Thursday, April 12, 2007

Assignments Contracts coordinator cares about Columbus State "family"The April 2007 Staff Employee of the Month has only been on the job as Coordinator of Assignment Contracts for a few months, but supervisor Jay Benedict says, "She has a very caring attitude about the Columbus State family," and "she has been able to monitor the workload better than ever before."

Nominated by Chemistry Professor Charles Gallucci, Michele Arnold only recently moved from her position in Human Resources to the new job as coordinator in the office of Curriculum Management. Gallucci worked with Arnold regularly in his role as CSEA representative serving on a grievance committee. "Although grievances are not pleasant to work with, Michele does an excellent job of helping to understand problems and thus allowing us to resolve them amicably," says Gallucci.  

Gallucci was also impressed with Arnold after his hospital stay for emergency surgery had him working at a distance to do paperwork. "I needed to contact her at a time when I was neither thinking nor moving well. She did go beyond expectations to help me," says Gallucci.

In her new role as coordinator of contracts, Arnold says she loves the opportunity to work with faculty and chairpersons, serving the needs of the college. "It's been a great experience working with this team. I miss HR, but I get to see them quite a bit, and I love learning different sides of this college."

Next Book Club to feature more "Good to Great"Val's Book Club will follow up on "Good to Great" author Jim Collin's latest work, a monograph entitled: "Good to Great and the Social Sectors," on Thursday, May 31, at noon.

Any college employee may sign up to participate in the brown-bag lunch book discussion with President Moeller--the first 25 to sign up will receive the monograph free of charge from the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies--how they grow, how they attain superior performance and how good companies can become great.   He has co-authored three books, including the classic "Built to Last," a fixture on the Business Week bestseller list for more than five years.  

The monograph is Collins' response to questions raised by readers in the social sector. It is based on interviews and workshops with more than 100 social sector leaders. According to Collins, between 30 percent and 50 percent of those who bought his book "Good to Great" work in the social sector.

To sign up and receive your copy of the monograph, contact Vickie Hunter at

First Downtown Digital Arts Festival under way Come celebrate creativity in the digital arts at the first-ever Downtown Digital Arts Festival, showcasing work by student artists in a broad range of digital media, April 11-13 on the Columbus State campus.

More than 200 student entries have been received in categories including animation, digital music, digital design, digital photography and video. All events are free and open to the public.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for Friday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the WD Ballroom on the fourth floor.

More information about workshops, special events, gallery locations, and hours of operation can be found online at

In-Service Day UpdatesThe online forms on the In-Service Day website are now working. If you have submitted a form through the In-Service Day website and have not received a confirmation email from Erica Swarts, please re-submit the form. In-Service Day is Friday, April 27.

Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to speak
Tom Kimmerer, a Senior Fulbright Scholar who taught forestry, natural resources management, and plant physiology at the University of Kentucky for more than18 years, will deliver a keynote address at In-Service Day. He has also headed a technology firm and was a consultant in sustainable land management. As the executive director of AASHE, he works with colleges and universities to promote sustainable practices and activities. Sustainability, as defined by AASHE, includes "human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations."

Division of Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series presents "Biblical Criticism - What Is It?"Join the Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series Wednesday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room K for the next lecture, "Biblical Criticism--What Is It?"

The word "criticism," when used in connection with the Bible, goes back to its original meaning in Greek: to take something apart to examine all of the parts so as to understand them, and to put all of the parts back together to form a whole. This process results in a deeper understanding of the whole. Biblical criticism examines the historical and cultural settings and the literary form of the biblical writings.  

The lecture will be given by Angela Burdge, who is a graduate of the Pontifical College Josephinum, where she earned a Master of Theology with a concentration in biblical studies. Trained in the historical-critical method of biblical interpretation, she has a particular interest in the Old Testament and in Jewish/Christian dialogue. Ms. Burdge is a teacher of religious education at St. Peter Parish in Worthington.

More tools for your toolboxThe Transitional Workforce Department in Community Education and Workforce Development (CEWD) will offer additional classes in its popular series "What's In Your Toolbox," noncredit Saturday classes for home repair beginners. Each class costs $50 and runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The registration fee includes a few basic tools with each class. Call the CEWD registration phone to sign up at ext. 5858. The following classes are still available:

April 14  Lawnmower Prep
April 28  Carpentry III
May 5   Ceramic Tile
May 19  Electrical I

June 2   Electrical II
June 9   Electrical III
June 16  Drywall
June 23   Roofing

Join Columbus State's Race for the Cure TeamColumbus State and the Columbus State Education Association are forming a Komen Columbus Race for the Cure team. All Columbus State employees, students, family, and friends are invited to sign up for the team and participate in the 5-kilometer run/walk in downtown Columbus on Saturday, May 19.

The Komen Columbus Race for the Cure has raised more than $7 million locally for breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment. Seventy-five percent of its proceeds remain in central Ohio, helping to support breast health education and breast cancer screening. Please consider contributing to the cause by joining the Columbus State team or by pledging money to our team members.

You can register for the Columbus State team online or through interoffice mail.

To register online:
1. Go to
2. Select "2007 Team Registration." Check the waiver box and the box indicating you are over 18 years of age. You do not need to do anything with the "Optional Login" boxes. Click "Continue."
3. Select the team name "Columbus State" from the drop down box. There is no team password. Fill out the rest of the form and click "Continue."
4. Complete the payment information.
5. Congratulations, you have registered for the Columbus State Race for the Cure Team!

To register through interoffice mail:
Contact one of the team captains listed below:
Beth Barnett: or ext. 2593
Deb Bertsch: or ext 5860
Heather Borland: or ext. 5348
Nichole Bowmen-Glover: or ext. 3989
Kevin James: or ext. 5008
Don Laubenthal: or ext. 3627
Kris Ramsey: or ext. 5864

Hurry! Online registration ends April 27, and mail registrations must be submitted to a team captain by April 17.

Concert Band and Chorus to perform May 23

Charles Ives, outside his summer home in Connecticut, c. 1946.

Columbus State's musical performance programs will devote their spring concert to the music of American composer Charles Ives (1874-1954). The free concert will be Wednesday, May 23, at 8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium.

With support from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, we have invited one of the foremost experts in the music of Charles Ives to come to our campus.   Jonathan Elkus is a member of the emeritus faculty of the University of California-Davis. He is a dynamic speaker who facilitates audience understanding through his comments. Jonathan Elkus is an editor of the Charles Ives Society's critical editions of the complete works of Charles Ives, and he has transcribed works of Ives for the U.S. Marine Band. He recently completed a new edition of Ives' Second Symphony that was premiered by the Nashville Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Professor Elkus will narrate the concert, which will feature performances by the Columbus State Concert Band, Chorus Columbus State, and soloists. The program also will include patriotic selections including "America," "America the Beautiful" and "Columbia the Gem of the Ocean."

Nursing lecture open to public April 16All are invited to join the 7th -quarter nursing students as they learn about the laws governing nursing practice. The seminar fulfills the one-hour requirement for license renewal (1.2 CE). The seminar will be held Monday, April 16, from 11a.m.-noon in Franklin Hall Room 106.

The speaker, Janice Lanier, RN, JD, is Director of Health Policy for the Ohio Nurses Association.

The Ohio Nurse's Foundation is approved as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurse's Credentialing Centers Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-091).