February 10, 2005

February 10, 2005
Suzanne May

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter to be featured speaker at Black History Month program

The life of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter has taken many twists, from obscurity to acclaim and back again.   Carter's boxing career began in 1961, and his furious fighting style made him a crowd favorite. A sportswriter nicknamed him "The Hurricane" and it stuck.   Five years later, while preparing for a world championship fight, Carter was arrested for a triple murder. Although maintaining his innocence, he was convicted and sentenced to three life terms, narrowly escaping the electric chair.

Carter will speak to a Columbus State audience on Monday, February 21 at 11 a.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium at the Black History Month Celebration program entitled "Voices Raised for Freedom." The presentation is free and open to the public.

In 1974, upon the publication of his autobiography and the recantations of the state's two key witnesses, Carter's case attracted national attention.   He became a civil rights cause célèbre and was the subject of a Bob Dylan song "Hurricane."  A new trial ensued, but the results were no different than the first trial.   Finally, after a third trial in 1988, the 22-year-old indictment was dismissed.

After his release from prison, Carter spoke with former President Clinton on issues related to the death penalty, addressed the General Assembly at the United Nations, and spoke alongside Nelson Mandela.   Carter recently resigned from his position as executive director of the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted, an organizations that he founded.  

The Black History Month Celebration is sponsored by the offices of Institutional Advancement and Multicultural Affairs.

Valeria Milner, (with daughter Valeria) a transfer student from Columbus State
now attending Smith College on scholarship, shares her story in the
2004 Report
to the Community.

Annual Report to be distributed

The Columbus State Report to the Community 2004 has been printed and will be distributed to all employees through interoffice mail next week. Featured in the report are several student success stories that you may not have read about before.

Human Resources announces list of new hires 

The following are new employees of Columbus State and their respective departments:

Erika Miller - Program Coordinator, Off Campus Programs
Allen Parsons - Academic Advisor, Counseling and Advising Services
Joyce Mines - Office Associate, Upward Bound/Student Support Services

Thank you for supporting tsunami victims

The Auxiliary Services department wants to thank the students, faculty and staff of Columbus State for your gracious donations to the United Way relief effort.   Your act of kindness has enabled the college to present a total contribution of $1,368.75 to the United Way South Asia Response Fund. This money will aid in bringing some relief and restoration to the lives of the tsunami victims in South Asia and coastal Africa.   Special thanks also to the departments that assisted in collecting and managing the donations at the drop-off locations, the copy center staff for providing the collection materials, and the Auxiliary Service Accounting department for their daily trips to retrieve the collections from all the areas. Once again the Columbus State Community has demonstrated their generosity and compassion.

GED essay winners earn scholarships

Four local students enrolled in GED programs have earned $500 scholarships for their winning essays in the "Envisioning Possibilities" writing workshop and essay contest.

The contest, held in conjunction with Make a Difference Day, was organized by a planning committee from the Communication Skills department, Community Education and Workforce Development, SEM, Student Activities and Athletics and the Development Foundation. GED students told a story about a person, an event, or a situation in their lives that helped them understand how education opens up possibilities.  

Twenty students from St. John Learning Center, Union County ABLE, Columbus State's Academic Enrichment program, Columbus Public Schools, Franklinton Learning Center and the Godman Guild participated in the workshop and submitted their works to the review committee.   

The essays were compiled and published in a booklet distributed at the awards ceremony held January 28 at Columbus State.  

The winners were Ryan Bailey, from St. John Learning Center; Dara Maria Flesch, from Columbus Works, Inc.; Rodrigo Gonzalez, from the Franklinton Learning Center; and Elise Lerner, also from Franklinton Learning Center.

For a copy of the Envisioning Possibilities essay contest winners booklet, contact Deborah Bertsch in the Communication Skills Department, extension 5860.

Christopher's open today at 11 a.m.

Check the Christopher's menu for today's specials from the students in the Hospitality Management program.
Christopher's is open from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the lower level of Eibling Hall.