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September 21, 2015


Donate gently used books to support student scholarships!


This week, the Columbus State Bookstore will be collecting books in good condition, including children’s books, best-sellers, cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction books, to help raise funds for student scholarships. Donated books will be sold at a special section of the Bookstore for $5 and under, and the proceeds given to the Columbus State Foundation to fund scholarships. You can bring your books to the Bookstore at the Columbus Campus, or donate at the Delaware Campus or any Regional Learning Center. The Book Drive runs through Friday, September 25.







Teasley and Cashon

Michelle Teasley-Parks, left, and Denise Cashon, right, prepare to present their session at the NCTA Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, September 11.

College Testing Services presents at national conference

Denise Cashon, supervisor of Community and Professional Testing, and Michelle L. Teasley-Parks, director of College Testing Services, presented a session at the National College Testing Association (NCTA) 2015 Conference September 11.  At the live-streamed session, Cashon and Teasley-Parks discussed the advantages of their two departments becoming one, and how testing services were expanded at Columbus State as a result.

In her new role as Chairperson of the NCTA- Test Center Certification Committee, Teasely-Parks also gave a presentation to conference attendees about certification of their departments. Testing Center Certification assures that colleges are upholding high standards for test security and integrity within the classroom and outside the classroom. 



Christopher’s opens Oct. 1

Treat yourself to adelicious lunch or dinner at the Hospitality students’ restaurant, Christopher’s, which will be open on Thursdays, starting October 1, in the lower level of Eibling Hall.  You can check out the menus online here.


Reminder: Staff Convocation is Sept. 25

Staff Convocation will be held on Friday, September 25, in the Delaware Hall gymnasium on the Columbus Campus from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for the purpose of updating staff on the state of the College. All full- and part-time non-faculty employees who normally work during these hours should plan to attend unless your supervisor has asked you to remain at your work station to provide critical campus and student services, since campus is not closed and classes are still in session. Departments who plan to close should use appropriate signage and provide advance notice to students, wherever possible.

Ushers needed for Staff Convocation: Volunteers are still 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.



Health Rewards Program briefing offered Sept. 24

Fulltime employees with United Healthcare coverage will have an opportunity to go through the Health Rewards Program web portal and ask questions about the program on Thursday, September 24, at 12:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall 214. If you are a new user of Health Rewards and have never logged on to the site, bring your UHC insurance card to the session. 

Employees and spouses or domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight (8) wellness points in the Health Rewards Program to maintain the 20 percent contribution. Without the points, the employee contribution rises to 30 percent. You can access your points by logging on to, under “Health & Wellness.” The current point cycleis July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. For more information about Health Rewards or the briefing, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.

Reminder: ‘A Conversation with Distinguished Teachers’ is Oct. 2

Join our recent Distinguished Teaching Award winners Friday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. for an afternoon of conversation about outstanding teaching. Our Distinguished Teachers will share what they have found to be the secrets to their teaching success then we will open the conversation to all. All four 2015 winners will on the panel: Stephen Logan, assistant professor in English; Jeff Richardson, associate professor in Biological and Physical Sciences; Rick Miller, adjunct instructor in the Humanities; and Melissa Logue, assistant professor in the Modern Languages.Register

‘Dealing with Difficult Students’ is Oct. 6

This workshop on Tuesday, October 6, at 1:00 p.m. and facilitated by David Tom, associate professor of Psychology, will focus on both prevention and interventions for behavioral challenges within the classroom.  As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and there are some tried and true methods for minimizing the likelihood that disruptions will happen in class.  But sometimes tough situations arise even with the best preventative measures in place, so it’s important to know what to do when those situations occur. Join us for a discussion and then an interactive workshop on how to handle some of the most frequently encountered behavioral difficulties. Register

And there are still seats remaining for Speed Diversity Dialogue and Understanding Microaggressions.




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