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August 11, 2014

Graduation requirements undergo change for Autumn Semester

A revised graduation policy that increases grade-point requirements will take effect this Autumn Semester.

In the past, a student was required to have a 2.0 GPA or better for all Columbus State courses that were used to meet degree requirements. This meant that in some cases, a student could actually have a cumulative GPA lower than 2.0 and still graduate.

Starting with Autumn Semester 2014, the revised graduation policy and procedures will be implemented. A student will need to have earned a cumulative 2.000 grade point average for all college-level courses completedat Columbus State. [Policy 5-08 (B)].  While this change will only impact a small portion of students, it will be very important for them to know.



New website details Title IX compliance, resources, training

The Office of Equity and Compliance has recently completed a Title IX - Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination website. The site contains information on Title VII and Title IX, resources for students and employees, answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and contacts to request compliance training or submit a complaint.

The Office of Equity and Compliance supports Columbus State’s commitment to maintaining a workplace and academic setting where everyone is treated with dignity and respect in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. Matters of equity and compliance pertain to upholding civil rights (Title VII and Title IX) and creating and maintaining a healthy environment for learning and working. The Office of Equity and Compliance asks that you take a moment to review the important information on this new website.


Columbus State Bookstore hosts attendees of College Stores conference

Fifty representatives of colleges and university bookstores from across the U.S., plus Australia and Canada, recently visited the Columbus State Bookstore for a tour during the National Association of College Stores (NACS) Conference, “Xtreme 2014.”  Conference attendees were given the opportunity to tour several retail locations in Columbus during the conference, which was held at the Hyatt Regency August 1-3.

The theme of the conference was “Designing the Future of Campus Retail” and attendees explored the next evolution of retail branding, store design, and delivering the complete customer experience. Because Columbus is a prominent retail test market and home to some of the top retailers and retail consultancies in the world, the NACS chose to bring members here for their annual conference.  According to Stacey Mulinex, director of the Bookstore, the attendees were extremely impressed with the retail operation and it provided them with fresh ideas, inspirational product presentations, and a unique collegiate shopping experience.


Fourman sings along in China

Garry Fourman, chair of Modern Languages, recently returned from four weeks of teaching English to students in theWuhan University Summer Intensive English Program in China. It was Fourman’s second year to join 30 other faculty from across the U.S. in the summer teaching program at Wuhan. In the evenings, Fourman also taught an introduction to German class and led group sing-alongs in English. Fourman adds folk songs to his lessons in both English and German because the students enjoy it and singing reinforces the language lessons!


College could earn revenue in new energy savings program

A new energy-savings plan sponsored by the City of Columbus Power could help Columbus State reap some revenue rewards. It’s called the Enernoc Emergency Load Response Program and is designed to help avoid so-called brownouts during peak summer cooling demand.

This program alleviates the need to build additional power generation plants to meet short-term peak energy demands, which in turn reduces carbon emissions.

Here’s how it works: When requested by the power company, Columbus State will adjust air conditioning to a higher temperature for a few hours to reduce electric use that can be shared with the neighborhood.  This would only happen a few times per year. (During mild summers like we’re experiencing now, there would be fewer occasions, and maybe none at all, when reductions would be needed.)

The impact is minor. The adjustments would likely occur between noon and 5 p.m. and temperatures in buildings would be a few degrees warmer for a few hours. However, the college will earn revenue of up to $100,000 over five years. Since this is a savings to power companies, they share their savings with the college and other companies that participate in this voluntary program. 

Before we qualify to take part, Columbus Power must run a test of our system. Columbus State must demonstrate the capability to shed the required electric load. Due to past energy efficiency system improvements, Facilities can centrally control many of the heating and cooling systems.

The first test will take place later this month or in September. The city will give us a five-day advance notice the test. Once the college is notified, staff and faculty will be informed of the date. Again, the principal impact for individuals will be a slight increase in the indoor temperature for a few hours.

If Columbus State is accepted into the program, future notices would only be a few hours in advance.  While it may be a minor inconvenience, it does allow us to be good stewards by reducing both carbon emissions and energy use to prevent brownouts. In the process, it also produces some revenue we otherwise would not receive.







Columbus State’s Tillmann awarded prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Columbus State student Kathleen Tillmann is the first student at the college to earn a highly sought scholarship from the Virginia-based Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. This year, she’s one of just 85 students in the nation—and the only one from Ohio—to receive the 2014 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

The foundation provides as much as $90,000 (up to $30,000 per year over three years) to some of the nation’s best community college students seeking to complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. More than 3,700 students applied for the award.

Tillmann, who lives in New Albany, earned her Associate of Arts degree as Columbus State wrapped up its summer semester. Tillmann says she plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Illinois-Springfield then continue on with graduate studies in creative writing. Her specific interests include writing, literary criticism, and copy editing.

“The Jack Kent Cooke scholarship is a great honor. It rewards some of the brightest students in the nation and emphasizes the important role community colleges play in providing a path toward achieving a baccalaureate degree,” says President Harrison “Kathleen is a great representative of the immense talent found at community colleges and within our student body.”

You can read more about the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and this year’s scholarships winners online here.


Kemavor named to editorial board

Ameena Kemavor, Ph.D., director of Counseling Services, has been appointed to serve as an editorial board member for the Journal of Counselor Practice, the official journal of the Ohio Counseling Association.

The Journal is a peer-reviewed national publication targeted to meet the needs of professional school and mental health counselors, publishing a wide scope of professional manuscripts. “I am honored to receive this appointment as an editorial reviewer for a national publication that focuses on counselor practice,” said Kemavor. “I look forward to serving fellow colleagues and students alike in research and advocacy.”

Dr. Kemavor has a notable record of scholarship and a strong history of service in the field of counseling including former service as president of the Ohio Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, president of the Southeast Ohio Counseling Association, and revitalization of the currently thriving Central Ohio Counseling Association. She is a member of the American College Counseling Association, the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors, and charter member and current secretary of the Ohio College Counseling Association. Kemavor is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Columbus State Caring Advocates Responding to Extraordinary Situations (C.A.R.E.S.) Committee.


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