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July 31, 2014

Career Services offers student mentorship program

mentoring scene

If you would like to play a role in the success of a Columbus State student, consider becoming a mentor. Career Services’ Mentorship Program is designed to provide students with a formal channel to develop relationships with professionals who work in their field of interest.

As a mentor, you will share your experiences, insights, and advice; highlight the daily activities, challenges, and requirements of your profession; enhance your coaching and leadership skills; and help students grow and make progress.

Mentors commit to meeting with their mentees at least once a month during the duration of the academic year. Although Career Services only requires a one-year commitment, it is hoped that mentors will recommit each year.

If you would like to learn more about this valuable student program, contact Diane Higginbotham in Career Services.


New testing services to be offered at Gahanna

Clark Hall in Gahanna

College Testing Services will now provide the community the added convenience for professional licensure and certification and GED testing at the Gahanna Regional Learning Center on Wednesday evenings.

More than 2,000 Pearson VUE exams will be offered at the Gahanna location. Pearson VUE is the leading provider of global computer-based testing for professionals who need licensure and certification for information technology, education, sports medicine, health and medical technologies, finance, insurance and many other fields.

The GED test will also be offered at the Gahanna location through Pearson VUE. The GED test continues to be a valuable pathway to a better life for the millions of adults without a high school diploma.

Testing at the Gahanna Center will offer the convenience of evening hours as well as a regional location closer to individuals’ workplaces and residences.


More about the Student Success Summit September 12

Register to attend Columbus State’s Student Success Summit, offered by Title III A:  Strengthening Institutions. The summit will be held Friday, September 12, when you will learn about the exciting projects being led by your peers.

You can choose to attend one of two sessions: morning (8:00 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (12:30 to 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 adjunct faculty, tutors, and part-time staff who register will receive four hours of meeting rate pay for the event.  To track this information, please note PT when completing your registration (example: “PT Project Specialist”). 

Light refreshments will be served and participants will have the opportunity to visit with our nine Preferred Pathway Partners in the courtyard.

You can now register online here. For more information contact Sarah Lathrop or Megan McWilliams.


Want to learn the latest Photoshop techniques in one day?

student at computer

Then you should sign up for this one-day class offered this Fall Semester: FOTO 2994 Photoshop Tips and Techniques. The class is open to all employees and students, and is taught by Gene Strickland, coordinator of the Photography program.

The class is offered Friday, October 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:50 p.m., and is for photographers who want the best images possible. It is open to beginners, experts, hobbyists and professionals, and there is no prerequisite. Learn quick workflow options to speed up your Photoshop processing times and all the cool, latest tips and techniques used by professionals in the industry today. Come learn and network with other creative people!


Firefox browser issue has been resolved

Global Sign--a large provider of SSL security certificates for many websites--had a server issue yesterday (July 30) which impacted users of the web browser Firefox. Global Sign is reporting the issue is resolved today and if you use Firefox, it should work normally with all sites.




Fee waiver deadline is Aug.13

The deadline for Employee or Dependent Fee Waivers for Autumn Semester is Wednesday, August 13, by 4:30 p.m. in Human Resources. This is to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also pay your own fees and then be reimbursed within 30 days by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt  into Human Resources by September 25. If you have any questions, please contact Carmelita Boyer at ext. 2407.


Join Weight Watchers at Work this fall

logoWith fall right around the corner, maybe you have been considering shedding some of those extra pounds, but you are not sure how to do it.  Have you been contemplating attending Columbus State Weight Watchers sessions? 

The program will host an open house on Tuesday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 12,in WD 312 and it’s free! Stop by and learn about the program. You will be able to hear colleagues’ success stories, ask questions, and learn about the various products that are available to you. Our Weight Watchers at Work program offers many advantages over joining a normal Weight Watchers group.

Our meetings are held conveniently at lunch time so they do not interfere with your busy schedule.  The cost of $156 for the 12-week program can be deducted from your pay check in five installments of $26. You will receive free e-tools like a smart phone app to help you track your progress.  And best of all—if you attend 10 of the 12 meetings you will be reimbursed half of what you paid for the program.


Columbus State night at the Clippers game is August 23

photo of stadium

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will host a Night at the Clippers game for Columbus State employees on Saturday, August 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are only $10 each for seats in section 22 of the Huntington Park Stadium, and the Clippers will play the Indianapolis Indians. There will even be fireworks after the game! You can print the ticket order form here.