Thursday, August 31, 2006

Activist scholar to address graduates at Summer Commencement ceremony

Dr. Raquel Diaz-Sprague
Raquel Diaz-Sprague, Pharm.D., will deliver the commencement address to the 300 graduates of Columbus State's Summer Quarter Commencement Ceremony, Friday, September 8, beginning at 10 a.m. at Vets Memorial.

Dr. Diaz-Sprague is well known as an activist, scholar and adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.   She is executive director of the Association for Women in Science in Central Ohio (AWISCO).

Under her leadership, AWISCO is involved in programs to recruit, retain, recognize, and reward women and minorities in science and in the promotion of gender-wise and inter-culturally competent approaches in science education.

She is also the Founding Director of Clinica Latina, a free health clinic for Latinos. As a bilingual/bicultural communications consultant at Technical Support Inc., in Columbus, she is currently doing cultural adaptations of several American Civil Liberties Union documents intended for Spanish-speaking clients, including a guide to health rights for teenagers.

Dr. Diaz-Sprague has been honored as a Distinguished Alumna by Ohio State and as a Health Hero by the University of Illinois at Chicago, and she is a member of the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame.


Maintenance to take down some Web services over holiday weekend

Colleague, CougarWeb, Telephone Registration (CATS) and DARS will be down for maintenance over the Labor Day weekend. The outage is scheduled to last from 8 p.m. Friday, September 1, until 6 a.m. Tuesday, September 5.


Alphonso Simmons, Ph.D., to retire this month after 32 years

Dr. Al Simmons, vice president for Multicultural Affairs, will retire August 31 after 32 years with CTI and Columbus State. He recently answered Update's series of questions about his career.

Q:   When did you start at Columbus State?

A:   I started at Columbus State as an adjunct professor, June 1974, and came on board as a fulltime instructor in September 1976. I have 32 years of service.

Q:   What jobs have you held over the years at Cols. State?

A:   During my tenure at the college, I have held the positions of adjunct faculty, fulltime professor, department chairperson, vice president for minority affairs, vice president for multicultural affairs and community outreach, and EEO officer.

Q: Current job title and how long have you served in this capacity?

A:   I am currently the college's vice president for multicultural affairs and have served in this capacity since April 1, 1993.

Q:   What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

A:   Unequivocally, my fondest memories are being on stage at each graduation ceremony and observing up front the excitement and jubilee experienced by each graduate as they received their degree. It always brought such a feeling of accomplishment to know that as an institution we contributed to their achievement and helped to make their dreams come true.

Q:   What will you miss?

A:   I will miss the students and the wonderful people who are employed at the college!

Q:   What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

A:   I am not sure I can call it spare time but I do plan to tackle that "honey do" list, travel with my wife and sons, work on my '66 Austin Healey 3000, and spend more time with my mother, who lives in coastal Georgia.

Q:   Any anecdotes, stories or thoughts you'd like to share about your time at Columbus State?

A:   I have met some incredible people and made great friends while employed at the college.


Join the Welcome Team this fall

Student Ambassador Bette Mann helps a new Columbus State student as a member of last year's fall Welcome Team.
The Welcome Team hopes you will consider joining other faculty, staff and students as we once again help with class schedules, print parking passes, direct students to classrooms, troubleshoot issues, pop popcorn, and welcome our students back to Columbus State's campus on September 20 and 21, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The Welcome Team counts on your support and hopes you will be able to join in the fun as we welcome new and returning students to Columbus State. 

Any time you can help is greatly appreciated, as it makes a significant difference for students. The tasks are simple, from basic web navigation to disseminating information. You can choose what you do and when.

If you are able to join the Welcome Team this fall, please RSVP to Barbara Allen,, or call 287-5526 with the times and days you are able to work, and you will receive a confirmation within 24 hours.


Massis sells foreign rights to book

Bruce Massis, director of the ERC and author/editor of seven books in the field of library and information science, recently sold the foreign rights to his highly successful book, "The Practical Library Manager" (Haworth Press Inc., 2003) to Ane Books (India.)

The first edition of the book has recently been reprinted and republished for sale on the Indian subcontinent. The library and information science community in India has enjoyed a long history of close collaboration with their American colleagues, according to Massis.  

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the largest organization of international library and information science professionals has held their annual conference in New Delhi, and there continues to be a long publishing history of library and information science books in India.


DiPietro to teach new course at OSU

Humanities instructor Rocco DiPietro has been invited to team teach a new course at Ohio State University's Comparative Studies Department called "Sources of the Self: Possession, Trance and Ritual." The course will be offered in Creative Process and Consciousness Studies in music and philosophy. He will teach fall quarter 2006 with Justin Isom, a lecturer in Comparative Studies at OSU. DiPietro's new book, "Musician Without Notes," will be used as the primary text, and selections from his own musical compositions will also be used in the class.


Grade entry assistance available for summer quarter

The deadline for summer quarter 2006 grade entry is Monday, September 11, at 11p.m.

The IT Support Center will be available for assistance during finals week on Monday-Thursday, 8a.m.-8p.m., and Friday, 8a.m.-5 p.m. During the break, September 12-19,   the hours are Monday-Friday,   8a.m.-5 p.m. The IT Support Center is located in the ERC (Columbus Hall, lower level). For more information, call 287-5050.

Quick Tips for Grade Entry

If you are entering grades for your class and find the system is running slowly or the grades are not completely entered after hitting submit, try this: Instead of entering the entire class at one time, try entering them in increments of no more than 10. By doing this, you are less likely to get timed out.



Proposed Curriculum Change Policy and Procedure Forums

The Curriculum Committee of Shared Governance will hold two forums to discuss the revisions to Policies 5-04: Degrees and Diplomas, 5-05: Academic Courses and Credits, 5-06 :  Degree Program Requirements, and 5-07: Approval of Degrees and Degree Programs, and Procedure 5-07. 

The forums will be held:
Wednesday, August 30, 3 - 4 p.m., 137 Union Hall
Thursday, August 31, 10 -11 a.m., 137 Union Hall

The revised Policy and Procedure may be found at  and look under Documents for links to "Degrees & Diplomas Policy 5-04 Revised," "Policy 5-05 and Procedure 5-05© Revised" and "Curriculum Handbook Final Draft."

If you are unable to attend one of the forums, you may send your feedback to Mary Insabella, DE 231 or Jim Hamberg, NH 108.


Student group to help build "green" house

The Columbus Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), along with the Columbus State Student CSI Chapter, will sponsor a one-day event with the help of Worthington Kilbourne's Home BASE program.

Home BASE, started by Worthington Kilbourne High School teacher Roger Beck in 1996, allows students to help the poor by constructing poverty housing and connecting this to their English and government classes. Every other day, seniors in the Home BASE program either travel to a Habitat for Humanity site, one which they have raised money to help build, or stay on campus and learn the techniques needed to build a house.

This fall, Kilbourne will be celebrating their 10th year. The 2006-07 home is a very energy efficient and environmentally sustainable "green" home. Kilbourne was accepted into the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) pilot program for the United States. There are two pilot homes in Ohio that are currently being built, one in Columbus and the other in Cincinnati. The home is unique to America--even the landscaping plan is outstanding and will be one of the most environmentally sustainable designs in Ohio for an urban lot. The house, when complete, will even have solar shingles built into the roof that will be interwoven with regular shingles.

The Columbus State CSI members will take part in a special build day on September 30. The CSCC Student CSI Chapter is a multi-program volunteer group of students networking with design and construction industry professionals to begin professional development and have the opportunity to earn credentials.