Monday, July 17, 2006

Center for Workforce Development's grand opening July 20

The largest academic center built to date at Columbus State will open at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 20, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony presided over by Governor Bob Taft, Mayor Michael Coleman and President Valeriana Moeller.

Highlights of the ceremony will include self-guided and guided tours through the state-of-the art conference center ballroom and breakout rooms, "smart" classrooms, laboratories, computer labs, student lounge areas, and offices of the Community Education Workforce Development Division.

The Center for Workforce Development was built using $27 million in capital funds from the state, and it provides 141,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory, and office space.

"Today the division serves 20,000 students a year, providing training for careers in trades, English lessons for new immigrants, foreign language classes for people working in an international marketplace, computer training, help in starting and managing a business, and much more," said Moeller. "The Center for Workforce Development will be a hub for training, retraining and career-focused learning."

The college's Community Education and Workforce Development Division includes offices dealing with business and industry training services, continuing professional education, testing and assessment services, international language study, transitional worker services, and entrepreneurial and small-business guidance and assistance.

The top floor of the center houses a state-of-the-art business conference center, which features a ballroom with a capacity of about 400, 10 breakout rooms connected by a gallery, a board room, and serving kitchens for catered events.

All employees are invited to join in the celebration. To RSVP, visit the Center for Workforce Development Web site at


Nuclear Medicine student named to national council

Nuclear Medicine student Christina Cook was selected as the one and only student representative to the National Council of the Society for Nuclear Medicine Technologists Section (SNMTS). Cook also will serve on the newly formed Young Professionals Task Force for the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

SNMTS is a scientific organization formed with, but operating autonomously from, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, which promotes the continued development and improvement of the art and science of nuclear medicine technology.

As a council member, Cook will help determine goals and policies regarding professional issues affecting nuclear medicine, approve the section budget, and review actions of the SNMTS executive board.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for Chrissy, and she will certainly be an outstanding student representative of Columbus State," says Mary Morgan, program coordinator for Nuclear Medicine. "She will have several opportunities to travel to the Society of Nuclear Medicine meetings and provide student input for the entire country."


Playing the villain; first-year student garners great reviews as Judas

From left, Daniel Ellson portrays Jesus to Chris Greiner's conflicted Judas in "Jesus Christ Superstar."

Student Chris Greiner is stretching his skills portraying a famous villain--with a little help from Columbus State.

Greiner, who is just finishing his first year at Columbus State, received glowing reviews for his portrayal of Judas in Columbus Children's Theatre's production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," which runs through July 23.

"The Columbus Dispatch" singled out his performance, calling him "superb as a conflicted Judas." His Judas is "the most complicated and fascinating character."

Greiner said he did research and worked closely with Director William Goldsmith to prepare to play the famous betrayer.

"(Judas is) very confused," Greiner said. "He tried as hard as he could, but in the end, the tormentors got the best of him."

"Superstar" is a rock opera--which means all singing, no dialogue. Because Greiner's voice is classically trained, he said the rock songs forced him to expand his range.

"It's all rock 'n' roll music, so I can't sing pretty for it," Greiner said. "It just goes."

Greiner first appeared on stage in first grade, then caught the acting bug again in middle school. He performed in several local theater productions and high school shows, including a part in the chorus for "Tosca" at Opera Columbus. He played Gaston in "Beauty and the Beast" at Columbus Children's Theatre last year, a roll that earned him a Best Actor nomination in the Central Ohio Theater Critics Poll.

Judas and Gaston--both villains--have been Greiner's favorite roles to date, he said.

Greiner's Columbus State work has helped him hone his skills, particularly his music and theater classes. Greiner said instructor Frank Barnhart's Theater 100 class ranged from the history of theater to lighting, costumes and playwriting.

"It was really in-your-face," Greiner said. "It was just what I needed."

Columbus State has been a good transition from college to high school, Greiner said. He said he matured a lot in his freshmen year, and college courses are more self-directed than high school courses.

"I'm an artsy kid," Greiner said. "I didn't like school very much."

Greiner plans to take the first two years of his bachelor's degree at Columbus State through the college's Arts and Sciences Department. Then, he plans to transfer to a four-year school to complete his degree. After that?

"I hope to move to New York and pursue a career on Broadway," Greiner said.

For more information about "Jesus Christ Superstar," visit the Columbus Children's Theatre Web site at


Columbus State to co-host cruise-in benefiting disabled American veterans

Columbus State will sponsor, in conjunction with, the Third Annual Charity Cruise-In, a car show with categories including best motorcycle, best engine, best paint, top 25 1979 and older, top 10 1980 and newer, and best club participation. The event is Saturday, August 5 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Car registration is $6 per car, and street rods, hot rods, muscle cars, lowriders, imports, coupes, drag cars, motorcycles, and more are welcome to enter. All proceeds benefit the Disabled American Veterans organization.

For more information about the cruise-in, contact Ben Stillman, PC Specialist in Information Technology, at, or visit the event Web site at


ITI offering two online teaching courses

This summer, Columbus State's Instructional Technologies Institute is offering two courses on teaching online. The Introduction to Online Teaching and the Advanced Course of How to Teach Online are meant for faculty who are new to teaching online, interested in learning how to teach online, or are interested in taking their skills to a new level.

Both courses are structured as a real class so participants experience the student side of distance learning. Participants will be expected to participate in class discussions and complete assignments according to submission deadlines.

Even though the courses are not Blackboard-technical, how-to courses, a basic understanding of how to navigate, add content, and use various tools on Blackboard is helpful.

The classes, taught by Trina Hurt, adjunct faculty in Communication Skills, begin July 24 and end August 31. While the courses are free to all current faculty, registration is limited to 25 per course.

ONF100 Introduction to Online Teaching
Introduction to Online Teaching explores the basic components of online teaching and course management. The course will explore the core functions online instructors need to know in order to comfortably teach a course using the Blackboard course management system, in addition to introducing fundamental course design elements.

To register for Introduction to Online Teaching, go to:

ONF110 Advanced Course of How to Teach Online
The Advanced Online Teaching Course builds upon the fundamental concepts covered in Introduction to Online Teaching. The course will explore areas such as ADA compliance, using multimedia tools, and more advanced lesson development.

To register for the Advanced Course of How to Teach Online, go to: