Thursday, March, 29, 2007

Vintage baseball subject of upcoming Faculty Lecture SeriesFaculty, staff and students are invited to bring their lunch and join the Division of Arts and Sciences for the Faculty Lecture Series "Vintage Base Ball and the Ohio Village Muffins," presented by Jim Kimnach, assistant professor in the Developmental Education Department.

The lecture will be Tuesday, April 3 at noon in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A. The lecture is free and open to the public.

In 1860, base ball (two words) was played without gloves and you could put a batter out by catching the ball on the fly or first bounce. The Ohio Village Muffins, an educational arm of the Ohio Historical Society, play the game the way it was played in 1860, dressed in uniforms from that era. Kimnach will give the audience a little history of the game of base ball and information about the many teams around the country that are re-creating this form of the game. Jim is an umpire, tally keeper, and interpreter for the Muffins.

Cougars take Cheer Power Nationals

The Cougar Cheer Team waits for their chance to perform at last weekend's competition.

The Columbus State Cheerleading Team took the championship March 23-25 at the American Cheer Power Northeast Nationals held in Columbus. The Cougars took first place, defeating Owens Community College and Marietta College. For their win, the team received bags, medals, a banner, a trophy and national championship jackets.

Hot Foods team earns silverThe Chef Apprentice Hot Food Competition Team won a silver medal at the Northeast Regional Conference of the American Culinary Federation on March 2 and 3. The team finished third in the competition out of nine schools from two- and four-year colleges. The team qualified for the regionals by winning the Ohio competition in January.

Proposals due soon for In-Service DayPresentation proposals for In-Service Day are due April 6. The theme for this year is Sustainability: Don't Just Survive - Thrive! Categories for presentations are Sustainability, Best Practices, and Service. All submissions must be made electronically. For more information and the submission forms, please visit the In-Service Day website at In-Service Day is April 27.

New campus tour schedule has begunBeginning this quarter, campus tours for prospective students will be offered on a new schedule, according to Tari Blaney, director of Admissions. Campus tours will depart from the Admissions Office in the lower level of Madison Hall on Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m., on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m., and on the first Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.

The tours are led by campus leaders from our Student Ambassador program. Visitors enjoy meeting other prospective students, seeing our beautiful campus, and learning about the many resources and opportunities we offer. Reservations for these regularly scheduled tours are not required, but are encouraged. Visitors can call the Admissions Office at 287-2669 to confirm their plans.

Tours for groups of five or more students are accommodated by special request and can be offered in collaboration with other departments and academic areas. Visitors interested in bringing a group to campus for a tour or departments who will be hosting visiting groups can call ext. 5513 to make those arrangements.

College credit ratings are affirmed by Moody's Investors and Standard & Poor'sIn preparation for refinancing the mortgage the college took out in 1997 to build the garage on the Columbus campus, the College had to receive an updated credit rating from Moody's Investors and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.   Both rating agencies affirmed the college's ratings, which were upgraded in late 2003 from previous ratings, and both noted that the college had a stable financial outlook.  

In conducting their reviews, the rating agencies consider many financial factors, including levels of debt, reserves, and operating performance.

The ratings also reflect the college's overall enrollment growth, its niche as the only community college in one of the strongest economic areas in Ohio, the college's modest debt burden, and no new debt plans.


2007 Columbus State golf league forming  The 2007 employee golf league will play Mondays at 6 p.m. at Columbus State's Bridgeview Golf Course beginning May 14 and ending August 20 (no league May 28). The cost is $126 for the season, which does not include cart fees. Players may walk or rent a cart for an additional fee. This is a social league, so players of varying skill levels can feel comfortable playing. If you'd like to join the league or need more information, please contact Mary Insabella by emailing  


Cocchi appointed to Legal Rights Commission

Wayne Cocchi
Wayne Cocchi, director of Disability Services, has been reappointed by Ohio Senate President Bill Harris to a three-year term as a commissioner for Ohio Legal Rights Service Commission.

The Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS) is an independent state agency and the federally and state designated Protection and Advocacy system and Client Assistance Program for children and adults with disabilities in the Ohio. The mission of the OLRS is to protect and guarantee the human, civil, and legal rights of Ohioans with disabilities. 

For more detailed information on the Commission visit


Michelle Arnold

Arnold accepted into leadership program at FranklinMichelle Arnold, coordinator of Assignment Contracts in Curriculum Management, has been selected to receive the Franklin University Leadership Scholarship, recognizing the top graduate students with the highest GPA.

Arnold will be a guest at the Mason Leadership Symposium at the Leadership Center April 27, in recognition of her acceptance into the Franklin University Leadership Scholars program.




Johnson joins athletic department as academic specialist

Herschel Johnson
Herschel Johnson joined the Department of Student Activities and Athletics on March 23 as the academic athletic specialist. In this role, Johnson will work with student-athletes on academic success methods.  He joins Columbus State from Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla. At Santa Fe he was an academic advisement specialist. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of West Florida. He is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletes.

"I am pleased to join the Department of Athletics in this capacity," said Johnson. "I look forward to working with athletic staff and the athletic team members toward academic success, transitioning to four-year colleges and being part of the proud Cougar sports tradition. I am looking forward to meeting and greeting all the student athletes as soon as possible."