Thursday, May 29, 2008

birthday candlesHappy Birthday celebration for Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) TODAYThe whole campus is invited to celebrate Columbus State's 2nd year anniversary of becoming an AQIP institution. President Moeller will recognize our AQIP teams for their progress on this journey of continuous improvement.

AQIP Anniversary Celebration
Today -Thursday, May 29
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation, CT Room 107


$3 million scholarship program designed to bring adult students back to collegeolder student in classAt Board of Trustees meeting May 22, President Moeller announced the creation of a program that will provide $1,000 scholarships to 1,000 new students age 25 or older for each of the next three years.

The program will be funded with $3 million that became available when college enrollment for winter and spring quarters greatly exceeded expectations. The “Think Again” scholarship program will be the largest scholarship initiative in the 44-year history of the college.

The majority of the funding will be used to provide $1,000 scholarships to new students who either have never been to college or who do not have a degree and have not attended college during the past year.

Columbus State is seeking matching funds from private sources to expand—and possibly double—the number of students served and the overall length of this innovative program.

Ohio’s new strategic plan for higher education calls for a 105 percent increase in the number of college students age 25 and older. “This program is a direct response to Ohio’s strategic plan,” Dr. Moeller said. “Community colleges have been serving adult students for many years, and this is a giant step to expand our efforts to help adults who may have thought they missed their chance to go to college.”

The scholarship program and details about how to apply will be announced in late June, with the first students enrolling for fall quarter 2008. Students who are interested in the scholarship must first apply for admission to Columbus State, which they can do online at

Mammography UnitJames Mobile Mammography Unit on site June 11The James Mobile Mammography Unit will be on campus Wednesday, June 11, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Please call Mammography Services to schedule an appointment at (800) 240-4477 or (614) 293-4455. Please call at least three weeks in advance to schedule an appointment.

The American Cancer Society guidelines state that women over 40 should have an annual mammogram. Take advantage of this quality, convenient service being offered this month.

(Eligibility criteria: not pregnant, not nursing, asymptomatic, no breast implants, no previous breast cancer. You must be at least 35 to have a mammogram. Women between the ages of 35-39 must have a written prescription from their doctor.)

Shared Governance election results completeThe following employees have been elected to serve on Shared Governance councils:

Instructional Support Council
Amy DiBlasi, Business Programs
Charles Kassor, Aviation Maintenance Technology
Rita Krummen, Nursing
Brad Trimble, Business Programs

John Bowen, Business Programs

Michelle Bernett, Business Services
Steve Coleman, Physical Plant
Susan DiFrancesco, Business Services
Micah Jenkins, Information Technology
Maggie O’Brien, Business Services/Accounts Payable
Kim Sherman, Business Services

James Beidler, Communications Technology & PC Services
Jan Ellis, Grants, Loans, and Contracts
Bradley Farmer, Purchasing/AP/Travel
Connie Feeney, Communications Technology & PC Services

Instructional Council
Career & Technical Programs
Faculty, Full-Time
Debra Dyer, Electrical Engineering Technology
Lydia Gilmore, Business Programs
Mary Insabella, Computer Information Technology
Thomas Shanahan, Justice and Safety
Adele Wright, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Faculty, At-Large
John Gabelman, Business Programs
Carla Mayers Bletsch, Veterinary Technology HDVP

Carla Ardinger, Information Technology
D. Tony Goins, Institutional Advancement
Andrew D. Laux,  Development Foundation

Elizabeth Daugherty, Assessment for Student Learning
Angelo Frole, Business Management
Connie Grossman, Allied Health Professions
David Metz, Financial Aid and Veterans Services
Susan Norris-Berry, Off-Campus Programs



wrist watchDeadline Friday for ordering service awardsFor all those who earned an award for service this year, the deadline is fast approaching to order your gift online. Service awards can be ordered online at Please place your order by Friday, May 30. All service awards will be shipped to your home six weeks after the May 30 ordering deadline. If you have questions about your award contact Stillwagon Enterprises at, or call (614) 932-6800.

Service Awards will not be available after May 30 as there are no provisions for late orders in this customized program.

Nursing students hold Health Fair 2008The Columbus State nursing class will hold a health fair June 4, 9:00 a.m.­­–3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge. They will offer health screenings, life-saving information, and free games, plus giveaways every hour and a chance to win a gift basket.

Concert Band to hold Spring ConcertThe Columbus State Concert Band will perform its spring concert on Wednesday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St. The guest soloist will be the church's organist, James Hildreth.  The concert will include several familiar numbers arranged for band and pipe organ including Bach's “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.” The band and organ will perform the local premiere of Dutch composer Kees Schoonenbeek's “Sonata da Chiesa,” whose title, appropriately enough, means a piece to be played in a church. Also on the program are John Philip Sousa's "Songs of Grace and Songs of Glory" and George Frideric Handel's "See the Conquering Hero Comes!" from “Judas Maccabaeus.” The concert will conclude with the band and organ playing the “Toccata” from Leon Boellmann's Suite Gothique.”  The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will also perform. The concert, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, is free and open to the public. For more information contact

Discovery Exchange plans activities during Arts FestThe DX will offer some special musical entertainment during the 2008 Columbus Arts Festival June 6-8 in the Discovery District:

Friday, June 6

Saturday, June 7

Sunday, June 8

And, while the Arts Festival is on, the DX will offer 50 percent off selected art supplies!