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October 13, 2014

Columbus State receives $1.4 million in National Science Foundation grants


Two newly awarded grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help Columbus State develop a new degree program and expand another. Both programs will train students for well-paying jobs at manufacturing and logistics companies in Central Ohio.

A $722,000 grant will allow the college to develop a new Logistics Engineering Technology Associate Degree and Certificate. This is the first program of its kind in the region. Columbus State will partner with Franklin University, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools and 16 local school districts and other partners.

Logistics engineering focuses on complex systems to improve efficiency and productivity by technology to manage resources within the logistics and supply chain. This grant is aimed at the logistics industry where industrial engineering technicians or logistics engineers will be needed in the fast-changing area of logistics operations. Salaries for this type of position are expected to begin around $40,000 annually.

The second grant, totaling just over $741,000, will help expand an existing program with partners Honda North America Inc., in Marysville, and the Worthington high schools. That program – Project Lead The Way - is educating the next generation of multi-craft maintenance technicians. Additional school districts will be added. (Project Lead The Way is a national non-profit organization that develops project-based STEM curriculum for use in K-12 schools.)

Columbus State has 18 new students in its partnership with Honda - several being recent Lead The Way graduates. The students will eventually work three days weekly at Honda and study two days at Columbus State. Once they earn an associate degree, many will be hired full-time at Honda with starting salaries above $50,000 annually.

“Columbus State is dedicated to developing programs and courses that our workforce partners need,” says Angelo Frole, Columbus State Dean of Business Programs and Engineering Technologies. “These generous NSF grants will provide support so that our students can transition into successful careers that will help fill a growing skills gap in Central Ohio.”

Partners in the first grant include 31 Gifts, Boars Head, Cardinal Health, L-Brand/MAST, McGraw-Hill and ODW Logistics as well as the Columbus Regional Logistics Council, which is part of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Partners in the second grant include Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. and Miami University. 


Shared Governance to integrate Academic, Policy Councils

In November 2013, the College’s Board of Trustees adopted a Shared Governance Model Summary that outlines the college’s Shared Governance structure and the interaction of the two governance councils – the Academic Council and the Policy Council. 

The Columbus State Education Association (CSEA) Faculty Governance Committee issued a proposal in November 2013 that included recommendations for further improvements to the Shared Governance structure. The Association and the College agreed to continue supporting the work of both councils toward integrating the Shared Governance process.  

A Shared Governance Integration Committee has been formed and membership includes four faculty members appointed by the Academic Council; the Office of Academic Affairs Faculty Fellow; four members appointed by the Policy Council; and a CSEA appointee to the Policy Council. Members are: Kimberly Hall, Co-Chair, Cathy Hatfield, Co-Chair, Judith Anderson, Christopher Bunner, Paul Carringer, Julie Cronk, Matthew Heywood, Adam Keller, Laurie Johns, Tracy Little, Jackie Miller, Eric Neubauer, Rita Rice and Debbie Strain.

The anticipated completion date for the work for this committee is December 2014, but no later than the end of January 2015. As a part of their charge, the Shared Governance Integration Committee will:

  1. Develop and initiate documentation and tracking protocols;
  2. Develop written guidelines for conducting Academic and Policy Council meetings; and
  3. Develop effective methods for communicating all Shared Governance status updates to the campus community.

The Shared Governance Integration Committee’s recommendations are subject to approval by the Academic Council and Policy Council.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact a member of the Shared Governance Integration Committee, or Cathy Hatfield, Shared Governance Coordinator, at ext. 3903.


Flu immunizations available soon


Flu shots will be available to both full-time and part-time employees starting next week. The Affordable Care Act mandates a wellness benefit for flu immunizations through most medical plans. Employees who have medical coverage through Columbus State or any other plan must bring their medical ID card and the fees for the shots will be billed directly to their medical plan.

Columbus State will pay the cost for full-time employees who do not have medical coverage. For part-time employees without medical coverage, the cost is $26 and must be paid the day of the immunization. 

The date for flu shots on the Columbus Campus is Thursday, October 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in NH-324; and Thursday, October 30, from7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in UN-053.

On the Delaware Campus, flu shots will be given on Tuesday, October 21, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in DA-134. Register here. (scroll down to Wellness Classes>Flu Shots) You will need to bring a signed consent form.  Email Nichole Bowman-Glover to have one sent to you.

If you have any questions please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989.


Employee Resource Group for grad students meets Thursday

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The Graduate Student Employee Resource Group (ERG) will meet Thursday, October 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Eibling 405. The Graduate Student ERG is for anyone who is considering starting a master’s or doctoral degree, or anyone that is currently enrolled in a grad program.  Talk about your experiences, learn from others, and help others by joining!

For more information please contact one of the Graduate Student ERG liaisons: Nichole Bowman-Glover and Henry Bawden.


Christopher’s open on Thursdays for lunch, dinner on Thursdays!

Christopher’s, the student-run dining experience served in Eibling Hall 05, is now open for lunch on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and dinner from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. You can view each week’s menu online here.



Game Developer Expo to be held at COSI Oct. 24-26

The Ohio Game Developer Expo is the largest conference of its type in the Midwest, offering game developers, players and fans the opportunity to network with like-minded people, and see the newest in video games. Guests will have access to presentations, workshops, and events designed to build opportunities to grow the Game Development industry. The conference is scheduled for October 25 and 26 at COSI.

“This year’s conference is turning into a huge event,” says Henry Bawden, Columbus State lead instructor in Video Game Art and Animation. Bawden serves on the committee organizing the 2014 event. “We have some huge names in the video game industry showing up, and it is raising a lot of national and international awareness about the game industry in Ohio.” Tickets are $60 for the public and $45 for students. More information about the conference can be found online here:





Ohio University to host Community College Partners Summit Friday


Ohio University’s Baker Center will be the site of a Community College Partners Summit on Friday, October 17. Participants will discuss additional ways in which universities can work together with community colleges to understand and address needs related to accessible pathways to higher education.

Attendees will hear from Ashley Reidy, Research Director at Eduventures, on “Optimizing Your Academic Portfolio in a Transfer Market,” and from a panel that includes Columbus State’s Dr. Karen Muir, and representatives from Hocking College, Cuyahoga Community College, and Sinclair Community College.

Registration includes Friday, October 17, one-day summit and lunch. There is no charge to attend the Summit. Conference attendees are also invited to attend the annual OHIO Community College Partners Tailgate to be held Saturday, October 18. There is no registration fee for tailgate. Tickets to the OHIO v. Akron game in Peden Stadium are included for you and your guest! Register here.

For more information regarding the conference agenda, accommodations and parking, visit:





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