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September 10, 2015


Stolen book bag finds its way back to class thanks to residents and professor

bookbag picture

Earlier this week, Automotive Technology associate professor Mark Mitchell had a voicemail from someone who had found a college backpack strewn in the street of her neighborhood. The individual found no ID, but a syllabus from an automotive class was inside, and she called Mitchell to see if he could help identify the owner of the bag, which contained new textbooks still wrapped in plastic.  “She explained they were aware of the expense that textbooks can be, and wanted to try to return the bag to the student, if possible” said Mitchell.

MitchellMark Mitchell

After surveying the students enrolled in the particular class and finding no one missing a book bag, Mitchell thought he’d hit a dead end, but the next day in a different class, a dejected student asked for copies of class paperwork because someone “had stolen” his bag from his car. Mitchell asked him to identify the bag, and sure enough, the mystery was solved and the student got his class materials back.  “It turns out she lives just a couple of blocks away from the student,” said Mitchell. “He left my office to retrieve his belongings and to express his thanks to some very kind people. In this day and age, it sure is nice to find people who care!”



Reminder: Student Success initiatives featured at day-long seminar Sept. 11

All Columbus State staff and faculty are invited to attend “Showcasing Student Success,” a day-long celebration of the many student success initiatives currently underway at the college. 

Come and learn about innovative projects designed to foster student connection, progress, completion, and workforce development such as Peer Mentoring, Placement Boot Camps, BluePrint workshops, Financial Aid TV, Early Alert, Speed Diversity Dialogue, Generation One Trailblazers, Moving to Scale, Writing Center for Credit, Online Tutoring, and College Credit Plus!

This special event will take place on Friday, September 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

President Harrison will provide an opening presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by a student panel facilitated by Renee Hill. You may attend all day or drop in for specific sessions: Session schedule and registration. The full conference program is online as well.


Day of Service volunteer registration is open

The third annual Columbus State Day of Service will be held on Tuesday, September 22, kicking off with an on-campus breakfast (7:45-8:15 a.m.) before departure to perform community service activities at 8:30 a.m. There will not be a General Session prior to the community service activities this year.

The Service Opportunities are listed in OrgSync (The Columbus State Hub), where you will be able to see the charitable organization, the type of service project being offered, the hours of the activity, and the number of volunteer spots available.


Staff and Administrators Convocation is September 25, ushers needed

The Staff and Administrators Convocation with President Harrison will be held on Friday, September 25, from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. The Convocation will include an update on college activities and look ahead to the coming academic year. Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers at the event.  If you are interested please contact Steven Zelenka at ext. 5075, or Marsha Phillips at ext. 5621.


Gospel Music Heritage month celebration is tonight!

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will host a special event tonight, Thursday, September 10, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The event is free and open to the public.

The event, “The State of Gospel Music in the 21st Century" will provide a flashback to gospel music greats, with special guests including radio personality Alvis Moore, the Barnett Rec Center Youth Mime team, and the SELAH dance troupe.

The Gospel Vocal Ensemble will also perform at the Columbus GospelFest, Saturday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m. in Franklin Park, 1755 E. Broad Street.


HR Forum scheduled for Sept. 14

The Human Resources Department will hold an Open Forum to update employees on a new College procedure necessitated by recent actions at the federal level pertaining to Title IX, the Clery Act and the Violence against Women Act (VAWA). The Open Forum will be held in the Center for Workforce Development, Room 407 on Monday, September 14, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

You may review a draft of the proposed procedure online:  Procedure 3-44 (A): SEXUAL MISCONDUCT. The forum will also be live streamed at Log in with the password: cougars.

If you have any questions or comments, please submit them to on or before September 22, 2015.



Promotion and Tenure Portfolio Workshops offered

The new Promotion and Tenure Policy was approved at the July Board meeting.  All the 2015-2016 Promotion and Tenure documents and resources are now available online.

Tenure-track faculty who are submitting or reviewing portfolios in the coming year and who didn’t attend a portfolio workshop this summer, please plan to attend one of the following Portfolio Workshops: 

  • Wednesday, September 16, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in DH 408
  • Friday, September 25, from 2-4 p.m. in the Library Media Center
  • Wednesday, September 30, from 3-5 p.m. (location TBA)

Bring specific portfolio documents and/or questions to discuss during the last 30-45 minutes of each session.  Please contact your Promotion and Tenure Faculty Fellows Tom Shanahan, Leslie Smith, or Holly Finnegan for more information.


Reminder: SafeZone workshops offered fall semester

logoSafeZone is a series of interactive workshops to help students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. In each SafeZone training session participants are challenged to listen, share and grow. The workshop schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, September 16 - SafeZone 101, 2:00-4:30 p.m. in WD 415
Friday, October 16 - SafeZone 101, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in WD 402
Wednesday, October 28 - SafeZone Sexual Identity, 2:00-4:30 p.m., Location TBD 
Friday, November 13 - SafeZone Special Topic, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Location TBD

Employees may sign up here: .


Developmental Education Conference to be held Nov. 6; proposals, moderators still needed

The Ohio Association for Developmental Education (OADE) Conference Call for Presentation Proposals and conference registration is now open. The one-day conference will be held in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD, on Friday, November 6. The conference theme is “Developmental Education Matters.”

The conference committee invites employees to submit proposals related to the improvement of programs, curriculum, and courses in Developmental Education. Proposals are due by Tuesday, September 15.  To access the proposal form, go online here.

Moderators are also needed for the conference. To participate as a moderator, go online here. Moderator forms are due by Thursday, October 15.

OADE Board members Nancy Ziminski and Ellen Stadler from the Developmental Education Department are serving as conference co-chairs. Students from the Hospitality Management Program will cater the event. For general conference information and registration, go online here or email



Join Weight Watchers at Work, starting Sept. 29

Working together just got a lot more exciting!  Stay motivated to reach your weight-loss goals with your co-workers.  Join Weight Watchers at Work by attending the first meeting, Tuesday, September 29, at 12:00 p.m. in WD202. Meetings are held every Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. for 17 weeks.

With Weight Watchers at Work, you’ll benefit from e-Tools, an Internet weight-loss companion, as well as Simple Start –the two-week starter plan to help you lose weight right away. Fulltime employees who attend 15 of the 17 meetings will receive 50 percent of their membership fee reimbursed. For more information, contact Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover.

Myers-Briggs workshop offered Sept. 21

An Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator will be offered Monday, September 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Participants will discover their individual types as determined by the Myers-Briggs assessment, and learn to understand its implications, uses and applications for personal and professional growth.  


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


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

July 16 - Abby Peterson, Systems Specialist in Business and College Services
August 3 - Trenton Edwards, Specialist in Human Resources
August 3 - Nichole Lyday, Advisor in Military and Veteran Services
August 17 - Ashley Sweaney, Supervisor in Career Services
August 17 - Alissa Price, Coordinator in Disability Services
August 17 - Molly Sheils, Supervisor in Disability Services
August 31 - Yvette Johnson, Instructor in Surgical Technology
August 31 - Lori Woods, Instructor, Interpreter Education Program
August 31 - Melissa Marmie, Instructor in Business Management
August 31 - Patricia Brown, Instructor in Nursing
August 31 - Sabrina Becker, Annually Contracted Faculty in Medical Assisting
August 31 - Emi Arima, Annually Contracted Faculty in Mathematics
August 31 - Danny Byas, Annually Contracted Faculty in Mechanical Engineering Technology
August 31 - Russell Dougherty, Annually Contracted Faculty in Skilled Trades
September 1 - Autumn Altizer, Assistant in Disability Services
September 1 - Robert Cowles, Advisor in College Credit Plus, Advising Services
September 1 - Dennis Trzeciak, Annually Contracted Faculty in Accounting
September 1 - Jacqueline Lovelace, Annually Contracted Faculty in Real Estate
September 1 - Charlie Boss, Program Coordinator in School and Community Partnerships
September 1 - Heather Tober, Site Specialist in Transitional Workforce
September 1 - Jamie Lynn Carlisle, Site Specialist in Transitional Workforce
September 1 - Janell Jones, Advisor in Advising Services
September 1 - Joshua Maher, Advisor in Advising Services
September 1 - Debbie Smith, Office Associate in the President’s Office
September 1 - Jennifer Miller, Advisor in Advising Services


Office Associate in Automotive and Applied Technologies – Requisition No. 448
Enrollment and Student Services Manager in College Credit Plus – Requisition No. 484
Annually Contracted Faculty (RN) in Nursing – Requisition No. 492




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