March 2, 2006

College to honor students, discuss community strength during Women's History Month

Each March, the country embraces Women's History Month with activities that celebrate the myriad ways women have changed America. This year's theme--Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams--honors the generations of women in their creation of communities and their encouragement of dreams. To reflect this, Columbus State is honoring our own outstanding students and women who help make our community viable.

This year's Outstanding Women Student Leaders Awards Reception will honor 10 outstanding Columbus State women students who inspire the spirit of possibility and hope and are leaders in their own right. Everyone is welcome to the March 8 reception from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge

The students being recognized this year are Patricia Bauman, Samantha Clark, Mary Beth Cligrow, Sarah Conner, Jennifer Holsey, Brittney Hypes, Huong Le, Hope Moore, Ashley Toda, and Jacqueline West. These are women who have met the challenges of life, serve as a role model in the classroom or community, provide advice for others, or serve as an officer in a student activity or organization.

Roberta Garber

Executive Director

Learning the stories of women's success, talents, and accomplishments provides an expansive vision of what females of any age can accomplish. These successes give both males and females a perspective that challenges many assumptions about women.

From noon-1 p.m. March 9 in the TV studio of the ERC, Roberta Garber, executive director of Community Research Partners (CRP), will lead an interactive forum called "Conversation about Strong Communities that Work for Us All."

Garber will share research and history pertinent to how central Ohio women have overcome obstacles and shaped our community. Everyone is welcome to participate.

CRP provides data and research to inform positive community change. The organization undertakes community data collection, applied and policy research, and program evaluation projects across a wide range of program areas, both within and outside of central Ohio.


Openings still available in Ohio University's master's in higher education program beginning spring quarter

A few limited spots are still available in Ohio University's higher education master's degree program that will be offered on a part-time, weekend basis beginning April 1. The cohort program, meaning that students take a set course of studies together and complete the degree in two years, will be held at the Ohio University Pickerington Center.

The program begins this spring with "Introduction to American Higher Education," taught by Dr. Marc Cutright, an Ohio University faculty member. The course will be completed through course work and attendance at five Saturday sessions--April 1, April 22, May 6, May 20, and June 3--from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Students will take one or two courses a quarter, including summer. The schedule is intended to accommodate students who work full time.

Summer 2006 courses will include "Community Colleges and Regional Campuses," taught by Dr. Shah Hasan, Columbus State's director of Human Capacity Development, and "Contemporary Issues in Higher Education," taught by Dr. Robert Young, Ohio University higher education faculty member. The first course will be offered on five Saturdays; the second course is a half course--2 credit hours--to be offered via distance technology.

Those who want to apply should begin the process as soon as possible. The application for graduate studies at Ohio University can be found at On the application, clearly indicate interest in beginning studies this spring at the Pickerington Center.

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Marc Cutright at . More information will be returned by e-mail, and telephone contact is welcomed after the initial review of your application material.


Columbus Campus Planning Committee links program needs to facility plans

On the heels of program planning that was conducted last year for the first building on the Delaware campus, a committee has been chartered by President Moeller to make recommendations for programmatic needs that have facilities implications for the Columbus campus.

Specifically, the president has asked a committee to make recommendations on the following:

  • Address the need for a dedicated space for the Public Safety Department that is visible and central to campus.
  • Address the need for how best to provide services to employees to enhance their growth and development needs.
  • Explore the concept of a learning commons that would support student learning and improve retention.
  • Explore ideas for optimizing IT functions.
  • Explore ideas that will maximize existing space for academic and administrative functions.

The committee working on this charter is meeting with departments specifically impacted by this charter and will be seeking proposals from the campus community for ideas that will maximize existing space for academic and administrative functions.

Proposal forms and related guidelines can be found on the intranet at http://intranet/ccc/index.htm. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, April 7.

Members of the committee include:

Jim Beidler Information Technology
Maureen Erney Chair, Fiscal and Facilities Resources Committee
Tom Erney Learning Systems/Instructional Services
Terri Gehr Business & Administrative Services
Jerri Heine Learning Systems/Student Life
Angel Jackson Information Technology
Eric McMillon Facilities Services
Doug Montanaro Learning Systems/Arts & Sciences
Susan Rogers Learning Systems/Arts & Sciences  
Steve O'Neal Learning Systems/Career & Technical
Jan Rogers Learning Systems/Student Life
Jim Spencer Facilities Services


Central District Science Day judges needed

Columbus State will again host the Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 18. About 500 students from local middle and high schools will present their projects at this event. Each project must be evaluated by a team of two judges, so lots of judges are needed. This is a worthwhile community service opportunity for faculty and staff.

On the day of the event, judges will meet for an orientation session 8-9 a.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. Judging will follow, from 9 a.m.-noon, in Delaware Hall and the gym.

If you'd like more information about this event or would like to volunteer as a judge, please contact Mike Rennekamp, associate professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, in Nestor Hall Room 491, at ext. 5012, or at


Concert Band to salute Sousa and the Marines

The Columbus State Community College Concert Band will present a "Salute to Sousa and the Marines" Tuesday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. Featured soloist will be Master Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Schuller of the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., who will play trumpet solos "From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific" and "Beautiful Ohio."

Master Gunnery Sergeant
Andrew Schuller

Schuller joined the Marine Band in 1986 and was appointed high brass section commander in 2003. He is a graduate of Salem (Ohio) High School, Youngstown State University, and George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

The Marine Band is America's oldest professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Given the title "The President's Own" by Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band's primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States.

John Philip Sousa directed the Marine Band from 1880-1892. Several of the marches that he composed during those years are featured on the program, including "Semper Fidelis," "Washington Post," and "The Crusader."

The other pieces included in the program are typical of a Sousa band concert and include selections by Richard Wagner and Stephen Foster, as well as Sousa's picturesque and rarely heard "Easter Monday on the White House Lawn."

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Thomas Lloyd at


King Arts Director Celebrates Community

Dr. Barbara R. Nicholson, executive director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex, passionately discussed "Celebrating Community" at the college's annual Black History Month celebration February 23.

"Black history is a type of soul food--it's comforting, nourishing, brings sustenance to life, and feeds the human spirit," said Nicholson.

"African-American history is American history with pages missing. It is American history and the contributions of African-Americans." She continued, "We must invite everyone to the table to provide sustenance and be a part of the rich and diverse history."

"I celebrate who I am 365, 24/7," Nicholson said. "I've led a perfect life in that I've had everything that's essential, and I'm passionate about the things I do."

If you'd like to see Nicholson's speech, the Educational Resources Center (ERC) now has the program available on video. The video is available in the "Reserves" section of the ERC, and you can request it by asking at the circulation desk.


Aramark seeks input on dining styles

Aramark is conducting a survey to better understand the campus' lifestyle and preferences. Aramark wants feedback from faculty, staff and students in order to gain valuable insight and help improve the overall campus dining experience.

The DiningStyles survey is online and should take 10 to 12 minutes to complete. Your responses are confidential. To complete the survey, go to

Anyone participating in the survey will have the opportunity to enter to win an Apple iPod Nano or iTunes Gift Card.

If you have any questions while completing the survey, contact Aramark at or 1-800-999-8989 ext. 3733.


Lawson earns bachelor's degree

Tonja Lawson, accountant II in Grants, Contracts and Loans, earned a Bachelor of Technical Management from DeVry University. She received her degree at the University's February 26 graduation ceremony.


Real Estate students earn scholarship

According to Carl Hemmeler, administrator for the Transitional Workforce and Real Estate Programs, two real estate students--Francis Curley and Toyia Devine--were each awarded $1,000 from the Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Endowed Scholarship. Curley is majoring in real estate, and Devine is majoring in business management.