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August 22, 2016


Career planning new for fall

Beginning this fall semester, Columbus State’s Career Services will implement new, state-mandated career counseling for all students. The goal for this career planning is to give all students access to career advising, from the time they apply, through their graduation. 

The career-planning initiative, approved by the Board of Trustees, ensures that students receive timely, customized information about their future careers, through a variety of linked systems, including orientation, COLS classes, Blackboard and Early Alert.

The plan is tiered, based on the number of credit hours the student has completed.

Plans are individualized and contain a series of action steps that must be completed for each level. Four student groups have been identified in order to tailor the plans:  All students, students with undecided majors, students with decided majors, and at-risk students.

Some examples of the Career Planning steps include having all students complete a career assessment at orientation; having undecided students attend the Major Fair and participate in job shadowing; having decided students complete internships in their career area; and having at-risk students participate in career-based cohorts for support.


Lifetime achievement for Chef Taylor

Before last week’s annual Taste the Future event, Chef Jim Taylor, Chair of Sport and Exercise Studies and Hospitality Management, was presented with a copy of a full-page advertisement being placed in the next issue of The National Culinary Review. The ad congratulates Taylor for recently winning the prestigious Hermann G. Rusch Chef’s Achievement Award, given by the American Culinary Federation in recognition of a lifetime of contributions to the field of culinary education. President Harrison unveiled the surprise to Taylor and the audience during the VIP reception just before Taste the Future.


Restored Citizen Summit hosts 400

The 5th annual Restored Citizen Summit, held August 11 at Columbus State, hosted more than 400 participants and recognized community members Dee Tolber and Patrice Palmer for their work restoring communities and individuals with criminal backgrounds. In addition, 33 adults and 21 youth who are currently incarcerated were able to attend this event and obtain resources to assist them as they prepare to return home. Special thanks to the Office of Student Conduct and the Restored Citizen Host Team for coordinating this effort on behalf of Columbus State. NBC4 coverage of the event can be seen online here.  


‘QPR’ training for suicide prevention offered

The three steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide are to Question, Persuade and Refer, or QPR.  Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

QPR training for students and employees will teach participants how to recognize someone at risk for suicide, give them knowledge of intervention skills, list referral sources, and teach how to refer someone for help. 

The first two QPR training sessions are offered Thursday, September 8, and Thursday, September 29, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Register here.  

For more information about QPR training, please contact Dr. Ameena Kemavor.

To seek help for yourself, or if you are worried about someone who is experiencing distress and who is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800) 273-TALK (8255). This lifeline is available around the clock. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by dialing 1(800) 799-4889. For immediate help, dial 911.


Columbus State attends international library conference

banners at conference

More than a year ago, Columbus was chosen as the site for the largest conference of librarians in the world. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession. Held August 13 through 19 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, thousands of librarians from more than 100 nations attended and participated in workshops, presentations and panel discussions about topics including digitization, open educational resources innovation, copyright, literacy (digital, informational, media) and more.

Not often held in the U.S., Columbus was chosen for its rich connection to libraries and the public who use them. Columbus State Library staff joined their colleagues serving as volunteers throughout the conference ensuring that a friendly face was always available to the attendees from their arrival at the airport to the conference floor as well as providing welcoming assistance to many visiting Columbus for the first time.

A Columbus State Library banner joined the many others at “Library Boulevard,” where individual banners stood side by side representing the Ohio library community.  Next year’s IFLA conference will be held in Warsaw, Poland.



Discover your true calling and put strengths to work

In the workshop, Put Your Strengths to Work on Tuesday, August 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., you will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy and learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths, as well as the strengths of others on your team.  Register

Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity and vocational design? If so, then the workshop Discover Your True Calling is for you.  This highly interactive class will help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan.  The next offering is Thursday, August 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Register


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