Thursday, September 2, 2010

Commencement speaker a long-time advocate for education

Eddie Harrell Jr.

Eddie Harrell, Jr., President and CEO of the Columbus Urban League, will speak at the Summer Quarter Commencement Ceremony, to be held Friday, September 10, at Veterans Memorial. More than 400 will earn degrees at the ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

Harrell is the seventh President and CEO of the Columbus Urban League, a post he assumed in April 2006. The Columbus Urban League, founded in 1918, is one of the oldest affiliates of the National Urban League. The Columbus Urban League serves thousands of people every year in areas of career development, education, and housing.

Since the beginning of Harrell's tenure, the organization has grown to a budget of $11.5 million from $2.7million, and the staff has grown from 40 to over 100 strong. Prior to joining the Columbus Urban League, Mr. Harrell served as the Executive Director of I KNOW I CAN and Project GRAD Columbus. These two programs work hand-in-hand to provide Columbus City Schools’ students with a quality public education that prepares them to enter college.

In 2000, Harrell was recognized as one of the outstanding "Forty Under Forty" community leaders in Central Ohio by Business First. A few years later, in 2008, Governor Ted Strickland appointed Harrell to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Harrell received a B.A. in Business Administration from Otterbein College and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Ashland University.

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Where in the World is Clawdette?
in the sandSubmit your photo by Friday!

Clawdette has been very busy visiting lots of exciting places this summer. She was spotted at Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with Ann Wenger. Clawdette was also in Boston, Mass. with Karen Miller, where she visited the Harvard Museum of Natural History and Carson Beach, stopping to make a "CS" out of sea shells. (OK, Clawdette may have had a little help with the sea shells!)

Send in your photos by September 3 to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Bookstore!

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Gospel Ensemble sings for Alzheimer Center residents
On Thursday, August 19, the Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Easton, brought joy to those who are sometimes "forgotten" when they sang at the Columbus Alzheimer Care Center. The ensemble performed a concert for the residents and their families, as well as the center's staff. “Many of the residents do not even recognize family members, however, they remembered the words to the songs that we sang,” said Easton. “It was inspiring to see them singing along with us. One bedridden resident came to the performance area yelling, ‘I don't want to be here!’ but by the end of the concert, she was singing along with us and asking for an encore of her favorite song!” added Easton.

Gospel Ensemble performances for the remainder of this quarter include Thursday, September 9, at the Urban Minority Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Outreach Prevention Annual Conference and Saturday, September 11, at the Columbus Gospelfest in Genoa Park (downtown riverfront). The ensemble is scheduled to take the stage sometime between 6-7 p.m.

Sustainable Building Grant helps fund student lighting project

students on bridge
Columbus State electronics and mechanical engineering students work
on the new LED lights for the bridge.

When “Passage,” the pedestrian bridge over Spring Street, was first installed, the decorative metal symbols were lighted with fiber-optic lines. Over time, the lamps that provided the light to the fiber-optics were damaged by corrosion and harsh weather. 

This summer quarter, the students in Vince Borghese's Electronic Fabrication class (EET 154), and Shane Bendele's Computer Aided Drafting class (MECH 145) have been working to find a solution, and are currently replacing the damaged lamps with new, high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) color-changing lamps, which use a fraction of the energy the previous lamps used. Now, when you walk across the bridge in the evening, you will notice that the artistic lighting on the symbols is back. There are also plans to provide the electricity for the new lights using solar panels.  The project is supported by an AEP Foundation Sustainable Building Grant.

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O’Neal to judge national landscape competition
In early September, Steve O’Neal, professor in Landscape Design/Build, will be one of panel of judges for the PLANET Professional Landcare Network national competition. He and his fellow judges will evaluate the entries and select the winners. The awards will be presented at the annual PLANET conference, October 27-30, in Louisville, Kentucky.

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