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September 8, 2014

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David Meyers’ latest book is “The Kahiki Supper Club.”

Book signing brings six local authors to Bookstore and Library September 10

Meet local authors, talk to your favorite authors, or discover new favorites Wednesday, September 10 at the Columbus State Bookstore and the Library. You can meet authors Joseph Ponder, Joe Hudson, T.D. Ashcraft, David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker, and Sean Dubois Day at the Bookstore, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and at the Library from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  




‘OrgSync’ tracking system to launch later this month

Columbus State will soon launch OrgSync, a web-based platform that helps students join departments, programs and resources, as well as keep track of their co-curricular activities.

Through OrgSync, students can track their involvement activities, academic experiences, employment history, recommendations and more.

If you are interested in learning more about what OrgSync can do, watch this brief video,  attend a demonstration at the Student Success Summit on September 12, or contact Kimberly Rhyan or Heather Borland in Student Engagement and Leadership.

The three-year pilot project was approved by the Student Success Council and funded through the Student Success Innovation Fund.



Counseling Services to offer Suicide Prevention day Sept. 9

The Counseling Services Department will host a Suicide Prevention and Awareness event in observance of World Suicide Day on Tuesday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Attendees can participate in activities and visit vendor tables on the north ramp to Nestor Hall. For more information about the event, please contact Tracy Thornton at ext. 2818.



TRiO students ‘get ahead’

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Thirty TRiO Educational Talent Search students participated in the “Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment (GAP MEE) career exploration and job readiness program over the summer.

The students not only discovered their aptitudes and used the information to develop an education and career plan, they also learned and practiced the nuts and bolts that are essential to land—and keep—a job.

The students participated in a week of service learning and volunteer work, providing approximately 1,000 volunteer hours which benefitted the Homeless Families Foundation’s Dowd Center, Rebuilding Together, and The ReStore store. Thanks to the generous grant provided by the Gap Foundation, the students learned, had fun, and earned a $300 stipend for their participation in the program.


Dev Ed hosts successful Open House

The Developmental Education Department kicked off Autumn Semester by hosting its first Open House event for new students. The event was held on August 21 with the goal of welcoming new students, providing information, inspiring them, and motivating them to start their classes.

The event was a huge success with 223 new students and more than 100 parents and friends in attendance “The open house was a wonderful way for students, parents and instructors to connect,” said Department Chair Celeste Bland.

Students were able to circulate through 10 stations designed to assist them with the start of school including Technology, Distance Learning, Tutoring, Advising, and Textbooks.  They toured the Learning Support Centers, printed schedules, located classrooms and met department faculty and staff. They left with a folder of information and a “First Day Checklist for Success.” 

“In addition to introducing beginning students to our department and resources, this Open House provided an excellent opportunity to answer their many questions and to put them at ease,” said Nancy Ziminski, associate professor in Developmental Education.

With a successful turnout and positive feedback from both students and parents, the Developmental Education Department is looking forward to hosting the 2nd Annual Open House in 2015! 


C.A.R.E.S. Advocacy training offered this fall

Some college students are forced to make tough decisions every day, such as choosing between paying rent or buying food. During the 2013-2014 academic year, more than 150 Columbus State employees learned how to proactively support our students by becoming Columbus State C.A.R.E.S.Advocates.

This fall, training will continue and provide an important overview about the program and equip employees with updated resources to advocate for students who face financial, academic, and/or personal difficulties in college.

Being an advocate supports student success through active listening skills and connecting students with services on campus and in the community. Practice your advocacy skills on September 19, October 24, or November 21, by registering for a session here:


Protect your password!

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As a reminder, please do not share your user name and password with anyone by phone, email, or any other communication channel.  Doing so impacts the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of vital college systems.  Columbus State will never ask you to provide your user name or password or threaten you with the loss of your account.

Here’s a tip from Columbus State Information Security:  Your email account at Columbus State gives you 50GB of storage. Recent phishing (fraudulent) emails state “you are close to filling up your 2GB” allotment.  If you see an email like this, please delete it and encourage your colleagues to do the same!

If you have any questions, please contact Rob Clifford in Information Security.


Library reopens Art Galleries

The Columbus State Library is pleased to announce its first art exhibition for the fall semester, welcoming artist Cecilia Roman. Roman is formally trained in the field of audio visual communications. Her artistic vision has evolved over twenty years to include oil paintings focusing upon abstraction. Her style incorporates the valuable mentoring of community artists.

Roman states that “This exhibition serves as a catalyst to explore the arts and to use its methods to communicate, create and react to our surroundings.”  As an artist she has been drawn to the beauty of trees, saying she has “climbed branches to capture the viewpoint of birds, studied the symmetry of clouds, and escaped in play and not found. Trees are the pathway to creative expression and imagination.”  The exhibition will be on display in the Library’s galleries until the end of September.




Beckman named Ohio Senior America

Judy Beckman, adjunct instructor of Art and Art History, was crowned Ms. Ohio Senior America 2014 at the Tri-State (Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania) Pageant, held at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, and Resort  in Chester, West Virginia August 26.

The pageant contestants were judged in interview, philosophy of life statement, evening gown, and talent. For her talent, Beckman performed a martial arts routine to music. In the philosophy of life category, she emphasized the importance of faith, patience, and persistence in achieving one’s goals.

The Ms. Senior America national pageant will be held October 28-30, 2014, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with one representative from each state participating.

The Ms. Senior America Pageant is the world's first and foremost pageant to emphasize and give honor to women who have reached the "Age of Elegance." The Ms. Senior America philosophy is based upon the belief that seniors are the foundation of America, and our most valuable treasure.


Faculty payroll dates to note

Columbus State faculty will be seeing some changes in paychecks over the next two pay periods. The following list notes changes that will happen on the listed pay dates:

September 15

  • Full-time faculty and annually contracted faculty
    • First autumn pay
    • 2 percent increase
    • One-time compensation payment
    • Adjustments to medical insurance premiums paid in advance

September 30

  • Full time faculty and annually contracted faculty
    • o   Retro pay on summer contracts effective July 1, 2014 – August 3, 2014
    • o   Regular insurance premiums
  • Adjunct faculty
    • First autumn pay
    • 1 percent increase


Reminder: Seeking faculty and staff who attended Columbus City Schools

Columbus State is putting together a number of programs and initiatives directed toward our students who are graduates of Columbus City Schools. The Columbus City district provides our largest number of entering students each year and we want to do more to make sure they are retained and successful.  

We would like to put together a list of all current faculty and staff who are graduates of a CCS high school in hopes that we may call upon you to participate in some of our programs. Please email Mabel Freeman, Special Assistant to the President, with your name, your department, and the specific Columbus high school from which you graduated.


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September Wellness newsletter available online

Read the United Healthcare newsletter Wellness Online, where you will find articles on lowering your cholesterol, fighting back pain with Dr. Oz, September’s healthy recipe for salmon, and much more!


Health Rewards program briefings offered

logoAn opportunity to go through the web portal and ask questions about the Health Rewards program will be offered twice this month to all fulltime employees with United Healthcare coverage. Please bring your UHC insurance card to the session if you have it.

The briefings will be held on Wednesday, September 10, at 12:00 p.m. in WD307 and Tuesday, September 30, at 9:00 a.m. in CT106.

Note: Any employee and their spouse or domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must accumulate 8 points under the Health Rewards program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution.

Information on the wellness program and point system can be found online here.   A tutorial for the program can also be found online.  The deadline for collecting 8 points is June 30, 2015 for the 2016 year of coverage. For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989.      


ING retirement plan changes name to Voya Financial


Effective September 1, ING Financial Services changed its name to Voya Financial. To learn more about the name change, contact Twila Wiley, Retirement coordinator at ext. 2422.


NISOD offers professional development resources

Seeking free professional development resources for faculty, administrators, and staff? You may find relevant webinars and publications through the college’s membership with the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD). Go to the NISOD resource page for directions on how to access current and archived materials. Recent resources include:

  • Building More Comprehensive Community College Success Metrics
  • The Importance of Student Stories
  • The Ones That Got Away: Identifying Comprehensive Success Measures for Workforce Programs
  • What Faculty Need to Know About Teaching Online: Nine Key Steps

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