June 4, 2012
Channel 4 anchor to deliver commencement address
NBC4 anchorman Cabot Rea will address the record-breaking class of Spring Quarter 2012 at the commencement ceremony Friday. More than 900 students petitioned to graduate this quarter, with nearly 500 expected to attend the ceremony June 8 at Veterans Memorial, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
It will be the largest spring class on record at Columbus State, and the final Spring Quarter graduation before the college switches to the semester system.
Cabot Rea will address the graduates, along with class valedictorian Sarah Traverse, a summa cum laude (4.0 GPA) graduate from the Veterinary Technology program.
Rea is co-anchor of NBC4 at 5 p.m. with Colleen Marshall and Ellie Merritt and NBC4 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. with Colleen Marshall. He joined NBC4 in 1985 as a weekend sports anchor and features reporter. Rea has also served as co-anchor of NBC4 at 6 with Gail Hogan, co-anchor of NBC4 at 7 with Colleen Marshall, co-anchor of The 10
o’clock News airing on WB 53 (WWHO) and field anchor of Live at 5:30. In 2009, he was voted favorite male anchor by readers of Columbus Monthly, making him their favorite anchor every year since 2005.
Prior to NBC4, Rea was employed as a music teacher for Newark City Schools as well as a professional singer and actor. He started his broadcast career by working as a radio announcer while attending college.
Rea graduated from Otterbein College in 1978 with a degree in music education. He also received a Master's degree in Voice Performance from The Ohio State University in Fall 2003. Rea is most proud of twice being named "Teacher of the Year" at Newark Junior High School.
The graduation ceremony is free and open to the public.
8th Annual Ohio Growth Summit focuses on growing business
The 2012Ohio Growth Summit, hosted by the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State, was dedicated to the memory of Denai Downs Vaughn, who had been scheduled to participate as this year’s keynote speaker until her unexpected death in November. One of Vaughn’s messages was to “Do more. Be more. Achieve more. You are worth it!” and her inspirational words were carried on throughout the Summit.
The event focused on helping individuals start and grow their business, with help from expert keynote speakers such as Paul Evans and Gini Dietrich. During Evans’ presentation, he clearly outlined the steps to developing and implementing your own personal success plan. Dietrich discussed a lot of her own trials in owning a business – sharing that it is not always easy, but it is worth it.
Another theme throughout the event was the use of social media to grow and strengthen businesses, and various speakers and panels helped answer participant’s questions on the emerging topic. This year the Summit also added outcome-based workshops on social media strategy and placement, strengthening your organization and growing your business, business finance matchmaking, and content marketing strategies.
Since the event, the social media world has been buzzing, including the keynotes. Paul Evans talked about it in his recent podcast, giving major kudos to Mike Bowers and the SBDC team for the work they do. You can listen to his podcast here: http://youtu.be/Yx5lQGDZoCQ. Bowers was also featured on Dietrich’s blog, Spin Sucks, as the “Follow Friday” feature: http://spinsucks.com/social-media/followfriday-michael-bowers/. Here’s an excerpt from one of her tweets :
To read more about the event visit www.OhioGrowthSummit.com.
Year-end purchasing dates draw near
The Purchasing Department has announced the final dates for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2012 funds:
Thursday, June 7, 2012 - Last day to create online requisitions for operating, non-capital, purchases.
Friday, June 8, 2012 - Last day to place orders with a vendor for operating, non-capital purchases.
Volunteer opportunities for the golf enthusiast
Do you enjoy working with central Ohio youth? Do you want to make a difference? Volunteer with The First Tee of Columbus!
The First Tee of Columbus is committed to impacting the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Some of the volunteer opportunities this summer include:
Girls learn values inherent to the game of golf, such as patience, respect, perseverance, and honesty, preparing them to meet challenges of today's world with confidence.
Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., June 4 -25, at Raymond Memorial Golf Course. Participants are girls ages 7-17.
2012 Down Syndrome Golf Academy
The program has been designed to benefit even more members including beginners who are interested in learning the game of golf and advanced golfers who want to improve on the skills acquired through the Academy last year. Participants are ages 12 and older.
Beginners: Wednesdays, June 13 – August 1, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Advanced: Tuesdays, June 12 – August 1, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location alternates between Bridgeview Golf Course and Bent Tree Golf Course – you can choose the location to volunteer.
Buckeye Ranch Golf Academy
This program provides a safe and fun environment that creates curiosity about the game of golf while seamlessly integrating essential links between golf and life skills.
Monday – Thursday, June 13 - August 12, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. at Bridgeview Golf Course. Participants are between the ages of 12-17.
If you are interested in volunteering contact Judith Cockrell, email@example.com or call (614) 471-1404.
“Thin clients” and “Print on Demand” come to the Columbus Campus
Students in the Computer Commons are getting their software with a lot less hardware thanks to “thin clients” that were recently installed.
This technology, piloted very successfully at the Delaware campus, has garnered the attention of colleges and businesses from all over the state. The Columbus State Virtual Computing Team recently presented about the Delaware pilot to a packed house at a statewide technology conference.
Thin clients are small terminals that access software and memory from a central server cluster, rather than keeping software and documents on individual desktop computers. The PCs in the Computer Commons--206 in all--have now been replaced with thin clients. To be successful, this technology requires a robust and reliable server and storage network.
The thin clients dramatically reduce support requirements by allowing lab administrators to update the entire lab from a single software image and then push out software fixes to terminal clients immediately. The thin clients use a fraction of the electricity a PC requires and produce much less heat. They also boot up much faster than the old desktops. The technology life span of a thin client is twice that of a PC and is only limited by the power of the servers it is attached to. This extends
the lab computer replacement cycle by at least four years and redirects the technology investment to the server infrastructure which can much more efficiently distribute the total computing power across campus.
Another feature, the Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI), will soon be implemented. The VDI will allow students to access the Computer Commons resources on their home PCs, laptops and other devices that can support the VDI client.
To celebrate the project, the Computer Commons is planning a student celebration on Tuesday, June 5. A separate celebration is planned over break for employees who worked on the project.
In a related project, the Computer Commons has also instituted a “Print on Demand” system to allow students to display a list of jobs they have sent to the printer, select the ones they really need to print, and then print them on demand. Currently, students send a document to the printer, then go over and “release” it by typing in their CougarID. In the old system, printouts were placed in cubbyholes based on a station ID. Many students printed multiple copies then lost or abandoned their unwanted printouts resulting in incredible paper waste. The new system has been quickly adopted and students appreciate not having to wait for print jobs or sort through stacks of paper to find the final copy they really wanted to keep.
Both the print on demand and the thin client projects were done in phases, and the projects never closed the lab. Both projects required close coordination from all departments in Information Technology. Working on the projects were Rob Stailey, Desktop technician; Trish Malloy, System administrator; Rhonda Gurio, supervisor of lab assistants; and Gurio’s entire crew of IT support staff assigned to the Computer Commons.