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January 15, 2015

Scheduling coordinator gives 150 percent


Katie Kuhn can find campus space and facilities where there appear to be none, convincing her supervisor that perhaps she is somehow creating new rooms out of Legos.

“Katie gives 150 percent all of the time,” says Dr. Karen Muir, associate vice president in Academic Affairs.  “She is able to negotiate conflicting departmental requests and provide solutions acceptable to all,” continues Muir.

“Katie never seems to get ruffled by the volume or tone of the (scheduling) requests,” wrote Traci Haynes, professor in Psychology, who nominated Kuhn for Staff Employee of the Month. “She just does her job in an efficient and professional manner, and remains friendly and positive in her interactions with others,” says Haynes.

For her outstanding efforts, Kuhn was given the SEOM award for January at yesterday’s First Wednesday meeting with President Harrison.

“Katie has made such a difference on the scheduling team and in coordinating classroom assignments since she came to Columbus State,” continues Haynes. “She is kind, considerate and supportive.  What better role model could there be for all of us?”



Advisor uses positive energy in her work


Anessa Becton-Howard uses patience, listening skills, enthusiasm and positive energy to do her job as an advisor at the Regional Learning Centers.

Nominated for the Part-time Staff Employee award by Sue Straughter, RLC specialist, Becton-Howard was noted as a “caring and supportive advocate” for the students who come to her for assistance. “Anessa brings out the best in her students,” wrote Straughter. “She gives them hope for their future success and careers.” 

“Anessa is an exceptional advisor,” says Dawn Blair, her supervisor. “Working as an advisor at a Regional Learning Center, she must be knowledgeable in many areas—admissions, advising, registration and financial aid. When you take all this knowledge and combine it with a passion for student success, you have an individual who truly serves students well!”




“College Knowledge” series kicks off in January

Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. To help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives, the Human Resources Department will launch a new part of the onboarding and orientation program called the College Knowledge series.

College Knowledge sessions will highlight a different college division every month and will be an opportunity for anyone, but particularly new-to-the-college employees, to come and listen, learn, ask questions and talk about how we can collaboratively support that division’s work to ensure student success.

The division of Academic Affairs will kick off the series beginning Friday, January 30, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in CT 107. Can’t make it that day? Each division will present twice per year.

So mark your calendars now for the dates below and register to participate.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Thomas, assistant director of Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.
College Knowledge 2015 schedule:
Academic Affairs - January 30 and July 31

Enrollment Management and Student Services - February 27 and August 28

Marketing and Communications - March 27 and September 25

Information Technology -April 24 and October 30

Human Resources - May 29 and November 20

Business and Administrative Services - June 26 and December 11


AQIP Action Project update: The Accent is on Active

Search the web for the phrase “Active and Collaborative Learning” and the results soon tally in the millions. It’s because around the world, today’s college students are doing more than attending lectures where they simply listen and take notes.

In “active learning” classrooms, students are engaged—often in multiple ways—with course material. They peer teach, role play, create daily journals and discussion boards, and write “one minute” papers, for starters.  A cadre of success metrics support this new approach.

For that reason, “Faculty Action Research in Active and Collaborative Learning” was selected by the Columbus State Cabinet as one of the three AQIP Action Projects for 2015.

“The project was inspired by two things,” says Rich James, who heads the team with Julie Cronk and Ron Elizaga. “Many faculty are genuinely interested in trying more collaborative activities in their courses but are unsure how to do it well.  And we learned though our two CCSSE surveys that our students report fewer ‘active and collaborative learning experiences’ than students at other colleges.”

Active Learning activities are especially effective with the student groups who succeed at lower rates. The three team leaders are busy creating a faculty community who will experiment with these methods. “We intend to share what we learn and make recommendations,” says James.


Department changes name

The Department of Integrated Media and Technology has changed its name to Media Creation and Tech. According to Dean Angelo Frole, the name change was necessary to align the programs of Digital Design and Graphics, Digital Photography, Interactive Media, and Game Art, which are all programs related to visual creativity. “Media relates to web page development, print media, photography and animation,” said Frole. “Creation relates to the visual dynamics in the various forms of creativity. The word Tech relates to the software and hardware specifically used in the visual and creative business.” 


Columbus Public Health updates flu information

The latest numbers indicate that flu activity continues to increase in the United States and is widespread in 43 states, including Ohio. The number of confirmed influenza hospitalizations for Columbus and Franklin County residents this season (536) has surpassed the total for the entire 2013-14 season. The number is also approaching the total for the 2012-13 season, which had the highest seasonal numbers since hospitalizations became reportable in 2009.

Influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been the most common flu viruses so far in the United States. This type of virus is associated with more severe illness and mortality compared to H1N1-predominant seasons, especially in older people and young children.

Columbus Public Health recommends these steps this flu season:

  1. Take time to get a flu vaccine.
  2. Wash your hands often.
  3. Stay home if you are sick, and cover your cough and sneeze to avoid spreading flu and other respiratory viruses to others.
  4. Take antiviral drugs for flu treatment if your doctor prescribes them. These work best when they are started within two days of getting sick, so contact your healthcare provider when symptoms begin.


Hooker-Myers earns Franklin degree

Mary at ceremony

Mary Hooker-Myers graduates Summa Cum Laude from Franklin University with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology on Sunday, January 11. Hooker-Myers is an instructional designer II in Distance Education and Instructional Support (DEIS).


logoNews from the Discovery District

The Thurber House kicks off their 2015 winter “Evenings with Authors” with award-winning author Matt Burgess on Wednesday, January 21, at 7:30 p.m. Burgess will answer questions, sign books, and read from his latest novel, Uncle Janice, an amazingly authentic, uproariously funny portrait of the dangerous, compelling and often nonsensical world of undercover cops. You can also get tickets for the Author’s Table Dinner where you not only to share a great meal with Burgess, but also talk about his work in a smaller setting and get reserved seating at the event. For more information and the season lineup, click here:


The Kelton House brings you a very poignant and powerful program inNot On My Watch: The Oberlin-Wellington Rescue of 1858.” Hear about the capture of a runaway slave by bounty hunters and the action of local anti-slavery students and townspeople who freed the runaway from his jail. The presentation will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion led by Linda Krumholz tying in the fictional novel, Song Yet Sung by James McBride. This free program is Thursday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. This program is in partnership with the Bexley Community Book Club.


The Bosco Center is getting into the hockey spirit with bowling, salsa dancing and karaoke. For the big NHL All Star game that’s here in Columbus, The Bosco Center has a weekend full of fun family activities that starts Thursday, January 22.  Click here for more information:


Join the choir for a Black History Month performance!

Students and employees alike are invited to join Columbus State’s Black History Month Umoja Choir. This community choir will perform at the college’s inaugural Umoja Karamu Celebration on Thursday, February 19, in the Conference Center. Choir rehearsals started January 13, but you can still join in the fun on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Summit on 16th UMC, located at 82 E. 16th St. near the OSU campus. For more information about this choir, email Robyn Lyons-Robinson.



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