December 8, 2011
Union Hall renovation begins during break
An artist’s rendition of the renovated Union Hall, looking east from TL, shows the addition.
Construction will begin December 12 on the addition to—and renovation of—Union Hall. The work will be done in two phases and the building will remain operational during the three and one half year construction period.
Phase I includes the construction of an addition to the west side of Union Hall, and the renovation of the fourth and fifth floors of the building. This phase is expected to take 24 months. The six-story addition will provide for additional classrooms, restrooms, and elevators, as well as new common areas for students.
Phase II will include the renovation of the ground through third floors, with improvements to the existing east entrance to the building.
Union Hall was originally built for $4.5 million in 1975 and contains 100,000 square feet of space. When the project is completed, the building will contain 118,000 square feet with state-of-the-art facilities for anatomy, nursing, and other allied health and human services programs. All of the interior renovation work will be performed at night to reduce disruption to classes and other activities. Questions about the Union Hall construction should be directed to Glenn Smith, project manager, at ext. 5933.
Tori Sims named Staff Employee of the Month for December
Nineteen-year Columbus State employee Tori Sims, coordinator in Financial Aid and Veterans Services, was named Staff Employee of the Month for December at a ceremony held Dec. 7. Learn more about Tori in a video of the ceremony here!
Mathematicians moving on
The Mathematics Department recently held retirement parties for Associate Professor Bill Ferguson and Assistant Professor Victoria Lackey, who celebrated a combined 42 years of service of teaching mathematics at Columbus State!
Ferguson joined Columbus State in 1989 and was instrumental in expanding the Department’s technical mathematics curriculum. Not only is he a mathematician, but he is also an accomplished trumpet player. Lackey taught at Spellman College prior to her arrival at Columbus State in 1991. Her tenure here has been focused on teaching algebra and calculus courses. Lackey has also been active with the Arts and Sciences Lecture Series. Columbus State and the Mathematics Department wish them well in all of their future endeavors!
International students say “thanks!”
On behalf of the international student community, International Enrollment Services, Student Life, and the International Student Association of Columbus State Community College, we would like to extend our sincerest appreciation and thanks to the following sponsors for their generous donations and support in making the 2011 International Student Thanksgiving Dinner a BIG success!
Members of the International Student Association thank you for your support!
Steve and Susan Zelenka
DX Cafe open through break
It’s so quiet on campus during the winter break that you can almost hear a stomach growl! If that happens to you, head to the DX Cafe, located in the DX (Bookstore) building for a morning snack, lunchtime soup or sandwich or a hot or cold coffee drink anytime. The DX Cafe is open over break during normal business hours!
December newsletters from Matrix and USI online now
In the December issue of Health & Wellness from USI Insurance, you can read articles about coping with loss during the holidays, how to prepare a Feast of the Seven Fishes, and more.
In the December issue of Matrix Monitor, read more tips on avoiding holiday weight gain, how parents can prevent alcohol abuse, and “How to Disagree with Your Boss in Style.”