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September 15, 2014

Last day to register for Day of Service is Wednesday!


On Day of Service September 24, Columbus State students, faculty, staff and administrators will volunteer for service of all types at 46 different charitable agencies in Columbus and Delaware. To sign up for the activity you’d like to join, go online here to register. Sign-ups will close on Wednesday, September 17, at 3:00 p.m., so hurry and sign up today! Today’s video includes a look at the hard work that took place last year at Action For Children and how the finished project looks this month.


Cornerstone application demos offered starting Sept. 22

The Human Resources Department will host a series of "applicant experience" video demonstrations of the new talent acquisition recruitment system, “Cornerstone,” for interested employees. Come visit HR and see what applying for a job at Columbus State looks like in Cornerstone. Pick any demo time that best aligns with your schedule:



Time of Session

Monday, Sept. 22

HR Conference Room

SX Building

9:00– 9:30 a.m.

12:00– 12:30 p.m.

3:00– 3:30 p.m.

Friday, September 26

HR Conference Room

SX Building

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 2

HR Conference Room

Rhodes Hall

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 3

HR Conference Room

Rhodes Hall

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

In-person training for hiring managers and search committee members with active requisitions will begin soon. Future hiring managers and search committee members will be trained on a rolling basis throughout the rest of the year.

Please continue to watch for more training details in Update and through email.  You may also keep up with all the progress and milestones by following the Cornerstone section of HR’s website.  If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Anderson, director of Employment Services, at ext. 5078 or send general inquiries to


Landscape adjunct honored by ISA


Chris Ahlum, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist®, adjunct faculty member, and co-owner of Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation, has been named a “True Professional of Arboriculture™” by the society.

The True Professional recognition program honors arborists and tree-care professionals for their positive impact on the industry in and around their communities.

Ahlum is vice president and co-owner of the family arboriculture business. He is also an adjunct professor at Columbus State where he enjoys teaching the next generation of professional arborists. 

Ahlum received his award at a ceremony on August 4 in Milwaukee as part of the 90th Annual ISA International Conference and Trade Show. His accomplishments include saving historic 300-year old trees on the Ohio State University campus and completing a new state-of-the-art headquarters for his company. This past year, Ahlum initiated a research project to help determine the best method for treating a disease in Red Maple trees.

“When people hire me as a consulting arborist, it can be tough because what I have to tell them as an expert may not be what they want to hear, but it’s the truth and that’s the most important thing to me,” says Ahlum.

“I love to teach the young arborists out there as an adjunct at Columbus State. It’s important to make more people aware of this field of study and that it’s a viable option as a career. People need to understand what we do and how they can advance in the industry.”



Hostmanship, Strengths workshops offered

Professional Development and Retention will offer the following workshops in September:

Hostmanship 2:  Taking Hostmanship to the Next Level, Thursday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests. We become engaged, present and actively build connections, satisfaction and engagement. In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding to develop practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our customers.  

Prerequisite:  Hostmanship

Managing with Strengths, Thursday, September 25, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will explore ways managers can use their strengths and the strengths of their employees to impact employee loyalty and productivity. The session will study managers who effectively use strengths to hire, motivate, and develop employees and ultimately impact employee engagement and performance. Participants will begin to develop strategies for managing employees using a strengths-based approach.

Prerequisite:  Have completed Win with Your Strengths and currently a supervisor/manager/ administrator at Columbus State.



Columbus State congratulates new hires and promotions:

August 16       Peggy S. Williams, Instructor, Veterinary Imaging and Surgical Technology

August 16       Kelly A. Mooney, Instructor, Veterinary Imaging and Surgical Technology

August 16       Ian T. Andrews, Instructor, Automotive and Applied Technology

August 16       Jeevan Baretto, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences

August 25       Daniel Rice, Groundskeeper 1, Facilities Management

September 1   Turea Calloway, Office Associate, Business and Engineering Technology

September 2   Brittany A. Barrett, Advisor, Advising Services

September 2   Patricia L. Walker, Office Associate, Enrollment Services

September 2   Terrence Lawrence, Program Coordinator, Athletics

September 2   Gary Piggrem, Chair, Psychology

September 2   Sarah Rainwater, Advisor, Advising Services

September 2   Ryan P. Fissel, Representative, Telephone Information Center

September 2   Korie L. Jenkins, Program Coordinator, Health and Human Services

September 16  Ruventia A. Hill, Advisor, Financial aid


New fulltime career opportunities are now listed:

Chairperson, Justice and Safety – Requisition No. 3270

Specialist, Records and Registration - Requisition No. 3259

Instructional Designer, Distance Education – Requisition No. 3255

Project Specialist/Assistant to the Dean, Distance Education – Requisition No. 3254 




Celebrate Gospel Music Heritage month with GVE!

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will celebrate Gospel Music Heritage month by performing a “mini” concert on Thursday, September 18, from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the amphitheater in front of the Library.  Don’t miss it!





SAC to raise money for Children’s Hunger Alliance


Please join Staff Advisory Council and Children’s Hunger Alliance in the fight against childhood hunger. You can make a difference by supporting Columbus State’s Lunch Money Campaign. The Campaign will run through September 26. Keep an eye out for Clawdette collecting donations on Monday, September 22, from 11:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday, September 25, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on campus. You can also contact your Staff Advisory Council representative for a donation envelope. Any amount is appreciated. Donations of $5 or more will receive a coupon for a McDonald’s Premium Salad. Please help Columbus State come in first place again for the state-wide competition!



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