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June 6, 2016


IT technician ‘sharp as a tack’


Skip Stocksdale can help your “best friend”—your computer—work to its highest capacity, enabling you to meet your deadlines, according to student employee in HR, Kathy Milburn.  “A computer that does not function is like a heart attack waiting to happen,” wrote Milburn, when nominating Stocksdale for Staff Employee of the Month.

“Skip is sharp as a tack, big-picture oriented, and detail driven,” said Milburn. “I have struggled with this computer for over two months.  It was at the point that I couldn’t work at all!  Skip knew everything that needed to be done in sequential order, with a calm demeanor that exuded confidence and clarity. We walked through the whole situation with ease.  And to top it off, he fixed my supervisor’s computer while he was at it!”

“Skip works with people until he knows the problem or issue is completely resolved, and the customer is happy,” said Debra Hitch, IT Support coordinator.  “He jumps right in, rolls up his sleeves, and gets the job done.”

“Working with Skip was a wonderful experience and he helped keep everyone on target to meet their deadlines,” continued Milburn. “I would recommend that everyone start with Skip when they need to get their computers fixed.”


Note: Elevators in garage closed
The elevators in the parking garage will be shut down on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week while the elevator shafts undergo annual cleaning and repairs.


Congrats for completion

with students

President Harrison speaks to a College Credit Plus Greek Civilization class last month at Northridge High School in Johnstown. The class was taught by Humanities Professor Judith Dann. Dr. Harrison was there to congratulate students for completing two semesters in the college-level course. He also spoke to a College Credit Plus English class across the hall.


donated items

SEaL seeks donations for student parents

This fall semester, the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) will host a special “thrift shop” for Columbus State students who are also parents.  The department is seeking donations of items such as books, umbrellas, gently used clothing, baby care items, small kitchen items, hygiene products, flash drives, calculators, home cleaning goods, school supplies, and similar items.

Donations can be dropped off in Nestor Hall 116 any time, or brought to the donation drives being held on Tuesday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  




Student Engagement welcomes new employees

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership welcomes Mya Jordan as the new assistant director, where she will serve as supervisor for the Student Ambassador Leadership Program and coordinate the following programs: Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio, Columbus State Leadership Institute, Serve Our Community programs, Week of Welcome, and many other student involvement programs.
Jordan joined Columbus State’s TRiO department in 2013 as an advisor with the Educational Talent Search program and later became a supervisor for Upward Bound. She holds a B.S. in sport management and M.A. in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. She is passionate about working with students and assisting in their holistic development.


Genevieve Sharron is the new program coordinator in Student Engagement and Leadership, where she will support more than 1,400 students and advisors involved in Columbus State’s clubs and organizations, as well as manage OrgSync, the campus involvement and management system, also known as the Hub. This past year she joined SEaL as a specialist, supporting student success and developing community service initiatives. She holds a B.S. in organismal biology from Kent State University and a M.A. in biological anthropology from The Ohio State University. She is also the secretary on the board for Edheads, a local nonprofit organization that promotes STEM education. 


Autism strategies certification series offered free

“ASD Strategies in Action” is an Autism Certification Series offering an innovative, online video training program for those who interact with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The series provides practical information and skills, demonstrated with real-life examples, and filmed in a variety of settings. ASD Strategies in Action fills critical gaps in the need for more trained service providers to meet a growing demand, as well as the need for more consistent, broad-based community support for parents and families. You can find it online here: The series is free to all Ohioans.


Wellness workshops open to employees
The Department of College Recreation and Wellness will offer several free workshops open to employees on the Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus, and the Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center:

Balance and Stability: The Core of it All!
Join the Department of College Recreation and Wellness for a workshop focusing on balance and stability. In this engaging workshop you will discover the strength connection between your core strength enhancing your stability and balance. You will have the opportunity to try all the exercises represented. The one-hour workshop will be offered:

Wednesday, June 8 - Reynoldsburg RLC at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 15 - Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22 - Columbus Campus in the Bookstore Lounge at 12:00 p.m.

Self-Defense Workshop
This workshop will offer a perspective on environmental awareness, as well as basic self-defense strategies and skills to empower and build confidence in your ability to stay safe. The one-hour workshop will be offered:

Wednesday, June 15 – Columbus Campus Conditioning Center, DE 083, at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29 - Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20 - Reynoldsburg RLC, at 12:00 p.m.

Functional Circuit Training Workshop
We will explain why functional circuit training is essential for living a healthy life, show how easy it is to circuit train, and give you ideas to build your own training circuit. The one-hour workshop will be held:

Wednesday, July 13- Delaware Campus, Moeller Hall, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27 - Columbus Campus, Bookstore Lounge, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10- Reynoldsburg RLC, 12:00 p.m.


Final results in from Cougar Challenge

Staff advisory Council has announced the final results of last month’s Cougar Challenge 5K fundraiser for student book scholarships.  There were a total of 153 participants in the race, both walking and running, which raised $3,300 for scholarships.  This was the largest number of participants for the race since it began five years ago!

The Math Department team “CSCC Mathletes” came the closest to estimating their overall team finish time, completing the race only 4.7 minutes under their predicted time. The team included Sean O’Neil, Phil Maclean, Deborah Smith and Scotty Thompson, captain. And the Marketing and Communications Department earned the Team Participation Trophy for having the highest employee involvement in the race, at 93 percent participation.

SAC members would like to thank sponsors Columbus Asphalt and Paving Company, Education First Credit Union, DX Bookstore, The City Dog, Pepsi, and Sanfillipo Produce, as well as those who made online donations to the fundraiser.



Professional Development opportunities listed
‘Win with Your Strengths’ offered June 15
Win with Your Strengths will be held Wednesday, June 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The class is an introduction to strengths-based language where you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others.  Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.” Register

‘Understanding Conflict’ offered June 20
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 Monday, June 20, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Register

Hostmanship offered June 29
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 Wednesday, June 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 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. 

Wellness Online available for June
In the June issue of Wellness Online, you will find articles about Why Men Skip Health Tests, How is Snoring is Affecting Your Relationship, Depression and Men: Key Gender Issues, and more.


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

May 23 - Mindy Raver, Specialist in Facilities
June 1 - Mya Jordan, Assistant Director in Student Engagement and Leadership
June 1 - Jessica Tomasek, Program Coordinator in Student Central
June 1 - Genevieve Sharron, Program Coordinator in Student Engagement and Leadership
June 1 - Michell Ward, Program Coordinator in Admissions
June 1 - Corey Harris, Counselor and Victim Advocate in Student Life
June 1 - Jessica Boor, Counselor and Victim Advocate in Student Life

Specialist - Global Diversity and Inclusion Center – Requisition No. 1015
Specialist –Accounting Services – Requisition No. 1014
Supervisor Lieutenant - Police Department - Requisition No. 1010
Specialist - Student Central – Requisition No. 1007



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