April 14, 2005

Columbus State starts “Smarter Summer” campaign

This week, the college began sending direct mail advertisements home to 20,000 local university students (and their parents) who might find it convenient to take a class or two at Columbus State during Summer Quarter.

The “Smarter Summer” campaign is designed to draw attention to the fact that Columbus State offers hundreds of undergraduate requirement courses that are affordable, transferable, and often offered in a short-term format to fit hectic summer schedules.

The campaign also includes a radio advertisement and ads running in several large university student newspapers, including Ohio University, Wright State University, University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green University, Kent State University, Miami University, Youngstown State University, University of Akron and Ohio State University.

A designated toll-free phone number will be used in the advertising in order to track response to the campaign.

The direct mail advertisement encourages college students to have a “smarter summer at Columbus State." Click the image for full pdf view.


U.S. Secretary of Education, Governor visit East High for roundtable

U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and Governor Bob Taft, center, listen to East High School students explain their robotics project. Secretary Spellings and Governor Taft were at East April 5 for a roundtable discussion about career academies and the national movement to reform high schools. On hand for the roundtable, press conference and laboratory tours were Columbus State’s  Al Simmons, VP for Minority Affairs,  Dick Bickerstaff, chairman of Engineering Technologies, and Laurie Johns, administrator for K-12 Programs.  Columbus State collaborates with East High School in several ways, including the FIRST Robotics team competition, articulated credit programs, and summer college classes. 

Columbus State receives distinction for online learning

Columbus State has just received the Best Practices in Student Services designation from the Ohio Learning Network for excellence in online learning. 

Kate Carey of Ohio Learning Network said this distinction is “another example of how Columbus State is a leader in e-learning.”

In order to qualify for the Best Practices in Student Services designation, an institution’s distance learning program must meet several qualifications, which include extending resources available to students on campus, such as tutoring and access to library resources, to distance learners as well.

This quarter over 300 online classes are offered at Columbus State and one of every four students are taking an online course.  According to Ed Busher, administrator for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, approximately 7,200 of the 8,000 distance learning spaces are filled, a 10 percent increase from Spring Quarter 2004 .

Because of the flexibility and convenience of distance learning, it’s becoming a popular choice for Columbus State students.  In the coming year, more classes will be offered online, including the Health Information Management Technology degree. 

Currently, there are three degrees, Business Management, Marketing, and Associate of the Arts, and two certificate programs, e-Commerce and Geographic Information Systems, offered online. 

The Ohio Learning Network is an initiative of the Ohio Board of Regents and serves 67 public and private higher learning institutions around the state by helping colleges to support technology instruction while expanding access to educational opportunities for learners.  For more information on the Ohio Learning Network, visit their website by clicking here or to view online classes offered this quarter at Columbus State click here.

Join the Arts & Sciences Division for a lecture on Japanese Wedding Ceremonies

The second presentation in the Spring Quarter Arts & Sciences Lecture Series is “East Meets West: Japanese Wedding Ceremonies,” presented by Linda Berton, faculty member in the Modern Languages Department.

The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 19, 3-4 p.m. in Nestor Hall, Seminar Room B.

Japanese weddings are a combination of traditional Shinto rituals and modern Western customs.  Non-family members do not generally attend the Shinto ceremony; however, Linda Berton, who lived in Japan for three years, was able to experience one firsthand.

CEWD departments on the move

Several departments within the Community Education and Workforce Development Division (CEWD) are moving in preparation for a final relocation into the new Academic Center D upon its completion in early 2006.

The Language Institute and CEWD central registration offices will be moving from 289 Cleveland Ave. to 339 Cleveland Ave until their new offices in Academic Center D are completed.  

The Business and Industry Training Department is moving to the Goodale Center, 947 Goodale Blvd. For more about what’s going on at B&I, please browse visit their website by clicking here

Joining B&I at the Goodale Center are Continuing Professional Education (CPE), which is moving later in April, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is currently at the Goodale address.

The CT building, which is not slated for demolition, will be the temporary home for the Real Estate and Transitional Workforce programs as well as the CEWD administrative offices.

Phone numbers and email addresses will not change.

Employee Celebration planned for May 14

The annual Employee Celebration, an informal picnic and party themed “Maui in May” will be held Saturday, May 14, from 6-10 p.m. at the Bridgeview Driving Range, 2727 Agler Rd.  The party is open to all employees and a guest.  Invitations  have been mailed to all employees’ homes. For more information about the annual Employee Celebration contact Nina Reese, committee chair, at ext. 5495 or email nreese@cscc.edu.

Mobile mammography scheduled to visit campus

The Author G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute’s mobile mammography screening unit will visit Columbus State’s campus on Wednesday, June 8, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Mammograms will be available for women who:

  • Are 30 years old or older

  • Have not had a mammogram in 12 months

  • Are not pregnant or nursing

  • Are asymptomatic

  • Do not have breast implants

  • Have had no previous history of breast cancer

The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women over the age of 40. Women ages 30-34 will need a prescription from their physician to have a mammogram preformed, as insurance may not cover the procedure. Women under 30 are not eligible.                                        

To schedule an appointment call 293-4455 as soon as possible, as space and time are limited.       

Volunteers needed at Franklin Park Conservatory

The International Volunteer Organization is looking for volunteers to participate in the annual beautification of the peace garden at Franklin Park Conservatory. The beautification day will be held Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. To sign up, contact Amy Burrell at ext. 2671 or by email at aburrell@cscc.edu.