November 17, 2005

B&I, Engineering Technologies open new advanced manufacturing lab

From left, Mary Simpson, administrator of Business and Industry, Dick Bickerstaff, chair of Mechanical Engineering, President Val Moeller, and Congressman Pat Tiberi perform the ceremonial ribbon cutting that officially opened the new IST Lab in Eibling Hall.
Joined by officials from federal and state government and business partners from major corporations, on Monday Columbus State opened a state-of-the-art laboratory on the third floor of Eibling Hall that will enhance manufacturing competitiveness in central Ohio.

The Integrated Systems Technology (IST) Laboratory was funded by a U.S. Department of Labor and Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services grant totaling nearly $1 million, in conjunction with President Bush's High Growth Job Training Initiative for Advanced Manufacturing. The grant and programs are being coordinated by the National Center for Integrated Systems Technology at Illinois State University.

The lab includes modular components for training in electrical, electronic, mechanical, automation and process control areas of manufacturing

"Let's talk about why this lab is important," said President Moeller at the ribbon cutting. "The facility will increase the capacity of local employers to train their current employees, by bringing integrated manufacturing skills together. This training will have a direct impact on our local economy, because with trained employees, companies will be able to retain their current business, as well as expand and attract new business."

"My dad was a steelworker, and so I am familiar with the competition in manufacturing industries," said Congressman Pat Tiberi, who was instrumental in securing grant money for the project. "Back then, Ohio competed with southern states for jobs and facilities. Now it's a global marketplace. This lab will help the private sector to enhance their workforce and compete globally," he said.

Joan Young, instructor in Electronic Engineering, explains how the electrical systems portion of the IST lab works to Jeffrey Scheiman, Columbus State Board of Trustees member.
The programs offered at Columbus State include hands-on training in electrical systems, electronics, hydraulics and pneumatics, piping systems, electronic sensors and basic mechanical devices, as well as principles of how systems interact.

The business development and training aspects of the laboratory will be handled by Carla Gantz, program coordinator in Business and Industry Training, and Dick Bickerstaff, chair of Mechanical Engineering.

Classroom curricula and lab equipment were developed under the leadership of such industry giants as Honda of America Manufacturing and Anheuser-Busch.

"We choose our business partners very carefully," said Liz Smeltz , of Anheuser-Busch. "We have the best equipment available in the world, but we must have the best employees to be able to maintain it. This is a national program, and we chose to work with Columbus State for our maintenance training and development."



Jeff Gruber soars at Bolton Field

Jeff Gruber, left, points out some of the features of the
college's new Learjet to aviation students at Bolton Field.
A love of aviation has kept Jeff Gruber, instructor in Aviation Maintenance, flying high since beginning his career some 17 years ago. In the industry since 1986, he is grounded in his responsibilities to make aircraft fly smoothly.

He still holds a pilot's license, but after flying for a living, Gruber decided being a pilot wasn't for him. Still wanting to remain in the field, he attended Columbus State and in Winter Quarter 1988 graduated from Aviation Maintenance.

Upon graduation, he worked for a Canadian airline and eventually went on to become the third shift supervisor at NetJets. After several years, he cruised over to the Huntington National Bank flight department and served as the chief of maintenance for more than three years. While there, he was responsible for all maintenance functions of the bank's aircraft that flew over 500 miles a year. When the bank closed the department, Gruber came to Columbus State as an adjunct faculty member in aviation maintenance technology in 1999, and he transitioned to full-time instructor in Fall 2003.

"I've always done a lot of training of airplane mechanics, and I enjoy teaching and relating my 17 years of experience to the next generation of mechanics" says Gruber.

He has also enjoyed joining the admissions department on visits to high school career and life classes to discuss aviation maintenance, taking part in Ohio State University's open houses at Don Scott airport, and guest lecturing at OSU.

His latest endeavor is collaborating with Scott Wagner, professor in Law Enforcement, to provide aircraft anti-terrorism training. "We hope to obtain an airliner-style aircraft that we can house at Bolton Field to familiarize SWAT and hostage rescue teams with the inner workings of the aircraft, provide real world terrorism scenarios, and dispel the many myths displayed on television," says Gruber. Still in the planning stages, Wagner and Gruber are working with Sunday Zidonis, project specialist in Knowledge Resources and Planning, and Matt Kelly, executive director of the Development Foundation, to find grants and donors to support the project.

Outside teaching, he also enjoys staying active in other aviation related activities. As an aviation safety counselor for the FAA, he retrains aviation mechanics having difficulties. As one of four Designated Mechanic Examiners for the FAA in central Ohio--Gene Sprang, program coordinator in Aviation Maintenance, and Eric Hogberg, adjunct faculty member in Aviation Maintenance, are as well--Gruber gives the oral and practical examinations for students going into the aviation maintenance field. According to Gruber, "Columbus State students exceed FAA standards, with 98 percent of our students taking the exam."

In addition, Gruber is the vice president and founder of the Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (COPAMA), a chapter of the national Professional Aviation Maintenance Association. Gruber is helping COPAMA, in association with the Professional Pilots Association, organize the Central Ohio Aviation Holiday Party to be held December 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lane Aviation Hangar 3. Tickets, which are $5 per person, are required, and Gruber says anyone interested in aviation is welcome to attend.

When not involved in aviation activities, he enjoys playing a few rounds of golf, riding his Honda VRF 800 motorcycle, and watching 5-year-old daughter Alyson and 8-year-old daughter Katelyn in gymnastics, soccer and ice skating. "After being on the road constantly in the early part of my career, these days I enjoy spending time at home," he says.

Faculty Lecture Series to address the early modern invention of economics

Attorney, activist and long-time adjunct faculty member in Communication Skills Marian Lupo has explored in-depth the invention of the multi-national corporation.

Through her doctoral work in rhetoric and archival research at Ohio State University, Lupo has reconstructed the invention of the corporation as we know it today by tracing its roots to the year 1600 and the founding of the British East India Company.

As part of the continuing Arts and Sciences Lecture Series, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A, Lupo will address the invention of economics and corporations, and who or what is a rhetorical corpse.

Marina Myers and Thomas Lloyd prepare for the band's performance on November 30.
Beethoven, Grant, Joplin and Lloyd to highlight concert

In its annual autumn concert, the Columbus State Community College Concert Band will entertain audiences with classical, folk, and ragtime music, as well as a percussion symphony on November 30 at 8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium.

Highlighting the concert will be adjunct faculty member and pianist Marina Myers performing the last movement of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2, accompanied by the band. She also will join the Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble in William Grant Still's Folk Suite No. 3.

Also featured will be band director Thomas Lloyd's second movement of a Symphony for Band, originally performed by the Madison-Plains High School Band in 1978. London resident Doug Wells, who performed the piece in its debut 27 years ago, will be joined by his son Aaron in this performance.

Rounding out the program will be marches, ragtime by Scott Joplin, and selections by Victor Herbert and Roger Cichy.

The concert is free and open to the public. For questions or more information, contact Thomas Lloyd at

Flexible Spending Account informational meetings to be held

Open enrollment and informational meetings will be held the week of November 28 for employees interested in participating in a Flexible Spending Account. The Flexible Spending Account, which will be offered through a new vendor, will include a debit card option for those employees who enroll in the Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) Flexible Spending Account. Dates and locations of the enrollment meetings will be announced in an upcoming Update.

New non-credit classes just for fun!

Julie Maurer, program coordinator in Continuing Professional Education, reports that several new "fun" classes have been added in time for the holidays. These classes are open to employees and do not require an application to Columbus State.

"Holiday Tea Time" is a class on the high art of hosting a formal tea party, complete with herbal teas, cucumber sandwiches and trifles. The course is offered Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Goodale Center, 947 Goodale Blvd. The class costs $35 per person, and you can register by calling 287-5858.

"Scrapbook Groupies" is a series of four classes on the popular hobby of scrapbooking. In Class 1, January 17, students will learn "Basic Scrapbooking" using tools of the trade. Class 2, on January 24, is "Layout Design, Journaling, Lettering and Titles." Students can take Class 3, January 31, to learn "Paper Techniques," using layers, patterns, and acetate and vellum papers. And Class 4, February 7, deals with "Embellishments," the final touches that make scrapbooks into works of art. Each class meets from 6-8 p.m. at the Scrapbook Groupies store, 1028 N. Hamilton Rd in Gahanna. Cost is $15 per session. To register, call 287-5858.

Students and employees celebrate International Education Week

From left, Misty Singer, enrollment advisor in Admissions, and Vietnamese student Quynh kristy Kha try the Phillipine national dance of tinikling or "bamboo dance." Tinikling dancers imitate the grace and speed of tinikling birds as they walk between grass stems, run over tree branches, or bamboo traps set by rice farmers.

Students, faculty and staff enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about the various cultures and countries represented on campus at the opening celebration of International Education Week on November 15. Dancing, food, drinks, music and photos were enjoyed by all in attendance.




Programming major
Irina Martynova
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Continuing Professional Education to meet needs of baby boomers

On October 30, Julie Maurer, program coordinator in Continuing Professional Education, co-presented "Continuing Education for Baby Boomers: Retiring But Not Shy" with Dr. Christina Butler, consultant with Over60Learning, at the 2005 Association of Continuing Higher Education Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin.

Maurer and Butler are working on developing and implementing a new initiative called The Transition Network (TTN). The purpose of TTN is to design programs and services that meet the specific needs of baby boomers in central Ohio.

TTN, funded by a mini-grant from the Columbus State Development Foundation, is the second phase of "The Time of Your Life" program. The first phase was the Lifelong Learning Institute, which was implemented over a year ago and currently has more than 100 members.

Larrabee awarded Junior Fellowship by Department of Education

Jenine Larrabee, adjunct faculty in Modern Languages, has been awarded a Junior Fellowship by the Department of Education in the English Fellow Program, which is administered by the School of International Training. Larrabee, who has taught ESL and French at Columbus State for two years, will be leaving January 1 to teach ESL in Madagascar.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops discounts available

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is offering all Columbus State employees a $7 discount on tickets to this year's CSO Holiday Pops to be performed at the Ohio Theatre December 2-4.

To purchase tickets, go to the symphony's secure link at To receive the discount, make sure to type in Columbus State Community College in the company/organization space on the order form.