August 4, 2005

The Columbus State study abroad group poses in front of the Parthenon in this photo taken by Tim Davis. Instructor Sandy Drakatos is first on the right in the second row, and Instructor Mark Bocija is second from the right in the front row.

Travel to ancient lands gives meaning to study of humanities

The first-ever student trip to study the ancient civilizations of Greece was such a big success that instructor Mark Bocija is already planning the 2006 opportunity with an eye on expanding both the itinerary and the number of students able to travel.

At the ancient theatre of Epidaurus, in Sparta, the students pose for their Dispatch travel section photo with a copy of the "Hello Columbus" page.
Twenty-one students and three faculty members traveled to Athens June 10 for a 15-day tour of such fascinating sites as Heraklion in Crete, the ancient sites of Akrotiri and Prophitis in Sanatorini, the Port of Athens to see the Acropolis, Plato's Academy, the Panathenaic Stadium, Ancient Olympia, the Mycenae, and Delphi.

Humanities faculty Tim Davis, Ph.D., and Sandy Drakatos, Ph.D., joined Bocija for the trip, which was part of the course Ancient Greek Civilizaton (HUM 299) and offered five credits for the students who also completed a web portion of the course.

"We conducted the tours like a traveling classroom, lecturing at each of the various ancient sites," said Bocija. "Each of the ancient sites was a highlight of the trip, but also the natural beauty of the islands and the Greek countryside was stunning."

From left, Bocija, Drakatos and Davis
enjoy a quiet moment to themselves in
one of the brightly painted street-side
cafés in Mykonos.



Woodwind Ensemble to perform August 9

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a 45-minute concert on Tuesday, August 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will include the works of Handel, Mendelssohn, and Tchaikovsky. Featured will be a quartet for piano and winds by American composer William Grant Still. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd, director, at

Teachers "spark" early learning at workshop

Practicing an experiment using electricity are, from left, Janice Villareal, Vicki Shepherd, Karen Long and Becky Hook, early childhood educators attending the August 3 workshop Bright Start, Right Start, cosponsored by Columbus State and American Electric Power. The workshop was designed to help local early childhood educators teach science projects involving magnetism, electricity, and forces and motion to the preschoolers.

Rogers named to office with student development council

Jan Rogers, Ph.D., dean of Student Life, has been elected 2005-2006 vice president of the Ohio Council for Student Development, the professional association for senior student services officers at Ohio community colleges. The group meets monthly on the Columbus State campus due to the central location. Ken Conner, dean of Enrollment Services, is also a member. Rogers reports that the 2005 national conference (National Council for Student Development) will be in Indianapolis, with the Ohio group cosponsoring a regional networking break with the Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin groups, a first for the conference.

International Student Association to picnic with the pups at the Zoo

Columbus State international students, their families and friends are invited to attend a picnic at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Friday, August 26, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The group plans to meet at the entrance and hold a potluck picnic in Shelter House #2, next to the Educational Building. Admission is $1 for students, $2 for non-students, and parking is $3 per car. Please RSVP to Amy Burrell at or to Dr. Marlinda Iyer at by August 15 if you would like to attend this event with the International Student Association.  

Erney studies leadership at eCornell University

Tom Erney, director of Instructional Services, recently completed an executive leadership program from the distance education branch of Cornell University called eCornell. The eight-week certificate program, Proactive Leadership in Higher Education, was offered through the university's Institute for Community College Development and consisted of five webinars including "Developing an Agenda for Action," "Assessing Allies and Resistors," "Negotiating Support for your Agenda," "Leading your Coalition," and "Applying Proactive Leadership in Higher Education."

"It is a very concentrated, intense online program," said Erney. "The information is extremely beneficial in today's community college environment. I really enjoyed interacting with others in the program and the online course format." The university's website is, where the program is detailed under the Institute for Community College Development heading.