Thursday, March 11, 2010

Next president of Columbus State to be announced today!
logoThe Columbus State Board of Trustees will vote today to approve the hiring of the next President of Columbus State Community College. Trustees are to meet at 3 p.m. in Franklin Hall to vote on the final decision, and a news conference will follow directly afterward to announce the selection.

Columbus State faculty, staff, administration and students are then invited to meet the next President at 4 p.m. at a reception to be held on the fourth floor of the Center for Workforce Development, in the lobby area of the Conference Center.

Staff from Instructional Technology & Distance Learning and Institutional Advancement have teamed up to webcast the board meeting and news conference live. To see the meeting and news conference, go here.


convention centerWinter Commencement Ceremony reminder
As announced earlier, the Winter Quarter Commencement will be held at the Columbus Convention Center in the newly renovated Battelle Grand ballroom. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 19, as regularly scheduled.

Faculty members and participants who will march in the processional should arrive at approximately 9:30 a.m. and go the ballroom mezzanine, which is accessed by escalator, stairway or elevator from the ballroom main lobby. There will be directional signs in many areas of the Convention Center helping you find the location.

mapTo park at the Convention Center, you will find lots and garages at the following locations: South Garage, off Nationwide Blvd., the East Surface Lot, Nationwide Blvd., the West Garage, on Vine Street, and the North Surface Lot, on Goodale Blvd. Event parking will cost $8. You can find a map of these parking options here. You may also park in the college’s own 28S parking lot, which is approximately 2 blocks from the Convention Center, and free to park with a CSCC sticker.

The renovated Battelle Grand ballroom is accessed from the “connector” area of the Convention Center, which is the area between the Hyatt Hotel and the Convention Center concourse. There is also a drop-off area accessed from High Street, which allows drivers to stop and let passengers off at the entrance to the Battelle Grand. There is no parking at the drop-off area.


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Christopher’s open today
Why not have a delicious lunch at Christopher’s, the Hospitality student-run dining experience in Eibling Hall Room 05, before you come over to meet the next president? It’s your last chance this quarter. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. See the menu here.

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Spring Symposium makes call for proposals
graphicThe 2nd Annual Arts & Sciences Division Spring Symposium will be held Tuesday, May 18, all day in Nestor Hall, spotlighting the academic work and interests of the faculty.

Faculty members are invited to submit proposals to the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Committee by Monday, March 29, ( Deadline has now been extended to Friday, April 2) to be considered for the Symposium. Fulltime and adjunct faculty members in all departments are welcome to submit proposals.

Propose a 20-minute presentation on your chosen area of expertise and interest. Proposals selected for the Symposium will be announced by the Arts & Sciences Faculty Lecture Series Committee.

To submit your 200-250-word proposal, or to request more information about the Symposium, please email the committee at


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Matrix Monitor online
The March issue of the Matrix Monitor is also online now with interesting articles about safety during Spring Break trips, the dangers of sports gambling, weight management for children and many more. See the issue here.

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Health & Wellness newsletter now online
magazine coverThe March issue of the USI’s Health & Wellness newsletter has interesting articles on kidney health, weight loss tips, and healthy recipes. View the issue here.


Women of the World Poetry Slam takes place this weekend
posterAs announced earlier, Columbus State will be hosting several events on Friday and Saturday, March 12 and 13, in conjunction with the Women of the World Poetry Slam 2010.

These events will be held in the WD Conference Center Ballroom on the fourth floor, starting at 11 a.m. Friday with an Open Mic event and continuing through 5:30 p.m. On Saturday in the ballroom, events begin with another Open Mic at noon, then a “Hiaku Deathmatch” at 1:30 p.m. and a Youth Slam at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s events at Columbus State conclude at 5 p.m. All Poetry Slam events held at Columbus State are free and open to the public.

Several tickets and passes are available to the Finals, which will be held at the Lincoln Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday. If you are interested in attending that event, contact Kim Brazwell at ext. 2426.


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posterBookstore offers savings on all things green!
Don’t miss the Bookstore’s sale next week on everything green, and we don’t mean environmentally responsible…we mean the color GREEN. Supplies, clothing, gifts—if it’s green, it’s 25 percent off on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 16 and 17.

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Upcoming outages
Voice mail will be unavailable from 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 through 3:30 a.m. on Friday, March 12. Users will be unable to check or leave voice messages during this time.

Colleague, CougarWeb and CATS will be unavailable from 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24 until 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 25 for drop for non-payment.

Colleague, CougarWeb and CATS will be unavailable to all students, staff, and faculty from 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 until 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 28 for system maintenance.


Geeks give to vets
group photoColumbus State’s FreeGeeks group program donated seven refurbished computers March 8 to benefit needy students and the Fisher House Foundation, which helps veterans. Two of the computers went to the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, which will auction the PCs to benefit The Fisher House. At the donation ceremony, computer electronics instructor Debra Dyer, center, joins Jan Sokolnicki, from the CVMA, left, and student Ronald Magee, right. The students in Dyer’s class work throughout the quarter recycling and refurbishing computers to donate to worthy causes. The recycling effort also keeps used electronics out of landfills.