Monday, April 12, 2010

Second Avenue bridge project to close some nearby ramps
graphicStarting April 12, I-71 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction for the first three weeks of a project to fix the bridge at Second Avenue and will be reduced to three lanes in each direction for the second three weeks. These lane restrictions will require several ramps to close for the entire six weeks of the project. The work is scheduled to be completed by May 23. The following information comes from ODOT:

graphicSouthbound Ramp Closures
11th Avenue ramp to I-71 south
5th Avenue to ramp I-71 south

Southbound Ramp Detours
17th Avenue to I-71 south or Summit Street to I-670 east to I-71 south.

Northbound Ramp Closures
Broad Street to I-71 north (Broad Street to I-670 west will remain open)
Long Street ramps to I-71 north

Northbound Ramp Detours
4th Street north to I-670 east to I-71 north.

How to Get Through the Construction
Consider an alternate route around the project:
• State Route 315
• I-670 to I-270
• US 23
• SR 3
• Other local roads

Consider COTA
• Crosswoods Park and Ride (#32 express)
• Morse and Indianola Park and Ride (#4 local)
• Westerville Park and Ride (#33 express, #36 express, #37 express)

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Join the Columbus State Race for the Cure team!
logoJoin our team to run in the Komen Columbus Race for the Cure, Saturday, May 15, starting at 8 a.m. in downtown Columbus. Registrations must be completed online by Friday, April 23, or on paper with a $30 team fee by April 16.

You can register online here. On the right side of the page, click on “Join Kevin’s Team.”

To get a Team Member Registration paper form, please contact one of the following people:
Kevin James or ext. 5008
Beth Barnett or ext. 2593
Deborah Bertsch or ext. 5860
Dawn Skedell or ext. 3843
Cathy Treyens or ext. 5047

Race packet includes a race t-shirt, bib number, race day materials and special offers.

All funds from the Komen Race for the Cure go to research, education, screening, and treatment programs for breast cancer.

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Volunteers needed for April 23 In-Service Day
If you are interested in volunteering for the Spring In-Service Day on April 23, the committee is looking for you! Moderators are needed for the day's breakout sessions. If you are interested in being a moderator, please email Tracy Koski at by Wednesday, April 14, with what time/s you are available to help. Once the list of volunteers is complete, assignments will be emailed to volunteers.


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Spring book study focuses on autism spectrum
Have you ever had a student who:

  • Had better recall than you do?

  • Knew much more about a particular subject than you?

  • Is extremely perseverant, especially about things important to them?

  • Has a strong vocabulary, but poor use of language

  • Seems to struggle in group work

  • Is strongly visual and/or often has precise memory for rhythm and music?

If you have, then you may have had a student on the autism spectrum.

If you haven’t yet, you are likely to soon have neuro-diverse students coming your way.

Data for 2007 show that one in every 150 children is now being diagnosed with a form of autism. In 2008 it was estimated that 4 million people with autism would be entering the workforce in the next decade.

Here at Columbus State the “wave” has already reached our shore: The number of autistic students registering with Disability Services doubled between the 2007-08 and the 2008-09 academic years. This rising trend continues in 2009-10.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can effectively teach and serve these students, then come to the Spring Book Study sponsored by the Disability Services Department and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

The study focuses on the recent book “Students with Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel” (Wolf, Brown, and Bork, 2009). This study will be held in the Center for Workforce Development. You may come once a week for four weeks, on Mondays from 12-1 p.m., or Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. The dates are: Mondays: April 26, May 3, May 10 and May 17 or Tuesdays: April 27, May 4, May 11 and May 18.

One of the authors, Jane Thierfeld Brown, will join the study via Skype on the May 3 and May 4 sessions. Certificates of participation will be given to those who can come all four weeks for inclusion in their professional portfolios.

Please contact Matthew Wilson, educational specialist for the Autism College Transition (ACT) program, at ext. 2050 or at if you are interested. Books are available in the Discovery Exchange for 20 percent off the list price.

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Weight Watchers at work to start April 13
With summer just around the corner, now is a good time to think about getting into shape. The open meeting for Weight Watchers at Work will be Tuesday, April 13, in WD Room 302 from 11:30–12:30 p.m. Each Tuesday meeting will be held in this room at this time for the next 10 weeks. If you do not know how Weight Watchers works, this is the meeting that will explain the plan to all new members. Please email Lou Ann Carman at if you are interested in attending the Spring Session!


Upcoming seminars:

“Tools for Navigating Multi-Partner Workforce Collaboration”
As higher education works to provide innovative workforce programs for students that meet the needs of employers, workforce collaborations have become more complex. Collaboration could involve multiple higher education institutions, industry experts, key employers, government entities, labor unions, or community organizations. While there are no prescribed models for these collaborations, there is an array of techniques and tools that schools can use to succeed in these multi-partner collaborations. Join us online to explore a variety of techniques and tools that schools have used in creating and working in complex multi-party workforce collaborations in a variety of industries: transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, and utilities.

When: Wednesday, April 14 (1–3 p.m.) - Register

“The Students' Responsibility Toward Creating the Great Society”

Reuel Barksdale
Reuel Baksdale

The great philosopher Voltaire once said that "No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible." This statement relates to our individual and collective responses to the societal issues of our day. Who is responsible for the national high school graduation rate of only 68 percent? Who was responsible for the genocide which visited Rwanda or the holocaust perpetuated against the Jewish people? Who is responsible for a statewide unemployment rate of over 10 percent? Are these avalanches too great to warrant individual reaction? The presentation will show how to make a difference and focus individual efforts in an effective and efficient way towards the attainment of what President Lyndon Johnson referred to as the "Great Society." Everyone wants to live in it, but who will take responsibility for its creation?

Presented by: Reuel Barksdale, B.S., M.S.A., A.B.D.
Associate Professor, Business Programs

When: Friday, April 16 (12 – 1 p.m.) - Register Attend remotely from your office or home computer via WebEx - Register

Madonna'80s & '90s Dance-Off… not just for students!
Student Activities and Employee Wellness are teaming up to host a C-R-A-Z-Y dance crew contest on May 19 at 11 a.m. in the Courtyard. According to the Student Ambassadors, this will be a “throwback dance crew competition of epic proportions!” Now you can’t let those students beat you at your own game from the 80s, can you? Most of them weren’t even BORN when you were dancing the Hustle, moon walking with Thriller, or Flash Dancing with your leggings and ripped sweatshirts, right? And Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, promises anyone who participates a whole bunch of Wellness Points!

So enter your “crew” with students Korie Jenkins or Alex Nguyen at ext. 2637 by May 7 and join the “Downtown Dance Showdown.” We know you have parachute pants, headbands and a sequined glove somewhere in the basement!


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Battelle to present summer business camp for high school students
If you have high school age students at home who are interested in business, leadership, or entrepreneurship, have them log onto to learn more about a one-week residential program being offered on the campuses of Ohio Dominican University and Youngstown State University this summer. It’s called Ohio Business Week, and it sounds like fun (and, shhhh-educational!)

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Save a buck or two at the Bookstore this week
The Columbus State Bookstore will give you $1.00 off any $6.99 DVD or CD, and $2.00 off any $9.99 DVD or CD. No additional discounts apply. Sales dates are April 12 – 24.