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February 16, 2015


Faculty invited to GOT workshop


The Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) will offer a professional development opportunity for faculty called “Supporting the Success of First Generation College Students.” The workshop will describe how best to support students who are among the first in their family to attend college.

This is an opportunity to learn more about an often-overlooked population, especially at two-year colleges.  Among topics to be discussed:

  • The plight of the first generation student
  • Update on current research concerning first-gen students and academic success
  • Results of GOT survey conducted with first-gen students at Columbus State
  • How faculty can support their success in the classroom and beyond

Two sessions will be offered to accommodate faculty schedules. Register:
Wednesday, February 25, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., TL 343

Thursday, February 26, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., TL 215

Email for more information. 


Faculty, students attend Statehouse summit

group photoHealth Information Management students met with State Senator Kevin Bacon, center, while attending the Technology Day.  HIMT instructor Gary Clark is at right.

Health Information management professor Lisa Cerrato, and instructor Gary Clark, and their students participated in the 8th Annual Ohio Healthcare Information Technology Day at the Ohio Statehouse last week. This is the third year for HIMT students to participate in the event. The Statehouse Atrium was filled to capacity with health advocates from around the state for the daylong event. Those in attendance represent more than 7,000 individuals dedicated to the utilization of healthcare information technology to improve the health and lower costs for all Ohioans.



‘Spirit Day’ is Feb. 18

Columbus State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will play conference rival Cincinnati State at home on Wednesday, February 18—women tip off at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s team follows at 7:30 p.m. Midway through the season, the Columbus State women’s basketball team is making some nice strides under Coach Joel Renner. With a 16-3 record, the team is just outside the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II Top-20 national poll. Depending on their performance on the hardwood in the next week or two, they could easily break into the Top 20. Everyone is encouraged to attend Spirit Day, and admission is free to all employees, students, and kids under 18.


Accounting students to help with taxes

tax form

Columbus State’s accounting students will assist qualified individuals with their tax preparation on Thursdays and Saturdays through March 14. The tax prep is coordinated by Hands On Central Ohio, which offers programs that help eligible individuals (including older adults, people with disabilities and people with low incomes) prepare their tax returns or complete paperwork to apply for tax relief in the form of tax credit, rebate, and exemption or postponement programs. Qualified individuals have been instructed to call Hands On Central Ohio at 2-1-1 to schedule an appointment.



PTK to induct new members Feb. 22

Columbus State’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will hold an Induction Ceremony for its newest members on Sunday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. President Harrison will deliver the keynote address. The PTK induction celebrates student members for their academic success. For more information please email  



Reminder: Second policy/procedure open forum to be held today

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.


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:
January 2 - Molly Ward, Assistant Director in Advising Services
January 2 - Pierce Freshwater, Specialist in Student Engagement and Leadership
January 5 - John Sherwood, Specialist in Admissions
January 5 - Jessica Gray, Specialist in Community and Civic Engagement
January 16 - Lakesha Williams, Office Associate in Human Resources
January 16 - Karen Miller, Specialist in Business and Campus Services
February 1 - John Vandermark, Program Coordinator in the Grants Office
February 16 - Pete Hackman, Supervisor in Food Service
February 16 - Anthony Polito, Program Coordinator in Student Conduct


Specialist, Health Records - Requisition No. 220
Specialist, Student and Academic Support - Requisition No. 230
Lab Assistant, Aviation Maintenance Technology - Requisition No. 216


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