Thursday, July 10, 2008
Groundbreaking gets new campus off to joyous–and muddy–start
A large crowd of Columbus State officials, government and community leaders, business owners and guests from Delaware County got together yesterday to break ground at the college’s new 108-acre second campus for the new $25 million academic center, Academic Center “E.” The second campus is located at the corner of Rte. 23 and Winter Road.
Speaking at the ceremony were President Val Moeller, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Suzanne Edgar, Ohio Senate President Bill Harris, Ohio Representative Jon Peterson, Delaware County Commissioner James Ward, Ohio Board of Regents Vice Chancellor for Finance Richard Petrick, and Delaware Hayes High School junior Willie Duffy.
After the speeches, a large group of dignitaries had no trouble digging into the soft muddy ground with ceremonial shovels. Rain and high winds the previous night had toppled the tent and soaked the ground near the ceremony. A large crew of Physical Plant strongmen and women managed to right the huge 30’x 40’ tent just in time for the guests to arrive.
The $25 million academic center was designed by Phillip Markwood Architects, Inc., and the construction will be handled by general contractor Miles•McClellan. The Delaware Campus construction will adhere to Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) silver standards throughout.
The building will house group study rooms, 23 classrooms, two seminar rooms, two science labs, five offices, and a large commons with computers. All classrooms are "smart classrooms," with overhead projectors/screens and AV speaker system. The campus is expected to accommodate between 1,800 and 2,400 students when it opens in 2010.
Robert Osgood has kept the nursing classes in Union Hall Room 418 on schedule and fully equipped, thanks to his prompt and thorough maintenance, said Rita Krummen, nursing faculty member, who nominated the Physical Plant, Building Services employee for July Staff Employee of the Month.
“Robert attempts to repair and maintain the equipment in the nursing lab without disturbing the learning environment for the students,” said Krummen. “He is quiet, respectful of students, thorough, and follows through with tasks,” she added.
“Mr. Osgood has a tremendous work ethic and an attitude to complete everything he encounters on his job assignments,” said supervisor Jim Spencer, Physical Plant. “I’m positive he applies 150% to complete every job!”
Screen ‘n’ Speak starts up again July 17The Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department will resume the Screen n' Speak series again at noon Thursday, July 17 in the ERC TV studio. This month, they're showing the film “It's Elementary” with discussion facilitated by Bobbie Grawemeyer of the Early Childhood Development Department. For more information on the film, click here.
Tiffany McClain is the new Assistant Director for Disability Services. She assumed this position on July 1. Tiffany has been the Coordinator of Interpreting Services for the past five years in Disability Services, a sign language interpreter in the community and has taught as adjunct faculty member at Ohio State.
“Her education, knowledge and experience as well as her experience within our department, will be of benefit to the students we serve and the services we provide,” says Wayne Cocchi, director of the department.
Tiffany holds an A.A.S. degree in Interpreting/Transliterating from CSCC, a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science from Ohio State, and a Master’s of Counselor and Human Services from the University of Dayton.
LGBT advocacy committee shows PRIDE June 28
Among the students and employees marching in the Columbus PRIDE parade June 28 on behalf of the college’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender(LGBT) Advocacy Committee were, from left, Suzanne Von Ahn, Becca Blu, Kimberly Brazwell and Dr. Janet Rogers.
Sowards earns masters at OU Spring Commencement
Tracy Sowards, Office Associate in the Student Activities and Athletic Department received her Masters in Higher Education from Ohio University at the Spring Commencement ceremony June 13 in Athens. Sowards says she’s now “looking forward to relaxing in the sun and leisure reading on the beach—with no deadlines or papers to write!”