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June 6, 2019

Staff Employees of the Month

Full-time Staff Employee of the Month: Barbara Smith-Allen 

B. Smith-Allen
Barbara Smith-Allen
is no stranger to the College. Having worked here for almost 31 years, she has served in many capacities. She’s currently a coordinator in the Student Advocacy Center. Nominator Terrence Brooks, senior director of Student Conduct, says, “Barbara Smith-Allen has been working behind the scenes for many years to support major initiatives and encourage staff participation. This year marked 30 years of her support for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. She initiated the partnership (for this celebration) with Ohio State University 30 years ago.”

Brooks says, “There are countless examples when Barb has been asked to participate or contribute to a project. Her general response is ‘what can I do?’ This exemplifies the spirit of Columbus State Community College.”

Part-time Staff Employee of the Month: Damian Marburger 

D. Marburger
Damian Marburger
, Student Central specialist, was nominated by Misty Mahefkey, director of Student Central. Mahefkey says Marburger started making an impact soon after he was hired a few years ago. He also received numerous accolades from students. One said, “Damian was extremely polite, professional and informative.”

Marburger’s nomination also included this comment: “Damian, you successfully deescalated a tense situation in CASE with a great deal of empathy and respect for the student even when you did not initially receive that in return. Your positive attitude and supportive listening steered the interaction in a way that helped the student feel ‘heard.’”



Achievement Analytics training for employees this afternoon

Achievement Analytics - Basics 
Thursday, June 6 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in WD 206

Participants will receive an overview of the Achievement Analytics website and learn how Achievement Analytics can help you make decisions with the use of consistent, transparent data. The site includes items such as information on enrollment, course sections, census day data elements, multiple student success metrics, and other academic program level data elements. Reports, such as a College Scorecard, and other benchmarking information are also available directly from Achievement Analytics. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.

Achievement Analytics - Reports 
Thursday, June 6 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in WD 206 

Participants will receive an overview of the Reports section of the Achievement Analytics website, which mostly contains student-level data.  A basic overview of FERPA will be provided.  Achievement Analytics - Basics is a prerequisite to this course. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.


Summer Open Educational Resources workshops at the Library

The Columbus State Library invites you to find out how faculty across the country are gaining greater control over their course material, helping make textbooks affordable, and preparing all students to learn on the first day of class. Join Columbus State’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Faculty Fellows for these OER workshops by signing up in Cornerstone by selecting “Learning Search” option under the Learning tab, then search for “OER.”

If the workshop times do not accommodate your schedule, please contact Rachel Dilley for individual training at your convenience. The workshops below are held in the Library’s third-floor instructional lab in room 302.


Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Friday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. 

Search, Selection, and Use Strategies for OER
Friday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. 

OER Adoption Process
Friday, July 12 at 10:00 a.m. 

Understanding Open Licenses
Friday, July 19 at 10:00 a.m. 

Fair Use in the Classroom
Friday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m.


Colorful Columbus photography exhibit now open

 The Library welcomes back photographer Mark Fohl.  His new exhibit “Colorful Columbus” reminds us that Columbus is, indeed, a colorful city. Fohl says, “Some of my friends in the Westbridge Camera Club and I would venture out once a week looking for pictures.  Most of the time it was somewhere in Columbus. Any part of town, but usually the places with character. Only a few of the pictures we took were pictures of people.”


The exhibit is on display through June 30 in the first-floor and second-floor galleries.

Cougar Paw Social Recognition "Game On" Edition

Human Resources will be celebrating our 2019 Cougar Paw recipients from January – May. They will also feature some narratives highlighting the good work of our Facilities Management team honoring their contributions and dedication to “Putting Students First, Always.”

Please join them on Friday, June 14 at 12:15 p.m. at the Facilities Management (FM) building (near the corner of N. Grant Avenue and McCoy Street) for welcoming remarks and a chance to hear those compelling stories. Festivities will include carnival games, popcorn, hot dogs, and merriment as everyone celebrates our colleagues’ contributions!  And you will be able to take a guided tour of the Facilities Management area to learn more about what they do.

All are welcome. RSVP at this link.  


May Cougar Paw recipients

The list is here.


New Cougar Paws to recognize faculty and staff

All of us play an important role in helping students succeed. First4Weeks  is a nationally recognized program that uses research-based strategies (both in and out of the classroom) to help students succeed. The program uses basic good practice as examples and strives for the implementation of advanced, more innovative success strategies. To promote this initiative, a feedback option in Cornerstone has been made available for faculty and staff to award First4Weeks badges to fellow colleagues who model this culture of care focused on student success in their daily work and classroom strategies throughout the year. 

Additionally, to highlight broader faculty best practices and initiatives, an Exemplary Faculty badge has been added to the ‘awards’ options in Cornerstone feedback. This badge could be awarded to both adjunct and full-time faculty.

Information is here on “How to Award Feedback, Badges, and Cougar Paws” in Cornerstone.  

Take time to recognize faculty and staff for their excellent work! If you have questions, contact Diana Wisse, executive director in Student Affairs.


Former student producing crime series

A former Columbus State student is gaining national exposure as a crime expert. Sarah Cailean is an executive producer and co-host of a four-part television crime series “Hell in the Heartland.” It premiered this week on the HLN network, owned by CNN.

Mary Reiter, social sciences, was one of Cailean’s professors while she was attending Columbus State in 2011. Reiter says that once Cailean fulfilled general education credits here, she transferred to an out-of-state university, eventually earning a master’s degree in forensic psychology. The first of the four-part crime series premiered June 2, and will be repeated this month. The remaining segments will premiere on June 9, 16, and 23. The schedule is here.


Women's ERG meeting next Thursday

Event photos
The Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites college employees who identify as women to join us as we continue our women and workplace conversations around equity and policy and hear from some of our members who attended the 2019 Ohio Women’s Conference last month at the University of Cincinnati. Actress and activist Angela Bassett was the keynote speaker. Feel free to bring your lunch and invite a colleague to join the conversation. The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Columbus Hall 111, Library Media Studio.

 If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, contact liaisons Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.

(Left photo) At the Women’s Conference, left to right: Monalisa Mawalkar, Elycia Taylor, and Lydia Gilmore.
(Picture two) Monique Profitt and Tonja Morgan.

Franklin Hall elevator out of service tomorrow

The Franklin Hall elevator will be out of service tomorrow, June 7 for maintenance. If you need assistance to reach another floor on Friday, contact the Facilities Help Desk at 614-287-5444.


Parking garage painting

Painting is now underway inside the first level of the parking garage. Over the next couple of weeks, work will continue into the second level. During this time, small sections of parking areas will be blocked off.


in case you missed it

Celebrate Columbus State employee alumni

During the month of June, we would like to celebrate our employee alumni and discuss future engagement opportunities. Join us if you’ve completed a degree, credential, or even a class at Columbus State.

Coffee and Donuts
Friday, June 7
, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Small program will begin at 10:00 a.m.)
Columbus Hall 111, Library Media Studio
RSVP by clicking here

Foundation Charity Happy Hour
Tuesday, June 18
, from 3:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Platform Beer Co., 408 N. 6th St. Columbus, Ohio 43215

The event is open to the public with a special focus on our employee alumni from 4:00-8:00 p.m. (brief remarks around 5:00 p.m.) $1 of every Platform beer sold will go directly toward helping our students. Click here for the Facebook event page.



College Pelotonia fundraiser June 10 at Hills Market

Support the Columbus State Pelotonia team by shopping Monday, June 10 at The Hills Market Downtown: a portion of proceeds from all large pizzas sold that day will support the Columbus State team. That evening, the team will host a happy hour from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. with all tips going to fundraising for the annual weekend-long charity bike ride.

Please consider buying large pizzas for department lunches or taking a pizza home for dinner. And stop in to buy a beer, wine, or water from your Columbus State colleagues during the happy hour. Hills Market Downtown is located at 95 North Grant Street, just a couple of blocks from the Columbus Campus.

Interested in joining the Columbus State Pelotonia team? There’s still time to register to ride, virtually ride or volunteer. To register, follow the registration signup process of your choice and request to join the Columbus State Community College team at the “Request to Join a Peloton” step. Customized Columbus State rider jersey orders are due June 10, so you must register before then in order to receive a jersey for ride weekend August 3 and 4.

If you are already registered for Pelotonia 2019 and would like to join the Columbus State team, please contact Brent Wilder at extension 5789 or Amanda Cecil at extension 2083. Brent and Amanda are the College Pelotonia Ambassadors.

Want to give any time? No problem. Click here to donate to the team. Founded in 2008, Pelotonia has raised more than $184 million for cancer research.

Capital planning town hall next week

Planning is underway for the College’s capital needs – facilities and technology – for the next six years and beyond. The President and his team are working on recommendations for the Board of Trustees. As part of that process, they would like to hear directly from you during several planning sessions this summer focused on your location and department.

The capital planning kick-off discussion will be held Friday, June 14 from 10:00 a.m. - noon in the Nestor Hall west lounge (new location). In this session, they will get your input and discuss the planning process for the summer. This process will include the Delaware Campus, the Regional Learning Centers, and other locations throughout our service area.

Pride Parade in June

You are invited to represent Columbus State at the 38th Annual Columbus Pride Festival and Parade on Saturday, June 15. The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. at Polar and High streets in the Short North District. It wraps up at Bicentennial and Genoa Parks off of Rich Street. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal event in the LGTBQ+ civil rights movement. Please contact Brett Welsh if you would like to participate. This event is open to faculty, staff, students, and guests.


Important end-of-fiscal-year dates

In our continued effort to allow as much time as possible for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2019 funds, we will retain a June cut-off date for purchases. The last day to purchase goods and services for the year ending June 30, 2019, is June 7, 2019.


Friday, June 7, 2019
Last day to create requisitions in Collea

Friday, June 14, 2019
Last day to place orders with vendors. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member and by Darrin Albaugh, assistant director, Purchasing.

Friday, June 21, 2019
Last day to place office supply orders with Office Depot. 

Friday, June 28, 2019
Date by which all goods and services must be physically received in order to be charged to FY’2019 budget. (Note, operating budgets do not carry into the next fiscal year so goods not received by June 30, 2019, will be applied to the FY’2020 budget.)

Friday, June 28, 2019
Last day to complete and submit Bookstore requisition for stock items in the Bookstore.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid from FY’2019.  Invoices received after July 31, 2019, will be charged to FY’2020.



Food Service Hours

May 13 - June 30
Subway - Monday - Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays)

May 28 - August 9
Union Cafe and Starbucks – Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sips – Closed


Department of College Recreation & Wellness (CRW) offerings

Recreation Wellness Classes
Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Hatha Yoga
Fridays 11:00 a.m. – noon: Barre
Fridays noon – 1:00 p.m.:-Yoga Flow or Mat Pilates (alternating weeks)
Self Defense Program
Mondays 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fridays noon – 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Hall 047 (lower level inside the Police Department)

CRW Podcast
The health and wellness podcast, Guidance with Grace, can be heard on SoundCloud. It is updated regularly throughout the year. It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Spotify. Released weekly on Friday mornings.
Wellness Workshop

The Benefits of Running & Strength Training
Wednesday, July 24 at noon in Delaware Hall 158
*additional online seminars available via CRW social media pages and the CRW webpage
Columbus Campus Fitness Center
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday  6:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Delaware Campus Fitness Center
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Conditioning Center
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 6:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops

NEW blackboards


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