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April 13, 2017



Longtime Trustee, donor passes away at 105


Former Trustee, Martha B. Agler, passed away on April 4, at the age of 105. 

Agler was first appointed to the CTI Board of Trustees by Governor Richard Celeste in 1983, where she served until 1991. Upon her departure, she was granted Emeritus Trustee status in recognition of her lifetime of work in early childhood education and her efforts in the creation of Columbus State’s Child Development Center and Learning Lab.

In 1994, Agler established the Martha B. Agler Scholarship for Early Childhood Educationat Columbus State. This scholarship continues to change the lives of students who will move on to teach and enrich future generations. If you would like to make a gift in Martha’s memory to support her scholarship, visit to complete the donation form and enter “Martha Agler Scholarship” in the designation field.



Employee Giving Campaign continues through May 1

Did you know that simply drinking your morning (or afternoon!) coffee can help the Columbus State Foundation to make a difference in the lives of our students?

The Crimson Cup Coffee Company currently donates three percent of annual Columbus State coffee purchases right back to the college Foundation. The company recently made its first annual gift at the Employee Giving Celebration, March 29.

The Foundation Employee Giving Campaign, which runs through May 1, is a special opportunity for Columbus State employees to directly contribute to scholarships that help our students.

“As members of the Columbus State family, our employees understand the many challenges faced by our students,” said Jesse Jones, Foundation coordinator. “Our employee donors make a transformative difference in the lives of deserving students.”

Donating to the Employee Giving Campaign is easy, online through a one-time donation or by payroll deduction. Many employees find that donating automatically through payroll deduction is less burdensome, since the automatic small donations each pay period add up to a larger donation at year’s end. And all employee donors will be entered in a raffle to win a VIP parking spot on campus for a full semester!

And don’t forget to join the Foundation at their upcoming Charity Happy Hour at The Hills Market Downtown, Monday, April 17, at 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Find out more on the Foundation’s Employee Giving website.  


Crane work on Library Friday

Facilities will be using a crane at the east end of Columbus Hall on Friday, April 14, at 7:00 a.m. This will require a section of the 3E parking lot to be blocked off from 6:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., and pedestrian traffic will be limited in that area. Columbus Hall will be open and students and employees can still enter the building as usual.


Women’s Summit to be held April 22, register today!


The campus community is invited to the third annual Columbus State Women’s Leadership Summit, to be held on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center.

The Women’s Summit provides intergenerational connection opportunities for employees, students, and community guests.  The 2017 theme is “Building an Intersectional Future,” and registration is only $10 for students and $15 for everyone else, which includes a breakfast, lunch, and swag bag. 

Keynote presentations will be given by Dr. Phyllis Gorman, assistant director of Professional Development and Retention, and Umulkheyr Hassan, student and Diversity Peer Educator at Columbus State.

During the Summit, organizers will be collecting supplies for the Faith Mission Women’s Shelter, including hygiene products, clothing, shoes, and combination or key locks.

To learn more, or to register, go online to, or contact Sarah Baker at ext. 2861.



Gary Clark to retire in May

Please join the Computer Science Department at a retirement reception for Assistant Professor Gary Clark, on Friday, May 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in Eibling Hall 003. Clark has worked for the college for the past seven years.





Combined Giving Campaign kicks off Monday

The Columbus State Combined Charitable Giving Campaign will take place from Monday, April 17, through Friday, May 19, this year.

The five charitable federations included in the campaign are The United Way of Central Ohio, The United Way of Delaware County, America’s Charities, EarthShare Ohio, and Community Share of Mid-Ohio.

To read the Donor Resource Guide, which outlines each organization’s charitable work, visit  To fill out an Employee Pledge Form visit : http://intranet/Forms/CPF2016.pdf.


‘Operation Feed’ begins April 17


Operation Feed is a community-wide drive coordinated by Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The drive runs April 17 through May 19. During the drive, every dollar donated provides four meals. Through the efficiencies of the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, just $3.00 can feed a family of four for an entire day!

Operation Feed helps stock the shelves of hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters in central and eastern Ohio. Well over half a million children, adults and seniors receive emergency assistance each year through this network. Community partners depend on Operation Feed to provide healthy, nutritious food for the people they help.

You can choose to donate directly to, or complete the Employee Pledge Form located here: If you are interested in collecting non-perishable food items, or need more information, contact, Barb Smith-Allen, program coordinator in Community and Civic Engagement, at ext. 5433.


First issue of Student Academic Success online now

In the first issue of Student Academic Success, compiled by staff in tutoring, supplemental instruction and Early Alert, you can find articles about career plans, online tutoring, tips for using Starfish, and more. Find it online here:


Math faculty present at conferences

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Attending the Ohio MATYC conference were, from left: Phil MacLean, Karen Starin, Evelyn Kirschner, Liz Betzel, Michelle Duda, John Nedel, Felicia Smith, Jessica Lickeri, Rita Ralph, Kris Montgomery, Beth Barnett, Amy Hatfield and Larry Schmitt.

April is Mathematics Awareness Month, and to celebrate, faculty of the Mathematics and Developmental Education Departments attended conferences April 7-8.

At the Ohio Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (OhioMATYC) Conference at Mohican State Park, Beth Barnett and Jessica Lickeri presented on the “Essential Elements of an Effective Emporium.” Liz Betzel, Evelyn Kirschner, and Felicia Smith spoke about “Making Time for Active Learning.” Also attending the OhioMATYC Conference were Phil Maclean, Evelyn Kirschner, Michelle Duda, Kris Montgomery, Amy Hatfield, Karen Starin, John Nedel, Rita Ralph, Beth Barnett, and Larry Schmitt.

Julia Shew and Sherry Crawford-Eyen attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual conference in San Antonio.

And Lee Wayand presented “Redesigning Math Pathways”at the 3rd Annual Shared Governance and Student Success Conference for the Connecticut State College and University System.


Last chance for faculty professional development in online teaching techniques

Register today for one of the following upcoming workshops: (all workshops held in CT 106)

Friday, April 14
iBooks Author Overview - Level 1 – 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 

Note: Experience with the Mac operating system is required. You've probably heard about iBooks, Apple's free digital publishing system. But what does it take to build an iBook, and what are the steps involved? In this basic hands-on session, learn about tips, tricks, and DEIS resources for iBooks Author, the intuitive Mac application that makes quick assembly of an iBook possible. Join us in DEIS' renovated iMac lab in the CT building for a technical and logistical overview of iBooks Author and the iBooks platform. Register 

Best Practices in Online Pedagogy - 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Learn how online teaching techniques using active and mastery learning principles can improve student success. In this session, led by Ann Palazzo and Jane Roberts, find out how using the best practices in producing video learning objects with digital storytelling can engage a student’s attention and focus on your courses’ most challenging concepts. Discover how interactive self-help practice exercises reinforce students' learning. Join us in DEIS' renovated lab in the CT building for an overview of best practices in online pedagogy. Register

Explain everything with an iPad – 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Note: Bringing your own iPad to this workshop is required. The app itself will be provided free of charge. A program called "Explain Everything" has lofty aspirations with high expectations. What exactly can this do for your teaching? In this hands-on session, learn about techniques for leveraging this robust and powerful content creation tool in online learning. Join us in DEIS' renovated iMac lab in the CT building for a technical and logistical overview of the Explain Everything app. Register

Using Video in Blackboard - 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Video has transitioned from being an exotic teaching/learning supplement to an important component of online learning. In this hands-on session, learn about the tools and strategies available to make your own educational videos and easily integrate them into your Blackboard courses. Join us in DEIS' renovated iMac lab in the CT building for a technical and logistical overview of video in Blackboard. Register

Friday, April 21
Best Practices in Online Pedagogy – 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. - Register
Repeat of April 14 session.

ADA Compliance - 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Universal design helps all learners, not just those students with disabilities. In this session, Disability Services staff will discuss strategies that faculty can implement into their courses to support ADA compliance at Columbus State. Join us in DEIS' renovated lab in the CT building for a technical and logistical overview of making digital content accessible. Register

iBooks Author Overview - Level 2 – 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 

Note: Experience with the Mac operating system, along with basic knowledge of iBooks Author, is required. In this more advanced hands-on session, learn about tips, tricks, and DEIS resources for iBooks Author, the intuitive Mac application that makes quick assembly of an iBook possible. Join us in DEIS' renovated iMac lab in the CT building for a technical and logistical overview of iBooks Author and the iBooks platform.  Register

Keynote Overview - Level 1 - 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Note: Experience with the Mac operating system is required. Keynote is Apple's answer to PowerPoint, but it can also be used for much more than standard slide decks. In this basic hands-on session, learn how to leverage Keynote's creative options to create surprisingly interactive projects that can be used in Blackboard and easily integrated into iBooks. Join us in DEIS' renovated iMac lab in the CT building for a technical and logistical overview of Keynote.  Register

Friday, April 28
Faculty Digital Showcase – 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Find out what your Columbus Stte colleagues are doing in the areas of digital teaching and learning. In this session, discover and discuss innovative approaches to pedagogy, whether it's on campus or online. Join us in DEIS' renovated lab in the CT building for a thought-provoking presentation of the latest faculty digitization work. Register

Blackboard Grade Center for Beginners – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Learn (or review) the basics of using Blackboard’s Grade Center. We will help you understand Grade Center's layout and function, and cover key Grade Center areas and features. You will learn how to: determine when you need to create Grade Center columns; organize columns and set up a Total Column; enter, clear and delete student grades; and download the Grade Center. Columbus State now requires all courses to use the Blackboard Grade Center. Register

Blackboard Intermediate Grade Center Training - 2:15 - 1:15 p.m.

For the user who is confident with the basics, this training will enable instructors to take full advantage of Grade Center's many powerful management features. Learn how to: create Categories and Schemas; set up Weighted Total columns; include extra credit; hide your demo student; double check that column settings are correct and ready to be totaled; organize Grade Center columns, including hiding non-essential columns from instructor view or student view; and drop the lowest grade. Register



All Trainers Gathering rescheduled

The “All Trainers Gathering” has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 3, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. This meeting is for those who train others, either formally or informally, or those who create resources and guides, and do orientation in their own departments. Join in the networking, idea exchange and rich conversation. We promise you will leave with at least a few new resources for your own training and learning needs.  You can register online here.

If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Allen, at ext. 5297.

Hostmanship: A new conversation and refresher

Join others from across the college to discuss Hostmanship in greater detail. Open to all, including those who have completed Hostmanship in the past as well as those who are "first timers." The session is offered Friday, April 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.We will explore what it means to create a “welcoming environment for all,” including students, peers and our extended community at Columbus State.  We will discuss practical applications for our own service, engagement and professional development.  Please register

Conflict Happens: An Introduction to Conflict Resolution Strategies

Conflict happens every day whether we realize it or not. Some avoid conflict hoping it will go away and others confront it head on with mixed results. This sessions explores the effectiveness and practical application of negotiation as means for conflict resolution. We will identify and discuss negotiation strategies within the context of workplace interactions. We will discover ways to communicate better and work through conflict to create mediated and powerful outcomes. The session is offered Friday, April 21, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.Please register



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