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March 28, 2016


Landscape students bring home high placings from national competition

With a fairly small team of only 12 students, the Columbus State Landscape Team traveled to Mississippi State University over spring break to compete in the 40th annual Student Career Days competition, sometimes referred to as the “Collegiate Landscape Olympics.”

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Chris Hall and Matthew Lewis (in blue sweatshirts) receive their 2nd place awards in the Landscape Maintenance division.

The event is held each year by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and includes a large career fair for students attending.

Nearly 700 students from 63 colleges and universities competed in 28 different events covering the field of landscaping from business and sales, to horticulture, arboriculture, design and construction.

Columbus State’s team finished 17th in the nation, and 5th among community colleges. The winning college was Michigan State University, and the top community college was Cuyahoga Community College with a third-place finish. Ohio’s community colleges had an especially good showing with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College also finishing well in 13th place.

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Landscape Design and Management Professor Steve O’Neal accepts a scholarship on behalf of one of his students from NALP Foundation Chair Miles Kuperus Jr.

Top individual placers for Columbus State were Chris Hall in 52nd place, Megan Shaner in 54th, and Spencer Preston in 60th. Each of the 12 students on the team competed for points in several different individual competitions.

Chris Hall and Matthew Lewis took home second place in the Landscape Maintenance competition, while Sam Sheedy earned second place in Exterior Landscape Design. The team of Chris Hall and Dana Simpson took fifth in the Irrigation Assembly test, and Elena Noriega was seventh in the 3D Exterior Landscape Design competition.

Congratulations to the Columbus State Landscape Team for another successful Student Career Days!  






AQIP Action Projects approved for 2016

“Action Projects” are a key requirement of the college’s AQIP accreditation pathway which emphasizes continuous quality improvement. Each year, the Cabinet reviews and approves Action Projects that will be featured in the coming year and posted to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) website. Team leaders for each project are required to submit mid- and year-end reports to the HLC detailing the impact of their project’s work.

The three approved Action Projects for 2016 are the ALEKS Placement Boot Camp, the Orientation and First Year Mobile Guidebook App, and Aligning and Communicating Strategic Priorities.

The ALEKS Boot Camp impacts student success by providing a more accurate placement into their initial mathematics course.  In this program, after taking the math placement test, students will work on a personally designed remediation plan during a short-term “boot camp” with one-on-one assistance from a faculty member. Students must remediate for a minimum of 10 hours before retaking the placement test. This Action Project is in AQIP Category 1, “Helping Students Learn.” Team leaders are TJ Duda, Beth Barnett, Julie Hallas, Lauren Jones and Phil MacLean.


The Orientation Guidebook App is an Advising Department pilot project that uses a custom phone application for Apple and Android phones, linking new students to college resources and regular advising messages. Students are able to link to their schedule, calendar, faculty and staff contacts, the Hub, to-do lists, and social media. This Action Project falls into AQIP Category 2, “Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs.” Desiree Polk-Bland, Molly Ward and Josh Maher are the team leaders.

The third Action Project is Aligning and Communicating Strategic Priorities, which falls into AQIP Category 4, “Planning and Leading.” This project will provide a budgeting framework and help align current and future work at the college with the Strategic Priorities, Student Success, Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, and Measuring our Success. A leadership training component will be the primary method through which improved communication and alignment will occur. Jennifer Anderson is the team leader.


More information about In-Service Day, April 21

Register for lunch
Once again the luncheon service will be split into two sessions to accommodate all attendees. Please register now for your lunch session so that we may give our Hospitality Management caterers an accurate count. Registration will close on Friday, April 8.

Afternoon breakout sessions
The preliminary list of afternoon breakout sessions is posted. It includes 27 different “College Knowledge” sessions. See the list here.

Volunteer ushers are needed
We are in need of volunteers to usher for In-Service throughout the day. If you are willing to serve, or for more information, please contact Steven Zelenka at ext. 5075.

Accommodations available
There will be ASL interpreters and captioning on screen at the morning session. If you would like to request an interpreter for the afternoon sessions, please contact Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107. To provide the highest quality of service, requests should be made a minimum of ten business days in advance. Every effort will be made to secure services, however, if the notice is received less than ten days prior to the event, services may not be available.

Final call for In-Service Day materials
Do you have materials or information you want included for In-Service Day 2016? This year, the In-Service Day Committee will produce a single booklet that includes all printed materials instead of placing multiple individual flyers on the chairs in the gymnasium. Please send your flyers, ads, artwork, etc. to In-Service Project Manager Drew Clausen no later than 5:00 p.m. today, for inclusion in the booklet.


Use email for voice messages


Unified Messaging, or the integration of voice mail and email, is now available at Columbus State. Once activated, your voice mail messages will be delivered to your college email inbox, where you can listen to them by opening them as you do your regular email messages. 

Both voice mail and email can be processed from the same interface. The messaging software makes it even easier by showing playback controls when you view the voice mail messages. And of course, you can still listen to your voice mail messages through your phone in the same way you always have. 

If you would like to join the increasing number of employees enjoying this revolutionary tool, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 5050.


Faxing address changed

Information Technology has recently completed the migration to a new fax server. All outbound faxes sent from the Ricoh copier/printers must now be addressed to phonenumber@FAX.LOCAL.  The previous address, (phone will no longer work.  The new fax server will allow employees to send and receive faxes in ways that were difficult before. Please contact the Help Desk, ext. 5050, with any questions you have about faxing documents.


See ‘Sweeney Todd’ production with discount

Standing Room Only Theatre Company (SRO) has a discount for its upcoming production of "Sweeney Todd" for Columbus State faculty, staff and students. We receive a $3.00 discount to all of SRO's shows by using the code "CSCC" at the online checkout or presenting a school ID at the box office.

The play will be presented in the Discovery District at the Van Fleet Theatre, Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd is set amongst London’s seedy side streets and it is laced with wit and dark humor. Combining comic turns, chilling drama, and hauntingly beautiful romantic songs, Sweeney Todd offers a fascinating portrait of a man driven to madness by injustice. The show runs from April 1-10, with evening show times and matinees.




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