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August 26, 2015


Faculty Convocation to be held tomorrow

The Faculty Convocation, Thursday, August 27, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., will give fulltime faculty the opportunity to hear about the advances to student success many have been leading, and provide a look ahead to the coming academic year. It will be held in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.


First Wednesday to be held Sept. 2

September’s First Wednesday meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 2, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. A live Steam will be available at using the password cougars.


Columbus State Day of Service scheduled for September 22

This annual event is being expanded to allow faculty, staff and students to sign up for a full day for community service. Those taking part in the 2015 Day of Service will have the opportunity to report directly to their service location on Tuesday, September 22. No general session will be held prior to the volunteer activities. Community service site opportunities and sign-up forms will be coming soon!


Staff and Administrators Convocation is September 25

A Convocation for staff and administrators will be held on Friday, September 25, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., which will include an update on college activities, and look ahead to the coming academic year. The location will be announced soon.


College Knowledge session is Aug. 28

The next College Knowledge program will be held Friday, August 28, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.  The session will highlight the three key initiatives in Enrollment Management and Student Services: the RiSE (Re-imagining the Student Experience) Project; the new College Coach model, and the development of the one-stop student service center. There will also be an update on current enrollment trends. No matter where you work, by understanding student processes and services, we can all help guide students toward success.

Please register in advance and join us in WD 409 at 8:45 for coffee and conversation before the program. For more information, contact Lori Thomas, assistant director, Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.


Student Conduct Office has moved

The Office of Student Conduct has relocated from Eibling Hall to The Center for Workforce Development, Room 1099. Please feel free to visit, especially if you need assistance dealing with a campus conduct concern, completing an Enrollment Review Process, or to follow up on a communication from the office. The Office of Student Conduct can still be reached by phone at ext. 2104.


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Visiting Dublin RLC

Members of the Admissions Office recently visited the new Dublin Regional Learning Center, at Ohio University’s Integrated Education Center. Taking a tour of the facilities were, from left, Misty Mahefkey, assistant director; John Sherwood, college coach; Kara Briscoe, Admissions Systems coordinator; Leanna Stansell, college coach; Libby Straub, college coach; Thomas Giles, assistant director of Recruitment and Outreach; Michell Ward, college coach; Adam Hatheway, office associate; Thomas Capps, office associate; and Callie McInturf, Admissions Systems specialist. The new facility will host more than 1,600 Columbus State students when the semester begins August 31.


Volunteers needed for Employment Expo

The 2015 Employment Expo will be held on Wednesday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The event is free and open to the public, but will also offer specific employment opportunities for individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

In addition to a job fair and on-site interviews, the event provides Franklin County residents with information about job readiness, education and training options, as well as community programs available to help in reducing barriers to personal success.  

If you are interested in being a volunteer for this event, please register here: A training date will be provided for all confirmed volunteers during the week of September 7.


Fourman with students Garry Fourman, center, poses with (from left) Hu Ling, visiting Columbus State scholar from the Confucius Institute, Dr. Dawei Han, associate dean at Yanshan University; and Yang Jie, Columbus State’s visiting scholar for 2016.

Fourman teaches in China for third year

Garry Fourman, chair of Modern Languages, spent his third July in China as an invited speaker at Yanshang University in the coastal city Xinhaungdao. Fourman held a lecture on Socrates’ and Confucius’ influences on education, and talked about community colleges and suggested various options for international students to begin their study in the United States. Fourman also led a discussion with fifteen Chinese faculty members on critical thinking and foreign language education. In the following three weeks, he taught conversational English at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan and helped organize a half-day workshop on teaching English as a Foreign Language.


SafeZone workshops offered fall semester

logoSafeZone is a series of interactive workshops to help students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. In each SafeZone training session participants are challenged to listen, share and grow. The workshop schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 16 - SafeZone 101, 2:00-4:30 p.m. in WD 415
Friday, October 16 - SafeZone 101, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in WD 402
Wednesday, October 28 - SafeZone Sexual Identity, 2:00-4:30 p.m., Location TBD
Friday, November 13 - SafeZone Special Topic, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Location TBD

Employees may sign up here:


Volleyball team invites employees on Sept. 2

Volleyball season has officially begun! The Columbus State Cougars will kick off their home schedule with Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. The event will coincide with the annual Welcome Back event sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership. Columbus State faculty and staff are welcome to attend the match free with up to two guests. To view the fall volleyball schedule, go online here.


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Cummings presents at parking conference

Vanessa Cummings, supervisor of Parking and Facility Access, presented and facilitated sessions at the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Annual Conference held last month in Las Vegas.

Cummings' first presentation was titled “The Joy of Parking” and her one-hour leadership session was titled, “Finding the Humor in the Mirror: A Parking Professional’s Guide to Happiness.” 

Cummings says she utilizes humor and real-life experiences to make her sessions relevant and to create a great learning environment. She has been a trainer/facilitator for IPI training seminars and conferences since 2001.



Design and Construction Department is on the move

Design and Construction is a department within Facilities Management, led by George Arnold. Arnold and his team coordinate projects including new construction, renovation, and campus office relocations or reconfigurations. If you are planning projects of this nature, please contact Arnold at ext. 3677, so he and his team can help answer any questions you might have. 

The Bookstore can help you find Columbus State items

Do you need some special items or supplies for your office, classroom or a special event? You can purchase items directly from the Bookstore using a Bookstore Requisition Form. The Bookstore is able to fill orders right away for stocked items such as imprinted folders, binders, flash drives, gifts, etc. In addition, the Bookstore can research and order many items for you at competitive prices, such as department apparel, custom tablecloths, nametags, and other imprinted goods.

For more information, contact Johanna Pierce at ext. 2352 regarding supplies, electronics, or computers. For gifts, apparel, uniforms or bags, contact Sandy Zeller at ext. 3695. Mary Ellen Gauthier can help with requests for trade or reference books at ext. 3637. Let the Bookstore help you fill all of your merchandise needs.


logoNews from the Discovery District

BalletMet is giving us a sneak peak of their season for free! They will be dancing at Rhythm on the River on Friday, August 28, at 8:00 p.m. at the Bicentennial Park Performing Arts Pavilion.  More information is online here:

The Kelton House is bringing  Peter D’Onofrio, Ph.D. to discuss the rapid advances made by American medicine that were stimulated by the Civil War, including background, procedures, and personnel that are the basis of today’s medical techniques and procedures. The presentation takes place on Sunday, August 30, at 2:00 p.m. Visit their site for more information,

Thurber House’s Evenings with Authors featuring Paula McLain for next Wednesday, September 2, is almost sold out. McLain, author of the New York Times bestselling and smash hit, Paris Wife, will be here with her latest, Circling the Sun. You can get all of the information and order tickets, here:

The Cristo Rey Columbus High School Garden Party will be held on Saturday, September 19. Guests will tour the school and stroll through the park while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Cristo Rey students and teachers will serve as tour guides to give guests a taste of their mission. For more information and/or to buy tickets, visit the event website.




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