STEMM students recognized for achievement
At the recent STEMM event at COSI are, front row from left: students Emily Gardner, Joe DiFrancesco, Christina Gambino, and advisor Laura Shady. Second row, students Max Mraz, Spencer Gardner, David Kopechek, Maggie Odiorne, Tommy Odiorne, and Keith Hamrick. Third row: students Brad Stahl, Keegan Fitzpatrick, Casey Branson, Matthew Yohman, and Kristin Balmert. Back row: Professor Larry Mayer, President Harrison, Professor Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Chairs Jonathan Baker, and Michael Hailu and Shane Guzman, a past graduate of the Columbus State STEMM program.
Approximately 500 Choose Ohio First scholarship recipients were recognized for their achievements at the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine (STEMM) Scholar Showcase, held recently at COSI.
Columbus State student Keegan Fitzpatrick was one of only three student speakers at the event, and the only speaker currently enrolled in a STEMM program. Two graduates of the program at Kent State and Baldwin Wallace also spoke.
Choose Ohio First scholarships are awarded to students who are studying in the STEMM fields, ranging from $1,500 to $5,200 per student, per year.
At the event, students were also able to network with businesses and Ohio Means Jobs representatives with access to thousands of job openings.
Spirit Week basketball games Wednesday
The men’s and women’s basketball teams play Cincinnati State Technical and Community College on Wednesday, February 15 at home—the women’s team tips off at 5:30 p.m. and the men follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. This week is Spirit Week, so there will be some special giveaways and raffle prizes at both games at half time. One raffle prize is VIP ticket packages for two at an upcoming Blue Jackets game! Don’t forget, students and employees get into the games free with Cougar ID.
The men’s team is 22-3 and ranked No. 3 nationally in their division, and the women are 15-9. On Wednesday, a possible all-time scoring record could be made at the men’s game, as Cougar forward Glenn Cosey goes for 1,000 career points, as well as the all-time record of Bryant Jones (1993-1995), who had 1,011 career points. Don’t miss it!
Columbus Bicentennial Lecture Series: A call for faculty submissions
Columbus State is participating as a sponsor and partner in Columbus’ Bicentennial Celebration: 200Columbus. Throughout 2012, the city is maintaining a calendar of events that focus on the history of our city and the celebration of its 200th year.
Columbus State would like to offer a series of faculty lectures, open to the campus and the community, that deal with some aspect of history, leadership, politics, the arts and culture of Columbus, Ohio. The Lecture Series would be presented during the Fall Semester, beginning in late August.
If you have an area of specialty that you would like to submit as an approximately one-hour lecture subject, please submit your idea to Robert Fitrakis, Social Sciences, or Paul Graves, Humanities, by the end of Winter Quarter, March 16, so we may begin creating a calendar for the series.
Saturday Writers Workshop invites new members
The members of Columbus State’s Saturday Writers Workshop take journeys with the written word every third Saturday of the month in the Communication Department’s Conference Room on the lower level of Union Hall.
The workshop is coordinated by Professor Rita Bova of the Communication Department and Clay Cormany, adjunct instructor in English. Group members critique each other’s writings, share the issues they are facing as writers, and offer encouragement and guidance to those seeking to publish their work.
Poems, short stories, memoirs, screenplays, and novels are all fair game. If you are an aspiring or published writer, the Saturday Writers Workshop invites you to join. The next meeting will be Saturday, February 18, in Union Hall 048-K, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please email Clay Cormany if you plan to attend.
“For me, writing is exploration,” says science fiction author Jack Dann, “and most of the time I’m surprised where the journey takes me.”
Gospel Vocal Ensemble honors broadcasting pioneer March 10
Columbus State’s Gospel Vocal Ensemble will honor a broadcasting pioneer with “Triumph: The Sounds of Victory,” a free concert on Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.
The concert is a tribute to James Edward “Eddie” Saunders, the first African-American disc jockey in Columbus. In 1948, Saunders started the longest running gospel radio program in the country on WVKO called, “Sermons & Songs.” His television program, “Eddie Saunders Presents” ran for 20 years.
The ensemble, under the direction of Emma Easton, will re-create his famous radio program by presenting tunes routinely heard from the 1940s to the 1970s. Additionally, various individuals, including local disc jockeys, who personally knew Saunders will recount experiences. Special musical talent is the vocalist Camille Doughty-Banner.
LGBT on Campus: Three Critical Issues to Consider in 2012
This fall, Elmhurst College, Ill. became the first college in the nation to ask applicants about sexual orientation. Other colleges are considering this move as well as other ways that they can create a more welcoming environment for their LGBT population on campus.
While there have been strides in understanding concerns relevant to the LGBT population, it is essential that academia address the emerging issues and concerns impacting LGBT people within institutions of higher education. The Campus Pride "2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People" revealed an alarming degree of harassment and discrimination toward LGBT people.
Join our expert presenters as they bring a voice to the LGBT population on campus and equip administrators, faculty, staff and campus-policy makers with the knowledge and awareness to implement changes to improve the campus climate for LGBT people.
When: Wednesday, February 15 (2:00 PM - 3:30 PM) - Register
Where: NH 013
Panelists: Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., serves as cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride. (Click here for full bio)
Dr. Sue Rankin serves as Associate Professor in Education Policy Studies/College Student Affairs at The Pennsylvania State University. (Click here for full bio)