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May 5, 2016



Conference Center coordinator ‘friend’ to all Patty
Patty Gabreyna seems to have ESP in the way she anticipates her customer’s needs, solves their problems, and attends to every detail of their meetings in the Columbus State Conference Center—almost magically from behind the scenes.

“She is there at 8:30 at night when we finish setting up a meeting, and she’s there at 6:00 a.m. the next day before the meeting starts,” marveled President Harrison at the May 2 First Wednesday meeting. “She assures me that she went home to sleep, but sometimes I wonder!”

Gabreyna was given the May Staff Employee of the Month Award at First Wednesday, after being nominated by Barbara Allen, who wrote, “Patty always welcomes everyone as a friend.  She truly understands the power of listening and hosting.  Her attention to detail is part of her DNA. She treats you as if your event is the only one that matters.”

“Patty has a remarkable work ethic and the gift of hospitality,” says Rita Bedritis, Conference Center supervisor.  “Events are all about people.  Patty is people-oriented and approachable.  She possesses the ability to connect and build lasting relationships.”

“Beyond her work at the Conference Center, her contributions have been significant in the success of Taste the Future.  Her commitment to community, particularly on Day of Service, is also commendable.  Her objective is excellence in everything she does!”


Location update: ‘Spring Singsation’ concert

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble will present a unique performance Saturday, May 7, for Mother's Day weekend entitled, "Spring Singsation and Styles."  The free concert will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.


Automotive faculty judge 2016 Ohio Skills USA Competition

at the competition

Each year, the Automotive Technology faculty volunteer to help test and evaluate the best 18 high school automotive students in the state at the Ohio Skills USA Competition. This year it was held April 26 at the Columbus Convention Center. Professor Mark Mitchell coordinated and judged the Electrical Theory and Operation Station, Assistant Professor Steve Levin coordinated and judged the Electrical Troubleshooting Station (pictured), Assistant Professor David Foor coordinated and judged the Ford ASSET ABS Station, while Assistant Professor Danny Foor and Instructor Ian Andrews judged the Transportation Showcase. The Ohio Skills USA Competition also includes students competing for top honors in HVAC, masonry, welding, carpentry, and plumbing categories.



at tech day

Students and faculty attending the Ohio Healthcare Information Management Day were, from left Marian Osman, Virginia Henry, Lauren Manson, Executive Director, OHIMA, , Taylor Gildner, Professor Lisa Cerrato, HIMT alumna Peggy Kilty, Pam Reinhard, and Cecily Blankenship.

HIMT students meet with state legislators

Students from the Health Information Management Technology (HIMT) attended the 9th Annual Ohio Healthcare Information Management Technology Day at the Ohio Statehouse April 27, where they met with state legislators to seek support of policies which would increase health information exchange to support coordination of care in Ohio, consistent with national standards.

The students also encouraged legislators to support policies that streamline programs like the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, a tool used to track the dispensing of controlled prescription drugs to patients. This information can help prescribers and pharmacists identify high-risk patients who would benefit from early intervention.




Columbus State joins online network to streamline regulation


Columbus State is the newest member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), a consortium of 36 state boards of higher education.

SARA provides its members—states and colleges—a convenient one-stop solution for distance education compliance. By law, colleges must be authorized in every state in which they offer distance courses, according to Tom Erney, dean of Distance Education and Instructional Support.

SARA replaces fifty sets of varying regulations with a single consumer-protection framework.

Columbus State enrolls an average of 70 online students from about 30 states each semester.  The number climbs to almost 200 students in the summer semester.


Headed to Honda

Woodson with students

Moments after completing their final presentations at Honda North America, Columbus State students (from left) Aaron Pappas, Zach Weinle, Ramiro Hernadez, Michael Romanoz, and Matt Geroski are all smiles, accompanied by Mechanical Engineering Professor Jeff Woodson (center). Each student is on target to graduate with a degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, each has been a part of the Modern Manufacturing Work-Study program, and each has received a formal job offer to join Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.


at conference

JackieTeny-Miller, left, and Christine Creagh presented their new certificate programs at the Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) conference.

Two present at state conference

Jackie Teny-Miller, associate professor of Social and Human Services, and Christine Creagh, assistant professor in Early Childhood Development and Education, presented at the 2016 Ohio Early Childhood Conference April 22, where they shared details about Columbus State's Early Childhood Aide Certificate program and the Human Services Assistant Certificate program with professionals from across Ohio.

The two interdisciplinary certificate programs, designed for adult learners with developmental disabilities, help prepare students to work in the growing fields of Early Childhood Education and Human Services. The partnerships created in the community to support these two certificate programs help the college reach its value goals of Innovation and Inclusion. For more information about how your program may be able to open up additional opportunities for adult learners with developmental disabilities, please email Jackie Teny-Miller, or Christine Creagh.






summit scene

Urban Male Summit hosts 300

Students from 12 local high schools and middle schools joined Columbus State students and staff at the April 28 Urban Male Summit, which focused on “The Power of a Good Choice.” Nearly 300 participants attended breakout sessions, a lunch conversation, and keynote presentation by Hashim Garrett, founder and CEO of Wisdom & Understanding, LLC. The event was sponsored by Columbus State’s Diversity Services, TRiO Services, and the Credits Count program. For information about next year’s Urban Male Summit contact Brett Welsh.



Colorado cybersecurity professionals visit Columbus State

Members of the Annual Southern Colorado Leadership Team chose to visit central Ohio April 26 to learn more about the secret to the city’s success in the field of cybersecurity. Hosted by Columbus State, the team included the Colorado Springs mayor, chief of staff, C-suite executives, and other government officials who hold a keen interest in the area of cybersecurity.

Columbus State’s cybersecurity team led a discussion about the new Cybersecurity Associate Degree program and career pathway set to launch Autumn Semester 2017.  Southern Colorado leaders were interested to learn about the innovative tools and methodologies Columbus State is using for industry engagement and program development, and how proactive and collaborative the journey has been in addressing the economic, workforce, and education needs of cybersecurity in central Ohio. They hope to partner with Columbus State to build similar models in their state. To learn more about the Columbus State cybersecurity program, please contact Monique Carney, Program Coordinator.




Healthcare Open Enrollment available through May 31

The Human Resources Department will host Open Enrollment meetings for fulltime benefit- eligible employees on:

Monday, May 9, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., in WD 355
Thursday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in WD 404
Thursday, May 12, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the Delaware Campus in Moeller Hall 111/112
Wednesday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., in WD 409

The Open Enrollment period is for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2016. Open enrollment allows you to elect, terminate, or modify your benefits as needed.

If you are not requesting changes, your benefit plan remains the same and you are not required to complete any forms.

The Open Enrollment period ends on May 31, and all changes to your benefit elections must be received in Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective on July 1, 2016.

Additionally, the Working Spouse Premium Affidavit must be completed annually. This form is available on the benefit site: or in RH 115.  Please remember to complete your annual flexible spending account form to document your annual contribution request. Should you have questions or concerns, most information and forms can be accessed on the website: or by contacting Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.

Health Rewards Briefings to be held

The end of the Health Rewards Program cycle is fast approaching, (June 30) and all fulltime employees with United Health Care coverage are invited to attend a special briefing session where there will be an opportunity to go through the web portal, check your point totals, and ask questions about the program.

Employees should bring their UHC insurance card if they have never logged onto the Health Rewards site.  

Sessions are offered:
Tuesday, May 10,
at 9:00 a.m. in WD 206, and
Thursday, May 19, at 12:00 p.m. in NH 214

Employees and their spouse or domestic partner who are covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must accumulate eight points in the Health Rewards Program in order to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution toward coverage. The current year for the program runs July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Point totals can be accessed at, under “Health & Wellness.”

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.

May Matrix Monitor available

In the May issue of Matrix Monitor newsletter, you will find articles including “Do you secretly fear retirement?” “Standing up for Millennials,” “Good-to-know soft skills: Collaboration,” and more!



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