Monday, December 4, 2006


Cleveland Avenue facelift continues

We have a new sculpture named Vault, so the logical next step would be to get some poles . . .

Through a unique partnership between the City of Columbus, the Columbus College of Art and Design, and Columbus State Community College, Cleveland Avenue is about to get yet another facelift.

The color red has become a symbol for the Discovery District

The City of Columbus has made available $250,000 to beautify Cleveland Avenue by enhancing the streetscape. What does this mean? It means that trees will be planted along the two blocks between CCAD and Columbus State, and an array of red poles will dot the landscape along one of our parking lots. Columbus State gave the city an easement that allows the red poles to be erected on our property.

The color red has become a symbol for the Discovery District, having been launched by the college when Passages, the bridge over Spring Street, was built, and continued by CCAD with its ART sculpture, and furthered recently with the installation of Vault, the Percent for Art project that connects the east and west sides of Cleveland Avenue at Mount Vernon.

  The installation of the trees and the poles shown in this artist's rendering is expected to occur in the coming weeks.

Homecoming weekend set

The Columbus State Homecoming celebration this year will be Saturday, February 10, with the women's basketball team playing at 1 p.m. and the men's team playing at 3 p.m. against Sinclair Community College. Friday, February 9, will be "Cougar Spirit Day," with all students and employees encouraged to wear their Columbus State apparel to show their Cougar spirit, so ask Santa to bring you a new CSCC sweatshirt. 

Math scholar graduates top of class Autumn 2006

Jonathan Keuhnle, center, accepts a scholarship check from professor Greg Goodhart, Mathematics, and Math Chairman Jonathan Baker. Keuhnle was the recipient of the Ohio Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (OhioMATYC) Kenneth Cummins Scholarship for $400. Keuhnle also will graduate December 8 at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA for his Associate of Science degree, and he will give the Class Remarks at the ceremony. "The criteria for the scholarship are to have taken at least 45 credit hours, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and have taken at least one calculus class," said Goodhart. "The selection committee was very impressed that Jon started in Beginning Algebra and worked his way up to Calculus IV, while maintaining a perfect grade point of 4.0."

Autumn Quarter Commencement speaker knows plenty about Columbus State

Dwight E. Smith
Occasionally a special guest speaker at the Columbus State commencement ceremonies will slip and call us "Columbus State University," or some such little mix-up.

No chance of anything like that happening on December 8 at Vets Memorial when the Autumn Quarter 2006 graduates receive degrees--the speaker is former Chairman of the Columbus State Board of Trustees and six-year Trustee Dwight E. Smith.

Smith is the President and CEO of the company he founded 16 years ago, Sophisticated Systems, Inc., an IT consulting firm headquartered in Columbus. He has 27 years of experience in the IT industry, including his background in sales, marketing, management and profit and loss objectives with IBM and Software Alternatives Inc.

Smith grew his company from revenues of $80,000 the first year, to more than $20 million in 2006.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Ohio State University in 1978, and then earned his Master of Business Administration the following year. He also completed the Minority Business Executive Program and advanced programs offered at Dartmouth College.

Smith is very active in the Columbus community. Besides previously serving as a Columbus State Trustee and Chairman of the Board, Smith serves as a trustee for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Project Grad, Tech Columbus, and has served on numerous other boards including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Columbus Technology Leadership Council, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

In 1998, Smith established a nonprofit foundation, TBTG Foundation, to provide assistance to children in the community. The fund establishes scholarships for students at Project Grad high schools to continue their education at Columbus State.

Smith and his company have earned awards too numerous to list, but include the U.S. Small Business Administration Region V District Director Choice Award, the Governor's Minority Business Development Award, the Small Business Association Entrepreneurial Success Award, and the NAACP Small Business Community Award.

Conversation Day information now available on AQIP Web site

In keeping with the AQIP timeline, the Quick Fixes and proposed AQIP Action Projects are currently posted on the AQIP Web site

"Quick Fixes" were defined as pressing issues and that could be done right away. These smaller, operational issues can be accomplished quickly with minimal resources, yet yield noticeable improvements.

Since November 3 the Cabinet has been working to sort the Quick Fixes and assign those suggestions that fit the criteria to departments that can carry out the work. The Quick Fix tracking sheet that is on the AQIP Web site will continue to be updated each payday. New information will be identified in red text.

The "Action Projects" were formed based on input from the college and the AQIP criteria. The six proposed projects that were identified are:

  • Instituting Data-Driven Planning and Decision Making
  • Facilitating Input from All Segments of the Campus Community toward Decision Making
  • Developing Strategic Personnel Training and Development Process
  • Breaking Barriers
  • Improving Effectiveness of Hiring, Recruitment, and Retention Processes of the College
  • Transforming the College Community through Assessment.

AQIP Action Project Teams Forming

Action Project Teams will be selected by January 10. If you would like to commit to helping develop an AQIP project proposal over the next few months, please complete the Action Project Volunteer Form   by January 5, and send it to Sunday Zidonis (FR 252). Please keep in mind there will be a significant time commitment required for participation on these teams.

Aviation Maintenance program promotes curriculum to pilots, schoolchildren

Columbus State's Aviation Maintenance Technology, in connection with the FAA Safety Team, held a seminar November 29 for pilots and owners of small aircraft to learn about aircraft maintenance records. 

Jeff Gruber, instructor, gave the presentation to an audience of 43 small aircraft owners and pilots. After the presentation, Gene Sprang, Aviation Maintenance program coordinator, provided information about Airframe and Powerplant Certification.   Attendees also were invited to tour the Aviation facility and get a close look at Columbus State's LearJet and Boeing 727.

Earlier in the month, the Aviation facility enjoyed a visit from the Scholarts Academy (a Columbus Charter School). Members of the Aviation faculty discussed aviation careers and gave the students tours.

Business Services to close Dec. 12

Business Services will be closed for their annual retreat on Tuesday, December 12. Fee payment can be made online, by drop box, or by calling ext. 5353 during the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m.   The Cashier's Office will reopen at 5 p.m. for business on December 12.

OLN to offer free webinars

Looking for new opportunities for your professional development? Interested in learning while networking and discussing topics with other educators? Attend the Ohio Learning Network's "TeachU" online professional development series without leaving your office. TeachU makes it easy for faculty to grow by providing simple and accessible webinars that present interesting topics, best practices, resources, and visuals and provide opportunity for interaction. TeachU sessions are archived, so if you miss a webinar you can still learn from the session.
Almost 400 educators attended TeachU webinars last year; 95 percent of attendees stated that they would attend a future Teach U session, and 86 percent said they would be able to apply what they learned at their institution.
For more information on how to attend a webinar visit or contact Heather O'Neil (; 614.995.3240).

The Ohio Learning Network (OLN) ( ) will offer several webinars this winter as part of their TeachU program as follows:

Building a Cooperative Marketing Program

(Part Two of a Two-Part Series) Presenter: Jim Vutech, Conrad, Philips and Vutech Marketing Firm
December 7 , 10-11:30 a.m.
Member campuses will be invited to participate in a Cooperative Marketing program with OLN. Information gathered from the previous session will be used to present ideas and solutions from Conrad, Phillips and Vutech, OLN's marketing firm. Matching funding from OLN will be provided for the cooperative marketing program.

OLN Spotlight: Open Source, Learning Communities & E 4 ME

Presenters: Cable Green, Sheryl Hansen, George Steele: The Ohio Learning Network
January 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
This session will spotlight three OLN programs: open source, learning communities, and E 4 ME. Participants will discuss the growth, benefits, changes, and challenges with these OLN efforts.