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June 8, 2017



Specialist goes above and beyond in her department and others


According to her colleagues, Jennifer Hart rises to every challenge. As a specialist in the Office of the Controller, she provides support to the entire department. When Executive Assistant Beth Bates unexpectedly took time off early this year to recover from a broken leg, Hart stepped up to help.

“She didn’t miss a beat,” said supervisor Jan Ellis, director of the Office of the Controller. “She helped keep the office running, schedule conference rooms, schedule meetings and whatever else was needed.” Hart managed these extra responsibilities, despite facing family difficulties of her own.

And if that wasn’t enough, Hart also assisted College Credit Plus students in the Bookstore during the first three weeks of January. “Having someone consistent to answer questions and help students and their families was essential, and Jennifer spent every morning doing just that,” Ellis said.

Ellis also praised Hart for her work coordinating the Enterprise Systems User Group. “The first few meetings Jennifer attended might have been overwhelming for her, but instead of quitting or being negative about it, she kept asking questions so she could learn more,” Ellis said.

Thanks to her can-do attitude and willingness to learn, Hart has become invaluable to her department and many others. “Jennifer helps out wherever she is needed in the department and when other opportunities arise,” Ellis added. “She always does it with a smile!”


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Specialist steps in ‘like Superman’ to help resolve problems


For some students, discussing academic restrictions or missed steps in the financial aid process can be emotional. “In some cases, the student may become a little upset or cry,” said financial aid advisor Vena Hill. “David steps in like superman and saves the day.”

David Gelo is a specialist in Student Central, and his commitment to serving students is unwavering. Hill said he always follows up with students who have problems that can’t be resolved right away, and approaches every student with compassion. 

“I often tell David he was born to work in Student Central,” said supervisor Misty Mahefkey, assistant director of Student Central. “Several students come to Student Central just to talk to David and receive his advice and help.”

Gelo’s passion for helping others extends beyond his work in Student Central. He’s also heavily involved with the M.A.N Initiative, a program on campus that seeks to connect male students with mentoring and leadership opportunities. 

“The first meeting I had with David as his new supervisor, he explained his passion for being a mentor on campus. He wanted to make sure that he would still have the opportunity to impact students in that manner,” Mahefkey said. “At that point, I realized serving students and mentoring them is his priority.” In fact, Gelo recently was named 2017 Mentor of the Year by the M.A.N. Initiative.


Support TRiO Programs at Platform Brewery June 19

photo of breweryColumbus State employees, friends and family are invited to come support TRiO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound Programs at Platform Brewery on Monday, June 19.

TRiO programs service Columbus City School students who are the first generation to attend college or considered low-income. Each year, the “Back to School” event provides school supplies and other items for these students, plus motivation to start another successful school year.

Platform Brewery is located at 408 North 6th Street, next door to the Vet Tech building, and has graciously agreed to donate 20 percent of its proceeds to TRiO on Monday, June 19, from 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. In addition to enjoying great brews, food, and company, come on out to take part in Trivia Night or throw your ticket in for a few raffle items! 


Wellness presentations offered for classroom

College Recreation and Wellness believes that all students should have access to wellness information, even in the classroom. If you would like a specialist to come and speak to your class on a variety of different health topics, click here to fill out the request form. (Scroll all the way down to find the form.)

The form lists a range of presentation topics, but you can also make a special request if you don’t see the topic you’re interested in. This opportunity is open to all departments, so employees can benefit from all the college has to offer to promote healthy lifestyles. You can schedule a Lunch and Learn or an interactive session such as a self-defense or exercise demonstration. 


Croft gives presentation on dual enrollment

Alicia Croft, Ph.D, a research analyst in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, delivered a presentation at the 2017 Association for Institutional Research Forum. The forum took place May 29 through June 2 in Washington, D.C.

The presentation, titled “Returns on Investment: Assessing Dual Enrollment as an Institutional Tool,” included an overview of the state’s College Credit Plus program. Croft highlighted the rapid growth in the number of high school students enrolled at Columbus State over the last five years, and discussed college tuition costs and savings for dual enrollment students, student demographics, course success rates and more.


Ohio Registrars meet

Columbus State’s Office of the Registrar recently hosted the annual Ohio Community College Registrars meeting. Registrars from around the state gathered to discuss best practices for College Credit Plus, residency rules, graduation practices, honoring posthumous graduates, Fresh Start/Forgiveness rules, and more.

Important information was shared among the institutions in order to promote process and program efficiencies. Attending the meeting were Registrars from Terra State Community College, Owens Community College, Marion Technical College, Lakeland Community College, Rio Grande Community College, Central Ohio Technical College, Zane State College and Lorain County Community College.


Group presents ‘reverse transfer’ session at conference

A team from Columbus State recently presented a session called “Reverse Transfer – Credit When it’s Due” at the Ohio Transfer Council Conference. Making the presentation were Rachel Fowler, graduation coordinator, Kathy Newman-Gall, coordinator in Curriculum Management, Mary Whitt, advisor, and Manykhone Chanthavong, transcript evaluator and coordinator of Reverse Transfer at Columbus State.



Mobile mammography screening offered July 10

The James Care Mobile Mammography vehicle will be on campus Monday, July 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 11S parking lot across from Nestor Hall.  To make an appointment for screening, call James Care Mammography Scheduling at (614)293-4455, or 1(800)240-4477, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Health Rewards program deadline is June 30

An informational briefing to review the new Health Rewards platform called “Rally” will be held on Wednesday, June 14, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 307.  The deadline to have all Health Rewards activities for 2017 completed is Friday, June 30.  

Employees and their spouses or domestic partners covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach 8 points in the Health Rewards program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution toward health insurance. Each cycle begins July 1 and runs through June 30 of each year. If you need more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989.




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