Monday, October 27, 2008

In Service program coverIn-Service Day is WednesdayThe In-Service Group looks forward to seeing you on Wednesday, October 29, for the Autumn 2008 In-Service Day.  The theme is “Celebrate What We Do Best.” 

We are honored to have Ohio Attorney General Nancy Rogers as the keynote speaker for our general session in the Delaware Gymnasium.  Dean Bortz, assistant professor in Construction Management, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. 

We will have three break-out sessions beginning at 11 a.m. with 38 presentations to choose from.  The Hospitality Management Department students will be providing a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and lunch at noon.  Go online to access the menus.

Printed programs will not be available at the In-Service Day General Session.  Please print a copy to bring with you, or make a note of the time and location of the sessions you would like to attend.  The program can also be viewed online here

And don't forget, Staff Advisory Council is sponsoring the Annual Lunch Money for a Day Campaign during In-Service. Bring your lunch money to donate to the Children's Hunger Alliance ( SAC is aiming for a goal of $1,000 raised.


OSU athletic director to speak Nov. 5

Gene Smith
Gene Smith

If there’s one person who knows how to lead a winning team, its Ohio State’s Gene Smith.

Smith, director of athletics at Ohio State University, will speak at noon Wednesday, November 5 in the Columbus State Conference Center (WD). The speech, part of the Leadership Speaker Series, is free and open to faculty, staff and students.

The Leadership Speaker Series, sponsored by the Business Programs Department, allows students to hear first-hand how leadership is acquired and developed.

Smith has overseen athletics for Ohio State since 2005. He is past president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and was that organization’s first African-American president. Smith was named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful African-Americans in College Sports.” Smith is active in the Columbus community and is a member of the boards of the YMCA of Central Ohio and the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus.


Concert Band celebrates 10 yearsConcert bandThe Columbus State Concert Band gave its first performance in 1998 and will bring back the band’s first director for a 10-year anniversary concert on November 25. 

The band was formed by former adjunct faculty member David Mruzek.  Dr. Mruzek will return to campus as guest artist Tuesday, November 25 at 8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, who has been the band director since the summer of 1999.

David Mruzek guest conduct the march “Lady Liberty” which he also composed.  During the concert he will perform with the band in the first clarinet section.

Other music on the November concert includes Mozart’s “Impresario Overture,” “Partita” by Elliot Del Borgo, “Handel in the Strand” by Percy Grainger, and Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band.”  The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will also perform.

Currently, Dr. Mruzek is the Director of Instrumental Music at Hanover College in Indiana where he conducts the Concert Band, Jazz Band, and College-Community Orchestra.  He also teaches private instrumental lessons and Music Literature. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Music) degree from the University of Toledo. Both of his advanced degrees are from Ohio State University.

For eleven years, Dr. Mruzek was a member of the 122nd Army Band of the Ohio National Guard. He served as principal clarinetist and librarian.

Did you know Cougar News is now online? cougar news mastheadIf you’ve missed seeing the latest edition of “Cougar News,” the student newspaper, appearing in the blue racks around campus every Wednesday, take note.  In keeping with Columbus State's green initiatives, Cougar News has gone online!

Cougar News is thriving on the Web at The site has registered more than 2,000 hits in its first month. If you're just now hearing about, or if you haven't visited recently, you don't know what you're missing. Check it out.

SBDC to hold Small Business Leader Awards eventSBDC logoThe Small Business Development Center at Columbus State and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce will host the annual “Small Business Leader Awards” Friday, Oct. 31 at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel, 50 N. 3rd St.  The keynote speaker will be Harley E. Rouda, Jr., CEO of Real Living, Inc.

“For more than 35 years, the Small Business Leader Award has been a reflection of the value and commitment our business leaders have to the Columbus region,” said Michael Bowers, director of the SBDC.  

The event begins at 11 a.m. and costs $45 for SBDC members, $60 for non-members. To register, visit the Small Business Leader Awards website.

SDBC Trade Symposium Nov. 14The Symposium is an opportunity to learn about the possibilities of taking your business global, and will cover such topics as:

  • Assessing your Export Readiness
  • Export Financing
  • Letter of Credit

The keynote speakers will be from Frost Brown Todd. The registration fee of $50 includes lunch. To register, go to the SBDC website.