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June 29, 2015

A few minutes with Merideth Sellars

Columbus State’s Active and Collaborative Learning project, which began last summer, is at a midway point.

The need for the project arose following successive CCSSE (Community College Survey of Student Engagement) surveys in which our students reported less “active and collaborative learning” than students in other surveyed colleges.

Faculty Member Merideth Sellars updates us on the progress of the Active and Collaborative Learning project. 


Pine receives Pioneer Award for service learning

Pine with award Dr. Mary Lewis, instructor in Psychology, presents Dr. Nancy Pine with the “Pioneer Award” at the June 12 Power of Partnering workshop.

At the “Power of Partnering” service-learning event held earlier this month, Dr. Nancy Pine, assistant professor of English, received the Service-Learning Pioneer Award for her work and passion in the area of service-learning at Columbus State.

Dr. Pine has been instrumental as a co-chair of the Service-Learning OAA committee in developing the S-Designation at the college, as well as championing the need to bring community and faculty together for events such as the Power of Partnering. During this time, she also designed and implemented three different S-designated classes in the English department, and assisted other faculty throughout the college in designing S-designated courses.

At The Power of Partnering, representatives from 15 community agencies and organizations discussed the mission and role of their organizations in the Delaware community. Participants also had time to connect with Columbus State faculty who are interested in partnering for service-learning projects and S-designed courses.


Reminder: First Wednesday to be held July 1

The First Wednesday meeting will be held on July 1, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor.  A live stream will also be available:  by logging in with the password cougars.


group photo

At the OrgSync conference in Texas last week, Heather Borland, left, and Pierce Freshwater, right, accept their award from OrgSync Campus Consultant Martise Cooks.

OrgSync team brings home marketing award

Heather Borland, Pierce Freshwater and Lisa Briggs attended the annual OrgSync Connect Conference last week, where they gave a presentation called “Implementing OrgSync at the Two-Year Institution,” and brought home a $250 award for Best OrgSync Marketing Initiative, out of the 450 campus partners in OrgSync. At the conference, the group learned more about utilizing OrgSync to engage, manage, and streamline Columbus State’s campus community. “Pierce is the brain and talent behind all of this incredible marketing,” said Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership. “He has a great skill set and we are so glad he joined the SEaL team fulltime!”



Credit card training offered

All Columbus State employees who handle credit cards or handle credit card information are required to take a PCI Compliance training session annually. If you have taken the class previously, you are required to take a refresher class annually as well.

To be in compliance with Columbus State procedure 9-12 (C), all department personnel assigned to process payment card transactions must receive training on the process to report and include those transactions in the College’s financial system. Department personnel who accept and process payment cards must receive training on the requirements of, and compliance with, the PCI-DSS standards. 

Six training sessions are offered in July to meet this requirement. Sessions will be held in Aquinas Hall. They are as follows:

  • Thursday July 9, at 9:00 a.m.  in AQ 321
  • Friday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m.   in AQ 321
  • Monday, July 13, at 10:00 a.m.  in AQ 321
  • Tuesday, July 14, at 1:00 p.m.   in AQ 322
  • Wednesday, July 15, at 2:30 p.m.  in AQ 321
  • Thursday, July 16, at 2:00 p.m. in AQ 322




Do you know IT? Lync to change to Skype

Do you know that Lync, Microsoft’s communication and collaboration platform that allows users to instant message (IM), make voice and video calls, and conduct online meetings with up to 250 participants will soon change to Microsoft Skype for Business? The rollout date for this change is planned for Friday, July 3. An increasing number of Columbus State users have started using this easy-to-use, versatile program for all of their instant messaging (IM) and online conferencing needs.

Some of the key features of Skype for Business allow you to:

  • Share PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, or other files with meeting or IM participants.
  • Get feedback from meeting attendees with the Poll feature.
  • Have a Question and Answer session.
  • Send file attachments to other presenters or all attendees.
  • Record meetings for later viewing by invitees that are not able to attend.
  • Include Columbus State employees as well as external invitees.
  • Get apps for iPad, iPhone, Android, and Windows phone so you can use your smartphone to attend meetings.
  • Find people quickly with the Columbus State address book as well as access to your Skype directory.
  • Complete a survey on call quality with the Rate My Call feature.
  • Access an increased number of emoticons to use in your instant messages.

Those of you who have been using Lync for your communication needs should have no problem adapting to the new Skype for Business look and feel. Training information is also located on Blackboard under Office 365 Employee Training > Our Online Classroom > PowerPoint Training Presentations. Training videos will be added soon under Office 365 Employee Training > Our Online Classroom > Unit 8: Office 365 Skype for Business Instant Messaging and Unit 8: Office 365 Skype for Business Conferencing. Quick reference cards for Lync are available in the IT Support Center in Columbus Hall.




Columbus State student featured by Ohio Society of CPAs


Accounting student Sparkle Parks took an unusual path to obtain her CPA, by way of an International Studies degree from Ohio State and an MBA from University of Maryland.  She credits Columbus State with helping her obtain her goal!  Read the full article here.


Leeman to exhibit in Oregon


Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty member in Humanities, will exhibit her painting “Book of Esther W3” at the Living Mark exhibit at Verum Ultimum gallery in Portland, Oregon.






Tobacco cessation classes offered

The American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start® tobacco cessation program is a free, four-week course open to any interested employee. The sessions are held on Wednesdays, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 228, starting on July 8. Please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989 to sign up.

Mobile mammography screening offered July 8, spots still available

The James Care Mammography Mobile Screening program will be on the Columbus Campus Wednesday, July 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 11-S lot directly cross from Nestor Hall. To make an appointment, call The James at (614) 293-4455, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

STRS rate to increase

Effective July 1, the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) member contribution rate will increase to 13 percent. This increase was included in the pension reform passed by the Ohio Legislature in 2012 to improve the financial condition of the Ohio pension systems, including STRS Ohio.  Member contribution rates will increase to 14 percent at a rate of one percent per year through July 1, 2016. 

For additional information, contact Twila Wiley, coordinator of Retirement Benefits, at ext. 2422.




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