Monday, October 16, 2006

Editor of autobiography on William Scarborough to speak on campus

Michele Valerie Ronnick, associate professor of Greek and Latin at Wayne State University,   will speak about her new book, "The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey form Slavery to Scholarship," on Thursday, October 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.   The lecture is free and open to the public.

William Scarborough rose from his origins in slavery in Macon, Ga., to a prolific scholarly career that culminated with his presidency of Wilberforce University. Despite the racism he encountered as he struggled to establish a place in higher education for African Americans, Scarborough was an exemplary scholar, particularly in the field of classical studies.  

"Michelle Ronnick is to be commended for making this compelling account available to a wide reading public," says Valerie Smith, director of the Program in African American Studies at Princeton University.

"It is uplifting to discover in this fascinating life, so compellingly narrated, a refutation of the racist view that a black man was genetically incapable of learning Greek, and at the same time so clearly to see precisely the effects of such learning on this likable and able man," said Richard F. Thomas, professor of Greek and Latin at Harvard University.

In the book, Ronnick contextualizes Scarborough's narrative through extensive notes, and by exploring a wide variety of sources including census records, church registries, period newspapers, and military and university records.  


Gospel Vocal Ensemble is back!

The Columbus State's Gospel Vocal Ensemble will perform its first concert of the 2006-2007 year on Friday, December 1, at 8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium.   The concert is free and open to the public.

"Sharing the Joy" will be performed under the direction of Emma Easton, who recently has assumed leadership of the Gospel Ensemble. Easton is organist at Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ and is the Columbus District Minister of Music for the Ohio Central Jurisdiction of the Churches of God in Christ. She is also director of a music production company, Just Anointed Music Company (JAMCo), which she and her husband founded in 1994.

 In addition to the Gospel Ensemble, the event will feature other community talents, including Rhonda Crockett of Union Grove Baptist Church, the Columbus Eastside Liturgical Dancers, Israel Freeman and Total Submission, and local recording artist Vanessa J. The concert also will include a gospel band led by Easton's son, Cedric, who is a Columbus State student.

Members of the Gospel Ensemble will showcase their other creative talents such as songwriting, dance, and drama in an effort to demonstrate how to incorporate various art forms into performance.

The Gospel Ensemble invites you to attend and share in the joy of the season. All interested students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to attend, enjoy the concert and get information about how to join the Gospel Vocal Ensemble at Columbus State.  


Retired professor Laughbaum authors book on math standards

Edward Laughbaum, who retired in 1995 as emeritus professor of mathematics at Columbus State, is a member of a writing team that recently released an American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) document on standards and guidelines for teaching mathematics in America's community colleges.

The book, "Beyond Crossroads--Implementing Mathematics Standards in the First Two Years of College" was released at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., October 5.

Laughbaum currently serves as director of the Teachers Teaching with Technology College Short Course Program and Ohio Early College Mathematics Placement Testing Programs based in the Department of Mathematics at Ohio State University.



Don't miss the Family Literacy Festival 2006

The K-12 initiatives office will sponsor the annual Family Literacy Festival Saturday, October 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge. The Festival features stories, arts & crafts, face painting, snacks, a balloon artist and much more--all for the pre-K through 5 th grade age group, accompanied by their parents, please. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact K-12 initiatives at 287-5961.



A note from the ERC

When students enter the Educational Resources Center (ERC), it is more than likely that they are doing so in order to conduct research using the many databases available to them.  

OhioLINK reports that the number of our database searches in the 2005-2006 fiscal year totaled 296,950. That is more than twice the number as our same size peer institutions (Cuyahoga 133,128, Owens 128,815, and Sinclair 101,722).   

Kim Leggett, ERC Head of Reference, stresses, "It is important to recognize that these statistics do not include searches from off campus. This is on-campus computer use only. We can say that we are really busy."

The standout searches include the very high use of Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis, and the Electronic Journal Center.



DX Copy to open November 2006

The folks at the DX know how busy Columbus State employees can be. That's why DX Copy will offer all you need in the way of office services solutions. DX Copy will offer document binding, First Class Postage, Airborne/DHL Shipping, courier services, scanning, money orders, notary services, graphic design, digital photo printing and much more. From full-color copies to overnight shipping, lamination to international faxing, stop by DX Copy for all your shipping needs.

Watch "Update" for weekly information about the new DX.