Monday, March 3, 2008

Student with BizTown kids Columbus State business student Randolph Nelson meets with a couple of "workers" from the town newspaper, Lilly, and Elli, while volunteering with Junior Achievement Biz Town.

Business classes help Hilliard classes with their “BIZ”Students enrolled in Charla Fraley’s Principles of Business class recently had the opportunity to help the community and hone their management skills at the Junior Achievement “BIZ Town” project in Hilliard.

Biz town logo
BIZ Town is a Junior Achievement economic simulation for 5th graders to operate a city for a day, including running local shops to earn a profit. This project is one of only seven like it in the United States.

With the help of local sponsors and donations, JA transforms a warehouse into a miniature city with a town hall, a bank, postal services, and many shops. Throughout the course of a day, the children learn what it is like to run a business and deal with everyday tasks such as completing a W-2 form for a job and writing checks. Each business must make a product, price it, market it, and sell it, as well as pay utilities, rent, taxes, and their employees. 

“At the end of the day we see who made a profit and who suffered losses,” says Fraley.

Columbus State students serve as adult volunteers to mentor and guide the children, but also to observe and learn about how to manage a business, according to Fraley. After the event, each Columbus State student is asked to write a paper exploring areas that pertain to their Principles of Business class.

“This partnership works out as a win-win for the elementary school children and our students as a great opportunity to learn more about running a business,” says Fraley. 

Columbus State wins Addy

Bedway and Cleland holding Addy award
Burkholder Flint Creative Director Tom Bedway and Columbus State Advertising Coordinator Nancy Cleland show off their awards.

Columbus State’s “Low Budget Doll Theatre” Web videos received a coveted Judges' Choice ADDY Award and a silver ADDY from AdFed Columbus last week. The awards were presented to advertising agency Burkholder Flint (which produced the videos) and Columbus State at annual ADDY Awards Show February 28.

Accepting the awards, Burkholder Flint Creative Director Tom Bedway told the audience, “Only one word comes to mind: Really?” Bedway praised Columbus State Advertising Coordinator Nancy Cleland for pushing the firm to produce the creative, irreverent videos.

The videos premiered last fall as a new, experimental way to market the college to a generation of students accustomed to the offbeat, amateur videos popular on YouTube.





Co-Rec softball season almost hereAll staff, faculty or students who are interest in playing on a Columbus State co-rec softball team, please come to the informational meeting at noon March 10 in the gymnasium, Delaware Hall. The league will start on April 18, and games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday nights. For more information, or if you are interested but can’t attend the meeting, please contact Heather Borland at

Professor turns golf hobby into new Web sitegolf photoJohn Wallace, associate professor for the Developmental Education Department, has been working for the past couple of years on a Web site that caters to his favorite hobby, golf.  

He has just about completed a Web site that will allow golfers to find any golf course in the United States, as well as have access to coupons and events that are posted by golf course facilities. All searches are free to golfers.

The Web site name,, is much easier for golfers to remember than individual golf course Web sites, according to Wallace. The site will be supported by fees paid by individual facilities to have their information listed.

Diabetic Support Group to meet March 5The Diabetic Support Group will meet again on Wednesday, March 5, at 12:10 p.m. in Discovery Exchange Conference Room 306. Bring a friend or a family member and find the support you need to live with diabetes. RSVP to Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627 or