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October 6, 2014

NOTE: Ramp work around Franklin Hall starts today
On Monday, October 6, crews will replace accessibility ramps on the north and east sides of Franklin Hall. Several parking spots near these ramps will be blocked off during the construction.


Office assistant’s diligence saves college money, time . . . and students!


Lakesha Williams sets high standards for herself and others, and her exceptional customer service has undoubtedly led students to apply and enroll at Columbus State, according to her supervisor Tari Blaney. “Her diligence in finding answers, following up on issues, and developing improved processes has been invaluable and has saved us time, money, frustration and students,” says Blaney.

Williams was recognized for her work with the October Staff Employee of the Month award, given October 1 at First Wednesday.

“Kesha’s efforts to streamline our catering orders for admissions events resulted in major improvements,” continues Blaney. “The volume for this work greatly increased this year and she contributed to our being able to deliver quality programs for future students. She also works hard to find high-quality, affordable, and popular recruitment items for our different audiences. She has excellent research and negotiation skills.”

”Lakesha does an exceptional job behind the scenes and at the front desk, and makes working in Admissions enjoyable,” says Chaka Wilson, who nominated Williams for the SEOM award. “Our team never has to worry about the logistics of a program because we know Lakesha is always reliable!”


Blackboard problem solver gains faculty appreciation


Emma Young has plenty of faculty members singing her praises when it comes to solving issues in instructional technology. This aptly titled Faculty Assistance Coordinator works with full- and part-time faculty to brainstorm problems, answer questions, address complex issues and implement new features in Blackboard, “working very hard to research problems and train people,” according to her supervisor Suzanne Patzer.

For her efforts, Young was given the October Part-time Staff Employee of the Month award, at the Oct. 1 First Wednesday meeting.

“She has shown unusual expertise in rolling content and assessments from one course section to another for me,” says David Bader, adjunct faculty member in Business Management, who nominated Young for the award. “She also has been especially knowledgeable in addressing complex grade center issues.  Her skills in problem-solving have been superb.”

“Another cool thing about Emma is that, in addition to fixing my problems, she always manages to teach me a little bit more about Blackboard than what I was asking,” says J.J. Schultz, lead instructor in Logistics.  “Emma is a peach,” says Paul Bettinger, Modern Languages adjunct. “She never seems flustered or baffled by any of my queries!”


Society of Compass seeks nominations


The Society of the Compass is a prestigious student recognition created in honor of Columbus State’s 50th Anniversary in 2013.  Columbus State faculty and staff are asked to consider nominating a student who, in your professional experience and knowledge, properly embodies the four fundamental creed values of the Society of the Compass: Nobility, Excellence, Service, and Wisdom. The award is given at the end of Spring Semester at Commencement.

Deserving students can only be nominated by faculty and staff. The Society of the Compass Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Spring Semester 2015 award. The deadline to nominate a student is Friday, February 27, 2015. Society of the Compass Nomination

Nominated students are then asked to submit an application, which is reviewed by the Society of the Compass Selection Committee and considered for the award. 

The Society of the Compass is not an honors program or strictly defined by GPA requirements.  The Compass Creed is the primary focus for membership, but it certainly does not exclude high academic performance. More information about the Society of the Compass can be found online. Co-chairs of the Society are Rita Rice and Scott Grano.


Deadline for S-designation courses is Oct. 24

Join the growing list of Columbus State “S” faculty by applying for an S-designation for your Autumn Semester 2015 classes. Visit the Service Learning website for more information and to download the proposal form (click “S-Classes”).  To submit your S-Designation application for approval, please scan and email the completed proposal form to

The deadline to submit an S-designation course proposal for autumn 2015 classes is Friday, October 24. For additional guidance on this process, please contact the committee co-chairs Lisa Briggs or Nancy Pine.


Human trafficking film to be shown Oct. 9

A special screening of “Not My Life,” a documentary on human trafficking, will be shown on Thursday, October 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Library multimedia studio. The event is hosted by the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department and the Columbus Council on World Affairs. Jacquelyn Meshelemiah, from The Ohio State University College of Social Work, will lead a brief conversation after the film. Members of Mosaic, a local program that provides humanities-based education experiences for high school students, will also attend the screening.

Not My Life is the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practice of human trafficking—modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited every day, through an astonishing array of human trafficking practices.



October is Disability Awareness Month

Disability Services will sponsor several activities throughout the month, including American Sign Language classes, academic advising for students registered in Disability Services, decorating the Autism Acceptance Tree outside the TL building, and a session titled “Difference or Disability: Supporting Students with Autism,” offered October 29 and 30. “Read and Write Gold” training will also be held during the month. You can see the full schedule of events on the Disability Services website.

Mental Illness Awareness Week focuses on recovery


Columbus State’s Departments of Counseling Services and Global Diversity and Inclusion invite employees to observe a moment of silence on Thursday, October 9, in honor of those recovering from mental illness. “Columbus State will observe the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness, Recovery and Understanding on Thursday,” said Thomas Capps, student employee in Global Diversity and Inclusion. “This is a day that focuses on replacing the misinformation, blame, fear and prejudice that surround mental illness with truth, facts and support—in order to offer hope to all who are touched by mental illness.”

During Mental Health Awareness Week, mental health advocates and organizations across the U.S. join together to sponsor a variety of events to promote community outreach and public education concerning mental illnesses such as major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Counseling Services will host the 2nd Annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, October 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounges. More than 40 community agencies and campus departments are expected to attend to share resources available to both students and employees at Columbus State.



Columbus State congratulates new hires and promotions:

August 16 - Bryan A. Butte, Graphic Designer in Business and Campus Services
September 22 - Molly M. Sheils, Coordinator in Disability Services
October 1 - Richard Liddil Jr., System Administrator in Comm. Technology and PC Services
October 1 - Julie B. Raadschelders, Chair of Social Sciences
October 1 - Sean W. Mayhugh, Accountant 2 in Business and Campus Services
October 1 - Donald L. Fisher, System Administrator in Comm. Technology and PC Services
October 1 – Sharon Dixon, Specialist in Transitional Workforce


Annually Contracted Faculty, Justice and Safety – Requisition No. 3273
Instructor, Accounting, Business Programs – Requisition No. 3258
Advisor, Early College Programs, Dual-Enrollment – Requisition No. 3253
Office Associate, Computer Sciences – Requisition No. 3289
System Specialist, Human Resources – Requisition No. 3288


Day of Service feedback requested

If you participated in this year’s Day of Service September 24, please give your feedback and comments in the survey link:





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