September 29, 2005

Celebrating McCabe's retirement are, from left: Joyce McCabe, Candy Mason, specialist Knowledge Resources and Planning; Michelle Teasley, supervisor in Instructional Services; Maureen Tock, program coordinator in Instructional Services; Jeanne Patton, assistant to the president; Peggy Vicars, office associate in Instructional Services; and Larry Hunter, specialist in Enrollment Services. 

Joyce McCabe to file her final Columbus State report Friday

After almost 17 years of planning and being inundated with numbers, Joyce McCabe looks forward to shaping her future around family, travel and, in general, "going with the flow of life events."

In 1988, when the market research analyst responsibilities never surfaced at her job as laboratory supervisor at an HMO, McCabe started searching for new opportunities. With three job offers on the table, she looked to Columbus State for the chance to use her research background to make a difference, and in December, became the college's director of Research and Planning.

Now, as director in Knowledge Resources and Planning, she leaves the college having been   steadily grounded in numbers throughout the years with HEI reporting, IPEDS reporting to the federal government, and providing up-to-date student and employee demographics to the campus.

"The college has transformed dramatically in the time I've been here," McCabe says.   "When you look around the campus, we have grown not only in the number of buildings and off-campus sites, but the number and diversity of the students, as well as the methods of delivering curriculum."

Life after Columbus State will bring many changes for McCabe as well. Always known for dressing to the nines at the annual employee banquet, McCabe is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig in. A self-sufficient woman, she plans on power-washing her house, sealing her decks, and doing any maintenance projects needed around the house such as working in the garden, rewiring circuits, and changing washers.

When that is all done, she plans on enjoying her love of cruising with husband Ted Hopple, retired chairperson of Accounting. A born shopper, McCabe looks forward to finding interesting trinkets on her 105-day cruise to Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe and South America. She also plans to brush up on her digital photography skills so she can build a website and share their adventure with family members back home.

What will she miss most about Columbus State? McCabe says, "I will not miss getting up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for work, but I will definitely miss all the people. The faculty, staff and students are what make Columbus State a great place to work."

Lance retires with 37 years on the books

Recent, new, and future retirees. From left: Larry Lance is joined at his retirement party by Carol Kizer, retired chairperson of Hospitality Management, Ted Hopple, retired chairperson of Accounting, and Mike Snider, provost, who will retire later this academic school year.


Larry Lance, chairman of the Mathematics Department, poses with the very first textbook he used as a faculty member when he first joined Columbus Technical Institute in September 1968. Employees from across the college joined Lance at his retirement party September 28, only hours before he left on a cruise with his wife Jeanne, traveling from New York City up the coast to Nova Scotia and down the St. Lawrence Seaway, to celebrate his retirement. Lance was a fulltime faculty member for exactly 10 years before becoming Math Chair in September 1978, the position he has now held for 27 years. Watch for a more detailed story on Larry in Monday's Update.






In one of the many photos of Larry's career displayed at retirement party, he is shown in his luxurious office on second floor of Aquinas Hall.




Student Democrats to sponsor Columbus School Board candidates' forum

The Columbus State Community College Democrats Club will be sponsoring a "School Board Sunday" on October 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. Columbus State Student Ambassadors will interview the Columbus School Board candidates Andy Ginther, Betty Drummond, Carlton Weddington Jr., and Bill Buckel.  The program will then be open to the public for questions and answers. School Board Sunday is free and open to the public and done as a public service to the Columbus community. For information, contact Communication Skills Professor Rita Bova at extension 2530.

"Axis Sally" to highlight the Arts & Sciences Faculty Lecture Series

"Axis Sally," the notorious radio traitor of World War II, will be the subject of a special presentation by Robert Boyer, Ph.D., adjunct faculty in Communication Skills, on Tuesday, October 4, at 3 p.m. in Nestor Hall seminar room A.

In wartime Berlin, at a banquet given by the Propaganda Ministry of the Third Reich, a middle-aged American woman was praised for her contribution to the German war effort. She was, on that occasion, publicly celebrated for having "the largest radio audience in the world." The woman's name was Mildred Elizabeth Gillars--but to many among her listeners, especially American GI's all over Europe and North Africa, she was known as "Axis Sally."

The story of Miss Gillars's rise from Ohio Wesleyan University student to international fame and infamy--challenged in notoriety only by "Tokyo Rose"--and of her subsequent humiliation and punishment is the subject of Dr. Boyer's presentation. Special emphasis will be given to her broadcasts for the German Broadcasting System and her seven-week trial for treason in Washington, D.C.

Robert Boyer and Mildred Gillars were friends during the last 15 years of her life.

Dr. Robert Boyer has taught on the adjunct faculty of Communication Skills at Columbus State for 25 years. He is also senior lecturer in Integrative Studies at Otterbein College and has taught at Ohio State, The Pontifical College Josephinum and Ohio Wesleyan University.

CSI students promote Columbus State

Students and staff from CSCC Student Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) chapter promoted Columbus State and the Construction Sciences Department programs at last week's DesignColumbus Trade Show. Sponsored by the Columbus chapters of CSI and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the annual show provided a snapshot of local design professionals, contractors, and owners in the construction industry. Presentations subjects included post 9/11 building and forensic engineering.

The Trade Show was coordinated by Construction Management students Juana Marie Serna and Stephanie Mathews , assisted by architectural student Phi Livanos, department lab assistant Nathelle Grubbs, and Faculty Advisor Dean Bortz, CSI, CDT.

The Columbus State Student CSI chapter meets at 5 p.m. on the third Monday of the month and is open to any Columbus State student interested in any facet of the construction industry. The Columbus State chapter, affiliated with the Columbus CSI Chapter founded in 1958, and the national CSI organization founded in 1948 to share knowledge for creating and sustaining the built environment, provides opportunities for career networking, professional development, and certification.

Construction management students Dennis Squiric and Chris Laipple  were among the many students who represented Columbus State at the DesignColumbus Trade Show last week. 




New Weight Watchers to start October 5

A new session of Weight Watchers will begin October 5 for any interested employees. If you have questions or would like to join the at-work program, contact Susan Thomas, representative in the Telephone Information Center, at or ext. 5142.

Leeman to exhibit work at New York gallery

Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty in Humanities, will be exhibiting her painting "Vermont #10," a landscape abstracted from nature, in the first national small works exhibition October 15 to November 25 at Art Dialogue gallery in Buffalo, New York.

In-Service Day Group Seeks Volunteers

If you are interested in helping make Autumn In-Service Day a success, the I-Group needs you. In-Service, held Wednesday, October 19, needs volunteers to help in the following capacities:  

 pre-session volunteers (program distribution) 
 moderators (introductions of speakers, distribution of evaluations)

Any amount of time volunteers can contribute will be greatly appreciated. A one-hour training session will be held for all volunteers to update you on duties and responsibilities for the day.

If you would like to volunteer, complete the form below and return it to Tracy Koski at or Brenna Michelis at by Wednesday, October 5.

YES!  I want to volunteer for Autumn 2005 In-Service Day.


Name:  ______________________________________________________________

Phone:  _________________________ Building and Room Number:  _____________

Staff and faculty "serve" students
Roxanne Price, director of Student Activities, Laurie Johns, K-12 Initiatives administrator, and other staff and faculty members serve students a quick lunch of hot dogs, chips and soda as part of the annual Welcome Back activities.