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November 5, 2015


Columbus State selected for AACC Pathways Project


Columbus State is one of only 30 colleges nationwide to be selected to participate in the Pathways Project led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The Pathways colleges are in urban, suburban and rural locations in 17 states, with fall headcount enrollments ranging from less than 3,000 to almost 60,000 students. In Ohio, Zane State College and Cuyahoga Community College will also participate.

The colleges will participate in the pathways institute series through spring 2018 and will work with expert coaches at those institutes. In addition, the colleges themselves will contribute to learning both across the initiative and across the community college field.  You can read more about this project here.


Rogiers named chair of Computer Sciences

Gloria Rogiers, professor in Computer Sciences, has been named chair of the department. “In concert with our Computer Sciences faculty, Gloria has made great strides in moving the department forward,” said Angelo Frole, dean of Business, Engineering and Technology. “Under Gloria’s leadership, a National Science Foundation Grant was approved for our Cybersecurity discipline. Gloria has led a pathway with community businesses and continues to look for new ways to assist students in their quest to be successful—both in the classroom and after graduation—with a career in Computer Science.  She is making a difference with our students, faculty and the college. Congratulations to Gloria on her promotion and for the outstanding direction she continues to pursue.”


Candidate open forums offered

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Services will host open sessions to meet the four candidates selected to be interviewed for Assistant Director of the College One Stop Center. The location for the following sessions will be announced later.

  • Monday, November 9, at 3:00 p.m. – Stacey Rogers
  • Tuesday, November 10, at 3:00 p.m. – Keith Coates
  • Thursday, November 12, at 3:00 p.m.  – Suzanne VonAhn
  • Friday, November 13, at 10:30 a.m.  – Misty Mahefkey


Elizaga interviewed on ABC 6

Psychology faculty Ron Elizaga was interviewed on WSYX/WTTE news speaking as an expert on how too much “screen time” for kids can be a problem. The piece aired November 3. See the full segment here:


Wetters Special guest Brent Wetters will perform and lecture at Columbus State.

Electronic Music concert is Nov. 20

The Autumn Semester Electronic Music class will perform a concert Friday, November 20, at 7:00 p.m. TL 123, with student performances and special guest, musicologist and composer Brent Wetters. The concert is a series of Homages to Maderna, plus works of instructor Rocco Di Pietro. Wetters will perform his own work and also give lectures on “Modern Music at Darmstadt” to Humanities classes on Thursday, November 19, at 2 p.m. in NH A202 and Friday, November 20, at 6 p.m. in NH A202, before the concert. “Brent’s doctoral dissertation is one of the best on modern music I have read, and everyone is invited to come and hear this important guest,” said Di Pietro.


Reminder: Concert Band performs Nov. 10

TheColumbus State Concert Band will perform its Fall Concert on Tuesday, November 10, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor. The guest soloist will be trombonist Joel Shonkwiler. Also on the program is the Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble who will perform two selections from Handel’s Fireworks Music and accompany “Ave Maria” from William Grant Still’s opera “Costaso," featuring vocal soloists Paul Oswalt, baritone, and Thomas Lloyd, tenor. The concert is free and open to the public.




Library hosts Calvo-Bono exhibit

The Library is pleased to welcome back noted local artistWilfred Calvo-Bono. Born in Cuba, Calvo-Bono received his architectural degree at Havana University. 

Calvo-Bono names the exhibit series “The Bad, The Sad and The Ugly.” His paintings combine alkyd, oil, acetate, plywood and aluminum, with an emphasis on material pollutants (chemical spills, toxic gases, etc.) and their consequences for the planet. Calvo-Bono feels that his works “create increasing awareness of the problems, with hope that they will receive more attention and generate the conditions for their lessening or elimination.”

The exhibition is displayed in the Library’s 1st floor gallery and will run the entire month of November.


“Water Pollution (Oil Spill)” by Wilfred Calvo-Bono


Bettinger, Welsh present on ESL strategies

Paul Bettinger, instructor in English as a Second Language (ESL), and Brett Welsh, director of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center, presented “Tips and Strategies for Preparing ESL Students for College” at a conference hosted Nov. 2 by the Columbus Global Academy for 150 ESL teachers and bilingual assistants working in Columbus Public Schools. The pair provided insights on applying to Columbus State, accessing available support services, and being successful in ESL courses. To learn more contact Brett Welsh.


at conference Jackie Teny-Miller, left, and Angela Fry presented at the National Organization for Human Services conference.

Faculty present at national conference

Jackie Teny-Miller, associate professor, and Angela Fry, assistant professor in Social and Human Services, presented at the National Organization for Human Services annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. last week. Their session, titled “Transforming Lives, the Work Force and Communities through Education” focused on the post-secondary education certificate programs for individuals with developmental disabilities offered by their department.

The two shared stories of several Columbus State students who have completed these programs and are now working as assistants in agencies that provide services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. The session was well attended by educators who hope to bring similar certificate programs to their campuses and communities.




Faculty exhibit at transportation and engineering conference

Bortz at conference

Associate Professor Dean Bortz, right, shows the Construction Sciences booth to Tony Tailor, president of Exactdimensions-3d, left, and Jerry Wray, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation, center.

Construction Sciences faculty members Jon Link, Alden Jenkins, Dr. Margaret Owens, David Busch, and Dean Bortz attended last week’s 69th Annual Ohio Transportation and Engineering Conference to promote Columbus State with their exhibit of programs.

More than 3,500 attendees stopped to talk about the programs and opportunities Columbus State offers to industry professionals, manufacturers and public entities, including the post-baccalaureate surveying certificate which provides a two-semester pathway to pre-Professional Surveyor credentials, as well as preview a Summer Semester 2016 Special Topics course on the use of drones for design, construction and facilities management. 

More than 50 Columbus State students also attended the conference to gain insight into this segment of the design-build industry, to apply for internships, and to network through 258 vendor displays and 328 technical presentations!





Reminder: Mobile mammography screening offered Nov. 12

Appointments are still available for The James Care Mammography mobile screening on Thursday, November 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 11-S lot across from Nestor Hall.  To make an appointment for screening, call the James Care Mammography scheduling department at (614) 293-4455 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

‘Strengthsfinder’ Workshops offered Nov. 13 and 18
Recognizing your strengths and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success. Two StrengthsFinder workshops will be offered in November:

Win with Your Strengths,
Friday, November 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This workshop is an introduction to strengths-based language where you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others.  Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.” Seats are limited. Register

Put Your Strengths to Work,
Wednesday, November 18, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
In this workshop you will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy, and learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths, as well as the strengths of others on your team.  Register

For more information, contact Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention at ext. 5297. 



Encourage students to help each other through ‘Base Groups’

Many faculty use cooperative learning methods in their classes. One method is a Cooperative Base Group. In a workshop about the method on Friday, December 11, you will learn what base groups are, how and when to create them, how to use them, and what your responsibilities are to these groups. Do you want your students to monitor their own learning and study habits with the support of their classmates?  Would you like to create a stronger sense of community within your classroom? Then you might want to try creating base groups in your classes. Register here for the workshop, led by Elizabeth Betzel, Mathematics, and Elizabeth Hammond, Psychology, on Dec. 11 from 2-3 pm.  Before the class you will be sent a link to about 30 minutes of advance viewing and reading. Questions? Contact Rich James.



Pay processing period shortened during holiday

A few things to keep in mind for the pay period ending November 15, 2015 (Pay day November 30, 2015):

  • Employee web-time entry is due Monday, November 16, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Tuesday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m.
  • All payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Monday, November 16, at 5:00 p.m.

Due to the shortened processing time with the Thanksgiving holiday, anything received after this time will be posted to the November 30 pay period, for the December 15 pay date.





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