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January 4, 2016


Eibling Hall elevators down

The elevators in Eibling Hall will be out of service until late Tuesday, January 5, due to necessary repairs.


Getting closer to a one-stop center

Renovations to the upper level of Madison Hall are almost complete. The new one-stop student services center, opening in February, will make it possible for prospective, new, and returning students to visit one location and receive guidance, with self-serve functions as well as more in-depth assistance with a variety of student service topics.   

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Receiving training to work in the new student services center are, from left, David Gelo, Rhonda Williams, Angela Hill, Stephanie Albrecht, Laura Baisden, Veronica Gaines, Bettina Batts, Misty Mahefkey, Jessica Allen, Diane Schultz, and Ryan Fuqua.

Center staff are being extensively trained in financial aid and registration functions, and also to provide the first level of information and service for other student service areas. 

The area will have a fresh look and feel, and include a larger computer lab for student workshops, computer stations for assisted self-serve transactions, private rooms for in-depth and confidential conversations, seating for students who are waiting, and more.


College mourns loss of Linda Miller


Linda J. Miller, 72, of Hilliard, passed away unexpectedly at home on December 17, 2015.  Linda was an administrative assistant at Columbus State for the past 10 years.  She was first hired to serve as the Office Associate for Social and Behavioral Sciences.  When Karen Muir became the Interim Dean for Arts & Sciences Division, Linda moved with her to provide support and then transitioned with her to serve as the Administrative Assistant for the Associate Vice President for the Office of Academic Affairs.  In August of this year, Linda joined the Curriculum Management team, serving in a support capacity for curriculum, scheduling, and academic advising for the Arts & Sciences. Linda has many friends across campus that will miss her dearly.

A celebration of life service will be held for Linda in January.  Details of the celebration service will be announced later this month in the Columbus Dispatch and on the Graumlick Funeral Home website.  Donations in Linda's memory can be made to the Columbus State Development Foundation, ASPCA or animal shelters/rescue organizations, and food pantries or local homeless shelters.


Reminder: No First Wednesday meeting scheduled for January

President Harrison’s monthly campus meeting, First Wednesday, will not be held in January due to the semester break schedule.  First Wednesdays will resume in February.


Delaware Campus gets new videophone

Columbus State Disability Services has added a new videophone at the Delaware Campus in the tutoring services area. The videophone will allow deaf staff, faculty, students and guests who use American Sign Language (ASL), to have direct visual communication or access to an American Sign Language interpreter.


COTA Rapid Bus Transit line back on with federal funding

Money for central Ohio’s long-planned rapid-transit bus line was restored in the 2016 federal spending bill that passed Congress just before the holidays.

This is excellent news for the Central Ohio Transit Authority, employers, communities and commuters along a 15.6-mile route that will better link Downtown with the populous northeast suburbs. That route includes Columbus State.

The $48 million CMAX Bus Rapid Transit is called a “BRT,” and it is part of a larger overhaul of COTA’s 1970s bus system to better serve Columbus. The line, mostly along Cleveland Avenue, is home to 200,000 residents and 170,000 jobs.

The BRT will have some new bells and whistles: more frequent buses, limited stops, and technology that can keep traffic signals green, shaving a fifth of the travel time. This would eliminate a major complaint that discourages people from riding the bus—that it takes much longer than driving. A faster BRT is expected to increase ridership 20 percent within five years, which will reduce traffic congestion and smog.

Buses will have Wi-Fi. They’ll pull up to bus stops with better lighting and security cameras. And new stops will be built in areas ripe for redevelopment. The Federal Transit Administration supported the feds funding 80 percent of the cost, or $38 million. The remaining $9.5 million will come from local sales taxes.

After a slight delay because of federal-budget gridlock, COTA is back on the road toward modernizing its system. You can read the full editorial in The Columbus Dispatch here.



Welcomes and Kudos

Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

December 16 - Lisa Petersen, Specialist in Marketing and Communications
December 16 - Kellen Durand, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities
December 16 - Brianne Miller, Supervisor in the Library

New Opportunities

Communications Technician in the Police Department – Requisition No. 604




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