December 1, 2005

Columbus State part of $250,000 project to improve and standardize computational science courses in Ohio colleges

Tidal waves, viral infection, and the sociology of peer pressure. No, those aren’t the themes of the latest blockbuster movie, but just a few of the disparate topics that are being explored using computational science.

Columbus State is participating in a new National Science Foundation project to help Ohio’s college and university students expand their knowledge in this emerging field.

The $250,000 project is designed to help educators and researchers develop computational science instruction for undergraduate students attending many Ohio colleges, including Columbus State.

Educators and researchers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), Capital University, and the Ohio Learning Network (OLN) will lead the two-year study to improve and standardize undergraduate computational science course curriculum at Ohio’s two- and four-year institutions. Columbus State is one of only two community colleges to participate in the study. The other is Sinclair Community College in Dayton.

The study also will focus on promoting opportunities for minority students to study the field of computational science.

Computational science is an emerging interdisciplinary field that utilizes mathematics, computing and science to advance knowledge in fields such as biology, chemistry, engineering, and physical, computer and social sciences. Computational science also has the potential to make those fields more exciting and accessible to undergraduates.

Some examples of research using computational science models include such varied topics as the formation of tidal waves, the effects of various drugs on the human body, viral infection of cells, and the sociological results of peer pressure.

Mathematics Professor Gerald Mueller

According to Eric Stahlberg, a senior researcher at OSC, involving undergraduate students directly in advanced projects allows them to experience opportunities, apply their education, and see how they can personally help shape the future in many disciplines.

According to Gerald Mueller, professor in Columbus State’s Mathematics Department, Columbus State could begin to offer a program in computational science within the next few years. “Our goal would be to offer most of the courses required of the computational science minor, but several courses would not be taken until a student’s junior and senior years,” said Mueller.

Mueller is serving as the campus coordinator for the grant project. Mort Javadi in Biology and Kent Fisher in Physics are also participating by developing course modules in their disciplines that illustrate computational science modeling and simulation tools. “These modules can then be used in a variety of existing math and science courses, as well as any future courses in computational science that we might offer,” said Mueller.

Research on improving cyber-infrastructure will be coordinated and assisted by OSC and will involve faculty and students from a consortium of nine Ohio schools that will develop computational science modules for delivering course content tailored to community, four-year, and minority-serving colleges. The materials will meet educational objectives for computer science courses, and Internet video technologies will facilitate shared instruction over Ohio’s Third Frontier Network (TFN).

Teaching undergraduate college students how to create and deploy computer simulations as a standardized component of biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering courses will determine whether Ohio and the United States maintain a leadership role in these fields.

Many science courses have had content guidelines in place for a number of years, but for newer areas of science, such as computational science, there are no universally agreed upon content guidelines regarding what should be taught to college undergraduates.

OLN Executive Director Kate Carey said Ohio has the opportunity to build a very strong computational science initiative, and this project offers students the opportunity for excellent learning experiences regardless of which Ohio institution they attend.

“What business and industry does in the 21st century is vastly different than what they did in the 20th century,” Carey said “We need to have educated and skilled Ohioans who are trained in the computational science techniques that will drive innovations for research in business and industry in the coming 50 years.”

An education advisory committee that includes representatives from Ohio institutions Parker Hannifin, NASA Glenn Research Center, Proctor & Gamble, Battelle, Merck, Optimer Photonics, and Libbey will provide direction and recommendations for the project. The committee will review the proposed curriculum and learning outcomes and offer advice on program requirements that will produce students prepared for internships and full-time employment.


Business Services closed December 2

Business Services including the Cashier’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Grants, Contracts and Loans, Purchasing, Accounts Payable, and General Accounting will be closed on Friday, December 2 for a department retreat.

Second Annual Advanced Adjunct Faculty Leadership Program announced

Applications are now being accepted for the second Annual Advanced Adjunct Faculty Leadership Program. The program, to be held January 20, February 17, and March 10, will assist participants in instructional technologies, advanced pedagogy, learning styles, and classroom management.

The three-day workshop will give instructors the opportunity to develop an advanced view of learning styles, develop assessment tools that measure learning, and integrate technology that enhances the teaching and learning process. Instructors also will participate in an on-line learning community, read Ken Bain’s highly acclaimed book "What the Best College Teachers Do", and complete a final project applying workshop skills in the classroom.

According to Ed Busher, administrator for Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, “Participants from last year’s inaugural program commented that the experience helped them rethink their teaching approach and allowed them to add new techniques to already accepted ways of instruction.”

The program will again be facilitated by Dr. Carol Himeloch of Cleary College, Michigan. Himeloch holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is currently an associate professor focusing on adjunct faculty development.

The program is voluntary and limited to 20 participants. Adjunct faculty who have at least nine quarters of teaching experience, have a planned teaching assignment for Winter Quarter 2006, have their chairperson’s endorsement, and are willing to use Blackboard are eligible for the program.

Applications for the Advanced Adjunct Leadership Program will be emailed to Columbus State adjunct faculty and will also be available until December 30 in Davidson Hall, Room 205.

For more information, contact Ed Busher, Tonette Baldin, chair of Civil Engineering Technologies, or Karen Muir, chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Parties scheduled next week for December retirees Boyce, Kockentiet, Campolo

Tony Campolo, professor of Finance, teaching students in Delaware 120.
After serving Columbus State for 26 years in various departments from Health and Human Services, to Business and Industry, Behavioral Sciences, and the Data Center, Evelyn Boyce, program coordinator in Information Technology, will be retiring to enjoy time rehabbing houses.

To help kick start her retirement, Information Technology will
be throwing Boyce a party
Tuesday, December 6, from 2-4 p.m., in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A.

Two long-time business faculty members will also share their retirement party next week. Jack Kockentiet, professor of Accounting, who started teaching at CTI in 1972, and Tony Campolo, professor of Finance, who began in 1977, will retire with a combined 60 years of service at the end of this quarter. The department will host a party for them on Wednesday, December 7, from 2-3:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall 432.

Jack Kockentiet, professor of Accounting, providing a little one-on-one time with a student.
Also, don’t forget about the joint retirement party being thrown by Disability Services and the Development Foundation for Donna Chambers, interpreter in Disability Services, Claudia Bergquist, counselor in Disability Services, and Joyce Falk, development coordinator for the Development Foundation, on Friday, December 2 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D.

All are welcome to join in the celebrations and wish everyone a happy retirement.






Chorus Columbus State to perform at Museum

Chorus Columbus State performs under the direction of Gordon Franklin in the Derby Court of the Columbus Museum of Art.

Students and members of Chorus Columbus State will perform their Autumn Quarter Choral Concert, Sunday, December 4, at 3 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad Street. The concert is free and open to the public, and free parking is available in the State Auto parking lot on Washington Ave.

The Chorus will be accompanied by the Jazz Times Four group from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. The concert will include about 20 short numbers, including Swingle’s Singers Bach, works by Gilbert and Sullivan, and light jazz. For more information about the concert, contact director Gordon Franklin, at ext. 5046.

Bridgeview offering discounts on memberships
Looking to play a little more golf next year? Once again Bridgeview Golf Course is offering a substantial discount on memberships for Columbus faculty and staff. Memberships, which include the golf course and driving range, are $399 for Columbus State employees—a $300 savings over the regular rate.

According to Jeff Pruzinsky of Bridgeview Golf Course, “Memberships can be given to others and make great gifts.” Memberships need to be purchased prior to January 1 and are valid for one year.

If you have questions, please call Jeff Pruzinsky at 614-471-4257 or email him at

Second Saturday Writers Workshop announces meeting

The December meeting of the Second Saturday Writers Workshop will take place from 2-4 p.m. December 10 at Le Chatelaine on High Street in Worthington. The group is a very informal gathering of aspiring writers drawn from faculty, staff, advanced students and the community. Everyone is welcome to attend this free group, but lunch is on your own.

In other news, the Second Saturday Writers Workshop will publish its second Columbus State Development Foundation mini-grant funded chapbook in July. Submissions will be collected until May 23. If you’d like to submit an item or for more information, call Karen D’Arbanville, adjunct faculty member in Communication Skills, at 614- 287-5377 ext. 8214.

Important dates for paychecks

During the upcoming holiday season, Human Resources wants to make sure all employees receive their paychecks in a timely and accurate manner. Since every employee on campus is critical to the successful achievement of this goal, Human Resources requests that you take a look at the calendar below covering the due dates for timecards and payroll action forms for December and the upcoming quarter. It is especially important to pay close attention to this schedule because of the upcoming holidays and breaks.

The schedule below can help you with submitting leave request forms, payroll actions and time cards on time. The due dates are when supervisors should submit the forms to the Human Resources Payroll Team.

The college pays employees on the 15th and the last day of each month. Should that day fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, pay day will be on the last work day prior to the holiday or weekend. The calendar below will be updated quarterly and published in Update.

Timecards/Payroll Action Forms Due
December 16, 2005 December 30, 2005
January 3, 2006 January 13, 2006
January 17, 2006 January 31, 2006
February 1, 2006 February 15, 2006
February 16, 2006 February 28, 2006
March 1, 2006 March 15, 2006
March 16, 2006 March 31, 2006
April 3, 2006 April 14, 2006

If forms are not submitted by these dates, employees’ paychecks may be short of what they are due, or a paycheck may be missed and will need to be paid on a subsequent payroll. Please note that special paychecks will be issued only in cases of “extreme hardship,” a circumstance that will need the approval of the Cabinet member who oversees the division.

Human Resources appreciates your collaboration in this effort to ensure the Payroll Team can promptly and accurately pay the College’s employees.

Early feast

Deane Cobler, assistant professor in
Hospitality Management, attends to a
table full of Seibert Elementary School
students who visited his department for
a pre-Thanksgiving Day feast
November 22. A number of the children
enrolled at Seibert are Somali and were
sampling traditional American holiday
fare for the first time, according to Jim
, assistant professor in Hospitality
Management, who helped coordinate
the banquet.



Employees asked to verify W-2 information

The Payroll Department of Human Resources is preparing for the 2005 year-end W-2s that will be distributed by the end of January 2006.

To ensure that everyone receives their W-2, payroll asks that you verify your address printed on your pay stub. If your tax information needs to be changed or you have moved and need to change your school district information, you must complete a new W-4. New W-4 forms are available in Human Resources/Payroll Department in Rhodes Hall during regular office hours, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you have any questions, contact the Payroll Department at ext. 5617, 5791 or 2422.

Bowers runs NYC Marathon in 4:42

Mike Bowers, director of the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State, received a medal for running and finishing the New York Marathon on November 6 in 4:42.

His next big race was the 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving, and he is looking forward to the December 4 Jingle Bell Run and the Chicago Marathon next year.

Mike Bowers, director of the SBDC