Monday, April 7, 2008

Columbus State to host Chancellor’s forum on affordability of higher education

Eric FingerhutChancellor Eric Fingerhut will lead a panel of experts in a discussion on the affordability of higher education in Ohio.

University System of Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut will lead a panel of experts discussing the affordability of higher education in Ohio on April 16 at Columbus State. The campus community is invited to attend, as are other college and university faculty, staff and administrators; business and civic leaders; and members of the general public.

Attendees are invited to engage in a discussion with the panel about details of Ohio’s new strategic plan for higher education, focusing especially on the issue of affordability.

The one-hour session will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the WD ballroom. Panelists tentatively scheduled to participate include:

The discussion is scheduled to be televised on The Ohio Channel. Seating will be limited, so those wishing to attend are urged to reserve a seat by emailing Vickie Hunter in the Institutional Advancement Office.

Keynote speaker announced for April 25 In-Service Day

David Staley
Dr. David Staley

The keynote presentation at the Spring In-Service Day will be given by Dr. David Staley, President of the local World Future Society and Director of the Harvey Goldberg Program for Excellence in Teaching at Ohio State University.  

Dr. Staley oversees technology in the classroom initiatives for the department, encouraging the thoughtful use of digital technologies for purposes of teaching and scholarship. He is managing editor of the department’s two customized reader publications, Retrieving the American Past and Exploring the European Past. He also oversees many of the department’s public outreach initiatives.   

From 2003-2008, Staley was the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC), and he continues to serve as lead editor for the association’s book series“History, the Humanities and New Technology.”  He is also the president of Columbus Futurists, the local chapter of the World Future Society.

Staley is the author of “Computers, Visualization and History: How New Technology Will Transform Our Understanding of the Past” and “History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future.”His research interests include the philosophy of history and historical methodology, and the history of images.
Also, please check the updated Service Awards List on the In-Service Day Web site if you believe you should be receiving an award this year based on your length of service. If you do not see your name and believe you should receive recognition contact Missy Graham at ext. 5715.


Fifth annual Writers Conference and Workshop coming April 25-26

Sonia ShahSonia Shah, investigative journalist, will be the keynote speaker

Columbus State’s fifth annual Writers Conference will feature a keynote speech by investigative journalist and critically acclaimed author Sonia Shah, whose writing on human rights, medicine and politics has appeared in a range of publications. 

The conference opens Friday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and continues with the keynote presentation in the Nestor Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. The keynote lecture is free and open to the public.

The following day’s conference begins at 8 a.m. in Davidson Hall and continues all day until 4:45 p.m. with a fee of $60 for the day’s workshops; $20 for students with an ID. 

Workshops will include such varied topics as screenwriting with Eric Williams of Blue Arm Productions; working with agents and publishers, by Jennifer DiChiara, who owns a literary agency; to sports writing, with Bob Stein, assistant professor in Communication Skills; and narrative reporting, by Todd Jones of The Columbus Dispatch.

The theme of the conference is “Reality Writing: From Worlds to Words,” and will examine how news can travel instantly in our global village, where everyone can be a “citizen reporter.” 

Keynote speaker Sonia Shah’s presentation is titled “Exposing the Exposé: The Real Stories Behind Journalistic Investigations.”  She is author of the 2006 drug industry exposé “The Body Hunter: Testing New Drugs on the World’s Poorest Patients,” which was hailed as “meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence,” by Publishers Weekly.

Pre-registration (by April 18) is encouraged for the conference. More information, including a list of all presentations, is available at the conference Web site.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25 (In-Service Day), Shah will give a special presentation for Columbus State students and employees, “Writing the World: The Politics of Reporting on Global Issues.” This lecture is not part of the writers workshop and should be of interest to students in a wide range of academic areas. This presentation will be in Nestor Auditorium.

Kids in College summer camp offers scholarships, due May 16
Kids in CollegeApplication forms are now available for the annual Columbus State Kids in College Summer Camps Program, sponsored by the K-12 Initiatives Department. The program is open to children entering the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in September 2008. Cost is $300 for the two-week session, which begins June16 and ends June 27 (during the summer break). 

The program also offers scholarships, with the deadline for those applications on May 16. 

A choice of two learning tracts is offered. The Exploring classes deal with creativity, art, self-esteem, and exploring personal skills. The Tooling classes comprise a technical scientific program with strong emphasis on robotics, environmental science, and computers. 

In addition, the kids enjoy guest speakers and performers, such as representatives from the Columbus Zoo, Kids on Broadway, and Taiko Drumming, as well as field trips to Big Darby Creek (Tooling), the Kelton House and Topiary Garden (Exploring), and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Contact Laurie Johns or Claudia Fowler in K-12 Initiatives at ext. 5961 for applications.

Cougar graphicAthletics department proud of student athletes Winter Quarter
During Winter Quarter, six Cougar athletes earned perfect 4.0 grade point averages, with five additional athletes making the college Dean’s List, according to M.D. Ferguson, athletic director. A total of 16 athletes from men and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and the golf team each earned grades of 3.0 or higher, earning them “scholar athlete” status.



Christopher’s restaurant returns April 24
Christopher's, the Hospitality student-run dining room, will be open for Spring Quarter starting April 24, which is the day before Spring In-Service Day.

The Foodservice/Restaurant and Dietetic Technician majors are designing menus for you to enjoy on Thursdays between 11:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in Eibling Hall 005. The menu will be posted on the Christopher’s site each week.

Plan on joining friends and colleagues in our little out-of-the-way café. 

Staff Employee of the Month committee seeks nominations
Do you know an employee who meets the following criteria: has a positive attitude, is dependable and helpful, goes above and beyond their job description, and is a very valuable asset to your department?

Nominate them for Staff Employee of the Month!

The nomination forms can found on the intranet. The intranet is not available from outside of campus. The form is in PDF format on the “forms” page, under “Human Resources.”