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June 20, 2016


Clinton to visit Columbus tomorrow

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be making a speech tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center, next to the Columbus Campus. Expect traffic delays near the campus for most of the morning and afternoon.


Feedback form open for recent VP candidates

You may leave your feedback on the recent candidates for vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services here: Feedback form. The form will be available until Wednesday, June 22. You can view each candidate’s forum online here: Anthony Cruz, Martin Maliwesky, and Rebecca Butler.


classroom photoInstructor Hillary Rehm helps a student set up her campus email.

Basic English students complete orientation

This summer semester, the Basic English program held its first-ever orientation sessions, where new students got an overview of course policies, procedures, and campus resources. They were also provided hands-on assistance in setting up their login credentials, passwords, and student email accounts.

Basic English registration has grown by more than 20 percent in the past two years, with more and more students moving into credit coursework after they finish the non-credit program. Therefore, it is increasingly important for them to be able to use the available technology to find information and to communicate with their teachers and classmates.


Learn how to make PDFs accessible June 29

If you create PDF documents, it’s time to start working to make them more accessible to students with disabilities. Join this month for training on PDF document and form accessibility.

People with a visual disability may read PDFs using a screen reader, a program that reads the document out loud so users can navigate it and interact with it. If a PDF is formatted incorrectly, it may be impossible for a screen reader user to access. Efficient access to electronic communications is important for student success and is part of Columbus State's commitment to serving our diverse student population. Access for students with disabilities also is guaranteed by federal law.  

The College’s Disability Services office, in conjunction with Marketing and Communications, will host two training sessions on PDF document and form accessibility:
Wednesday, June 29 – 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in WD 206, and from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., WD 209
Register Online


Workshops teach how to hire students for autumn semester

Career Services Student Employment will hold several open lab times 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. Dates for the open lab are:

Wednesday, June 29-3:00-4:00 p.m., Nestor Hall 215

Wednesday, July 6 - 3:00-4:00 p.m., Nestor 215

Wednesday, July 13 - 3:00-4:00 p.m., Nestor 215

Please register for your preferred session here: Employee Training Registration Site


Organizational updates announced

The Data Governance team has two updates for the college. Each of these changes has been reflected in Colleague.

Facilities Management has added a new department and a new unit. The new department is Facilities Operations. The new unit is Parking.

There has also been an academic unit name change in the School of Health and Human Services. Justice and Safety will now be known as Justice, Safety and Legal Studies.

Please make a note of these changes!


Friend earns master’s degree

Gretchen Friend, assistant professor in Hotel, Tourism and Event Management, recently earned her Master of Science in Instructional Design and Performance Technology from Franklin University.  “Many of the courses I teach are online sections and I have a passion for both technology and curriculum development,” said Friend. “The Instructional Design and Performance Technology degree gave me the opportunity to explore and learn new methods of teaching, training and evaluation.”



Reception to be held for Terri Gehr June 29

Teri with Dr Harrison Terri Gehr accepts a plaque recognizing her service from President Harrison after the May Board meeting.

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.


logoTobacco Free signage to come down

As the college approaches the one-year anniversary of becoming a completely tobacco-free campus, most of the introductory signage with the July 1, 2015 dates has been taken down and the permanent, legal signage has been installed on buildings and parking areas. If you see this promotional signage remaining in your department, building, or at regional learning centers, please remove it by loosening a corner and peeling the sticker off.  The signs are designed to come up cleanly from walls, glass, doors and windows. 






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