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February 29, 2016


Ten inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Six players, two coaches, and two teams were inducted recently into the Columbus State Athletics Hall of Fame as the inaugural class.

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Representing the inaugural class inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame are, from left: Brooks Hunton, accepting for his brother, the late three-time All-American catcher Bart Hunton; Bill Venditelli, accepting for his brother, the late Tom Venditelli, 18-year baseball coach and recruiting coordinator; Ryan Blake, 2006 NJCAA high jump champion;  Mechainmar Zokruah, 2004-2005 All-American cross country and track athlete; Jeff Parker, Men’s Golf Coach and coach of NJCAA 1993 and 2003 Champion Golf Teams; Amanda Hardyman, All-American Volleyball 1999-2001; Ryan Gaslin, member of the 2003 NJCAA National Golf Championship Team; Ricci Washburn, 1993 NJCAA Cross-Country Coach of the Year; and Andrew Gullick, 2003 NJCAA Individual Golf Champion.

"The inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame inductees represent the best of Columbus State,” said Tom Habegger, dean of Health and Human Services. “It was a challenging decision given the high quality of nominees for this honor but I am pleased of the committee’s selections.” For a complete list of inductees and their accomplishments, click here.

Columbus State Athletics became a member of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) in the late 80s. Since then the college has produced numerous national champions and All Americans.

The current program boasts seven NJCAA sports, including women’s volleyball, women’s and men’s cross country, women’s and men’s basketball, and women’s and men’s golf. Beginning in the 2016-17 academic year, all sports will be competing at the DIII level.


Lots of Leap Day deadlines:
calendar page Last call for In-Service Day session proposals

Today, February 29, is the last day to submit your ideas for the afternoon “College Knowledge” breakout sessions for spring In-Service Day on Thursday, April 21. Please send your idea for a session to for consideration by the end the day. Important: Your idea for an In-Service session need not be your own proposal to present the session. These can also be ideas for interesting topics that you’d like to learn more about.


Nominations for Outstanding Woman Leaders due today

Nominations for the Outstanding Woman Leader Award for faculty, staff and community members are being accepted through February 29. You can submit a nomination online here.


Distinguished Full Professor nominations due today

To nominate a candidate for the 2016 Distinguished Full Professor Award, please send the full name and department of the professor you wish to nominate to Deborah Plummer in Human Resources by Monday, February 29.


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.


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. 


Online forms return

The online request forms for Marketing and Communications and Office of Institutional Effectiveness were down last week from late Wednesday, February 24, through Friday evening February 26. If you placed a request with either of these departments using their online form, please try again. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Columbus State sustainability measures pay off


During the past year, several initiatives to save money and resources have had a big impact. During 2015, the college saved $35,722.40 by printing double-sided copies, vs. single sided. reports that it takes 2.6 gallons of water to make a single sheet of paper. Columbus State saved 7,290,285 sheets of paper in 2015 by duplex printing, which equals nearly 19 million gallons of water saved.

According to non-profit group Conservatree, one tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper, or 8,333.3 sheets.  So, 875 trees were not made into copy paper, thanks to duplex printing at Columbus State in 2015.

And finally, recycling organizations state that every toner cartridge recycled saves two ounces of oil and keeps two pounds of scrap plastic and metal from being diverted to landfills. In 2015 Columbus State recycled 1,045 toner cartridges resulting in a savings of 65.20 quarts of oil and 2,090 pounds of scrap kept out of the landfills!



Disclosures Form coming by email this week

The annual Columbus State Employee Disclosures and Acknowledgments questionnaire will be sent to all employees later this week. The questionnaire, required by College Policy, has been streamlined in recent years into an electronic form, which not only includes information regarding the Ohio Ethics Law requirements, but also important employment acknowledgements.

Watch for an email from Vice President and General Counsel Kimberly Hall later this week. Employees are required to submit the completed form no later than March 31, 2016.

Take an easy step toward better heart health

Did you know that approximately 610,000 people die every year of heart disease , or one in every four deaths? Some heart disease risk factors include diabetes, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and excessive alcohol use. One way to take better care of your heart is with regular physical activity. The American Heart Association offers these tips toward better heart health.



February 16 - Keith Coates, Supervisor of College Credit Plus Enrollment and Student Services    



Chairperson, Construction Management and Applied Technologies - Requisition No. 739
System Specialist, Academic Testing - Requisition No. 758
Security Specialist, Police Department – Requisition No. 759
Instructor, Respiratory Care - Requisition No. 766       



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