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March 2, 2017


March SEOM
Advisor acknowledges, inspires, motivates portrait of Lynn

Lynn Rausch, advisor in the Center for Advising, Support and Exploration (CASE), leads a committee that recognizes the good work of colleagues, called AIM.

The acronym stands for Acknowledge, Inspire, Motivate, and Rausch leads the group of five other advisors who organize activities to “keep their colleagues in good spirits,” says Chaka Wilson, who nominated Rausch for Staff Employee of the Month.

“Molly’s disarming composure and genuine personality, as well as her willingness to learn, dedication, and initiative are shown through her commitment to student success, and her ability to think beyond the surface issue or challenge,” writes Molly Ward, director of CASE.

“Lynn spends countless hours planning activities and interactions to boost the morale of the office, which provides a more enjoyable work environment for the team,” continues Ward. “Her activities with the AIM Committee include inspiration boards in high-traffic areas, potluck events, and messages to others during peak times to let people know we appreciate the work they’re doing.”

“One recent example of Lynn’s approach to students was when she took extra time to assist an international student through the placement testing and course recommendation process. Lynn worked with not only the student, but various family members who were serving as translators for the student. Lynn took time to make sure the student felt valued and supported, even though he was struggling to comprehend the language and move forward in our processes,” writes Ward.

“Lynn Excels not only in assisting students, but also in supporting her colleagues. Finding individuals who are able to display both is a true blessing.”


Quality Team Awards applications now open

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Applications are open for teams of three or more employees to submit their best work from the previous year!

The annual Quality Team Awards recognize groups that have had the most impact or continuous improvement on the College and on students, by incorporating the values and strategic goals set forth by the Board of Trustees. Teams are encouraged to think outside the box and showcase the best that Columbus State has to offer. A Gold Team Award and two Silver Team Awards will be selected from those submitted. Cash awards of $4,000 (one gold) and $2,000 (two silver) are also made to the winning teams. The awards will be given at the annual luncheon on Tuesday, June 13.The application can be found online here.The deadline to apply is Friday, April 21.


Distinguished Full Professor Award nominations open

The Distinguished Full Professor award recognizes faculty members who have achieved the rank of professor, and who continue to perform in an exemplary manner through service, scholarship, innovation, leadership, and other professorial achievements. The award recognizes professors who other faculty should emulate and rewards professors who show outstanding leadership at the college. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues at the college or in the professional community. Student and self-nominations will also be accepted. 

To nominate a professor for the Distinguished Full Professor Award, send his/her full name and department to Trenton Edwards in Human Resources by Friday, March 10. No anonymous nominations will be accepted.


Rhyans exhibit in Library

The Library welcomes the artwork of Kimberly and Carter Rhyan, age 5, in the Main Gallery on the second floor. The exhibit is titled “NEXUS: Mother and Child,” and features artwork that Rhyan and her son Carter have done together. “Creating art is a family activity that fills our home with love,” said Rhyan. “We focus on playing and having fun. Creativity shapes our family to be innovators. I’ve also learned that art-making with a child is messy, but it is also filled with beautiful awakenings. I encourage families to explore creativity as a family. Spend one to two hours a week creating something together. You become stronger together and that’s the essence of family.” The exhibit will be on display through the month of March.


Nominate students for ‘Cougar Crew’

The Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE) is seeking nominations for students who you feel would be great orientation leaders and members of the “Cougar Crew.”  CASE is looking for both experienced and emerging leaders, in order to create a well-rounded student leadership team. 

Cougar Crew members will serve in a variety of ways in order to support student success. The primary role will be for them to serve as guides and leaders during transition events such as Orientation and the Welcome Team. Go online here to submit a nomination, and please feel free to submit as many students as you feel appropriate by Friday, March 10, at 5:00 p.m. Nominated students will receive a congratulatory email message which will include directions on how to apply for the position.



Clark elected president of dental board

Connie Clark, RDH, associate professor in Dental Hygiene, has been elected as President of the Ohio State Dental Board for 2017. The State Dental Board is entrusted to promote service excellence in dentistry and to protect the public through licensure, education and enforcement of standards with fairness and integrity.


Help Dental Hygiene students!

The Dental Hygiene program is seeking employee patients for the upcoming Clinical Board Exam, as well as to help meet other clinical requirements. Treatments are given at the Ohio State University Dental Clinic in the evenings, starting at 4:45 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The Dental Hygiene Program offers full comprehensive evaluations and treatment to help improve overall dental health.

By supporting Columbus State’s Dental Hygiene students, you will also receive Health Reward points. For more information about these services, contact Connie Grossman, Ph.D. or Vincent Cocozza, ext. 2521.



Central District Science Day needs volunteers

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On Saturday, March 18, Columbus State will host Central District Science Day, when approximately 300 middle and high school students will arrive on the Columbus Campus to present their science projects with the hope of qualifying for State Science Day in May.

The organizing committee is in need of judges and volunteers, and you can help inspire the next generation of STEM leaders. Sign up at and follow the registration link at the top right of the page. For more information about the event or volunteering, contact Sharon H. Stickley, assistant professor in Biological and Physical Sciences.


Fidelibus presents at addictions conference

Dianne Fidelibus, associate professor in Social and Human Services, recently presented at the National Addictive Disorders Conference in Denver, Colo. Her topic was “Therapeutic Use of Self in Addictions Counseling.” 


Bookstore to be closed for renovation during Spring Break

The Columbus State Bookstore will be closed Monday, March 13 through Saturday, March 18, which is Spring Break—to undergo renovation work.  The Bookstore will re-open on Monday, March 20.


STEM Scholarships still available for new students

Do you know anyone who might beeligible for a STEM scholarship?Scholarships and academic support are available for students pursuing an Associate of Science degree with plans to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering, math or medicine. These scholarships are only open to new students planning to enroll fall semester 2017. Recipients receive paid tuition for the first two years of study at Columbus State. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 1. Learn more at


Disability Services offers CCP information

Disability Services has announced that its website now offers information for College Credit Plus (CCP) students, parents, instructors and high school staff members. Topics covered on the website include how CCP students can get registered with Disability Services, the differences between accommodations in a high school class vs. a college class, and information on the Letter of Accommodation.  The site is online here. Please feel free to check out the page, and forward the link to anyone who may need it. 



Retirement benefit fair offered next week

A Supplemental Retirement Benefit Fair, featuring our 403(b) plan vendors, will be offered Tuesday, March 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in WD 404. Stop in at your convenience to meet these vendors and learn more about Columbus State’s supplemental retirement plan options.  For more information, contact Twila Wiley, retirement coordinator.






Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story? Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.