May 22, 2006

“CSI: NY” star and author Hill Harper to speak at Columbus State June 1

Hill Harper
An actor, lawyer, scholar and author, Hill Harper will add one more item to his already extensive resume June 1. That’s the day he comes to speak at Columbus State.

Hill Harper, best known as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the television show “CSI: NY” will speak about his book “Letters to a Young Brother” at 11 a.m. June 1 at Nestor Hall Auditorium. Columbus State will provide the book free to the first 200 students attending the presentation.

Harper will read from the book, which came out in April 2006. Subtitled “MANifest Your Destiny,” it is designed to give “encouragement and guidance” to black men growing up today. Harper designed the book around a series of letters to a fictional “Young Brotha,” although he says the letters all answer real questions his fans have asked him. The book is peppered with additional advice from celebrity friends such as Barack Obama, Venus Williams and Nas.

“Although aimed at young black men, this book, with its contemporary language and approach, should have appeal for youth of both sexes and all races,” says Booklist, the review service of the American Library Association.

The book addresses a number of issues young people struggle with, including school, sex, money, and “living your truth.” Although he acknowledges young people are growing up in an uncertain world, he reminds his readers they are the result of billions of years of human evolution and development.

He singles out education as the key to success, urging students to “stay in the game.” Any sort of education increases your options in life. “School is there to serve you, not for you to serve it,” he writes.

The importance of education is a lesson Harper took to heart. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and received degrees in both law and public administration from Harvard. An acting class at Brown led to roles on stage and screen, including “Get on the Bus,” “He Got Game” and “Lackawanna Blues.” People magazine named Harper its Sexiest Man Alive in 2004.

In addition to his acting and writing, Harper founded the MANifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit group that awards scholarships, grants, and technology to young men and women. Proceeds from the book go to support the foundation.


Community celebrates opening of CDC
On Thursday, May 18, college officials and members of the community celebrated the opening of Columbus State’s Child Development Center (CDC), the largest child care facility in downtown.

From left, President Moeller helps Child Development Center students Illiana and Elijah show off the center’s new flag presented to them by Eileen Austria from Representative Dave Hobson’s office. The flag once flew over the Capital in Washington, D.C.

“This is a state-of-the-art facility that truly shows we are engaged in the community at every level,” said President Moeller. “We are providing working labs for our Early Childhood Development students, a resource room for our teachers, and a licensed child care facility for downtown.”

The event recognized Chase and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation for a $100,000 grant to fund the center’s new 10,000-square-foot playground, which will include a weather station, gardens representing children’s books, climbing equipment, musical instruments, bikes, and riding toys.


CDC students Elijah and Illiana help, from left, President Moeller, Board member Jeffrey Scheiman, Board Chair Susan Finn, Chase Central Ohio President Melissa Ingwersen, Congressman Dave Hopson’s representative Eileen Austria, and Board member Priscilla Mead cut the ribbon on the center’s new playground area.

“Providing the grant made sense on three levels,” said Chase Central Ohio President Melissa Ingwersen. “One, economic development; two, partnering with Columbus State that has the best in class, student diversity, and rate of growth; and three the layers of education.”

Ingwersen continued, “You are providing safe and affordable child care. We thank you for letting us share in the experience.”


Merz discusses Life II
Hal Merz, grants officer in Knowledge Resources and Planning, shares his observations on transitioning from Columbus State to active “unretirement” in the Council for Resource Development’s Spring/Summer 2006 “Dispatch.” The council is the only professional organization concerned exclusively with fund raising for two-year colleges,

According to Merz, in order to reflect opportunities for additional productive years, some people are changing the name of retirement to “Life II.”

Some of the tips for Life II Merz has picked up through various readings and interactions with others in various stages of this life transition include:

  • Life II satisfaction may be more related to engagement in productive activity than leisurely pursuits.
  • If there is a type of activity you want to do in retirement, get involved in a small way before retiring.
  • There may be some psycho-social adjustment issues when transitioning from the security of a large organization and a stable salary to Life II.
  • When volunteering, be prepared to educate and negotiate a plan with the agencies to make the best use of your skills.

To read Merz’s entire article, go to


Third Annual Advanced Adjunct Faculty Learning Program to be held summer quarter
Applications are now being accepted for the third Annual Advanced Adjunct Faculty Learning Program.

The three-day workshop, to run July 14 and August 4 and 18, gives instructors the opportunity to develop an advanced view of learning styles and their application to teaching, use assessment tools to measure learning outcomes, and integrate technology that enhances the teaching and learning process. It focuses on instructional technologies, advanced pedagogy, learning styles, and classroom management.

Instructors also will participate in an online learning community, share rewarding and challenging classroom experiences, read Ken Bain’s "What the Best College Teachers Do," and complete a final project applying workshop skills in the classroom.

The program will again be led by Dr. Carol Himeloch, associate professor at Cleary College in Michigan. Himeloch holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is currently focusing on adjunct faculty development.

The program is voluntary and limited to 24 participants. Adjunct faculty who have taught at least nine quarters at Columbus State, are teaching summer quarter 2006, are endorsed by their chairperson, and are willing to use Blackboard are eligible for the program.

Applications for the Advanced Adjunct Learning Program are available at the front desk of Davidson Hall, Room 205. The deadline to apply is June 26.

For more information, contact Tonette Baldin at ext. 5032 or Lisa Rieder at ext. 5030.


Sanders earns degree from Wilberforce
Rachael Sanders, site coordinator for the off campus Dublin, Marysville, and Tolles Centers, graduated from Wilberforce University’s CLIMB program on May 6. She earned a Bachelor of Science in global management and communications and plans to pursue a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from West Virginia University.


Wellness Activities Initiative rolls out the Women’s Health Initiative
The Columbus State Wellness Activities Initiative is rolling out a new wellness program, The Women’s Health Initiative: Putting Your Health First, on May 25. Everyone is welcome to attend and discover topics to be covered in upcoming months, provide input for future topics, and learn about the Wellness Challenge.

Bring your lunch and join colleagues on Thursday, May 25, from noon–1 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room A.

For more information, contact Don Laubenthal at ext. 3627.


COPEC to hold retirement income planning seminar
The Central Ohio Professional Education Council (COPEC) will offer a workshop on Retirement Income Planning on Wednesday, June 7, in Nestor Hall Seminar Room C. Two workshop times are available: 12:30–2 p.m. and 4:30–6 p.m.

The workshop is designed for employees nearing retirement or who have begun investigating their retirement income options. Social Security, pension plans (PERS/STRS), supplemental retirement plans (403b/IRA), Medicare and health insurance, and long-term care will be addressed.

There is no charge for the seminar. For more information or to register, go to:


Students receive $8,500 in scholarships from local construction association
Ten Columbus State students from the Construction Sciences Department received a combined total of $8,500 in financial aid from the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio Scholarship Program, administered by the Builders Exchange Foundation.

Columbus State students receiving scholarships include: Linda Anderson (Landscape Design/Build), Steven Brutsche (Construction Management), Anita Callion (Construction Management), Thomas Coalter (Construction Management), Russell Moeller (Construction Management), Carrie Parrish-Flegle (Construction Management), Daniel Poole (Construction Management/Civil Engineering), Sarah Richardson (Landscape Design/Build), Matthew Rietschlin (Landscape Design/Build), and Jason White (Construction Management).

Professor Steven O’Neal, Landscape Design/Build, and Instructor Dean Bortz, CSI, CDT from the Construction Management program, were on hand to congratulate the recipients at a May 15 Builders Exchange reception. Also there to hand out the scholarships were members of the Builders Exchange Board of Directors and affiliates who generated the funds to provide the scholarships.

The Builders Exchange is a local trade association for the commercial construction industry. This year, a record total of $53,000 was awarded to 54 students majoring in construction-related fields of study.