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March 5, 2015


HR Specialist teaches others ‘how to fish’

Skeen with President

Sarah Skeen was brought onto the Cornerstone Applicant Tracking team halfway through its configuration, but she jumped in with “complete dedication,” according to her supervisor Linda Anderson, and soon became the go-to trainer in the HR Department.

Anderson nominated Skeen for Staff Employee of the Month, an honor she received at the March 4 First Wednesday meeting.

“I was impressed with Sarah’s work since the Cornerstone project launched,” says Anderson. “She worked countless hours to assist with configuring the new system. She also provided terrific feedback to users of the Cornerstone system, teaching them to ‘fish for themselves,’ which is the ultimate form of customer service!”

“Sarah completed more than 200 job description templates, entered more than 50 automated emails, and designed and built a completely new webpage on HR’s site to house the New Hire Packets the college uses,” continues Anderson. “I believe her knowledge, skills and abilities attest to the fine education she received here at Columbus State under Professor Amy Brubaker.

“I am very grateful to have Sarah on my team!”


Women’s History Month activities listed

The Departments of Student Engagement and Leadership and Global Diversity and Inclusion will co-sponsor several events during March in celebration of Women’s “HERstory” Month, including:

photo of DavuluriMiss America 2014 Nina Davuluri.

“Wellness Mania,” Tuesday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. The event is co-sponsored by College Recreation and Wellness.

The Women’s History Month Celebration and Awards, honoring woman leaders on campus, is Wednesday, March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor. The keynote speaker is Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014.

The Women’s Summit “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives,” Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Center, WD fourth floor.

Speed Networking, is Tuesday, March 31, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.


Proctors still needed for CCSSE Survey

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Additional proctors are still needed to help administer the 2015 Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) in April! The third round of the survey is set for March 23 to April 10.

The survey asks students about their experiences—how they spend their time; what they feel they have gained from their classes; how they assess their relationships with faculty, counselors, peers, and more. 

Approximately 100 proctors are needed to pick up, administer and return surveys to the designated office. The time commitment is approximately two hours per survey. Faculty members are welcome to serve as proctors, but not for their own class.

If you are interested in helping in this very important effort, please respond to, to David Tom or Tonja Morgan.


G.O.T. social event is March 11, faculty invited

logoFaculty are invited to attend the Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) first-generation student social mixer on Wednesday, March 11, from 3:00 to 4:30 in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The mixer is an opportunity for students who are the first in their family to attend college, to meet instructors and make a connection with the college. Come help share the message to our first-generation students that they are not alone in their quest to earn a college degree. GOT and the faculty are here for their support! Please share the event with your first-generation students, and if you’d like to participate in the GOT program, please email Ron Elizaga or Traci Haynes at


Active Citizen Transformation conference open for registration

Registration is now open for the “ACT: Active Citizen Transformation” conference, which will be held at Columbus State on Thursday, March 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There will be a number of excellent presenters and an internationally known speaker, Timothy Hawthorne, Ph.D., from Georgia State University, who will speak on “Transformations: From Ideas to Practice.” He is an expert in GIS and human geography, and his work focuses on access to healthcare, social services, green space and higher education. 

The theme of the conference, "Active Citizen Transformation," reflects the need to help us integrate social justice issues within the classroom in such a way that students can become informed, knowledge-based consumers of social justice issues and transform activism into meaningful work beyond the classroom.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register for as much of the conference as they will be able to attend—one session, two sessions or all of them. Adjunct faculty are encouraged to attend, and will be reimbursed for their time. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for registrants. For more information and to register, please visit the conference website:



New exhibition in Library through March 31

The Library’s artist of the month is Cecilia Roman. Roman is formally trained in the field of audio visual communications but her artistic vision has evolved over twenty years to include oil paintings focusing upon abstractions. Her style incorporates the valuable instruction in mentoring of community artists.

“Everyone should think about how we can brush with art,” says the artist. “This exhibition serves as a catalyst to explore the arts; to use its methods to communicate, create and react to our surroundings.” The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s Main Gallery on the 2nd floor through March 31.




New HR training begins this month

Human Resources’ Equity and Compliance Unit oversees Columbus State’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment initiatives and is committed to cultivating a safe and healthy college learning and work environment. As part of that commitment, the unit is launching the College Respect, Equity and Support Training (CREST) initiative this month.

CREST is a mandatory, online training program that delivers individual training modules which take 30 minutes or less to complete. The first three topics that will be launched are Title IX, preventing discrimination and harassment, and student privacy rights (FERPA). Faculty and staff who are required to take these modules will receive emailed invitations and instructions for taking the online training. Look for your invitation to arrive soon and thank you in advance for your participation.

Professional development offered for employees
Human Resources’ Professional Development and Retention Unit will offer the following workshops in March:

An Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Thursday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Participants will discover their individual types as determined by the Myers-Briggs assessment, working to understand its implications, uses and applications for personal and professional growth. Register:

Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed - The Art of Serving Others
Monday, March 23, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hostmanship is the art of making people feel welcome. Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience, 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. We will discuss the Hostmanship foundation and principles, as well as its application for personal and professional growth. There is an hour "on your own" lunch break from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.


Hostmanship 2:  Taking Hostmanship to the Next Level
Friday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests.  We become engaged, present and actively build connections, satisfaction and engagement.  In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding to develop practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our customers.  Prerequisite:  Hostmanship


From Boss to Host: The Art of Welcoming Leadership
Wednesday, March 25, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

As a companion book to Jan Gunnarson and Olle Blohm's “Hostmanship,” the book “From Boss to Host” defines leadership simply as "guiding others to a better place."  Through a Hostmanship perspective, leaders are invited to consider "the art of welcoming leadership" focusing on how it can play a decisive role in successful organizations. Prerequisite:  Hostmanship


Teambuilding Using Strengths
Tuesday, March 31, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  

The best teams achieve success by welcoming, valuing, and leveraging each member’s talents. Participants will focus on the four domains of Strengths to understand team dynamics and increase collaboration on your team. Prerequisite: Complete the StrengthsFinder assessment and attend a Win with Your Strengths workshop.




Call for Proposals – Arts & Sciences Spring Symposium

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The Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Spring Symposium showcases the academic work and interests of the Columbus State faculty. This year’s event will be held over three days in the Library Media Studio. Presentations will be given on Monday, April 13, and Tuesday, April 14,from 12:00 to 3:30 p.m., and Wednesday, April 15, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Fulltime and adjunct faculty in all departments are invited to submit proposals. Several guest speakers from outside the college have also been invited to speak. Please submit proposals for 20-minute presentations on any topic in your area of expertise for the Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday sessions. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 23. The papers selected for the Symposium will be announced by the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Committee.

To submit a 200-250 word proposal, or to request more information, please email Terry Eisele, Rachael Romain, or Mark Bocija from the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Committee.


Donate to the Combined Charitable Giving campaign

Columbus State’s annual charitable giving campaign will take place March 12 through April 30, allowing employees to donate to their favorite charity within these six charitable federations: The United Way of Central Ohio, The United Way of Delaware County, America’s Charities, EarthShare Ohio, Community Health Charities of Ohio, and Community Share of Mid Ohio.

These federations raise funds for nonprofit organizations who address community needs that impact health and research, human services, education, human and civil rights, and the environment and conservation - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. By making a gift to one or more of the listed charities you can make a difference in your backyard and around the world. 

You can find the list of agencies and their donation codes in the Donor Resource Guide online. (Document is on the Intranet, and not available off campus)  After you have selected a charity, you can find the Employee Pledge Form online, fill it out, print the form and send it with your check or payroll deduction information to:  Barbara Smith-Allen, coordinator for Community and Civic Engagement, WD 345. 

This year you may also donate online using Columbus State’s Give at the Office page. Simply create an account and donate to the organization of your choice. 

The federations and their member agencies thank you for participating in the 2015 Columbus State Combined Charitable Campaign!


Wagner quoted on 10TV and in Dispatch

Professor Scott Wagner of the Criminal Justice Department, was recently interviewed about a story on out-of-date databases used by police to do background checks, and the dangers they present to officers on the street. The story ran on WBNS TV on February 25, and was covered in The Columbus Dispatch on March 2.






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