Thursday, October 19, 2006

Columbus State enrollment growth tops state

For the second year in a row, Columbus State is the fastest growing community college in Ohio.

According to reports issued by the Ohio Board of Regents today, Columbus State experienced more enrollment growth than any other community or technical college in the state at the time of preliminary headcounts Autumn Quarter.

Columbus State's autumn enrollment was 22,495, up by 707 students, or 3.2 percent, from 2005. Columbus State is third among community colleges in terms of overall enrollment, after Cuyahoga Community College, which was down 2.2 percent in 2006 at 24,796 students; and Sinclair Community College, which was up 1 percent over last year at 23,786 students. Columbus State currently has the fifth largest student enrollment in the state among all college, both two- and four-year.

Statewide, community college enrollment fell 1 percent to 135,883 students in Autumn Quarter 2006, from 137,217 in 2005, according to data provided Thursday by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Enrollment at all of Ohio's public colleges, including four-year institutions, rose 0.3 percent to 457,322 at the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, according to the Board of Regents. The state's highest headcount enrollment mark was reported in fall 2004, at 457,333 students.

According to the report, among four-year universities, only University of Akron and Ohio State University saw more enrollment growth than Columbus State, with 833 and 1,314 new students, respectively.


Division of Arts and Sciences lecture explores pop music and deviance

A lecture entitled "Popular Music and the Downfall of Western Civilization" will be presented Tuesday, October 24, at 3 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room K. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mary Reiter, assistant professor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, will trace the history of the social construction of popular music as an instigator of deviance and present current research findings on the role of popular music in creating and reflecting deviance.



Marketing materials win six Medallion Awards at regional competition

A variety of marketing materials created over the past year in the Institutional Advancement Department were awarded Medallion Awards October 16 at the annual awards banquet hosted by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 3 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Gold Medallions were given to the "Connection" quarterly newsletter and the college's series of television ads done for the "Smart People Make Smart Choices" 2006 ad campaign. Silver Medallions were awarded to the "Update" electronic newsletter, the Smart People radio campaign, the 2005 Annual Report, and the new "Smart Moves" student guide.

NCMPR District 3 includes two-year colleges in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario.


Scholarship applications now available to students

The CSCC Development Foundation Scholarship listing for winter and spring quarters 2007 is now available. The scholarship listing can be picked up in the Office of Financial Aid or can be found online at:

Applications are due to Financial Aid (Rhodes Hall) by November 15. The Development Foundation provides scholarships based on a number of criteria, including field of study, financial need, and academic achievement. The scholarships primarily cover expenses for winter and spring quarters of 2007.


In-Service Day updates

Conversation Day, also known as Autumn In-Service 2006, is fast approaching. This year the event will be held Wednesday, October 25, in Battelle Hall, a Columbus Convention Center facility. This facility is located next to the Hyatt Regency at the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and High Street. We'll begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Directions to the facility and parking information are detailed on the In-Service Web site: Parking in the Convention Center parking lots is available free for participants. You'll receive a parking voucher during In-Service. Remember to keep your parking ticket. You will need both the voucher and the ticket upon exiting the parking lots.

Of course, parking won't be an issue if you choose to participate in the In-Service Day Fitness Walk.   Employees should meet on the corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon avenues at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning to participate. You can also sign up the morning of the walk to win a free massage or pedometer. According to Don Laubenthal, Human Performance Center, there are approximately 1,600-1,700 steps to Battelle Hall. Go to the "Walking Cohort" link on the Wellness Web site at and plug in your information to find out your caloric expenditure. For more information on the Wellness Walk, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.