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September 1, 2016


Big Table talking

Barb in conversation

Barb Smith-Allen, coordinator in Community and Civic Engagement, takes a turn speaking at Tuesday’s “Big Table” event, sponsored by The Columbus Foundation.  Big Table events were hosted throughout Columbus, with more than 5,000 people coming together to have over 450 conversations about issues that strengthen and challenge our community.  The aim was to build understanding and make the community stronger.  At Columbus State, the Conference Center Ballroom was filled to capacity with students, faculty and staff members who participated in The Big Table.


First Wednesday to be held September 7

President Harrison’s monthly meeting for employees, First Wednesday, will be held on Wednesday, September 7, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The meeting will be live streamed here, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


Reminder: Student Success Summit is September 12

You may have heard terms such as dual credit, the i3 Grant, and supplemental instruction, but do you really know what they mean?  The annual Student Success Summit is your chance to find out more about the dozens of student success initiatives at Columbus State!

The Summit will be held Monday, September 12, in the Columbus State Conference Center (fourth floor WD) from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m., and from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sessions will be repeated in the morning and afternoon sessions.  Adjunct faculty can be paid for up to four hours of meeting pay for their attendance at the Summit.

You may register for the morning and afternoon sessions here.


Behavioral Intervention Team can help

The Behavioral Intervention Team is aware that there may be times when you encounter a student who is challenging or concerning, for one reason or another. The Behavioral Intervention Team is here to be a resource to both you and any students of concern. You can learn more about the team by viewing their online brochure.

The cross-functional representation of the team allows access to resources for support as well as accountability when needed. If you have general concerns about an individual's behavior, please contact a member of the Behavioral Intervention Team to consult as early as possible. No issue is too small to report; trust your instincts and notify someone. You can also complete an informational report online.  

Team members are Terrence Brooks, Student Conduct, ext. 2815; Joan Cook, Equity and Compliance, ext. 2636; Officer Laura Diamond, Police Department, ext. 2525; Dr. Ameena Kemavor, Counseling Services, ext.2818; and Tiffany McClain, Disability Services, ext. 2571.


Join the Student Conduct Board

If you would like to make an impact on our college community, consider applying to be a Student Conduct Hearing Board member. The Board consists of faculty, staff and student members who review situations of potential violations to the Code of Student Conduct and provide a recommended outcome. The requirements are to attend two training sessions a year and participate in a minimum of two hearings, as your schedule permits.

The board reviews situations such as academic dishonesty, campus disruption, campus safety and others. Join us and use your voice to uphold the values and policies of Columbus State. To learn more and to apply, visit

Legal Office has new website

Columbus State’s Legal Office has a new website that provides information regarding some of the most common requests received by the office.   

On the website you will find a new form for employees to submit requests to the Legal Office by clicking on “Make a Request.” This link will take you to a Team Dynamix page where you can make a Legal Services Request.  Please begin using this form for any new requests submitted to the Legal Office.  This request form does not replace any other forms, such as the Contract Routing and Approval Form. The Legal Office will continue to develop and add information to the site. 



Dr. Freeman to serve as interim director of Admissions

Mabel Freeman, Ph.D., will serve as Interim Director of Admissions while Gina Hiser is away on maternity leave through November. Please reach out to Dr. Freeman if you have any Admissions needs, as well as Thomas Giles, Assistant Director for Recruitment and Outreach, and Kara Briscoe, Assistant Director for Operations and Systems.



Fogle earns Ph.D.

Thomas “Ty” Fogle, professor in Computer Science, recently earned his Ph.D. from Capella University from the School of Education.  His specialization was instructional design for online learning, and his dissertation was titled “Class Modality, Student Characteristics, and Performance in a Community College Introductory STEM Course.”


Reminder: ‘QPR’ training for suicide prevention offered

The three steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide are to Question, Persuade and Refer, or QPR.  People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help.

QPR training for students and employees will teach participants how to recognize someone at risk for suicide, give them knowledge of intervention skills, list referral sources, and teach how to refer someone for help. 

The first two QPR training sessions are offered Thursday, September 8, and Thursday, September 29, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Register here.  

For more information about QPR training, please contact Dr. Ameena Kemavor.



SafeZone training offered throughout year

Diversity Services will offer SafeZone workshops throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  SafeZone is a series of interactive training sessions aimed at helping both students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become more effective allies of this community. Learn more about SafeZone or register for a workshop online here.  Contact Brett Welsh for more information.




Learn more about retirement income strategies

Financial advisors from The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company(VALIC) will present seminars on retirement planning and income strategies, Wednesday, September 14, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Delaware campus in MO 112, and Wednesday, September 21, on the Columbus Campus from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 407.  Register here.

Professional development opportunities for faculty offered

Many opportunities for faculty professional development will be offered this semester. Workshops can be combined to lead toward a completion certificate suitable for promotion portfolios, awards, or other professional documentation. Read more about College Resources for Advanced Faculty Training (CRAFT) workshops leading to a certificate.

How to Reduce Stereotype Threat Effects in the Classroom
Tuesday, September 6,  2:00-3:30 p.m.      Register
Stereotype threat is the concern that one’s performance might be evaluated based on a negative stereotype that belongs to one’s social group (Black vs. White, female vs. male, old vs. young). Research has shown that stereotype threats can impair classroom performance and thwart achievement. In this workshop we will outline the stereotype threat research and the mechanisms behind it, and discuss ways in which we can counter its effects in the classroom.

Speed Diversity Dialogue®: A Multicultural Excellence Workshop
Friday, September 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m.                      Register
Given Columbus State’s high level of diversity in the classroom, finding a positive and effective way to increase empathy, understanding and cultural sensitivity skills is crucial. Speed Diversity Dialogue® is a training tool that helps faculty, staff, and students recognize and leverage the benefits of interactions within a diverse classroom community. The dialogue increases awareness of diversity, empathy, social inclusion, value of ethnic and cultural differences, and cultural sensitivity in college faculty, staff, and students.

Dealing with Difficult Students
Friday, September 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m.                  Register
This workshop will focus on both prevention and intervention for behavioral challenges within the classroom.  As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine, and there are some tried and true methods for minimizing the likelihood that disruptions will happen in class.  But sometimes tough situations arise even with the best preventative measures in place, so it’s important to know what to do when those situations occur.  Join us for a discussion and an interactive workshop on how to handle some of the most frequently encountered behavioral difficulties.

Coming soon: Basic Test Design, Thursday, September 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m.  Register

Weight Watchers at Work starts September 6

Stay motivated to reach your weight-loss goals with your coworkers by joining Weight Watchers at Work! Members meet on Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 202. This semester’s session begins on September 6. The cost of the program can be payroll deducted.  For more information about Weight Watchers at Work, or to sign up, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, at ext. 3989 by Friday, September 2.


Columbus State congratulates the following promotions and new hires:

July 16 - Debbie Strain, Specialist in Facilities
July 16 - Kevin Rooney, Grants Coordinator
August 1 - Francis Neutzling, Web Developer in Marketing and Communications
August 16 - Laura Daily, Telephone Representative in the Telephone Information Center
August 16 - Kandi Betts, Instructor in Nursing
August 16 - Alison Romanowski, Instructor in Nursing
August 16 - Jill Ritchey, Instructor in Nursing
August 16 - Ericka Purtee, Instructor in Nursing
August 16 - Ryan Fuqua, Specialist in Transcript Evaluation
August 16 - Tamara Daniels, Assistant Director of Accounting Services
August 16 - Thomas Capps, Event Planner in Admissions
August 16 - Jasmine Marks, Specialist in the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center
August 16 - Jamie Powell, Specialist in Accounting Services
August 16 - Ruey Bruce, Instructor in Biological and Physical Sciences
August 16 - Elycia Taylor, Instructor in Communication
August 16 - Angela Howard, Instructor in Biological and Physical Sciences
August 16 - Jessica Wohlgamuth-Benedum, Instructor in Biological and Physical Sciences
August 16 - Sean O'Neill, Instructor in Mathematics
August 16 - Diane Souza, Instructor in Sports, Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs
August 16 - Andrew Kerr, Instructor in Mathematics
August 16 - Vanessa Langhurst, Supervisor in the Library
August 16 - Karen Miller, System Specialist in Purchasing and Accounts Payable
August 16 - Jeremy Banta, Instructor in Engineering Technologies and Transportation
August 16 - Mark Gerko, Instructor in Engineering Technologies and Transportation
August 16 - Rochelle Burton, Instructor in Nursing
August 16 - Abbey Billups, Instructor in Nursing
August 16 - Kendra Barker-Poirier, Instructor in Allied Health
August 16 - Lisa Gibbs, Annually Contracted Faculty in Media Creation
August 16 - Paula Gallagher, Annually Contracted Faculty in Sports, Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs
August 16 - Robert Ryder, Annually Contracted Faculty in English
August 16 - Mary Collins, Annually Contracted Faculty in Developmental Education
August 22 - Michael Hicks, Program Coordinator in Equity and Compliance
August 29 - Evelyn Kirschner, Annually Contracted Faculty in Mathematics
August 29 - Sara DeVries, Annually Contracted Faculty in Mathematics
August 29 - Amy Williams, Annually Contracted Faculty in Veterinary Technology
August 29 - James Hofe, Annually Contracted Faculty in Nursing
August 29 - Bruce Myers, Annually Contracted Faculty in Justice, Safety and Legal Studies
August 29 - Kayla Styers, Annually Contracted Faculty in Biological and Physical Sciences
August 29 - Joshua Wickham, Annually Contracted in Faculty Sports, Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs
August 29 - Kristina Hughes, Annually Contracted Faculty in Surgery Technology
August 29 - Fred Ensminger, Annually Contracted Faculty in Biological and Physical Sciences
August 29 - Martha Crone, Annually Contracted Faculty in Social Sciences


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