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July 2, 2018


Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute trains students in 3D printing techniques

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High school students in Columbus State’s Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute were interviewed by NBC 4 last Friday as they practiced for their final presentations. The month-long day-time institute was held at the non-profit PAST Foundation in Columbus. Students used 3-D printing to develop items for use in real life. The Columbus Dispatch also covered the story last week. Read it here.

Pictured (left to right) Ian Stroop (purple shirt), Redwan Kamel, Saeed Abdul-Zahir, NBC reporter Ted Hart, Videographer Salt Brown and Jacob Coffee. 


Job readiness program helps TRIO students

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In June, 27 TRIO Educational Talent Search students participated in the “Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment” career exploration and job readiness program. Participants gained valuable skills throughout the two-week program, which included a team-building trip to Camp Mary Orton and a day of STEM activities on campus with a visit from COSI.

Valuable work experience was gained when students spent an entire day volunteering their time with LifeCare Alliance. Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Gap Foundation, the students learned work skills, had fun, and earned a $200 stipend for their participation in the program. The program wrapped up with a visit to Gap, Inc., where students put their interviewing skills to the test and toured the facility. These participants learned and practiced all the nuts and bolts that are essential to land — and keep — a job.

Thank you to the numerous Columbus State employees that help make this camp such a success. 


Columbus State student featured on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher

On June 21, All Sides with Ann Fisher featured a discussion on the growth in jobs in the skilled trades. Columbus State student Amanda Wisniewski, current work study/apprentice student studying Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, joined the panel to discuss her experience at Columbus State. Wisniewski talked about advisor Nichole Braun at 37:00, and then talks about how she really wished she could have been exposed to Erik Aagard’s guitar tech talk in high school at 48:15. Click here to listen to the program.


Help the HERstory Outstanding Woman Student Scholarship meet its fundraising goal

The HERstory Outstanding Woman Student Scholarship, started by Jan Rogers, has raised 50 percent of its $3,000 goal. Rogers is a tireless supporter of Columbus State and its students. Shelley Casborro, CASE Advisor, said that Jan always exemplified caring, compassion, and humility. After 20 years working at Columbus State, Rogers is retiring to spend time with her family and her chickens. If you would like to give to honor Jan’s years of service to Columbus State, you can do so either by clicking here or send a check to the Columbus State Foundation for the Jan Rogers Scholarship.

If you have any questions, call The Foundation at ext. 2436.


Money-saving tips for the 4th of July

Need some money-saving tips for planning 4th of July travel? Columbus State Marketing Professor Paul Carringer shared his advice with WalletHub. Read them here.


Payroll deadlines

For the June 30, 2018 pay period ending, July 13, 2018 pay date:

  • Employee web time entry is due by 11:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018.
  • Supervisor approval is due by noon on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.
  • All other payroll documents are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2018.

A few general reminders for best practices for approving and submitting employee time entries:

  • Make sure that the employee has electronically signed the time entry by marking the complete box.
  • Review time entry detail page to verify appropriate detail for start time, stop time and lunch periods has been logged.
  • Review that the employee has logged the appropriate leave usage on the time entry form for any leave taken.
  • Time cards that need corrections should be rejected back for the employee to correct and re-submit.
  • Please submit time for all employees who worked by the published due dates to make sure employees are paid on time.




Rally platform error now resolved

Employees enrolled in the College’s UHC benefit plan may have experienced a Rally site issue last week Wednesday evening though Friday (6/27-6/29). Individuals were not able to view their coins or access the online health survey, but the system is now fixed. The new cycle started July 1, 2018. If you were not able to complete the online Health Survey you have until July 13, 2018 to complete and send a screen shot of its completion to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator. Thank you for your patience as we work through the issues.


Upcoming professional development classes

July 3, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Win with Your Strengths

Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success. In this course you learn: Introduction to strengths based language, learn more about your own strengths, and learn more about others strengths.

July 5, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.  
Assessing Performance and Competence (for Managers)

Using the “Leadership” and “Managing People” competencies as a starting place we will work through an exercise to practice connecting specific behaviors to these Columbus State competencies for supervisors and managers. We will also take a deeper dive into our rating scale and consider how managers can set behavioral expectations for staff at the “accomplished” and “exemplary” levels that connect employees day-to-day and project work to the five core competencies: professionalism, managing work, continuous improvement, student/employee focus and collaboration.

July 6, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Identifying and Developing Competencies Through Your myPLAN Goals (for all Employees)

Employees get rated once a year on our workplace behavior related to the Columbus State “Competencies” but what does this mean for how I perform my daily work? This workshop will be hands on and designed to help staff connect their key responsibilities and project work to the five core competencies – professionalism, managing work, continuous improvement, student/employee focus and collaboration. We will look at how employees can use myPLAN for Performance to document their good work and earn the ratings you deserve.

July 10, 9:00 a.m. – noon 
Put Your Strengths to Work

Now that you know your top five Strengths, what's next? "Win with Your Strengths" taught us that we will grow most in our areas of greatest strength. In this Put Your Strengths to Work! class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Strengths-based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team. 

July 16, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Conflict Happens

Conflict happens every day whether we realize it or not.  Some avoid conflict hoping it will go away and others confront it head on with mixed results. This sessions explores the effectiveness and practical application of negotiation as means for conflict resolution.  We will identify and discuss negotiation strategies within the context of workplace interactions.  We will discover ways to communicate better and work through conflict to create mediated and powerful outcomes.

July 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Managers Forum July: Successful, Inclusive Hiring Part 2

This session will focus on the processes associated with screening candidates. You’ve written a great job posting and cultivated a diverse and qualified applicant pool … what’s next? We will examine the responsibilities of resume reviewers, the best practices for screening applicants and how to fairly identify top candidates to move forward in the hiring process. We will also cover the topic of resume and application screening rubrics. Review approaches for their creation and practice using a sample rubric to sort resumes and evaluate candidates. Come build confidence in your capacity to use applicant materials to objectively screen candidates by systematically review the evidence each individual provides.

August 14, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Managers Forum August: Successful, Inclusive Hiring Part 3

This session will focus on candidate interviewing. You’ve attracted and screened a diverse set of qualified candidates and now it’s time to gather additional evidence to help you make the best hiring or promotional decision. Whether you are a hiring manager or a hiring committee member, what are your responsibilities as an interviewer? We will review tips around assessments and construction of different types of interview processes and how to create fair systems of evaluation. We will also examine the nuts and bolts of prepping and conducting interviews. We’ll review the documentation requirements for interviews and examine best practices for managing the post-interview deliberation process.

If interested in any of the classes, please register by, logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the date listed above and Select Request to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

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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.

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