February 3, 2005

Cougar News
hits the streets

The very first delivery of Columbus
State students' publication Cougar News was delivered early Wednesday morning. The new publication is
written, photographed and designed
by Columbus State students, printed
by the Lantern Press at Ohio State,
and supported by advertising.

Winter Quarter 05 enrollment noted at 14th day

The Office of Knowledge Resources and Planning reports that enrollment on the 14th day of Winter Quarter 2005 stood at 20,339.  This represents the paid students as of our census day counts (January 17).  Compared to Winter Quarter 2004, enrollment dipped 9 percent. Please contact Jim Hamberg, Knowledge Resources and Planning, if you have any questions. 

Black History Month kick-off event

The Communication Skills Department will host the 16th National African American Read-In Chain on Sunday, Feb. 7, 4-6 p.m. (Nestor Student Lounge West) and Monday, Feb., noon-1:30 p.m. (Nestor Seminar B). Participants are encouraged to present oral readings, dramatizations, and spoken word from their favorite African American writer, poet, or playwright. Contact Robyn Lyons-Robinson at rlyons@cscc.edu for more info or to sign-up to present.

The history of Black History Month
By April Alexander, EEO Program Coordinator

Although Blacks have been in America as far back as colonial times, their history was not studied or documented until the 20 th century.

"Negro History Week" began in 1926 through the efforts of Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson, who was born to former slaves, worked in Kentucky coal mines during his childhood and enrolled in high school at the age of 20. He graduated within two years and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. He was disturbed that history books ignored the accomplishments of Black Americans and focused on their slavery and inferior social position in American society.

Woodson established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915 and founded the Journal of Negro History . In 1926 he began Negro History Week and chose the second week of February, marking the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln because of the impact they had on Black history.

During the 1976 United States bicentennial celebration, Negro History Month was expanded into Black History Month and is now celebrated annually nationwide.

The national theme for 2005 is The Niagara Movement, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first African American meeting held in Niagara Falls to end racial discrimination.   Watch the Columbus State Update calendar of events for a listing of February events celebrating Black History Month 2005.

Fee Waiver process for Columbus State employees/dependents/spouses

Spring Quarter is quickly approaching, and the HR department would like to review the fee waiver process with Columbus State employees of.

You can review the policy on the intranet at http://intranet.cscc.edu/   Go to College Policies and Procedures, select 3-08(G) under fringe benefits to review the policy.

Please follow this procedure to expedite the process:

  1. Register for classes.

  2. Obtain the form at http://intranet.cscc.edu/, under forms (chose either fee waiver request, employee or fee waiver request, dependent/spouse).

  3. Fill out entire form, including account number, lab fees and application fees.

  4. Submit signed forms to the Human Resources office (Rhodes Hall 115) by 4:30 p.m. on March 16.   Employees who submit their forms after March 16 will be responsible for full payment and will be reimbursed for the fee waiver within 30 days of the start of Spring Quarter.   Spring Quarter begins March 28.

  5. You will receive a confirmation email with in three days of turning in the form saying it was received, approved and has been sent on to Financial Aid for processing.

If you have any questions about the fee waiver benefit, please call Kim Smith, Human Capacity Development, at extension 2407.  

Wireless and dial-up unavailable Sunday a.m .

Information Technologies will be upgrading our authentication server for wireless and CSNet services this Sunday, February 6 . This scheduled upgrade will be performed from 3-6 a.m. Sunday.   During this time all wireless network access and CSNet dial-up services will be unavailable. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Joe Gaines at extension 5370 or Shane Stewart at extension 5970.

Instructional Technologies Institute (ITI) to offer Blackboard seminar

The Instructional Technologies Institute ( ITI) will offer a seminar entitled Beyond Warehousing: Using Blackboard to Enhance Teaching and Learning in Traditional Classes, Wednesday, February 9, from 6-9 p.m. The course will be taught by Deborah Bertsch and Ann Palazzo, faculty in the Communication Skills Department.

"Blackboard is a terrific tool for warehousing course materials--for making handouts, supplemental information, notes, and other items easily accessible to students in traditional classes. But Blackboard offers much more for those students and their teachers," notes Palazzo.   To find out more or register for this free seminar, visit the ITI website at http://global.cscc.edu/2iti/seminar.htm