Thursday, July 17, 2008

Partial payment of student fees a new option for Autumn Quarter 2008piggy bank

Columbus State students will be able to take advantage of partial payment of student fees starting next quarter, Autumn Quarter 2008. The partial payment opportunity will allow students registering for classes to:

  • Make smaller payments in advance of the fee payment deadline.
  • Pay in advance the amount financial aid does not cover.
  • Make multiple payments from more than one payment source as funds become available to students.

It is important to note that the partial payment option IS NOT a “payment plan.” The total balance of fees must be paid before the posted fee payment deadline, or the complete registration schedule will be dropped.

Please help with “spreading the word” to our employees and students about this new service. More information can be found at If the Web site doesn’t answer your questions, call the Cashier’s Office at ext.2414 or the Telephone Information Center at ext. 5353 for further explanation. 



President’s Book Club to read Amy Tan classicVal’s Book Club will read “The Joy Luck Club,” the 1990 novel by Amy Tan, for the Summer Quarter session which will be held on Wednesday, September 3, at noon in Nestor Hall, Seminar C.

Joy Luck club says “Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who's "saying" the stories. In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, begin meeting to eat dim sum, play mahjong, and talk. United in shared unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters.”

The first 25 employees to respond to with the subject line “Joy Luck Club” will be enrolled in the book club and receive a free copy of the book.


Clayton Gibson
Clayton Gibson

Phone outage this weekend in Delaware Hall
A telephone outage will be necessary from 11 p.m. Saturday, July 19, through 7 a.m. Sunday, July 10, to reroute telephone and fiber optic connections due to the construction occurring on the ground level. The building will also be disconnected from the college network for less than minute while a fiber connection is moved to a new route.

Gibson named work-study coordinator

The Office of Financial Aid welcomes Clayton Gibson to the college as the new Work-Study Coordinator. Gibson recently graduated from Ohio State with his M.A. in Higher Education and prior experience with work-study programs. If you have any questions regarding the rehiring of students or finding student help, please contact Gibson at ext. 3622.   

Posting a work-study position for your office is always encouraged and quite easy. Just complete the job request form online and send a printed copy to Rhodes Hall 142.


Keller receives research grantscience graphicDr. Adam Keller, instructor in Biological and Physical Sciences, has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from The Ohio State University Research Foundation for his summer research project working with two students for the Research Experiences to Enhance Learning (REEL) program from the National Science Foundation.

According to Keller, the project is an investigation of using iron nanoparticles for environmental remediation. “Iron nanoparticles have been shown to remove toxic, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from groundwater, but a practical approach remains elusive. Our investigation aims to determine how the particles work, how effective they are against a wide range of compounds, and then, ultimately, outline an approach that would allow the particles to find mainstream use,” said Keller. 

For reference, a nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or the equivalent ratio of a marble to the size of the earth. A nanoparticle can be between one and 100 nanometers.

The REEL grant is a multimillion dollar grant from the NSF (National Science Foundation) that was awarded to the State of Ohio, in order to incorporate research into college science curricula  The grant Keller received provides funding to give a stipend to students who wish to do a prolonged research project and ultimately see it through to publication. The money came from the original REEL grant, which is under the administration of OSU, the lead institution for REEL.