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August 25, 2014

Welcoming in progress!

helping students

Terrence Brooks, program coordinator in Student Life, helps a student find his class on the first day of the fall semester.  Employees were busy working on the Welcome Team all day Monday and Tuesday as more than 24,000 students poured onto the Columbus and Delaware campuses.


Notice and comment period opens for HR Policies-HR to host forums

The Human Resources Department will hold Open Forums to update employees on changes to college policies necessitated by recent action at the federal level pertaining to Title IX, the Clery Act, the Violence against Women Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Open Forums will be held in the Center for Workforce Development, Room 409 on Friday, August 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Friday, September 5, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

You may review a draft of the proposed amendments to the following policies online:  

Policy 3-43, Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment

Policy 3-44, Sexual Misconduct

Policy 3-46, Family and Medical Leave Act

If you have questions or comments, please submit them to on or before Thursday, September 11.


First Wednesday to be held September 3

Please mark your calendar to attend First Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. Wednesday,September 3, in the Conference Center ballroom, where we will recognize the Staff Employee of the Month, and hear college news and updates from President Harrison. You can watch First Wednesday by live stream as well by logging into live stream and entering the password: cougars.


Student Success Summit is September 12 - register today!

Find out about the exciting student success projects being led by your peers on Friday, September 12, by registering to attend Columbus State’s Student Success Summit, sponsored with by the Title III A:  Strengthening Institutions grant. 

You should plan to attend one of two sessions: morning (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)  Faculty, advisors and tutors can participate in separate tracks, so information presented is tailored to your role at the college. Listen to the student story at kickoff and then choose from one of many breakout sessions featuring exciting and innovative projects led by Columbus State faculty and staff.   

The first 85 adjuncts, tutors, and part-time staff who register will receive four hours pay at meeting rate for the event. To track this information, please note PT when completing your registration (example: PT Project Specialist). 

Light refreshments will be served and the college community will also have an opportunity to visit with our Preferred Pathway partner colleges.

Hurry and register today!  For more information contact Sarah Lathrop or Megan McWilliams. 

COMPASS Boot Camp helps students improve placement

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Students attend a placement test “boot camp” designed to improve their scores.

Twenty-four incoming students recently participated in the “COMPASS Boot Camp” designed to help students review reading, writing, and math skills and to learn techniques that are known to help boost test scores. Many of the students demonstrated improvement:

  • In reading, all students improved their scores, and 64 percent of the students either moved up a level or tested out of reading entirely. 
  • In English, most students improved their scores and 46 percent placed into a higher-level course. 
  • In math, 29 percent of the re-testers moved up a level in their math sequence.

Beyond their improved scores, the students reported feeling more confident, prepared and happy to save on tuition by placing into higher-level college courses.


TRiO Programs mark 50 years

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Senator Charleta Tavares, far right, joins TRiO students at the Back to School kick-off August 15 in the Conference Center.

Ohio Senator Charleta Tavares helped Columbus State celebrate 50 years of TRiO programs by speaking to students from pre-college TRiO programs during a “Back to School” Conference August 15.

Students attended workshops and received tools and motivation to help them jump into the 2014-2015 school year equipped for success. In addition to a keynote address from Senator Tavares, students appreciated words of motivation and advice that were shared by Mabel Freeman, Holly Englert, Kim Brazwell, and a number of TRiO alumni. 

Thanks to generous donations from Target and Walmart, all students received a complete set of school supplies so that they can begin the school year with the resources they need.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act, which provided educational resources and financial assistance to students seeking a postsecondary education. Part of the Act included the Federal TRIO Programs, designed to educate students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities who faced difficulties advancing from K-12 through higher education. The program reflects a community-wide effort to provide services to students facing unique educational challenges. 

Columbus State hosts three federal TRiO programs.  Upward Bound has been a part of the Columbus State community since 2000; Student Support Services has been assisting Columbus State students since 2002; and Educational Talent Search  began in 2006.



New student success project to start this term

Student to Active Citizen Transformation (StACT) is a new student success project starting this semester.

Designed to enhance student success, StACT offers students the opportunity to create strong faculty and student cohort connections, receive guided exploration of educational opportunities, and experience concentrated personal and professional development programs.

Faculty mentors will provide guidance to StACT participants through an exploration of education-enhancing experiences, interact with students one-on-one and in cohort groups, and provide advice and mentoring that will help students in their transition from student to globally-minded professionals and active and responsible global citizens.

In the inaugural year, two 10-student cohorts are planned. Faculty mentors will receive a $1,500 stipend at the end of spring semester for their participation.

A call for faculty mentors and additional information about the StACT program is coming soon in Update!


Weiser is in cast of "Merry Wives"

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Michelle Weiser, Student Engagement and Leadership, is currently appearing in Actor’s Theatre of Columbus’ production of The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare. The production runs through August 31. All shows are at 8:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday evenings, at Schiller Park in German Village (1069 Jaeger St, Columbus, OH 43206). Admission is free; however, “pay what you will” donations are gratefully accepted. Blankets, chairs, food and drink are acceptable.


Michelle Weiser, far right, appears in The Merry Wives of Windsor through August 31. (Photo by Dale Bush)



Mentors still needed for M.A.N. Initiative

The Male Access Network (M.A.N.) Initiative is a retention and scholarship program offered by the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department which focuses on character-building and leadership development.

The program is intended for male students at Columbus State who are interested in getting involved on-campus, connecting with others, and receiving mentorship opportunities. Eligible participants also receive a scholarship for the autumn and spring terms.

Mentors are still needed for the 2014-2015 school year. This relatively small time commitment is a great way to connect with Columbus State students and help them be successful. To inquire about becoming a mentor please contact Brett Welsh. A mentor information session will be held Friday, August 29, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio on the first floor.


Wellness Workshops offered by Recreation and Wellness

Join the Department of College Recreation and Wellness on the first Wednesday of each month from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Bookstore Lounge for the following free sessions:

Wednesday, September 3 - Fall Fitness Get ideas for staying active and enjoying the season as the weather cools down.

Wednesday, October 1- Breast Cancer 101 The Susan G. Komen Foundation joins us to kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wednesday, November 5- Healthy Holiday Eating Learn how to balance and enjoy holiday eating while maintaining your health.

Wednesday, December 3 - Stress Management Get tips and tools for staying in control when life feels out of control.



Join the PONO Learning Community


The PONO Learning Community provides a safe space for employees and students to engage in an open dialogue about diversity-related topics and social issues. PONO is a unique program that offers a semester-long transformational journey driven by the experiences and reflections of group members. You are invited to become a part of this special community by joining a PONO cohort in the autumn or spring semesters. Everyone is welcome.

If you would like to reserve your spot in one of the 2014-2015 PONO cohorts or receive more information please contact Sarah Baker at ext. 2861.



Hatcher joins HR as Assistant Director

The Human Resources Department is pleased to welcome Rick Hatcher as Assistant Director in Employment Services, replacing Sandy Kellam. Hatcher has 20 years of experience in HR and labor relations with a variety of state agencies. He will be primarily responsible for managing employee relations through HR's business partnerships. He has a bachelor’s degree in human resources, an MBA from Franklin University, and is retired from the Air National Guard. Please join us in welcoming him to Columbus State!






Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State?  Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees.  Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Have news for students?
Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story?  Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.