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April 18, 2016


Asbury to receive award from Ohio Chiefs of Police


Sean Asbury, Columbus State’s Chief of Police, will receive the 2016 Theodore S. Jones Service Award from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police at their annual Awards Program and Swearing-In Ceremony, Sunday, May 1.

The award is presented annually to a police chief who “provides extraordinary service to the mission and goals of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police; exemplifies personal integrity and the professional values and ethics espoused by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and contained within the Code of Ethics; and exemplifies the highest standards of leadership, organizational courage, and vision in impacting the profession of the office of the Chief of Police.”



Robotics Club wins at National Robotics Challenge

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Members of the new Columbus State Robotics Club, and their advisor Massood Rahimi, far right, show off some of their winning robots from the National Robotics Challenge held April 7-9 in Marion. The students won first and second places in the “Combat Robot” category, and third place in the “Mini SUMO Robot” category.  Combat robots compete to disable their opponents’ robots, and Sumo robots are designed to push the opposing robot out of the ring. The students designed their robots in Engineering II class and created the bodies on a 3D printer.


Students win scholarships from NASA

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Dean Bortz, associate professor in Construction Management, left, accompanied his students Michelle Webber and Joseph Wisner to the Ohio Aerospace Institution Symposium where they presented their research.

The NASA Ohio Space Grant Consortium, part of the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) and John Glenn Research Center, presented $1,000 scholarships to Construction Management students Joseph Wisner and Michelle Webber April 1 at the OAI 2016 Symposium. The symposium features poster presentations from pre-service teachers, and research from, two- and four-year students around the state in design, medical, education, engineering and technical areas. Joseph Wisner’s presentation focused on drone usage in the design-build industry, and Michelle Webber led discussion on her project illustrating current and potential use of 3-D printing to create construction projects.   





at graduation

Shauna Sowga, Social Sciences, reads graduate names at December 2015 ceremony.

Faculty Presenters needed for Spring Commencement

Three faculty volunteers are needed to read the names of graduates as they are presented for their diplomas at the Spring Commencement, to be held Friday, May 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

Faculty presenters are selected to represent the Career and Technical Programs and the Arts and Sciences, and read the students’ names from cards as they are presented on stage in each division. Approximately 800 students are expected to attend the ceremony to receive their diplomas. If you are interested in participating as a faculty reader in the spring graduation next month, please contact Suzanne May, in Marketing and Communications.  




Academic Council nominations sought

Are you looking for college service and a chance to work with your colleagues on important academic issues and initiatives? Consider becoming a member of the Academic Council.  Academic Council currently has 25 vacant seats in different Academic Council committees ranging from Student Support, to Tenure and Promotion. Please feel free to nominate yourself or a colleague for a Council seat.

The Academic Council encourages faculty at the instructor, assistant, and associate ranks to serve, and there’s a critical need for faculty from the Health and Human Services and Business and Engineering Technologies divisions. Nomination forms have been sent to all fulltime, tenure-track faculty by email, but if you need a form or more information, please contact Judy Anderson, Faculty Fellow for Academic Council, at ext. 5822.  To learn more about the committees, see the link:  The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 22, at 5:00 p.m.


Concert Band to perform April 26

The Columbus State Concert Band will perform a free concert on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Broad Street Presbyterian Church, 760 E. Broad St. The concert will feature James Hildreth, organist, and the band will perform works that include parts for pipe organ, including “Prophecy of the Earth” by David Gillingham, “War March of the Priests” by Felix Mendelssohn, “Old Churches” by Michael Colgrass, and “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. For more information, contact Band Director Thomas Lloyd.


In-Service volunteers needed 

A few more volunteers are needed to usher on In-Service Day throughout the day. If you are willing to serve, or for more information, please contact Steven Zelenka at ext. 5075.

The revised list of afternoon breakout sessions is posted. Be sure to see the Academic Council sessions at the bottom. Also, there are still spots available on the bus for the Delaware Campus tour, but registration is required. See the list of Breakout Sessions to register.

Finally, don’t miss the Staff Advisory Council raffle, to be held during the Wellness Fair in Nestor Hall, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Tickets are a dollar each, and the drawing will be held Friday, May 20.


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Brett Welsh, front left, and student Autumn Spitler, join (back row)Taylor Davis, Rebecca Farage, Hajar Saksaka, Shandon Mitchell, and Neeharika Pesala at a stop on the Civil Rights Heritage Tour.

Student group travels on Civil Rights Tour

Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, recently accompanied six Columbus State students on the 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Heritage Tour, sponsored by the City of Columbus’ Community Relations Commission.

The group traveled over 1,500 miles visiting key sites from the Civil Rights Movement in Cincinnati, Atlanta, Memphis, and Birmingham, Selma, Tuskegee, and Montgomery, Ala. They made a short video of their experience that you can view here.  For more information about the trip and how you can participate in 2017 visit the CRC’s website.






Nutrition student wins scholarship

Rife with award

Jessalyn Rife, Nutrition and Dietetics Program major, received the Outstanding Dietetic Technician Student Scholarship Award at the Columbus Dietetic Association April member meeting.


Send students to find their ‘true calling’

The College Completion Coaches and the Human Resources Department are teaming up to bring students an interactive workshop titled “Discover Your True Calling,” Thursday, April 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Encourage your students to attend to find out the answer to the age-old question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"  Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive workshop to help students better understand how their interests relate to their career goals. They can register on The Hub, here:


Annual Writers Conference to be held April 23

The 13th Annual Writers Conference will be held Saturday, April 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. There will be a keynote presentation by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus; an extensive list of breakout sessions on a variety of writing topics, and a book fair and book signing by Willis-Abdurraqib and others. The 2016 Writers Conference is free of charge and registration is not required.

Next blood drive is April 26
logoThe Red Cross will hold the next blood drive at Columbus State, Tuesday, April 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge. Give the gift of life and donate blood! To schedule an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit .

First Wednesday scheduled for May 2
The First Wednesday meeting for May will be held on 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.


myPLAN survey results in

Thank you to all who responded to the myPLAN goal planning process survey. The winner of the reserved parking space is Jaclyn Smith, Cashiers and Student Accounting. Two hundred and forty (about 30 percent) of users responded to the survey. Highlights of the responses received are:

  • Most users learned by going into the system and clicking around as opposed to consulting the training materials.
  • Just as many users created Goals using the Planning Guide task as did users who created goals through the “Create” button on the Goals page.
  • Most users felt they had enough time to create goals and key responsibilities.
  • Many users indicated they would appreciate more direct and individual feedback from their managers about their performance.
  • Most users felt capable, with reminders, of editing and entering goal progress throughout the year.
  • While changing to a new system creates some uncertainty, most users felt confident the Cornerstone system could support a fair and accurate evaluation.

We are now at the midpoint of the 2016-2017 performance year that ends December 31, 2016. Use the tutorial resources in the hyperlinks above and the “Why and How of Performance Documentation” posted on the Goals page of the myPLAN web site, to update goal progress as needed. If you need further assistance, or would like to schedule a demonstration at your next departmental meeting, please contact your HR Business Partner.

ID security threats on your computer

How do you identify a phishing attempt or other security threats on your computer? Where do you call for different types of technical support? How can you take full advantage of Microsoft 365? At the next College Knowledge session Friday, April 29, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Bart Pricket, director of IT Support Services, will cover what is new in IT and answer your questions. Please register in advance and join us in WD 407 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

For more information contact Barbara Allen, Professional Development & Retention, at ext. 3860.

Social Security, STRS, SERS Workshop offered May 2

A representative from AXA Advisors will offer a workshop on the Social Security system and how it fits with the State Teachers and State Employees Retirement Systems. The workshop will be held Monday, May 2, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 407.  RSVP to:


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

April 1 - Brian Van Horn, System Administrator in the IT Support Center
April 1 - Gloria Lane, Telephone Representative in the Telephone Information Center
April 1 - Stephanie Albrecht, Director of Student Central
April 1 - Amy Ooten, Office Associate in Career Services
April 1 - Ryan Fissel, Project Specialist in Student Academic Support
April 1 - Timothy Birchfield, Material Handler II in the Shipping/Receiving Warehouse
April 18 - Gladis Goodman, Specialist in the Police Department
April 18 - Brysan Lipscomb, Telephone Representative in the Telephone Information Center
April 18 - Grace Edwards, Fitness/Wellness Specialist in College Recreation and Wellness


Cashier in Cashiers and Student Accounting – Requisition No. 928
Material Handler in Mail/Shipping/Receiving Warehouse – Requisition No. 924
Specialist/Telephone Representative in the TIC – Requisition No. 923
Coordinator at the Westerville Testing Center – Requisition No. 916
Specialist at the Delaware Campus – Requisition No. 900



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