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February 22, 2016


Columbus State alum named president, COO of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants


David Miller, a nationally recognized restaurant executive and 20-year veteran of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR), has been named president and chief operating officer of the company.

Miller has served the company for more than two decades in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as executive vice president of CMR. Miller graduated from the Hospitality Management program at Columbus State in the 80s.

ABC6 news recently ran the story.

David Miller was profiled during the college’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2013 as one of Columbus State’s “History Makers,” as seen here.




Nominations for Women’s History Month awards due Feb. 29


March is Women’s History Month, and the annual Outstanding Woman Leader Awards will be given March 9 at a ceremony hosted by the Student Engagement and Leadership and Global Diversity and Inclusion departments. 

The awards this year are being given to employees or community members who have served as role models and provide leadership on campus or in the community, and exemplify service above self through civic and community engagement. Up to 10 employees/community members may be selected to win the award. Nominate someone for consideration using the form online here. The deadline to nominate is Monday, February 29.

Important Note: Students may also be nominated for Outstanding Woman Leader Awards, which will be given at the Student Leadership Awards ceremony April 29. Student nominations will open after March 9.

Nominations are also sought for the Legacy in Leadership Award, given each year to a woman employee who “exhibits a strong ability to recognize the talents, potential, and emerging abilities of those she leads and interacts with on a daily basis.” The nominee should also demonstrate trustworthy, caring, compassionate, efficient, and effective leadership qualities in her approach to people and her profession. Nominations for this award can be made using this online form, also by Monday, February 29.


First Wednesday to be held March 2

First Wednesday will be held Wednesday, March 2, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. You can also view First Wednesday on live stream, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars. The next two First Wednesday meetings will be held on Mondays: Monday, April 4, and Monday, May 2. Please make a note of it!


Four to present on textbook affordability

Four employees will present a session titled “Textbook Affordability: How to Establish Impactful Partnerships” at the 2016 Campus Market Expo National Conference in Houston, March 4. 

The conference is sponsored by the National Association of College Stores.  Presenting the session will be Matthew Heywood, assistant professor and co-chair of the Textbook Affordability Advisory Committee; Stacey Mulinex, Bookstore director, Phil Sanders, textbook supervisor, and Mary Ellen Gauthier, textbook specialist.



Black History Month Panel Discussion is Feb. 27

Join the Central Ohio Young Black Democrats and the African Descendants Union for a Town Hall Forum called “Debunking the Myths of Politics in the African and African-American Communities.” The forum will be held Saturday, February 27, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor of WD. 

Service-Learning Committee to host ‘Conversations that Matter’ March 1
Join the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) Service-Learning Committee for “Conversations that Matter,” Tuesday, March 1, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 404.

Members of the Service-Learning Committee will discuss course structure and proposals to change any course into a Service-Learning, or “S-designated” course and make a difference in a student's life.


Columbus State PTK chapter earns 5-Star rating


Columbus State’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Rho Epsilon, has recently achieved 5-Star recognition from the international honor society. Chapters that carry a 5-Star title show they are active on their campus, in their community and at the regional and international levels of Phi Theta Kappa. 

Members, officers, and advisors of the chapter have dedicated their time to making a difference on campus and in the community. Through the Honors in Action project, the chapter has spread awareness of human trafficking to the community, and with an upcoming college project, PTK aims to help the Foundation provide scholarships and opportunities for Columbus State students. 

Membership development is also an important factor in earning the 5-Star Chapter recognition; the members have worked hard to enhance their communication skills, soft skills, and organizational skills to aid in their personal and professional growth. Chapter advisor Rebecca Fleming thanks everyone who has helped Phi Theta Kappa Alpha Rho Epsilon Chapter earn their five stars.


Read-In Chain submitted to national report

Columbus State students, faculty, and staff, as well as students from St. Charles Preparatory School, were among the 18 participants at the February 11 African-American Read-In Chain. The Read-In Chain is hosted each year during Black History Month by the English and Global Diversity and Inclusion departments. Columbus State’s participation will be reported in the 2016 Annual African American Read-In Report submitted to the National Council Teachers of English and International Reading Association.


Water drive continues

Two student organizations recently collected more than 200 cases of water for the residents of Flint, Michigan, who are struggling with lead-poisoned municipal water sources. A special thanks goes out to the Physical Plant team for packing up all of the water donated last week. The students will continue to collect donated water on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 23 and 24, in Nestor Hall Lounges.  For more information, contact Student Engagement and Leadership at ext. 2637.



It’s Leap Year – win prizes!

Leap over to the Bookstore next Monday, February 29, and spin the globe to win prizes.  While you’re there, take advantage of an additional 29 percent off red tag clearance merchandise, backpacks, greeting cards, hats, gloves, scarves, sweatshirts and more. You won’t get 29 percent off anything for another four years!



‘Understanding Conflict’ offered Feb. 23

Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment. In Understanding Conflict, we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas Kilman Conflict module to understand our own “go-to” style, and explore healthy resolution strategies. The class is offered Tuesday, February 23, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Register here.

Reminder: SAC Brown Bag Lunch is Feb. 24

Join Staff Advisory Council for the February Brown Bag Lunch “Diversity and Wellness: The Connection,” Wednesday, February 24, at 12:00 p.m. in the Bookstore first floor lounge.

MyPLAN shifts to managing, documenting goals

Columbus State employees are one-third of the way through the current performance cycle, which ends December 31, 2016.  Employees and managers should now shift focus from planning goals to managing and documenting goal progress.  If you have not already done so, please view the “Managing and Editing Goals” tutorial videos and written Quick Guides on the myPLAN website to learn how to document, track progress, edit/cancel, or add more goals.

February’s Managers Forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 25, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Employment Services will be providing a review of the new organization chart software, PeopleFluent, and discussing how managers can use it.  Register here

Learn about ‘Student Central’ and more Feb. 26

The next College Knowledge program will feature Enrollment Management and Student Services, Friday, February 26, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

In addition to learning about the many services within the division, the session will focus the opening of Student Central and the Financial Aid Student Success initiatives. There will also be an update on current enrollment trends. No matter where you work, by understanding student processes and services, we can all help guide students toward success.

Please register in advance and join everyone in WD 407 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.



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