Thursday, May 1, 2008

Columbus State among 42 recipients of funding for "Seniors to Sophomores" pilot programSeniors to Sophomores logoProgram offers high school seniors free year of college beginning Fall 2008
Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric Fingerhut recently announced 42 first round Early Adopter grant recipients for Governor Strickland's new “Seniors to Sophomores” early college credit program.  Columbus State received three of the grants to work with high schools in the Columbus City School District, Tolles Career and Technical Center in Madison County, and Liberty Union-Thurston Schools in Fairfield County.

Seniors to Sophomores, unveiled in Governor Strickland's 2008 State of the State address and detailed in Chancellor Fingerhut's 10-Year Plan for Higher Education, is a dual enrollment program that enables academically qualified high school seniors to get an early jump on college. Students can earn a year's worth of both high school and college credit at the same time, for free.  High school seniors who elect to take a full load of courses on college campuses during their senior year will be able to enter a University System of Ohio college on a second-year level, or as college sophomores. 

Seventy-eight grant applications were received and examined by a joint Ohio Board of Regents /Ohio Department of Education review committee.  Forty-two applications were selected to receive the grants.  A full list of recipients is available here:

"We are excited about the outstanding response we have had to the Seniors to Sophomores Early Adopters Program," Fingerhut said. "In addition to implementing a program that makes a college education more accessible and affordable for students, the ideas we're seeing in the proposals show that school districts, colleges, and universities are partnering to find ways to better prepare students - in high school, middle school, and even elementary school - for college and the challenges of competing in a global economy."

A maximum $100,000 grant is available for each partnership.  Funds for the grant will be released to the recipients in July 2008 to plan and begin implementing the Seniors to Sophomores program for the fall 2008 pilot year. Funds may be used to plan for encouraging high school students to participate in all college-level programs, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Tech Prep, Early College High School and PSEO, as long as Seniors to Sophomores is one of the opportunities made available to the high school seniors. The approved plans must have provided a replicable model that will be sustainable beyond the grant period.  



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Kim Aldridge and Dawn Shields with their awards from ASCP.

Medical Laboratory Technology students win national awards

Kimberly Aldridge and Dawn Shields recently were awarded the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) National Student Honor Award for their academic achievement and leadership in the Medical Laboratory Science field. To receive the award, students must be members of ASCP; have second-year standing in a MLT program, have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, and show community service and leadership activities.








Aviation Maintenance Technology hosts Skills USA Aviation Maintenance Contest

High School students compete in the aviation lab
High school students compete in the Skills USA contest held at Bolton Field April 26.

The Aviation Maintenance Technology at Bolton Field hosted the aviation maintenance portion of the Skills USA Ohio Contest at the Bolton Field facility April 26.

Assistant Professor Mark Reed served as coordinator for the event. Sixteen contestants participated in the competition performing tasks in six areas. Judges included full-time aviation faculty Jeff Gruber, Chuck Kassor and Gene Sprang. They were joined by adjuncts Eric Hogberg, Mike Kent and Dave Hessler. 

First place went to Robert Cordes from the Toledo Public Schools Aviation Center. Second and third places were awarded to Miami Valley CTC students Jacob Mergler and Curt Patrick. The Aviation Maintenance Technology is proud to serve the aviation industry in this yearly endeavor.





ERC to host “Pangea Day,” global film festival

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Pangea Day broadcast at Somerset House in London on the River Thames.

Pangea Day is a global event bringing the world together through film—and it’s happening at Columbus State.
In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it's easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that—to help people see themselves in others—through the power of film.

Starting at 2 p.m.(EST) on May 10, locations in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Columbus State, among others, will be linked for a live program of powerful films, live music, and visionary speakers. The entire program will be broadcast—in seven languages—to millions of people worldwide through the internet, television, and mobile phones. Columbus State will broadcast the films from 2-6 p.m. in the WD Conference Center on the 4th floor. The event is free and open to the public.

The 24 short films to be featured have been selected from an international competition that generated more than 2,500 submissions from over one hundred countries. The films were chosen based on their ability to inspire, transform, and allow us see the world through another person's eyes. Details on the Pangea Day films can be viewed here.

The program will also include a number of speakers and musical performers. Queen Noor of Jordan, CNN's Christiane Amanpour, musician/activist Bob Geldof, and Iranian rock phenom Hypernova are among those taking part.

Chancellor outlines plan to reduce cost of college textbooks

Eric Fingerhut addresses the audience
Chancellor Fingerhut talks about textbook affordability.

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut brought together more than 200 major stakeholders at Columbus State Tuesday to help frame an action plan to reduce the cost of textbooks for college and university students across the state.

The cost of textbooks can be a financial barrier to access to college. A key component of Ohio's 10-year strategic plan for higher education, delivered by the Chancellor to the Governor and General Assembly March 31, is making college more affordable.

The symposium at Columbus State included representatives of students, faculty, college presidents, trustees, bookstore managers, business officers, librarians, educational technology innovators, and textbook publishers. The Chancellor invited representatives from Ohio's public and private colleges and universities and requested that each delegation report findings from the day's proceedings to their faculty, administration, and student body leadership.

“The issue of rising textbook costs is a concern for students, parents, administrators, faculty, campus bookstores and others in the higher education community," said Fingerhut. He called for the exploration of a system-wide group purchasing program and digital marketplace, and asked for a commitment from University System of Ohio colleges and universities to take short-term and long-term steps in the 2008-09 academic year to help find solutions for students.

Some other examples included textbook rental programs, faculty textbook adoption policies, textbook library reserve programs, and digital, interactive alternatives to traditional textbooks. 

For more information, including links to presentations shared at the event, visit

Linkages program offers session on Professional DevelopmentNew employees as well as current employees are invited to attend the next Linkages program on Professional Development, May 2, from 8:30–10:00 a.m. in WD 407.

Presenters will be India Ashley speaking about tuition reimbursement, J.D. White on learning construction skills, and Tonya Brown talking about her personal experience.
If you would like your own department to offer a presentation at an upcoming Linkages program, contact India Ashley in Human Resources.