Bowers, Ulloa-Olavarrieta promoted in Workforce Development
Director of the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State, Michael Bowers, has been promoted to Director of the Center for Workforce Development, taking over from Cheryl Hay, who is on loan to the Ohio Board of Regents for a year. Hay is serving as Deputy Chancellor for Higher Education Workforce Alignment at the OBOR.
The SBDC, a Columbus State program supported by federal and state grants, provides free consulting and training to small-business owners. The Workforce Development center helps train displaced workers and others with skills demanded by regional businesses. Bowers will continue to lead the Ohio Growth Summit, a convention on entrepreneurialism held on campus each June.
Meanwhile, Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta has been promoted to director of the SBDC, having been director of its Latino Center since 2009. Ulloa-Olavarrieta also has her own business, starting organic baby food company Bebo Naturals in 2010. That experience has helped her “practice what I preach” in advising small business, she said in her profile as a Columbus Business First Forty Under 40 honoree this year.
More Testing Center requests—Disability Services
The Disability Services Testing Center needs faculty assistance during Finals Week, which falls directly after the Thanksgiving Holiday, November 28 through December 1.
Because there is no additional week to process test administration requests before finals begin on Monday, December 2, the Disability Services Testing Center is asking for faculty to help by submitting ALL Test Administration Request Forms two business days in advance. For instance, if a student is scheduled to take their final on Monday, December 2, 2013, instructors should submit the Test Administration Request Form and exam by Tuesday, November 26, 2013. This will allow our office time to fully process the request and accommodate student needs.
For more information about Disability Services Testing Center hours and policies, please call ext. 5089.
Mimi Chenfeld, long-time adjunct in the Early Childhood Development and Education Program, presented at the National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC) 2013 Annual Conference and Expo, November 20 through 23, in Washington D.C. Each conference attendee received a copy of Chenfeld’s latest book, “Still Teaching in the Key of Life,” recently published by Redleaf Press and NAEYC. At Columbus State, Chenfeld teaches a one-hour course called Playing with the Arts each semester.
Pepsi’s contract with Columbus State includes $75,000 that the college can use at its discretion. In prior years the funds were used to support the Child Development Center. This year, the monies will be used for student scholarships. Mable Freeman, (left) Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Marty Maliwesky, (right) Dean of Enrollment Services, received the $75,000 check Nov. 21 from Sloan Harl, Pepsi Business Development Representative.
Pono Learning Community admitting members
The Pono Learning Community is a learning initiative designed to provide a space for open dialogue of diversity and social responsibility issues. The purpose of Pono is to serve as a multi-level learning community, provide a platform of collaboration between faculty, staff, administration and students, and improve understanding of diversity concepts.
Employees who wish to join the Pono Learning Community this year must obtain the endorsement of their supervisor and attend a total of eight meetings through April 2014.
For more information about Pono Learning Community, please contact Sarah Baker, specialist in Global Diversity and Inclusion, or call ext. 2861 for an application.
Lots of savings are available at the Bookstore’s holiday sale running through Friday, December 6, including 50 percent off all clearance items. Employee discounts are not applicable to sales items.
The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, was held November 21. Smoking is still the single largest preventable cause of death. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely as a result of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
The Office on Women’s Health publishes a blog where you can read an interview about smoking and how it affects women. Did you know that two weeks to three months after she quits smoking, a woman’s heart attack risk begins to drop? To learn more, read the full interview with Dr. Howard Koh, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.