Thursday, May 10, 2007

First Lady of Ohio, Frances Strickland, visits Columbus State

All-Ohio Academic Team member Jerry "Dred" Connally, shares his All-Ohio Team program with Frances Strickland, Governor Ted Strickland's wife, center, and President Moeller. Dr. Moeller took the First Lady on a tour of campus and introduced her to many students, staff and faculty at Columbus State on May 4.









Her tour included stops at the Integrated Systems Technology Laboratory (explained by Dick Bickerstaff below), Human Simulator Laboratory, Computer Commons, Discovery Exchange, and Child Development Center.








Staff Employee of Month is "backbone" of Financial AidDiane Jones takes the time to help students one-on-one, making them feel as though they are her only concern, according to Marty Maliwesky, Dean of Enrollment Services. "She mentors students and serves as a great example," he says, adding, "she exemplifies what Employee of the Month should be in the fast-paced financial aid environment."

Jones has worked in Financial Aid for five years, and she volunteers to work with the I Know I Can program, which helps high school students find financial aid and enroll in college.

"She frequently keeps in touch with these students once they have enrolled and serves as a mentor through their college experience," says Maliwesky.

"Diane is the most valuable person in our office," says Laura Ziegler, Office of Financial Aid. "She does everything from ordering our supplies to making sure our director eats lunch. She is wonderful!"

"It's a wonderful feeling to know that I am appreciated," says Jones, "although I do it because I like working with our students and staff."

Jones is currently working on her bachelor's degree in psychology at Capital University and plans to graduate next spring. She is also a professional bowler with an average of 195, which she uses to win tournaments and money!

"The Word in Flight," by photographer Veronica Caycedo, from an exhibition at the Houston Art Institute.

Asian-Pacific American heritage to be celebrated at Spring Fling May 17The first annual Asian-Pacific American Awareness Month is being celebrated during May at Columbus State. A committee has been busy coordinating various activities to celebrate the month. In addition to weekly trivia challenges, Asian-Pacific Awareness Month will be well represented at the May 17 Spring Fling.

Spring Fling is a student activity hosted each spring quarter by the Office of Student Activities. This year's Spring Fling will be held on May 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Asian-Pacific Awareness features at Spring Fling will include information tables, trivia games, fortune cookies with Asian Pacific trivia facts, Asian Pacific food vendors, a martial arts exhibition from Metro Martial Arts & Fitness, and 29 Asian Pacific flags.

727 Counter-Terror Training Unit provides community outreach activitiesThe Columbus State Counter-Terror Training Unit, a partnership between the Aviation Maintenance and Law Enforcement departments using the Boeing 727 donated by FedEx, has recently developed several outreach activities that benefit the Ohio law enforcement community.

A cooperative partnership with the Ohio State Highway Patrol was formed to provide instructors and equipment items for the training. To date, two trainings have been conducted in areas of airborne weapons containment and basic plane assault.

The Columbus Police SWAT team has provided Columbus State with the use of their armored vehicles for training, as well as allowing storage capacity for some of the equipment. Using the Boeing 727, their team is now being trained in the proper techniques in a realistic environment.

Columbus State Law Enforcement students have been allowed to take their defensive tactics training for the academy in the safe environment at the Columbus Police Academy. They have also served as role players to help Columbus SWAT officers train in school shooter/active shooter situations, thus enhancing the realism of the training.

The Columbus Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol have had tactical teams trained by Columbus hostage negotiator Tim Halbakken.

The Columbus Fire Department Bomb Squad has had training in working with the Columbus Police Department through the 727 CTTU training program. Other area SWAT teams are also training together in the program, in event of airport emergencies.

Another program has resulted in school bus security being enhanced.   A vital component of the program teaches officers to protect children on school buses in cases of emergency.

Finally, Columbus State has also been working with AMTRAK on train security. Passenger

trains are operating at a level of security similar to airports in the1950s. It is the

responsibility of local and state tactical teams to respond to train emergencies.  

Wellness Challenge wraps up the yearIt has been one year since the start of the Columbus State Wellness Challenge. For employees who have participated in the Wellness Challenge, you can turn your point totals in to Don Laubenthal in the Human Performance Center in Delaware Hall, Room 029, and you will receive a prize if you have accumulated enough points. All points must be properly documented.   If you have any questions, please call Laubenthal at ext. 3627.

Theatre Columbus State to perform comic sketches next weekTheatre Columbus State will present "Parallel Lives," comic sketches from The Kathy and Mo Show. All performances will be held in Nestor Auditorium on the following dates:

May 17:   3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
May 18:   8 p.m.
May 19:   3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.

 Woodwind Ensemble to perform May 15 and 23The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, May 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The 40-minute concert will include music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, and Romantic eras as well as representative works from the 20th century.

The featured composition will be "Hallowe'en" by American Charles Ives. This unusual work includes a quartet playing in four different keys plus piano and bass drum.

The performance on Tuesday will be a prelude to the band and choir's spring concert on May 23 titled "The Music of Charles Ives (1874-1954) An American Original." A respected Ives scholar from California, Jonathan Elkus, will narrate the May 23 performance. The appearance of Jonathan Elkus is partially supported by a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information about either concert, contact ensemble director Thomas Lloyd at

Who Can Save Darfur?Join the Division of Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture Series in a lecture entitled "Darfur:   The First Genocide of the 21st Century," on Wednesday, May 16, at noon in Nestor Hall Room 230. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Vicki Lackey, assistant professor in Mathematics, will give the lecture. According to Lackey, "Darfur has been entangled in a deadly conflict for four years.   Since early 2003, the armed forces of Sudan, along with government-backed militia known as janjaweed, have been fighting rebel groups in Darfur, whose stated political aim is to compel the government of Sudan to address underdevelopment and the political marginalization of the region. Not since the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has the world seen such a calculated campaign of displacement, starvation, rape, and mass slaughter."  

"Estimates of the number of innocent civilians killed range from 200,000 to 450,000.   More than 2.5 million people have been systematically forced to flee their homes and now live in makeshift refugee camps in Sudan and neighboring Chad. In 2004 the U.S. Congress unanimously declared that the crisis in Darfur is genocide and that it is perpetrated by the government of Sudan. The UN, while falling short of calling the crisis a genocide, has called the situation 'the world's worst humanitarian crisis.'   So, who can save Darfur?"

Cougar golf team to compete in RegionalsThe Columbus State golf team will compete May 12 and 13 in the NJCAA Region 12 Golf Tournament to be held at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury. The first tournament tee times are set for 8 a.m.

The golfers will compete for the team championship, individual medalist and possible individual placement into the NJCAA National Golf Tournament in June 2007.

If you would like to cheer on the Cougars, contact Scott Nichols at ext.5092 for directions to Bent Tree.

Ferguson to serve on national sports committeeAthletic Director M.D. Ferguson, Ph.D., has been named to serve on the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Community College and Small College Committee. She was appointed to a one-year term through April 2008. 

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) recently interviewed Ferguson for article that appeared in the OHSAA State Tournament Basketball Publication. The interview centered on diversity in high school athletics. She serves as a member of the OHSAA Diversity Council, which reviews diversity related matters for the OHSAA member schools.

Xerox new equipment training sessions to cover copy, print, fax and scan functions
Who should attend : All key operators and power users.

Sessions available:
May 14: WD - Room 409, 9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
May 15: WD - Room 409, 9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
May 23: WD - Room 415,   9 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.

Please call Victoria at 939-9048 to sign up for your session or for more details.