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January 8, 2015

College mourns loss of Dr. Robert Bartha

BarthaDr. Robert Bartha

Robert E. Bartha, 59, an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department, died January 3, at Kobacker House in Columbus. “Dr. Robert Bartha was a highly valued member of the psychology faculty at Columbus State,” said Gary Piggrem, Psychology chair. “He was good, kind, and gentle person and a superb teacher, who was loved and respected by students and colleagues alike. His untimely death is a tragic loss for the Psychology Department and for Columbus State. He will be greatly missed.” Dr. Bartha’s online reviews by students showed him to be one of their favorites. “Loved this teacher,” wrote one student. “He actually cared about the students as individuals and you’d walk away with something new every time.”  Another wrote, “Hands down, the best professor at Columbus State. Dr. Bartha is awesome.” Also, “The absolute best teacher at CSCC. Uses real life experience. Great guy. Funny and helpful. Leaves you with a better feeling walking out then walking in. A great man and a great professor.”

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Christian Community Church, 5586 Olentangy River Road. Family will welcome friends before and after the service. Contributions in Robert's memory may be sent to: Community Christian Church, Capital Area Humane Society, or Kobacker House.


lines at windows

‘Twas the week before classes

And all through Rhodes Hall, not a line at the window, and no wait at all! 

Kelly Hogan took a cell phone photo of the Financial Aid customer service area this week. “They are doing a great job triaging the line to take care of everyone and I thought it was remarkable!” said Hogan.





Workshops offered in January

Career Decision-Making using the MBTI - Wednesday, January 14, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can increase awareness of your personality style to better manage decisions throughout the course of your career. When selecting, transitioning, or growing your career, understanding personality type can help explain why some careers feel like a good fit and others are a challenge. Your MBTI results can help you understand past careers and select a future career that best suits your personality. 

Introduction to Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership reframed: The Art of Serving Others– Friday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome. Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives.  At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience by seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host. This shift transforms the interaction, creating a "welcoming attitude" where we are able to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction. In this Introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth. Register:


Disclosure forms coming Jan. 12

Each year, Columbus State employees are required to disclose potential conflicts of interest in compliance with the Ohio Ethics Law. In order to simplify the process, Human Resources has developed an electronic annual disclosure form that also includes important employment acknowledgements. Watch for the form and instructions on how to complete it during the week of January 12, 2015. Employees should submit the completed form no later than February 13, 2015.


NISOD conference proposals due Jan. 9
The National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) is currently accepting proposals to present sessions at the 2015 International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas, May 23-26. The submission deadline is January 9, 2015. Learn more here:

MLK Jr. Day activities begin January 12
You can read a listing of all the events, activities, times and locations, on the college website.

First Wednesday to be held Jan. 14
Due to the January 12 start of Spring Semester, First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, January 14, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  As always, those not able to attend in person may watch the live stream here: by logging in with the password: cougars

Cornerstone applicant tracking system now live
Columbus State’s new applicant tracking system, “Cornerstone,” is now live at This is the site for external applicants only.

Save the Date for 10th anniversary conference
The 10th annual PREVAIL-RESPECT “Tell It Like It Is” conference will present “Working While Black III: Developmental, Demanding and Defining,” Friday, March 20, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Hale Black Cultural Center, on The Ohio State University campus.



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