Monday, November 3, 2008

Lindsay Puthoff
Lindsay Puthoff
Jackie Randulic
Jackie Randulic

Lady Cougars win Region, on to Nationals

The Cougar Women’s Volleyball Team defeated all comers at the Region 12 Division II Tournament, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Lady Cougars beat St. Clair County Community College, Schoolcraft College, and Owens Community College to win the tournament and advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national tournament, which will be held November 20-22 in Wisconsin Dells. 

Scott Nichols
Scott Nichols

Columbus State’s Lindsay Puthoff and Jackie Randulic were named All-Tournament players, and Head Coach Scott Nichols was named Region 12 Division II Coach of the Year!


2008 Charitable Giving Campaign kicks offAmerica's Charities logoColumbus State’s annual combined charitable giving campaign is under way and scheduled to run until December 12. As in years past, the campaign includes opportunities to donate to one of several charitable organizations or to select a special charity within one of those groups.   

For 2008, a new organization, America’s Charities, has been added. America’s Charities represents such community organizations as the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Amnesty International, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Inc.

Other charitable organizations represented in this year’s campaign are Community Health Charities, Community Shares of Mid Ohio, Earth Share of Ohio, and of course, the United Way of Central Ohio.

As we all know, charitable organizations suffer the most in times of economic downturn and need our help—even if we can give only a little. Columbus State employees repeatedly set new records for giving each year, and this year should be no different.  Let’s show them what we do best!

Look for your booklet in your campus mailbox now, and contact Barbara Smith-Allen, community outreach coordinator, if you have any questions.

Annual Transfer Fair to be held ThursdayAdvising Services will present the annual Transfer Fair on Thursday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounges. Remind your students that they will be able to get lots of information from both public and private four-year colleges and universities about transferring their Columbus State credits and completing their bachelor degrees.


Javadi, students, present research in Houstongrass and sky photoMort Javadi, Ph.D., associate professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, and one of his students, Michael Durst, presented their research results titled “Effect of Temperature on Solute Concentration in Soil Leachates from a Golf Course,” in the 2008 Joint International Conference sponsored by the Soil Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Geological Society of America, held in Houston, Oct 4-9. 

Durst and another of Javadi’s students, Shihchieh Chao, were the co-authors of the research project. This year’s conference was the largest ever, with the participation of about 10,000 scientists from the United State and about 60 other countries. Some 5,500 oral and poster presentations were delivered. The conference is for graduate students, faculty and scientists from around the world. Both Durst and Chao plan to pursue graduate studies in areas of biology in the future.

Wellness logoWellness events coming upThe Diabetes Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 12:15 p.m. in the DX Conference Room on the third floor.

A seminar called “Buns & Thighs 101” will meet the following Wednesday, Nov. 19, also at 12:15 in the DX Conference Room. Although this session meets during lunch hour, we don’t imagine it has anything to do with hamburgers or chicken!  For more information on either of these events, contact Mandi Cecil.

Instructional Technologies presents: Blackboard-O-Rama: New Concepts and Ideas for Using BlackboardInstructional Technologies will offer two sessions of workshops on using Blackboard Thursday, November 6, from 9a.m.-noon or Monday, November 10, from 1-4 p.m. in Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT - 339 Cleveland Ave.)You may attend one or all of the workshops, and registration is not required.

Workshops are:

bFree - Update Blackboard Content Outside the Box”
Use bFree to open a Blackboard course archive file and display an outline of the course without being in the Blackboard content management system.
November 6: 9:15 a.m.
November 10: 1:15 p.m. 

“Blackboard Sign-up List - That Old Sign-up Sheet Has Gone Electronic!
Learn about a tool that you make available through a content area in your course so that students can enroll themselves (sign up) for a tutor groups, activities, workshops, essays etc.
November 6: 10 a.m.
November 10: 2 p.m. 

“Improved Discussion Board Features for Winter Quarter”
The Tree View gives the look and feel similar to our previous version of Blackboard. The Tree View has an "expand all" option which allows easy navigation within threads and from one thread to another.
November 6: 10:45 a.m.
November 10: 2:45 p.m. 

“Drop the Dropbox - Blackboard's Assignment feature offers much more”
This feature allows greater interactivity (file exchange and feedback) between the instructor and a single student and can automatically link the grade to the appropriate item in the grade book. Using the Bb Assignment feature will eliminate emailed files getting "lost in cyberspace," additionally, all information will be located in one place.
November 6- 11:15 a.m.
November 10- 3:15 p.m. 

Innovative Technology Open House
Wednesday, November 19

Come for hands-on practice with various instructional technologies in for the classroom and online courses. Registration is not required for this event. There will be two sessions held during the day:
Session 1: 10:00 a.m.-noon
Session 2: 1-3 p.m.

Some examples of the available technology will include:

• Faculty Introduction Videos: shoot a 1-3 minute faculty introduction and biography for your students
• Camtasia: screen and voice capture software for online lectures
• Clickers: student response systems for the classroom
• SMARTboard technology made easier
• Collaborative communication technologies and more