Monday, October 29, 2007

Keynote Presentation for Disability Awareness Month to be held today:

"Students with Asperger's Syndrome in Higher Education,"
by Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D.

Columbus State, along with many other higher education institutions, is experiencing an increase in the number of students diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s is one of several autism-spectrum disorders characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted and stereotyped interests and activities.

Please join the Department of Disability Services at a talk by Dr. Jane Thierfeld Brown, a nationally recognized leader in this field, as she provides us with an overview of this disability and its intricacies. The presentation will be held today, Oct. 29, from 2–4 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Dr. Brown is Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in disability services for 27 years. Dr. Brown received her B.A. from the University of Rhode Island in speech pathology. While coordinator of disability services at URI she received her M.S. in counseling and M.A. in education. She holds an Ed.D. from Columbia University, Teachers College. 

Dr. Brown's main research interests are students with Asperger's Syndrome in higher education. She consults at many higher education institutions and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on Asperger's Syndrome. She has a book in progress, A Professional Guide to Students with Asperger's Syndrome in Higher Education, to be published in 2007.

Deadline for Delaware initiatives Nov. 1Delaware campus logoAs announced at the Fall In-Service Day presentation, the Delaware Campus Strategic Initiatives contest is drawing to a close for submissions. The challenge to all divisions was to develop a strategic solution for some aspect of the operation of our new campus. There will be three awards of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 for the top three selected solutions. All proposals must be submitted by November 1, for an identification phase. Hurry and submit your ideas now! Contest description

photo of Kevin HurleyFree magic show on Halloween nightThe Student Activities and Athletics Office is sponsoring magician/hypnotist Kevin Hurley for a special Halloween night presentation, Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6–7 p.m. in Franklin Hall Room 106. The show is free and open to the public. Bring your kids and bring yourself to this special spooky show!

Discovery District to help collect items for homeless in Novembergraphic of toilettriesThe Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District and the Discovery District will lead an effort to collect resources for the community homeless shelters in preparation for the upcoming winter months, when the shelters offer winter overflow services.

Area shelters experience a heavy strain as they stretch well beyond their capacity to make room for everyone needing shelter. Columbus State has been asked to assist these shelters in meeting some of their residents' basic needs such as toiletries and personal hygiene items.

In the Discovery District, the drive will run through Wednesday, November 21. You can participate by dropping your donated items in the boxes placed on campus in (several locations.) need info  Possible items to donate include new trial size toiletry items and other personal hygiene items such as combs, brushes, toothbrushes, mouthwash, disposable razors, and feminine hygiene products.

Wellness seminars on diabetic cooking, migraine awareness offeredJoin Deane Cobler and Jan Van Horn of the Hospitality Management Department as they provide a “Healthy Cooking for Diabetics” seminar on Wednesday, October 31, from noon to 1 p.m. in Eibling Hall, Room 007.  Learn how to prepare healthy and delicious meals while managing diabetes and reducing diabetes-related risk factors. Watch the cooking demonstration and sample the food!

Then on Thursday, November 1 in Delaware Hall 029, join Anne Justice of the Human Performance Center from noon to 1 p.m. as she presents “Migraine Awareness.” Learn how to identify migraine headaches and where to find valuable resources for treatment. Bring your lunch, bring a friend and enjoy this presentation while earning five wellness points toward the Wellness Challenge. For more information contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.

Leeman to exhibit art in Nevada, OregonStacy Leeman, adjunct faculty member in the Humanities Department, will exhibit her artwork at the “Lucky 13” exhibit, a national exhibition and competition at the Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery in Mesquite, Nevada, November 5–31. Her work will also be shown at Mirror Pond Gallery in Bend, Oregon, at a show titled, "Mirror Pond Gallery Watercolor and Pastel Juried Exhibition."

Student Ambassadors promote “Cougar ONE”One Campus logoCindy Decker Phillips, one of Columbus State’s Student Ambassadors, hopes that everyone, including staff and faculty, will join their cause to help fight world poverty at the ONE Campus Challenge, a Web site that helps people understand the cause. On the site, there are various campus groups that have joined together to raise awareness and compete to be one of the top 10 schools in membership. The ONE organization will award the top 10 with grants to fund their own poverty-fighting programs.