September 26, 2011
Biggest Learner off to a BIG start!
Faculty coach Reuel Barksdale, center, talks with members of Team Swag of Biggest Learners at their first meeting of fall quarter. From left are: Branden Rice, Meredith Mendoza, Jack D'Andrea and Larena Nolan.
No, they have nothing to do with the popular reality show on NBC, despite the similar sounding name. The Biggest Learner at Columbus State is all about increasing grades—not decreasing waistlines!
The Biggest Learner is an experimental contest designed to create awareness for the various tools for student success at Columbus State. Two teams of four students each have been selected from hundreds of applications to participate in the quarter-long project.
The goal? To finish the quarter with the highest team grade point average. It’s that simple. The winning team will receive $1,000 scholarships for each member. The “losers” are also winners, each receiving a $500 scholarship for their efforts.
Each team has been assigned a faculty “coach” who will meet with them once a week. Carolyn Kaufman, Psychology, will coach “The A Team,” whose members are Aaron Gilbert, Ashley Fryman, Jennifer Taaf and Thomas Mitchell; and Reuel Barksdale, Business Management, will coach “Team Swag” whose members are Branden Rice, Jack D’Andrea, Larena Nolan and Meredith Mendoza. Each team also has a Student Ambassador peer mentor to help them “from the student perspective.”
The teams also meet once a week with a shared team of advisors who will present topics for success such as time management, test taking, writing and study skills. Advisors are Laura Shady, Todd Taylor, and Sharmaine Pechac. The teams may also arrange their own meetings and study sessions, as a team at their discretion.
Each week, a short video segment will be posted on CSTV and BiggestLearner.com chronicling the activities of the team and providing important information for viewers about programs and services that they can also access. Watch the first episode here! Viewers can also track their favorite team’s progress and leave comments on the Biggest Learner Facebook and Twitter pages (use #BiggestLearner to join the conversation).
So now when you see those bright red Biggest Learner t-shirts all over campus, you’ll know who’s working out their brain…to GAIN!
The National Association of College Stores (NACS) will sponsor the first annual National Student Day on October 6--a day dedicated to celebrating student social responsibility. College stores across the U.S. and Canada will promote student volunteerism and social responsibility through a variety of exciting store events. At Columbus State, the Veterinary Technology students and The Bookstore are teaming up to offer Cause for Paws, benefitting the Franklin County Animal Shelter.
Students and Bookstore employees will be accepting donations of food, treats, pet toys and grooming supplies on Welcome Back Day, at the Bookstore table. (Wed., September 28 on the downtown campus; Thurs., Sept. 29 at the Delaware Campus). You can also drop them off at the Bookstore any time through Oct. 6.
Some of the items needed at the Franklin County Animal Shelter include
grooming supplies, toys, food and treats. Your donation also earns you an entry in a special raffle to win a portable DVD player from the Bookstore!
Then, on Thursday, October 6, the Franklin County Dog Shelter will have a
pet adoption event at the Bookstore from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Stop in to find out more about
all the pets available for adoption!
Welcome Back Day is Wednesday and Thursday!
Join students, faculty, staff and administrators as we welcome the Fall Quarter 2011 on Welcome Back Day—Wednesday, September 28 on the downtown campus, and Thursday, September 29 on the Delaware Campus. As usual, there will be free food, prizes and giveaways, information tables from student services and organizations, games and activities for everyone. Chorus Columbus State plans to entertain everyone with a concert on the new Library steps outside—if the weather is good. You can even spin the Clawdette Cougar wheel for a chance to win concert tickets or a Biggest Learner t-shirt, in exchange for a $1 donation to Operation Feed. Don’t miss it!
Bicycling 101 is an engaging discussion to help beginning bicycle riders find fun and safe ways to commute to work, do neighborhood errands or take fun family rides. Learn about different kinds of bicycles and gear, and pick up essential information that will make your bicycling safe and joyful. Even experienced riders are certain to learn a few tips and tricks! The seminar will be offered twice on Thursday, September 29: at noon (12 p.m.) in Union 223, and at 5 p.m. in TL 112. The seminars are part of Columbus State’s “2 by 2012” cycling initiative. To RSVP, please email Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, or call ext. 3989.
Reminder: There is no parking at Ft. Hayes High School this quarter. Overflow parking on busy days can now be found in the new 32-S lot and the 28-S lot on Mt. Vernon Ave.
Selling Liberal Education to Students and Parents: Defusing common misperceptions about general education (audio conference)
In these economically challenging, high unemployment times, many colleges are reporting that students, prospective students, and parents are particularly worried about finding jobs after graduation. And in many cases, this understandable interest is translating into skepticism about liberal education and a desire for the most career-oriented programs possible.
Rick Davis, associate provost for undergraduate education at George Mason University, and blogger on AAC&U's liberal education nation blog will discuss the common misconceptions parents and students have about general education, the dangers of leaving these questions and doubts unanswered or unchallenged, and how to answer—or defuse--the "will it help me/my son or daughter get a job?" question.
When: Tuesday, September 27 (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 107
Nelson, LaMar present webinar
Joel Nelson and Jason LaMar, Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (ITDL), presented at an international webinar with more than 225 participants September 22. The webinar, “Kaltura-Blackboard Joint Webinar: Bringing Video to Blackboard” was about using video internally and externally for off-campus education, mobile video, training, assignment enhancement, streaming live events, as a means of collaboration between students and faculty.