April 3, 2014
Spring In-Service Day right around the corner!
It’s been a whole year since we last met at the traditional In-Service Day—at the fall date we transformed the event into “Day of Service” and volunteered in the community, in honor of the college’s 50th anniversary.
The 2014 Spring In-Service Day will be held on Thursday, April 17, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the morning convocation or general session held in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. We will hear from President Harrison and members of the Student Success Council, then break into two sessions of lunch and the Wellness Fair. Lunch will be served indoors in the Conference Center (WD fourth floor) this year, and the menu will be prepared by our wonderful Hospitality Management students under the direction of Chef Jim Taylor.
At this year’s Wellness Fair, you will be able to visit with local health and wellness organizations, see fitness demonstrations, and even enter for some great prizes from the Columbus State Wellness Initiative. The Wellness Fair will be held in the Nestor Hall Lounges and Seminar Rooms in the lower level.
After lunch and wellness, a large number of break-out sessions have been planned between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Guest speaker Tom Rausch, CEO of Leadership Beyond Limits, will join us for a special session on organizational culture change, along with 16 additional break-out sessions covering a wide range of topics. The schedule is online now, and next week you will have the opportunity to select and register for the sessions you wish to attend, as well as confirming your lunch attendance.
Finally, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., department and divisional meetings will be held where scheduled.
Of special note this spring are two donation drives being held in conjunction with In-Service Day. Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) is coordinating a drive for Goodwill Columbus. Employees are encouraged to bring donations of gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories, as well as household items such as small appliances, dishes, linens, glassware, and etc.
The second donation drive is on behalf of the Mid-Ohio Food Bank's Operation Feed, which helps local residents in need. While monetary donations are always welcome, your donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected on In-Service Day.
Please bring your donations to the circular drive in front of Davidson Hall, where you will see collection trucks available from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Food collection boxes for Operation Feed will also be available at the opening session and at the luncheon.
Columbus State students spend Spring Break in service
While some students spent hundreds of dollars on exotic Spring break trips, a small group of ten students and five staff spent their break learning about our community and doing service projects. The Columbus State Alternative Spring Break, or “Staycation 2014” was a great experience for all!
The focus of “Staycation” was to learn about the needs of our urban community and experience those needs hands-on. Service projects provided participants with a unique and memorable week of service as an alternative to the traditional college spring break.
The students started their week by spending time volunteering at Franklin Park Conservatory where they participated in beautification projects, including plant health care, aesthetics, and spring cleanup like raking, cutting back ornamental grasses, and pruning. The students next traveled to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank where they sorted and packed more than 8,000 pounds of meat to go out to families and individuals in need across central Ohio. The group ended the week at the Franklin County Dog Shelter where they helped make dog treats and prepared materials for the kennels.
The participants also spent two to three hours each day at the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus assisting with tutoring, art projects and mentoring youth ages 6 to 18. To reflect on their experiences, the students participated in a book discussion, daily reflections and group presentations.
Stop over to the Eibling Hall fourth-floor gallery between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., April 8 through 10, to see the annual Columbus State Digital Arts Festival, exhibiting work from our student photographers, designers and artists. The event is designed to educate, inspire and entertain!
Landscape alum featured in Cancer Today Magazine
Elaine Euwer, a graduate of the Landscape Design and Management program, and founder of Helping Hands in the Garden, was recently featured in Cancer Today, an online publication. “Planting Hope for Patients” details how Euwer started Helping Hands, a group of volunteers who maintain the gardens and yards of patients who are undergoing treatment for their cancer. Euwer herself overcame cancer and received the help of friends who maintained her 2 ½ acre property while she underwent treatment in 2007.
David Meyers, supervisor of Business Delivery in Workforce Development, will have his play “Sea Change” included in the Evolution Theatre Company’s “Festival of Plays” by local playwrights, April 24 through May 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinee at 2:00 p.m. in the Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Avenue in Columbus. “The only reason I entered this playwriting contest is because my daughter, Elise, urged me to,” says Meyers. “She knew I had written three one-act plays, but I never did anything with them until now.” Meyers is a prolific author, but says he only recently began writing plays.
Gospel Ensemble performs in April
The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma L. Easton, will end Spring Semester by performing concerts in several venues, including Friday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Delaware; Thursday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Bookstore; and Saturday, April 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the King Arts Complex on the new Amos Lynch Plaza.
Also on Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 p.m., Gospel Ensemble director Emma Easton will present “Ohio’s Gospel Music History,” at the Ohio Village Town Hall at the Ohio Historical Center.
The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a 30-minute concert on Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will be narrated by instrumental music director Thomas Lloyd. The ensemble will perform music by Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and African-American composers Frank Johnson, Scott Joplin, and William Grant Still. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Job database gives students access to career opportunities
Career Quest is our online career/job database that enables employers to post positions, paid internship opportunities, schedule on-campus recruiting, register for career fairs, and sign up to serve as a mentor or externship host. This tool also gives our students a central place to access these opportunities, to develop a professional profile and much more.
If you know of a position that should be shared with our students, or if you know a business that should be referred to this service, please contact Dr. Chandra Bell at email@example.com or extension 5414.
The Columbus State Bookstore will hold its annual Customer Appreciation Sale with 20 percent off supplies, backpacks, apparel, gifts and more from April 7-11. (Employee discount does not apply).