Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Schneider writes her way to the top

After 17 years of helping students learn to write for their future, Lisa Schneider is ready to compose her own history as the new chair of Communication Skills

Having regularly taught language development, beginning composition, essay and research, English composition, writing about the American experience, the American identity, literature and composition, and women in literature, Schneider is more than prepared to lead the department in its endeavors.

As the new chair, she says there isn't a need for major departmental changes since they have always been a solid department offering quality classes in composition, creative writing, theater, literature, speech and technical communication.

"I'd like to see us even more involved in the community"

"Although we feature community involvement such as theater festivals, the Writers Conference, and a student composition contest, I'd like to see us even more involved in the community," says Schneider. "I would also like our department to become more cross-disciplinary with other departments on campus."

As for her own personal goals, she plans on learning more about the departmental courses she's never taught in order to help her faculty best meet each student's needs.

During the upcoming year, the Communication Skills Department will be involved in several projects including:

For more information about the department, visit


Your vote, your voice

A nonpartisan voter registration kick-off will take place on campus Monday, September 25, as part of a community college voter registration program through the Center for Political Participation at Alleghany College. According to Rita Bova, professor in Communication Skills, Student Activities received a $1,000 grant from the center to help register voters at Columbus State.

The kick-off will be the start of week-long effort to register anyone who is not a registered voter.

On Monday, registration and demonstration voter booths will be set up near the Nestor Hall arch. From 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium speakers will discuss the process and importance of voting. From 2-4 p.m., speakers include: Matt Damshroeder, director of the Ohio Board of Elections, and Charleta Tavares, City Council member. From 6-8 p.m., speakers include Lori Tyack, Clerk of Courts, Ray Miller, senator, and Matt Damshroeder.

Also from 2-4 p.m., Slightly Amusing, an improvisation group, will perform and play games with the students before and after the speakers, and from 6-8 p.m., Myke Rock will play a medley of folk music. There will be giveaways, and CD101 will play music and give away free ice cream.

During the rest of the week, voter registration tables will be in place under the arch or in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge if it rains.

During autumn quarter, the student ambassadors are conducting a voter registration drive on campus. If you'd like to invite a student ambassador to your class to discuss the importance of voting, contact Heather Borland, supervisor of Student and Recreational Services, at

Voter registration activities are sponsored by Student Activities and Athletics.


Discovery Exchange to open in November
The Discovery Exchange, across the street at 283 Cleveland Avenue, is scheduled to open its doors to campus and the public in late October with Grand Opening activities to commence in November.

The Discovery Exchange (DX) will house the college bookstore, mail room, shipping and receiving, a copy center, café, and convenience store.

Watch the "Update" for more exciting details as the Grand Opening date approaches.



Last day for AQIP survey is Friday

The last day to take the AQIP survey is Friday, September 22. To be eligible for the final drawing, including prizes of Donatos Pizza, Blue Jackets/Destroyers tickets, Aramark coupons, massages, fitness evaluations, and Columbus State bookstore discount coupons, go to and take the survey now.

Tips for taking the survey:

If you have trouble logging in using the cscc password, contact Sunday Zidonis at 287-5987 to obtain a paper version of the survey.


Free personal finance workshops to be held

MidState Educators Credit Union members are invited to attend a series of personal finance workshops. Each workshop, listed below, will be held on a Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m.

These workshops are free of charge, but require registration. To register, call 614-552-2222 or 1-800-355-2227.

The workshops will be held at the Hilltop Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 511 S. Hague Avenue, just four miles south of I-70/Hague Avenue exit.


Visible from 670

The new Center for Workforce Development claims its stake as part of Columbus State. The new sign, on the north side of the building, tells drivers on I-670 that the campus is here.