Monday, November 5, 2007

Arts& Sciences Faculty Lecture Series to present lecture on biblical criticism tomorrowphoto of a bibleThe word “criticism,” when used in connection with the Bible, goes back to its original meaning in Greek:  “To take something apart, to examine all the parts so as to understand them, and to put all the parts back together again to form a whole.”  This process results in a deeper understanding of the whole.

The upcoming Arts & Sciences Faculty Lecture, “What is Biblical Criticism and Who Needs It?” will be presented by Angela Burdge on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in TL 311.

Angela Burdge received the Master of Theology degree with a concentration in biblical studies from the Pontifical College Josephinum.  She was trained in the historic-critical method of Bible interpretation and has taught numerous bible study groups in the Columbus area.  She is a teacher of religious education at St. Peter Parish in Worthington. Ms. Burdge’s particular interests are the Old Testament and Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Theatre Columbus State to produce “Triangle Factory Fire”photo of mural depicting factory tradgedy
On March 25, 1911, more than 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia and Italy went to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in downtown Manhattan. At 4:45 p.m. a fire broke out and spread to the ninth floor, trapping hundreds of young women. Locked doors and a collapsed fire escape forced dozens of workers to leap out windows toward the shocked onlookers below. In less than thirty minutes, 146 workers, mainly young women, perished.

Written by Christopher Piehler and Scott Alan Evans and directed by Frank A. Barnhart, “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” uses eyewitness accounts, news reports and court transcripts to recreate the story leading up to the fire and the aftermath that followed. It explores a tragic moment in American history and the toll that such a tragedy takes on all of us.

Theatre Columbus State is proud to welcome guest Equity actress, Janetta Davis to the cast of The Triangle Factory Fire Project. Davis will appear as fire victim’s mother, Bertha Schwartz, as well as machine operator May Levantini. Thirty additional roles will be portrayed by a cast of twelve Theatre Columbus State students.

The play will be performed in Nestor Hall auditorium on Wednesday, November 14, at 8 p.m., Thursday, November 15 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Friday, November 16 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 17 at 8 p.m. The play is free and open to the public.

Last day to register for HR-sponsored classes!graphic of pen and paperToday (Nov. 5) is the final day to register for two courses being offered through the Human Resources Department to all Columbus State employees. “Legendary Customer Service” and “Managing Time and Work” will be taught November 15 by Jeff Spain from the Business and Industry Department.  They are free and open to all Columbus State employees.  A third class, Interpersonal Communications, will be offered on November 27.
To register, go to the HR courses listed on the training calendar and click on the correct date. The training calendar is on the college’s intranet.For more information contact Mary Francis McLaughlin, Program Coordinator, Human Resources, at ext.5220, or email

Scholarships available to students – deadline Nov. 19The Columbus State Development Foundation offers scholarships twice a year to eligible students based on field of study, financial need, and academic achievement. The Winter/Spring 2008 application period ends November 19, so encourage your students to apply today.  The Foundation’s online application and scholarship guide is on the Web, and is also available in the Office of Financial Aid.  It is the Development Foundation’s goal to award all of the scholarships listed!

photo of Dianne
Dianne Fidelibus

Fidelibus honored by Prevention CouncilDianne Fidelibus, instructor in Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation, was given the President’s Award by the Prevention Council of Central Ohio on October 19. 

The Prevention Council annually presents the award to a person who has demonstrated a total commitment to fighting the disease of chemical dependency, and who has raised the level of public awareness of prevention. Fidelibus was nominated by a panel of past recipients of the award. 





Cuban-American artist exhibits in the ERC photo of art galleryThe Educational Resources Center (ERC) is pleased to present an exhibition by Cuban-American artist Wilfredo Calvo-Bono. The exhibition will be on display in the main “Art Gallery” of the ERC located on Level 1 of Columbus Hall through November 30.

In 1954, Calvo-Bono studied architecture at Havana University. In 1968 he initiated his artist work in Madrid using realism as his expression and gradually modified his work into geometric forms. He uses realism to expose negative environments, and abstract geometry to trigger reflective thoughts in the observer. Calvo-Bono’s works have been displayed and collected throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. In 2001 he received the Pollak-Krasner Foundation grant.

Based on the concept that painting can be executed as a profession for the improvement of human social conditions, Calvo-Bono has created two series of paintings and construction. First, the “Possibilities” series formed by abstract geometric pieces with striking colors done with alkyds, oils, canvas, plywood, etc. able to generate reflective thoughts in the viewer. Second, “The Bad, Sad, and Ugly” series constituted of paintings and constructions done with realistic forms which emphasize the environmental problems that affect all levels of society showing specific cases in global terms with the hope that it will increase awareness and solutions for specific problems.

Fall Wellness Challenge –still time to enter
The Columbus State Wellness Advisory Committee would like to remind you that the second phase of the Wellness Challenge is well underway. The Wellness Challenge started October 1 and will run through December 1, but you can still participate!  There are monthly awards, as well as overall winners after December 1.

The Challenge is based on individual points. For every hour of a wellness activity in which you participate, you will earn five wellness points.  This includes physical activity, wellness seminars, and wellness classes.  For example, if you attended the October 31 cooking demonstration that was an hour long, you would record the date, seminar title, total time, and the number of points you acquired (in this example, 5 points).  You will also need to get the signature of the individual conducting the seminar/lecture. 

Where do you record your wellness activities and points?  Just go to the campus wellness Web site and download the Wellness Challenge Tracking Form.  For those who were diligent with their pedometers during the last Challenge you can still use them for this phase, too.  Record your steps in a daily log (log templates are available through Nichole Bowman-Glover) and receive 5 points for every 10,000 steps.

The top twenty point-earners will receive prizes.  There also will be prizes for the top point earners for October and November.  All participants are responsible for recording and tallying their own point totals. 

For those participants who would like to be considered for the October prize, please submit a copy of your October tracking form with everything totaled by Friday, November 9 to Don Laubenthal in the Human Performance Center, Delaware Hall Room 029.  It’s not too late to join the Challenge by downloading a Tracking Form. Please contact Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 or Laubenthal at ext. 3627 with questions about the Wellness Challenge.