February 18, 2013
Locally experienced leader joins Foundation
A seasoned fundraising professional has arrived at Columbus State to oversee the Columbus State Foundation. Pam Bishop begins her role today as the Foundation’s new Executive Director. The Foundation is responsible for planning, acquiring and distributing charitable gifts to support the college’s strategic goals and priorities, including scholarships to students.
Bishop literally moved down the street from BalletMet where she has served its Director of Development since 2004. During her tenure, she and her team raised more than $2 million annually for BalletMet. She also established a planned giving society and launched a $1.2 million campaign to maintain operations during the economic downturn.
Entering her new role, Bishop said, "I am eager to begin working with Columbus State President David Harrison, the Foundation Board of Directors, and college and community leaders to create a new model for philanthropic support that will advance the mission of Columbus State and, ultimately, help students succeed."
Bishop’s previous experience includes positions with the Columbus College of Art & Design and Children’s Hunger Alliance. She has a B.S. degree from Western Michigan University.
As the Columbus State Foundation Executive Director, Bishop will oversee all charitable giving to the college and coordinate the annual Taste the Future culinary event. Last summer, that single event raised more than $100,000 for student scholarships.
Columbus State students have recognized faculty who made a difference in their learning in 2012 by nominating 70 for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Of those nominated, 35 have submitted portfolios for review by the selection committee. Portfolios will be reviewed this month and from that group ten finalists will be selected for classroom observation. Four final winners will be selected and recognized during an awards ceremony later this year. Learn more about the award at: http://cscc.edu/faculty/DTA.shtml. Congratulations to all of the nominees for 2012:
Members of the Testing Center and Advising Services staff donned their formal finest on Valentine’s Day to make their students feel special! They are, front, from left: Denise Cashon, Michelle Teasley, Lenora Knowles, Alainna Swenson, and Janelle Simms. Top row from left are: Aisha McGrapth, Jason Woljta, Terrence Kennedy, Jean-Claude Ba, Jr., and Sydni Howard.
Improvements being made to student email
Columbus State student email is being upgraded from Live@Edu to Office 365, during the week of Spring Break (March 8 – March 16).
The new student email accounts in Office 365 will include file sharing through SharePoint Online, online MS Office programs for creating and reading documents, instant messaging, and online meetings. Students can find complete instructions online at http://cscc.edu/email.
Jeff Akers, coordinator in the Regional Learning Centers, co-presented with Kadia Reid, a colleague from Franklin University, at the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA) conference held in Worthington January 31 and February 1.
Their presentation, “The New Normal – Nontraditional Students’ Impact on Traditional Institutional Operations,” gave institutional leaders across Ohio a picture of the changing dynamic that non-traditional student populations will have at two- and four-year institutions. Utilizing research from the National Center for Educational Statistics, reports from the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, Back to School by Mark Rose, and other resources, the presentation identified and updated attendees on federal and state guidelines and regulations, and provided institutional best practices for incorporating and managing the needs of non-traditional students.
Cook to have play performed in March
William A. Cook (Bill Cook), associate professor of Humanities, will have one of his plays, “The Promised Land,” performed at Columbus Performing Arts Center on Franklin Avenue, March 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m. and March 24 at 2:00 p.m. The performance will be directed by Joe Bishara, Associate Artistic and Managing Director of CATCO. Tickets are $12 and available at the door.
“Circus” from the Twins and Triplets series by Melinda Rosenberg.
Melinda Rosenberg, adjunct faculty member in Humanities, will exhibit her “Works in Wood” from March 7 – May 5 at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening Street in Worthington. The Artist’s Reception will be held Thursday, March 7, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Two galleries will exhibit the works; one contains sets of wooden wall pieces that are meant to be viewed in comparison to each other called “Twins and Triplets” and in the other is a series of wall sculptures based on a set of toy blocks called "Playing with Blocks."
SEaL to offer Civil Rights writing competition
The Diversity and Study Abroad Programs and the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) Departments will offer a civil rights essay contest for students called “The New Voice of the Civil Rights Movement” in honor of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Students are asked to share their perspective of the present-day civil rights movement and history’s impact on present-day social justice successes and challenges. The deadline is March 8, and the four final winners will receive a scholarship to attend the Civil Rights Heritage Tour. The MLK Holiday Commission, in collaboration with the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission will sponsor
the tour April 2- 6, which will retrace the steps of Dr. King and other civil rights heroes.
The deadline for entries to the contest is March 8. Students can get an entry form in the SEaL office in Nestor Hall.
The Testing Center has made changes to the COMPASS/ESL Placement scores effective on Saturday, February 9. Mathematics and reading COMPASS placement score ranges and the mathematics ACT score ranges have also been adjusted, as well as the courses for which students are eligible to schedule. Writing placement scores have not been changed at this time.