Columbus Crossroads starts this fall
The Columbus Crossroads project, one of the largest highway projects in Ohio, is kicking off this September with reconstruction of the I-71/670 interchange. This first phase of I-70/71 construction will be completed in 2014. The $200 million I-71/670 project will improve safety, reduce congestion, and connect neighborhoods. It will add a new travel lane on I-670 and reduce weaving across traffic lanes to exits. Twenty-two new bridges will be built, including one with a first of its kind cultural wall designed with community input.
Access to the Columbus State campus will be significantly impacted, with
several freeway exits including Spring Street, Broad Street, and Cleveland Avenue
closing at the start of Fall Quarter.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will hold a public meeting to detail the construction timetable Tuesday, August 9, from 6-8 p.m. in the King Arts Complex 3rd floor ballroom, 867 Mt. Vernon Ave. A construction project website is also online at www.odot71670.org.
Maps and construction schedules have not yet been released, but at Columbus State, we have been told to expect the following:
By November, and lasting for at least two years, the two major exits for southbound I-71 traffic (Spring St. and Cleveland/Leonard) attempting to get to Columbus State (and downtown) will be closed.
Southbound traffic attempting to get to Columbus State will need to exit at 5th Avenue or travel further south to Broad.
Northbound travelers will not be able to get onto I-670 west, necessitating exiting at Broad St. to get to Columbus State.
The work on the Cleveland Ave. I-670 overpass will start by winter, increasing congestion on Cleveland Avenue. However, the actual work on Cleveland Avenue (adding a northbound lane beginning at 339 Cleveland Ave. and going north to the I-670 entrance east), will not begin until sometime in 2013.
The college will temporarily lose about 100 parking spots at the far east boundary of the 4-S and 5-S parking lots.
Two grants to aid international student program
Columbus State recently received two grant awards totaling $88,000 from Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) for the Community College Initiative (CCI) international student program at the college. This coming year Columbus State will host two student groups, one from Pakistan and the second from a mix of other countries targeted by the program.
Renée Hampton, director, and Vanessa Kumar, specialist, in Diversity, Travel Abroad and TRiO Programs, will implement the third year of the program. The Career and Technical Programs provide the education to the students for the year.
According to Kumar, the grants, which fund the students' tuition, housing, furniture, transportation, and global leadership activities, will be expanded to support more leadership activities and projects for students, provide basic necessities for their apartments, and offer a customized ESL course during their bridge program. The CCI program has three students from Pakistan, two from Indonesia, and one from South Africa arriving at the end of this month, said Kumar.
“Results from the first two years have shown what a profound impact this program has on international students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to obtain further career/technical education,” says Jan Rogers, vice president for Student Affairs. “The year they spend with us is truly life-changing.”
The Bookstore website Quick Response (QR) code. Cell phones with a QR application can take a picture of the code and be connected immediately to the website.
Bookstore has new website
Visit the Bookstore at www.cscc.edu/bookstore to find out what’s new, order textbooks, shop online and more. The new site was launched to give the Bookstore more functionality and the ability to post more current information about what’s going on in the store. In addition, the Bookstore site is now part of Columbus State’s main website, allowing visitors to find the Bookstore pages by using the search function.
Visit the site for updates on current sales and in-depth information on how the Bookstore works to make education more affordable for our students.
“Clicker” forum offered Aug. 17
Four Columbus State instructors will present their experiences using clickers in the classroom at the Innovation Center on Wednesday August 17, in CT-107, from 2 - 3 p.m.
The session will be a good opportunity to learn about clickers and how they can be used in the classroom. You may participate whether you know nothing about clickers or you are an expert! The workshop will include a question and answer session and open discussion.
Register for the session here: http://cscc.edu/CSCCtraining/registrationForm.asp?idKey=2428&CID=398
Hire a student employee for Autumn Quarter
Are you interested in hiring a student employee? Student Employment Services will hold information sessions for hiring supervisors as we gear up for another busy fall quarter. Come learn the easy process for posting a student opening, understand your funding options, and hear the many benefits a student employee can bring to your department.
When: Tuesday, August 16, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thursday, August 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Where: Rhodes Hall Room 114
RSVP to Clayton Gibson.
If you cannot make it to either of the two available times, contact Clayton Gibson at ext. 3622 to arrange a one-on-one meeting.
Columbus Chamber seeks participants in Logistics Job Fair Sept. 13
The Columbus Region Logistics Council and the Columbus Chamber, in cooperation with Columbus State, will offer a Logistics Job Fair on Tuesday, September 13, in the CEWD Conference Center. There is no cost to attend or exhibit at the job fair. Some of the companies expected to attend include: Acloché, BNSF Logistics, Cardinal Health, The Columbus Dispatch, COWIC, Crane Worldwide, FedEx Ground, Kelly Services,
McGraw-Hill, ODW Logistics, and many more.
Employers interested in exhibiting at the job fair should contact Jeff Brashares at Jeff1952@tts-us.com to sign up.
Some employee parking closed Aug. 10-12
Sections of the 6E and 7E parking lots will be closed August 10–12 for tree removal. Please do not park in the marked areas on those days.
Bookstore offers free headphones
Visit the Columbus State Bookstore August 8- October 1 for a special offer: free iLove Bubble Gum2 headphones with the purchase of a Memorex Jump Drive for $17.99.