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September 11, 2014

at the podium

Steve Dackin addresses the audience outside of the mobile labs.

‘Fab Labs’ to help lead high school students down Pathway to Prosperity

Hands-on-labs were the centerpiece of a news conference September 8 at Pickerington North High School. Representatives of several local school districts and Columbus State were on hand along with members of companies who are sponsoring the “Fab Labs.” Steve Dackin, Superintendent of School and Community Partnerships, spoke at the event.

Fab Labs are mobile units offering the latest technology and programing at local schools. It gives students in those districts a chance to experience real-work situations in advanced manufacturing and robotics.  Gov. John Kasich’s Straight A Fund, a $250 million investment in education, helped make the labs possible.

inside the lab

Scot McLemore, Technical Development manager at Honda North America, takes a look inside one of the Fab Labs.

The Fab Labs will be a part of Innovation Generation, which is affiliated with the national Pathways to Prosperity Network.  Fifteen local school districts are taking part in Innovation Generation. It is supported by Columbus State, Battelle for Kids, Columbus 200 and other community and business partners.









‘Day of Service’ deadline coming up!

Serving on site

Day of Service 2013 participants at Habitat for Humanity.

On Day of Service, more than 500 faculty, staff, administrators and students will fan out in the Columbus and Delaware communities to perform service activities of all types—building, painting, weeding, planting, organizing, crafting, packaging, reading, listening, chatting, and much more at 46 different charitable agencies in both communitiesTo sign up for the activity you’d like to join, go online here to register. Sign-ups will close on September 17 at 3:00 p.m., so hurry and sign up today!


Employee data to reflect Colleague after Sept. 13

In a continued effort to promote integrated systems and quality of data at Columbus State, the college will be executing a series of changes over the coming months. The first of these changes will occur over the weekend of September 13. After September 13, your position title and department information that appear in the Outlook web address book, the online employee directory, and the Dashboard will now reflect what is stored in the Colleague system. The Colleague system has been defined as the system of record for employee data for the college. If you have any questions about these changes, please discuss them with your leadership chain and report any needed adjustments to for tracking. 


Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) seek interested faculty members


The Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) resource group is looking for motivated faculty who are interested in actively helping in the success of our first-generation students—those who are the first in their family to attend college. 

GOT is a faculty group that facilitates initiatives at Columbus State for first-generation students who inherently face obstacles that students with a more traditional academic history do not. GOT is one of the projects selected by the Student Success and Innovation Fund, and recently won the Gold Team award at the 2014 CSCC Quality Awards.  Because of the newly awarded funding, there are new and exciting initiatives planned for the upcoming year (e.g., online mentoring, student socials).  Please contact Traci Haynes or Ron Elizaga  if you’d like to join GOT as a faculty contact and help our first-generation students achieve their goals!   

And if you’d like to learn more about GOT, there will be two presentations scheduled during the Student Success Summit – at 11:20 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., in NH 315 – this Friday, September 12!


S-Designation for Autumn 2015 classes nearing deadline


Do you incorporate service learning in your teaching?  If so, join the growing list of “S” faculty by applying for an S-designation for your Autumn Semester 2015 classes. 

According to Learn and Serve, service learning is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning process, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”  Sections of existing courses that meet the criteria for service learning are now offered in the course listing with an “S” suffix.  The S-designation makes it easier for students to locate service-learning classes and provides standards for class design across the college.

Please 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 the proposal form to

The deadline to submit an S-designation course proposal for 2015 classes is October 24.

All S-designation requests are handled through the Office of Academic Affairs Service Learning Committee. For guidance on this process, please contact the committee co-chairs Lisa Briggs or Nancy Pine.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Dream Network


Help the Global Diversity and Inclusion Department celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by attending the first DREAM Network workshop, Wednesday, September 17. This new initiative at Columbus State specifically supports students who are undocumented, have DACA status, or are interested in immigration reform. The program offers a great place for anyone to get information about immigration policies, connect with others, and hear from helpful campus and community members. Three workshops will be held during the fall semester.

September 17 - Q&A with an immigration lawyer
October 16 - Scholarshipsand loans
November 19 - Transferring beyond Columbus State

The first workshop of The DREAM Network is next Wednesday in the Library Media Studio from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. To learn more about The DREAM Network please visit the  DREAM Network page. To register for this first workshop please click here.



Columbus State for All!

On College T-Shirt Day at West High School recently, Dual Enrollment advisor Lori Brown outfitted the AEP Credits Count team with Columbus State t-shirts.  Pictured are: from left: Kathryn Ward (West HS teacher), Aaron Moore (West HS teacher), Greg Wisniewski (Asst. Principal), Jason Johnson (Principal), Lucas Cech (Asst. Principal), Tammara Grays-Mayo (Asst. Principal), Dan Roberts (Guidance Counselor), and Lori Brown (Columbus State Advisor).





Cougar volleyball player named OCCAC Player of the Week

Columbus State's Ellie Cain has been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) player of the week.

Cain, a freshman setter, totaled 10 kills, 103 assists, five aces, 23 digs and three assisted blocks in three conference wins last week. She had 30 assists in a straight set win over Cincinnati State, 41 assists in a 3-1 win over Lakeland Community College and 32 assists in a straight set win over Cuyahoga Community College.

"Ellie is the only freshmen captain on the team," said Columbus State head women's volleyball coach Jaclynn Yocum. "She runs a dynamic offense and continually works to bring the best out of her teammates."

Cain has totaled 276 assists this year over seven matches for Columbus State (7-0). The Cougars take on Owens Community College Saturday, September 13. They are currently ranked No. 14 in the nation.


Distinguished Teachers to share secrets of success

If you could ask the best college teachers any question about their success, what would you ask?

You will have the chance to ask if you join our Distinguished Teaching Award winners for an afternoon of conversation about outstanding teaching. Join us onTuesday, September 23, at 3:15 p.m. in WD 407, where this year’s Distinguished Teachers will share what they have found to be the secrets to their teaching success, and then open the conversation to all. If you ask your question you will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of What The Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain.

All four 2013 winners will on the panel: Daniel Hare, Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice; Julie Posey, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences; Mark Mitchell, Associate Professor, Automotive Technology; and Theresa Kegley, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics. Please register in advance.  For more information contact Rich James, at ext. 2175.

Learn more about our recent winners at the Distinguished Teaching Award page.


Calm, supportive team leader runs Reynoldsburg Learning Center


Tim Davis is the consummate team member, according to Susan Norris-Berry, his supervisor at the Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center. “He blends a calm reassurance, wrapped in a solutions-driven approach that inevitably results in success, says Norris-Berry. “He is thoughtful, industrious, resourceful and extremely conscientious about his tasks and relationships,” she adds.

“Tim really makes it enjoyable to work at an off- campus site,” says Tim Goetz, academic advisor. Goetz nominated Davis for the Staff Employee of the Month, which was awarded to Davis on September 3 at the monthly First Wednesday meeting. “He helps faculty by making sure things run smoothly, and is always willing to help,” says Goetz. “He recently organized a food drive at Reynoldsburg, and collected items from students and staff to fill three boxes very quickly.”

“Tim runs a clean and quiet site, and he is always trying to promote Columbus State and expand the offerings at the Reynoldsburg RLC.”


Piano concert scheduled for Oct. 14


Mark your calendars for a concert of piano music 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 was the piano soloist with the Columbus State Concert Band in March 2012 and gave a recital of African-American piano music here on campus in February 2011. The performance is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Thomas Lloyd.






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