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July 23, 2018



Support TRIO at Platform Brewery tomorrow

Columbus State employees, friends and family are invited to come out to support TRIO Educational Talent Search Program with a fundraiser at Platform Brewery tomorrow. The brewery – located at the edge of the Columbus Campus at 408 North Sixth St. – has graciously agreed to donate one dollar from the sale of each Platform beer to the TRIO Educational Talent Search Program.

There will also be a raffle, so bring some cash. The event will be held Tuesday, July 24 from 3:00 p.m. – midnight. Come support a worthy cause by enjoying great brews, food, and great company. For more information contact Melissa Paskievitch at

Assessment Academy set for next week

The Enrollment Management and Student Services (EMSS) Assessment Academy Showcase will be held on Tuesday, July 31 in the Library Media Room (CO 111). This was a months-long project to find ways to improve programs and services at the College. While this is a busy time for everyone, participant work will be displayed from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. so you can enjoy it at your convenience. EMSS invites staff and faculty to walk through and see the projects that have resulted from this year's work.

Contact Diana Wisse in Advising and Student Support

Disability Employee Resource Ground (ERG) meeting July 27

The Disability ERG invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability, or as a caretaker for someone whose disability substantially affects a person's life, to our gathering on Friday, July 27 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Stauf’s, 350 Mt. Vernon Ave. (on the ground floor of the View on Grant apartment building).

Please consider joining in conversations. If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain

Last chance for Taste the Future ticket drawing

Taste the FutureWith Taste the Future around the corner, the Columbus State Foundation is offering a chance for employees only to win a second free ticket. Any employee who purchases a ticket by midnight, Monday July 23 will be entered into a drawing to receive a second complimentary ticket.

Taste the Future is the largest culinary event in Columbus, with more than 50 food and drink stations to experience. It will be held Tuesday, August 14 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the courtyard of the Columbus Campus.
Help spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. To purchase your tickets today or to see the participants featured at Taste the Future click here.



PDR will be holding a series of instructor – led classes for anyone who would be interested in building their capacity as a Columbus State employee. 

Successful, Inclusive Hiring: We’ll be taking a deep dive into our new training materials for managers and hiring committee members in this course on Successful, Inclusive Hiring. We will look at an overview of the hiring process and a closer look at the necessary steps to plan and implement fair and equitable hiring.

  • August 28: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 9: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 25: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • October 15: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • October 30: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • August 28: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 9: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 25: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • October 15: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • October 30: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Successful, Inclusive Hiring Lab: This is an open lab for any hiring manager who needs guidance on developing job descriptions, rubrics, job postings, or needs time uploading paperwork and notes into a job requisition, and is able to meet with a member from the Human Resource’s Recruitment team.

  • September 7: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • October 3: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • November 15: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • December 10: 1 p.m.  - 3 p.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 additional 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.

  • August 16: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • September 5: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • October 17: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Identifying and Developing Competencies through Your myPLAN Goals (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 take a deep dive into how employees can use myPLAN for Performance to document their good work and earn the ratings you deserve.

  • August 15: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • September 7: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • October 16: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Understanding Conflict: Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment. In Understanding Conflict, we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Instrument to understand our own “go to” style and explore healthy resolution strategies.

  • August 9: 1:00 p.m. – 4:p.m.
  • October 4: 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • November 29: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


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

  • August 3: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 28: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • December 11: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.


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.

  • August 17: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 11: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • October 10: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • November 27: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Leading in Place: The concept of “leading in place” as recently popularized by Wergin and Shapiro. Shapiro (2005) states, “Leadership is an action, not a title, and the ability to lead can be found in every person. Each of us must claim our authority to lead at the right time and in the right place.” In this session, we explore what it means to take ownership to make a difference daily for ourselves, our students and colleagues as well as the larger Columbus State community. We will consider how we show up and engage in our work and what we can do right now to contribute.

  • August 29: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • October 2: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • December 14: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Hostmanship part 1: "Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome. Meetings where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in that person, that organization or that place that has invited you. Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives." Jan Gunnarsson, a hospitality industry veteran from Sweden in his book Hostmanship co-authored with Olle Blohm, challenges individuals to reframe their views of customer service and leadership. At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host. This shift transforms the interaction creating a "welcoming attitude" where we are able to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction. In this introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth.

  • August 21: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • September 7: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • October 12: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • December 6: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Hostmanship part 2: In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding developing practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our “customers.” Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests. We become engaged, present and active building connection, satisfaction and engagement.

  • August 14: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • September 26: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • October 23: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • December 19: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


From Boss to Host: The Art of Welcoming Leadership: As a companion book to Jan Gunnarson and Olle Blohm's Hostmanship, Boss to Host defines leadership simply as "guiding others to a better place". Through a Hostmanship perspective, leaders are invited to consider "the art of welcoming leadership" focusing on how welcoming leadership can play a decisive role in successful organizations.

  • August 31: 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • November 2: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Discover Your True Calling: Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan.

  • August 7: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • September 13: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • October 25: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • November 8: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Getting Started in Cornerstone: Recommended for all new hires and anyone seeking a command of the basic processes and tools for myPLAN for Performance and registering for training via Cornerstone Learn. This class will introduce you to the performance management process and how to enter and update work goals inside Cornerstone, the online system we use for goal tracking, reviews and some learning. We will also provide you with guideline for how to work with your manager and/or direct reports. This course will show you how to navigate the learning module. You can also solicit and send feedback from and to others. This course will show you how to send Cougar Paw” kudos and other feedback through Cornerstone.

  • July 25: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • August 3: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • August 7: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • August 22: 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Performance Feedback and Documentation: myPLAN for Performance supports year-round goal progress and feedback documentation. What is effective performance feedback? When should it occur? What should be documented and how? Drawing from principles of effective feedback and formative assessment in the classroom, this workshop provides a framework for managers and all employees for giving and receiving performance feedback that focuses on development and improvement.

  • August 3: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • August 7: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • August 31: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


College Knowledge: In order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay abreast of organizational changes and initiatives, we hold twice-yearly conversations with each of the College’s divisions: Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Student Services, Marketing & Communications, Informational Technology, General Counsel, and Business Administration.

  • Academic Affairs:
    July 27: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: CT 108
  • Enrollment Management and Student Services:
    August 24: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Marketing and Communication:
    September 28: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Information Technology:
    October 26: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • General Counsel:
    November 2: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Business Administration:
    December 13: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


Managers Forum:

  • Successful, Inclusive Hiring pt. 3:
    August 14: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Just Cause: Pre-Disciplinary Meetings
    November 13: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Just Cause: Employee Corrective Action
    September 11: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Emergency Management:
    December 11: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Just Cause: Conducting Solid Investigations
    October 9: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

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.)

June Cougar Paw recipients

Ameena Kemavor
Amy Hawkins
Anessa Becton-Howard
Anna Patterson
Arlene Wilson
Brittany Barrett
Charlie Boss
Charlie Boss
Chelsea Francis
Dayna Reid
Ellen Neutzling
Griffin Gulcher
Ivette Diaz
Jerome Thomas
Joel Mathias
John Youngblood
Joseph Butchko
Karen Fabritius
Keith Kipp
Kristen Holland
Kyle Strohecker
Lauren Jones
Lisa Davis
Megan Smith
Michele Arnold
Michelle Spencer
Morgan Sayre
Nick Rice
Paula Tatera
Robert Cowles
Ryan Allen
Scotty Thompson
Taylor Slocum
Teresa Lister
Tiffany McClain
Timothy Davis
Tori Sims
Tracy La Mar-Nickoli
Velma Valentine

Annetta Keller
Brent Wilder
Carmelita Boyer
Carmelita Boyer
Darla Vanhorn
DeLynn MacQueen
Elizabeth Koppenhoefer
Hunter Reid Engler
Jason Woltja
Kristine Kinzer
Laurie Johns
Michael Hoepf
Nichole Braun
Rachael Sanders
Robert Cowles
Teresa Lister
Timothy Davis
Tracy Sowards

Managing People
Cassandra Carothers
Elizabeth Yount
Lisa Carpenter
Mary Bond

Managing Work
Beth Koruna
Betty Sugar
Candy Rader
Christopher Conkright
Gregory Phillips
Julie Hallas
Marilyn Thomas
Monessa Bradford
Rachel Trump

Continuous Improvement
Jean Liddle
Julie Collet
Lynda Anderson-Casey
Mary Bond
Taylor Slocum

Customer Focus
Barbara Allen
Brian Seely
Chaka Wilson
Damian Marburger
Damian Marburger
Daren Wright
Elizabeth Yount
Francis Neutzling
Heather Crites Powell Powell
Jean Liddle
Jean Liddle
Jill Anderson
Karen Miller
Karen Miller
Karen Miller
Kevin Caldwell
Lisa Davis
Lynn McNish
Lynn Giese
Marcia Holleman
Marcia Holleman
Marcus Jackson
Monessa Bradford
Ryan Allen
Sarah Lutz
Sue McLaren
Todd McCoy
Wendy Caldwell

Bronwyn Schieber
Emily Cox
Erinbeth Dower
Jacqueline Wilson
Karen Miller
Paula Collier
Ryan Allen
S.G Kiron Rao
Shannon Magill
Sharon Dixson
Susan Downing
Tamika Jenkins
Tonee Keating