January 10, 2005

Welcome to the new Update newsletter online!

To improve the delivery and timeliness of the news at Columbus State, the Update newsletter will now be published on the college's website, www.cscc.edu . At least once a week, employees will receive an email announcing the day's top stories and providing a link to the complete articles on the Update web site.  

The Update web site will also include a calendar of campus events (replacing the What's Happening newsletter) and department and employee news of accomplishments, awards, presentations, publications and more. To reduce the total number of campus-wide emails sent to Columbus State employees, please send your campus-wide announcements--as well as story ideas and photos--to: news@cscc.edu or Suzanne May, Institutional Advancement, Franklin Hall Room 140, 287-5115.

Judge Mathis featured for Martin Luther King Day celebration

The annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at Columbus State will feature Judge Greg Mathis, star of the Judge Mathis television show. His success story as a former street youth and high-school dropout who turned his life around to become the youngest elected judge in the state of Michigan is certain to provide inspiration for the day’s events.

Mathis will speak at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 12 in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Judge Mathis was elected to Michigan’s 36th District Court in 1995. His election became a national story and a symbol of hope for urban youth who are struggling to overcome the pressures and hardships of poverty, drugs and violence. As a teen, Mathis was ordered by a judge to get a GED or face jail time. Mathis obtained his GED and went on to become a civil rights activist, public servant and the youngest elected judge in Michigan.

Mathis’ civil rights and public service career began at Eastern Michigan University where he led the “Free South Africa” and voter registration campaign on campus. In 1983, after graduating from college, he joined the staff of Detroit City Councilman Clyde Cleveland and continued his civil rights activities working with Reverend Jesse Jackson. From 1986 through 1993 he worked for Detroit Mayor Coleman A. Young as manager of Detroit Neighborhood City Halls.

Judge Mathis is committed to helping troubled youth in and out of the courtroom. In 1986, he and his wife co-founded Young Adults Asserting Themselves (YAAT), a non-profit agency that counsels youth ages 17-25 about career and job opportunities, provides job training and offers school and job placement services. The foundation has also opened four pre-schools in Detroit. Mathis also has raised and donated over $2 million for a variety of civil rights, political, church and youth causes.

Judge Mathis has received more than 100 awards and has been honored by numerous governors, mayors, city councils and state legislatures. His life is chronicled in his autobiography Inner City Miracle.

Mathis is Chairman of the Rainbow/PUSH-Excel Board, a lifetime member of the NAACP, and is a national board member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He is married and the father of four.

Arts and Sciences Lecture Series to profile Southwest Indian cultures

In the first Arts and Sciences Division Faculty Lecture for Winter Quarter, Assistant Professor Michael Schumacher will describe the rich cultural life of five distinct Native American groups living in Arizona and New Mexico.

"Cultural Diversity: The Southwest Experience" will detail the Acoma, Havasupai, Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni peoples, who many view as a homogeneous group.   However, on closer examination, there are significant differences between the tribes.   Topics of discussion will include reservation life, economic and social problems, mythology, religious beliefs and ceremonies, family life, and geography of the region.  

The lecture is free and open to the public, Tuesday, January 11 at 3 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room D.