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October 9, 2014

Reminder: Columbus State campuses and regional learning centers will be closed on Friday, October 10 (tomorrow) in observance of Columbus Day.


Discussing Dual Enrollment

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A very large contingent of attendees from across the state listen to keynote speakers Lauren McGarity, J.D., Director of Special Projects, and Rebecca Watts, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor of P-16 Initiatives, both from the Ohio Board of Regents, as they present at the Ohio Alliance of Dual Enrollment Partnerships workshop held Wednesday at Columbus State. More than 300 educators attended the session titled “College Credit Plus:  Ready, Set, Go!” to learn about the state’s program for high school students to earn credits through Ohio institutions of higher education. After the opening session, the participants were able to attend several breakout sessions to talk about best practices, the impact on curricula, pathway examples and professional development.


How to complete your Performance Planning Guide

The annual performance management process at Columbus State includes performance planning, mid-year discussions and the annual review. The completion of the Staff Planning Guide or the Manager's Planning Guide –which includes clarifying expectations, setting objectives, identifying goals, providing feedback, coaching, reviewing results, and recognizing accomplishments—is the first step of the annual performance management cycle. This is a partnership between the supervisor and employee and reflects the performance standards, tasks and goals of the employee for the coming year. 

The content of the Planning Guide can be adjusted during the performance year. It is not intended to be all-inclusive and additional activities or responsibilities may need to be completed by an employee in order to meet the needs of the position or department. Be sure both the employee and manager retain a copy of the most current version. The Planning Guide becomes the basis for the Annual Review.

The manager is responsible for determining the completion date for this step in the process.  The Planning Guide does not need to be submitted to Human Resources. 

If you have not yet completed your 2014-2015 Planning Guide, please do so.  For additional information and resources for completing the Planning Guide, please visit  If you need further assistance, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner at ext. 2408.


No more Novell

As Columbus State transitions away from the Novell product line we have a hard deadline of October 31 to remove all Novell products from all college systems. There are two applications that are left to remove:  GroupWise Messenger and the GroupWise Web Access. Many of you have already discontinued your use of these systems, but for those of you who have not, here is what you need to know: 

GroupWise Messenger is now permanently out of service and is being removed from any systems where it is currently installed. Microsoft Lync is the replacement product for GW Messenger. For more information on Lync go to Blackboard and view the training module under the “My Organizations” tab. 

GroupWise Web Access will go permanently out of service on October 26, and no GroupWise access will be available beyond that date.  Microsoft Outlook is the replacement product. It can be found on the web at and additional training information is available on Blackboard under the “My Organizations” tab.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the upcoming removal of these systems please contact the IT Help Desk at ext. 5050.


Do you know a highly motivated and energetic student?


The Admissions Office is currently hiring for Admissions Ambassadors/Tele-counselors who will be primarily calling new and future students in the evenings. They will share their Columbus State experience, remind new and future students of important dates and deadlines, obtain essential admissions data for strategic enrollment goals, and much more!

These student employees must be available one or two nights a week between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. to complete the phone calls. They also must have one semester completed at Columbus State and no less than a 2.5 GPA. Admissions needs friendly, positive, hard-working and responsible students to participate in this new and exciting opportunity! Students do not need to be Work Study-eligible for this position.

If you know a highly motivated and energetic student who is in need of a job, and would be a good fit for this position, please direct them to, then to “Student Employment” and then “Admissions Ambassador.” Questions about the position should be directed to Misty Mahefkey at ext. 2557 or Tari Blaney at ext. 5021, or in the Admissions Office, lower level of Madison Hall.


Student Life members ‘get to know students’

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Attending the Student Life retreat are, from left in front row: Heather Borland, Tiffany McClain, Faye James, Darla Vanhorn, Dr. Ameena Kemavor, and Christopher Keck. In back row are Terrence Brooks, Kimberly Rhyan, Renée Hill, Sheryl Killen, James Favuzzi, and Brett Welsh.

The Student Life leadership team attended a fall retreat Oct. 6 coordinated by Dean Renée Hill. At the retreat, titled “Getting to Know our Students,” Lori Thomas, assistant director in Human Resources, facilitated part one of a two-part retreat utilizing the book, Creating a Service Culture in Higher Education Administration, by  Dr. Mario Martinez.  “In addition to defining customer service excellence, the retreat was an opportunity to plan, reflect, and engage one another in dialogue about creating easy access points for students,” said Hill.

The team developed priorities for the fall semester, including synchronized communication, cross-training, and increased visibility on campus by strengthening Student Life’s presence at events. Part two of the retreat will be held in December to further discuss creating a culture of service.  The Student Life leadership team consists of Military and Veteran Services, Counseling Services, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Disability Services, Student Conduct, Title IX, Student Engagement and Leadership, and the Dean’s office.



Highley and crew ‘Heat the Town’

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Bill Highley, center, gathers his student volunteers (from left)Matt Moreland, Wagas Quraishi, Geoffery Cahill, Steven Hammer, and Eric Wenning for their “second Day of Service!”

Assistant Professor and HVAC Coordinator Bill Highley and five of his students participated in the “Heat the Town” project Saturday, October 4.  Heat the Town is an annual event sponsored by the Central Ohio Air Conditioning Contractors of America along with Impact Community Action.  More than 100 technicians from 15 companies donated their time on the project last Saturday.

The volunteers performed free heating system checks at the homes of more than 170 low-income, veteran, or senior citizens in our community. “Many of these citizens would have been cold this winter, or living in an unsafe environment without this community service,” said Highley. “The students gained valuable experience in their career as well as in giving back to others as they rode along with service personnel from area contractors and helped with system inspections and minor repairs.”


Deadline nears for Weird Tale Thursday


If you've got a weird or scary story and want to tell it to a live audience, we've got an event just for you! The Communications Theatre Department is looking for scary, funny, weird, or strange-but-true stories from Columbus State students, staff and faculty. The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. Monday, October 13. They'll be presented for the college’s first-ever “Weird Tale Thursday,” to celebrate Halloween!

An hour of live performances has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, in Nestor Auditorium. Stories should be just a few minutes long, drawn from personal experience, and appropriate for all audiences. If you’d like, we’ll even schedule time for you to rehearse your story ahead of time in the Communication Center lab.

 Got a story you want to tell? Email  with a brief description and summary of it (25-50 words).




Piano concert Oct. 14 features guest artist from Cincinnati State

The Columbus State Music Department will present a piano recital on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:45 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. Guest artist Everett N. Jones, of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, will perform the music of Hungarian Franz Liszt, African-English composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor, and African-American William Grant Still. Dr. Jones has performed twice before at Columbus State with the Concert Band. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd.


Author of “Strangers Have the Best Candy” to speak Oct. 14


Margaret Meps Schulte, author of “Strangers Have the Best Candy,”will speak about her passion for talking to strangers and how she makes new friends through chance encounters when she gives a talk Tuesday, October 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in WD 355. The presentation is free and open to the public, sponsored by Global Diversity and Inclusion.  Schulte’s presentation, titled “How to Talk to Strangers” presents a light-hearted look at the philosophy behind her book in which she makes her case for talking to complete strangers. So whether you’re a shy introvert or a garrulous extrovert, you’ll come away from “How to Talk to Strangers” with tips for making the most of your own chance encounters!


News from the Discovery District: Hills Market to serve sushi tonight!


Get your fill of fish and other scrumptious sushi this Thursday, October 9, at The Hills Market Downtown from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The sushi chef will be on site to create specialty rolls made to order in the Cafe. They will be offering eight different rolls made the way you like. Chef Mike also rolls up one of his favorites for the weekly special. They'll be pouring a selection of Asian beers, wine and of course, sake! No need to make a reservation, just come with an appetite. 











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