Thursday, April 26, 2007

Author Walter Mosley to speak to CMC Friday noon, Writers Workshop at 8 p.m.Author of 28 books including the Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones mystery series, Walter Mosley will speak at the Columbus Metropolitan Club (CMC) luncheon, at noon Friday in the WD ballroom.   Tickets are still available for $15 by calling 464-3220.   Mosley will come back to address participants in the Columbus State Writers Workshop and the general public at 8 p.m. Friday in the same location. The evening lecture is free and open to the public.  

The Boston Globe calls Mosley "one of the nation's finest writers," and his novels have been made into two movies; "Devil in a Blue Dress" and "Always Outnumbered." The Metropolitan Club will hear his lecture on "Culture Famine," and the Writers Workshop lecture is entitled "This Year You Write Your Novel."

Meet the Dean of Arts and Sciences candidatesThree candidates have been selected for a second interview for the Dean of Arts and Sciences position. Campus is invited to open forums to meet each candidate at the following dates and times:

Monday, April 30
Dr. John A. "Jack" Cooley
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nestor C

Thursday, May 3
Dr. Jan Macian
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nestor C

Friday, May 11
Dr. Larry Mayer
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Nestor C

Refreshments will be served at each forum. 

Columbus Arts Festival '08 coming to Columbus State and Discovery DistrictThe smell of Belgian waffles, the sounds of jammin' jazz, and the hundreds of booths overflowing with artistic expression will be coming to the campus of Columbus State in a little more than one year--June 2008!

The Greater Columbus Arts Council announced this week that for four years beginning in 2008, the Columbus Arts Festival will move from the riverfront to the Discovery District, encompassing the parking lots and streets bordering Columbus State, CCAD, and the Columbus Museum of Art.  

What could be a more perfect location for an art event that draws 300 exhibitors and a quarter million visitors to downtown Columbus for three days of cultural entertainment?

Each year, more than 1,200 artists from across North America and Canada compete for 300 booths at the Columbus Arts Festival, earning the festival its reputation as one of the premiere fine art and fine craft festivals in the country. The event has been held on the downtown riverfront since its inception, but construction in the area required a new location for 2008.   The Festival will remain in the Discovery District through its 50th anniversary year in 2011.

"The Festival's move is a wonderful opportunity for this neighborhood," said Cleve Ricksecker, executive director of the Discovery Special Improvement District. "The Festival will focus regional attention on this neighborhood and draw hundreds of thousands of highly educated, well behaved and inquisitive people."

"Helping host the 2008 Columbus Arts Festival will be an exciting time for Columbus State."

Institutional Advancement VP Will Kopp said the college has been working with other neighborhood organizations to convince GCAC that the Discovery District is the ideal location for the arts festival. "We have wonderful resources here that can bring great new opportunities to enhance the festival," Kopp said. "Just think of the arts education going on year-round at Columbus State, CCAD, Fort Hayes, the Columbus Museum of Art, Ballet Met, and the Thurber House.

Moving the festival to the Discovery District will allow the event to spread out, and provide more parking for visitors. The event will be held during Columbus State's spring/summer break weekend, and special plans will be made for students and employees who need to park on campus during the festival hours.

"Helping host the 2008 Columbus Arts Festival will be an exciting time for Columbus State," said President Moeller.   "Everyone should make a point of visiting the Festival this year down by the riverfront, and imagine how wonderful it will be to have this outpouring of art and entertainment right on and around our own campus next year."

Special Improvement District established to enhance safety throughout neighborhoodBusinesses and organizations located in the Discovery District--including Columbus State--have joined in a partnership to enhance the safety and image of the entire neighborhood.

Led by the Discovery District Development Corp., more than 100 property owners in the neighborhood have established the Discovery Special Improvement District (SID) as a private sector corporation. The SID's first major initiative is the Partners in Safety program.

Partners in Safety will employ special duty police officers who will cruise the entire Discovery District, uniformed safety bike ambassadors, and a uniformed homeless outreach specialist, all of these individuals will provide supplemental safety services throughout the neighborhood 16 hours per day, Monday through Saturday. The SID will also coordinate crews to eliminate graffiti on walls and buildings in the District.

The SID also employs a safety specialist to link all the private security operations in the Discovery District with each other and with the Columbus Police, the Franklin County court system, social service agencies and other resources to provide a holistic approach to crime prevention and elimination of disorder.

A SID dispatcher is available to request service or report safety issues by calling 228-5718. Anyone who needs assistance on our campus should call the Department of Public Safety at ext. 2525. In cases of emergency, call 911.

$65,000 available for competitive mini-grants from Development FoundationThe Columbus State Development Foundation, Inc. recently announced the allocation of $65,000 in Fiscal Year 2008 for continued support of the competitive Mini-Grant Program. 

Mini-Grants are small project grants (under $7,500) available to Columbus State faculty and staff to fund innovative student-centered projects or activities that enhance the image of the College in the community and better the Columbus State experience for our students.  Past projects have included writers' workshops, studies of enrollment trends, out of classroom projects for students and faculty, program assessments, diversity projects, tutoring trials, retention projects, faculty workshops, and many other quality projects.

Mini-Grants applications are reviewed and awarded by a selection committee of faculty, staff, students and members of the Columbus State Development Foundation Board of Directors.  Funded projects must take place in FY08 and be completed by June 30, 2008.

If you are interested in applying for a Mini-Grant, please complete the application with your project details and required signatures to the Columbus State Development Foundation Office - FR252.  Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., June 29.

The Columbus State Development Foundation is proud to continue our support the Mini Grant Program and we look forward to another great competition this year.

Know any students interested in majoring in education?Let them know about the Education Fair on Monday, May 14, 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lobby. They will be able to learn more about majoring in education at The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican University, Capital University, and Otterbein College by starting here at Columbus State. For more information, contact Laura Shady or Scott Rombauer at ext.5541.

Briggs to present Webcast todayLisa Briggs, Accounting Supervisor for Auxiliary Services, is one of the program presenters for a webcast entitled "Using the NACS Financial Survey Results" sponsored by the National Association of College Stores (NACS) Foundation. The seminar will be presented live today, April 26. 

  The webcast   is designed to help other college stores learn the value of benchmarking, learn how to identify key financial indicators to analyze operations, and learn to recognize the importance of effectively communicating benchmarking data with administration.  Briggs will be presenting along with two other members of the NACS Benchmarking Committee, Steve Alb (The Bookstore at Western Ontario in London, Ontario) and Don Beckman (The Williamette Store in Salem, OR).

Save the date for a "Celebration of Teaching & Learning"The Instruction Services and Assessment Committee would like you to save the date of Friday, July 20, on your calendar for a Celebration of Teaching & Learning at the Center for Workforce Development.   The event will include keynotes, workshops and collegiality--a day to add to your student learning toolbox.   More information will follow soon, so circle the date on your July calendar.

Fidelibus to serve on board of Chemical Dependency ProfessionalsDianne Fidelibus, faculty in the Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation department, has been appointed by Governor Strickland to serve on the Board of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals organizations.  She will help review and establish state-wide curriculum guidelines for meeting the educational requirements for the Chemical Dependency Professionals License. Her term will begin in May. Fidelibus also serves on advisory committees of the ADAMH Training and Learning Institute at Maryhaven, The Commons @ Grant, PEERS Program, and Southeast, Inc. -SOS/ IDDT.