such as Take 6, Marilyn McCoo, John P. Kee, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Norman Hutchins. The concert will also include youth dancers and other joyful surprises.

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Online instructors - Do you use Digital Dropbox?
Starting Winter Quarter 2011, the Digital Dropbox will no longer be present in the Blackboard course management system. Instead, there is a much better tool that enables you to manage and track homework assignments easily, called "Assignment Manger." The Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning (ITDL) Department can provide quick and easy training on the Assignment Manager. Please sign up for one of the following training sessions:

Assignment Manager Training Sessions
Date: November 30
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Date: November 30
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Date: December 3
Time: 1:00 p.m.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email


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