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June 13, 2016


Faculty Idea Exchange is Friday


The Office of Academic Affairs Instructional Success Committee invites all fulltime and adjunct faculty to register for the fourth annual Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX)Conference, to be held Friday, June 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

This year’s theme is “The Science of Teaching.” The Instructional Success Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. James Lang will be the keynote speaker and plenary session presenter. Dr. Lang is director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., and series editor for books on teaching and learning in higher education for University of West Virginia Press.  Dr. Lang is also the author of several books about teaching, including the recently released Small Teaching:  Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning.

Registration for the FIX Conference is free, and includes continental breakfast and lunch.  For more information visit the FIX website, where the full list of presentations is posted.



Edwards featured in Delaware Gazette

Stacia Edwards, dean of the Columbus State Delaware Campus, was interviewed by the Delaware Gazette in an article that appeared June 9.  In the article, reporter Gary Budzak talked to Edwards about how community colleges offer so much more than just classes.  Read the entire article online here.


Smiling scholarship winners

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Celebrating their scholarships at the Columbus Foundation are current and former students, (from left) Heidi Anderson, Katrina Delos Santos, Sabrina Niezgooda, Adia Robinson, Holly Ferrell, Arnetta Asapokhai, Flora Yee, and Angela Sullivan. (Not pictured are Monica Lunder and Krista Baker). The students received educational awards to support or continue their education May 17 at the “Scholarship Opportunities for Success” Awards Celebration. Scholarship Opportunities for Success is a non-profit organization, founded in 2000, to raise educational funds awarded to lift single mothers and other women out of poverty.



Candidate forums offered this week

Three open forums will be held to meet the final candidates for the position of vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services. They are:
Anthony Cruz - Monday, June 13, 10:00 -11:00 a.m., WD 404 - Read Bio (video archive for this forum will be posted soon)
Martin Maliwesky - Wednesday, June 15, 10:00 -11:00 a.m., WD 404 - Read Bio
Rebecca Butler - Friday, June 17, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., FR 104 - Read Bio
A feedback form for the EMSS candidates for vice president is online here.


Submit feedback for candidates for Information Technology VP

Feedback from the recent open forums to meet candidates for the position of vice president for Information Technology is requested by Tuesday, June 14. You can access the feedback form online here.  You may also watch the archived live stream from the June 7 open forums with Adam Frumkin and Michael Babb.



Reception to be held for Terri Gehr

The College will celebrate Terri Gehr’s 14 years of service to Columbus State on Wednesday, June 29, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in WD 409. Please join Business and Administrative Services in expressing your appreciation for her many contributions and wish her well in the next phase of her career.

Delaware came full circle for Gehr at her final Board of Trustees meeting which was held on the Delaware Campus recently. After Dr. Harrison presented her with a plaque commemorating her 14 years of service to the college, Gehr recalled the irony in having her final board meeting at the site. She told the Board that when she arrived at Columbus State in 2002, her first principal assignment was to purchase land in Delaware County for a future campus. She looked at more than a dozen sites before finally closing the deal on the 108 acres that is now the site of the campus.

While Gehr is stepping down from her role as Sr. Vice President for Business and Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer at the end of June, she will remain active with the college. Gehr will be working fulltime through December continuing work related to capital planning and related partnerships.



Health Rewards briefing offered June 16

The end of the Health Rewards Program cycle is fast approaching, (June 30) and all fulltime employees with United Health Care coverage are invited to attend a special briefing session Thursday, June 16, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 307,where there will be an opportunity to go through the web portal, check your point totals, and ask questions about the program.

Employees should bring their UHC insurance card if they have never logged onto the Health Rewards site.  

Employees and their spouse or domestic partner who are covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must accumulate eight points in the Health Rewards Program in order to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution toward coverage. The current year for the program runs July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Point totals can be accessed at, under “Health & Wellness.”

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.

‘Weight Watchers at Work’ meets Tuesdays

Stay motivated to reach your weight-loss goals with coworkers at Weight Watchers at Work! The group meets on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 241. The next session starts Tuesday, June 21. The cost of the program can also be payroll-deducted.  If you are interested in signing up, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989 by Tuesday, June 14.

Mobile mammography screening offered July 8

The James Care Mammography screening vehicle will be at Columbus State on Friday, July 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the visitor parking area in front of Nestor Hall. To make an appointment, call the James Care scheduling department at (614) 293-4455, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 



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