Monday, December 10, 2007

man holding paycheckCompensation open forums to be held this weekThe Compensation/Broad Banding Study has been completed. The Compensation Committee and Human Resources Department will hold two campus forums to provide an overview of the findings and recommendations and the direction of the compensation policy for the future.

College staff employees are invited to attend one of the two forums. If additional forums are required they will be scheduled.

Forum dates and locations:

Tuesday, December 11
WD 404,
2:00–3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D
9:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.


Grade entry assistance offered by IT SupportThe deadline for Autumn Quarter grade entry is Monday, December 10, at 11 pm.
The IT Support Center will be available for assistance until 8 p.m. today.

During the break (December 10–January 4), the IT Support Office hours will be Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m. only. IT Support is located in the ERC (Columbus Hall, lower level). Call ext. 5050 or stop in for assistance.


Di Pietro performs music “for crippled hands” at electronic music conference in Chicago

Rocco Di Pietro
Rocco Di Pietro

Rocco Di Pietro will travel to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., December 14–15 to perform with some of his former students in the International Society for Improvised Music conference.

Di Pietro will perform his “Études for Crippled Hands,” a piece that showcases a method of improvising music that he developed when teaching at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. According to Di Pietro, the school bused in a group of profoundly handicapped children for music lessons, but the children were destroying the pianos used in the lessons.

 “I created a ‘crippled hand’ technique which allowed them to make music by giving them permission to make sounds, and by telling them that everything they did was beautiful,” said Di Pietro. “The children’s amazement that this could be ‘music’ calmed them, and they stopped wrecking the pianos. I started to introduce this technique to adults who were not handicapped, but who needed to overcome musician’s burnout and make music in a new modality,” said Di Pietro.

The International Society for Improvised Music promotes performance, education, and research in improvised music, and illuminates connections between musical improvisation and creativity across fields. Building Bridges: Improvisation as a Unifying Agent in Education, Arts, and Society, is a three-day interdisciplinary conference for performers, educators, researchers, students and community members from across the world, to further their understanding of improvisation in its many facets.


The backstreet boysWin free tickets to see the Backstreet BoysColumbus State has four pairs of tickets to Wednesday’s sold-out concert featuring the Backstreet Boys, Colbie Caillat, and One Republic at Lifestyles Community Pavilion. The doors will open at 7 p.m. The first four Columbus State employees who respond by email to will each win two tickets to the show. Please put “Win Tickets” in the subject line of the email.