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June 4, 2015


Salary increase and one-time compensation announced

As you may already know, last week the Board approved a one percent increase and one-time compensation for eligible employees in recognition of the great work that our employees do every day to advance the College’s mission. 

All Managers have recently received written guidance regarding the administration of salary increases, one-time compensation and the PERFORMs bonuses for the FY 2015 performance year, which can be viewed on the Human Resources page, at the top. If you have additional questions, please contact your HR Business Partner.


IT Support employee keeps student success close to heart


In case you were wondering how to pronounce Aloysius, it rhymes with auspicious, and it is also an apt description of the man: “promising, good, encouraging and conducive to success.”

Aloysius Kienee works in IT Support Services assisting students, faculty, staff, and everyone that asks for help in the computer commons.  “He will stay late when he is helping a student with homework,” says Rhonda Gurio, his supervisor.  “He is the first person to offer to cover for other staff whenever we need help. He works at Reynoldsburg whenever we are short-staffed, and has trained the new staff at that center. And Aloysius does everything with a smile on his face all the time!” says Gurio.

“He is a valuable team player and takes on duties outside his job,” adds co-worker Doug Rellick. “He serves as an officer on Staff Advisory Council and came to our rescue with the design and creation of a new SAC brochure. He represents SAC at student activities such as basketball games, and even was a sponsor of the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner this past fall.”

And even President Harrison was impressed with one of Kienee’s PERFORMs goals: to celebrate the success of graduating students by posting their photos and career goals on the walls of the computer commons.  It was an auspicious goal that he completed with great success!


Part-timer makes the most of every hour


The first thing anyone says upon discovering that Lisa Peterson is a part-time employee, is “No way!”

Petersen seems to be everywhere, all the time, doing everything!

As part-time specialist in Marketing and Communications, Peterson primarily coordinates special events and activities, but regularly gets tapped to guide new projects, fill in for absent co-workers, cover social media functions, and of course serve as the college mascot, Clawdette, which she does magnificently due to her theater background.

“Lisa is hugely deserving of this award not for her efforts on a discrete project, but for her consistent, unwavering dedication to excellence, her remarkable attention to detail, her unfailingly high energy level, and her willingness to step into any role when help is needed,” says Allen Kraus, vice president for Marketing and Communications.

“This winter Lisa subbed during a period of leave for our administrative assistant, managing the area’s fiscal processes, screening work requests, managing my calendar and more, while also project-managing our new Team Dynamix application, planning a new In-Service Day concept and scheduling the logistics of a search committee for a new director for the department. She managed all these tasks with her characteristic humor, humility and dedication to putting others before herself.”

Nominator Carmelita Boyer says “Lisa was essential in maintaining the flow of information for the CQI Awards planning committee. Lisa was always willing to step up and take on additional assignments—she took ownership and helped make it an even better event. She has a can-do attitude and approach that warms you up.” Another nominator, Nichole Bowman-Glover says, “Lisa has such a positive energy that it touches everyone with whom she has contact. She is the epitome of the Columbus State spirit. Lisa’s positive energy is contagious!”


Register to attend the 2015 Faculty Idea Exchange


Registration for the 2015 Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) is now open. This year’s FIX is scheduled for Friday, June 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. All full-time and adjunct faculty are invited for this annual professional development opportunity.

Click here to register. As always for this event, registration is free. 

The FIX is a summer conference hosted by the OAA Instructional Success Committee that provides a forum where faculty can share and compare best teaching practices. This year’s theme is Critical Thinking, and there are 16 wonderful presentations scheduled for the conference. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

In addition, we are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker will be Ms. Connie Wolfe – Dean of Arts & Sciences at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC and leader of the college’s critical thinking initiative. For the last ten years, she has consulted with many colleges in the development and implementation of critical thinking initiatives, and has worked in association with the Foundation for Critical Thinking. She is also scheduled to give a plenary talk concerning best strategies in which to enhance critical thinking within the classroom. 


Columbus State Library profiled

A interview with Library Director Bruce Massis was recently posted on The interview and photographs profiled the Library and all that it has brought to the campus since the renovation of the building and constant enhancements to its services. The profile also appears on their Facebook page and Instagram account. Read the article in its entirety here.  


Business Management adjunct published

Colleen White, adjunct in the Business Management Project Management Certificate program, recently wrote an article published by the Project Management Institute in the May edition of the PM Network digital magazine.

White’s article is titled “A Richer Chorus: How Organizations Can Use Project Management to Increase Diversity,” and emphasizes how project management techniques may be used within an organization to advance strategies for diversity and inclusion. Read White’s article in its entirety here.


Randall, Kalna, Cashon collect ‘Innovation’ awards

Regina L. Randall, Ph.D., college registrar in Records and Registration, was recognized with the “Spirit of Innovation Award” at the annual American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officials (AACRAO) last month in Baltimore. 

The award was given in recognition of Columbus State being the first college in the nation to implement the Ellucian Colleague Application Programming Interface (API) with Credentials e-Script-Safe. If you would like to know more about this interface, contact Randall at ext. 5343.

Also last month Jim Kalna and Denise Cashon, assistant director and supervisor in College Testing Services, were awarded the “Innovative Project Award” by the University Systems of Ohio Talent Development Network.

Out of 42 statewide entries, the Chemical Operator Training Program, submitted by Kalna on behalf of Columbus State, was chosen the winner. The award was given at the State Conference awards dinner, where there was also an Honorable Mention for Columbus State’s FastPath Program entry. For more information about these awards, please contact Jim Kalna at ext. 5425.


Do You Know IT?

Do you know that IT has created a Knowledge Base of information on topics such as changing your password, configuring your voicemail, or sharing files in OneDrive?

You can access the IT Knowledge Base at and quickly find answers to many of your IT-related questions. Go out to the Knowledge Base website and check out the wide array of IT topics covered.


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Eliminate demo student emails from FOCUS

If you are a faculty member and no longer want to receive demo student emails through FOCUS, powered by Starfish, follow these steps:  

  • Login to Blackboard with username and password
  • Click My Courses and
  • Select any course
  • Click Student View
  • Click My CSCC
  • Click FOCUS
  • Click Your Name (upper right corner)
  • Add FOCUS@cscc.eduas the alternate email address
  • Click the radio button “Alternate Email”
  • Click Submit


Read the June issue of Health and Fitness News

The Department of Recreation and Wellness has posted the June issue of the newsletter Health and Fitness News, where you can find articles about building your endurance, four energy-boosting snacks, healthy summer BBQ ideas and much more.  Read it online today!



‘Win with Your Strengths’ class offered June 9

Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success. “Win with Your Strengths” will be offered Tuesday, June 9, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Register

In this course you will get an introduction to strengths-based language and learn more about your own strengths and others’ strengths. You will take an online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths” prior to the course.  If you do not receive your access code to complete the assessment, contact Candy Mason at ext. 3837. 



June issue of Wellness Online available

The June issue of United Healthcare’s newsletter Wellness Online is available now, with articles about men’s health, getting in shape, the Health4Me mobile app and much more! 

Columbus State welcomes the following new hire:

June 1 - Mark Boll, Technician in the Telecommunications Department

Librarian - Requisition No. 319
Instructional Designer and Multimedia Developer in Distance Education – Requisition No. 329
Material Handler in Business and Campus Services – Requisition No. 334
Analyst in Institutional Effectiveness – Requisition No. 338



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