Apply for International Faculty Development Seminars in Cuba

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has announced that applications are now open for summer 2012 International Faculty Development Seminars in Cuba 
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Student Affairs strengthens infrastructure

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Division of Student Affairs has begun a process of administrative and staff infrastructure and capacity-building. 
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Toys for Tots campaign

If you’ve noticed those big empty boxes in some offices around our campuses, the goal is to fill them up – with toys! 
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Previous Stories:

December 8, 2011

Union Hall renovation

Sims named SEOM

Mathematicians retire

International students say "thanks"

DX cafe open through break

Health & Wellness, Matrix Monitor newsletters

December 5, 2011

Jackson to speak at commencement

Welcome Team needs you

Faculty seminars in Cuba

Cafeteria closed over break

Fee waiver deadline

Carman retirement cake

December 1, 2011

Delaware Campus food drive

Health & Fitness News

Fee waiver deadline

Commons closed during break

Stuff Your Bag Sale

Men's Basketball game

Weight Watchers info session

November 28, 2011

Student Affairs strengthens infrastructure

Concert Band to perform

Carman, Crouch, Brooks, Erney retirement receptions

Health Fair

Tour the Kelton House

SafeZone training

Credit Card training

IT techs recognized

Holiday Wellness Challenge

November 21, 2011

Toys for Tots campaign

New Automotive Certificate program

Chorus Columbus State winter concert

SBDC sweeps awards

November 17, 2011

Delaware students start food drive

ITDL Webinar

Fall concerts

Foundations of Excellence project concludes

Commemorative bricks

Iron Mountain shredding

Security patches begin

Thanksgiving dinner sponsors needed

The holiday challenge

Food services survey

November 14, 2011

Bowers reviews book

ODU LEAD program

Fire Science students can take exam

Boren Scholarship to study abroad

Basketball teams play Friday

Name that race

November 10, 2011

College Access Summit

Danesh says farewell

International Thanksgiving dinner

Library staff at ALAO sessions

HPC personal training

Aviation partners with Testing & Talent

One-day bottleneck

November 7, 2011

Long St. offices open house

Master Planning Open Forums

Paramedic program partners with Assessment Center

NAMI video contest

Culture Jam fest

Adjunct Faculty workshop

Bike fixing station

This week at Columbus State
Monday December 12

LEGO League Regional Tournament, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., DE 133

Construction on Union Hall begins

Tuesday December 13
Wednesday December 14
Thursday December 15


HR Wellness Seminar, 12-1 p.m., CT 107

ITDL: Blackboard Training, 1-3 p.m., CT 106


Friday December 16

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Christopher's restaurant is closed Autumn Quarter.

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December 12, 2011

Columbus State employee was movie extra

Sandy Zeller

With the holiday season upon us, the now-classic A Christmas Story will be airing again on television. Viewing the film, about a boy in the 1940s who dreams of owning a BB gun, has become something of a tradition in many families. While A Christmas Story was considered a flop at the box office (taking in just over $12 million during a four-week run for its 1983 theatrical release), it became a big hit years later.

Sandy Zeller, a buyer for Columbus State’s bookstore, was fresh out of college in 1983 and was working as a buyer for Higbee’s Department Store in downtown Cleveland. Because several scenes of the movie would be shot in or around Higbee’s, store employees were recruited to appear briefly in the film. “I knew the HR manager who had been asked by the film company to hire some extras, so I signed up,” says Zeller.

movie sceneHigbee’s is featured in the opening scene where Ralphie (played by actor Peter Billingsley) first spots the Red Ryder BB Gun. Next, the store appears as a backdrop during the parade just before Ralphie goes to see Santa, and it shows up again when Ralphie and a friend visit Santa inside Higbee’s.  

“I was in all three Higbee’s scenes playing various parts. I was a clerk behind the counter and I was also a customer shopping in the store. Outside, during the parade, I’m in the crowd. They were filming in January of 1983 and it was cold standing out there.”

Zeller says filming took about a week. The store remained open during the day for the public. “After they closed in the evening, the filming would begin. I worked all day as a buyer, then at night as a Hollywood movie extra. I made a few hundred dollars for the work. It was a lot of sitting around waiting for camera shots, but it was fun,” she says.
Zeller says it was somewhat “surreal” seeing herself on the silver screen when the movie was released later that year, but she has no regrets. She’s now connected to a classic Christmas film that has become a part of Americana.

The Bookstore plans a free showing of the film this week on Thursday night, December 15, starting at 5:30 p.m. There will be free popcorn and special pricing on beverages and snacks! So bring a few friends after work to sit back and enjoy this holiday classic.

SBDC named TechColumbus Innovation Award semifinalist

Michael Bowers

Michael Bowers, district director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State has been named as a TechColumbus Innovation Award semifinalist for Innovation in Non-Profit Service Delivery for the second consecutive year.

The Innovation in Non-Profit Service Delivery award honors a non-profit organization that has applied or implemented a technology or process change that has positively impacted the ability of the organization to provide constituent services.

Presented by TechColumbus, the annual Innovation Awards recognize outstanding achievements in technology leadership and innovation. From hundreds of nominations, 13 outstanding leaders and teams who exemplify the best in technology leadership and innovation in 2011 will be honored during the Innovation Awards ceremony on February 2, 2012.  


Toys for Tots drive wrapping up

toyThe annual Toys for Tots drive is now in the final stretch! Marines will pick up the boxes in offices around campus on Wednesday, Dec. 14. If you are still planning to make a donation, please do so by early Wednesday morning.

Once collected, the toys will be organized and turned over to the U.S. Marine Corps during a short ceremony on the Delaware Campus. Several Marines will be on hand for the event to be held on Thursday, December 15 at 1 p.m. in Moeller Hall. Employees are invited to attend. 

If you have questions, contact Susan Thomas, Staff Advisory Council, on the Downtown Campus or John O’Keeffe or Abu Farah on the Delaware Campus.

TechColumbus Board elects Smith

SMithTechColumbus announced that Dwight Smith, Founder and CEO of Sophisticated Systems Inc., has been elected Chair of the TechColumbus Board of Directors. Smith succeeds Dr. Steve Allen, CEO of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, whose term as Chair has expired. Smith was formerly Chair of the Columbus State Board of Trustees.

“Dwight Smith is an excellent choice to lead the Board as the Columbus region continues its development as a world-class tech economy,” said Dr. Allen. “Dwight is a highly respected business and community leader and technology entrepreneur and has championed the TechColumbus mission since its creation six years ago.”

As Chair, Smith will preside over the search for a new CEO which began following long-time CEO Ted Ford’s announcement in October that he will be leaving the organization effective December 31, 2011. 


Wellness Seminar: “How to fall asleep, stay asleep, and improve your sleep”

logoMount Carmel Workplace Health will offer a seminar on sleep wellness, Thursday, December 15, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in CT107. The seminar will also be live broadcast to the Delaware Campus in DA Room 129.

Did you know that insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases, including diabetes, and that lack of sleep poses important implications for disease management and outcomes?

In this session you will receive tips on how to improve your sleep so that you will be better rested and ready to increase your productivity. 

RSVP by contacting Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, ext. 3989, or email

painting Leeman to exhibit in Georgia

Stacy Leeman, adjunct instructor in Humanities, will have her painting, “Yaakov Blesses Yehuda P#1” exhibited at the Valdosta National 2012 exhibit at Valdosta State University in Georgia, January 17 through February 3, 2012.



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