Thursday, October 5, 2006

Star of "Vanished" and "The Cosby Show" on campus today

Joseph Phillips, actor, author, lecturer, and social commentator, will be on campus today at 11 a.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium to discuss his new book "He Talk Like a White Boy."

Through the lenses of character, family, faith, idealism and identity, Phillips will discuss his collection of provocative essays on a wide range of hot-button issues from politics and race to marriage and family.


"The Color of Water" subject of Val's Book Club

James McBride's “The Color of Water” is a tribute to his eccentric, determined mother and an exploration of what family means. His mother's story is that of a rabbi's daughter, born in Poland and raised in the South, who fled to Harlem, married a black man, founded a Baptist church, and put 12 children through college.

“The New York Times Book Review” says “The Color of Water” is “complex and moving…suffused with issues of race, religion, and identity. Yet those issues, so much a part of their lives and stories, are not central. The triumph of the book—and their lives—is that race and religion are transcended in these interwoven histories by family love, the sheer force of a mother's will, and her unshakable insistence that only two things really mattered: school and church.”

Val's Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 30, at noon in Nestor Hall Seminar Room D.

The club is limited to the first 25 employees to sign up. Institutional Advancement provides free copies of the book to all participants.

If you'd like to participate, contact Vickie Hunter in Institutional Advancement at or 287-2412.


Gruber named regional director of PAMA

Jeff Gruber

Aviation Maintenance Instructor Jeff Gruber was recently elected as the Great Lakes regional director for the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).

PAMA, a Society of Automotive Engineers ( SAE) International Affiliate, is a professional organization for aviation maintenance personnel. Its mission is to: foster and improve methods, skills, learning, and achievement in aviation maintenance; recognize achievement in the aviation maintenance field; and address the queries of governmental agencies pertaining to maintenance rules and guidelines.

Prior to being elected to the national board, Gruber served as vice president and chaired several committees for the Central Ohio chapter of PAMA.



Discover Café DX & Barista - Opens November 2006!

Need coffee? The Café DX and Barista, a coffee bar and café located inside the Discovery Exchange at Columbus State, will open in November.

The Café DX will serve made-to-order lattes, mochas, and other coffee and tea drinks, served hot, frozen or on ice. All espresso drinks will be prepared with a signature blend of coffees developed especially for Café DX by Crimson Cup, a Columbus-based coffee roaster.

The Café will also offer a selection of fresh bagels, pastries, salads, soups and sandwiches, many of which will satisfy health-conscious and vegan patrons.

The Café DX will be located at 283 Cleveland Avenue.


Get in touch with your personal credit score

The Small Business Development Center at Columbus State is sponsoring Capital Access 2006: Your Personal Credit Report Must Be Creditable, an interactive session designed to help you understand what your credit report is telling you and your banker.

On October 18, from 8:30–11:30 a.m., you will navigate the world of credit reports, Fair Isaac and Beacon scores to find out what it's all calculated on, and how to improve it, where and when possible. You will learn how to take charge of your personal credit history and identity by solving the mystery of credit reports and scores.  

The seminar will cover:

The seminar takes place at the Columbus Metropolitan Library Auditorium, 96 South Grant Avenue. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. T o register, call 287-5300, or visit


Cost center manager training available

An Introduction to Business Services: Cost Center Manager training, sponsored by Business Services, is intended to assist cost center managers, their assistants, and others who work closely with cost center managers to better understand some of the activities and processes in Business Services, relevant policies and procedures, and contacts for common questions.   This is not Colleague training, but rather an overview of how policies and procedures are carried out in practice every day.

The first segment of the overview will cover financial and administrative processes of budgets, travel, general ledger reports, and project accounting.

The second segment will cover areas that impact students. Even if you don't have specific student service responsibilities, this segment will help to better inform you on how to respond to common questions our students ask, such as “Where do I go to pay my fees?”

The session will be held Friday, October 20, from 8:30–11:30 a.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room C.

To sign up or for more information, contact Beth Bates at or 287-2640.


Exhibit highlights artists with disabilities

A new art exhibit, “Perspectives: Shared Images by Artists with Disabilities,” has opened in the ERC. The exhibit, which runs until October 31, is part of Disability Awareness Month. The exhibit contains photography by Mary Durr, Multimedia/Video Conferencing Technician in Instructional Services.


Flu ready kits available

As we head into flu season, the Columbus Public Health department is organizing an effort for individuals to exchange their mercury thermometers, which can be hazardous to your health, for a free flu ready kit.

Several dates and locations have been established to exchange your thermometer for a flu ready kit. They are:

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, mercury thermometers can be exchanged for a free digital thermometer throughout the year at select fire stations in Columbus and Franklin County. For a complete list, visit


Learn ways to reduce and manage stress

The Wellness Activities Initiative will present a seminar on stress management October 10 at noon and October 11 at 2 p.m. Sarah Graff will give helpful tips on how to relax and help reduce stress.

Both presentations will be held in Delaware Hall, Room 029. For more information, contact Don Laubenthal at 287-3627.