March 21, 2005

Financial aid transmitted, notices e-mailed to students

During the past weekend, the college successfully transmitted financial aid to students’ accounts for Spring Quarter—several days earlier in the process than aid was transmitted last spring.

Additionally, e-mail messages were sent to all financial aid students notifying them of the aid transmittal and advising them to check their fee balance online. For students who have excess financial aid, the college will directly deposit up to $500 in their bank accounts on March 24 or 25. For students without direct deposit, checks will be mailed on March 25.

Today (Monday), all students who still owe a balance for Spring Quarter will receive an e-mail notifying them and providing a web link for checking the exact amount they owe. The deadline for payment is Wednesday, March 23.

Grads and Dads

Amanda Renalli, an Associate of Arts graduate at the Winter Quarter Commencement ceremony March 18, reaches for her tassel to switch sides after receiving her diploma on the Veterans Memorial stage. Amanda is clutching a bouquet of flowers given to her on stage by her proud stepfather Mark Mitchell, assistant professor in Automotive Technology.  More than 300 students earned associate degrees Winter Quarter.  Commencement speaker Thomas Katzenmeyer, Senior Vice President, Limited Brands, Inc., gave a heartfelt address, urging graduates to be involved in their community and volunteer for a candidate in Ohio's gubernatorial campaign.

A computer rendering of the proposed Percent for Art project shows how the work will progress from the lawn of the Technology and Learning Center, to the 36-foot sculpture across Cleveland Avenue.

Percent for Art project to be work of Michigan geo-structurist

A multi-piece granite and steel sculpture by Michigan artist and Macomb Community College professor David Barr will grace both sides of Cleveland Avenue beside the Center for Technology and Learning, Academic Center D, and the new retail complex. Construction on the sculpture will begin this summer.

The artwork is funded by the State of Ohio's Percent for Art program, which designates one percent of every state-funded building project for art that will enhance the building site. Barr's $315,000 work will represent one percent of the two newest state-funded buildings on campus, TL and Academic Center D. Academic Center D is scheduled for completion in 2006.

The sculpture consists of several large granite boulders on the south side of TL, which appear to emerge from the earth, entwined with red steel shafts. Across the street between Academic Center D and the soon-to-be-constructed retail complex, a 36-foot red steel sculpture will appear to complete the work. 

The artist was selected by a committee of Columbus State employees including Kathy Weiss, Al Simmons, Jim Spencer, Eric McMillon, Tom Robbins, Karla Short, Mandy Gollhofer, William Cook, and three representatives from the Ohio Arts Council

"The Committee spent a day with artists, studying their presentations," said Committee Chair Terri Gehr.  "There was lively conversation, and though the choice was difficult, the selection of David Barr's work was made thoughtfully and carefully."

Michigan artist David Barr

Barr's sculpture will represent mathematics, geography and nature, much like the artist's other works, known as "geo-structures."

Barr is a graduate of Wayne State University and recipient of the WSU Distinguished Alumni Award. He serves on the faculty of Macomb Community College and has received citations from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and Citizens Concerned for the Arts in Michigan. In 1995 he founded the Michigan Legacy Art Park, "a place where artists could tell the story of Michigan through the fundamental materials of nature." In his home state, Barr's work can be seen at the Chrysler World Headquarters, Flint's Bishop Airport, the Detroit Zoo, the State of Michigan Historical Museum and the Meadowbrook Festival Grounds.

Prior to the Michigan Art Park opening, Barr had established a worldwide reputation. His geo-structurist works include Arctic Arc in Wales, Alaska and Russia, and Sunsweep on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Minnesota and Washington State.   He also has installations in Greenland, Africa, Irian Jaya and Easter Island

David Barr's sculpture
in the "Sawpath Series"
installed in the
Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Health Care Update session added for March 24

Due to the overwhelming response to last week's Health Care Update sessions, the Human Resources Department and the college Health Care Committee have scheduled another Health Care Update for Thursday, March 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall D.

If you cannot attend, but would like more information, contact Ann Page, program coordinator, at extension 2406.

Important Spring Quarter registration information available online and on your desktop

As we continue to prepare for the fee payment deadline on Wednesday, March 23, please be reminded of the following:

• Check the Columbus State web site at, and click on "You've Got Mail" or "Spring Quarter FAQs"   to find helpful information about the fee payment deadlines. Please note that the FAQs have been updated as of March 18.   These FAQs are also available on the Captain Colleague web site at, then click on "FAQs"

• A window box will appear on employees' computer desktops beginning the week of March 21 to keep the campus informed of the status of fee payment, drop for non-payment, communications to students, and information about college news and events. Please read this information carefully when it appears.

Summertime class includes two weeks in Greece

Columbus State students can spend two weeks this summer learning in the land of Homer: no, not Springfield, the hometown of the Simpsons. The class is going to Greece.

Columbus State is offering a unique eight-week course on Ancient Greek civilization (HUM 299) this summer that includes a trip to Greece. The flex-term course is designed to meet the scheduling needs of teaching professionals, college students, and business people who can spend two weeks away from work in June.

The course begins June 10, with a departure to Greece. Upon return to Columbus on June 25, students will finish the class by participating in a web-based course and learning more about the wonders of the Ancient Greek world.

Students taking the course for credit will be required to enroll at Columbus State and will earn five hours of credit. Teaching professionals are not required to pay for audit credit, and on completion of the program may submit to their local LPDC for up to five CPUs.

The cost of the trip is $2,980, which includes airfare, ground transportation and some meals. This price does not include Columbus State tuition (approximately $380). The first deposit for the trip is due April 3.

For more information or an application contact Assistant Professor Mark Bocija at ext. 5049 or

Sunny 95 Breakfast Break

Sunny 95 radio station will be bringing their Breakfast Break to the Delaware Hall gymnasium 7:30-9 a.m. March 22, thanks to Trish Jenkins in IT, who entered a contest for the prize, breakfast, giveaways, prizes, caricature drawings and massages are on the menu.

Cafeteria spring break hours

The Grill and the DC Sub Kiosk will be open during spring break from Monday, March 21, through Friday, March 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Catering requests can still be made by contacting Dan Henrie at ext. 5547.

Also, the cafeteria will be giving away an NCAA Finals chili and sub party for 10 on April 4. Sign up for your chance to win.