Thursday, February 11, 2010

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Christopher Columbus sports a nice, rounded hat of snow after the latest storm left four more inches of white on campus. Classes were canceled Tuesday evening as roads became treacherous. It was the second evening class cancelation of the month.

View more photos of this week's snowstorm.



 Forums to be held to meet President candidates
The Presidential Search Committee will hold campus forums for three potential finalists for the position of President of Columbus State.

Please mark the following dates and times on your calendars to attend these important forums. More information regarding each candidate will be forthcoming.

Candidate #1
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 – Location to be Determined
1:15-2:15 p.m. Faculty Forum
2:15-3:15 p.m. Campus Forum and Invited Superintendents
3:30-4:30 p.m. Student Forum

Candidate #2
Thursday, February 25, 2010 – Location to be Determined
1:15-2:15 p.m. Faculty Forum
2:15-3:15 p.m. Campus Forum and Invited Superintendents
3:30-4:30 p.m. Student Forum

Candidate #3
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 – Location to be Determined
1:15-2:15 p.m. Faculty Forum
2:15-3:15 p.m. Campus Forum and Invited Superintendents
3:30-4:30 p.m. Student Forum

Please Note: If we receive permission from the candidates, the forums will be videotaped and available for viewing the next morning for those unable to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Shinn at or by phone at ext. 2133.

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Arts & Science Lecture Series presents one of our own

Bob Fitrakis

The Arts & Science Lecture Series will hear from Bob Fitrakis, Professor in Social Sciences, on Thursday, February 18, at 1 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom on the fourth floor of WD. Fitrakis will give a presentation titled: To the Shores of Tripoli: Colonel al-Gaddafi's Legacy in the Post 9/11 World.” The presentation is free and open to the public.

Fitrakis recently joined a human rights delegation to Libya with former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and other journalists. Fitrakis will speak about his trip to Tripoli, his observations on the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution, and the legacy of Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, whom he met in his tent.

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Different location for the Winter Quarter Commencement, March 19

The renovated Battelle Grand ballroom features a wall of glass overlooking downtown Columbus and an LED-lighted ceiling.

The Winter Quarter graduation ceremony will be held in the newly renovated Battelle Grand, formerly Battelle Hall in the Columbus Convention Center. Please make a note of it.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 19, which is the usual time. Winter Quarter graduation is normally a smaller class, and so the ceremony should only last approximately an hour to 90 minutes.

Faculty and others in the processional should plan to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to marching (9:30 a.m.) in order to dress and line up for the procession. We will meet in the mezzanine of the ballroom, which will be clearly marked for your arrival.

Parking is available in several garages and surface lots beneath and adjacent to the Convention Center. The college’s own 28S parking lot is about one block from the Convention Center as well, and has the added benefit of being free for those with Columbus State stickers!

Guest seating will not be limited, and tickets are not required to attend the event.


Professor Emeritus Rita Langdon dies at 79

Rita Langdon gets ready to serve the cake at her retirement party in May 2001.

Former Communication Skills Chair Lorita “Rita” Langdon, of Groveport, died Feb. 6 after an extended illness. She was 79.

Rita began her teaching career in southeastern Indiana, continuing in Fort Wayne, Ind., and retired as Professor Emeritus from Columbus State in 2001. Education was her life and her passion for more than 50 years.

According to English Department Chair Lisa Schneider, “Rita came to Columbus State in 1970 and the following year, 1971, she became Chair of Communication Skills. She stayed in that position until 1988 when she returned to the faculty. I remember Rita as teaching tons of classes, being very energetic, loved helping students, and a force to be reckoned with,” said Schneider.

Rita is survived by her loving husband, Robert Langdon; children: Sue (Joe) DeLille, of Langsville, OH; Bob Haag, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale; Sandra Wetherell of Columbus, and Sally Decker of Pataskala; and close friend Kenny Basham. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn (Nelson) Bell of Andrews, IN, and one brother, George Smith of Hot Springs, AR; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Lorita S. Langdon to Columbus State Community College Development Foundation.

A viewing will be held from 12-2 p.m., Saturday Feb. 13, at Schoedinger Funeral Home East Chapel, 5360 East Livingston Ave., Columbus.
Spring Quarter personal training scheduling starts Feb. 15
The Human Performance Center will start scheduling personal training for Spring Quarter 2010 on Monday, February 15, for current clients (Fall and Winter quarters) and on Monday, February 22 for new clients.

All scheduling will be done through HPC Coordinator Mandi Cecil and will start at 6 a.m., in person. Due to demand, no email or voicemail scheduling can be accommodated. You must sign the client/trainer agreement before you will be put in the schedule book.

The HPC will no longer accept money for payments. All payments must be made to the Cashiers Office (Rhodes Hall, 2nd floor). Payment methods are cash, check, money order, or credit card. You will receive a statement to take to the Cashier’s Office, and you will be able to apply any credits that are due to you. In order to hold your spot on the training schedule, you must pay in advance.

If your statement has not been paid within 48 hours of scheduling, you will be removed from the HPC schedule, and it will be your responsibility to reschedule. Please be aware that the HPC cannot give refunds but will credit any unused sessions to your account to use within one year of scheduling.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mandi Cecil at ext. 2083 or email

Christopher’s Restaurant is open today
Check out the students’ menu for today here. Christopher’s is open from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in EB 05.