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May 11, 2015


One thousand+ earn degrees at May 8 commencement

The president of The Ohio State University, Dr. Michael Drake, addressed the graduates at last Friday's Spring Commencement, held at the Celeste Center at the Ohio Fairgrounds. Graduates and their guests heard inspiring stories of overcoming life's barriers from both President Harrison and President Drake at the ceremony. This video of some highlights of the ceremony was produced by Mark Van Horn, in Marketing and Communications.


'Unsung hero' keeps Budget Office running smoothly


Karen Riley was the "last one standing" in a three-person Budget Office last year, and had to assume the lion's share of the work preparing a revised budget, in the middle of preparing the subsequent year's budget, according to Terri Gehr, Sr. VP and CEO.

"She welcomed a new director in the midst of this work, assimilated her into the work, put in long hours including nights and weekends, and demonstrated a positive attitude and the best of teamsmanship," says Gehr. "She is one of the college's unsung heroes."

"A big part of her Columbus State spirit is one of continuously improving," says Kelly Weir, her supervisor, who nominated Riley for the Staff Employee of the Month Award. "Four years ago Columbus State was planning its budget through use of a paper process. Karen was integral in moving the college to Team Dynamix and spreadsheets. She provided clear and thorough presentations to every cost center manager on campus."

"Karen is a team player with a great attitude; someone who loves her work and loves to make systems and budgeting understandable," continues Weir. "She is nerdy in the best sense of the word, in that she gets super excited over technological advances in our work."

"When People Admin was retired this past fall, Karen volunteered to maintain the complete library of position control number information in her own database," says Kimberly Hall, VP and General Counsel. "She consulted with our IT staff, and they developed an efficient method for business partners to access the database. She also facilitated a compression planning session that launched our data governance project work. Karen is always very helpful and responsive and she provides exemplary service to the HR Department. She is truly an asset to the college."


Part-time Admissions advisor advocates for students


Scott Rombauer demonstrates exceptional flexibility in his role as a "pool" advisor, where he works in multiple departments—sometimes two areas in one day—including Admissions, Academic Advising, and in the upper level of Madison Hall with student assistance, according to his supervisor Tari Blaney.

"Scott serves as an advisor at both the Columbus Campus and the Regional Learning Centers. He takes charge of ensuring his knowledge and skills are current and the information he provides to students is accurate. Scott not only identifies issues and ways we can improve processes or services, but he takes initiative to address them and volunteers to provide training and other types of support to others who are helping students," says Blaney.

"I can plug Scott in wherever we need help and I always have complete confidence that he will successfully and thoroughly complete each task. He is a leader who plugs himself in wherever he sees a need, and just takes care of business without needing to be asked," says Blaney.

"Scott exemplifies first-class customer service to students and staff because of his flexibility adaptability, and willingness to go the extra mile," says Lakesha Williams, who nominated Rombauer for the Part-Time Staff Employee of the Month award. "Scott is a restorer of hope in the lives of numerous students, and bring joy and laughter to his colleagues! He is a skilled problem solver who has taught me that "pain shared is pain lessened."


COTA online open house extended

If you didn't get to check out the online public open house for the proposed Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, then you're in luck because COTA has extended it for two more weeks.

Join the conversation by visiting The online public open house will be available 24 hours a day through May 21 at 5:00 p.m. The information is the same as presented at the in-person meeting, including an introduction video, online comment card and visuals of the improvements involved with the enhanced service.

Please share this information with your neighbors, friends, colleagues and constituents to help us promote and build awareness about the project. Check back at for the latest updates!


Rhyan named winner of Foster Alum and Educator Award


Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership, was honored by the Successful Survivors Foundation, Inc. as a winner of the 2015 Successful Survivors Foundation Awards in the categories of Foster Alum and Educator. She was featured in an article for Foster Focus Magazine. See more at:




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Staff Appreciation Raffle posts results

The Staff Advisory Council thanks all department that contributed to the recent raffle. If your ticket is a winner listed below, contact Cindy Klimek or Doug Rellick to claim your prize.

From Marketing and Communications: (2) Large Columbus State bag and pen 585065 – 584671

From the Conditioning Center: (2) Assorted gift sets 584817 – 585098

From the Dental Hygiene Clinic: (2) Crest tooth paste sets 584645 – 584956

From the Bookstore: (2) Candy jars, ear buds and $15.00 book store gift cards 584619 – 585127

From the Massage Clinic: (2) massages 584913 – 584934

From AVI: (5) $7.00 coupons 585062 – 585107 – 584891 – 585020 – 584981

From Barnes and Noble: (1) $25.00 Gift Card 584976

From the Conditioning Center: (2) Healthy Life Coaching and Personal Training Sessions 584907 -585048

From Hospitality Management: (2) Christopher's certificate 585092 – 584929

From Delaware Campus AVI: (3) $7.00 coupons 584894 – 584935 – 584951

From Columbus Campus Facilities Management: (6) Parking Permits (2) Summer 2015 585041 – 584985 (2) Fall 2015 585082 – 584629 (2) Spring 2016 584792 - 584928




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