Monday, February 15, 2010

Up close and personal group photo
Eight of the 10 already named employees for the new Columbus State Delaware Campus got together for anew group photo last week on a snowy morning. Thankfully, by the time they begin work at the campus, the grass will be green and the birds chirping! They are ( from left): Brad Trimble, Accounting faculty; Jean Liddle, advisor; Mary Insabella, CIT faculty; Dr. Jan Rogers, Executive Dean for the Delaware Campus; Brenna Michelis, Developmental Ed. faculty; Dr. Rick Bartlett, Business Management faculty; Keith Coates, advisor; and Dr. Dona Reaser, Humanities faculty. Not pictured are Nikki Pearce, Mathematics faculty, and Shannon Hayes, enrollment specialist. Additional faculty will be named soon.

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$4.6 million in stimulus funds coming to Columbus State
moneyThe U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration has awarded a grant of $4,605,303 to Columbus State to provide workforce training in logistics to recently displaced workers from the auto industry in central Ohio.

In partnership with the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation, the Columbus Chamber, the Columbus Region Logistics Council, the Ohio Skills Bank, and three local logistics companies, Columbus State’s Business and Industry Division will use the money to provide unemployed, underemployed and recently dislocated individuals with entry-level skills for the logistics industry.

Entry-level individuals will receive Forklift Operation certification, Central Ohio Logistics certification and three hours of college credit. Incumbent workers will receive management skills enhancement and college credits to widen their career opportunities within the industry. Columbus State offers a Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) program, which could be a continuation of the training for these individuals.

The logistics industry has been identified as a high-growth and emerging industry in central Ohio. Participants in the grant-funded program would come from eight Ohio counties, including Madison, Morrow and Union counties, which have been designated by the Center for Automotive Research as being impacted by automotive-related restructuring.

The Department of Labor authorized approximately $220 million in grant funds by the Recovery Act for this program, $25 million of which was reserved for projects that serve communities affected by automotive-related downsizing and layoffs.

“This is the first home run for the Ohio Skills Bank effort in Region No. 1 and the Logistics businesses who worked so diligently in the development of the workforce plan,” said Cheryl Hay, administrator for the Center for Workforce Development.

“The sub-committee for the program consisted of Dr. Bill Lafayette, Columbus Chamber, Michael Linton, ODW Logistics, Lenee Pezzano, ICAT Logistics, Steve Youll, Midwest Express, and Ann Signet, David Meyers, Susan Stumpp and Jeff Spain with Columbus State. The DOL grant would not have been possible without the support of our local workforce agency, the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation. All are to be commended for the year they have spent in moving this work to this exciting conclusion for our region,” said Hay.

“Key to this effort was the launch of the Ohio Skills Bank strategy funded by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and overseen in a joint effort with the Ohio Board of Regents and the Ohio Department of Development in providing a framework that made industry sector strategies approaches possible in Ohio. We want to also thank Representatives Sherrod Brown and Sandra Williams for their support of the industry sector workforce initiatives.

“We are so excited at this combination of government, education and businesses working together to strengthen our region and our state. We cannot wait for the work to begin!” said Hay.

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basketball playerEmployee Appreciation Day is Wednesday at the basketball games!
Columbus State employees are invited to attend the men’s and women’s basketball games on Feb. 17 starting at 5:30 p.m. (women’s) and 7:30 p.m. (men’s) in the Gymnasium to watch the Cougars battle Edison Community College (Piqua).

It’s Employee Appreciation Day at the game, because the Department of Student Activities and Athletics appreciates all the support the athletes get from the staff, faculty and administration here at Columbus State!


Two workshops from ITDL:

Faculty Promotion and Tenure workshop
Faculty members currently developing portfolios are invited to join representatives of the Career & Technical and Arts & Sciences divisions to discuss any questions or concerns they have about their individual portfolios or the promotion process. Faculty are welcome to bring their works in progress and specific questions about organization, placement of activities, content of narratives, etc.


Wednesday, February 17 (2-3:30 p.m.) - Register or
Wednesday, March 3 (2-3:30 p.m.) - Register

Fair Use in the Classroom
Copyright: What is it? Fair Use What does it mean? Join nationally recognized librarian and author, Bruce Massis, director of the ERC, for a workshop on the proper (and legal) uses of copyrighted materials in the classroom. Topics covered will include a general discussion of copyright, the definition and appropriate usage of the "Fair Use" provisions of the copyright legislation as it pertains to print and audio/visual material. Finally, learn how the fair use provision protects you, as a teacher, when you reproduce any copyrighted work for classroom purposes.

Presented by:

Dr. Bruce E. Massis


Friday, February 19, 10-11:30 a.m.- Register

February Screen ’n’ Speak is Thursday
logoCome together for great movies, discussions and even free refreshments at the monthly Screen ’n’ Speak, Thursday, February 18, noon- 2 p.m. in the ERC multimedia studio. Bring your whole class—the more then merrier! This month’s movie is “Ethnic Notions,” facilitated by Horace Columbus Neal, III, adjunct faculty in Humanities. “Ethnic Notions” is Marlon Riggs' Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing the deep-rooted stereotypes that have fueled anti-Black prejudice. Some comments about the film:

"Decades of studying Afro-American history did not prepare me for the devastating impact of one-and-one-half centuries' worth of vicious racial stereotyping. Anyone claiming to understand out nation's past must see this documentary.”—Nell Irvin Painter, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University.

"A historically accurate, thoughtful, skillfully-crafted treatment of the racial stereotypes and images that have plagued Black people since slavery. It is a compelling documentary, a superb teaching aid, and an impressive work of art.”—Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University