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March 13, 2017


Proctors needed for survey of student engagement

The fourth round of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is set to begin on Monday, March 20,and more than 120 employee volunteers are needed to help proctor, or monitor, the surveys in the classroom.  

CCSSE provides information about students’ success experiences, what they feel they have gained from their coursework, and how they assess their relationships with faculty, counselors, peers, and other campus employees. Columbus State has made many improvements based on feedback from our students. You can view results from previous surveys at .

As a proctor, your time commitment is a little more than one hour per session and that includes the time to pick up and return the survey packets. To volunteer:

  1. Visit, and click on “Assessment, CCSSE Proctor 2017,” to select sections and register.
  2. Pick up your packet(s) of surveys and pencils (location details will be sent after registration) no more than four days in advance of your date.
  3. Go to the class location(s) on your selected date, read the enclosed script, hand out survey to students, and then collect the completed surveys and pencils.
  4. Return the completed packet(s) and pencils.

Faculty members are encouraged to serve as proctors, but may not proctor their own class. Your volunteer time can also be included under the faculty promotion category of “Service to the College.” Staff, please obtain your managers approval as needed in advance of registering.

The survey organizers still need to schedule approximately 40 dates/times with faculty whose courses were randomly selected by for CCSSE Survey Administration by the University of Texas at Austin. If your course was selected, you have received an email from David Tom. As additional dates and times are scheduled, we will add them to the Employee Training site for proctors to register. If you have additional questions about CCSSE, please email


cafe scene

Food options available during the break

There are a couple of options for something to eat while the campus is on Spring Break. The new coffee kiosk in Davidson Hall, Sips, will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. all week. And Tortillas Street Food truck will be here Monday through Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at different locations throughout the week: Monday and Wednesday on the Courtyard, Tuesday in parking lot 15 E, and Thursday in lot 20 S.  So don’t starve this week!



At-risk high school students visit Columbus State

group photo of students on steps

Columbus State recently hosted a group of 60 students from Walnut Ridge High School who are part of a group called "Be the One." The group's creator, math teacher Dawn Heideman, says that the group consists of high school juniors and seniors who overcome obstacles and challenges in their lives every day.

Heideman says that many will be the first in their family to graduate from high school and most will be the first in their family to consider attending college. The name of their group is inspired by their mission to "be the one” in their families to graduate, to do the right thing, and to overcome obstacles, according to Heideman.

10TV News followed the students throughout the day as they volunteered at Ronald McDonald House creating care packages for sick children and their families. At Columbus State, Admissions Representative Jamie Minor spoke with the students about their options for career programs and transfer in college. The students were treated to lunch and a campus tour, and Minor reports that many of the students said they “couldn’t wait” to start college at Columbus State!  


Hill, Rhyan to present at national conference

Renée Hill, dean of Student Life, Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership, and Denise Harris, vice provost for Student Engagement at Hilbert College, Buffalo, N.Y., will present an educational session at the upcoming American College Personnel Association (ACPA) conference, titled “Work-Life Balance: Interwoven Life Tapestries of Motherhood, Management and Mentorship.” The session is sponsored by the Coalition for Women's Identities and the Commission for Administrative Leadership.

Rhyan will also give a session called “Never, Never Give Up: The Resiliency of Former Foster Youth,” speaking about her experiences as a former foster youth and the development of the Columbus State Scholar Network. Her session will be given in an innovative presentation format in which presenters show 20 images for 20 seconds each, covering a wide range of topics, ideas, perspectives and thoughts.

Rhyan serves as hospitality coordinator for the convention, overseeing the Welcome Kiosk, Lactation and Family Space, Service-on-the-Go projects, and the affirmation and reflection boards. You can read her blog post about the conference online here.  


Save the date for the Nursing Student Health Fair

The graduating class of Nursing students will host their annual Health Fair on Wednesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall student lounges. The students partner with local health agencies and representatives for the fair such as chiropractic services, home fire safety, organ donation, and more. Free health checks will be available such as blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and nutrition.   


Connect low-income students to subsidized car repairs

Low-income Columbus State students may receive subsidized car repairs on campus from their peers in the service-learning class Maintenance and Light Repair Shop Experience. To qualify for service on their car, students must receive a referral from a Columbus State employee through an application for service that will be placed on The Hub.

Submitting an application for service does not guarantee that the application will be accepted. While the labor and diagnostics are offered as a free service, students are responsible for covering the cost of any parts associated with their automotive repair. For more information or an application for service, please email with the subject line, “AUTO 2399-S.”


portrait of Hunter

Cougar player named Player of the Week

Sophomore forward Hunter Kershaw, a graduate of Westland High School, averaged 25 points, six rebounds and two assists while nearly leading her team to a Division III district championship last week. Kershaw was named NJCAA Player of the Week for her efforts.

In an 88-77 win over Hocking College in the Division III Region XII championship game, Kershaw had 36 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes. Then, in a 68-58 loss to No. 1 Rock Valley College, Rockford, Ill., she had 14 points, four rebounds and one steal.

Kershaw led Columbus State to a 12-15 record overall this year, including a 7-8 record in OCCAC play. She averaged 16.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game overall, as well as 15.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and one steal per game in conference play. 



Health Rewards briefing scheduled for March 16

The next Health Rewards briefing session will be offered Thursday, March 16, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 206.

The briefing will introduce the new platform called “Rally” which can help you get healthier, one step at a time, with personalized health and wellness recommendations.  In this briefing, attendees will go through the new web portal at and see the changes for Health Rewards.

As a reminder, all employees and spouse or domestic partners covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State must accumulate eight points in the Health Rewards Program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. We are currently enrolled in the cycle that runs through June 30, 2017.  

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.  You can also get technical assistance with Rally by calling 1(866)868-5484.

Cougar Paw recipients for February named

Columbus State congratulates the following staff members who received Cougar Paw recognitions in February:

Jessica Allen, Student Central, for collaboration
Julie Barnickle, Educational Talent Search, for collaboration
Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness, for collaboration
Mary Brown, Records, for customer focus
Robbie Campbell, Delaware Campus Administration, for collaboration
Elon Crosby, Police Department, for collaboration
Lisa Davis, Curriculum Management, for managing work
Trenton Edwards, HR Recruitment and Selection, for customer focus
James Engler, Delaware Campus Student Services, for collaboration
Tamara Ervin, Cashiers and Student Accounting, for managing work
Breanna Farago, Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies, for collaboration
Abubakr Farah, Police Department for collaboration
Raheel Farooqui, Academic Testing, for collaboration
Katina Fitch, Cashiers and Student Accounting, for professionalism
Sean Foster, Police Department, for customer focus
Joe Gerardi, Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies, for continuous improvement
Catherine Giles, Academic Testing, for leadership
Thomas Giles, Admissions, for professionalism
Phyllis Gorman, HR Professional Development and Retention, for leadership
Cheryl  Graves, Enterprise App Services, for customer focus
Carla Halliburton, Upward Bound, for collaboration
Zeth Hawley, Mail Shipping/Receiving Warehouse, for customer focus
Jennifer Hendricks, Printing Services, for customer focus
Gregory Hoffman, Maintenance, for managing work
Marcia Holleman, Delaware Campus Administration, for collaboration
Abdirisaq Jama, Student Central, for professionalism
Mya Jordan, Student Engagement and Leadership, for collaboration
Kristine Kinzer, Library Reference and Instruction, for collaboration
Dana Knott, Library Reference and Instruction, for customer focus
Vernon Lewis, Cashiers and Student Accounting, for customer focus
Mindy Lindstrom, College Health Office, for professionalism
Pawel Luczkowiec, IT Frontliners, for customer focus
Damian Marburger, Student Central, for collaboration
Nicole Martin, AEP Credit Counts, for collaboration
Sean Mayhugh, Cashiers and Student Accounting, for professionalism
Charles Morin, Academic Testing, for managing people
Jennifer Owens, Academic Testing, for continuous improvement
Cody Penn, Psychology Department, for collaboration
Lisa Petersen, Marketing and Communications, for collaboration
Linda Reid, Business Programs, for managing work
Donna Robinson, Computer Science, for collaboration
Ryan Scott, Library Reference and Instruction, for continuous improvement
Genevieve Sharron, Student Engagement and Leadership, for collaboration
Molly Sheils, Disability Services, for collaboration
Sarah Skeen, Human Resources, for customer focus
Felicia Smith, Delaware Campus, for collaboration
Megan Smith, Police Department, for customer focus
James  Stafford, Enterprise App Integration, for collaboration
Robert Stailey, Enterprise App Services, for customer focus
Skip Stocksdale, Enterprise App Services, for customer focus
Debbie Strain, Facilities Design and Construction, for customer focus
Michelle Teasley-Parks, College Testing Services, for collaboration
Karla Thornton, Academic Testing, for collaboration
Darla Vanhorn,  Title IX, for collaboration
Molly Ward, Center for Advising Support and Exploration, for collaboration
Brett Welsh, Global Diversity and Inclusion Center, for customer focus
Amy Williams,  Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies, for professionalism
Peggy Williams, Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies, for leadership
Douglas Williard, Police Department, for customer focus
Jason Woltja, College Testing Services, for managing work
John Youngblood, Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies, for continuous improvement
Michael Yuille, Maintenance, for customer focus




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