Tuesday, January 22, 2008

CSNET dial-up remote service to be discontinuedIn 1996 the college implemented a remote dial-up Internet technology (labeled CSNET at CSCC) for select support staff to ensure business systems operated efficiently 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The technology is now outdated and in many instances incapable of meeting the college's system support needs. It is also expensive to maintain the required technology and equipment for dial-up access.

Effective March 1, 2008, the CSNET dial-up service will no longer be available.

Ellis family meets with Congressman Tiberi
photo of Ellis family with Pat TiberiJan Ellis, center, and her daughter Rachel, 11, met with U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi Jan.15 to tell their story about diabetes and how it has affected their lives. Ellis has two daughters, Rachel and 17-year-old Kristin (not pictured), who each have Type 1 diabetes. The families met with the congressman to thank him for his support of programs that fund diabetes research and to introduce him to some of the kids who benefit from that funding. 

Upcoming Val’s Book Club to read Angelou bestsellercover of Maya Angelou's bookThe next President’s book club session will feature Maya Angelou’s bestseller “A  Song Flung Up to Heaven,”  the sixth volume of her critically acclaimed autobiography.

The Book Club is open to the first 25 to respond to Vickie Hunter in Institutional Advancement, who will distribute the free volume and coordinate the club meeting to review and discuss the book at noon on Thursday, March 6, in Nestor Hall Room C.

The Boston Globe says Angelou is “a great woman who has embraced a difficult destiny with rare intelligence and infectious joie de vivre.” Maya Angelou visited the Columbus State campus in 2003. 

In “A Song Flung Up to Heaven,” Angelou chronicles her return from Africa to work with Malcolm X, only to learn that he has just been assassinated. She drifts from job to job until the terrible day when she watches Watts (Los Angeles) explode in violence, a riot she describes in unforgettable detail. She agrees to help Martin Luther King organize his Poor People’s March on Washington, but when King, too, is assassinated, she goes into hibernation. How writer James Baldwin helps her find her voice again to write “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is the crowning story of a book filled with tales of Angelou’s life fully lived.

Share your vision for future Columbusgraphic of Columbus' bicentennialThe year 2012 will mark the 200th anniversary of the City of Columbus, and residents now have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to think big about the future of our city. Columbus State employees and students are invited to join Mayor Coleman and 2012 Bicentennial Commission at the 2012 Citizen Summit.

The 2012 Bicentennial Citizen Summit will be held Tuesday, January 29. It will be an opportunity to share your vision for transforming Columbus for our Bicentennial Year. Your opinion will help the 2012 Bicentennial Commission develop projects, programs and priorities to enhance the quality of life throughout Columbus.

Commission members are engaged in 13 focus groups to lend perspective and insight. The groups are reviewing ideas already in the pipeline as well as thinking creatively about ways to improve our city, neighborhoods and future. After extensive public comment, including input from the Citizen Summit, the groups will make recommendations on action items that can be initiated or completed by 2012. These projects will potentially be supported by Bicentennial Capital Bond Package, which the public will vote on next fall.

During the program, participants will have the opportunity to discuss ideas and vote on questions using wireless keypad technology. James Surowiecki, author of the national bestseller, The Wisdom of Crowds, will be the featured speaker.

The Citizen Summit will be held:
Tuesday, January 29
Columbus Convention Center Terrace Ballroom
5–6 p.m.: Registration and Refreshments
6–8:30 p.m.: Program featuring James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds, and the use of wireless keypad technology for all participants.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are required. To reserve your spot, go online, or call the 2012 Citizen Summit Registration Hotline at 614-424-6204.

Do you know an outstanding woman student leader at Columbus State?The new millennium will offer women unique opportunities to step forward as leaders and role models. The Outstanding Woman Student Leader awards are your opportunity to recognize an outstanding woman student for an award sponsored by the Columbus State Women’s History Month Committee. She may be someone to whom others turn for advice or clarification, a woman who has met the challenges of life, a role model in the classroom or the community, or an officer in a student activity organization at Columbus State. She may be all four of those things!

photo of young womanTo nominate someone you know, submit your typed, double-spaced nomination to Timeka Thomas Rashid, Director of Student Activities and Athletics, Nestor Hall 116, by February 15.  For more information, call ext. 2674.

Up to 10 women will be honored on March 5, at the Women’s History Month Awards Reception. The reception will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Ballroom, 315 Cleveland Ave.

Department receives proclamation from Rep. Dan StewartColumbus State’s TRIO programs office recently received a congratulatory proclamation from Rep. Dan Stewart, House District 25 of the Ohio House of Representatives. 

The department was awarded a grant from the Ohio EPA for $27,610, which was written by Alexis Sherman, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services Advisor in the Department of Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs.

The proclamation reads, in part: “We are pleased to congratulate Columbus State Community College on receiving an environmental education grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

“It is not surprising that CSCC has attained this well deserved recognition, for it has displayed a sincere commitment to the local community. Over the years, this exceptional institution has been tireless in its efforts to advocate for quality education, and with the funds provided by the Ohio EPA grant, CSCC will be able to offer seventy urban middle school students the opportunity to attend a five-day summer camp that will introduce them to environmental careers.”

Fewer footprints on campusgraphic of footprintsphoto of campus with flowersOver the past three months, the Grounds Department has added over 50 carbon credits to the college’s carbon footprint, enough to offset the annual impact of six motor vehicles.

A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide. “Carbon credits” are given when efforts are made to reduce greenhouse effect emissions on an industrial scale.

The Grounds Department earned carbon credits by planting 114 trees at our downtown campus during November and December. Most of these trees are native oaks and maples, which have been locally grown. Many are more tolerant of urban conditions and require less water, once established.

Some reports state that 100 trees yield 50 carbon credits, which in turn offsets one car per 19 trees. Besides the benefit of earning carbon credits, most of these trees are deciduous (lose their leaves in winter) and are planted on the south side of buildings or in parking lots. This helps cool buildings in the summer and reduces heat produced in parking lots. 

Plus, they make the campus even prettier.

Daugherty to present at League for Innovation conference

Libby Daugherty
Libby Daugherty
Glen Rogers
Glen Rogers

Libby Daugherty, Ph.D., director of Assessment for Student Learning at Columbus State, and Glen Rogers, Ph.D., senior research associate, Educational Research and Evaluation at Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wis., will be key presenters at the League for Innovation in Community Colleges in Denver, Colo., on March 2.

Their presentation is titled “Innovation and Inquiry for Student Learning: Challenges and Effective Practices.” A Lumina-funded consortium of two-year colleges from across the country has worked with Alverno College to optimize student learning through the teaching and assessment of student learning outcomes. Daugherty and Rogers will share how institutions are fostering collaborative inquiry among faculty around student learning outcomes and their improvement. Participants most likely to benefit will have interest in moving beyond emphasis on meeting accountability demands to approaches that make assessment integral to teaching and learning across a curriculum.

Registration is for the League for Innovations conference is open at http://www.league.org/i2008/. Consider this conference for a professional development opportunity this year. It will have a wide array of learning opportunities in the following streams: (1) Learning and Teaching, (2) Leadership and Organization, (3) Workforce Preparation and Development, (4) Student Services and Activities, (5) Basic Skills and Developmental Education, (6) Resource Development and Foundation Management, (7) Research, Assessment, and Accountability, and (8) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.