Thursday, October 25, 2007

Noted guest speakers spin In-service tales of good and evil Kenneth ReardonPhillip Zimbardo
At the In-Service Day general session, Dr. Kenneth Reardon talked about transforming our students’ education through service learning, and he then detailed some of the inspiring work done by students and colleges across the country. At the close of In-Service, the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series hosted Dr. Phillip Zimbardo, author of “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding how Good People Turn Evil.” Zimbardo explained how situations and peer pressure can cause people to commit evil acts, but can also bring out heroism and selflessness.

Ohio Learning Network offers professional development opportunities The Ohio Learning Network’s “technopoli” ( is a free online calendar of conferences, workshops, webinars, and other events that focus on utilizing technology in higher education. Technopoli helps educators find professional development opportunities and keep up with ever-changing technology applications with ease.

Check out the Web site and view the calendar by month or search for events by region, all with user-friendly search tools and an easy-to-read format.

The Ohio Learning Network (, is an 81-member consortium promoting and supporting e-learning in Ohio. OLN is a program of the Ohio Board of Regents and works with higher education, schools, policy makers, business and industry, government, and local communities using technology to expand educational opportunities for Ohioans.

Writing Center to host research troubleshooting workshopThe Writing Center will host a workshop on research troubleshooting for students on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 1–3 p.m. in ERC (Library) Room 205.
The workshop is open to all students working on research projects. Please let your students know how they can learn strategies for researching and using library and online resources. For more information, please email

Answers about MRSAYou have probably heard much in the media recently about MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). To learn more, please go to Follow the links on the page to some very useful information including flyers specific to athletics. Questions about MRSA should be directed to (614) 645-1474, which is the Columbus Public Health Department.

Correction to October 18 Update: Terri Gehr, senior VP for Business and Administrative Services, addressed OSCHE (Ohio Statff Council of Higher Education) on the chancellor's strategic planning process, energy efficiencies required by HB 251, and the annual efficiency savings plans that Columbus State is required to submit per HB 119 (state budget).

The act (HB 251) provides for the creation of an interuniversity committee to develop guidelines for university boards of trustees to use in ensuring energy efficiency and conservation in on- and off-campus buildings. Gehr serves on the Funding Study Group, whose members are working on a 10-year strategic plan for higher education. 

Each board of trustees must develop its own 15-year plan for phasing-in energy efficiency and conservation projects. Guidelines must include a goal of reducing on- and off-campus building energy consumption by at least 20 percent by 2014, using calendar year 2004 as the benchmark year.

Gehr described some of the measures that Columbus State currently has in place, such as trash recycling, and future measures like replacing old college vehicles with alternative fuel vehicles.