Monday, February 26, 2007

Poet in Pink
Dr. John Francis, professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, reads historical selections from the writings of Marcus Garvey at the annual "Poets in Black" event in conjunction with Black History Month. The reading was given to a packed audience in the ERC television studio on Feb. 22.  

Other presenters included faculty members Steve Abbott, Jean-Claude Ba, Rita Bova, Crystal Clarke, Kae Denino, W. David Hall, Karsten Look, Robyn Lyons-Robinson, and staff member Tracy Soward.







Winter Quarter reports now available on the WebThe winter quarter FTE and headcount reports are available on the intranet at; Select Winter 2007 and then the specific report of interest. Available reports include a college overview, department headcounts and FTE, off-campus center headcounts and FTE, and distance learning headcounts and FTE. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Hamberg, Knowledge Resources and Planning, ext. 5643.

Theatre Columbus State to stage 1944 play "No Exit"Make plans now to see "No Exit," an existential play by Jean-Paul Sartre, written in 1944 in Paris when it was occupied by Germany. The action takes place in a room in Hell, where three characters struggle to come to terms with why they are there and why they've been put there together. Performances will be on Thursday, March 1 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The performances are free and open to the public.   

Communications Skills Professor Nancy Kephart offers this summary of the play:

"The play is set in a room in Hell as if it were a hotel, with three people who are there to torture one another for eternity. Cradeau is a coward who ran from the service and was executed. Estelle murdered her baby, and Inez controlled other people, making them suffer and ruining their lives. Estelle is attracted to Cradeau, who in turn is attracted to Inez, who is attracted to Estelle.

"This is an existential play. An existentialist believes that there is no god, that existence precedes essence, that life is meaningless, that we're alone in an irrational universe, and that the only thing we have is free will and the opportunity to take responsibility for our choices.  

"However, to be able to choose who we are and how we live, we must not succumb to the image that others hold of us. The characters in 'No Exit' wish they had a mirror so that they could see themselves, not realizing that they are the mirrors for one another. The irony, of course, is that if they can only perceive themselves as others see them, then they relinquish free will, and thus are in hell for eternity."

AQIP Quick Fixes of the WeekFix requested : "More ATMs on campus"

Response: "The ATM in Delaware Hall will be replaced, and a new ATM will be installed in DX by the end of Winter Quarter 2007." - Business and Administrative Services

Fix requested: "Have more quiet study spaces for students."

Response: "New quiet study spaces have been created recently in the ERC." - Information Technology

2007 Annual Fund Drive set to kick offThe Columbus State Community Development Foundation will soon announce the start of the 2007 Employee Fund Drive, and would like to thank all those employees who donated to the Foundation in 2006. Please view the employee donor list here.   For more information on how to donate to the Foundation, please contact Elissa Schneider, at ext. 5028.

African-American Health Forum and screening available Feb. 27Students, employees and the public are invited to the African-American Health Awareness Forum and Health Screening event Tuesday, February 27, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The forum will begin at 11 a.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium, with the health screenings starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge.

Panelists for the Forum include:
•  Dr. Sheri Morgan, MD MPH Assistant Director, Mt. Carmel Medicine Residency Program
•  John Tolbert, M.A., Director of Community Health of Columbus Public Health
•  Dr. Tabitha Jones, Resident
•  Dr. Rosalyn Green-Peace, Resident
•  Cecilia Hansen, Ohio University, 4th -Year Medical Student
•  Jameelah Harris, Ohio University, 4th -Year Medical Student
•  Shamitha Francis, Mt. Carmel Hospital, 3rd -Year Student
•  Facilitator: Toni Johnson-Radio One Promotions and Marketing Director

Free health screenings will be offered from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge. Screenings include diabetes and HIV. Also available will be information about   cancer prevention, heart disease, HPV virus, sudden infant death (SIDS), and the Columbus State Wellness program.

The event is free and open to the public. It is hosted by Columbus State's Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with Institutional Advancement.

Interested in learning about the construction trades?The Applied Technologies Department at Columbus State is launching a new series of college credit courses in the construction trades. These new courses can provide students with more in-depth knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. Courses will be offered in areas of carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and introductory construction classes. The coursework is open to all students; they do not have to be enrolled in the Applied Technologies degree programs. For more information about these courses, contact Dr. Andy Rezin at ext. 5318 or email:

View Construction course listings here.