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February 12, 2015


Logistics leaders share needs of industry

guys looking at presentationNeil Herbkersman leads logistics industry leaders through a compression planning exercise to identify needed skills for logistics technicians.

A group of logistics industry leaders recently came together at Columbus State to help identify the skill sets needed for logistics engineering technicians in the region. 

As part of the $721,000 National Science Foundation grant project awarded last autumn, Columbus State is working to develop a STEM-focused curriculum for educating these technicians. Providing essential insight into the needs of the industry were John DiCecco, 31 Gifts; Frank Ruminski, ODW: Michael Bradley, COTA; Thomas Wessel, formerly of Pacer; and Rob Wright, from Limited Brands.

The project staff included J.J. Schultz, instructor in Supply Chain Management; Lee Blyth, professor in Supply Chain Management; Jeff Woodson, professor in Engineering Technologies; Peter Carswell, assistant professor in Computer Science; and Project Coordinator Scott Wegeng. Neil Herbkersman, Shane Kirby and Mary Vaughn from the Grants Office led an Occupation Roles and Tasks Analysis to define the logistics engineering technician occupation. 


Black History Month activities continue in Feb.


Next week’s events include the third part of the documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” on Wednesday, and the Umoja Karamu celebration on Thursday evening in the Center for Workforce Development. You can see the month’s listing of activities online here.

The Black History Month committee has created a map that links several historic locations around Columbus, with special events held in conjunction with Black History Month. Click on this map to go to a pdf version with links to their calendar of events.


SEaL thanks student club advisors at appreciation day

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) wants to thank all current advisors of clubs for their service to Columbus State students by hosting “Advisor Appreciation Day,” Wednesday, February 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in NH 116.

There are currently 34 faculty and staff members advising clubs on campus. Club advisors help students realize their goals and engage in an important mentoring relationship with the students they serve. If you are interested in becoming a club advisor, please contact Michelle Weiser in the SEaL office.


Time to nominate Women Leaders


March is Women’s History Month, and the annual Outstanding Woman Leader Awards will be given at Columbus State on March 25, at a ceremony hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership and Global Diversity and Inclusion Departments. 

The awards are given each year to students who have served as a role models and provided leadership on campus, exemplified service above self through civic and community engagement, and demonstrated Columbus State values. Up to 15 students may be selected to win the award. Nominate a student for consideration using the form online here. The deadline to nominate a student is Friday, March 6.

Nominations are also sought for the Legacy in Leadership Award, given each year to an employee who “exhibits a strong ability to recognize the talents, potential, and emerging abilities of those she leads and interacts with on a daily basis.” The nominee should also demonstrate trustworthy, caring, compassionate, efficient, and effective leadership qualities in her approach to people and her profession. Nominations for this award can be made using this online form, by Friday, March 6.


Faculty Enrichment and Onboarding session: ‘Difficult student behavior’

angry student

At the next Faculty Enrichment and Onboarding workshop, the focus will be on both prevention and intervention for behavioral challenges within the classroom and other settings. As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and there are some tried and true methods for minimizing the likelihood that disruptions will happen in class. But sometimes tough situations arise even with the best preventative measures in place, so it’s important to know what to do when those situations occur.  Join us for a discussion and an interactive workshop on how to handle some of the most frequently encountered behavioral difficulties. David Tom, associate professor of Psychology will lead the discussion. Register for one of two sessions: Thursday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. or Friday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m.


SafeZone training to be held Feb. 17

logo“SafeZone 101” will be offered Tuesday, February 17, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., in WD 407. SafeZone 101 is the starting point for learning about the LGBTQ+ community and for developing safe spaces for students and employees at Columbus State who identify as LGBTQ+. The training includes information sharing, reflective exercises, and interactive activities to help participants become more informed and effective allies. If you would like to attend, click here:, and log in to OrgSync to view this event or register.


Work of Bookstore supervisor featured in College Stores magazine

An article by Bookstore supervisor Luke Robson, titled “Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle” was published in the The College Store Magazine January/February issue. The article details how Columbus State repurposes common bookstore materials to have a tremendous impact on the store’s displays. Read the full article online here.


C.A.R.E.S. offers advocate training

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 200 Columbus State employees learned how to proactively support our students by becoming Columbus State C.A.R.E.S. Advocates.

This spring, training will continue, providing an important overview about the program and equipping employees with updated resources to advocate for students who face financial, academic, 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 February 27, April 3, and April 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. by registering for a session here:


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Faculty can opt out of FOCUS demo student emails

If you no longer want to receive demo student emails through FOCUS, powered by Starfish, follow these simple steps:
Login to Blackboard with username and password
Click My Courses and Select any course
Click Student View
Click My CSCC
Click Your Name (upper right corner)
Add  as the alternate email address
Click the radio button “Alternate Email”
Click Submit





Second policy/procedure open forum to be held Feb. 16

The Human Resources Department will hold an open forum to update Columbus State employees on amendments to College policies and procedures on Monday, February 16, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in WD 407.  The forum will be livestreamed at Log in with the password: cougars

You can review a draft of the proposed amendments to the following policies and procedures online here:

Policy 3-04, Employee Salaries

Policy 3-13, Leave of Absence

Policy 3-45, Workplace, Family and Relationship Violence

Procedure 3-36 (D), Family and Medical Leave

Procedure 3-38 (I), Transitional Work Program

If you have questions or comments on the amendments, please submit them to on or before Monday, February 23, 2015.


STRS information session offered Thursday

A representative from State Teachers Retirement System of Ohiowill conduct an information session on the pension changes that go into effect on August 1, 2015.  The session will be held on Thursday, February 19, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 409.  In this session, you will learn about the changes to the retirement eligibility and the changes to the formula to calculate retirement benefits. 


Read February issue of ‘Health and Fitness News’ online now

In the Conditioning Center’s February issue of Health and Fitness News, you can read articles about fighting heart disease, increasing your endurance, upcoming wellness workshops and more!

College Testing matches Business Office Applications with certification exams

College Testing Services has partnered with Carmen Daniels, chair of Business Programs, in providing the Business Office Applications graduates with the opportunity to obtain valuable industry-recognized professional certifications upon completion of their program. These certification exams are built into the program’s final semester coursework requirements.

Students completing the Office Specialist Certificate program have the opportunity to take the internet-based Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Word, Excel, Access and Outlook Exams in the Community and Professional Testing Center (WD location).  In Fall 2014 Semester, 57 percent of the students who took these exams obtained this important certification.

Beginning Fall Semester 2015, students in the Bookkeeping Certificate program will be taking the QuickBooks Certified User (Intuit) Exam during their final semester. Intuit QuickBooks is the industry leader in managerial accounting software and allows graduates to demonstrate a grasp of accounting concepts in the most prevalent bookkeeping applications in business today.

These certifications show that the graduates possess the advanced communication, software and computing skills employers are looking for as they transition to the workplace or advance their careers.  For more information, please contact Jim Kalna, assistant director of College Testing Services, ext. 5425, to discuss building relevant professional certifications in your academic program area.


Reminder: Reconnect your devices to the new WIFI next week

Columbus State will implement new wireless controllers that will go live on February 14 on all campuses and regional learning centers. You will need to reattach your devices to the new wireless network. If you have difficulties reattaching to the new WIFI controllers, go to the “wireless setup” tutorial on the website for instructions.





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