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June 30, 2016


Quality teams, individuals recognized at luncheon

The annual Quality Awards Luncheon was held earlier this month to recognize faculty, staff and cross-functional teams who are performing outstanding work across the college, and continuously improving processes and outcomes for student success.

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The new class of Columbus State Distinguished Teachers receives their awards from President Harrison. From left are: Jonathan Kreger, Danny Foor, Melanie Adams, and Ron Elizaga.

The Distinguished Teaching Award was given to Melanie Adams, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Development Education; Ronald Elizaga, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology; Daniel Foor, Assistant Professor and TechLINK Coordinator, Automotive Technology; and Jonathan Kreger, Professor, Social Sciences.

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The Distinguished Full Professors for 2016 are, from left: Leslie Smith, Jane Roberts, Christine Evenson, and Dick Ansley.

The Distinguished Full Professor Award was given to Mathematics Professor Leslie Smith, Interpreter Education Professor Christine Evenson, Health Information Management Professor Jane Roberts, and Landscape Design and Management Professor Dick Ansley.

Fred Douglas, Police Department dispatcher, was named Staff Employee of the Year, with Dianna Brackbill, office associate in International Enrollment recognized as Part-time Staff Employee of the Year.

Finally, the Team Awards were given to groups of employees who have worked together over the past year to think outside of the box and showcase process improvements and quality initiatives that benefit Columbus State and its students.

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Police Dispatcher Fred Douglas receives his Staff Employee of the Year Award.

A Silver Team Award was given to the Petition to Graduate: Initiative to Complete team, which used data to determine why students in Business and Engineering Technologies were stopping out just a few credits short of graduation, and then used counseling, advising and academic direction to guide them through their final semester toward completion, increasing the graduation rates by double digits. The team members are: Mary Bond, Nichole Braun, Allison Deverteuil, Sarah Goff, Sheri Harrington, Marcy Leeds, Kathy Newman-Gall, and David Wells.

The second Silver Team Award went to the Deregistration Process Improvement Project team, alarge cross-functional group of employees who were able to answer the question: why does Columbus State consistently drop 5,000 students from classes every term, five days before the semester begins? Within a month’s time, the team jumped many hurdles to make life simpler for our already busy students, by offering a deferral option for the payment of tuition, and eliminating the hassle of re-registration and related processes. The team members are: Jaimie Allen, John Donahue, Jan Ellis, Annetta Keller, Martin Maliwesky, David Metz, Stacey Peer, Abby Peterson, Regina Randall, Carla Reed, Aletha Shipley, and Michele Wade.

And the Gold Team Award went to the Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Exhibit, Film and Lecture Series team. This team project began with an opportunity to engage the community with the civil rights issues detailed in Wil Haygood’s book “Showdown: Thurgood Marshall and the Supreme Court Nomination that Changed a Nation,” released last October. As the college made plans for Wil’s speaking engagements on campus, the team came together to develop a poster exhibit that supported the event, and invited the campus and community to learn more about civil rights and racial equality in our nation.

Using emerging technology, team members created the exhibit and online guide that was enjoyed and appreciated by the community, ranging from 5th graders to local business leaders. With the help of many collaborators, the team went beyond the exhibit to create a wide range of programs including a film series, an art exhibit, a lecture series, and a companion display and programming in the Bookstore. This innovative and extraordinary program of exhibits and events provided the campus and community with the opportunity to learn more deeply about events and individuals that have had an impact on the way we live today.

The team members are: Lorien Anderson, Daryl Brown, Laurinda Gruber, Lis Huey, Kristine Kinzer, Dana Knott, Bruce Massis, Frank Neutzling, Ryan Scott, Derek Zoladz, Bob Fitrakis, Adam Moskowitz, Eric Neubauer, Irene Petten, James Stewart, Marilyn Howard, Jennifer Nardone, Zachary Hill, Sandra Zeller, and Lisa Petersen.


Open Forums offered to review Policy changes

The Human Resources Department will hold Open Forums to update Columbus State employees on proposed amendments to College Policies 3-03 and 3-19, as well as Procedures 3-01(F), 3-02(B) through (F), 3-03 (B) through (I) and 3-19(C) necessitated by procedural and operational changes. The open forums will be held on Wednesday, July 6, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in WD 404, and on Thursday, July 14, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in WD 409. Links to the proposed amendments will be sent via a separate email closer to the first forum date. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact your HR Business Partner.


July issue of CEO magazine features President Harrison

In the July issue of Columbus CEO magazine, reporter Mary Yost profiles President Harrison in her article titled “Q&A: David Harrison Of Columbus State.” Dr. Harrison is asked about his commitment to the partnerships he fosters with local businesses and employers, educational institutions, government, and nonprofit agencies throughout the region. You can read the article in its entirety here.


Reminder: Offices close at 4:00 p.m. July 1

On Friday, July 1, Columbus State offices only will close at 4:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus, and regional learning centers. Classes held at 4:00 p.m. or later will be held as scheduled— Students have been instructed to contact their instructor if they have a question about a Friday evening class on July 1.

Also on July 1, the 32-S parking lot and the parking garage will be closed all day to allow for the Columbus Police Department to stage for Red, White and Boom! in downtown Columbus.


Sidewalks closed in various locations

As the major road and sidewalk reconstruction project continues alongside the Columbus Campus, contractors want to remind us that the sidewalks along some portions of Grove Street near Delaware Hall are closed to pedestrians for safety reasons. Signs and barriers have now been installed on those sections of the project, in addition a portion of the spaces in lot 2E have been blocked off. People parking in lot 2E are encouraged to park on the east end of the lot and follow the signage directing them around the construction zone and into the building. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by late August.

The city of Columbus is currently working on sidewalk, curb and paving improvements along Spring Street through campus. As a result, the crosswalk at the northeast corner of Spring Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue will be under construction through Friday, July 1. Pedestrians crossing the street from the parking garage and entering campus will need to go around this construction. When complete, this crosswalk will be ADA compliant. Signage is posted and pedestrians should be aware of equipment working in this area.


Self-service financial aid, electronic verification forms now easier for students

Students who have applied for Federal Student Aid for the 2016-17 award year can now manage the financial aid process from their own computer. The new “Financial Aid Self Service” displays an intuitive, interactive checklist that specifies all the steps that a student needs to complete, from submitting the FAFSA and required documents, to printing the Award Letter and reviewing their academic progress status.

The self-service program helps students to compare costs and awards with other institutions, and better manage their debt. Columbus State students who applied for financial aid prior to 2016-2017 will continue to use the original process. For more information about Financial Aid Self Service, contact the department at ext. 2648.


Reminder: First Wednesday to be held July 6

The July meeting of First Wednesday will be held July 6, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The meeting will also be live streamed where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.



Theatre Columbus State presents ‘Decision Height’ July 13 – 16

With a script based on the historic events, Meredith Dayna Levy’s “Decision Height” lands in Columbus in mid-July. The fictionalized characters draw from the stories of female pilots in World War II whose records were sealed until 1996. The production was the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

Lead character Virginia Hascall has left her home and fiancée to become a Women Airforce Service Pilot—also known as a WASP—to do her part to help defeat the enemy powers in the war. Through triumph and tragedy, she and her sister WASPs in flight suits, learn as much about themselves as they do about airplanes.

Show times are 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 15, and 8:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16, in Nestor Hall Auditorium.


Business Programs to study abroad in Spain this spring

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Barcelona, Spain is one of the most colorful cities in the world, where modern skyscrapers sit alongside ancient cultural and religious icons.

As a follow-up to the study abroad trip to Cuba last December, the Business Programs Department will travel to Spain at the end of Spring Semester 2017.  The course, BMGT 1798, Study Abroad/Global Management – Spain, includes a study abroad experience in beautiful Madrid and Barcelona, where students will learn first-hand about the operations of three companies, according to Terrie Stolte, lead instructor for the class.    

The student group will discover what is involved in the operation of a company within the European Union (EU), as well as in a global environment. Also planned is a meeting with a senior political analyst from the European Commission to discuss membership in the EU and the workings of commerce among member and non-member countries. 

The eight-week course is open to all students but a preference will be given to Business Program majors. Knowledge of Spanish is not a requirement.

Information sessions will be held for this course on both the Columbus and Delaware campuses soon (dates will be announced). The estimated cost for the trip is $3,600, which does not include tuition for the course.  There may be scholarships available. 

For more information, contact Terrie Stolte, at ext. 2798. 


Academic Council holds retreat

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The Blue work group discusses Big Questions at the Academic Council Retreat June 24.

Academic Council proved that it’s possible to retreat and move forward at the same time during its first biannual retreat, held on campus last week. Coming up on its sixth year as the faculty arm of shared governance at the college, Academic Council agreed it was time to sit down together and explore ways to be even more productive and effective in service to faculty, students, and the College. 

The 38 faculty in attendance at the retreat included co-chairs and members from all 13 Academic Council committees as well as a representative from CSEA and the Faculty Fellow for Academic Council.  To tackle the retreat’s agenda of “Big Questions” about the structure and processes of Academic Council, four work groups were organized by topic and color--and were quickly dubbed the Green, Yellow, Blue, and Pink Power Rangers. The serious work of answering the Big Questions began in the morning with individual work group sessions, then continued in the afternoon with presentations of findings and a lively full-group discussion.  

In coming months, the individual work groups will continue to meet and further refine their answers to the Big Questions, and a second retreat is planned for late autumn or early spring semester.    


TRiO programs offer summer food service for students

With summer in full swing, the TRiO Program wants you to know that they are a Summer Food Service Program Site. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service allows Columbus State to be able to offer the two TRiO summer programs assistance in providing well-balanced meals to their students. For more information about the Summer Food Service Program, please visit


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