October 3, 2005
Lance looks west toward busy retirement
Lance in the classroom in the mid 70s.
Larry Lance is one department chair who won't be sitting in one much now that he's retired. The athletic and active Lance has sports and travel on his agenda, grandkids to visit, and mountains to ski out west, and he and his wife Jeanne are already on a cruise ship celebrating his retirement and enjoying the peak color season along the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Lance joined the college in 1968 as a math instructor for Columbus Technical Institute. Ten years later he was made Chairman of the Mathematics Department, but he continued to teach a class or two, usually in the evenings, for the next 27 years. "He liked to keep in touch with the students," said Mary Wanamaker, office associate in Mathematics. "He usually taught one evening class because he enjoys teaching. I wouldn't be surprised if he continues to teach an occasional class as an adjunct during his retirement. He's a people person - he'll miss the people." she said.
This past summer, Lance served as interim dean of The Arts and Sciences while Dr. David Hockenbery was on sabbatical. Because turnabout is fair play, while the search for a new Mathematics Chair goes on, Hockenbery will serve as interim chairman of Mathematics.
According to Wanamaker, one frequent destination for the retired Lance will be northern California, where his daughter Jennifer and two grandchildren, Mikayla and Dylan, live. "He loves to spoil those grandkids," laughed Wanamaker. Another daughter Jackie lives in Alabama, so some southern trips are in order as well.
Larry and granddaughter Mikayla.Lance was born in Findlay and grew up in Toledo and Maumee. His sister Cheryl Lance Noonan remembers tagging along with her older brother to school newspaper meetings, plus lots of football and baseball games, and although she was seven years younger, "I knew lots of upperclassmen and especially girls because he was popular with the women!"
And who can forget the tales of Breckinridge, Colorado, that we all heard at the Spring 2004 In-Service Day video? Lance and friend Jay Benedict, administrator of Curriculum Management, have owned a condominium in the skiing paradise for many years and enjoy slaloming the deep powder on double black diamond trails in the area. Both are expert skiers, they say.
At the Math Department's going-away party September 23 at The Confluence Restaurant, more than 70 staff, faculty and friends roasted Lance, with Master of Ceremonies Greg Goodhart hosting. The department presented an Ohio State golf bag to Lance, who is both an Ohio State fan and an avid golfer. According to Goodhart, someone told a story of the "Dead Celebrity 5K" run, in which Lance, Hockenbery and Melissa Luebben ran dressed up as the Marx Brothers. Larry dressed as Karl Marx, but the judges didn't "get it" and the trio did not win the costume contest.
"We're certainly going to miss him," said Goodhart. "He'll be hard to replace. He is fair, friendly--just an overall good guy."
Autumn Quarter sees increase in enrollment online and at off-campus centers
Autumn Quarter enrollment is up at Columbus State, with more than 22,000 students enrolled, and nowhere is that increase more evident than at the off-campus centers and in online classes, with significant enrollment increases since Autumn 2004.
In 2004, off-campus centers' total enrollment for the week of September 26 through 30 was 4,856. The Autumn 2005 same week comparison shows 5,418 students enrolled, an 11.57 percent increase. The centers with the greatest increase in enrollment include: Tolles has gained 47 students (361 percent), South-Western Center at Grove City has gained 66 students (86 percent); Gahanna Center has gained 83 students (24 percent), Westerville has gained 278 students (18 percent), and Southeast has gained 79 students (15 percent).
"Our increase in enrollment can be attributed to many factors," said Susan Norris-Berry, administrator of off-campus centers. "We carefully scrutinized the courses in order to maximize time efficiencies and the sequencing of courses, as well as to make sure we are offering the combination of classes that make sense for our students."
She said, "At Tolles, the introduction of Practical Nursing core courses and required pre-requisites has significantly impacted our enrollment. And the open houses we held in conjunction with Enrollment Services, Financial Aid, and Institutional Advancement at the South-Western Center at Grove City and the Westerville Center increased our visibility in the community and made it convenient for students to apply for financial aid, as well as apply to the college and register for classes."
Online courses are faring even better for Autumn 2005, with 8,315 students, a 36 percent increase over the Autumn 2004 enrollment of 6,129.
"Over the years online classes have been increasing in popularity with students who not only want to take the classes offered, but also have access to take courses that are convenient to them," said Ed Busher, administrator for distance learning and instructional technology. "This can be seen by the fact that of the 10,000 seats available, 85 percent are currently filled."
As for the success of students in distance learning courses, Busher says, "Our completion rate for students in online courses is 84 percent, the highest it's ever been. To help ensure student success, we provide faculty with an online instructor training course to guide them through teaching online, as well as provide students with online tutoring, advising, and instruction with faculty on how to succeed online."
As previously stated in Update, Columbus State has been working diligently with UnitedHealthcare to resolve issues that have recently come up concerning claim processing and payments by UHC. The problem has been rectified and claims are being paid, with 85 percent of the claims auto-adjudicated, so most have already been processed. A few claims may need to be done manually, which may take five to 10 days to be completed. All claims are typically sent out within five days of the claim being processed. This will correct all claims that had previously been pending by UHC. If you have questions or problems, please contact Human Resources at 2408.
Paul Carringer named Elite Pace Team Athlete for the 2005 New York City Marathon
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