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August 8, 2016


August SEOM

Grants program coordinator works tirelessly for non-traditional students


Tara Sheffer,  grant program coordinator in Business Programs and Engineering Technologies, is a champion of being on the “solution side,” according to Scott Wegeng, supervisor in the division.

“As program coordinator, Tara has worked tirelessly to develop and deploy the LINCS Program in Supply Chain Management,” says Wegeng.

“When we reach obstacles on projects, she is quick to point out options and possibilities for moving forward.  It stands out and is contagious, increasing team morale and productivity.”

“Tara is a walking, talking emissary for the LINCS program, and brings this enthusiasm to the non-traditional students that she works with every day,” adds Jeff Spain, supervisor in Business and Industry.

“Tara’s ability to navigate projects and work in an ever-changing environment allows her the mental fortitude needed to coordinate federal grant projects,” says Shane Kirby, director of the Grants Office.  “She is an exemplary coordinator for multiple externally funded projects at the college, including the successful supply chain-based grants from the Department of Labor and the National Science Foundation.” 

“Tara becomes a subject-matter expert with anything she is asked to lead,” says Monique Carney, program coordinator.  “She fully immerses herself into her projects and makes sure that all technical bases are covered. Although her familiarity with the grant far exceeds mine, she is careful to listen to my thoughts and ideas and get them implemented.”

“She never tells us what she can’t do.  She tells us what she can do to improve her programs!” says John Paul Vandermark, Grants Office.


August Part-Time SEOM

Librarian never turns down opportunity to help


Reference and Instruction Librarian Daryl Brown is one of the most sought-after individuals at Columbus State, according to Brianne Miller, her supervisor in the Library. “Daryl contributes daily to the success of students and of the Library, and never turns down an opportunity to help someone,” she says. 

“Her institutional and professional knowledge, creativity, technology skills and patience make her the go-to librarian for many students, including several who seek her assistance semester after semester.”

Nominated by Paralegal student Richard Carter, “Miss Daryl, as I call her, has helped me so very, very much in my studies, and has been so humble in doing that since 2012!”

“She is the perfect librarian,” writes Carter. “I seek her out to negotiate library systems and get what subject matter and reading materials that I need.  She is very efficient and knows her way around the Library.  She is kind and very knowledgeable; an asset for me surely!”

“Daryl is flexible and patient when working with students,” continues Miller.  “She often reschedules appointments to fit their needs, staying past her regular hours to make certain a student has much-needed assistance navigating a challenging research question or working with Library technologies.”

“Daryl contributes to a positive campus climate in many additional ways, such as partnering with faculty and staff to produce materials in support of the Thurgood Marshall exhibit, tying in the faculty lecture series and film series last year,” says Miller. (The project won the Gold Quality Team Award for 2016).  “She is also a Columbus State CARES advocate, which speaks to her ability to go beyond the call of duty to serve students in need!”


Mona celebrating

Mona Chaito celebrates an earlier fencing tournament win.

Columbus State claims an Olympian!

The petite, 22-year-old Mona Shaito may be an official Ohio State student, but Columbus State Associate Professor Julie Cronk taught her in her Biology 1111 class last fall semester, and worked with the 5’3”, 114-lb. fencer to allow her to attend her international competitions leading up to this month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro!  

Shaito’s parents are Lebanese, and she will compete for the Lebanese Olympic Team in the Women’s Individual Foil competition in Rio. All rounds of the Women’s Foil competition will be held on Wednesday, August 10. This is Shaito’s second Olympics; she was on the U.S. Team in 2012 in London. She has been fencing since she was nine years old, and her four brothers and sisters all fence as well!  



Fourman in China

Garry Fourman, left,exchanges gifts with Wang Yongli, deputy chief executive, and Ren Shifang, deputy director for the Division of American Confucius Institutes.

Fourman teaches in China over summer

Garry Fourman, chair of Modern Languages,was the guest of the Confucius Institute in Beijing and Qinhuangdao, China this summer, along with five other administrators from Ohio in the “Educator to Educator Program.” He met with the leaders of the Confucius Institute and spoke with administrators and teachers at universities, high schools, and a preschool. In the subsequent three weeks, he taught English at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan for the second year, where he also led extra-curricular activities in German and music, and helped organize a Saturday workshop for EFL teachers.



Rosen with cake


Graduation Party!

At the recent Board of Trustees meeting, Dr. Harrison and the Board surprised member Richard Rosen with a cake in recognition of his recent completion of his Doctorate of Education degree (Ed.D.).





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