Monday, May 21, 2007

First Engineering Technology conference to be held at Columbus StateThe first annual FOCUS: Engineering Technology conference will be held Thursday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Conference Center on the 4th floor of the Center for Workforce Development.

The conference will feature students' capstone presentations in engineering technologies, keynote speakers, employer recruiting, breakout sessions, and vendor displays. One of the highlights will be a student presentation on the Baja Car, a design/build project for an off-road vehicle.

For more information about the conference, call ext. 5350.

Two to attend assessment consortium in JuneLibby Daugherty, Ph.D., director of Assessment, and Barb Thompson, professor in Communication Skills, will attend the Innovation and Inquiry for Student Learning (IISL) Consortium in June in Milwaukee, Wis. The intensive three-day workshop is described as "a community and technical college consortium," and only 25 colleges across the nation, including Columbus State, were selected to participate.

The workshop will be facilitated by Alverno College, long recognized as a leader in assessment of student learning. Alverno College, in Milwaukee, is a four-year, private college for women. The consortium is exploring a range of best practices at member institutions as they discover ways to improve student learning, retention, and degree completion.

Daugherty and Thompson will present their observations and experiences from this past year regarding assessment practices at Columbus State--what worked and what did not, the support received and barriers faced, and what they learned. They will receive feedback from other consortium members and from Alverno faculty.

Consortium members will share identified strategies for fostering student learning and will collaborate to develop workshops for other two-year institutions. The workshops will be offered during the summers of 2007 and 2008 at Alverno College.

DX Spring Extravaganza May 23Stop by the Discovery Exchange, Wednesday, May 23, for the semi-annual student and employee celebration. Take advantage of a 20 percent discount on your total purchase (normal exclusions apply--see DX information board). No additional discounts apply.

Discovery Exchange to be closed for inventory: Please note the Discovery Exchange will be closed May 29-31.  

Operation Feed at the halfway pointStaff Advisory Council is pleased to announce the college is halfway toward meeting the goal of 2,500 meals. The campaign runs through May 25. 

"Essential Eight" Food Items:
•  Canned fruit
•  Canned vegetables
•  Canned tuna or other canned meats
•  Beef or chicken stew (complete meals)
•  Oatmeal
•  Pasta
•  Peanut butter

1 lb. can = 1 meal
$1.00 = 2 meals

Drop boxes are located in various buildings and departments. Monetary donations should be made payable to Operation Feed.

See any Staff Advisory Council representative for details. You may also contact Betty Richardson at ext.3821 or email at

GED/AEP program grads earn special awards

GED graduate John Head, right, receives an award
for highest grade improvement in reading from
Cathleen McComas
, coordinator of GED Support Services.

Latisha Roland gives a speech after
being given the "spirit award" at the
GED ceremony.
The GED/Academic Enrichment Program teachers are Jean Gobel, Patti-Eastman-Talik, Kojo Nworko, Dave Kagarise, Doug House and Patricia Barnett.


UEFA Champions League soccer match
broadcast in the ERC
Europe's club soccer championship--the Super Bowl of European soccer--will be televised on
the big screen in the ERC TV studio Wednesday, May 23, at 2:30.

In this year's United European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League Cup Final,
Liverpool FC of the English Premiere League will play AC Milan of the Italian Serie A in Athens,
Greece. The game will be watched by millions around the world.

The world's premier club soccer competition, the UEFA Cup Final is held annually at the end of the
European soccer season and is considered to be its crowning event. The participants in this season-
long tournament are the champions and top teams of the various European countries' professional leagues.