Adkins hired as provost

Patricia Kay Adkins, Ph.D.
Employees will have the opportunity to meet and welcome Columbus State's new provost, Patricia Kay Adkins, Ph.D., at a reception Thursday, April 6, from 2:30-3:30 in the Nestor Hall Lounge.

Adkins, who currently is the CEO of one of the seven campuses of St. Petersburg College in Florida, will become the college's new provost beginning June 1. She replaces Dr. Michael Snider, who retired February 28 and is currently serving as interim provost.

In addition to overseeing St. Petersburg's EpiCenter Campus, Adkins also is the associate vice president for academic and student services for the St. Petersburg college district.

Adkins has a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Illinois State University. She also has a Master of Science in education, training and development and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, both from Southern Illinois University.

She held several administrative positions from 1984-1990 at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill., and she was the director of business and industry from 1990-1998 at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill.


Lecture to explore environmental health

In honor of Earth Day, the Environmental Science, Safety and Health Program and the Construction Sciences Department are sponsoring a lecture on "Environmental Health--Critical Local Needs and Global Opportunities."

On April 19, Dr. Gary Silverman, professor and director of the Environmental Health Program at Bowling Green State University, will explore how protecting the health and environment protects the health of people. Silverman will compare key environmental parameters and their control in the United States with prevailing environmental conditions in parts of the less economically developed world.

Anyone considering careers in environmental health and protection or anyone interested in exploring international opportunities for contributing to societal quality are encouraged to attend.

Silverman has received two Fulbright grants to work abroad--the first in Malaysia in 1996 and second in Costa Rica in 2005. He has worked with institutions in China, Russia and Mexico, examining environmental conditions and cultural responses, and he is a longtime member of the State Board of Sanitarian Registration for Ohio.

The lecture will take place April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A.


Abbott tapped as likely successor to "Poetry Evangelist"

Steve Abbott
In the March issue of "Columbus Monthly," Communication Skills Professor Steve Abbott is named as one of two likely successors to the late David Citino as the leader of the poetry community of Columbus. 

The magazine noted that Citino's death in October 2005 left a void in the arts community, as his "role as an evangelist for an art form often drowned out in an entertainment-soaked age is one not easily replaced."

Abbott, who has coordinated the poetry forum at Larry's Bar since 1984, was named as one likely successor, along with Jennifer Bosveld, president of Pudding House Innovative Writers Programs, which has published hundreds of poets, including Abbott.

"There are so many different poetry communities in a sense," said Abbott in the article. "There are people doing wonderful work in Columbus who might not be recognized because the community doesn't get to see them often."


Shanahan featured in C.E.O. magazine

Tom Shanahan
Tom Shanahan, associate professor in Legal Assisting, is featured in an April "Columbus C.E.O." article "Training the Peacemakers" discussing how to resolve conflict management. According to Shanahan, "Eight weeks of our 12-week program is devoted to mediation training, but we also discuss negotiation methods, arbitration and private judging."

Columbus State is one of several central Ohio colleges, for-profit organizations, and consultants offering training in dispute resolution and mediation and conflict management to help decision-makers identify, address and resolve workplace disputes before they escalate into lawsuits.



Spring In-Service to focus on strengths and service

Spring In-Service 2006 is scheduled for Friday, May 5. This year's theme "Celebrating Strengths and Service" will be reflected in break-out sessions and service awards to employees. For detailed information about In-Service Day events, visit the In-Service Web site at

All faculty and staff who are celebrating their years of service to the college are encouraged to go to the Web site to ensure that their name is on the list and to confirm their participation in the recognition ceremony.

Proposals for presentations for In-Service break-out sessions will be accepted through April 19. Presentations will be tracked into the following categories: Wellness and Well-being, Best Practices, and Service.

In addition to presenters, volunteers are needed to work in various capacities to make In-Service Day a success.

If you are interested in volunteering or giving a presentation, the Call for Presentations and the volunteer form are available on the Web site and may be submitted electronically.


Cougar ID provides access to ERC and OhioLINK

Your Cougar ID number now provides access to the Education Resource Center (ERC) and OhioLINK resources.

"This is a streamlining of the means by which users can access ERC and OhioLINK services," says ERC Director Bruce Massis.

Through your Cougar ID, you can now research from home, school, or work all with one number. Beginning spring quarter, faculty, staff and students can use their seven-digit Cougar ID number to order materials, check out ERC and OhioLINK materials, check library accounts, and access OhioLINK databases from off campus.

"Students and faculty have asked for this for some time. We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our community," says Massis. 

Library account activation is automatic and will no longer need to be updated between quarters. If you have any questions regarding your library account, call ext. 2465.