Thursday, September 14, 2006

Visiting author series to begin September 30

Ohio author Dandi Daley Mackall will be the first featured author.

The Columbus State Communication Skills Department will present a series of workshops by visiting authors for aspiring writers, beginning on September 30 with noted Ohio author Dandi Daley Mackall, who has more than 400 books to her credit. Her topic will be "Finding Your Voice as an Author."

The program is funded by a mini-grant from the Columbus State Community College Development Foundation.

Author Michael Wilson will present three workshops as part of the series beginning on October 14 with "Creative Thinking for Creative Writers," "Character Development 101" on November 11, and "Resolving to Write: 15 Minutes a Day to Make Your Writing Dreams Come True" on January 13, 2007.

Columbus nonfiction author Sandra Gurvis will be the guest speaker on December 2.  

Award-wining poet, author, and professor in the Columbia University writing program Collette Inez, will be on campus for a workshop on March 31.

The annual Columbus State Community College Writers Conference will take place April 27 and 28, 2007.

All lectures will take place in the lower level of Nestor Hall, from 2-4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Additional authors for the Series will be announced at a later date. For more information contact Karen D'arbanville at 287-5377 ext. 8214.


Digital artist featured in exhibit

Columbus artist Randy Jones' digital still-life paintings are featured in an exhibit in the ERC. The artist's paintings reflect her fascination with durability, immortality, and symbolism and her belief that all objects have significance.

"There is joy in the arrangement of design elements and colors within a composition, and there is beauty of varied shape and form," says Jones. "Familiar, comfortable objects like fruit or books express the fragility of the moment, but also become something eternal and timeless-frozen forever in the picture."

Jones' work can be seen through the end of September.


Newsletter highlights health and wellness

As part of an ongoing effort to provide clients with current health care and wellness information, USI Midwest publishes the "Health & Wellness USI Newsletter."

September's issue features a practical list of ideas to add 2,000 steps to your day for America On the Move Month. Also featured for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month are ways to incorporate diet and behavior changes to help lower cancer risks.

To read the newsletter, click here.


Fee payment deadline is September 15

Fee waivers, dependent fee waivers, and all other financial aid have been posted to student accounts on Colleague for autumn quarter. Participants should have received an e-mail stating that this process is complete.

Go to the Web or to ARAI in Colleague to verify that your fees are paid in full. If your fee waiver has not posted, contact Human Resources to make sure it has been received.

Fee payment deadline is Friday, September 15, at 11 p.m.


New SEOM committee seeking more exemplary employees

The newest members of the Staff Employee of the Month (SEOM) Committee are, from left: Maureen Erney, Karen Payne-Robertson, Mike Yuille, Marla Crouch, and Vickie Hunter, committee chair.

You can recognize outstanding staff employees by nominating them for the Staff Member of the Month Award. To nominate your colleague, go to and fill out the form.


Win tickets to the Blue Jacket and Destroyers games and other fabulous prizes

 To enter the drawing, there are three simple steps:

•  Just complete the AQIP Constellation Survey at the following link:
•  Print the confirmation page from the survey.
•  Show the printed page to the reference librarians in the ERC to be entered in the drawing.

If you have any questions about the survey, contact Sunday Zidonis at 287-5085.


Seminar to bring retirees together

Close to retirement? Columbus State's Time of Your Life Center's Movin' on Network will present "Retirement Wisdom and Folly: Seasoned Retirees in Dialogue with Recent Retirees," September 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

If you are close to crossing the boundary between employment and retirement and have questions you'd like to ask those with five, 10, 15, or 20 years of retirement experience, this workshop is for you. This informal gathering will give you the chance to pose questions, share insights, dispel myths, and find support and encouragement.

The seminar is $10 or free to all Lifelong Learning Institute and Time of Your Life Center Members. The fee includes the seminar and light refreshments.

The seminar will be held in the Center for Workforce Development, Room 409.

To register, go to and sign up for course CPEPDV-166.

For further information, contact Rashaun Geter, coordinator in the ACT/SkillsMax Center, at 287-5751.