April 25, 2005

Cougars named to 2005 All-Ohio
Academic Team

Two Columbus State students were named to the All-Ohio Academic Team Wednesday, April 20 at the annual awards luncheon held in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The two couldn't be more different from each other, and yet each represents the best and brightest that Columbus State has to offer.

Sophanit T. Metaferia, "Sophie," emigrated with her family from Ethiopia several years ago and immediately immersed herself in American education, culture, leadership and service. An Associate of Science major with a 3.7 grade point average, Sophie, 21, plans to obtain an M.D. in order to practice medicine in her native country.   She is a Student Ambassador, a vice president in Phi Theta Kappa, an active member of her church, a tutor and lab assistant on campus, and a volunteer in numerous organizations and activities ranging from Children's Hunger Alliance to the American Cancer Society. Sophie was named to the All-Ohio Academic First Team, receiving a $1000 scholarship. She plans to graduate this spring and continue her education.

Mary Hooker-Myers is a 48-year-old wife and mother from Westerville, who dropped out of high school at a young age. A desire to home-school her young son brought her to Columbus State to study, where she discovered a love of teaching and learning. She holds a 3.96 GPA in Computer Programming, and has received numerous scholarships and awards at the college. Mary was named to the All-Ohio Academic Second Team, receiving a $500 scholarship. After graduating this year from Columbus State, she hopes to work in her technical field for a while, then return to teach in the community college environment. Mary has held several chapter and regional offices with Phi Theta Kappa, works as a multimedia technician at Columbus State, serves on Shared Governance and Student Governance, and teaches after school at the Teresa A. Dowd Charter School for Homeless Children.  

At Wednesday's luncheon ceremony, 47 students from Ohio's community and technical colleges were honored with cash scholarships and medallions for their achievement. The students are nominated by the president of their institution to the All-USA Academic Team and based on their scores in the judging, they are ranked by First Team, Second Team and Third-Team All Ohio.   Honda of America Mfg., Inc. donates $15,000 toward sponsorship of the event each year.

"The State of Ohio needs 200,000 more college graduates working here to stimulate our economy," said Edmund Adams, chairman of the Ohio Board of Regents, at the ceremony.   "These 47 students represent our best and brightest. Imagine how our state would prosper with 199,953 more of them!"

Service Award RSVP Alert

Do you plan to be a part of the In-Service Day Recognition Ceremony? The I-Group hopes so. Reserve your seat by going to http://intranet.cscc.edu/inservice/rsvp.htm. RSVP deadline is May 2.

Not sure if you are receiving a service award this year? Go to http://intranet.cscc.edu/InService/index.htm to see if you are on the list. If you believe you should be on the attached list to receive a service award, and you do not see your name, please e-mail Shah Hasan, director of Human Capacity Development, at shasan@cscc.edu.

Maui in May Employee Celebration to include golf scramble

Due to popular demand, the Employee Celebration Committee has arranged a golf scramble before the Maui in May employee celebration May 14. The first tee time will be at 2:00 pm.  The cost is $13.00 per person which includes greens fees and cart.  If you are interested in playing, please contact Mary Insabella at minsabel@cscc.edu.

If you are interested in playing with a certain person or group, please indicate who you would like to play with. Otherwise, you will be assigned to a foursome. 


Academy, Twin Horizons Travel to offer two Culinary Cruises

The Columbus State Culinary Academy has joined with Twin Horizons Travel to offer two "epicurean adventures:" a "New England/Canada Festival of Fall and Food" cruise on the Golden Princess, October 1-8, 2005; and a "Flavors of the Caribbean" cruise on Celebrity Cruise Line's ship Constellation January 14-21, 2006.  

Each cruise will feature private cooking classes on board, regional specialties sampled during excursions on land, and private cooking sessions and tours from the ships' staff.

Prices for the cruises range from $1399 per person for the Caribbean cruise, to $1590 per person for an interior cabin on the New England/Canada cruise.

Carolyn Claycomb, director of the Columbus State Culinary Academy, and guest chefs Steve Stover and Rich Terapak will accompany the cruise participants on board and on shore.   The three will also offer a special class on May 3, at 6:30 p.m. to introduce the cruises and demonstrate some of the regional specialties that will be offered. The class costs $30 per person. Call Twin Horizons at 793-8855 to register.