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February 6, 2017


February SEOM

Analyst works through the pain

Donahue portrait

John Donahue, functional analyst in the Office of the Registrar, has a happy-go-lucky demeanor, according to his supervisor Dr. Regina Randall.

But in the period before Summer Semester 2016 began, Donahue had to work a little harder to maintain that smile, she wrote in her nomination for Staff Employee of the Month.

Donahue, who is in charge of running the Drop for Non Payment of Fees, and Drop for Not Meeting Prerequisites processes, broke his hand in a car accident the day before those processes were to be run—an overnight procedure that requires long hours on the computer.

“He completed this work despite his injuries,” said Randall.  “His commitment is astounding!”

“John is a member of the team that received the CQI Silver Award for a project that saved the college thousands of dollars,” continues Randall.  “He was recently promoted from a system specialist to a functional analyst. The promotion was a result of his expertise, experience and exceeding dedication to the work of the college.”

In addition to his duties with core processes of the college, Donahue works with other departments in Enrollment Management and Student Services, and Academic Affairs. He is charged with ensuring that the academic records and registration systems for the College Credit Plus program are in order as well.  “The college would suffer greatly if John did not deploy his expertise,” said Randall.



Read-In event is Wednesday

The campus community is invited to participate in the annual African American Read-In being held in honor of Black History Month. The Read-In will be held Wednesday, February 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge. Come and share your original work or read an excerpt from an African American literary work that you love. Light refreshments will be available. Readers are encouraged to RSVP to Robyn Lyons-Robinson in advance of the event.


Dental Hygiene alumni, students shine over weekend

group photo of Grossman with students

Connie Grossman, center, in dark jacket, joins her alumni at their continuing ed seminar Feb. 4.


The Dental Hygiene Program recently hosted continuing education for re-licensure, with Dr. Mark Levy on “The Role of the Hygienist in Dental Sleep Medicine,” and Dr. Sacha Tadros on “Drugs:  What’s New?”  Many of dental hygiene alumni attended the event with the proceeds supporting the Connie S. Grossman Dental Hygiene Scholarship Fund, and raised enough to support two $500 scholarships.

On the same day, current Dental Hygiene students participated in a “Millionaire Board Review” at the Procter & Gamble headquarters near Cincinnati. The event prepares students for the upcoming National Dental Hygiene Board Examination required for licensure. From the four colleges that participated in the competition, Columbus State won the first place prize of $400!


Join PONO this spring

logoThere are still a few openings to join the Spring 2017 PONO Diversity Learning Community.

PONO is a group for employees and students that meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and socio-economic status. PONO provides great opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please contact Jasmine Marks .



February Managers’ Forum is Friday

February’s Managers Forum will focus on suicide prevention using the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Method. The forum will be held Friday, February 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Delaware 121. Many employees have already attended a session and have found this training to be meaningful, impactful and applicable to both their personal and professional lives.

In this session, managers will learn the common causes and warning signs of suicidal behavior, how to question, persuade and refer someone who may be suicidal, and more.

This session is limited to 40 participants to best facilitate discussion, but additional sessions can be scheduled if space fills up. Participants will receive a completion certification. Register here:

If you have any questions, contact Barbara Allen

Eat and donate to Climbers!

The Columbus State Climbers—who will climb the stairs of the Rhodes Tower to raise money for the American Lung Association—are holding a fundraiser on Wednesday, February 8, from 4:30 to 10:00 p.m. at BJ’s restaurant, 5141 Tuttle Crossing, Dublin, OH 43016.  You show up, you eat, and 20 percent of your tab goes to The Columbus State Climbers! Email Katina Fitch for a flyer that you can print out and present to your server at BJ’s on Wednesday. It’s a pretty good deal: You eat and they do all the climbing!


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