Thursday, January 4, 2007

King daughter headlines MLK Day program Jan. 11

Yolanda King
Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, will bring all her talents together for a Jan. 11 address at the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Columbus State and Ohio State University partnered to bring her to Columbus in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She will speak at 11 a.m. Jan. 11 in the gym in Delaware Hall.

King, who was 12 when her father was killed, is now a well-known actress and speaker

King, who was 12 when her father was killed, is now a well-known actress and speaker. She is founder and CEO of Higher Ground Productions Inc., a motivational speaking and publishing company that spreads a message of self-empowerment and diversity. She has delivered her message to colleges, Fortune 500 companies, and in the halls of the United Nations.

As an actress, King has appeared in several movies with civil rights themes, including roles as Dr. Betty Shabazz in "Death of a Prophet," as Medgar Ever's daughter Reena in "Ghosts of Mississippi," and as Rosa Parks in the NBC-TV movie "King." Television credits include "JAG" and "Any Day Now." On stage, she presents a one-woman stage performance that dramatizes moments from the civil rights movement.

King is co-author of two books, "Open My Eyes, Open My Soul: Discovering the Power of Diversity" and "Embracing Your Power in 30 Days: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Personal Empowerment."

In "Embracing Your Power," she writes candidly of her journey from budding actress to civil rights activist and speaker. Although she initially wanted to be an actress, she felt pressured to work in civil rights. She resolved the conflict by doing both.

"Being distracted by other people's opinions caused me to be pulled in different directions and taken off my path," she writes in the book. "Later in life, as I began to embrace my power, I realized that I didn't have to choose. I could make a difference in the world and do it from center stage."

She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change Inc. (the official national memorial to Dr. King) and was founding director of the King Center's Cultural Affairs Program. She serves on the Partnership Council of Habitat for Humanity, is a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is a sponsor of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and holds a lifetime membership in the NAACP.


New CougarWeb feature increases number of students adding classes via the InternetThanks to a registration feature added to CougarWeb last summer quarter, the number of students able to register on the first day of classes has nearly doubled.

The a new registration feature allows students to add courses via the Web up until the first class meeting. It was hoped this feature would improve service to students and reduce lines during the typical first-day rush. Rather than waiting for the first class session to meet and getting an instructor's signature, students are able to add a class using CougarWeb right up to hour of the first meeting of that particular class.

"The feature allows students to take responsibility and control into their own hands," says Brian Seeger, director in Knowledge Resources and Planning. "By reducing the number of students standing in lines, it also gives our student services employees more time to work with other students who need more help than just administrative paperwork."

This new feature has resulted in a significant increase in add activity on CougarWeb. During winter 2007 there were 1,116 added classes on CougarWeb, as compared to only 40 during winter 2006. During summer quarter 2006 when the feature was first implemented, there were 436 added classes on the Web.              

In addition, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of add activity via the Web when compared to total add activity. The number of students registering on the first day of the quarter increased from 327 students during winter 2006 to 620 students this quarter.

Continued refinement of this CougarWeb feature suggests that students are now aware of it and have positively accepted it, says Seeger.


Still time to enroll in Val's Book Club for JanuaryA few seats remain open in the President's Book Club, scheduled to meet January 31 at noon in Nestor Hall Seminar Room C to discuss the book "The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother," by James McBride. The Boston Globe called the book "vibrant," and the New York Times Book Review said "complex and moving...suffused with issues of race, religion and identity."  

Contact Vickie Hunter in the Institutional Advancement office at ext. 2412 to enroll and receive your free book.



Bucy named Staff Employee of the Month for DecemberNominated by members of the IT department for her assistance in moving the Community Education and Workforce Development Division into its new building, The Center for Workforce Development, Thelma Bucy, CEWD specialist, was named Staff Employee of the Month at a ceremony that fell during the winter quarter break.  

Connie Feeney, supervisor of PC Support, and Jim Beidler, director of communication technology and PC services, nominated Bucy, saying, "Her hard work, cooperation, organizational skills and dedication to her job resulted in the move being accomplished in a smooth, trouble-free manner. Thelma was able to resolve problems and answer questions that alleviated many of the barriers that typically occur with such major projects."

"She is a superb employee who thoughtfully performs her job duties, is eager to grow, and excels at all projects that she is assigned," said Jan Wagner, Ph.D., Dean of CEWD.




Nominate a staff member today for Employee of the MonthThe Staff Employee of the Month committee would like to remind you that it's easy to recognize someone you know for the monthly award program. The Staff Employee of the Month award recognizes outstanding work performance and going above and beyond one's regular job duties. Anyone can nominate a staff member in any department by clicking on the nomination form at




How Can We Stay Healthy?The Wellness Activities Initiative and Don Laubenthal will answer that question on Tuesday, January 9, from noon-1 p.m. in Delaware Hall Room 029, where you can learn the importance of preventive maintenance for your health, learn how to avoid common illness and injury, and receive simple tips to stay healthy. Invite a friend, bring your lunch, and enjoy the presentation. For more information call Don Laubenthal at 287-3627.



Student named Ohio Special Education Teacher of the YearRick Kitchen, a current student enrolled in the Sport and Exercise Studies program, as well as an alumnus of the Retail Management '87 and the MH/CD/MR '92 programs was awarded the Ohio Special Education Teacher of the Year award from the Ohio Council for Exceptional Children. Kitchen is a special education teacher at Jonathan Alder High School.

"The Ohio Special Education Teacher of the Year award is given to a teacher who has contributed significantly to the education of persons with exceptionalities and is recognized by colleagues and community as an outstanding teacher of persons with exceptionalities," said Kathy Welch, special education supervisor for Jonathan Alder Schools.

Kitchen received his Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Ohio Dominican University in 1994.

Kitchen was also recognized with a proclamation by State Rep. Chris Widener, 84 th District, and State Senator Steve Austria, 10th District, at the December 13 meeting of the General Assembly. Kitchen is nominated by the state CEC chapter for the national Teacher of the Year award to be given in 2007.  


Enhancements abound in the ERCSeveral enhancements to the services in the Educational Resources Center will be in place for the beginning of winter quarter, according to ERC director Bruce Massis.

Quiet study space
In response to student requests for more quiet study space, Level 2 of the ERC has been designated a "quiet study floor." Students will find more group study tables, individual study stations, and three enclosed group study rooms (215, 216 and 217), which may be reserved by groups of up to four people for group study and quiet discussion. These rooms are equipped with collaboration tables, which can be written on with dry-erase markers for group notes. Students may reserve these rooms at the Periodicals Information Desk (now repositioned at the center of the floor for ease of access and communication.)

Students using this floor are asked to be aware of this new designation and show respect to others using this floor and refrain from using cell phones. All computers (except two limited to catalog-use only) from Level 2 have been relocated to Level 1. There is wireless access throughout the building, so if students have their own laptop, they may use it on any floor.

More computer stations
A total of 26 computer workstations are now available on Level 1. By mid-winter quarter, 16 laptops will be available for use by students. These may be checked out through the circulation desk for a maximum of three hours per checkout. Guidelines for the circulation of these laptops will be issued when the laptops become available.

Reference assistance is always available at the Reference Desk, and circulation assistance is always available at the Circulation Desk. Students will find two enclosed group study rooms (123 and 125) that may be reserved by groups of up to four and six people, respectively, that provide areas for group study and quiet discussion. (Also, the room accommodating six people can be reserved for the group viewing of a video.) Students may reserve these rooms at the Circulation Desk.

There are now two art galleries that have been established on Level 1. Please visit the galleries often, as the exhibits change regularly.

Ground level computer "pods"
The computer "lab" has been reorganized into computer "pods" throughout the floor. There are now 25 computer workstations available on Level G. Four collaboration tables are also available to groups of up to four people.

Assistance is available at the new information desk located at the bottom of the stairs providing general and directional information regarding computer services, IT Support Desk services, and the ERC. Media Delivery Services, Media Production Services and the TV Studio are also located on this level. The IT Help Desk is located on this level providing a full range of walk-in and call-in IT assistance.

Available during mid-winter quarter, students will find one enclosed group study room (012) that may be reserved by groups of up to eight people. Students will be able to reserve this room at the Circulation Desk.  



Di Pietro to premier new composition in New York

Evelyn Glennie

Rocco Di Pietro, instructor in Humanities, has composed a new piece for the internationally renowned deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie. The work is called "Rhizome for Evelyn Glennie," and will be premiered at the State University of New York's Buffalo Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Anthony Miranda in 2007.

The composition requires the help of LA sound percussionist Stephen Smith, who is constructing an all-stone instrument to be connected to real-time live electronics.

Di Pietro says the idea for the piece came after his illness with gall stones gave him the idea that "every illness is a musical problem" (Novalis) so the metaphor of stones as drops of consciousness for Evelyn Glennie--someone who uses her other senses to hear--was fitting.

While still a student, Evelyn Glennie learned that she was going deaf. Rather than abandon her study of music, in which she had shown such talent, she instead turned her focus toward percussion instruments and developed her ability to feel the sound through her body.

Di Pietro plans a visit to Scotland to see her and visit the famous Stone Koans, which are ancient musical instruments made of stone.