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November 10, 2014


RLC advisor not afraid to multi-task


Tim Goetz’s job is to help students at the Regional Learning Centers register for their classes, follow their academic plan, petition to graduate and the like.

But it isn’t unusual to see him helping with financial aid questions, distributing textbooks at the start of the semester, training other members of the team, or teaching a COLS class.

Goetz was named Staff Employee of the Month for November at the Nov. 5 First Wednesday.

“During the break between semesters, many of our students have financial aid questions and problems with their funding,” said Tim Davis, site coordinator at the Reynoldsburg Center. “Instead of saying ‘it’s not my job,’ Tim asked for permission to do temporary funding at Reynoldsburg. This made it so much easier for our students to not have to drive downtown!”

“At the start of each semester we are deluged with book orders,” continued Davis. “Tim voluntarily helped to log in the books and even designed a new system to check in students and distribute the books more efficiently.”

“Tim is so beloved by the students he advises that when he moved from the Dublin Center to the Reynoldsburg Center, many of his advising students began driving 45 minutes just to see him at his new location!”

“Tim is one of those people who looks for ways to help without having to be asked or told,” says Goetz’s supervisor Jeff Akers. “As one can imagine, working in a high school environment is very different than a college campus environment. Tim has been a big help in teaching the high school students how to act in a more mature manner, show up for class, and not loiter in the hallways. Tim is just always there, right when you need him!”


Autumn production “Spring Awakening” begins Wednesday

Columbus State’s Frank Barnhart directs the Autumn Semester production of Spring Awakening. The plot follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. 8 p.m. Nov. 12 – 15, with an additional 3 p.m. matinee on Nov. 13. All performances are in Nestor Hall Auditorium and are free. Mature audiences only.


New features offered in FOCUS training sessions

Faculty, advisors and staff members, are you interested in learning about new features with FOCUS—powered by Starfish? 

Faculty can join a group to learn about FOCUS Early Alert features including: other ways to raise flags, kudos, and referrals; adding comments; clearing flags that are no longer relevant to your student; recording attendance; and scheduling office hours.  The faculty one-hour session (last training of the semester) is Thursday, November 13, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in DH 107. Register here.

Advisors and staff members can join their own group to learn about intervention processes such as adding comments versus notes versus clearing a flag; seeing Colleague screens (a snapshot advising report) for each student with whom you have a relationship; filtering for results; scheduling office hours and managing walk-in traffic.

The advisor/staff one-hour session (last training of the semester) is Thursday, November 13, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in DH 107.  Register here.


Art by Lynne Prillerman on exhibit in Library


The Library is pleased to welcome artist Lynne Prillerman, whose new exhibition has opened in the main gallery of the Library on the second floor.

Prillerman describes herself as a two-dimensional visual artist. A retired art educator of 34 years in the Columbus City Schools, she has exhibited both locally and nationally at universities, galleries, in group and one-woman shows.  Also a nationally published artist, she has created a calendar, “And a Child Shall Lead Them,” and started a movement, “Real Men Don’t Sag,” for urban communities across the country.

“Knowing that every good and perfect gift comes from above, it is my desire to create images in various mediums that will allow you to explore spirituality through the arts,” says Prillerman.

The exhibition will be on display through December 12.



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Celebrate International Education Week at Columbus State

International Education Week 2015 runs Monday, November 17, through Friday, November 21. The week is an opportunity to celebrate international education and exchange worldwide, and also supports the concept of preparing Americans for a global environment by learning about others and exchanging experiences.

Activities are hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion, International Enrollment Services and Student Engagement and Leadership.

Nov. 17-21: Global Diversity in Action Instagram Photo Contest
Take a moment and capture “global diversity in action” via your best photos. Post your picture on Instagram using #ourworldcscc14. Top picks will earn prizes! One photograph per username. Winners will be notified in the comment section of their photographs on Instagram. Contest Ends Friday November 21.

Monday, November 17: Community Discussion on Ebola
1:00-2:00 p.m., Library Media Studio
Come learn more about the science behind the Ebola virus and the social impact of this epidemic on Western Africa and beyond. Representatives from the Columbus Department of Health will lead the discussion.

Tuesday, November 18: Interfaith Day
Noon-1:30 p.m., Library Media Studio
Find out more about the similarities and differences of different faith groups from a diverse panel of religious teachers and followers.

Wednesday, November 19: Salsa Dancing Lesson
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Nestor Hall East Lounge
Do you wish you could salsa? Come over to Nestor Hall to learn all the moves from the professionals at Salsamente Dance Academy!

Thursday, November 20: International Student Thanksgiving Dinner
5:30-10:30 p.m. Conference Center Ballroom-fourth floor WD
International Enrollment Services will host our international students and families at a traditional Thanksgiving dinner in the ballroom. If you wish to buy a $15 ticket to the dinner, RSVP to Amy Bullock.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Sarah Baker.


Popovich gives presentations at Tokyo Voc Ed conference


Jack Popovich, associate professor of Finance, presented a Keynote Conference Opening Presentation at the Asian Academic Society for Vocational Education last month in Tokyo.

His presentation was titled “Current Challenges and Issues in Postsecondary Vocational Education in the United States.”  It was co-authored by Dr. Chris Zirkle, associate professor of Workforce Development and Education in the Department of Educational Studies at Ohio State University. Popovich’s presentation was a summary of the status and challenges of vocational education and community colleges in the U.S. 

Popovich also gave another presentation at the conference titled “International Cooperative Study on the Structure and Formation of Vocational Competencies for Vocational College Students.” It summarized the first stage of a two-stage study in which Columbus State is participating.

The presentation described information gathered at Columbus State and at two-year colleges in Japan and South Korea. Popovich was joined by principal investigator in the research, Dr. Moriki Terada, professor and chair of Vocational and Career Education, Nagoya University, and a member of the Committee of Higher Vocational Education of the Ministry of Education in Japan.  The study focuses on formation of career choices in first-year college students in three countries. 














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