Monday, March 10, 2008

Women student leaders inspire at awards ceremony Women Student award winners
Winners of the Women Student Leaders Award are, from left: Jeannetta Hathorn, Tijana Lucic, Kerri Imwalle, Jennifer Morrow, Lesli Lehar, Sarah Garno, Stacey Christensen, Connie Myers, Wendy Clardy and Hadassah Loretz.

The annual Women Student Leader Awards ceremony, held in recognition of Women’s History Month each March, featured 10 students who have inspired their nominators and others by overcoming obstacles, taking leadership roles at the college, maintaining excellent grades and serving their communities. 

Yvette McGee Brown
Yvette McGee Brown gives the keynote address at the Women Student Leaders Award ceremony.

The awards ceremony was held March 5 in the WD ballroom, with a keynote address presented by Yvette McGee-Brown, president of the Child and Family Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital and former Judge of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

McGee-Brown told the audience, “Leadership is believing that you have something to contribute and possessing the drive to make it happen. It’s not letting others define you, because you are not the perfect person, daughter, wife, mother, or employee. No one is.”

“Don’t mistake success for significance,” she continued. “Any life of significance involves struggle, confronting obstacles, and overcoming them. We all have to be willing to participate fully in life by maximizing our strengths and keeping our weaknesses from getting in the way.”

Ten students were recognized at the awards ceremony:

Stacey Christensen was a teen mother who took the GED and enrolled in Columbus State’s MH/CD/MR program to become a chemical dependency counselor. 
Wendy Clardy lost her home to foreclosure but vowed to fight against predatory lending by researching and writing about the subject for the Homeowners Resource Center Web site.
Sarah Garno is the chapter president of Phi Theta Kappa and works on numerous volunteer projects while also juggling motherhood and family.
Jeannetta Hathorn is the mother of four children who also volunteers with her church’s choir, children’s ministry, and Bible school.
Kerri Imwalle is studying Veterinary Technology while volunteering at the Ohio State large animal veterinary clinic, playing on the Cougar basketball team, tutoring teammates, and maintaining a 3.7 GPA.
Lesli Lehar has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her pre-radiology technology classes while fighting cancer and raising her blended family, which includes four teenagers.
Hadassah Loretz is a Student Ambassador who completed her senior year of high school and first year of college simultaneously with a 4.0 GPA.
Tijana Lucic, a native of Bosnia Herzagovina, started attending Columbus State at age 16. She is now a senior in high school with a 3.93 GPA and is vice-president of the International Student Association.
Jennifer Morrow completed her degree in Veterinary Technology, and continues to take classes in preparation for vet school at Ohio State. She served as VP of the Student Association of Veterinary Technicians and is a 4-H Advisor in Fairfield County.
Connie Myers, VP of Phi Theta Kappa, inspires others by having overcome many obstacles, including hearing impairment, back injury, depression and spousal abuse.

New online tools help prospects find answersColumbus State recently rolled out two new online tools that will help the college make an instant connection with prospective students and new applicants, EMT Answer and Instant Chat.

Ask Cougar graphicEMT Answer, a “smart” FAQ system, provides immediate responses to quick questions prospective and new students ask online. The speedy replies answer common questions that Columbus State admissions personnel field every day. Each answer contains a link to additional sources of online information, and the questioner also can link directly to a dedicated Admissions Office e-mail for follow-up. More than 100 quick responses have been crafted with more to come as online usage dictates.

On its first day on the Web, the system answered 285 questions.

Anyone can access this tool from the Columbus State Prospective Students Web page or from the home page, select the “Quick Question?” choice from the Student Quick Links drop-down option located in the upper right hand portion of  the page.

Click to Chat graphicInstant Chat is a live online chat tool that allows college personnel to respond directly to questions. The Admissions Office tested it in early March with students from Worthington Kilbourne High School. In the morning, WKHS students chatted with an admissions advisor, and in the afternoon they questioned current Columbus State students. Instant Chat can be used with smaller, designated groups or can be opened to a larger online audiences for specified periods of time. This feature is not yet posted on the CSCC Web site.

Both EMT Answer and Instant Chat are enrollment management technologies marketed by Hobsons EMT. Members of the Columbus State Implementation Project Team are Tari Blaney and Don White, Coordinators; Pat Fabrisi, Sheila Butler, Riki Lawrence, Brian Seeger, Loraine Crocker, Mary Vaughn, and Valerie Wilson. Hamid Danesh, Marty Maliwesky and Will Kopp are the project sponsors.

DiPietro to lecture and perform in LARocco DiPietro, instructor in Humanities and Music, will travel to Los Angeles March 28-29 to have his electro-acoustic music "A Turning" performed at the Los Angeles Sonic Odyssey Festival directed by Dr. Jennifer Logan. DiPietro will also give a lecture on micro-history and music, called "Say No to Potemkin Villages," at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Women’s History Month lecture, demonstration March 13A presentation titled “Awareness = Empowerment” will be offered March 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall Room C and D. The presentation on sexual assault awareness and prevention will be presented by Beth Dennis and Chandra Bell , with a demonstration on self-defense techniques presented by Judy Beckman. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Fitness seminar to be offered March 12The Columbus State Wellness group will present “Fitness through the Stages of Menopause” with guest presenter Mandi Cecil on Wednesday, March 12, at 12:15 p.m. in DX Conference Room 306. The talk is free and open to the public. Cecil will talk about how to incorporate fitness through the stages of menopause, and how to reduce menopausal symptoms. Bring your lunch and a friend and enjoy the presentation. RSVP to Don Laubenthal or call ext. 3627.

Real Estate program to host Career Night March 25The Real Estate degree program will hold its annual Career Night event on Tuesday, March 25, from 6-8 p.m. in the 2nd floor lounge, WD. The event will be attended by many area real estate brokers and hiring managers who interview for a sales position at their agencies. Century 21 Brookshire & Associates, Carleton Realty, EXIT Trinity Realty, Keller Williams Consultants, REMAX Affiliates, King Thompson Corporate, Century 21 Capital Gold, and REMAX Specialists have all confirmed their attendance at the career night. The event is a great opportunity for students to see what's in store for their future in real estate. According to Trish Haaser, Real Estate Programs, “When the market is down, enthusiasm is up. It’s actually a very good time to prepare for a career in real estate.”