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July 27, 2015


Monday morning wake-up call

rainbow pic

As the sun came up this morning, lingering rain showers produced a lovely summer rainbow over campus. Nancy Cleland snapped the photo as she arrived to work.


Bowman with President

Trustee appreciation

At the July 23 meeting, President Harrison presents Board of Trustees member Lynne Bowman with a plaque honoring her service to the college over the past five years. Bowman's term will expire in October.





TRiO students gain job skills and more at ‘camp’

Thirty TRiO Educational Talent Search students recently completed a three-week “Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment (GAP MEE) career exploration and job readiness program. The program was funded by a generous grant from the Gap Foundation, and the students earned a $300 stipend for their participation.

The students gained employability skills through the program, developed team-building skills at a trip to Camp Mary Orton, and participated in a STEM day with the Biological and Physical Sciences Department. The students also did a week of service learning and volunteer work, providing approximately 1,000 volunteer hours which benefitted the Homeless Families Foundation’s Dowd Center, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed, and The ReStore.

The final week of the program wrapped up with a visit to Gap, Inc. where students put their interviewing skills to the test and gave presentations. The students learned and practiced all the nuts and bolts that are essential to land—and keep—a job!

group photo Students in the GAP program and staff from Gap, Inc. take a moment to pose on the Columbus statue during their program earlier this month.


Faculty train Youth Services personnel

Dianne Fideilbus, associate professor, and Jorie Schwartz, instructor in Social and Human Services (formerly MH/AS/DD) conducted a training session on supervision for the staff of the Ohio Department of Youth Services. The session was live streamed to juvenile corrections facilities across the state including Circleville, Cuyahoga County, and the Indian River facility in Massillon, Ohio.


photo of bus front

ADA celebrates 25 years

“The Road to Freedom Legacy Tour” bus, representing the 25th anniversary celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, came to Columbus State for a special banquet held July 22 and President Harrison provided an official welcome to the group gathered for the celebration kickoff at WD. The tour bus has traveled across the U.S., with information, giveaways, events, workshops, artifacts, and other programming provided by local hosts.

 At the banquet, state and federal legislators, local disability-related vendors and organizations, and Columbus State’s Disability Services celebrated the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A public celebration was held the following day at the Columbus Commons.

The Disability Services staff would like to thank all faculty, staff, and students who work hard every day to advocate for equal access and opportunity for our students with disabilities.


Di Pietro to perform at ‘People and Planet’ event

Rocco Di Pietro, instructor in the Humanities, will perform his work “Taubes VII – Hiroshima Set” at an event named “For People and the Planet: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

The concert is Sunday, August 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue. Di Pietro will perform with his ensemble and student soloist Weiyi Pan on the Chinese zither.



Facilities Management wants your help

Did you know that Columbus State consists of 38 buildings with 1.8 million square feet of space? This works out to about one maintenance person for every 90,000 square feet.

While our grounds, maintenance and building services team does an exceptional job taking care of the campus from top to bottom, we invite you to be part of our team, too! If you see something that is broken or needs to be repaired, just call Facilities at the Work Order Desk, ext. 5444.



Annual Reviews due July 31, Aug. 28

Fulltime employee Annual Reviews are due to Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 31. Part-time employee reviews are due to on Friday, August 28.

The information you need to complete Annual Reviews can be found online here. For additional information or assistance, please contact the Human Resources Department at ext. 2408.

Notice and Comment Period opens for HR Policy

The Human Resources Department will hold an Open Forum to update Columbus State employees on changes to college policy necessitated by federal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The open forum will be held Thursday, July 30, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in WD 409.

To review a draft of the proposed amendments to the policy, see:
Policy 3-41 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), The Americans With Disabilities Act, Amendments Act (ADAAA), and Section 504 Of The Rehabilitation Act Of 1973.

If you have questions or comments about this policy, please submit them to on or before Monday, August 10.

‘College Knowledge’ is July 31

The next College Knowledge program, on Friday, July 31, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., will highlight two initiatives in Academic Affairs: College Credit Plus, which supports high school students earning college credit through Columbus State, and an overview of the work being done to create interactive learning materials for multiple academic programs. Michele Arnold, Kelly Hogan and Tom Erney will describe the work to date and what’s ahead. Please register in advance and join us in WD 409 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

You can stay up to date and meet new and veteran employees at the monthly College Knowledge sessions hosted by Human Resources. Mark your calendars now for the dates below and register to participate. Questions? Contact Lori Thomas, Assistant Director of Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.  Coming up:

Enrollment Management and Student Services - August 28
Marketing and Communications - September 25
Information Technology - October 30

Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

July 1 - Lucas Hissong - Supervisor in PC/Network Support
July 1 - Jaimie Allen – Supervisor in PC/Network Support
July 16 - Kendra Houser - Material Handler II in Procurement and College Services
July 16 - Kirk Dickerson - Chairperson in Human Services


Counselor in Career Services - Requisition No. 382
Annually Contract Faculty in Mathematics – Requisition No. 383
Specialist in the Library – Requisition No. 411




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