Thursday, February 22, 2007


Copy Center coordinator takes business to next levelStaff Employee of the Month

Tony Belleau is so serious about his job coordinating the new Discovery Exchange Copy Center that he prepared a business plan for the Center at home on his off hours. The dedicated employee was named February Staff Employee of the Month at a ceremony Feb. 21.

"He will make everyone feel that their project is the most important one and he is only concerned about them."

Belleau was nominated by one of his customers at the Copy Center, Graphic Artist Paul Rehg, who wrote, "He's a true professional who serves the campus with a great attitude that I wish I had every day!"

Supervisor Bill Silcott agrees that "Tony works well with everyone. He will make everyone feel that their project is the most important one and he is only concerned about them."

One of Belleau's environmental sculptures, entitled "Breathing Fire Like the Monster That You Are," which he creates using only organic materials.

Belleau is quite the Renaissance man in his off hours as well. In addition to pursuing his degree at Columbus State, he is a sculptor and photographer who has had his work on exhibition around the state. After completing his Columbus State degree, he hopes to continue studying for a degree in art education.

He has a "jazz/metal/instrumental" band called Silencio that tours and records on the Mountain Collective label out of Brooklyn, NY. Girlfriend Anna plays keyboards, and Belleau adds horns, drums, bass and keyboards.

And to keep up his strength for his favorite sport of weightlifting, this 10-year vegan has begun studying cooking so he can prepare the kinds of dishes that maximize protein and energy sources. A vegan is a special kind of vegetarian who doesn't eat any animal products at all, including eggs, dairy products or honey.




Tune in at noon todayTune in your radio today at noon to 820 WOSU-AM to hear a special report on NPR news show Day to Day addressing "Why growing numbers of students are turning to community colleges."

Gospel Ensemble to perform "Great Women" concert March 10  The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Easton, will present "Great Women of Gospel" on Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.   The concert is free and open to the public.

"Great Women of Gospel" will focus on female composers, pioneers, legends and trendsetters within the genre. The Ensemble will spotlight unsung "sheros" such as Mother Willie Mae Ford Smith, Sallie Martin, Rosetta Tharp, Doris Akers, and more. Student displays of gospel greats will be located in the foyer of Nestor Auditorium. The concert also will showcase a song written by members of the Ensemble and will include a five-piece gospel band led by keyboardist Christopher Brown.

In addition to the Ensemble performance, the event will feature a flags and dance presentation by Lucita Ferris and youth dancers Tiera and Julea Franklin. Rhema Lee of Joy 106.3 radio will serve as program emcee, and Pastor Sue Ceasar Alexander will offer the invocation.


Cougar Cheerleaders win Midwest OpenThe Columbus State Cheerleading team defeated Towson University (Md.) February 17, by a score of 239-198 at the Midwest Open National Cheerleading competition. The team was named champion in their division at the event, which was held at the Columbus Convention Center.

"This is our third 1 st place title in 2007," said Head Coach Stacey Johnson. "Other first place events have been at the CTC Buckeye Challenge in January, followed by our three-peat at the Americheer Winter Open Nationals earlier this month.

"This is the most talented cheer team Columbus State has ever had," said Johnson. "The camaraderie of the team and confidence in their skills and performance is unmatched!"

Time to plan for Kids in College summer campYou can be sure that spring is just around the corner when the time arrives for Kids in College Summer Camp applications.

Application forms are now available for the Kids in College Summer Program, sponsored by the K-12 Initiatives Department. The program is open to children entering the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades in September 2007. The camp cost is $300 for the two-week session, June 11-22.

A choice of two learning tracks will be offered: The "Exploring" track deals with creativity, art, self-esteem, and personal skills.   The "Tooling" track is a technical and scientific program with strong emphasis on robotics, environmental science and computers.

In addition, the kids enjoy speakers and performances from special guests including the Columbus Zoo, Kids on Broadway, and Taiko Drumming, as well as field trips to Big Darby Creek (Tooling), the Kelton House and Topiary Garden (Exploring) and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Contact Laurie Johns or Claudia Fowler at ext. 5961 to receive an application.

Too old for Kids in College? How about Active Aging?The folks at the Arnold Sports Festival invite Columbus State employees to the annual Active Aging Festival to be held Friday, March 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The festival will include demonstrations of sports and fitness activities, low-impact fitness instruction, presentations on nutrition, exercise, and health, strength and flexibility, and anti-aging and wellness resources.  

Admission is $10 per person, which includes access to the Arnold Sports Festival and the 650-booth Arnold Fitness EXPO. More information is available at

Meet the candidates
Receptions scheduled for Dean of Enrollment Services candidates

All college employees are invited and encouraged to attend four separate receptions to meet the final candidates for the Dean of Enrollment Services position. All forums will be held in the WD Conference Center, Room 435, and refreshments will be served.
The dates and times of the receptions are:

February 26, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.   
     Kimberly Ferguson

February 28, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
     Bradley Honious

March 1, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
     Martin Maliwesky

March 2, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
     James Bland 

After the candidates have introduced themselves, you may ask any work-related questions. If you would like to have input, you are welcome to share your comments with any of the committee members by phone or e-mail. Please make comments by noon on March 5.  The committee members are:
Jan Wagner, ext. 2411,
Jan Ellis, ext. 2422,
Riki Lawrence, ext. 2662,
Tracy Kemp, ext. 2460,
Reuel Barksdale, ext. 3872,