March 3, 2005


Community leaders meet to honor students, celebrate Women's History

Joining President Val Moeller and Roxanne Price, Director of Student Activities and Athletics, (center and far right) March 1 are, from left, Valerie Still, former professional basketball player; Saundra Schuster, Ohio Assistant Attorney General; Kathryn Sullivan, CEO/president of COSI; Angela Pace, news anchor for WBNS 10TV. The panelists helped congratulate eight Women Student Leadership Award winners and then held a panel discussion in which they discussed how women have changed America in the fields of science, law, sports and journalism.

CSCC  System Maintenance Notification

Systems Impacted:  Datatel Colleague system, COLLIVE Database (live environment)

Outage Date:   March 5, 2005 (Saturday) at 11:00pm
End Time:       March 6, 2005 (Sunday) at 12:00 noon
The Datatel COLLIVE system will be unavailable during this 13 hour window for regular patch maintenance.Status on system availability will be posted on the CougarWeb site at

The following services will not be available during the maintenance window:

Student Functions
Web Registration and fee payment for students at
Degree Audit
Telephone Registration for CATS

Employee/Staff Functions :
Colleague access to Datatel COLLIVE account
Degree Audit
WebAdvisor for employees/ faculty  at

The services listed above will be available after the posted end time. We will send additional notifications, if this time will need to be extended.

Health Care Updates begin March 15

In order to update you on health care costs and new options that may be available beginning in July, the Human Resource Department and the Health Care Committee have planned a Health Care Update that will be held at four separate times:

Tuesday, March 15,
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D

Tuesday, March 15
2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D

Wednesday, March 16
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D

Wednesday, March 16
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room B

Several issues will be discussed, including Columbus State's rate history, what drives health care premium costs, how we as individuals and as a college can affect health care rates, prescription drug coverage, and a review of some of the conceptual models of consumer plans researched by the Health Care Committee. Brian Gatch, Columbus State's health care consultant, will be on hand to answer questions about health care trends and issues.

Attending one of these forums will be important for understanding the state of health care and the options that will be available during open enrollment in May. If you cannot attend or if attendance exceeds seating capacity, Human Resources will schedule make-up sessions as necessary.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Page, program coordinator in Human Resources, at extension 2406.

Theatre Columbus State to offer "Sleep Deprivation Chamber"

Theatre Columbus State's new production, Sleep Deprivation Chamber , begins Thursday and will continue through Saturday. The New York Times described the play as, "the stuff of nightmares from which a person can never wake up completely."

The production will be performed on Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Friday, March 4, at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, March 5, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The play will be held in the Nestor Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

In this autobiographical drama by Adam and Adrienne Kennedy, a broken taillight leads to the brutal beating of a highly educated, middle class black man by a police officer in suburban Virginia. Interweaving the trial with the mother's poignant letters in her son's defense, the playwrights created a gripping examination of the conflicting realities of the black experience in 20th-century America. 

"We're pleased to have award-winning director Frank Barnhart directing the production," said Nancy Kephart, associate professor in Communication Skills and coordinator of Theatre Columbus State. As managing director of Actor's Theater, Frank most recently was recognized by the Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle for his '"fresh" Appalachian update of The Comedy of Errors, which played in Schiller Park last summer.

For more information about the play or Theatre Columbus State, contact Kephart at extension 2534.

CPE department recruiting students for new PCNet program

Columbus State and the Continuing Professional Education department (CPE) recently entered into a contract with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Franklin County Division of Jobs and Family Services (FCDJFS) to form a new job training program.

The PCNet program will prepare 24 students to enter the workforce with training in technology support. Courses in the PCNet program consist of voice and data cabling in computer repair, troubleshooting, and computer server setup and support. Classes will run from March 14 to June 17.

The training program is offered at no cost to qualified students. To be considered for the program, students must be a resident of Franklin County, have a qualifying income level, and have a dependent child (or be expecting a child.) Students also must have a minimum of an eighth-grade reading level and demonstrate an interest in working as a computer or network technician.

It's expected that after completing the program, participants will obtain full-time employment as phone support technicians, desktop computer support technicians, network/phone cabling installers, desktop computer technicians or server support technicians. 

Students must be interviewed, recruited, and assessed prior to March 14. For more information, contact PCNeT coordinator and counselor Jill Short, at ext. 5298.

Panel to discuss "Hot Jobs with Bright Futures" March 4

The National Science Foundation Scholarship Program will present a panel discussion featuring professionals and business owners from high-tech companies, who will talk about finding career success in the fields of computer science, engineering technology and mathematics, Friday, March 4, from 2-4 pm. in Nestor Hall, Seminar Room C.   The presentation is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Acloché, the panelists will be Brandon Smith, director of eBusiness Development Information Control Corporation; Doug Shank, manager of the Columbus practice of Mirifex; Kathy Rausch, founder of Interactive Ink; and Sean Faherty, corporate recruiter for Fifth Third Banks.  

For more information on this panel discussion, contact Janey Vogel, Career Assistance Coordinator, Acloché Career Assistance Center, Nestor Hall Room 119, extension 5279.

Instructional Technologies Institute offers Advanced PowerPoint Friday

MOP200   Advanced PowerPoint

If you are seeking a PowerPoint seminar to take your skills to the next levelthis is the seminar for you. The following topics will be covered during this seminar:

How to plan, setup, and use the master slide tool.
How to embed audio and video into your presentation.
How to create custom animations.
Tips on use of color and fonts.
How to produce your presentation as a website.

Date: Friday, March 4
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Instructor: Mandy Gollhofer

To register for this seminar, click:

Columbus State cheerleaders win national title

The Cougar Cheer Team competed at the AmeriCheer Winter Nationals February 13, held at the Columbus Convention Center in Battelle Hall, winning the Junior College Division Championship for the first time. "The team hit a clean routine and performed to the crowd like champs," said Coach Stacey Johnson.

The competition will be broadcast on the Fox Sports Network in April, according to Johnson, with the date and time to be announced. Johnson was interviewed on a local news station after the championship as well. "The team brought home a national banner, a huge trophy, medals, and national champion sweatshirts for each participant," said Johnson. Congratulations to the Columbus State Cougar Cheer Team!

Huntington Bank Lecture Series to continue with new funding

The Huntington Bank recently committed to continue funding  The Huntington Bank Lecture Series for five years as part of the Support What Works multiyear campaign. The series has brought to our campus such distinguished guests as Juan Williams, Anne Hagedorn, Ellis Cose, Joe Boyce, Ed Ball, Maya Angelou, Will Haygood, Michael D'Orso and Robert Graetz.

"The college is grateful for this generous contribution and would like to solicit your support in making sure future speakers in the series cover a wide breadth of interesting topics," said Alphonso Simmons, Ph.D., vice president of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.   If you have suggestions for future speakers, contact Simmons at or extension 2426.

Tech Prep Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

Dick Bickerstaff , (left) chairman of the Engineering Technologies, and John Marr, Ph.D., dean of Career and Technical Programs, were honored at the February 17 Tech Prep anniversary celebration .

The Heart of Ohio Tech Prep Consortium hosted a reception February 17 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of active College Tech Prep programs. Representing Columbus State were John Marr, Ph.D., and Dick Bickerstaff, both of whom were honored for their pioneering efforts with the consortium over the past decade. Tech Prep programs have graduated more than 6,000 high school students. The latest count (Spring Quarter 2004) shows that close to 500 of these graduates have enrolled at Columbus State. Consortium Director Connie Faddis, Ph.D., says that according to recent data from the Ohio Board of Regents, the consortium's Tech Prep high school graduates are better prepared academically than their peer group as a whole (12 percent fewer requiring remediation in math and 6 percent fewer requiring remediation in English). Says Faddis, "Now that's something to celebrate! "

Columbus State serves as fiscal agent for the Heart of Ohio Consortium, and provides an office for the consortium on campus (Nestor Hall 022). For more information, contact Connie Faddis, Tech Prep Director, at 287-2452 or

Bookstore announces third annual "Eggs-Travaganza!"

Stop by the Bookstore for Easter treats Wednesday, March 9, noon-1:30 p.m. and browse the selection of spring merchandise. Find an egg in the Bookstore and you'll receive an  Easter Surprise: candy, Bunny Money Discount*, or Easter egg cash.

For more information, please contact the CSCC Bookstore at (614) 287-2427, or visit The Bookstore online at .

*Discounts not applicable on textbooks, software, TI-83 calculator, newspapers, and massage tables .