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January 12, 2015

Spring Semester has a slippery start

students on campus

Columbus State’s Spring Semester 2015 got off to an icy start with 23,198 students registered for classes, averaging 8.83 credit hours each. Icy rain overnight and falling temperatures this week may make for difficult commutes, parking and even walking on campus. Everyone please be careful and urge your students to do the same!


Records inventory, retention and disposal now in process

A process for the inventory, retention and disposal of records at Columbus State has been completed, and nearly 70 record retention liaisons have been assigned from all areas of the college. In July, the College Records Retention Liaison Committee began meeting to develop a process to improve the efficiency, reduce the cost, and ensure compliance with applicable records laws. The committee’s first task, now in progress, will be to conduct an inventory of all records—paper and electronic—maintained at Columbus State. 

The Cabinet has authorized an “Inventory Day” for each area, during which liaisons will set aside time to conduct an inventory of Columbus State records. The initial campus-wide inventory will be completed by the end of March.

The committee liaisons’ next step will be to create a records retention and disposal schedule for records in their areas. The committee will then make recommendations to Cabinet for improving records management, retention, disposal and overall processes. Committee liaisons encourage employees to become involved in the process. For more information, contact Robin Buser, supervisor in the Library and co-manager of Records.


stage photoAzhar Ali, as Melchior (left), and Sylvia Gonzalez, as Wendla (right), perform in Theatre Columbus State's "Spring Awakening."

Theatre Roundtable nominates Columbus State for nine awards

Theatre Columbus State’s Fall Semester production “Spring Awakening” has received nine nominations for the 2014 Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards, the most ever received for a single production at the college, and the most for student actors. The nominations include: Best Play; Best Director for Frank Barnhart; Best Actor for Azhar Ali, Devon Porter and Francois Dean; Best Actress for Sylvia Gonzalez and Colleen Cunningham; Best Lighting Design for Kurt Mueller; and Best Costume Design for Chris Hopkins. The awards will be given Sunday, January 25, at the Columbus Jewish Center.




Self-taught artist exhibits in Library

The Library is pleased to welcome the work of self-taught artist Marvin Taylor. Taylor began his creative work at the age of twelve, making model cars out of cardboard.  In the beginning, the cars were simply made, but as he continued to progress in this art, the cars became more detailed, including upholstery and customized wheels. A selection of these cars are on view in the library’s Permanent Collection display case on the Library 2nd floor.

As a self-made artist who never received any formal art training, Taylor also began to paint works that included landscapes and structures.  A collection of these paintings is on display, both in the library’s main gallery on the 2nd floor and in its 1st floor gallery.  The works will be on display throughout the month of January.


Tips for cold-weather safety offered by Fire Science faculty

A news story on 10TV last week featured safety tips from Jack McCoy, instructor in Fire Science, including the safe use of space heaters and smoke detectors. You can watch the clip online here.



“Ideas to Go” offers session Jan. 21

We have done much to see college through the eyes of our students and improve our services. The Finish Line Game, offered from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, in CT 107, is another opportunity to virtually walk in our students’ shoes and enjoy fellowship with colleagues. The Finish Line is a short board game, developed by Achieving the Dream, in which participants take on the roles of community college students to gain insight into what it is like to face multiple barriers to success and spark conversations about structural inequity and experiences of inequity from the student’s point of view. Come to play, assess the value of the game, and learn about initiatives to reduce inequities. Learn more and register.


Faculty Enrichment and Onboarding to be held Jan. 27

“Understanding Micro-aggressions in Daily Life: Identification, Interpretation, and Active Change” will be offered on Tuesday, January 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in CT 107. The session is open to all employees.

“Micro-aggressions” are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities that communicate racial slights and insults, and contribute to a significant number of negative physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional outcomes for individuals in non-majority groups. The goal of this workshop is to assist participants in identifying micro-aggressions, understand their impact, explore how power and privilege play a role in recognizing and combating micro-aggressions, and learn specific ways to actively address them. Learn more and register.


Meditation Room moves to Nestor Hall

Columbus State’s Meditation Room has moved to Nestor Hall 028. The room is open to all Columbus State students and employees between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. daily. The Meditation Room is a great place to take a few minutes out of your day to participate in meditation, prayer, or quiet reflection. Contact Global Diversity and Inclusion at ext. 2426 for more information about the space or to make reservations for group events.


Healthy Life coaching available from Conditioning Center

The Conditioning Center, formerly named the Human Performance Center, located in Delaware Hall 083, will continue to hold low-cost fitness assessments, personal training and Get R.E.A.L. Healthy Life Coaching throughout the Spring Semester. The Conditioning Center is open Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For additional information regarding assessments and personal training, please contact the Conditioning Center at ext. 3843 or email Mandy Cecil. For information regarding Healthy Life Coaching, please contact Jennifer Long at ext. 2445.

The Conditioning Center also offers the following activities, free to all employees and students:

“Wednesdays at Noon” presented in the DX Lounge
February 4 - The Benefits of Essential Oils
March 2- Strengthening Your Core
April 1- Stress Management Techniques

Recreation Classes:
Mondays - Kettlebell Conditioning at 12:00 p.m. in DE 158
Tuesdays - Get R.E.A.L. Nutrition at 11:00 a.m. in DE 075B, and Yoga at 5:30 p.m. in DE 158
Wednesdays- Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. in DE 083, and Total Body Conditioning at 12:00 p.m. in DE 158
Fridays - Bootcamp at 6:30 a.m. in DE 083, Total Body Conditioning at 11:00 a.m. in DE 158, and Yoga at 12:00 p.m. in DE 158

Self Defense Series:
30-minute Basics of Self-Defense will be held on February 11, and April 15 in DE 083 at 12:00 p.m.


Bortz nominated for Kemba Board

Assistant Professor Dean Bortz, Construction Management, is one of six nominees for positions on the KEMBA Financial Credit Union 2015 Board of Directors. KEMBA serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Madison, Logan, Fairfield, Licking, and Union counties, as well as Sylvania Township.  Results of the election will be announced at the 82nd Annual Meeting March 4.



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