Monday, August 20, 2007

Sign of the timesNew signage is going up all around campus, including this “monolith” and others like it at the main entrances to campus. The red accents on the signs are designed to link Columbus State with the rest of the Discovery District. The sign says "welcome" in four languages, including English, French, Spanish and Somali, with more to be added soon.

President announces Delaware Campus competitionAwards to be given for best strategic initiativesAs the college begins to plan for the opening of the Delaware Campus, various issues need to be addressed regarding programs and services for students in the context of space, program and service needs, according to President Val Moeller.

"As the opening of Delaware Campus nears, we have much work to do," explained Dr. Moeller. "While this work is challenging, it is also exciting. Collaboration is going to be critical. This is where the award for the best ideas will come into play. You can have some fun developing these solutions and win an award for your division."

"Keep in mind that when the campus opens, we will have two buildings," Dr. Moeller continued. "One is an existing building with 9,500 square feet, which is primarily an office building, and a second building will be about 70,000 square feet with classrooms, computer labs and science labs."

The challenge to all divisions is to develop a strategic solution for some aspect of the operation of this new campus. There will be three awards of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 for the top three selected solutions.   All proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2007, for an identification phase. If the proposal has merit (judged by a committee) the proponents will be invited to develop it further and submit it by March 15, 2008.

The following criteria will be used to judge the awards:
•  Creativity in solving a problem/issue  20 points
•  Cost savings due to efficiency              20 points
•  Effectiveness of the solution                 20 points
•  Teamwork within one division              20 points
•  Teamwork across divisions                   20 points

All awards must to be used for the benefit of the team for such things as professional development, departmental enhancement, or similar uses.                          

A form for submission of your proposal is online. Please send the completed proposal to the President's Office in Franklin Hall or   email the form to Paulette Fortea at

Columbus State ensembles to perform summer concertsSeveral Columbus State Instrumental Ensembles will present their end-of-term concerts on Tuesday, August 28 in the TL-123 music room.

The Woodwind Ensemble will perform at 4:30 p.m. and present a brief history of music from the 16th century to the present day. Some of the composers featured will be Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and William Grant Still.

The Saxophone Ensemble will play at 5:30 p.m. and perform Big Band Swing music of the 1930s and 40s including the compositions of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

The Brass Ensemble's concert will be at 6:30 p.m. and will feature the music which might have been heard on a band concert 100 years ago, including marches, patriotic selections and popular tunes such as the biggest hit of 1907, "School Days."

Band Director Thomas Lloyd will narrate each of the concerts giving historical perspective to the works performed.  The concerts are free and open to the public. For more information contact Lloyd at

Workforce Development Programs to offer retirement planning sessionsSeveral sessions called "Retirement Planning Today- An Educational Course for Adults Ages 50-70" will be offered by Workforce Development Programs at the Dublin and Westerville Off Campus Centers.

The three-hour course costs $59.

Sessions will be offered at Westerville Center on Thursdays, September 6 and 13 and Tuesdays, September 11 and 18 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. It will also be offered at the Dublin Center on Saturdays, September 29 and October 6 from 9 a.m. - noon, and Tuesdays, October 2 and 9, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

For more information or to receive a brochure outlining the course content, contact Tracy LaMar-Nickoli, program coordinator of Workforce Development Programs at, or ext. 5436.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15Hispanic Heritage Month will celebrate the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries--Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. The celebration runs from September 15 - October 15.

The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. On the 2000 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "other Spanish/Hispanic/Latino." More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

A few of the many notable Americans of Hispanic heritage include actresses Salma Hayek and Cameron Diaz, actors Raul Julia and Desi Arnaz, astronauts Carlos Noriega and Ellen Ochoa, football player Anthony Munoz, U.S. Surgeon General Antonio Novello, singers Trini Lopez and Joan Baez, labor leader Caesar Chavez, U.S. Congressman Joseph Marion Hernandez, and talk-show host/journalist Geraldo Rivera.  

If you are of Hispanic heritage and would like to be profiled in "Update" newsletter during Hispanic Heritage Month, please contact Renée Hampton, special assistant to the Provost for Diversity, at ext. 5707.