May 4, 2006

College to Celebrate In Service Day the Cinco de Mayo Way

In-Service Day is tomorrow, and the In-Service Committee plans on helping Columbus State celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862, in some fun and festive ways.

In-Service Day kicks off with the general session in the Delaware Hall gym where everyone will come together to celebrate the dedication of fellow employees receiving service awards, Staff Employee of the Year, and Distinguished Teacher awards.

Keynote speaker Dr. James D. Ludema

This year’s opening session also will include a keynote address by James Ludema, Ph.D., professor of Organization Development from Benedictine University. Dr. Ludema, an internationally recognized organizational consultant and a Founding Owner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting, a global firm that includes several of the world's leading thinkers and practitioners on appreciative inquiry, will address the topic of Appreciative Inquiry (AI). Based on the idea of focusing on what works well in an organization, AI is a process for engaging people throughout the organization in positive change.

Dr. Ludema has consulted with major corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government sectors including BP, McDonald’s, John Deere, Ameritech, Kaiser Permanente, and the City of Minneapolis on AI, organizational redesign, whole system change, large group interventions, and human motivation.

After the morning session, traditional Mexican fare including fajitas, enchiladas, salsa, nachos, and taco salad will be served for lunch while the Yumbabé Salsa Jazz Ensemble will get the rhythm going with South of the Border sounds. Dancing and olés are encouraged.

Siestas after lunch are out of the question, as over 30 interesting concurrent sessions will take place including workshops on Latin dance, yoga, women and men’s health, strategies for retirement, ways to serve our students, grant development, computer tips and tricks, and much more. In addition, from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. a wellness fair will take place in the Nestor Hall lounges and seminar rooms.

The Staff Advisory Committee encourages you to bring canned or boxed food items to In-Service as a donation to Operation Feed. Donation boxes will be located near the Delaware Hall gym.

For more in-depth information on the day’s schedule, visit the In-Service website at

Spring Fling is May 11
Spring Fling, featuring food and entertainment, will be held Thursday, May 11, from 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. outside near the Christopher Columbus statue. This year, the student clubs and organizations will hold a pre-Spring Fling Fair on Wednesday, May 10, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in the same location.

In addition to the normal Spring Fling activities, the Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting the first ever Spring Fling Party to be held in the Delaware Hall gym on May 11 from 8 p.m.–midnight. A DJ, dancing, and free soft drinks will be provided. The event is open to anyone affiliated with Columbus State and their guests over 18.

For more information on the party contact Jesse Jones, SGA president, at

Stewart presents on Student Assistance Center

Jackie Stewart

Jackie Stewart, associate registrar, presented “The Student Assistance Center and Customer Service” at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Annual Meeting April 19 in San Diego, California.

Stewart coordinates the operation of the Student Assistance Center in Madison Hall 225.  At this customer service center, students can attend new student orientation; solve problems related to registration, financial aid, and fee payment; have the opportunity to view self-directed Web modules; and learn about CougarWeb. 

Exhibit highlights student photography
The "Student Photography Exhibit," the sixth annual exhibit featuring the work of Columbus State’s photography students in the Marketing and Graphic Communications Department, is now on display.

The exhibit showcases images by students that range from traditional black-and-white prints to images created with the latest digital printing techniques. The show covers the elements of form including line, color, space, shape, mass, texture, light, rhythm, motion and time.

The show is currently on view and runs through May 31 in the art gallery, located on the first level of the ERC in Columbus Hall.

Student demographics available online
Need to know information about who our Columbus State students are? To find out more about our students' characteristics, go to the following address on the Knowledge, Resources and Planning Web site:

Information is available for autumn quarters 2001–2005 on a variety of student characteristics including gender, ethnicity, age, and academic intention. Contact Brian Seeger at ext. 2663 with any questions.

Development Foundation to host mini grant information session
The Development Foundation will host two information sessions for employees who have questions about submitting a mini grant proposal. The seminars will help answer questions on budget issues, the selection process, and how to add more clarity and credibility to your proposal to get great results.

The information sessions will be held:
Wednesday, May 17, at 3 p.m. in Franklin Hall Board Room
Tuesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. in Franklin Hall Board Room

Contact the Development Foundation at ext. 2436 for more information.

Mammography screening unit to come to campus
Columbus State has arranged with the Author G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute to bring a mobile mammography screening unit to campus to screen women for breast cancer. Mammograms will be performed aboard the mobile screening unit, and insurance will be billed.

The mobile unit will perform these procedures on Friday, June 9, from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 614-293-4455 as soon as possible.

Guidelines for a mammography include:
The American Cancer Society highly recommends an annual mammogram for women over the age of 40.

Women ages 30-34 need a written prescription by a doctor, since insurance might not cover the procedure.

Women who are under age 30 are not eligible for the service.

To be eligible for the mammogram, women must be non-pregnant and non-nursing, be asymptomatic, have no breast implants, have no previous breast cancer, and have not had a mammogram in 12 months.

Woodwind Ensemble to perform classical and colonial era music
The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a 40-minute concert Tuesday, May 16, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room.

The featured work of the concert is a composition written in the last year of Mozart's life for the glass harmonica, an unusual instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin. The ensemble will use an electronic keyboard to imitate the sound. Marina Myers, adjunct faculty in the Humanities Department, will be a soloist during the piece.

Composers to be represented during the rest of the concert include Handel and Tchaikovsky, as well as music of American composers from the colonial era, William Billings and Francis Hopkinson, and 20th century Black American composer William Grant Still. Ensemble director Thomas Lloyd will provide historical and musical insights into the pieces.

For more information on the free concert, contact Thomas Lloyd

Aviation Maintenance hosts Ohio Skills contest
On April 29, the Aviation Maintenance Technology hosted the Ohio Skills Contest in Aviation Maintenance for the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA). The contest included four high schools from Ohio, with the winner of the state event going on to represent Ohio in national competition.

Assistant Professor Mark Reed coordinated the event. Judges included Instructor Jeff Gruber, Assistant Professor Gene Sprang, adjunct instructors Eric Hogberg, David Hessler, and Professor Emeritus Cliff Kelling.

Instructor Jeff Gruber judges students in the sheet metal fabrication project.

CSO offers discounted tickets to this weekend’s concert

Violinist Vadim Gluzman

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is offering Columbus State employees a $9 discount on tickets to this weekend’s concert featuring Columbus fan-favorite violin soloist Vadim Gluzman in Glazunov’s “Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 82.”

The concert will be conducted by CSO guest conductor Alasdair Neale and also will include Prokofiev’s “Classical Symphony” and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.”

Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theater.

To take advantage of the $9 discount offer, call the CSO ticket office at 614-228-8600 and mention code # C13VAR. The discount is not valid with other discounts or offers or on previously purchased tickets. The offer is not available without the proper code and excludes rear balcony seating.

The ticket office is open Thursday 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., and concert Saturdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m.