April 7, 2005

Join the president for lunchtime book discussion

President Moeller is kicking off a new series of book club discussions open to all Columbus State employees.  President Moeller will choose a new book each quarter to read with a group of employees and discuss in an informal, brown-bag lunch setting.  Val’s Book Club will be limited to 30 participants each quarter, and the book will be provided free of charge to those signing up.

For Spring Quarter, the group will read and discuss Good to Great, by Jim Collins.

Good to Great has been very influential at colleges and universities across the country,” said President Moeller, “and its messages are especially valuable for us in the rapidly changing world of the community college.”

Collins, co-author of national bestseller Built To Last, is a student of enduring great companies, a teacher to leaders throughout the corporate and social sectors, and a former faculty member at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently owns a management research laboratory in Boulder, Colo.

Good To Great analyzes “why some companies make the leap…and others don’t.” The book also details what kind of leadership is required to achieve greatness; how great companies transcend the curse of competence; how combining the culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship creates great results; how great companies think about the role of technology; and why radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail.

To sign up for the spring session of Val’s Book Club-and pick up your copy of the book- contact Vickie Hunter in Institutional Advancement by email at vhunter@cscc.edu by April 15. The first Book Club discussion to talk about Good to Great will be held May 18 at noon in Nestor Hall Seminar Room D.

Disability conference expected to draw 800 to Columbus in May

Solidarity, Ohio's oldest and largest conference planned by and for people with disabilities, is expected to draw more than 800 attendees to its 8th biennial event May 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency and Convention Center in Columbus.

Wayne Cocchi, Columbus State's director of Disability Services, will be coordinating an accessible computer lab that will include adaptive software and hardware for the attendees to experience, also allowing them to use the Internet while at the conference.

Two nationally-recognized keynoters will underscore the conference theme of "Civil Rights: Your Rights and Responsibilities" –Michael Winter, director of the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Civil Rights, and Jim Dickson, vice president for governmental affairs for the American Association of People with Disabilities.

The third keynote speaker will be Juliette Rizzo, director of communications and media for the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. She's also the current Miss Wheelchair America.

A conference highlight will be the Statehouse visit by attendees to speak with their local legislators.

Solidarity 2005 will offer 37 educational workshops on current issues impacting Ohioans with disabilities. More than 40 exhibitors will display new assistive technologies or provide educational and employment information. An arts fair, heath fair, computer lab and nightly entertainment are also included.

For registration information, call 877-235-6079. Scholarships are available for people who have disabilities. College credit for CRC or SW/LPC licensure is available for professionals. More information can be found online at http://www.dnos.org or by calling Thomas Fogarty, Disability Network of Ohio-Solidarity, at 800- 863-0344, or email to dnosoffice@aol.com.

Hemmeler, Columbus State earn REALTIST award

Trish Haaser, left, and Carl Hemmeler, center, accept the REALTIST award from association president Ron Burk,Jr.

Carl Hemmeler, administrator for Transitional Workforce and Real Estate Programs was recently presented the Community Service Award on behalf of Columbus State, for "outstanding achievement in providing education to future homeowners" from the REALTIST Association. Hemmeler and Trish Haaser, office associate, attended the association's 14th annual Black History Installation and Scholarship Luncheon to accept the award February 26.

The Columbus REALTIST Association was founded in 1948 as an organization for minority real estate professionals. The group has evolved into an open entity for qualified practitioners of all races who are interested in achieving the ideals of the REALTIST association, including democracy in housing. This organization has become the voice for equal housing opportunities for all citizens in Ohio and across the country.

Supplies donated to Dental Lab program

Cindy Hood, left, donor relations coordinator, and Joyce Falk, right, development coordinator, present a plaque to Bryan Frazier, president of Vacalon Company, Inc., recognizing the company's donation of $11,700 worth of dental laboratory supplies for the program at Columbus State. Frazier has taken classes through the Dental Laboratory Technology and recognized the educational value his company's products provide to students.


Travel and reimbursement policy change forums scheduled

Effective April 18, a new travel and reimbursement policy will be implemented. The travel office is hosting several open forums to discuss the changes. All Columbus State employees who travel and/or request reimbursement should attend.   For more information, contact Brad Farmer at ext. 2641, or Betty Sugar at ext. 2421. The forums will be held on the following dates:

                        Thursday, March 31 , 2 - 3:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Friday, April 1 , 9 - 10:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Tuesday, April 5 , 2- 3:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Thursday, April 7 , 9 - 10:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Monday, April 11 , 3 - 4:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Wednesday, April 13 , 10 -11:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D