October 24, 2005


Columbus State tops in Ohio for enrollment growth

Autumn quarter 2005 enrollment at Columbus State rose 5.1 percent over last year, according to figures released Friday by the Ohio Board of Regents. The college’s increase of 1,062 students is the largest in Ohio.

While overall enrollment at all Ohio colleges and universities declined 0.3 percent from last fall, enrollment at Columbus State rose from 20,726 to 21,788 in total preliminary headcount. Columbus State’s autumn enrollment has risen five of the past six years.

“We took a number of steps over the past year at Columbus State to make higher education more accessible in central Ohio,” said President Val Moeller. “For example, we kept tuition costs down, we expanded online course offerings, and we went out into the community to offer free financial aid workshops.”

Columbus State now offers more than 320 on-line courses, and preliminary figures show that enrollment in the college’s on-line classes has risen more than 40 percent over autumn 2004.

Photography exhibit to celebrate life in Mexico

A July trip to Oaxaca, Puebla, Cuetzalan, and San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico inspired Tom Robbins, professor of Architecture, and his wife Sam to take lots of photographs.

Since they’ve returned, the two have organized “Fotografias de Mexico,” a black and white photography exhibit, on view October 29 through November 29 at the MPX Gallery, 3313 N. High Street.

The traditional silver gelatin prints show a variety of images of the people and life of Mexico, including street scenes, marketplaces, and even activities in a private kitchen during preparations for a party.

“We were quite honored to be included among the guests and wound up taking pictures as the women made tortillas and rice, among other delicious items,” said Robbins. “Dancing was also on the menu and we did our best to keep up.”

Of the blended exhibit, Robbins said, “My shots tend to be more architectural, and Sam’s tend to get a closer view of the people. We frequently cross over on subject matter, but together we capture the flavor of an area much better than we would separately.”Everyone is welcome to attend the opening reception November 5 from 7–9 p.m.

Normal gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m


Kaczmarek wins Editor’s Choice Award

Steve Kaczmarek, associate professor in Communication Skills, was among the winners of an Editor’s Choice Award for Best Chapter for his contribution to The Horse, Reporter, and Two-Face, a Hemingway-esque novel project cosponsored by The Columbus Dispatch and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Participants from throughout central Ohio were selected to collaborate on one of seven online novels started by Dispatch writers. Each participant was given four days to write his or her chapter, which continued events developed in the previous chapter. A reception was held for winners at the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library in September. 

Jeff Trent celebrates National Chemistry Week with Columbus State

Jeff Trent, adjunct faculty in Biological and Physical Sciences, brought science to life at Columbus State during the celebration of National Chemistry Week, October 16-22. Sponsored by the American Chemical Society, the event brings together businesses, schools and individuals to promote the importance of chemistry to the quality of life. This year’s theme “The Joy of Toys!” had a goal of reaching elementary and secondary school children, as well as the general public, with a positive message about chemistry.

 Trent shared his love of chemistry with faculty and staff by distributing literature and  entertaining everyone with an interactive exhibit and demonstrations during In-Service Day on October 19.

Jeff Trent concocted his own batch of slime for the entertainment and education of employees at In-Service Day, including, Development Foundation staff members (from left) Martha Renda and Joyce Falk.

Language Institute celebrates with Somali community

Columbus State’s Language Institute’s My Future/My Success after school program for Somali students participated in the national Lights On Afterschool! event on October 20 by joining with parents to serve Somali food and enjoy a story read by Karen Jackson from OSU Extension.

A project of Afterschool Alliance—a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring all children have access to quality, affordable afterschool programs by 2010—Lights On Afterschool! calls attention to programs that keep children safe, inspire learning, help working families, and provide opportunities to help young people develop into successful adults.

Diane Schneider Farmer, coordinator in Community Education Workforce Development, enjoys sharing time with My Future/My Success students during Lights On Afterschool!

Nursing department raises money for the American Diabetes Association

A team from the Nursing Department, Nurses ’R’ Us–Team Columbus State  raised over $550 for the American Diabetes Association in the Walk for Diabetes on October 8 in the Arena District.

Members of the Nurses ’R’ Us team include, (front row from left) Barbara Kerr, Lorraine Boyd, Diane Schiffer, Angie Holley, and (in stroller) Gabbi Justice and (back row from left) Susan Farus-Brown, Chad Brown, and Kip Holley. Not pictured: Dana Buechner and Chrissy Justice.