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May 7, 2015



Hall named Woman of the Week

Executive Elements, a nationally recognized company designed to build successful female leaders, has selected Kim Hall, vice president and general counsel, as the Woman of the Week. Hall is senior legal advisor to the President, and leads an operational division that includes the  Legal Office, Human Resources, Police Department and Board Relations. She is also President and Founder of the Olive Tree Foundation for Girls (OTFG), a non-profit organization that encourages the success of talented, economically disadvantaged young women who attend private schools. 

Executive Elements is a women’s executive coaching service that offers private and group leadership coaching and develops custom programs for companies looking to give their women executives a leading edge.



Library receives national award

TheColumbus State Library was named one of eight winners of the 2015 John Cotton Dana (JCD) Award, which honors excellence in library public relations.

The JCD Award is considered the most prestigious award of the American Library Association (ALA). The Library won the JCD Award for its 2014 Banned Books Week’s Exhibit the Right to Read campaign, which explored such themes as censorship and intellectual freedom. The campaign, initially made possible from a Freedom to Read Foundation Judith F. Krug Memorial Krug grant, gained national attention when the library’s “Which Banned Book Are You?” quiz went viral during fall semester. Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award at the ALA Annual Conference this June.


Student Employee of the Year selected


Amanda Patterson was named Student Employee of the Year at the fifth annual Student Employee of the Year Awards reception held April 17. A total of 18 student employees were nominated for the awards, from a variety of campus departments and community organization partners. 

Amanda, who is a Student ESL Afterschool Tutor, was selected for “her passion and dedication to the young students participating in the ESL Afterschool Communities program.”

Amanda’s nominator, Alexis Liebst, site specialist in ESL Afterschool Communities wrote, “The students adore Amanda. They run up to greet her every day after school lets out. She has gone above and beyond for the Somali students she works with each day and the impact she has had on them will last a lifetime.”

Patterson also shares her love for American Sign Language with the students of the ESL Afterschool Communities program by teaching them signs and fingerspelling.




SAC to host thank-you lunch


Staff Advisory Council wants to thank everyone for all of the hard work you do year round. As a small token of appreciation, Staff Advisory Council will host a free lunch for employees, with hot dogs, chips and beverages, at the Delaware Campus on Tuesday, May 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and at the Columbus Campus, Wednesday, May 13, also from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Both lunches will be outdoors in the courtyards. Don’t miss it!


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Earth Day tree planting at Delaware

 Mort Javadi, Ph.D., professor in Biological and Physical Sciences Department, and two of his Bio 1127- Environmental Science classes planted two trees on Delaware Campus on April 22 and 23, dedicated to Earth Day 2015.  Special thanks go out to the Delaware Campus grounds crew for assisting Javadi and his students.



Food service options over summer break

Food service options on campus for the weeks of May 11 and 18 include the Skyward Grille and the DX Café, which will both be open for regular hours.  Grab-and-Go sandwiches will be available daily. The Union Hall Food Court will not open during the break.


CREST Training Initiative draws to close

The Human Resources’ Equity and Compliance Unit launched the College Respect, Equity and Support Training (CREST) Initiative last March to help to cultivate a safe and healthy college work and learning environment. All full- and part-time faculty and staff are required to take several online training modules. Many have completed their modules; thank you for your participation.

All assigned courses were due to have been completed by May 1, and faculty and staff who have not yet completed their assigned modules will receive reminder emails with information on how to access the training. If you didn't get an invitation, it’s possible that it went into your “junk email” folder. If this is the case or if you have trouble accessing the training, please contact Sally Cooper at for assistance.


Save the Date for ‘The Power of Partnering’ June 12

Are you interested in opportunities to engage students with “real-world” experiences that benefit Delaware County?  Then please save the date for “The Power of Partnering” on Friday, June 12, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Moeller Hall Rooms 111/112 on the Columbus State Delaware Campus, sponsored by the faculty OAA Service-Learning Committee. 

Faculty and staff are invited to attend and learn about community needs in Delaware County, and identify ways students can serve the community while gaining hands-on experience with academic content.  In attendance will be representatives from a number of community agencies, as well as faculty who partner with such agencies through service-learning classes and projects.  There will be opportunities at this event to both receive information about Delaware County and service-learning, as well as for interaction with community agencies. 

Registration information will be announced summer term. 

If you currently conduct a service-learning or other type of project that includes experiential learning with non-profit agencies in Delaware County—and you would like to present at this event—please contact Nancy Pine for a spot on the program. 


Workshops offers eight keys to successful students

What 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.

The“Two-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. Participants will develop a specific plan to implement one or more strategies learned in the workshop. Participants will also receive access to a web source of hundreds of innovative ways the workshop strategies have been employed by other educators.

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 have the opportunity to increase their own awareness about concepts related to cultural and learning diversity through discussion and interaction, as well as to identify the conditions and strategies necessary to create relevant and engaging lessons that enable diverse students to learn well together. Participants also learn to use the On Course success principles and learner-centered instructional strategies to strengthen culturally responsive teaching skills.

If you engage students in or out of the classroom, or support those who do, you are welcome to participate. Lunch for all days is on your own. Participating all three days is recommended but not required.


logoNews from the Discovery District

National “Bike to Work Day” will take place on Friday, May 15, rain or shine. The City of Columbus has planned several group riding routes that will converge on Columbus Commons for a celebration at 8:00 a.m. Mayor Michael B. Coleman will ride with the group that has the most committed riders. Last year more than 400 riders participated. More information can be found at CoGo bike rentals is celebrating National Bike Month and Bike to Work Day too, with a $25 discount good May 10 - 16 all new members.

Community Relations Commission program is May 15
The City of Columbus Community Relations Commission Presents the Lunch & Learn Series 2015 “Building Intergenerational Communities in the Workplace,” Friday, May 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at 1111 East Broad St. To R.S.V.P., please visit:

A free shuttle will be offered at 10:45 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The shuttle will pick up Columbus State students and employees outside Madison Hall.

This month’s featured Lunch & Learn panelists are Beth Flynn, OSU College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Leadership Center; Sandra L. Kellam, Director of Human Resources, Ohio Dept. of Commerce; Jo Youngs, Ohio Means Jobs Columbus Franklin County-COWIC; Theresa Ferguson, Franklin County Dept. of HR Training and Development; and Chandra Bell, Ph.D., LPCC-S, Director Career Services, Columbus State.


Read the May issue of UHC Wellness Online

May is High Blood Pressure Month, and you can read more about it in the May issue of United Health Care’s newsletter Wellness Online.

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E-cigs less than helpful
E-cigarettes (electronic vapor nicotine devices) probably won’t help you quit smoking tobacco, according to a recent study that found e-cigarette users 49 percent less likely to decrease cigarette use and 59 percent less likely to quit smoking compared with tobacco smokers who try to quit. One prediction did come true: Adolescents using e-cigarettes get hooked, and one third of them have never smoked real tobacco. Teen use of e-cigarettes rose 300 percent between 2013. 

Read this article and more in the May issue of Matrix Monitor, online here.




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