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February 9, 2015


Disability Services advocate has department running like clockwork

Dixon with PresidentBrian Dixon receives the Staff Employee of the Month award from President Harrison at the Feb. 4 First Wednesday.

Brian Dixon has plenty of work to do, serving as an advocate in the college’s Disability Services Department, where he provides services and accommodations to students with disabilities. 

But when the department purchased new software to do scheduling and data management, his inner computer geek surfaced, and he spent many hours helping to implement the change, training colleagues, trouble shooting, and solving problems that cropped up. 

The new software, called “Clockwork Database Scheduler,” allows Disability Services to manage their workflow, better serve students, and track data.

“Brian was here many evenings long after we were closed, working to tailor this program for the department, coordinating the syncing of the program with Colleague, overseeing the transfer of current student information, and resolving the never-ending issues that arose,” says Jill Anderson, who nominated Dixon for Staff Employee of the Month. “Brian conducted training to help the staff in our department make the switch to Clockwork.  He has worked diligently to help us be comfortable with this new system,” says Anderson.

“He did all this work while at the same time managing a fulltime case load serving students with disabilities,” continues Anderson. “He has, in effect, done the work of two fulltime employees, and we as a department are very grateful!”


Part-time office associate goes extra mile for international students

portrait of Diane

Dianne Brackbill doesn’t let it overwhelm her that students from more than 120 different countries pour into the International Enrollment Services office each semester.

She doesn’t worry that she works part-time, yet the rules and regulations affecting international students are ever-changing. And according to her co-workers, when all else fails and a student needs help, Brackbill simply steps up and finds a way to get it done. 

 “A year ago, Dianne learned about a Basic English student who needed a mentor and an English tutor, but couldn’t find one,” relates Thomas Giles, advisor in Admissions. “She took on the challenge and met with the student twice a week for a year. The student’s skills improved considerably and she placed into ESL 188, a credit course, and is now able to pursue her associate degree.” Giles nominated Brackbill for Part-time Staff Employee of the Month, an honor she received at the Feb. 4 First Wednesday meeting.

“Dianne’s interest and passion for all things international has helped in her training and growth at the college,” says Vanessa Kumar, her supervisor. “She has taken the lead in transcript evaluation and has managed fluctuating demand based on new regulations. She participates in research-gathering projects that improve information used to guide our students through their educational experience in the U.S.”


groupLast year’s Gold Team, the Generation One Trailblazers.

2015 Quality Team Award nominations now open

Each year, the Quality Team Awards recognize groups of employees who have demonstrated quality improvement with their projects, and who have had the most impact at Columbus State by incorporating the strategic goals set forth by the Board of Trustees. The nomination form and the award criteria are both posted on the college’s accreditation site. Team Award nominations are due by Friday, April 3. This year’s Continuous Quality Improvement Awards luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30.


Black History Month activities continue in Feb.

This week’s events include the second part of the documentary “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” on Wednesday, and a trip to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for students on Friday. You can see the month’s listing of activities online here.


Long exhibits in Instagram photo contest

Jenna Long, Health and Wellness specialist, is one of the featured photographers in the “MobilePhotoNow” exhibition that opened at the Columbus Museum of Art February 6.

Curated through a partnership with Columbus Museum of Art and #JJ Community moderators, 320 photos out of 45,000 submissions were selected for the largest mobile photography exhibition ever organized by a museum. The collection initially came together through the popular photo-sharing app, Instagram, and includes 240 photographers from 40 countries around the world, with just a handful from Central Ohio. Instagram, according to data released last month by the Pew Internet Research Project, is the fastest-growing social network among adults in the United States.

The Columbus Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with free admission to all galleries every Sunday. #MobilePhotoNow will be on display through March 22.


running photo

Cougar Challenge 5K now accepting entries

Early registration is now open for the 4th Annual Cougar Challenge 5K run, sponsored by Staff Advisory Council. This year’s race will be held at the beautiful Creekside Plaza in Gahanna on Saturday, April 18, at 9:00 a.m. Early registration ends on February 15 so register today!



February Matrix Monitor online now

In February’s issue of The Matrix Monitor, you can read articles about Internet gaming disorders, managing stress, and finding money for your IRA.  Read it online here.


“Major Mania” advisors to help students Feb. 9-12

The Center for Advising, Support and Exploration, formerly Advising Services, will host “Major Mania,” an event for Columbus State students, in the Madison Hall lobby February 9 through 12.  During Major Mania, students can meet with an advisor to update their major, get answers about Summer Semester registration, or just get general advising assistance.  Advisors will be available Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.



Leeman to exhibit

Stacy Leeman's painting “Book of Esther” has been included in the 38th Harper College National Juried Exhibition, March 2 through April 2, in Palatine, Ill.  




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