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July 6, 2017


Analyst uses problem-solving skills to improve College operations

Employee of the month photo

“A sought-after problem-solver” — that’s how Registrar Regina Randall describes Summre Jones, functional analyst in the Office of the Registrar. Jones has been instrumental in many important projects aimed at improving College operations, including her exceptional systems testing for the switch to semesters and SQL migration and her work with the Ohio Department of Education. She also helped develop innovative projects such as Program of Study updates, Online Petition to Graduate, Dean’s List upgrade and the MATH 1099 project.

Greg Goodhart worked with Jones on MATH 1099, a self-paced course in which a student can complete multiple courses in one semester. This format presented a challenge: How should the College document MATH 1099 on a student transcript? Jones helped develop a process and train the faculty who had to manually enter the placements into Colleague at the end of every semester. As enrollment increased, Jones worked to automate the process.

“Summre was very pleasant to work with during the data entry and her positive attitude encouraged people several hours into the work,” Goodhart said. “I can always count on her to answer questions and address our needs.”

As of July 1, Jones is a member of the new Data Systems Team lead by Director of Enrollment Management and Student Services Michele Wade. “Michele, you will be amazed by Summre’s intellectual prowess,” Randall added at the end of her remarks during First Wednesday.


Grant helps fund career pathway in additive manufacturing

Columbus State has received $815,164 to develop a career pathway in additive manufacturing, which encompasses technologies such as 3D printing, rapid prototyping, layered manufacturing and more. Manufacturing comprises almost 17 percent of Ohio’s economy, and in a recent survey of 100 manufacturers, two-thirds were already using additive manufacturing and its use is projected to increase.

 The College will work with partners including the PAST (Partnering Anthropology with Science and Technology) Foundation, the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University, Metro Early College High School, Battelle Memorial Labs and others to address a shortage of skilled manufacturing technicians. One key initiative is piloting a summer institute for high school students aimed at strengthening the educational pipeline for additive manufacturing.


College receives funds to support arboriculture education

Thanks to a $5,000 grant, Columbus State is launching two initiatives to raise awareness and support of arboriculture (the cultivation, management and study of trees, shrubs and other woody plants). The College will use funds to promote its new Arboriculture Technology Certificate, which begins in August and will award its first credentials in May, 2018. The second initiative is a weeklong Youth Tree Care Academy. The academy is set for June 2018, and will be open to secondary students ages 16 and older. The camp will include hands-on learning and demonstrations from industry professionals in topics such as introduction to tree care and planting and pruning basics. Participants in the Academy will receive information about the certificate program.


College Testing Services lands big contract with the Supreme Court of Ohio

College Testing Services has partnered with the Columbus State Health and Human Services Division and the Supreme Court of Ohio to help further develop the court’s Certified Foreign Language Interpreter Program.

The Supreme Court needs more than 400 new Certified Interpreters servicing roughly 30 languages to work in Ohio’s Federal, State, District and Municipal Courts. Columbus State’s Community and Professional Testing Center consulted with the Supreme Court on converting its test to an Internet-based exam. This meant fully meeting the court’s requirements and providing on-demand year-round candidate testing. The Community and Professional Testing Center will be the sole Testing Center for the administration and proctoring of this Certification Exam for the State of Ohio, and will begin candidate testing in August.


Employees in College Testing Services gain new certifications

Members of College Testing Services attended important training and certification to strengthen their skills for talent management and acquisition for their work with internal and external partners.

Denise Cashon, supervisor of Community and Professional Testing Center, and Maurice Anderson, coordinator of Community and Professional Testing Center, attended the Consultative Selling/Employer Engagement training on April 27. James Kalna, assistant director of College Testing Services, and Cashon obtained Human Capital Institute’s Strategic Talent Acquisition Certification on May 2 and 3. Kalna and Anderson obtained CEB/SHL Job Profiling Certification on May 23-25.

These training and certification opportunities were made possible through College Testing Services’ partnership with Ohio Talent Development Network.


July exhibition in the library

The library is pleased to welcome returning artist William C. Hemming to its Main Gallery on the second floor and its Northwest Gallery on the first floor. The exhibition is entitled, “Ancient Visions, Mythologies and Nightmares.”

“My art is a tapestry of dreamscapes, images stored in the vault of my mind,” Hemming said. “I paint what I see and where I have been.  Places I’d like to be, people I’d like to know, and people or creatures I want to stay away from. An artist has a duty to record his age. I view seventy years of image in my mind and release them a little at a time on canvas.”

The exhibition will be on display through the month of July.


Attention faculty: Download your Spring 2017 Blackboard gradebooks!

The deadline to download and save your Spring 2017 Blackboard gradebooks is Monday, July 10. On Tuesday, July 11, your Spring 2017 courses will disappear from your Blackboard portal, to be replaced by your Autumn 2017 courses. Click here for more information or contact the Faculty Assistant Center Distance Education & Instructional Support at (614) 287-5991 or


Admissions Office hours on July 14

The Admissions Office will open at noon on Friday, July 14 due to all Admissions staff working Visit Day until that time.

 For urgent matters on this date during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., please reach out to Alex Stigler.



College Knowledge: Business Services

In order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay abreast of organizational changes and initiatives, we have revived and redesigned college on-boarding meetings to feature twice-yearly conversations with each of the College’s divisions. The session on Friday, July 7 will feature Business Services. Come learn about the many operational and financial services that help all of us be good stewards of college resources. It will take place from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in WD 402. Please register here.


Secrets to Effective Meetings

The topic for the next All Trainers Gathering is “The Secrets to Effective Meetings.” The session will explore strategies to encourage well-planned, timely and productive meetings, where the right folks with the right information gather to make well-documented decisions and move processes forward. It will also examine the root causes of bad meetings and help participants learn more about the characteristics of planning, running and closing effective meetings.

You can sign up for a session from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. or 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2.



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