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July 7, 2014

Bookstore employee puts ‘care’ in Customer Care

Margaret with PresidentMargaret Power accepts her award from President Harrison at First Wednesday July 2.

Margaret Power has become the face of the Columbus State Bookstore at her familiar post on the Customer Care desk, however she is willing and able to take over any part of the operation at a moment’s notice.  “Margaret stepped in to oversee the DX Café from August to December, which was beyond her job description,” said Luke Robson, supervisor, “She took the initiative to reorganize, retrain and devise marketing strategies to acquire new customers.  The end result was a doubling of sales over the months prior. Margaret took on this duty on top of her daily responsibilities in Customer Care,” said Robson.

For her outstanding work in the Bookstore, Power was named July Staff Employee of the Month at the First Wednesday meeting July 2.

Power brings the spirit of service to her work, through leadership, strength and empathy, according to her coworkers. “She serves on the Staff Advisory Council, works with the WINGS program to teach life skills to the developmentally challenged, and acts as a mentor for Upward Bound students in the Bookstore,” said Robson.  “Most notably, she showed her profound care for our community when approached by a homeless gentleman who sells newspapers on the corner. His book bag had been stolen, and Margaret took it upon herself to assist. She purchased one for the man, filled it with some basic necessities, and gave it to him as a replacement. That is just one of the many examples of the true essence of Margaret Power!”

Columbus Metropolitan Library expands Columbus State partnership

In a continuing effort to roll out the partnership between Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and Columbus State, CML computers will offer access through a desktop icon labeled “Columbus State Virtual Computer Commons” that provides access for Columbus State students via a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that enables the students to work as if they are in a Columbus State computer lab.

This connection will benefit Columbus State students in that they will be able to log in through the desktop icon with their user name and password and receive all of the functionality, applications, security, and management policies of the Columbus State network from any branch library in the CML system.  This will be especially beneficial for students seeking access to Columbus State library resources and for distance learning students who may prefer to access their distance learning courses  or other services available on the Columbus State network (library, shared drives, etc.) from any CML branch library, thus creating a “Computer Commons in the Community” through the city.

From funding realized in 2012 to help pay for its 2020 Vision Plan, CML is currently renovating or constructing 10 of their 21 facilities. Work is already underway at the Whitehall and Driving Park branches, the latter to be officially opening on July 12. Columbus State will have a physical space in these libraries where a number of “live” and “virtual” services are also being planned.

According to Bruce Massis, director of the Columbus State Library, there is great excitement in the library community about this program, and a news release regarding the partnership was published nationally in Library Journal.  As the city of Columbus plans for the arrival of delegates from more than 100 countries for the International Federation of Library Associations in 2016, this partnership will serve as a model of public cooperation, and an example of a major student success initiative in our city.


Interested in teaching College Success?

Advising and Student Support will offer training for the new COLS1100 in-class curriculum. The training is required for all who wish to teach the course Autumn Semester 2014 and beyond. 

Attendance at a training session is required for all interested faculty who are new to teaching COLS 1100 and adjunct faculty or staff who have taught the class using the old curriculum.

Fulltime faculty who have previously attended a COLS 1100 training are invited to attend but may waive the training requirement by contacting Debra Dyer, Heather Johnston or Sue Donahue.

Five training sessions, held in Aquinas Hall 324, will be available:

  Monday, July 28, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

  Tuesday, July 29, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

  Thursday, July 31, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

The agenda includes an overview of the new curriculum, the COLS 1100 Blackboard shell, the instructor manual, department updates, and a Q&A session.

Important payroll dates to note

Columbus State employees will be seeing some changes in paychecks over the next several pay periods. Following is a list of the changes that will happen on the listed pay dates:

  • July 15, 2014              
    • State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) employee contribution increase
    • Adjustments for medical insurance premiums paid one month in advance
  • July 31, 2014              
    • Changes to State of Ohio withholding tables effective
    • 2% increase for full-time staff meeting eligibility requirements
    • 1% increase for part-time staff meeting eligibility requirements
    • New semi-monthly  medical insurance premiums
  • August 15, 2014
    • $1500.00 one-time compensation payment for eligible full time staff *
  • August 29, 2014
    • $500.00 one-time compensation payment for eligible part-time staff

*For full time employees who want to designate that their one-time compensation pay be directed to a 403b account, 457 account or their HSA (Health Savings Account), completed forms for those changes will need to be received in the payroll office located at 227 Rhodes Hall  by 8/1/2014 . The change form is online here.

NOTE: For full time faculty and staff who are members of collective bargaining units, the terms of applicable labor agreements will apply concerning compensation and increases.


Global Diversity is looking for a few good men

The Male Access Network (MAN) 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 other Columbus State students and employees, and receiving mentorship opportunities. Eligible participants also receive a small scholarship.

In addition to new students, Global Diversity is also looking for new mentors for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are a Columbus State employee looking for a great way to get involved and connect with students, please consider this opportunity!

To find out how you can join the MAN Initiative, serve as a mentor, or receive more information please contact Brett Welsh at ext. 2426.


It’s not too late to join the PONO Learning Community


The PONO Learning Community has provided a safe space for Columbus State students and employees 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 the group’s members. You are invited to become a part of this special community by joining a PONO cohort in the Autumn 2014 or Spring 2015 semesters.

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.


Join the Columbus State team for the Heart Walk!

The American Heart Association 2014 Central Ohio Heart Walk will take place on Saturday, August 23, at 8:30 a.m. on the Columbus Commons.  Join the Columbus State team and support the American Heart Association!  If you are interested in walking, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover by July 18 at ext. 3989.

Health Rewards briefings offered

logoTwo Health Rewards briefings will be offered on Thursday, July 10, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 209 and Thursday, July 24, at 12:00 p.m. in CT 106.

Any employee and spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State must reach the eight-point minimum by June 30, 2015 to maintain the 20 percent coverage rate. Learn more about the Health Rewards Program online here.  A tutorial is also offered online. 

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, at ext. 3989.