Dr. Harrison to serve on panel, college employees invited to attend
You are invited to join the College
Board Advocacy & Policy Center
on January 25, for a special
College Completion Agenda:
State Capitals Campaign event,
co-hosted by the National
Conference of State Legislatures
and President Gordon Gee of The
Ohio State University.
President Harrison will join speakers
that include Governor Kasich,
OBOR Chancellor Jim Petro, Columbus
City Schools Superintendent Gene Harris, and former governor of West Virginia Gaston Caperton, now president of The College Board.
The event will be held Wednesday, January 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Ohio Statehouse Capitol Atrium.
Participants will learn the results of a new College Board study, Complexity in College Admission: The Barriers Between Aspiration and Enrollment for Lower-Income Students, that contains findings critical to understanding the special challenges lower-income students face in navigating the college application process and high-school-to-college transition. The purpose of the discussion is to help develop comprehensive approaches to increasing the proportion of young Americans who earn a postsecondary degree to 55 percent by 2025.
According to The College Board, “The State Capitals Campaign is a yearlong, multistate campaign that has crossed the nation—from Maryland and North Carolina to Indiana, Colorado, Texas and most recently, Massachusetts—to bring together national and state education leaders, policymakers and advocates to advance policies that foster better preparation, access and college attainment for all students.” They encourage participants to “Join the conversation to help return America to its place as a global leader in educational attainment.”
Students decorate cakes of city landmarks for 200Columbus Bicentennial Birthday Celebration
Columbus State pastry arts students use architectural drawings of Columbus landmarks to plan their Bicentennial cakes with help from instructor Karen Krimmer, far right.
It’s a contest that’s been 200 years in the making. As the City of Columbus prepares to celebrate its bicentennial, baking and pastry arts students at Columbus State Community College will compete in a unique cake design contest for the Birthday Celebration event on February 10.
Giant Eagle has donated over 150 sheet cakes—each 6’ x 30”—500 pounds of icing and other décor elements to the project. In addition, the professional bakers from Giant Eagle will create one of the iconic landmark cakes and the Official Bicentennial Birthday Cake. Students will design and craft the remaining 31 iconic cakes. What makes this competition unique is that each and every cake will be different as students replicate Columbus landmarks. From the LeVeque Tower to the Statehouse and beyond, the edible entries will be iced and decorated, allowing each student’s artistic and pastry skills to be showcased.
The competition will begin on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 9 a.m. at the site of the celebration: Battelle Grand at The Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High St. Pastry work will end that evening at 7 p.m. and continue on Friday from 9 a.m – 2 p.m. with students adding the final touches on their creations.
Judging will take place Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The ten judges include faculty and staff from Columbus State, pastry experts from Giant Eagle, and an architect. The cakes will be on display during the official 200Columbus Bicentennial Birthday Celebration which kicks off at 6 p.m. Before the night is over, the cakes will be served to an estimated 3,000 guests.
The winning students and their designs, recognized by the panel of judges, will receive scholarship funds that they may apply to their continuing education.
For more information on the 200Columbus Bicentennial Birthday Celebration, visit www.200columbus.com/birthday.
Rave Mobile Alert passes test
The latest test of the Rave Mobile Alert system was a success. The test message was sent out by Columbus State’s Department of Public Safety on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
More than 14,000 users have signed up to receive alerts on their cell phones. During the test, more than 85% of users had received the text alert in less than three minutes. By the four-minute mark, more than 95% of users received the notice.
The Rave system is used by the college for emergency information and for delays or closures due to winter weather. All staff and students automatically receive a standard email from the Rave system. However, to receive the more timely text alert on your cell phone you must sign up online. If you would like to subscribe the Rave Mobile Alert system, go online here:
Columbus Crossroad project removes trees
Construction on the I-71/I-670 Columbus Crossroads project has required the removal of trees and bushes lining campus along Grove Street and parking lots on the north side of campus. The Ohio Department of Transportation promises that the deforestation will be remedied with new landscaping after the highway construction is complete.