Thursday, February 21, 2008

Dr. Alvin Jackson
Dr. Alvin Jackson
Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon

Dr. Alvin Jackson to speak on leadership
Today, Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health will speak on “The Voice of Leadership.” The lecture will be held at 11 a.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Room 435, and is free and open to the public.

Nick Cannon for the Barack Obama ’08 campaign
Also today, at 11:45 a.m., in the Nestor Hal Student Lounge, we will host rap and hip-hop musician, television and screen actor, writer and producer Nick Cannon, who will be on campus on behalf of the Barack Obama ’08 Campaign. For more information on the event, visit

Christopher’s open today
After a week away, Christopher’s student-run restaurant is back today with a tempting menu!

A few fine faculty needed to read grad names at Commencementsmiling graduateFaculty members interested in volunteering as graduate name announcers for the upcoming Winter Quarter Commencement ceremony on March 21, please contact Suzanne May, in Institutional Advancement. The Winter Quarter ceremony will be held at the Aladdin Shrine Center, 3850 Stelzer Rd., near Easton Town Center. Four faculty members are needed for the job, which involves reading each graduate’s name as they present themselves for diplomas on the stage. 

One month left to submit “Green Proposals”recycling logoDo you have an idea that could help the college reduce pollution, solid waste, and/or energy consumption? The first step to make Columbus State greener is to submit your idea to the college's Sustainability Committee. Submit your idea using guidance provided in the Request for Proposal form, which can be found at http://intranet/green/. Also, feel free to talk with a committee member about the work. The committee roster is on the Web site, as is other related information. 

Proposals are due by Friday, March 21. In the meantime, please make every effort to engage in these simple green activities every day: 

  • Turn out your lights when rooms aren't in use.
  • Save paper by copying and printing two-sided.
  • Recycle paper, plastic and cardboard.

Join Theatre Columbus State in celebrating the great American drama “A Raisin in the Sun”a scene from the play "A Raisin in the Sun"Theatre Columbus State proudly presents the American classic by Lorraine Hansberry, “A Raisin in the Sun,” the second play of the 2007-2008 season called “Defining Moments: Crisis in America.”  

“A Raisin in the Sun”willopen Wednesday, February 27, and run through Saturday, March 1, with performances nightly at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Thursday, February 28, at 3 p.m. All performances are in Nestor Hall Auditorium and are free to the public.

Noted veteran theater professional James Kevin Mathis is the director.

“This was a groundbreaking, provocative and very relevant play when it first debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway in 1959,” says Mathis.“Its message of family, dreams, unity, and interconnectedness is still a powerful message for audiences today.”

“A Raisin in the Sun” concerns the working-class Younger family in the late 1950s who dream of leaving behind the dilapidated tenement apartment where they have lived for decades. The son Walter is a chauffeur who dreams of making a fortune by investing in a liquor store. His sister Beneatha, a somewhat flighty college student, tries to find her identity and embraces the “back to Africa” philosophy of a Nigerian friend. And their mother, the matriarch, dreams of using her late husband’s insurance money to buy a home in an all-white neighborhood during the segregated 1950s.

“I have always wanted to direct this wonderful piece of American theater,” Mathis says. “It is a director’s dream. The characters are so complex. I want to go under the surface and dig deep into their souls and bring it out for the audience because we can see ourselves.”

This play has an outstanding cast of veteran Columbus actors and some very talented newcomers. Veteran actors include:

  • Toni Tinsley (Mama Younger), a celebrated actress who has appeared in numerous productions and projects
  • Mark E. Pinkston (Walter Lee Younger), a veteran stage actor
  • Steve Zelenka (Mr. Lindner) who has appeared in other Columbus State productions

Newcomers to the stage include:

  • Shanelle Marie (Ruth Younger)
  • Dominique Paramore (Beneatha Younger)
  • Ngozi Pinkston (Travis Younger)
  • Herbert Hayes (George Murchison)
  • Anthony Bauks (Asagai)
  • Jesse N. Robinson (Bobo)

“A Raisin in the Sun” deals with dreams and the conflict that arises as each person has a different world view on how things should be. The message still rings as true today as it did in 1959. The title comes from the opening lines of “Harlem,” a poem by Langston Hughes (1902-1967): “What happens to a dream deferred?/Does it dry up/like a raisin in the sun?”

The answer to this question is found in this outstanding American classic, “A Raisin in the Sun.”

SAC textbook scholarship helps employees with education costs

Marsha Phillips
Marsha Phillips

The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) has worked very hard to raise money for an employee textbook scholarship, holding bake sales, cookbook sales and other activities on campus. One of the first recipients, Marsha Phillips, reports that the scholarship helped her pay for books during one of her particularly expensive quarters in the Architecture program.

Phillips, who works as a representative in the Telephone Information Center, will graduate this quarter with her Associate of Applied Science in Architecture. She has worked at Columbus State for four years.

“As a divorced mom with a son who graduated from Columbus State and is now in a four-year college in another state, I was glad to use the additional funding for my own education,” says Marsha. “I have applied for several small scholarships but was never awarded one. The quarter that I received the SAC scholarship I had one class with books that cost $250, so this award helped me a lot. It's nice to be one of the first to receive this award. A heartfelt thanks to the committee.”



Reese, Simpson to present at League for InnovationNina Reese and Barb Simpson from the Telephone Information Center will present at the March 2008 League for Innovations annual conference in Denver, Col. 

The presentation, “Customer Service in Higher Education, Is This an Oxymoron?, focuses on providing a full range of student services in a call center setting, utilizing the simplicity of a high-touch environment to meet and exceed the callers needs.

“This is an opportunity for us to showcase the customer service model at Columbus State,” says Reese.

College review board to approve all human research studies and surveysAs a publicly funded institution of higher education, Columbus State is responsible for providing a safe environment for students and employees who conduct human subject research and for the individuals that are part of a Columbus State Community College IRB-approved research project.

Research studies, projects, and surveys that are initiated and conducted by CSCC faculty, staff, and students—or that utilize CSCC faculty, staff, and students as subjects—must be reviewed and approved in writing by the IRB before the research study, project, or survey is initiated.

Information about Columbus State's Institutional Review Board (IRB) is now available online at This Web site explains the role of an IRB, provides forms and operating guidelines, and introduces our IRB members.

Free reconditioned computers for students!graphic of computer repairDebra Dyer, instructor in Computer Electronics, has partnered her Advanced PC Hardware Troubleshooting class with FreeGeek of Columbus to have a satellite location at Columbus State. Dyer says she did this “as a way to give the students more hands-on experience, while simultaneously participating in community service.”

Here’s how the partnership will work: The class accepts donations of used PC equipment (1 Ghz or better), wipes the hard drive, cleans and repairs it, and then loads open source software on the PCs. After the PCs are fixed, they will be given to students who need them.

“Any computer we cannot fix is broken down by metals and recycled. That way, they stay out of our landfills,” says Dyer. 

Since this program/class is brand new, the students have decided that the first computers to be granted out will be done so through a contest. The FreeGeek/Columbus State program needs a slogan and a logo. Because they’ll have four computers to give away, the top two slogans and the top two logo winners will each receive one of the reconditioned PCs.

If you know a student who might be interested in participating, let them know about the entry form here!