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July 20, 2015


Grant to support services for low-income and first generation students

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced last Thursday that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded Columbus State $247,584 for the first year of a five-year TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program grant.

The SSS program is designed to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students.

“Education is the key to providing all Ohioans the opportunity for success,” Brown said. “But there are many students that could benefit from additional academic tutoring and help navigating financial aid and scholarships. This funding will help ensure that all students have access to the supportive services they need to succeed in college.”

Columbus State will use the funding to provide services, including financial aid advising, career advising, and peer tutoring, for 160 low-income and first generation students in TRiO programs.


Faculty ‘graduate’ from online teaching program

group photo Receiving a certificate for completion of the COAT course on July 16 were, seated from left: Janice Abrams, Terrie Stolte, Melissa Logue, and Liz Hammond; standing from left: John Forker, Tamie Curry, Rich Leto, Tom Moffit, Debbie O’Brien, Jane Campanizzi, Cynthia Evans, Charla Fraley, John Edwards, and Dennis Trzeciak.

Thirty-three faculty recently completed the Maryland Online Learning Consortium Certificate in Adjunct Online Teaching (COAT). The faculty in Business Programs, Construction Sciences, Modern Languages, and Psychology completed a seven-week course, which was sponsored by Academic Council’s Professional Development and Faculty Entry Committee to improve how faculty teach online. 

After completion of the certificate curriculum, the faculty members also participated in an evaluation of the program. 

COAT has provided professional development for more than 800 educators and was recently awarded Distance Program of the Year by the Maryland Distance Learning Association.  For more information on the COAT program go to:  or contact Charla Fraley.

Not pictured are: Lee Atwell, Delores Bittner, Martin Blaine, Marcia Brandt, Heather Crites, Christine Devol, Lydia Gilmore, Heather Johnston, Melissa Marmie, Michael Hanson, Carol Hart, John Hesson, Lasalle Taylor, Aisha Jenkins, Marian Jones, Angelique McCown, Todd McGonigle, Everett Roark, and Dan Zeiler.


Taste the Future to honor three chef alumni

BatesWiley Bates III
Frick Bryan Frick
VedrinskiKen Vedrinski

Columbus State’s 27th annual Taste the Future will honor three successful alumni chefs. Each has made a significant mark in the industry in various places around the country since graduating.

Wiley E. Bates, III graduated in 1991 and is the global executive chef of Pizza Hut, Inc. where he leads menu innovation and new product development. Bates built a number of hotel dining experiences, including the Westin Group, NYLO Hotels and Le Meridien in Dallas. “Columbus State has meant a great deal to me,” says Bates. “It allowed me, as an inner-city youth, to be linked with people who helped me realize my dreams of becoming a chef. The culinary program provided me career guidance, discipline, mentoring, know-how and a college education that was equivalent to larger and more expensive institutions which I did not have access to.”

Bryan Frick, CTI Class of 1981, is the Nestle corporate chef of national accounts. In that role he helps foodservice organizations find innovative, cost-effective ways to serve their clients. Previously, Frick owned his own restaurant and worked at Walt Disney theme parks, resorts and convention centers.  He’s involved with the Give the Kids the World annual Christmas dinner and the Junior Members chapter event for the Chef and Child.

Ken Vedrinski earned his degree in 1983 and is now the executive chef and owner of Trattoria Lucca in downtown Charleston, SC. He just recently opened Coda del Pesce, an Italian seafood restaurant overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Vedrinski is a three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist.

 The three chefs will be joined by culinary experts from more than 50 establishments, including catering companies, private clubs, top restaurants and hotels.  Their participation makes Taste the Future the largest and most diverse culinary showcase in Central Ohio.

A complete menu of offerings and individual tickets for $100 each are available online at . Tickets will also be sold at the door. Taste the Future will be held Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.


Report ‘Early Alert’ errors to Help Desk

Student Academic Support Services thanks the users of FOCUS powered by Starfish, and the Early Alert program. Data indicates this high-tech, high-touch solution is making a big difference in the lives of Columbus State students.  In order for Retention Specialist to concentrate on working with students, faculty and staff on the front end, the department requests that any error messages or technical issues with Starfish be reported to the Help Desk.

Those interested in system setup or training for a department should contact Megan Speakman in Student Academic Support Services.


New college hierarchy in place

For several months Columbus State faculty, staff and administrators have been refining the institutional hierarchy and documenting a process to ensure that changes such as department name changes are managed effectively.

The need for uniformity in Colleague has become increasingly important as our work calls for ever greater data integrity, clarity across communication channels, and compatibility of systems that interface with Colleague, such as BlackBoard, Outlook and Cornerstone.

The new hierarchy defines the terms we use at Columbus State, including: Institution, Executive Office, School, Division, Department, and Unit. Additional information, including training and tools associated with the new hierarchy, will follow in the coming months.

The working team that developed the new institutional hierarchy includes Jennifer Anderson, Paul Rusinko, Michele Arnold, Susan Schnell, Karen Riley, Etienne Martin, Susan Van Atta, Lucas Hissong, Tonja Morgan, Jim Hamberg, Lynda Anderson-Casey, Missy Graham, Laurie Johns, and consultants Donna Rardain and Adam Wilson.

If you have questions or need more information, contact Paul Rusinko, assistant director in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, at ext. 3805.



Enjoy a summer ‘snow day’ with the Bookstore


Come to the Bookstore to enjoy a free snow cone Wednesday and Thursday, July 22 and 23, between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. All backpacks, electronics, gifts, supplies and apparel will also be on sale for 20 percent off, plus, the 10 percent employee discount also applies!










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