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February 8, 2016


January SEOM

‘Data miner’ keeps students on track to graduation


If the completion of degrees is the most important result of the college, then Kathy Newman-Gall has the most important job on campus.

Newman-Gall arrived at Columbus State in the midst of the switch to semesters and took over coordination of the degree-audit process, known as DARS, as students were converting their Plans of Study from quarters to semesters. 

“The work was completed and students graduated autumn 2012 from their semester-delivered programs, thanks to Kathy’s attention to detail,” says Laurie Johns, director of Curriculum Management.

Newman-Gall was given the January Staff Employee of the Month award at last week’s First Wednesday meeting, for what her nominators write is her “dedication to supporting Columbus State’s mission, her exceptional listening skills, and her caring attitude to all constituents.”

“Kathy seeks out faculty involved in curriculum decisions to clarify DARS programming, and she always supports the work of faculty and advisors,” says Sharon Tipton, academic advisor. “As we know, DARS can involve quite a bit of technical detail. But Kathy displays active listening, giving her full attention while quietly interpreting how it relates to DARS and how to best convey the appropriate answer.”

Newman-Gall also works with faculty and advisors to fine-tune Programs of Study, providing a valuable resource to departments working to get students to graduation.  She is a key player in the college’s reverse-transfer project which allows degree completion for hundreds of students who accumulated the needed credits for an associate degree after transferring to four-year institutions. And her data-mining efforts have helped many academic departments to keep their students on the correct pathway to their degree. 

“If you ask Kathy if she goes above and beyond, she would say it is just part of her job,” says Johns. “But if you ask those she works with, they would all say her work is beyond measure!”


February SEOM

IT Systems Administrator does the job of two…or three


Dan Wood is referred to on campus as the “leading audio/visual technicians with the last word on how equipment should be set up,” according to his nominator for Staff Employee of the Month for February, who submitted it anonymously. 

“Dan can accomplish what two people might get done in one day because he plans, organizes and executes a hefty workload on a daily basis,” continues the nominator.

“I’m not nominating him because he has helped me a time or two, or because I’ve seen him shine here and there.  I’m nominating Dan because he consistently demonstrates a strong work ethic, has a wide array of A/V knowledge, has a desire to learn, and excellent customer service that makes him stand out.”

According to his nominator, Wood has led the multiple-year project of upgrading classrooms on all campuses. He is currently working on A/V projects at the Dublin RLC, the renovation of CT, projects in Davidson, Eibling, and Madison halls, and at testing centers in both Reynoldsburg and Dublin. He has also been a key player in the Apple Initiative, which involved learning new technology, ordering and configuring hardware and software, and teaching others how to use it.

Supervisor Jim Beidler says that “there are a lot of qualities which I admire about Dan, but a couple really stand out. First is his honesty, and second is the pride he demonstrates in his work. Though his experience is exhaustive, he’s humble enough to ask questions, and confident enough to respectfully inform someone that there may be a better way to do something.”

“His attitude, drive, motivation and, most prominently, his desire to serve others, is consistently revealed in his work.”  


January PTSEOM

Part-timer averts disaster at every turn


Site specialist Therese Davenport insists that “disaster really doesn’t follow me everywhere!”  But her nomination for Part-Time Staff Employee of the Month does seem to revolve around her consistent handling of power outages that plunge evening classes at the regional learning centers into total darkness…repeatedly.

Supervisor Jeff Akers recounted that, no sooner had she gotten a power outage at the Reynoldsburg Center handled--herding everyone to safety and notifying authorities--when she was reassigned to the Bolton Field center and a transformer blew, “leaving the large aircraft facility, in the middle of a cornfield, in total darkness and locked down.”

“Therese, with her great and infectious smile, handled this second incident with great care,” continues Akers. “She worked with the instructors and police department to keep everyone informed and make the best determination on how to handle their students and the classes. Then she quickly made sure the side gate was manually opened so everyone could leave in an orderly fashion.”

“The staff at the regional learning centers operate as one-person shows,” notes Akers. “With limited support, particularly in the evenings, they are tasked with meeting the needs of a variety of stakeholders and providing excellent customer service. I’m extremely grateful to know that when crises arise at our centers, evening staff like Therese are capable to handle them, and conscientious enough to care for our students and staff.”

It should be noted that, directly after Davenport accepted her award February 3, a section of lights in the Conference Center ballroom flickered and went out.

Reminder: Nominate a fulltime or part-time staff member today
You can recognize a fulltime of part-time staff employee for their work by completing the award nominations, found online here:  Fulltime Staff Employee of the Month; Part-Time SEOM



Cougar 5K Challenge now accepting entries

runner finishing race

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual Cougar Challenge 5K run and walk sponsored by Staff Advisory Council in support of student textbook scholarships. This year’s race will be held at the beautiful McCorkle Park in Gahanna, Saturday May 7, at 9:00 a.m.

Register here:

Also, coming soon are “Couch to 5K Workshops,” on Tuesday, March 22, at 11:00 a.m. on the Columbus Campus; Wednesday, March 30, at noon on the Delaware Campus; and Monday, April 4, at 2:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.  Also returning for 2016 are the Employee and Department Team Challenges!  So get training and join the fun on May 7 in Gahanna!


Additional lecture added to series

In conjunction with the Thurgood Marshall exhibit currently featured in the Library, several faculty members will offer lectures throughout the month of February on topics in history, race relations, and some of the issues Marshall faced during his celebrated court cases.

The latest lecture just added to the schedule will be presented by Professor James Stewart, who will present “The Biology of Race.”  This lecture will be given Wednesday, February 17, at 12:00 p.m.  All lectures will be held in the Multimedia Studio in the Library.


27-S parking reserved for Visit Day Feb. 15

Columbus State will host the Spring 2016 High School Visit Day on Monday, February 15. Please be advised that due to the 400-plus visitors to campus, Lot 27-S, located next to Columbus State’s Conference Center (WD), will be reserved for these visitors from 7:30 a.m. until 9:15 a.m.


Tobacco cessation group to meet

Tobacco use can be difficult to stop. Columbus State is committed to helping employees adopt healthier lifestyles. The American Cancer Society’s Freshstart® program is a four-week program that includes motivational intervention activities, practical problem-solving skills, social support, education about medication, and approaches to quitting.

The group will meet Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in NH 223 from February 18 through March 3. Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989 by Monday, February 15, to register.




CREST 2016 training to begin this month

In March 2015, Human Resources’ Equity and Compliance unit launched the ongoing College Respect, Equity and Support Training (CREST) Initiative. The 2015 training was well-received, and we look forward to this year’s launch, which has been updated to deliver the material in a more engaging manner. As a reminder, CREST is a mandatory, online training program that delivers individual training modules on key topics such as Title IX, FERPA and anti-harassment.

In February, faculty and staff who are required to take modules will receive email invitations and instructions for taking the online training. Managers are encouraged to include CREST training as a MyPlan goal for their employees. Thank you in advance for doing your part to make our college a healthy place to work and study.

In-Service Day reminder
College Knowledge afternoon session proposals should be sent to by the end of February for consideration. In-Service Day is Thursday, April 21.

Win with Strengths offered Feb. 18
Win with your Strengths, to be offered Thursday, February 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., is an introduction to strengths-based language where you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others.  Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.” Seats are limited! Register at

Feedback link open until Feb. 10
If you would like to leave your feedback on the recent candidate for the Vice President of Business and Administrative Services, Stewart A. Smith, the feedback deadline is end of business day Wednesday. You can leave your response here: Feedback form.



Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

January 16 - Dominique Alex, Technician II in the Police Department
January 16 - Mark Dudgeon, Director in Facilities
February 1 - Anthony Polito, Coordinator in Student Conduct


Supervisor for the i3 Grant Project – Requisition No. 694
Fiscal Program Coordinator, Grant Project – Req. No. 695
Reference Librarian – Requisition No. 704
Site Specialist at the Dublin RLC, Requisition No. 714
Cashier,Cashiers and Student Accounting – Req. No. 721
Program Coord. in Health and Human Services – Req. No. 722
Director of Student Central – Requisition No. 724

Stay motivated with Weight Watchers

Reach your weight-loss goals with your co-workers by attending the 17-week, at-work Weight Watchers meetings! You will have access to free eTools, support from an experienced leader, and “Simple Start,” a two-week starter plan to help you lose weight right away. Fulltime employees who attend 15 of the 17 meetings will receive a 50 percent reimbursement of their membership fee. To sign up, attend an Open House on Tuesday, February 9, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 305, or contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989. The program begins February 23.


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