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April 14, 2016


New project tracking system no problem for specialist


Nancy Buza, specialist in Enterprise Application Integration, has worked at Columbus State for nearly 27 years, so when an antiquated project tracking system in IT needed to be replaced, she didn’t blink an eye. Lots and lots of data had to be transferred to the new system, so Buza was asked to assist, and “she took the task and ran with it!” said Betty Richardson, who nominated Buza for Staff Employee of the Month.

Buza was given the SEOM award at the April First Wednesday meeting on April 4. She started at Columbus State in 1989 in the Word Processing Department, where she worked for 19 years. She then moved into Quality Assurance for seven years at Enterprise App Services and currently works as a Document Management System Specialist.

“Over the years, the Lotus Notes server had become a security risk for IT and not good for the college,” explained Richardson. “As busy as (our) office has been, we could not enter all of the old projects into the new system and still meet the deadline.  Nancy was asked to assist the team with the data transference.”

“Nancy has very positive attitude and is more than willing to assist her coworkers in IT with whatever is needed,” continued Richardson. “When we couldn’t answer our questions through email, I would go to her office and work through her interpreter to resolve the issues.” (Buza is deaf.)

The IT team met the deadline to transition the server, with more than 2,100 projects converted to a new system, and “this would not have been possible without Nancy’s assistance,” said Richardson.


You are invited to the Student Central Grand Opening

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It’s been over a year in the making, and Student Central is now complete – upstairs and down!

Join us for a celebration to see our newly renovated space, devoted to serving our students. The Student Central Grand Opening will be held in Madison Hall, Friday, April 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The celebration will begin with remarks from President Harrison, Dean Desiree Polk-Bland, and student Jessica Eberly about the role of Student Central in the promotion of student success. Immediately following, Student Central staff will be stationed throughout the building to answer questions and talk about the first three months in operation. Light refreshments will be provided.


Faculty participation requested for New Student Orientation

The Center for Advising, Support and Exploration (CASE) staff members are excited to have the opportunity to expand the New Student Orientation program by involving faculty in the events this summer. 

Selected faculty will have the opportunity to provide a brief welcome to our new Columbus State students and explain the expectations of a college classroom, as well as provide a “mock” classroom experience for parents and family members. 

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please complete the Faculty Application for New Student Orientation so that CASE staff can learn more about you and your interests. Contact Molly Ward, assistant director, for more information.


Supplemental Instruction offers 18 percent improvement in success

Did you know that students who make use of Supplemental Instruction (SI) at Columbus State are on average 18 percent more successful than those who do not? Through SI at Columbus State, your students can develop and enhance their learning strategies.

Generally used for historically difficult courses, SI is peer led by a Supplemental Instruction Leader. The faculty-recommended SI leader facilitates group study sessions where students can ask questions and develop a deeper understanding of course content.  SI leaders are trained to use collaborative learning strategies to develop students’ abilities to become efficient and effective learners.

By involving students in the learning process, SI can unlock the student’s learning potential during the term and beyond.  To learn more about how to get an SI Leader in your class, please contact Mr. Lynn Giese, tutoring coordinator, at ext. 2474.

Giese will also offer a breakout session on Supplemental Instruction during In-Service Day, April 21.


Medical Imaging Team places second in statewide Quiz Bowl

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Quiz Bowl team members were, from left, Denice Morrison, Jennifer Toth, Halie Bradley, Jessica Stotler, Jacob Slocum, Advisor Amy Parry and Jason Schaadt.

Columbus State’s Medical Imaging Team won second place at the Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists Quiz Bowl April 9.  Seventeen teams participated in the double elimination competition, including teams from universities such as Ohio State, University of Cincinnati, and Kent State.

The team was led by clinical coordinators Amy Parry and Jeffery Rowe, and Jerry Tyree, program coordinator

After 33 rounds of questions that lasted all day, the winning team from Cuyahoga Community College edged out Columbus State, to produce a one-two finish for community colleges!





Chorus to perform Spring Concert

Chorus Columbus State will present its Spring 2016 Concert, Sunday, May 1, at 3:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St. This event is free and open to the public. A selection of student vocalists and soloists will perform works by composers Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Gustav Holst, Francis Poulenc, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Celebrate May Day with Chorus Columbus State!


PONO Champion named

Diversity Services has recognized Jamie Minor, specialist in Admissions, as the 2016 PONO Champion. PONO is a semester-long, cohort-based program that allows employee and student participants to discuss their own experiences with topics like race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and more. Each year, a “champion” is determined by fellow participants and facilitators. As the 2016 PONO Champion, Minor will have the opportunity to introduce next year’s keynote speaker at the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. To learn more about PONO  go online here or contact Sarah Baker.


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Lots of April and May reminders!flowers



Women's Leadership Summit is Saturday

Columbus State employees are invited to attend the Women’s Connection Leadership Summit, Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.  Registration for the conference is online here.

In-Service Day is April 21 
Afternoon breakout sessions: The list of afternoon breakout sessions is posted. It includes 27 different “College Knowledge” sessions. See the list here.

Annual Writers Conference to be held April 26
The 13th Annual Writers Conference will be held Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The 2016 Writers Conference is free of charge and registration is not required.

Speaker Series on East Asia offered April 27
Columbus State and The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center will present “Made in China: Where Does Your Stuff Come From?” with Patrick McAloon, partner with SinoConnect, on Wednesday, April 27, at 12:00 p.m. in TL 112. The event is free and open to the public.

Free produce market is April 27
Community and Civic Engagement is once again partnering with Mid-Ohio Foodbank to offer a free Fresh Produce Market on the Columbus State campus Wednesday, April 27, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on the center courtyard.

Attend the Urban Male Summit April 28
You are invited to participate in Columbus State’s first Urban Male Summit on Thursday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public. The Urban Male Summit is focused on informing and empowering urban males (high school and beyond) and their support systems. Click here to register for the Summit.

Employee Giving Campaign ends May 1
As a member of the Columbus State family, you understand the many challenges faced by our students. By contributing to the annual Employee Giving Campaign, which runs through May 1, you can take your work to another level and make a difference in the life of a deserving student. Please donate!

First Wednesday scheduled for May 2
The First Wednesday meeting for May will be held on a Monday, May 2, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  Please make a note of it.  The meeting will be live streamed for those not able to attend in person.

Ohio’s first Poet Laureate to present May 3
The first Poet Laureate for the state of Ohio will visit Columbus State for a reading in May.

Amit Majmudar, MD was named to the two-year honorary position of Ohio’s Poet Laureate in December by Gov. John Kasich. Majmudar will come to Columbus State for a reading on Tuesday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Library’s Multimedia Studio.

Combined charitable giving campaign runs through May 6
Columbus State’s annual charitable giving campaign will continue through May 6, allowing employees to donate to a favorite charity within five charitable federations. You can find the list of agencies and their donation codes in the Donor Resource Guide online. After you have selected a charity, you can find the Employee Pledge Form online.

Still time to register for Cougar Challenge 5K on May 7
Get your department team together and enter the annual Cougar Challenge 5K run or walk, which will be held Saturday, May 7, at Gahanna’s McCorkle Park. The proceeds benefit book scholarships at Columbus State, so enter online here:


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Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.