Monday, May 10, 2010

Spring Fling is Thursday!
spring art
Come out of your office on Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and take a break with the students at Spring Fling! There will be food, games, giveaways and music. It’s supposed to be warm with only a slight chance of showers!


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Faculty Symposium has something for everyone
graphicThe Second Annual Spring Faculty Symposium will be held Tuesday, May 18, in the Nestor Hall - East Lounge from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Columbus State faculty members will share their interests and latest research in a day-long series of presentations hosted by the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public. Students are invited, and faculty should bring their classes to participate in this lively celebration of the academic life of our campus, where you topics range from saving the environment with nano particles to a discussion of “graphic” novels!

The schedule will be as follows:

9:00 – Keith Pepperell, Humanities
Plotinus on Beauty and a New Information-Based Theoretic Account of Non-Propositional Aesthetic Perception

9:30 – Judith Dann, Humanities
Villainous Saints and Saintly Villains

10:00 – Chris Wilson, Humanities
Digital Pen Technology and its uses for Elections and Education

10:30 – Sam Andriani, Physical Sciences
Energy Problems of the Twenty first Century

11:00 – Terry Eisele, Modern Languages 
Graphic Novels: Don’t Be Afraid, They Aren’t What You Think

11:30 – Adam Keller, Physical Sciences
Cleaning up the Environment with Nanotechnology – A Collaborative Effort

12:00 – Bob Fitrakis, Social Sciences
Is President Obama a Socialist? Historical Reflections on the Meaning of Democratic Socialism in America and the Current Political Debate

12:30 – Douglas Gray, Communication
Apollo and Dionysos: A Clash of Archetypes on the Internet

1:00 – Clay Kie, Social Sciences
The Determinants of Contemporary Economic Growth and the Midwest Effect

1:30 – Ganesh S. Ethiraj, Physical Sciences
Structure-Based Drug Design

2:00 – Muhammad Mereb, Physical Sciences
Greenometer-7: Buildings Sustainability Assessment Tool

2:30 – James Moore, Social Sciences
The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71- A Study of the Actors Involved and Its Consequences

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Send your RSVP to the Employee Celebration!
logoFriday, May 14 is the deadline to repondez s’il vous plait to the annual Employee Celebration, to be held Friday, June 4 at the Columbus Athenaeum downtown!  You can see all the details in the online invitation, and then you can send your RSVP to Nina Reese. 


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Webinar to outline legal requirements
graphicFaculty members today are expected to know and adhere to a host of new legal mandates.
There are issues of academic freedom and sexual harassment (covered by Title VII and Title IX). There is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These are just a few examples of legal requirements that are now constants in higher education.

Attend a webinar “Law 101 for Faculty Members: How Not to Get Sued” to learn the latest information. The Webinar will be held Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. in CT 107. Please register here if you would like to attend or need more information.

In “Law 101 for Faculty Members,” higher education attorneys Brett A. Sokolow, J.D., and W. Scott Lewis, J.D. will provide faculty members with the necessary tools and information to understand the legal concerns that most commonly impact academia and how to prevent the litigation that can arise from them.

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Customer Appreciation Days at the Bookstore
We love our customers—and you will love the savings! Stop by the Bookstore May 10-12 for 25% off apparel, supplies, gifts or general books, when you use this coupon.

Child Development Center to hold Open House May 19
Columbus State has a beautiful child development facility right on campus. If you have little ones and want to keep them close while you work or attend school, come in for a tour during our Open House hours 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 19.


Gospel music at the Bookstore
The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Easton, will perform Friday, May 14 from noon-1 p.m. in the Bookstore.  Grab your lunch and stop by!

More seminars from ITDL:
“In Search of Affordable Textbooks: How Open Access Can Reduce Costs”
Textbook prices cost the average student $900 per year, and prices have gone up four times the rate of inflation in the last two decades. Students, faculty and colleges all share frustration with the skyrocketing cost of textbooks, but what can be done?

This webinar will explore open-access textbooks, an increasingly popular solution that can help reduce costs dramatically. Open textbooks are textbooks offered free online, affordable in print, and licensed to be more flexible for students and faculty. Although open texts aren't yet available for every course, they are rapidly gaining momentum in the marketplace. Join this presentation to hear more about open textbooks, where to find them, and how you can help get them into students' hands.

When: Wednesday, May 12 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
Where: You can attend this webinar using your home or office computer! This event will not be held in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation Center. Register

“Joe the Plumber Needs a College”

JD White
JD White

Presented by: JD White, Coordinator, Applied Technologies

This presentation is designed to explore Skilled Trades, their degree pathways, educational models, and college credit methods. We will also talk about the challenges faced by the occasional collision of apprenticeships with college policies, practices, and traditional instructional methods.

As Ohio continues to encourage community colleges to discover, design, and implement these degree pathways, we are discovering an additional marketplace and pool of students otherwise overlooked and untapped. The Skilled Trades pathways also bring with them an opportunity to serve our community in whole by actively producing a better educated and professional workforce.

When: Friday, May 14 (10:00 - 11:30 a.m.) - Register
Where: CT 107