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September 8, 2015


September SEOM

Lost wallet brings out dispatcher’s compassion

Fred with President

When an 11-year-old on a school field trip to campus lost a wallet containing her birthday money, Police dispatcher Fred Douglas took the tearful call. After promising to check and re-check the Lost and Found, and follow up with the youngster, Douglas realized he had to do something more.

When no wallet turned up in the following days, Douglas wrote a heartfelt note to his coworkers, asking them to help replace the young lady’s birthday money. “I am getting paid tomorrow, however I can’t give her the whole $132 that she lost. If you can donate something I’m sure she’d appreciate it,” wrote Douglas.

Within days, the fund surpassed the amount by almost $50, and Douglas happily reported that the little girl was overjoyed to recover her birthday money, returning with her grandmother to bring the whole department a thank-you card and a box of chocolates.

“Fred made a difference to all those impacted by the little girl’s misfortune, by caring and displaying an amazing amount of heart and compassion. He took personal initiative to impact a young person’s life and show her that good does exist in the world,” wrote Jeff Dodge, in his nomination for Staff Employee of the Month. “The ripples from the pebble that Fred threw into the pond will no doubt be felt by many and for a very long time!”


September Part-time SEOM

‘Encore’ career in Testing Center challenges part-time coordinator

Vera with President

After her retirement, Vera Beslin came to work part-time in 2007 at the Columbus State Testing Center. But all her skills and mettle were put to the test this past spring semester, when just after Finals Week, more than 600 high school students needed to be tested for college readiness before a June 1 deadline from College Credit Plus.

“As placement coordinator for College Credit Plus, Vera uses all her professional skills: organization, creativity, effective communication, training and delivery,” says Michelle Teasley-Parks, director.

“This spring was the culmination of it all. Vera responded to a desperate call from me and changed her vacation plans to come into work for more testing to get it all accomplished! It is my sincere belief that, had Vera not been as committed to her work, some schools might have backed out of our high school initiative,” says Teasley-Parks. “She is a saint!”





service scene

Day of Service volunteer options now available

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 now 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.

If you need help with registration, visit the Quick Start Guide to The Columbus State Hub here:


Developmental Education hosts Open House

students at open house A student and his mother talk to Lauren Jones, reading/writing instructor, (in blue) about his reading course for fall semester. Reading adjunct instructors Joe Foster and Rebecca Baker are also pictured.

The Developmental Education Department recently hosted their second annual Open House for new students and their families. More than 100 new students and 40 supporters, family and friends attended to meet instructors, find classrooms, and learn more about Columbus State resources. Students were invited to attend a series of activities tailored to the first day of school.

The event was a collaborative effort with two other departments. Financial Aid Director David Metz, Assistant Director Marcus Jackson, and Financial Aid Advisor Regina Harper met with students to answer individual questions, and and Sciences Academic Advisor Kristen Holland assisted students with their schedules. “The event was a perfect opportunity for students to connect with instructors, learn about the department, and familiarize themselves with the Columbus State community,” said Department Chair Celeste Bland.




Best-selling author Wil Haygood to speak Oct. 29

Award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood will speak on the Columbus State Community College campus about his new book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination That Changed America.” The book, from Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, will be released on September 15. Haygood’s visit will launch a year of activity at Columbus State dedicated to exploring race in America.

Thurgood Marshall brought down the separate-but-equal doctrine, integrated schools, and not only fought for human rights and human dignity but also made them impossible to deny in the courts and in the streets. In a new biography, Haygood surpasses the emotional impact of his inspiring bestseller “The Butler” to detail the life and career of one of the most transformative legal minds of the past 100 years.

book cover

In the book, Haygood creates a provocative and moving look at Marshall’s life as well as the politicians, lawyers, activists, and others who shaped—or desperately tried to stop—the civil rights movement of the twentieth century.

Haygood will speak on Thursday, October 29, at 11:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center. A book signing will follow his presentation.

The appearance by Wil Haygood is part of a series of civil rights-related events the college will showcase this academic year called “Courageous Conversations,” which are facilitated group discussions about race-related issues. The college will also host a Thurgood Marshall Supreme Court case exhibit, “32 Arguments that Changed America,” in the Columbus State Library, October 10 – January 9, 2016.







Two workshops offered on diversity issues

The 2015-16 Faculty Enrichment and Onboarding series will include two workshops that support creating learning climates that are culturally inclusive. Companion workshops are also offered for Columbus campus non-faculty, and all employees of the Delaware campus. These programs, in combination with others, can lead to a renewable certificate in diversity issues. More details will be announced soon.

"Speed Diversity Dialogue®: A Multicultural Excellence Workshop,” will help us increase awareness of diversity, empathy, social inclusion, value of ethnic and cultural differences, and cultural sensitivity. “Understanding Micro-aggressions In Daily Life” will help us understand the “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral and environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults to the target person or group (Sue et al., 2007).”

Learn more about Speed Diversity Dialogue, and register for September 18 (intended for faculty), October 2 (intended for non-faculty) or October 15 (for all Delaware campus employees).

Learn more about Understanding Micro-aggressions, and register for October 23 (faculty), November 6 (non-faculty) and November 12 (Delaware employees).

For more information contact Rich James, at ext. 2175.



September Matrix Monitor available

In the new issue of Matrix Monitor, you can read articles about reducing your cholesterol, preventing teen diabetes, determining if you are a “morning or night person,” and much more!




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