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October 6, 2016


October SEOM
Academic advisor takes lead on new-student orientation
Barrett Brittany Barrett arrives every day on a mission to make a difference. As an academic advisor and co-lead for new student orientation, she uses creative thinking and flexibility to provide first-term advising support for more than 1,000 students attending 12 different summer orientation sessions.

“Brittany is always willing to generate new approaches to processes,” says Molly Ward, assistant director of the Center for Advising, Support and Exploration. “She developed an electronic survey which was sent to students prior to orientation, in order to confirm their area of study.  This enhancement significantly changed our process, saving time for both students and advisors,” says Ward.

“She developed first-term recommendation sheets for each student, completing many of the forms herself, and also reached out to her peers to assist them in the process.  Brittany is a true example of an individual who leads by example and encourages her team through great work,” continues Ward.

“Brittany is a creative and extremely positive advisor who goes above and beyond serving students and assisting her colleagues,” writes Desiree Polk-Bland, executive dean of Advising and Student Support. “Brittany exemplifies the positive attitude and focus on students that is necessary in this environment of change.”


Political activity restrictions listed

Columbus State is proud of the civic engagement consistently shown by the employees of the College. With the 2016 election in full swing, it is a good time for a reminder that some restrictions do exist regarding the political activity of public employees. Please review this short bulletin highlighting our obligations as public employees, found online here (document is on the Intranet and requires log in).


A lesson in alternative fuels

Levin explaining CNG station

Steve Levin, assistant professor in Engineering Technology and Transportation, (center) provides an overview of Columbus State’s old compressed natural gas (CNG) filling station with educators and automotive industry partners Wednesday on the Columbus Campus. The CNG station will be refurbished as part of a $597,000 National Science Foundation grant to fund development of alternative fuels coursework.


Arts and Sciences Lecture Series presents ‘Tale of Two Presidents’

Foreign policy issues, particularly those involving the Middle East, will be a significant focus of the next administration—regardless of who is elected president. Please join the Arts and Sciences Lecture Series in welcoming Dr. Peter Mansoor to Columbus State on Monday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m. when he presents “A Tale of Two Presidents: Prospective National Security Policies of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”  The lecture will be held in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  It is free and open to the public.  

Dr. Mansoor is professor and Mason Chair in Military History at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Mansoor is also a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a military analyst for CNN. 


Learn about service learning at ‘Conversations that Matter’

Service-Learning is an experiential learning strategy that combines in-class teaching with a meaningful community service project.  Service-Learning is an exciting way to positively impact both your students and the community.

Join the Service-Learning committees at “Conversations That Matter,” Tuesday, October 11, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in NH 313. You’ll learn how to convert your course into a Service-Learning (S-Designated) class.  Email with any questions you may have.


October is Disability Awareness Month

Columbus State’sDisability Services is collaborating with a number of departments around campus to celebrate Disability Awareness Month during October. In conjunction with the new priority registration for students registered with Disability Services, academic advisors will provide walk-in advising services the week of October 10.

Disability Services will also provide training to faculty, staff and students on Read and Write Gold software at both the Columbus and Delaware campuses. Read and Write Gold software supports individuals with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities, and English as a second language users.

In addition, students from the Interpreter Education Program will interpret the National Anthem into American Sign Language at the home volleyball games. For the complete list of activities in October, please visit the Disability Services webpage.


More opportunities for service

If you were not able to participate in the Columbus State Day of Service, your project was cancelled, or you just want to continue to help make a difference in the community and surrounding neighborhood, please join us for a day of continued service on Saturday, October 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

The service is a street beautification project that will involve weeding and clean up in the area on Long Street between Ohio Avenue and 21st Street. Refreshments will be provided. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own tools if you wish.  You may contact Dianne Fidelibus, project team leader at ext. 5015 for any additional information and to sign up.  The group will gather at Rehoboth Temple, 1111 E. Long Street between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. and get to work.


Attend free screening of Korean film Oct. 11

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Join Columbus State’s Humanities Department and the OSU Korean Studies Institute for a special screening of the South Korean film, “Ode to My Father” at the Gateway Film Center on Tuesday, October 11.

All Columbus State faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the free showing which begins at 7:00 p.m. A free reception with Korean food will start at 6:00 p.m. in the upstairs lounge at the Gateway. Following the movie, there will be a brief question and answer session with an admiral and a few Ohio Korean residents who were part of the Hungnam evacuation—a central event in the Korean War and the film.

Tickets are free but won’t be released until the day of the screening. If you would like to reserve tickets ahead of time, please contact Jennifer Nardone. Tickets will also be available at the time of the screening.





October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the October issue of Wellness Online, you will find lots of information about breast cancer prevention and detection, plus “Eating for Better Oral Health,” and lots of healthy recipes.

Video teaches use of classroom assessment techniques

graphic for class

Each week, the Professional Development and Retention Office will feature a video from “Magna 20-Minute Mentor,” anon-demand digital library of teaching and student support solutions. This week’s video is “How Can I Use Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) Online.” Learn how to use the insights gained from using CATs to adjust future lessons and target your instruction to better meet the needs of your students. Gain skills you can apply in both online and traditional classrooms.

Go here to read the instructions on how to create your own account and use the College’s Authorization Code (CSCC257RJ) to enable access to the video.

To discuss the video with others, go to Yammer and find the discussion thread for the current video. Read about how to access Yammer through Office 365. Questions? Contact Rich James.



Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.