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July 21, 2016


‘Pokemon Go’ comes to the Library

Pokeman stuff

Pokemon Go is a mobile game that sends players to real-world locations to find Pokemon. The more Pokemon you catch, the more you can level-up, which can help you battle for “Gymnasium” domination.

The Library is a Gymnasium, where players go to battle their Pokemon. This has been creating a lot of foot traffic in and outside of the Library!

Looking to capitalize on this, the Library Circulation Team has designated areas outside for teams to sit and battle their Pokemon, created buttons with Pokemon names (more than 100 buttons have been given out to students in the first 24 hours the game was available), and have added a window display where students can write which team they are on, or draw what Pokemon they caught that day. The Library Reference Team will soon be introducing a LibGuide for the web on this cultural phenomenon, as well as team leader badges and a few 3-D printed Pokemon hidden around campus.

The Library is building relationships with students by discussing the game, inviting them to come in and grab a button, and creating an overall comfortable atmosphere. “When students walk in clearly playing Pokemon Go, and staff ask what level they are on, huge smiles appear on their faces,” said Bruce Massis, Library director. “If they start to feel comfortable talking about a game, then hopefully they will come back to talk about books and information they need pertaining to their classes.”


Hobsons to upgrade Starfish system July 23


Hobsons will perform an upgrade to the Starfish System on Saturday, July 23, from 12:15 to 8:15 a.m. This upgrade will focus on overall enhancements and improvements to the Starfish System. The upgrade will focus around the deployment of version 2 of the Kiosk. To learn more about the content of this upgrade, we recommend you read the product release notes. To access the release notes, please click here.

Hobsons is tentatively planning the next release for Saturday, November 19.

Communication regarding system patches and post release issues are currently being posted in the Starfish Product Notifications (US) group on Compass.   Please join the group and subscribe to receive “Email Every Post” to make sure you are aware of all issues. If you have any questions about the release, please contact Hobsons’ Client Solutions Team.


Parking lot 3E closed July 22

Facilities will close employee parking lot 3-E for pavement work related to the Jefferson and Grove street project on Friday, July 22. This closure will only last for one day. The contractor will restore access to the north side of Delaware Hall, prior to lot 3 being closed, for the Automotive Lab to continue their operations.


Heatstroke reminders from Parking Operations

Vanessa Cummings, supervisor of Parking Operations, wants to remind you about one of the greatest dangers of parking, especially in hot weather:

Never leave your child in a parked car
. Never. Not even for a minute (even with the windows partially open).  
Never leave your car without checking the back seat. Put your wallet/purse, phone, or even your left shoe in the back seat as a reminder to check.
Always lock your car. If a child is missing, check the pool, the car, and the trunk of the car immediately. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.  
Arrange for your childcare provider to call if your child doesn’t arrive on time. 54 percent of vehicular heatstroke deaths were due to a child forgotten by a caregiver.
Call 9-1-1 if you see a child alone in a car. Every minute counts. New laws take effect in Ohio next month allowing bystanders to break into cars after calling 9-1-1, if they believe a child or pet is in danger.

The total number of heatstroke deaths of children left in cars, from 1998-2015, was 661.  The average number of heatstroke deaths of children in cars has been 37 per year.

Heatstroke occurs when the body core temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and a body core temperature of 107 degrees is usually fatal. A child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s.

And of course, never leave a pet in a car, either. It doesn’t have to be that hot outside for the temperature inside a parked car to reach fatal heatstroke levels, even in the shade and even if the windows are open. Your pet can die within 10 minutes or less—even on a 70° day.


Suicide Prevention Task Force convenes

group photo The Suicide Task Force members, from left, are Marjorie Schwartz, Nicole Brandt, Thomas Lewis, Tiffany McClain, Paula Collier, Ameena Kemavor, Gary Piggrem, Jeffrey Akers, Brett Welsh, Scott Nichols, Jim Butcher, Tari Blaney, and Renee Hill. Not pictured are Renee Fambro, Amanda Cecil, Angie Shear, Bettina Batts, Nichole Bowman-Glover, Jessica Sato, Marcus Jackson, Nicole Lyday, David Wayne, and Patricia Fabrisi. 

Columbus State has assembled a Suicide Prevention Taskforce devoted to suicide prevention, awareness and outreach to the college community. The suicide prevention campaign slogan, With Help, There’s Hope! has begun to roll out through outreach events, posters, and resource tables around all campuses.

Efforts of the taskforce also include on-campus mental health trainings, suicide prevention-specific outreach events, a Suicide Prevention Website, and the development of a policy and a strategic plan to communicate effectively with students, staff, and parents after the loss of a person to suicide.  Click here to learn more about the taskforce and how you can get involved.

To seek help for yourself, or if you are worried about someone who is experiencing distress and who is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-TALK (8255). This lifeline is available 24/7. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by dialing 1(800) 799-4889.  For immediate help, dial 911.


Briscoe promoted in Admissions


Kara Briscoe was recently named Assistant Director of Operations and Systems in Admissions. Briscoe served most recently in the interim Assistant Director role, overseeing the implementation of the college’s new application and customer relationship management system, Hobsons Radius. She also serves on several cross-functional teams, including the College Credit Plus work group and the Placement Task Force.

Briscoe began at Columbus State as receptionist in the Student Assistance Center, after working for SYGMA Network as a computer operations specialist. She has since held both advising and systems-related positions, including working as both a System Specialist and Program Coordinator in Admissions. 

She earned her associate degree from Marion Technical College and a bachelor’s and master’s in English from The Ohio State University.  “Kara has a wealth of experience in utilizing technology and information systems to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness within a student services environment,” said Gina Hizer, director of Admissions. “She is truly an asset to the team, and we are very fortunate to have her!”


Retiree Lermond earns playwright award


Retired adjunct faculty member Vivian Lermond's play, “Myrtle Beach Sunrise,” received the First Place Audience Choice award at the Weathervane Theatre’s 8x10 Theatre Fest. The sold-out event featured eight, 10-minute plays selected from hundreds of national and international submissions.

Lermond, who taught English and Technical Communications for many years at Columbus State, now works as the executive story editor for Gallagher Literary, a Los Angeles talent management company, where she evaluates screenplay submissions. She also freelances for, where she is the lead script analysis specialist for all stage plays. Vivian has been a member of The Dramatist Guild since 1998.


FOCUS training offered for faculty, staff, advisors

For faculty: Join other faculty to learn about FOCUS Early Alert:  ways to raise flags, kudos, referrals; adding comments; clearing flags that are no longer relevant to your student; recording attendance; and scheduling office hours. This one-hour session is Wednesday, July 27, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in WD 242. Register here

For advisors and staff: Join other staff members to learn about FOCUS Early Alert: intervention processes such as adding comments, notes, or clearing a flag; seeing Colleague screens for each student; filtering for results; scheduling office hours and managing walk-in traffic. This one-hour session is Wednesday, July 27, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in WD 242. Register here


hr notes

Donated leave request fulfilled

Last Monday morning, an email requesting donated leave for one of our college employees was sent. As is often the case, the outpouring of support and generosity was overwhelming. The Columbus State family once again displayed our caring nature by coming together to assist those in need. 

Human Resources would like to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt thank you to those of you who responded by submitting donations, and let everyone know that we are no longer in need of any additional leave hours at this time. 

We appreciate your willingness to contribute and hope that you will continue to support your fellow colleague by keeping them and their family in your thoughts during this time.

‘Understanding Conflict’ offered July 26

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, July 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in WD 402.   Register  

Hostmanship offered July 28

Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome and providing genuine hospitality to the participants. Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives. Join us on Thursday, July 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in WD 354 for Introduction to Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed--The Art of Serving Others. Register

For more information about these courses, contact Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention at ext. 5297. 

Columbus State congratulates the following new hires and promotions:
July 1 - Tyler Marinellim, Project Manager in Institutional Effectiveness
July 1 - Melissa Helpman, Teaching Assistant in Allied Health
July 1 - Kara Briscoe, Assistant Director in Admissions
July 1 - Travis Russell, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities
July 1 - James Engler, Advisor at the Delaware Campus
July 5 - Angela Hill, System Specialist in Academic Testing
July 16 - Debbie Strain, Specialist in Facilities   
July 16 - Kevin Rooney, Grants Coordinator in the Grants Office
July 16 - Cheryl Laver, Grants Coordinator in the Grants Office


Maintenance Repairperson II (HVAC) in Facilities - Requisition No. 1061
Testing Assistant at the Delaware Campus – Requisition No. 1071
Career Counselor in Career Services -  Requisition No. 1084
Career Facilitator in Career Services -  Requisition No. 1085
Program Coordinator in Admissions Systems – Requisition No. 1096




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