Thursday, January 8, 2009

Michelle Kohar
Michelle Kohar

"When students have a hold on their loans, Michelle very quickly resolves it"
-Marsha Phillips

Loan Specialist solves problems in a snap

Michelle Kohar puts her nearly 20 years experience in Financial Aid to work to help students get their money…and she does it quickly. “When students have a hold on their loans, Michelle very quickly resolves it,” says nominator Marsha Phillips. For her timely, accurate work and excellent problem solving, Kohar was named January Staff Employee of the Month.

“One quarter we had trouble with the Master Promissory Note information on Scholarnet, and hundreds of students’ loans were late,” recalls Phillips. “Michelle helped TIC and Financial Aid employees to expedite the late loans—the increased workload didn’t slow her down or make her less accurate.”

“This is typical of the work that Michelle puts forth on behalf of CSCC’s students,” says David Metz, director of Financial Aid.

Kohar began working at Columbus State part time in 1990 as a file clerk when she was a student. She was hired fulltime in 1993 in the Financial Aid Office as a specialist. In those 19 years she says she has enjoyed “assisting students with the knowledge of all the financial resources, whether it is federal aid, scholarships or outside loan sources.”

Kohar spends her time off the job with her husband of 16 years and five-year-old son, visiting their cabin in the foothills of Morgan County. She is also busy working on completing her bachelor’s degree in social psychology from Park University.

Outspoken Martin to headline MLK celebration Jan. 27

Roland Martin
Roland Martin

Columbus State will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an outspoken voice for black America: Roland S. Martin.

Whether it's sports, social justice, business or media, Roland Martin refuses to be pigeonholed as a conservative or a liberal, Democrat or Republican. As he puts it, he is simply “a black man in America.”

Martin will speak from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Columbus State Conference Center, on the fourth floor of the Center for Workforce Development.

Martin is founder and editor of He is executive editor of the Chicago Defender, the nation's only African-American daily newspaper, and a commentator for CNN, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and TV One Cable Network. His columns are syndicated to newspapers nationwide by Creators Syndicate.

He is author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith and Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America, and he is a contributor to The Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism.

The speech is sponsored by Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs. Contact the department at ext. 2426 for more information on the event.


Delaware campusBeginning to look like a building!Terri Gehr, senior vice president for Business and Administration, visited the second campus in Delaware county January 3 and took this photo of the construction, which is “beginning to look like a building now.” By this time next year the second campus should be close to opening!


Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs awarded grant to promote civic engagementThe Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department has been awarded a grant to host an M3C Program for eight students in 2009. The M3C Fellows Program is an AmeriCorps Education Award Program.

Students who are involved in this program will receive an education award to use toward tuition, loan payments, etc., in return for community service. The program seeks to foster a deep appreciation and understanding of democratic values and citizenship among participants, and nurture the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that lead to a lifelong commitment to active community and civic engagement. For more information about the M3C program, contact Kim Brazwell at ext. 2426.

Kim Brazwell
Kimberly Brazwell

Brazwell named secretary for Ohio Chapter of NAME

Kimberly Brazwell, coordinator in the Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department in the Division of Student Life, has been elected secretary of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). For more information on NAME, please visit or contact Brazwell.


Dr. Moeller with graduates
After the ceremony, new Franklin MBA grads Tracy Lamar-Nickoli, left, and Elissa Schneider, right, pose with President Val Moeller, who delivered the commencement address.

Employees earn master’s degrees, Moeller addresses grads at Franklin

Tracy Lamar-Nickoli, Community Education and Workforce Development, and Elissa Schneider, Development Foundation, each earned MBA degrees in Leadership and Organizational Studies at the Franklin University commencement ceremony held January 4. President Val Moeller delivered the commencement address to the graduates and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership. “I wanted to get my MBA not only to help advance my career, but also to show my four kids the importance of getting an advanced education,” said Lamar-Nickoli.

Cheryl FergusonFerguson at the Dayton commencement with her daughter Skylar.

Ferguson earns master’s degree from Dayton

Cheryl Ferguson, graduation coordinator, earned her Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions from the University of Dayton last month.




Upcoming seminars help with New Year’s resolutionsSeveral seminars are coming up from the Human Performance Center that may help us keep our New Year’s resolutions we’ve made to improve our health and fitness. For more information about any of these seminars, contact Mandy Cecil at ext. 2083.

Men's Health Initiative: Winter Conditioning
January 12 at 12:15 p.m.
DX Conference Room, 3rd floor
Come prepared to learn new methods of adding variety to your exercise routine to get through the winter months. This seminar is for the novice as well as the advanced exerciser.

Women's Health Initiative: Skin Health: What You Need to Know!
January 26 at 12:15pm
DX Conference Room, 3rd floor
Learn the importance of skin health and about skin products on the market for consumers.

Diabetes Support Group: Diabetes & Exercise
January 14 at 12:15pm
DX Conference Room, 3rd floor
The support group will be discussing and showing you helpful ways a diabetic can safely live an active lifestyle. Please bring your lunch to enjoy during the discussion.

Beginning Exercise: How to Start a Routine
January 28 at 12:15pm
DX Conference Room
The HPC will help you design an exercise program to suit your personal goals. Come motivated with a list of your goals that you want to achieve in 2009!

Chronic Disease Initiative: Obesity: The New Epidemic
January 20 at 12:15pm
DX Conference Room, 3rd floor
This seminar will address the facts of obesity and ways to prevent this epidemic in your families and your own lives.


George ClintonGet Funkadelic with George ClintonColumbus State's Education that Rocks promotion has five sets of (two) tickets for the January 16 concert with George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. To win, just send an email to and put "George Clinton" in the subject heading!