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March 20, 2017



Students interview for manufacturing work study program

Ten local companies will interview 28 students this week for work-study positions in manufacturing. The positions are paid jobs that help the students gain valuable work experience that complements their coursework.

According to Chair Dick Bickerstaff, the work-study jobs pay up to five times as much as the students pay in tuition for the semester, “so many will graduate with no debt,” says Bickerstaff.

“With companies’ growing awareness of increased retirements, as well as the emergence of highly technical manufacturing systems and process controls, the demand for our students is expected to grow well into the future,” says Bickerstaff.  The program began with a partnership with Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc., and now includes companies producing bread, baby food, IV medical bags, vehicles, headlights, steel and more.

Both Edison Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will start similar programs in the coming year. You can watch a two-part feature on the program online here.


In-Service Day scheduling underway

Columbus State’s spring In-Service Day "Pathways and Connections" will be held on Thursday, April 20,beginning with an opening session in the Delaware Hall gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. The day will feature break-out sessions, a Wellness Fair, a luncheon catered by our Hospitality Management students, and some department meetings. No day classes are held and all college offices are closed on In-Service Day.

Below are some requests for your participation:

Register for lunch
The In-Service Day luncheon service will be split into two sessions to accommodate all attendees. Please register now for your lunch session so that we may give our Hospitality Management caterers an accurate count. Registration will close on
Friday, April 7.

Volunteer to be an usher
We are in need of volunteers to usher throughout the day. If you are willing to serve, or for more information, please contact Steven Zelenka at ext. 5075.

Request accommodations
There will be ASL interpreters and captioning on screen at the opening session. If you would like to request an interpreter for an afternoon session, please contact Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107. To provide the highest quality of service, requests are encouraged to be made a minimum of ten business days in advance. Every effort will be made to secure services, however, if the notice is received less than ten days prior to the event services may not be available.

Send materials for booklet
Do you have materials or information you want included in the In-Service Day 2017 booklet? This booklet will be distributed on In-Service Day to replace all separate schedules, flyers, and postcards previously distributed.

Please email your flyers, informational postcards, artwork, etc. to In-Service Project Manager Drew Clausen no later than Friday, March 31, for inclusion in the booklet.


Training for behavioral intervention now online

The Columbus State Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) is a committee dedicated to educating the college community about proper responses to any behavioral issues—from concerning behavior to a potential emergency.

Faculty and staff now have access to a new online training video that will help anyone to respond to a situation in a timely manner and take the proper steps to make referrals and provide documentation. You can access the 35-minute “BIT 101” training video in Blackboard under “My Organizations.” There is a brief quiz at the end which allows you to earn a certificate for your professional development portfolio.

The cross-functional representation of the team provides access to support resources as well as accountability when needed. If you have general concerns about an individual's behavior, please complete an informational report online as soon as possible. No issue is too small to report; trust your instincts and notify someone. You also may contact a member of the team to consult.  Team members include representatives from Student Services, including Student Conduct, Counseling Services and Disability Services as well as Equity and Compliance, the Police Department, and Human Resources. For information about the Behavioral Intervention Team at a glance, please see the online brochure.


Cougar Crew members participate at conference

Autumn James

Columbus State’s student Cougar Crew members recently attended the Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education Region 7 conference in Cleveland. Cougar Crew member Autumn Spitler competed with a group in a Case Study Competition, which they won. Crew member James Ley participated in the Returning Orientation Leaders Institute, an interactive program that increases the individual’s skills and leadership in orientation programs.


Hooker-Myers to retire

Please join the Digital Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) Department to wish Mary Hooker-Myers a fond farewell into her upcoming retirement. A reception will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, in CT 108. “Mary has been with Columbus State for many years and has impacted a significant number of areas on campus,” said Jason LaMar. “So please join us in showing our gratitude for all of her work here and wish her a happy retirement!”


Culinary programs ranked No. 1 in Ohio

Best Choice Schools, an online resource for students that ranks accredited schools and programs, has named Columbus State’s Hospitality Management program as the No. 1-ranked culinary program in the state. The website describes Columbus State’s program as a “top culinary school that features program offerings accredited by the American Culinary Federation which prepares (students) for a successful career as a chef, bakery and pastry chef, or restaurant manager.” You can see the top ten rankings in Ohio online here.  


Henry with Asbury

New Columbus State officer sworn in

The newest member of the Columbus State Police Department is YuVonne Henry. Henry received her state certification from the Eastland-Fairfield Career Center in 2015. She has served with the Crestline Police Department and most recently spent nearly a year as an officer with the Capital University Police Department.




A few reminders:
Service-learning conference is March 31

Columbus State’s Service-Learning Committees announce the third annual Service-Learning Conference, "Serving Diverse Communities," to be held on Friday, March 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The keynote speaker is former Mayor Michael Coleman.

Please register for the conference on The Hub. Part-time instructors will be compensated for attending the event.  For more information, email the Service-Learning Committee.

Call for Proposals: 2017 Arts & Sciences Spring Symposium

Fulltime and adjunct faculty in all departments are welcome to submit proposals to present at the annual Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Spring Symposium, April 11 through 13.

The Symposium showcases the academic work and interests of Columbus State’s faculty. This year’s event will be held over three days: Tuesday, April 11 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 13, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. all in the media studio in the Library.

Faculty may submit proposals on any topic, in an area of expertise and interest, for a 20-minute presentation. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 27.

To submit a 200-250 word proposal or to request more information, please email Terry Eisele, chair of the Arts & Sciences Lecture Series Committee.

Adjunct Conference scheduled for April 29

Columbus State adjunct faculty are invited to attend the Spring 2017 Adjunct Faculty Training Conference, Saturday, April 29.  Participants may elect to attend either the morning session from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., or the afternoon session from 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Participants will receive a $100 stipend for their attendance. Register online here.  For more information about the conference, contact Liz Hammond, Amy DeLorenzo or Lydia Gilmore.



Fee waiver deadline for summer semester is May 8

The deadline for summer semester Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers is Monday, May 8.  A Request for Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that the fee waiver will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also pay your fees first and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt to Human Resources by Monday, June 10. 

For information regarding eligibility, and to obtain the fee waiver request form, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Plummer at ext. 5075.



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