Monday, February 11, 2008

Ewing-Ramsay named Employee of Month

Susan Ewing-Ramsay
Susan Ewing-Ramsay

International Enrollment Advisor Susan Ewing-Ramsay deals with walk-in traffic, appointments and never-ending questions in the International area of the Admissions Office, according to her nominator Noreen Rohde.

"She is calm, patient, and respectful of language barriers and cultural differences"
-Noreen Rhode

“The International Enrollment team is a small one, and Susan maintains a very heavy work load,” says supervisor Tari Blaney, Director of Admissions. “She does in-person admissions and enrollment advising, and behind-the-scenes, labor-intensive processing of applications and enrollment documents. No matter how busy Susan is, she remains accessible, friendly, patient and thorough.”

Coordinator of International Enrollment Misty Singer-Mahefkey says that Ewing-Ramsay is also a talented writer and uses those talents in the office by creating and improving many of their forms and letters. “She volunteered to write the proposal for a new procedure in our office, which can be a tedious process,” says Singer-Mahefkey. “She graciously took on the challenge and continues to see the project through.”

According to Rohde, Ewing-Ramsay also took over the front desk when the office associate resigned, greeting all of the walk-in student traffic in the area, which is heavy. “She is calm, patient, and respectful of language barriers and cultural differences,” says Rohde. “She is always busy, but never too busy to help someone!”

Food bank logoEmergency food drive kicks off Feb. 20The Staff Advisory Council will sponsor an emergency food drive for the MidOhio Food Bank during the Wellness Fair on Feb. 20. SAC is working with Don Laubenthal and the Human Performance Center to help make the campaign a success.

Operation Feed Campaign Coordinator Pam Grissom will attend the event and will be on hand to answer questions about the MidOhio Food Bank.   

can of beansThe Columbus State DX is joining in the effort by offering 25-cent Cougar Cash coupons for each can donated. The DX has committed to this effort at the college’s off-campus sites by offering the following items for raffle (one raffle ticket is earned for each can donated):

  • A Columbus State gift basket valued at $100

  • A $50 gift certificate to the Discovery Exchange

  • Two concert tickets to see One Republic at the Newport Music Hall on February 25, valued at $34

Rueul Barksdale
Rueul Barksdale
Barksdale speaks at African-American Male Retreat

Rueul Barksdale, assistant professor in Business Management, presented a session titled “Removing Obstacles and Doubts” at the annual Ohio State University Bell Resource Center’s African-American Male Retreat, Feb. 8–9, at the University Plaza Hotel.

The retreat promoted self awareness, unity, academic motivation, leadership, and manhood among a concentrated group of African American male undergraduate students at The Ohio State University. Students were able to discuss relevant topics specific to their experiences in higher education. 



Construction Sciences and Engineering Technologies to hold open house March 12construction tools graphicStudents in technical degree programs ranging from Mechanical Engineering to Landscape Design/Build will have the opportunity to present their best work, hear a keynote presentation, and meet with potential employers at a career fair March 12.

The Spring Open House & Career Fair will be held from 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. in the WD Ballroom. The event is open to any companies who would like to meet and recruit future employees or interns.

For more information about participating in the Open House & Career Fair, contact Dean Bortz, Construction Management, at ext. 5033.

Supercomputer expert to speak at Computational Science Lecture Series Feb. 21

Mr. Wen-Mei
Wen-Mei Hwu

The Ohio Supercomputer Center Statewide Users Group and the Ralph Regula School of Computational Science present Wen-mei Hwu, Ph.D., as the next speaker for the Ohio Computational Science Lecture Series.

Hwu, who serves as the Walter J. Sanders III-Advanced Micro Devices Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, will discuss “The Future of Scalable Computing Environments” at 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center Theater, 1850 College Road. For more information or to register for this event, go to

“Industry relies increasingly on the technology of parallel processing and multi-cores,” says Hwu, whose research interests include the areas of architecture, implementation, and software for high-performance computer systems. “That is why it is vital to teach these skills to educators and students today.”

“Through the Ohio Computational Science Lecture Series, we strive to create a dialogue between a broad range of educational leaders in areas including K-12, undergraduate, graduate and industry workforce training,” says Steve Gordon, senior director of education and client support at OSC. “Attendees should find Dr. Hwu’s presentation as an ideal opportunity for students and teachers to advance their knowledge about computational science and engineering technologies.”

The Ohio Computational Science Lecture Series is part of a joint effort by the Ohio Supercomputer Center and the Ohio Board of Regents to improve awareness and understanding of computer modeling and simulation.

Chamber of Commerce sponsors YouTube contestYou Tube logoAs part of the City of Columbus and the Columbus Chamber's “Attract Talent” event, the Chamber would like to invite young professionals and students living in Columbus to develop a video to post on YouTube describing why Columbus is great. Videos submitted soon will be featured at the Chamber annual meeting, and a winner will be selected later this summer to receive a prize of $500.

Columbus State’s Business & Industry Training department had a contract with the Chamber to create the citywide internship portal, which will be launched soon.

Here’s what the Chamber has to say about their YouTube video contest and how to enter:
“Do you love living in Columbus? What are your favorite things about our city? Is there a single, super cool aspect of Columbus that you think more people should know about? If so, you need to bust out your video camera-and your creativity-to create a video expressing your thoughts about Columbus.”
Many of you may have seen the Columbus Chamber's effort that's currently posted on YouTube. Can you do better? If so, here's your chance!
Here's How to Participate

1. Decide what aspect of Columbus you're passionate about and want to share via video (neighborhoods, activities, food, arts, etc.). Your video should showcase what you love about living in Columbus.
2. Create a video.
3. Upload the video to YouTube.
4. Tag the video "My Columbus" or post it in response to the Columbus Chamber's "Why Columbus" video.
5. Click "Share the video" with friends, colleagues and family, add it to your Facebook account, blog, etc.

The Chamber hopes to have some of the videos ready to show at the Chamber's Annual Meeting on February 27, 7:30–9 a.m. at the Columbus Convention Center, although there is no deadline for entering and videos will be accepted through the summer to compete for the $500 prize.