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March 7, 2016


Women’s History Month 2016 
Downing‘Discover Your Inner Champion’ March 9

March is Women’s History Month and Columbus State will recognize students, faculty and staff, as well as community members who provide leadership and exemplify service above self through civic and community engagement. 

The Women’s “HERstory” Month Awards Celebration will be held Wednesday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.

Nominated for the Outstanding Woman Leader award are: Kimberly L.  Hall, Robyn Lyons-Robinson, Merideth Sellars, Miriam Ruth Bowers Abbott, and Stephanie Albrecht. Nominated for the Legacy in Leadership Award are: Nancy Case, Miriam Ruth Bowers Abbott, Dr. Maia Randle, Vena Hill, and Tari Blaney.

In addition to celebrating exceptional women leaders in our community, join us for an inspirational keynote address from mental toughness specialist, Tricia Downing. Downing survived a near-fatal cycling accident which left her paralyzed but didn’t keep her down. Downing emerged as a competitive world-class athlete, author, speaker, and mentor who teaches others how to overcome setbacks and “Discover Your Inner Champion.”


Men’s Basketball Team advances to national tournament

victory group

The Columbus State Men's Basketball Team defeated Cuyahoga Community College Saturday night 76-68 to win the NJCAA Region XII District 11 tournament championship. The victory launches the Cougars to the national tournament for the first time since 2009, when they went all the way to being national runner-up.

To get to Saturday night's conference final, Columbus State (24-6, 10-4 OCCAC) had to beat Lakeland (18-13, 9-5 OCCAC) on Friday night, and did so in an 86-83 overtime thriller.

Cougar guard Robert Caldwell was named to the All-Tournament Team and guard/forward Rodney Willis was selected as the tournament's MVP for his cumulative 37 points and 14 rebounds over the two games.

The NJCAA Div. II Men’s Basketball Tournament will be held March 15-19 at Danville Area Community College in Danville, Ill. Tournament seeding will be announced tomorrow.


Hospitality students learn catering industry with Conference Center

Twenty students enrolled in HOSP2271 Catering and Event Services, taught by Diane Souza toured the Columbus State Conference Center with Patty Gabrenya, coordinator, to learn the ins and outs of event catering.

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A typical event catering set-up in the Conference Center Ballroom.

The catering course covers the principles and practical experiences in meeting planning and catered functions. Students learn to plan, organize, execute, and evaluate meeting and catering functions to meet the needs of clients and guests.

The Conference Center provides a unique, on-campus facility for the students to practice the customer service required for catering large and small events.

On the tour, Gabrenya provided the students with a handout of the Conference Center rooms and floor design, including information of the many types of events the Conference Center hosts, and how each room is tailored to the guest specifications.  The students were able to determine which event elements and components provide the features of the desired experience. They were able to visualize how all these events components fit together, and design the strategy for implementation.


Most food service closed for Spring Break

Food Service closures during Spring Break, March 14 through 18, include:

  • Union Hall Food Court:  Last day of Service:  Saturday, March 12, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Reopens Monday, March 21.
  • Tortillas Food Truck:  Closed Spring Break with exception of the Center for Workforce Development on March 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • DX Café:  Open on Monday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 15 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Closed March 16, 17, 18 during Bookstore inventory.


Accounting function now available for grants managers

Columbus State recently launched a new functionality in Colleague that provides an online view of financial information for grant projects. 

“Self Service for Projects Accounting” provides a real-time, detailed view of grant financial information and transactions, including budgets, actual expenses, and pending expenses (blanket and regular purchase orders). This function is available to principal investigators and other grant staff, and should prove to be a valuable tool for monitoring and reporting grant project costs.

The Grants Accounting and Reporting Services department will offer training sessions for using Self Service through Colleague on Monday, March 14, at 11:30 a.m., and Thursday, March 17, at 1:30 p.m.  The sessions are open to anyone who is involved in the management of a grant program at the college. Register for March 14 or Register for March 17.

For more information, contact Sherry Layton, Mikhail Shmukler or Nick Tice.


Disability Services to host Open House next week

Disability Services will host the 4th Annual Transition Open House on Wednesday, March 16,  at 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 17, at 6:00 p.m. The event provides information to students and their parents about the transition from high school to college. Admissions representatives, faculty members, Disability Services advocates, and students (via video) will discuss the importance of self-advocacy, using accommodations, and student responsibility at a post-secondary institution. A tour of Disability Services will take place after the event. Registration for the Open House is online here.


Doing something great

Harrison speaking to group

Dr. Harrison addresses Columbus State military veteran students at Nationwide February 29. As part of National Insurance Career Awareness Month, Nationwide hosted the students so they could see how a career in insurance can make a difference in their lives and in the community. The students also toured Nationwide and talked to other veterans who work there.





Reminder: Open Forums offered to discuss Intranet

Employees are invited to attend an open forum about the future of the Columbus State Intranet.

The college’s existing Intranet has grown organically over the last 15 years and is long overdue for a redesign. Many employee resources are located on rather than the Intranet. You are invited to discuss how a redeveloped Intranet could serve as a single place for all resources related to employees. Forums are offered:

Tuesday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin 311
Wednesday, March 9, at 9:00 a.m. in Franklin 312
Tuesday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin 311

If you cannot attend a session, please send your feedback or suggestions to Tony Goins, web content coordinator, in Marketing and Communications.


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March Matrix Monitor online now

In the March issue of Matrix Monitor, you can find articles about Discussing Politics at Work, The Sedative Drug Crisis, How to Interrupt Impulse Eating, and much more. 

Staff Council Elections coming soon

The annual Staff Advisory Council (SAC) election is only a month away. The nomination form is now available on the SAC website. Nomination forms will be accepted through Friday. April 22. The online election will be held from Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 6.

If you or another interested fulltime employee from one of the departments/divisions listed below are interested in serving as a SAC representative, please complete and submit either an electronic or physical copy of the nomination form.

  • Academic Affairs: Four open SAC positions
  • Enrollment Management and Student Services: Three open positions
  • Information Technology: Three open positions
  • Marketing and Communications: One open position

Hostmanship 2 offered March 11

Hostmanship 2: Taking Hostmanship to the Next Level will be offered Friday, March 11, at 9:00 a.m. In this session you will rethink your definition of customer service to see every encounter not merely a transactional experience, but one to genuinely connect. We build upon this understanding, developing practical applications and connections, to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our customers.  Register

Myers Briggs workshop offered March 22

An Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) will be offered Tuesday, March 22, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Participants will discover their individual types as determined by the MBTI assessment, and work to understand its implications, uses and applications for personal and professional growth.   Register



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