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January 5, 2017


January SEOM

Specialist works all angles to provide textbooks

Sherita Golden

Sherita Golden’s title of Procurement and College Services Specialist doesn’t quite describe the work she’s been doing for more than 20 years at Columbus State, much of which has been involved in getting textbooks into the hands of students.  Her co-supervisors in College Services and the Bookstore both boast of her exemplary work with College Credit Plus, and how she helps provide the book information for high school students, the parents and the school districts on behalf of Columbus State. They speak of her exemplary customer service, her team spirit and her can-do attitude. 

But it was her work on Staff Advisory Council helping to coordinate the Cougar Challenge 5K run—which helps fund textbook scholarships—that earned her recognition as Staff Employee of the Month, nominated by Michael Hicks, counselor in Counseling Services, and past SAC chair.

“Without exception, Sherita shows up with a smile, a very positive attitude, and a strong desire to help (SAC) in any way she can,” said Hicks. “I believe she knows every person and resource on campus, and she will problem solve until she gets the job done,” he said.

“Sherita has been a valued and instrumental member of the council by contributing tirelessly to the Cougar Challenge 5K, the staff raffle, the SAC Annual Retreat and Employee Appreciation Day.”

“She is a difference maker, an asset to the college, and very deserving of being recognized as Staff Employee of the Month,” wrote Stacey Mulinex and Brad Farmer, co-supervisors.


Longtime Construction Management adjunct passes away

Philip “Skip” Baker, 72, of Columbus, passed away on December 29, 2016 at the James Cancer Center. He was a 1962 graduate of West High School and received a B.S. in Business from Ohio University in 1966.  Phil was an outstanding adjunct instructor for over two decades with the Construction Management program, as well as running his own contracting business serving the Midwestern U.S.  He impacted students in and out of the classroom, and several have noted they would not be successful had it not been for his guidance and at times “tough love,” said Dean Bortz, professor in the department.  “His passion for excellence and performance was exceeded only by his love of family and doing the right thing the right way.  He will be missed, but his legacy lives on in the hundreds of lives he impacted.”


Students help to restore cemetery

While you were on break, Columbus State was featured on 10TV. Associate Professor Annie Parsons and some of her students are assisting in the restoration of the historic Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus. Grave sites have been vandalized in recent months, causing an estimated $1 million in damage. Watch the segment here:


More Columbus State in the news

Also over break, the initiative by the Columbus State Police Department to have officers, security specialists and others in the department learn basic American Sign Language attracted some local media coverage. The story was showcased on ABC 6 and FOX 28.


Grant to help Early Childhood students complete program

A Great Lakes grant of $155,824 will help speed Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) students toward completion of their program, by helping to clear academic hurdles, financial obstacles, and difficulties in translating their current employment into practicum requirements.

Great Lakes is a nonprofit organization that helps make successful student loan repayment possible in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and private lenders.

The Coordinator in the Human Services Department will work with faculty and advisors to identify candidates for this program. Grades, academic progress, financial aid challenges, and student performance flags in the Early Alert System will help identify student needs among the program’s enrollees. Intensive advising and financial support also will be available to students in the target population based on faculty and advisor recommendations.

Students in the target population and those across the ECDE program will benefit from expanded tutoring and an improved policy governing on-the-job work experience requirements. These students will benefit from an additional 10 tutoring hours per week in autumn and spring semesters, and five hours per week in the summer.


Women at Work!

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Melissa Lamar,
on right,and Erica Gladue, Center for Workforce Development specialists, recently represented Columbus State at the 5th Annual Economic Development 411. The half-day event gives Columbus region elected officials, community, business, and educational leaders a greater understanding of economic development. The Columbus State display was about women working in the field of engineering technology.






Mileage reimbursement rate decreases January 1

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Columbus State's travel procedure 9-06(A) ties mileage reimbursement rates to the IRS guidelines. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that business mileage rates will be decreased from .54 cents per mile to .535 cents per mile effective January 1, 2017.

Travel forms are available on the Intranet and will be updated to reflect the new rates.  Reimbursement forms that are in-transit will have the mileage rate adjusted by the Travel Office for travel that occurs on or after January 1, 2017.  Questions regarding the new rates should be addressed to Tracy Thornton in the Travel Office at ext. 2443.


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No Junk January starts now!

The Columbus State Wellness Initiative wants to kick off 2017 with a “January Junk Challenge.” Challenge yourself to avoid junk food for 21 days! What qualifies as junk? You can’t eat donuts, candy, cookies, cake, white bread, chips, fast food, chocolate, soda, ice cream, or most commercially prepared snack foods (ie: cheese doodles). You can read more about what qualifies as junk food online here. You will hold yourself accountable. The challenge starts Tuesday, January 10, and runs through Tuesday, January 31. Record your experience to see how you do!


Paws for Healthy Change group meets on Tuesdays

The “Paws for a Healthy Change” wellness group will meet on Tuesdays at noon, starting January 10. The group’s purpose is to support employees in their personal wellbeing goals as part of a healthy lifestyle, including weight loss, physical activity, tobacco cessation and other lifestyle behaviors. The group is open to all employees, and will focus on diet, exercise, stress, barriers to a healthy lifestyle, and provide resources to support employees in their individual lifestyle goals. There will be weekly check-in meetings and optional weigh-ins.

For more information and meeting location, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator,, or ext. 3989



News from the Discovery District

Did you forget to turn in all of those books and movies you checked out over the holiday break? Don’t worry, CML has you covered! Columbus Metropolitan Libraries are no longer charging overdue fines for borrowed materials! Read more here.

The Columbus Underground is here to help you with your New Year’s Resolutions. Check out their article about five herbs (you can grow or buy) that will help you boost your mood:

Have you made a to-read list for 2017? Columbus Metropolitan Libraries has literally thousands of e-books at the ready waiting for you. Break out your devices and get to downloading so you can cross some of those books off of your list. Click here:

This is your last chance to see The Sun Place in the Abyss at the Columbus Museum of Art. It closes on Sunday, January 8.  While you’re there, don’t miss the Think Outside the Brick LEGO exhibit and the Bodies @ Work: The Art of Ruben and Isabel Toledo exhibit, too. Check out the exhibits here:

Three long-time BalletMet dancers, Adrienne Benz, Bethany Lee, and Andres Estevez, are retiring after this season. If you have not seen them perform before, check out their remaining schedule and make sure you do! You can read about the retiring dancers here:



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