Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Cougars send their sympathy to Hokies

Columbus State students and employees sign a banner that will be sent to Virginia Tech containing condolences and well wishes to the university community. A remembrance event was held on campus Monday, April 23--one week to the day of the shootings at the Blacksburg, Va., college. The event was organized by the Student Activities Office to give students a chance to pay their respects and support the Hokies.  

Success stories share experience with HS counselors

Royce Carpenter, left, and Deborah Adkins enjoy breakfast before delivering their speeches to a packed house of high school counselors Friday, April 20, at the annual event hosted by the Admissions Office.

Carpenter, a 2000 graduate of the Interpreting/ASL Education program, told the audience of her decision to study interpreting, and how she will soon enter Capital Law School to study to become a legal advocate to the deaf.

Adkins will soon complete her studies at Columbus State, and she has earned a scholarship at Harvard University, where she will enroll this fall. Adkins shared her inspirational story of overcoming incredible obstacles to attend college at Columbus State, which earlier this year earned her an Outstanding Women Leadership award.

In-Service Day schedule now on WebThe full In-Service Day schedule is now available on the In-Service Day website at http://www.cscc.edu/InService/files/SP07presentations04_18.pdf.

At the Fall In-Service Day, we learned about the results of the Constellation Survey and shared ideas about what matters most to Columbus State employees. This In-Service Day, the AQIP committee would like to share what they have learned as the group continues to develop the college's first action projects.

Come to the 1st floor of TL building in the CyberCafe from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for the first annual AQIP Share Fair featuring food, folks and fun.

The Division of Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series presents
"Faith, Reason and Biblical Morality"Please bring your lunch and join the Division of Arts and Sciences at the upcoming Faculty Lecture Series on at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Edgar Vélez, professor in the Humanities Department. Vélez has a master's in divinity from Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, N.Y., a licentiate in moral theology from the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome, Italy, and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He taught moral theology at Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary from 1979 to 1982.

According to Vélez, "Some biblical passages in the Book of Joshua tell about exploits of Hebrew warriors in which they kill everyone, including women and children, after a battle. In our days, such actions would be considered war crimes, and those responsible would be liable for severe punishment under international law. Yet in the biblical tale these actions appear justified, sometimes even commanded by God. We also find in the Bible alleged divine commands that adulterers or blasphemers be punished by stoning to death, or that rapists should marry their virginal victims (without any concern for what the victimized woman may think). Do these biblical tales constitute an insurmountable obstacle for reasonable people to follow biblical morality?"

Vélez will present an argument in support of the rationality of biblical ethics in conjunction with historical literary criticism of the texts.

Wellness Fair offers mammogramsAs part of our April 27 In-Service Day Wellness Fair, the college is offering employees the opportunity to have a mammogram.

Columbus State has arranged with the Author G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to bring a mobile mammography screening unit on campus to screen women for breast cancer. Mammograms will be performed aboard the mobile screening unit and insurance will be billed.

The mobile unit will perform these procedures on Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call (614) 293-4455 as soon as possible to schedule your appointment time.

The American Cancer Society highly recommends an annual mammogram for women over the age of 40. Eligibility Requirements: Non-pregnant, non-nursing, 12 months since last mammogram, asymptomatic, no breast implants, no previous breast cancer. For ages 30-34, a written prescription of doctor is needed--insurance might not cover the procedure. Those under age 30 are not eligible.

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, nbowmang@cscc.edu, or call ext. 3989.

Staff Advisory Council announces Operation Feed Campaign 2007The Annual Operation Feed 2007 Campaign returns to campus from April 27-May 25. The kickoff will be at In-service Day, Friday, April 27. Employees may drop off cans or monetary donations at the Staff Advisory Council table at the Wellness Fair. SAC's goal for 2007 is to collect a total of 2,500 meals or equivalent donations. A one-pound can is equivalent to one meal. A $1 donation is equivalent to two meals.

This year, SAC is continuing with theme donation weeks:

  • April 27-May 4 is Protein Week (canned tuna/meats, canned pastas, etc.).
  • May 7-11 is Dry Goods Week (powered milk, oats, pastas, macaroni and cheese, etc.).
  • May 14-18 is Canned Fruits and Vegetables Week.
  • May 21-25 is Snacks and Condiments Week (peanut butter and jelly, snack food, etc.).

Along with a table at the Wellness Fair, we will be hosting a silent art auction. Artwork donated by employees will be displayed. Bids may be made using canned food items or cash.

Massage therapy students will also be offering chair massages that can be paid for with either canned food conations or cash donations. All donations benefit Operation Feed.

Donation boxes will also be available in each campus building. If your department does not have a box, please contact Betty Richardson at ext. 3821 or email brichard@cscc.edu.

For monetary donations, make checks payable to Operation Feed . See any Staff Advisory Council representative for details or check the website: http://www.cscc.edu/sac/.

Alumni Landscape Association to host golf outing August 6Mark your calendar for the 13th annual Landscape Golf Outing to benefit the Student Landscape Association. This is the first year that the new Landscape Alumni Organization has taken the lead to help sponsor the event to benefit the current students and to support their team for national competition next year in Georgia. Sign up information will be available from Professor Steve O'Neal later in May. Those interested should feel free to contact O'Neal now, and he will forward information about the outing.

Date:  Monday, August 6
Location:  Bent Tree Golf Course
Time:  1 p.m. shotgun start
Format:  Four-person scramble
Cost:  $100 per person (which includes golf, dinner after the match, and lots of fun)

He's gotta "brag"IT Support Services employee Mark Bragg 's son, Columbus State student Jacob Bragg , who goes by a professional name of "Icee Jake," had his song "Angel" chosen as Best of Show in the Digital Music category at the first annual Columbus State Downtown Digital Arts Festival. He was also selected as a Top 10 finalist in the Berklee College of Music and Essence m agazine " Take Back The Music " Hip-Hop Song Writing Contest for his song "Lord Gave Me." 

Jake  won last year's contest and was awarded full tuition with room and board to the Berklee College of Music in Boston for the five-week Summer Performance Program. The winners for this year's contest will be announced in early May.

According to Mark, his son has plans to continue his education here at Columbus State, and is auditioning this summer for a scholarship to Berklee as a full-time student. He then hopes to transfer next year to Berklee after he has the required college credits. Jake is focusing his education in music with a background in recording engineering.

Early next month, Jake will be officially releasing his new CD Tempations , featuring the songs "Angel" and "Lord Gave Me," along with other songs that Jake has written and recorded in his home studio. You can listen to some of Jake's music on his website www.iceejake.com.

Congratulations Mark on your son's accomplishments.

Three-way video conference to feature indigenous authorsA three-way video-conference among Columbus State, University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, and Curtin University in Perth, West Australia, on May 9 and 10 will feature indigenous authors from all three countries reading their legend books for children along with dance and music of the native cultures. 

Mary Saskamoose, an Inuit writer and dancer, will join the conference from Saskatchewan, Canada.   Lorna Little will be the aboriginal author of  "Mark of the Wargarl" as well as a draft of a new book, and American Dandi   Mackall will read her book "Legend of Ohio" as well as another book coming out soon for teenagers.

The video-conference will take place in the global classroom here on campus at 8 p.m. on May 9.  In Canada, it will be 6 p.m. on May 9, and in Perth, the event will be at 8 a.m. on May 10.

Children from all three countries and cultures will be the participating audience for this video conference.  Rita Bova, Ph.D., of the Communication Skills Department will be the producer.

New voice mail system coming June 30Columbus State’s current telephone voice mail system has reached its end of life. It's no longer manufactured and no new applications can be installed on it after June 30. It also does not support the newer voice mail features, according to Terry Rockwell, supervisor of Telecommunications.

The new system is scheduled to be installed by June 30, when everything will change - new voice, new feel, different touch-tone interface, and the need to record new greetings. Even messages on the current will not transfer over.

There will also be many new capabilities that will enable departments to do many of the things that have been requested.

The vendor, AVST, will be giving a presentation at the 2 p.m. on In-Service Day to introduce interested people to the new system.