Monday, December 4, 2006
Cleveland Avenue facelift continues
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.
Autumn Quarter Commencement speaker knows plenty about Columbus State
Dwight E. Smith
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 http://intranet.cscc.edu/aqip
"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:
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 http://www.cscc.edu/aqip/projects.htm 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.
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.
The Ohio Learning Network (OLN) ( www.oln.org ) will offer several webinars this winter as part of their TeachU program as follows:
Building a Cooperative Marketing Program
Presenters: Cable Green, Sheryl Hansen, George Steele: The Ohio Learning Network