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October 24, 2016

Reminder: Staff Convocation is tomorrow

Staff Convocation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.

The Convocation will provide an opportunity for staff members to be updated on the state of the College. All fulltime and part-time, non-faculty employees who normally work during these hours should plan to attend unless your supervisor has asked you to remain at your work station to provide critical campus and student services. Campus is not closed and classes will be in session.

Fifth Third eBus offers financial empowerment

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers at Columbus State will host the Fifth Third Bank Financial Empowerment eBus Wednesday, October 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is free and open to all faculty, staff and students who wish to visit.

On the bus you’ll find financial education, fraud awareness and prevention, internet banking and bill payment demonstrations, home ownership and foreclosure guidance and assistance with your credit report. Fifth Third representatives have reported being able to increase credit report scores by up to 100 points through their reviews.

Stop by on your lunch hour or whenever you have time. The eBus will be parked in front of the Center for Workforce Development doors. Assistance is free and no appointment is necessary.

In addition to the eBus there will be financial wellness seminars conducted throughout the day in WD 409. Join the SBDC and 5/3 for “Access to Capital” at 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., and “Empower U – Boosting Your Credit” at 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and you could win a gift card raffle. Contact Tonya Wilson at ext.5335 for more information.


First Wednesday to be held Nov. 2

President Harrison's monthly meeting for employees, First Wednesday, will be held November 2, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The meeting will also be live streamed for those not able to attend in person, online at:


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Umoja Karamu Unity Feast planned for Nov. 2

The Columbus State community is invited to attend the third annual Umoja Karamu Unity Feast celebration, Wednesday, November 2, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.

Attendees will be invited to honor the true story of how African Americans arrived in our country. Umoja Karamu begins by sharing a story from the shores of Ghana, and travels to the current day's Civil Rights movement. The evening will be a transformative experience. You can learn more about this event, or RSVP to attend on the Hub here:


Support Cougar Volleyball on Friday!

The campus community is invited to attend the NJCAA Region XII Volleyball Championships pitting Columbus State against Lorain County Community College, Friday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. There is free admission for everyone, plus raffles, giveaways, and more. Wear all white for a #whiteout and support the Cougars on their journey to the national tournament.

Faculty to participate in video game conference

The fourth annual Game Developer Expo (GDEX) will be held at COSI this coming weekend, October 28 – 30. There are more than 100 confirmed game studios that will have work to show at the conference, the largest expo of its kind in the Midwest. The newly initiated Dev Day is being sponsored by Columbus State, and many of our current and former students will be speakers, vendors, and volunteers at the event.

Henry Bawden, lead instructor of Video Game Art and Animation will give a workshop at Dev Day on narrative in games, and will be giving a talk on pedagogy for games on Saturday. Bawden is on the board of the Ohio Game Developer Association, host of the conference. Bawden, Assistant Professor Peter Carswell, and student volunteers will be attending to promote the two video game degrees that are offered at Columbus State. See more in this video.




HR closed Oct. 25 for retreat

The Human Resources Department will be closed all day Tuesday, October 25, for the Staff Convocation and a department retreat.

Calling all trainers: present, past and future

Do you ever train others, either formally or informally? Are you often the person explaining to others how things work or orienting them to your department? Do you create resources and guides on paper or online?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this gathering is for you!

Please join Professional Development and Retention for an "All Trainers" meet, greet and learn session on Monday, October 31, at either 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., or 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in WD 404.

Stop in, (have some Halloween candy) and meet other trainers like yourself. In addition to networking, we will compile a list of training resources and identify areas where we want to grow and improve. You will leave with plenty of new resources for your own training and learning needs.
RSVP here, and if you have any questions, please contact Phyllis Gorman, ext. 3860.

SAC Brown Bag workshop Oct. 26 

Join Staff Advisory Council (SAC) on Wednesday, October 26at 12:00 p.m., for a workshop called “Taking Care of You,” where you will learn more about the importance of taking care of yourself and find out ways to find some peace in your busy life. The workshop will be held in WD 1094. RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.  

Join 'Paws for Healthy Change' to improve wellness

Paw ImageA new group called "Paws for a Health Change" will support employees in their personal wellbeing goals as part of a healthy lifestyle, including such goals as weight loss, physical activity, diet and other lifestyle behaviors. The group will meet on Tuesdays, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 202, and provide accountability for these individual wellness goals.

Paws for a Healthy Change is open to all employees, fulltime and part-time. Some topics of discussion will include diet, exercise, recipes, and barriers to a healthy lifestyle. Weekly check-ins and weigh-ins will be optional. For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989.


Welcomes and Kudos 

Columbus State congratulates the following new hires and promotions:

October 3 - Tracy Thornton - Specialist in Purchasing and Accounts Payable
October 12 - Charles DePriest – Counselor in Counseling Services
October 17 - Lisa Upperman – Specialist in Records
October 17 - Taylor Slocum - Career Counselor in Career Services
October 24 - Ryan Hawthorne – Analyst in Resource Planning and Analysis
October 24 - Laura Diamond - Sergeant in the Police Department

New Opportunities 

System Specialist- Admissions – Requisition No. 1260
Technician II- Multimedia - Requisition No. 1265
Specialist- Counseling Services - Requisition No. 1266
Supervisor-Mail Services/Shipping/Receiving/Warehouse – Requisition No. 1268
Material Handler-Printing Services - Requisition No. 1269

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