Monday, March 31, 2008

Welcome to Spring QuarterAlthough the month of March is going out like a soggy, disgruntled lamb with a runny nose, spring weather ought to be here soon, and on the first day of Spring Quarter 2008, close to 22,000 students had registered for classes, a 5 percent increase over last year at the same time.

According to Brian Seeger, Knowledge Resources and Planning, concerted efforts on the last day to pay fees resulted in more than 200 additional students being registered for classes, and 700 fewer students being dropped for non-payment than last year at the same time. 

Cougar men’s basketball wins big over break

Basketball players huddle with Coach Carlisle
The Columbus State men's basketball team huddles with Coach Carlisle during a time out in their game against Mott Community College.

The men’s team won their regional tournament and qualified for the NJCAA Division II national tournament just before break, then swept through the national competition  March 19–22 right up to the championship game against Mott Community College, where they lost to become the National Champion runner-up—all this in the team’s first national championship trip!

The Cougars won in the first round over Erie Community College, NY, in a squeaker, 67–64. In the second round, the Cougars won handily over Prince George’s Community College, Md., 78–69. On Friday, March 21, the Cougars beat up on the host college Danville Area Community College, Ill., 77–69, advancing them to the championship game on Saturday against Mott Community College, from Flint, Mich., where they were finally defeated 83–73.

The team earned a place in Columbus State history as national champion runners-up in their first showing at the national tournament. Congratulations Cougars!


Note: Spring Fling moved to May 22
The official date for the 2008 Spring Fling will be Thursday, May 22.

Community Service Award given at March 27 Board MeetingCommunity Service AwardPresident Moeller, left, and Chair of the Board of Trustees Suzanne Edgar, right, present the 2007 Columbus State Community Service Award to Marjory Pizzuti of Goodwill Columbus, Inc.


Margaret Hawkins
Margaret Hawkins

Hawkins presents at a national conference for registrarsMargaret Hawkins, associate registrar, presented “Imaging Student Records” at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) annual conference on March 26 in Orlando, Fla. As Chair of the Community College Issues Committee, she also facilitated a session, hosted a town meeting for community college attendees, and helped to plan next year’s annual conference agenda.    




Annual Aviation Symposium held at Bolton FieldAviation symposium sceneThe Aviation Maintenance Technology hosted the 17th annual Ohio Aviation Maintenance Symposium March 19–20 at Bolton Field. Over the two-day event, more than 425 aviation maintenance technicians and students attended recurrent training. For certificated mechanics holding the Inspection Authorization designation by the FAA, the training is required for their annual renewal. Participants came from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Michigan, Illinois, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The 32 speakers included Columbus State Aviation Maintenance Program Coordinator Gene Sprang, who presented a session entitled "The Dirty Dozen in Action." Participants also had the opportunity to visit 41 vendor displays, which were set up in the hanger of the Bolton Field Facility. 

In-Service Day is Friday, April 25If you would like to present a session at Spring In-Service Day on Friday, April 25, you may email your Call for Proposal form to by Monday, April 14. The theme is “Let’s Talk Tech,” and proposals can be made in two categories: Technology and Best Practices.

Volunteers are needed:
Please email Brenna Michelis or Tracy Koski by 3 p.m. on April 14 if you are interested in volunteering for the In-Service Day on April 25.

Service Awards will be given:
Congratulations to all those receiving service awards. Please verify that your name is on the list on the In-Service Day Web site.  If you plan to participate in the service awards ceremony and/or create an interview video, please follow the instructions on the Service Awards Web page.

“Stand” for women May 11graphic of international figuresLast May, hundreds of thousands of women and girls, along with the men and boys they love, in 75 countries and on all continents of the world stood together in parks, on beaches, in churches, at graduation ceremonies, in their backyards, at school yards or anyplace they could find to stand in a global wave of humanity in support of a better world for our children. We will stand again this May 11 at 1 p.m. time. Please read more about the “Standing for Women” initiative and how it got started at