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July 7, 2016


Websites currently under construction

The Marketing and Communications department is leading an initiative to update both the main college website ( and the employee intranet site ( to provide capabilities that keep pace with our college community's needs. A revamp of is underway, and a cross-functional team of college partners began work last week on a new employee website that will replace the intranet.

Using employee input gathered from forums held last fall and the recent email survey sent to all Columbus State employees, the committee will conduct a comprehensive review and recommend a solution that will expand both the content and function of the current intranet.

The committee’s next phase will include a review of all intranet and internet resources—by division—to determine what processes can be moved to a new employee website. They will also collaborate to define processes for the governance and maintenance of the centralized employee website. The committee’s membership is:

Allen Kraus – Marketing and Communications (Project Sponsor)
Sally Cooper – Consultant (Project Manager)
Judith Anderson – English Department
Mary Ashley – Marketing and Communications
Elizabeth Bates – Business and Administrative Services
Laura Contrucci – Marketing and Communications
Norman Clevenger – Media Creation Department
Trenton Edwards – Recruitment and Selection
Lisa Farina – Marketing and Communications
Tony Goins – Marketing and Communications
Ted Hattemer – Web Consultant
Douglas House – Transitional Workforce
Trish Malloy – Server Engineering
Gregory Phillips – Marketing and Communications
Luke Robson - Bookstore
Rachael Sanders – Regional Learning Centers
Sarah Skeen – Employment Services/Professional Dev. and Retention
Darla Vanhorn – Title IX

The committee is scheduled to complete its work by the end of 2016.

Library features photographer Paul Wilbur

Photo of photographer Paul WilburThe Library will feature the photography of Paul D. Wilbur in the main gallery on the second floor through July 30.The exhibit, titled “The Lonely Landscapes,” features black and white photos that portray a stunning solitude, both sharp and expansive. The photos examine isolation—barriers, fences, a porch without stairs—while also witness to luring connection. At times, the photos suggest the past, but carefully question nostalgia with traces of a harsh reality.  






Real Estate program hosts ‘Brokers’ Night’

The Columbus State Real Estate Program recently held a very successful “Brokers’ Night” with seven real estate brokerage firms including A.J. Realty Limited, Balalovski Real Estate, Caldwell Banker King Thompson, HER Realtors, Parker Realty, The Ritter Company, and Porterhouse Realty.  More than 30 current Real Estate students attended to network with their potential future employers. 

Students can become Ohio-licensed real estate agents by successfully completing four classes at Columbus State, and then passing the Ohio Real Estate Licensing Exam.  According to Assistant Professor Jack Popovich, it has been several years since the last Brokers Night was held, but the success of the recent event has inspired faculty in the Real Estate program to plan one for every semester in the future. 

“Our students benefitted greatly from this event, and we hope to give this opportunity to future students every semester from now on,” said Jacqueline Lovelace, annually contracted faculty member in Real Estate.  “This kind of event gives Columbus State students choices as to where they want to work when they become agents, and can inspire them to long-term successful careers in the real estate field.”


TRiO students learn job skills at GAP MEE camp

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TRiO students celebrate the completion of their GAP MEE summer program

Twenty-nine TRiO Educational Talent Search students in grades 6-12 recently participated in a three-week career exploration and job readiness program called “Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment” (GAP MEE). Thanks to the generous grant provided by the Gap Foundation, the students learned valuable employment skills, had fun, and earned a $300 stipend for their participation in the program.

The students developed team-building skills during a trip to Camp Mary Orton.  They were treated to a STEM day of fun with COSI in the Classroom. The students participated in a week of service learning and volunteer work, providing approximately 1,000 volunteer hours which benefitted the Homeless Families Foundation’s Dowd Center, the Broad Street Food Pantry and The ReStore store. And in the final week of the program, the students visited The Gap, Inc. where they put their interviewing skills to the test and gave a presentation on the information they had learned. 

Reminder: Workshop teaches how to hire students

Career Services Student Employment will hold an open lab for supervisors to learn about the process of hiring student employees. After a general overview of the process, supervisors will be able to login to Cornerstone and submit Requisition Requests for autumn semester hiring.
Student Employment Coordinator Amanda Jennings will walk supervisors through the request process if they are unfamiliar with the system or have not used it frequently. This time can also be used to discuss and create new position descriptions, as well as to ask any questions related to hiring and overseeing student employees. Please note that you must be in a position with hiring/supervising authority in order to access the Requisition Request option in Cornerstone. The final open lab will be held Wednesday, July 13, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., in NH 215. Register


Inventory of IT equipment continues

The IT asset management team will continue taking inventory across the college. It will continue each Friday for several weeks through the fall.

The team would like you to be aware of dates that they may be in your area taking inventory. The full schedule is now complete:
July 8-22 – Eibling Hall
July 15 – Columbus Campus Warehouse
July 22 – Delaware Campus Admin. Building
July 22 – Delaware Campus Moeller Hall
July 29-August 12 – Union Hall
July 29 – Dublin RLC
August 5 – Reynoldsburg RLC, Southwest RLC at Bolton Field, South-Western RLC at Grove City
August 12 – Westerville RLC 1 and 2, Goodale /Electrical Trades Center
August 19- September 2 – Nestor Hall
September 9 – Davidson Hall
September 16 – Rhodes Hall
September 23 – Madison Hall
September 30 – Aquinas Hall
October 7 – Center for Technology and Learning
October 14 – Franklin Hall
October 21 – Delaware Hall
October 28 – Telephone Information Center

Note: The IT team will make every effort to be non-disruptive. However, some disruption is unavoidable in order to scan serial numbers on some equipment.


Employees complete Citizen Police Academy

Photo of Citizen Police Academy Participants

Members of the Citizen Police Academy pose at the Heliport with Trish and Tim Malloy in the front row kneeling.

and Tim Malloy recently completed the Citizen Police Academy offered by the Columbus Division of Police. The Citizen Police Academy is a free community class that takes a look into the values, philosophy, and operations of the Columbus Division of Police. Designed for members of the Columbus community, the academy educates participants about the Division's Community Oriented Policing philosophy.

Participants tour many of the Division facilities, including the Training Academy, Crime Lab, Heliport, SWAT Unit, Mounted Unit, and Radio Room. Subject matter experts from all over the Division will provide instruction on topics such as the function of patrol officers, the ABC's of policing, laws of arrest, property crimes, gangs, and crime analysis.

"It was a fabulous experience!" says Trish Malloy. "Officers Jacob Day and Catherine Kirk want to increase participation in the program, which is next offered August 17 through November 2, on Wednesday nights." Learn more here:


Open Door Art Studio & Gallery hosts 'Patriotic Exhibition'

Artwork by Louis EmeterioThe Open Door Art Studio & Gallery invites you to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave with a patriotic exhibition by artists with disabilities. Take pride as you feast your eyes on works featuring iconic themes of American culture. The exhibit runs now through Friday, August 5, at the studio, 1050 Goodale Boulevard, in Grandview Heights.

Established in 2007, Open Door Art Studio is a not-for-profit organization specializing in services for artists with disabilities.  Open Door acts simultaneously as a public gallery and an accessible creative space for over eighty local artists who create through self-taught, outsider, and visionary ideals.
Artwork by Louis Emeterio.


hr notes

Deadline for fee waivers is August 8

Employee and dependent fee waivers for Autumn Semester must be received no later than Monday, August 8, by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also pay your fees first and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the request for fee waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt to Human Resources by Wednesday, September 28. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Plummer at ext. 2408.  

'Discover Your True Calling' offered July 13

Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan. The class will be held Wednesday, July 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in WD 354. Register here

If you would like to request an interpreter for a professional development event at Columbus State, please contact Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.


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