Thursday, April 17, 2008

Chancellor discusses next ten years for higher education

Connie Myers
Columbus State student Connie Myers talks about her own college experiences in a panel discussion with the Chancellor April 16.  Looking on, from left are Shaun Yoder and Rep. Ted Celeste.
Eric Fingerhut
Chancellor Fingerhut

Chancellor Eric Fingerhut led a panel discussion on Ohio’s new 10-year strategic plan for higher education yesterday in the WD Ballroom. Panel members included President Moeller and Student Representative to the Columbus State Board of Trustees Connie Myers. The 90-minute discussion and question-and-answer session gave a good overview of the plan, with an emphasis on making college affordable, accessible and relevant to Ohio’s business and industry needs.

Also participating in the panel were Donna Alvarado, chair of the Ohio Board of Regents; Joseph Alluto, provost at Ohio State University; Rep. Ted Celeste; John Stanford, executive assistant for Education Policy for Ohio; and Shaun Yoder, executive director for the Business Alliance for Higher Education and Economy.



Spring In-Service to recognize distinguished teaching, staffAt the annual Spring In-Service Day Friday, April 25, the Distinguished Teaching Award and Staff Employee of the Year will be announced. The Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes teaching excellence of the faculty, and the Staff Employee of the Year recognizes a staff member who makes a difference and excels as a team player. Show your support for colleagues and celebrate their accomplishments during Spring In-Service.
In addition, if you are to receive a service award this year and would like to participate in the service awards ceremony during In-Service Day, please send an e-mail to with your name and years of service along with the message that you will participate.

Staff members hear from Chancellor at OSCHE OSCHE logoPaula Collier, Mandy Gollhofer, Teresa Lister, Tim Wagner and Elizabeth Yount represented Columbus State at the spring Ohio Staff Council of Higher Education (OSCHE) meeting held at Sinclair Community College April 4.

Wagner gave a presentation on Columbus State’s newly adopted job enrichment program. Ohio Chancellor Eric Fingerhut also addressed the group, explaining how the Ohio University System plan will expand the higher education system in Ohio by enrolling 230,000 students into college within the next 10 years.

Also in attendance at the meeting were staff members from Ohio University, The Ohio State University, Sinclair Community College, Miami University, Bowling Green University, Wright State and Lorain County Community College.

Scholarship book to be released June 16The Development Foundation will release the 2008-2009 Scholarship Booklet on June 16. The booklet is being released at a later date this year so the Foundation can award more scholarships to more students. The delay gives the Foundation the ability to better forecast invested/endowed scholarships and predict how much of a return they will have for the upcoming year. The Scholarship Booklet will be available online and in the Financial Aid Office on June 16, and the deadline for applications will be August 1.

Ohio Statehouse to hold Civil War encampment

First lady of Ohio at Civil war reenactment
Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland visits the Civil War re-enactors as they ready their cannons.

The 1st Ohio Statehouse Light Artillery, Battery A Civil War re-enactors will offer living history lessons during an 1860s-era encampment of Union Army Troops on the west lawn of the Ohio Statehouse Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The events will recreate proceedings very similar to the actual camp life at the Statehouse during the Civil War. Union Army troops used the Ohio Statehouse grounds and interior as they awaited their orders to depart for combat between 1861 and 1864 at the height of the American Civil War.
The Statehouse encampment will educate visitors about Ohio's role in the Civil War and foster interest in the study of Ohio and American history through living history activities. Encampment activities will include interactive talks, demonstrations, ceremonies; and reenactments of camp and civilian life in mid-19th century America. These activities will take place at the Ohio Statehouse and will involve the safe use and demonstration of four original Civil War cannons that reside on the Statehouse grounds. Civil War cannon firing demonstrations will take place every hour on the hour beginning at 9 a.m. both days.
There will be special crafts and activities for children. Visitors of all ages may observe or join in games such as hoops and graces, tug-of-war, jump rope, croquet and other traditional leisure activities often pursued in Victorian times.
A 30-second PSA promoting the event can be viewed at