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May 26, 2015


Columbus State alum to lead Justice and Safety Department


Curt Laird, Ph.D. has been named Chair of the Department of Justice and Safety. A 1995 alumnus of the Sport and Exercise Studies Department, Laird returns to Columbus State with a wealth of experience in higher education.

Most recently Dr. Laird was an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator at Wingate University, where he was named Sport Management Educator of the Year in 2014 by his discipline’s state association. Prior to Wingate, Curt was an Assistant Chair at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Dr. Laird also held instructional roles at the University of Charleston, W.Va., Winthrop University, Ohio University, and in an adjunct capacity at Columbus State.

Laird earned his Ph.D. at Ohio University in 2003 and also holds a master’s degree from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree from Shawnee State University. He was also an inaugural inductee to the Columbus State Sport and Exercise Studies Hall of Fame in 2006. 

Dr. Laird serves on the Board of Commissioners for Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), a national agency charged with accreditation for the sport management discipline. He led two successful accreditation efforts for his own programs at Wingate (2013) and Winthrop Universities (2012). Dr. Laird’s primary area of research is assessment in higher education, but he is also practiced in curriculum development and accreditation. A native of Groveport, Ohio, Laird says he is excited about returning to the area and working at his alma mater Columbus State.


Library honors memory of Aminah Robinson

Robinson with mural

With Friday’s passing of the beloved and respected Columbus artist Aminah Robinson, 75, the Library is proud to honor her memory by running a slide show on each of its large screens on floors 1, 2 and 3.  Also, all are invited to stop by the Library’s permanent gallery on the second floor to view several of the artist’s original works.

As recounted in Sunday’s Columbus Dispatch, “All her life, artist Aminah Robinson observed. As a young girl, she watched the people who lived in her public-housing project on the Near East Side, drawing and painting them on wood her father gave her. She traveled through Africa, absorbing the continent’s history and adopting an African name.” Read the article in its entirety here.


Dispatch article lauds dual enrollment programs

Monday’s Dispatch featured an article on dual enrollment programs titled “Savvy students get credits, save cash for college,” which detailed this growing trend in area high schools, and mentioned a number of area students who earned college credits from Columbus State. You can read the full article here.


Workshops offer eight keys to successful students

students on campusWhat do successful students do that struggling students do not? 

The nationally recognized On Course Workshop has distilled lessons from education, psychology, business and personal improvement into eight principles for academic success. You have the opportunity to learn about these and more when On Course comes to Columbus State for three days of workshops June 22-24.There are still spaces remaining, so if you intend to register, please do so by June 1 so we can order materials based on our registration numbers.

These workshops are ideal for instructors in all disciplines, student services personnel who work directly with students, and administrators charged with academic programming and retention.  Contact Rich James, ext. 2175, for more information.

TheTwo-Day Introductory Workshop (Register), June 22-23, provides a foundation in learner-centered education and practical and proven educational strategies that can be implemented immediately.


The Stay on Course in a Diverse World workshop (Register), June 24, helps college educators implement On Course principles and practices with culturally diverse students. Participants will learn to use the On Course success principles and learner-centered instructional strategies to strengthen culturally responsive teaching and student support skills.


Next ‘College Knowledge’ session is May 29

Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. To help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives, the Human Resources Department has launched a new onboarding and orientation program called the College Knowledge series.

The next session is the General Counsel Division which includes Human Resources, the Police Department, Legal and Board Relations, Friday May 29, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 404.  Please join us at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and informal conversation as well. Can’t make it that day? Each division will present twice per year. Mark your calendars now for the dates below and register to participate.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Thomas, assistant director of Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.

Upcoming sessions:

General Counsel/Human Resources - May 29 
Business and Administrative Services - June 26 
Academic Affairs - July 31
Enrollment Mgmt. and Student Services - August 28 
Marketing and Communications -September 25
Information Technology – October 30



SAC Brown Bag Lunch is May 28

Staff Advisory Council will host their monthly Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, May 28, in the Bookstore first-floor lounge at noon.  The subject this month is “Budgeting, Money Management and Vacation Fund Planning” presented by Education First Credit Union.


Summer is almost here—get ready with Weight Watchers


Columbus State’s Weight Watchers at Work program is a great way to get ready for summer! The meetings are held conveniently at lunch time. The cost can be deducted from your pay check and the free e-tools include a smart phone app that allows you to track your progress throughout the program. And if you are a fulltime employee and attend nine of the 12 meetings you will be reimbursed half of the cost following the completion of the program! 

Columbus State’s next Weight Watchers at Work session will start Tuesday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 202, but we need you to sign up by Tuesday, May 26. If you are interested in joining Weight Watchers at Work this summer, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator.


Health Rewards Program briefings offered

All fulltime employees with UHC coverage are invited to attend a briefing about the Health Rewards Program. At the briefings, you will have an opportunity to go through the Health Rewards web portal and ask questions about the program. You should bring your UHC insurance card if you have never logged onto the site before.

The briefings will be held:

Thursday, May 28, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 209, and
Wednesday, June 3, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 209 

Employees and their spouses or domestic partners covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State are required to accumulate eight points per year under the Health Rewards Program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. You can access your current point totals by logging on to

For information on the Wellness Program and points accumulated between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, go online here.

For a tutorial on the program, go online here:

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.


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Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

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Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.