Thursday, July 24, 2008

Math, Workforce Development departments to use $103,000 NSF grant for computational science certificatemath symbolsThe Mathematics Department and the Workforce Development Department were recently awarded $102,946 from The Ohio State University Research Foundation for work to develop a certificate program that will enhance computational science skills in the workforce.

The project, “Improving American Competitiveness through Workforce Education in Cyberinfrastructure Applications,” was awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

According to Gerald Mueller, professor in Mathematics, the award “is to develop and deliver computational science certificates (CSci) for workforce training for business and industry, beginning early next year.” 

Mueller explains that those interested in this certificate might be working professionals such as engineers looking to update or improve their skills. “There is an increasing need by business and industry for workers trained in computational science modeling and simulation methods and high-performance computing,” says Mueller.

Cheryl Hay, administrator for Business & Industry Training, and Mueller are the senior personnel working with the grant for Columbus State.

This grant builds on the first NSF CI-TEAM grant to develop competencies and curricula for a statewide bachelor’s degree with a shared-minor in Computational Science.
Columbus State is a member of an Ohio consortium of nine public and private colleges and universities, including Ohio State, Capital University and Sinclair Community College, the Ohio Learning Network and connections to business and industry. 

According to Mueller, the statewide effort for computational science education is directed by the Ralph Regula School for CSci in cooperation with the Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Supercomputer Center. Each campus in the consortium has a CSci faculty coordinator who works with the Regula School on curriculum, student advising and the cross-registration process, with Mueller currently serving in that role for Columbus State.

Mueller is also working with John Nedel from the Math Department, who is the principal developer for a new course called Introduction to Modeling and Simulation.The material for the course could be integrated as modules for an introductory certificate under the new grant. The Regula School coordinates the sharing of courses and modules and provides technical support for both the minor and the certificate program.

What’s all the racket in Delaware Hall?Delaware hall constructionIf you’ve been walking or driving by Delaware Hall this summer quarter you’ve undoubtedly seen and heard the racket of renovation going on inside (and outside!).

The exciting project involves an almost total interior renovation of the space previously occupied by the Bookstore, as well as surrounding facilities including the Fitness Center.

According to Eric McMillon, project manager for Planning and Construction, the entire ground floor from the west wall through the old Shipping and Receiving area, the original Bookstore, locker rooms, Fitness Center and existing Physical Plant storage room will be renovated.

Occupying the new spaces will be Public Safety offices, dispatchers and the rest of the Public Safety Department. A second floor above the existing Bookstore space will be constructed to house sports and fitness equipment and multipurpose exercise seminar space, offices for Massage Therapy and a new Massage Therapy Clinic, updated locker rooms, and a new 2,700 square-foot Fitness Center addition on the south side of Delaware Hall.

The project is a two-phase, 385-day construction project that started on July 7, according to McMillon.  The first phase includes the west end ground floor, the existing shipping and receiving area, and the second floor and new fitness areas. The second phase will include the locker rooms and renovation of the existing Fitness Center. The second phase will start after Spring Quarter 2009 to finish basketball season and all winter Fitness Center programs.

The overall projected completion date will be July 25, 2009. “This will give us time to receive all inspections and occupancy permits and perform all moves prior to the start of Fall Quarter 2009,” according to McMillon.

Three student athletes named national Academic All-Americans

Molly Dineen
Michelle Hammond
Michelle Hammond
Kerri Imwalle

The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently released the list of athletes named to the 2008 NJCAA Academic All-American Team, and three Cougar athletes were recognized: 

Molly Dineen, Women's Basketball, 3.65 GPA; Michelle Hammond, Volleyball, 3.75 GPA; and Kerri Imwalle, Women's Basketball, 3.80 GPA.

To be considered for the NJCAA All-American team, each athlete is required to have completed at least 60 quarter hours with a 3.5 GPA or higher. Congratulations to these student-athletes!

Heritage Concert Series runs through August 28concert photoOnce known as the “Cradle of Jazz,” the Mount Vernon corridor will swing with the sounds of various musical genres, including jazz, classic R&B and the blues during the 10th Annual Heritage Concert Series, running every Thursday evening from 7–9 p.m. through August 28. Columbus State is a co-sponsor of the series held in conjunction with the King Arts Complex.

If you liked Jazz in July, you will enjoy performances by an all-star line up of some of
central Ohio’s best musicians! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and relax in the beautiful, breezy ambiance of the Mayme Moore Park on Mt. Vernon Avenue.

The concert schedule for the remainder of the series will be:

Tonight! July 24: cJazzic Soul Band (Soul/Jazz/R&B)
July 31: Dean Simms & the Funky Gurus (Classic R&B)
August 7: Arnett Howard (Jazz & More)
August 14: Jimmy McGee (Classic R&B/Blues)
August 21: T. Michael Branner (Jazz)
August 28: Willie Pooch (Blues)

OTAP earns workforce investment grantThe Orientation to Trades and Apprenticeships Program (OTAP) in the Transitional Workforce Department recently received an award of $195,220 from the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corp. for use in the 2008–2009 program. The OTAP program provides training in the construction trades such as plumbing, welding, carpentry and electric to qualified adults. The training can lead to apprenticeship positions in several union trades, and the OTAP office has had quite a number of success stories over the years. Carol Higgins coordinates OTAP at Columbus State and offers a program for both adults and youths.

newspapersCommunity colleges, Columbus State getting good “press”Read an article from USA Today describing how the “turning point” has arrived for community colleges.

And in Wednesday’s Columbus Dispatch, the “Short Takes” editorial lauds Columbus State for offering affordable, transferable summer quarter courses in a short-term format to college students from other institutions. 

And in today's Columbus Dispatch, reporter Encarnacion Pyle writes about the college's goals through 2011, which Trustees will vote on at tonight's Board meeting.