Thursday, October 15, 2009
President Val Moeller will retire from Columbus State June 30, 2010.

14-member presidential search committee namedThe Columbus State Board of Trustees today announced the members of the search committee for the college’s next president. The 14-member committee includes trustees, faculty, staff, administrators, students and community leaders, including Columbus Public Schools Superintendent Gene Harris.

Trustee Suzanne Stilson Edgar chairs the committee, and the trustees selected the search firm of Greenwood/Asher and Associates, Inc., to assist with the process.

Campus forums will be held the morning of November 2. More information will be forthcoming regarding the schedule of the forums over the next few weeks.

The members of the search committee are:
Suzanne Stilson Edgar, Chairperson of the Committee and member of Board of Trustees
Michael Flowers, J.D., Board of Trustees
Dr. Richard Owens, Board of Trustees
Poe Timmons, Board of Trustees
Steve Abbott, Faculty
Antoinette Perkins, Faculty
Ann Ziegel, Adjunct Faculty
Charles Dawson, Staff
Beth Bates, Staff
Dr. Polly Owen, Dean
Tim Wagner, Administrator
Nurikram Engel, Student
Kyle Katz, The Buggyworks, Foundation Representative
Dr. Gene Harris, Columbus Public Schools, Community Representative


Brazwell named Staff Employee of the Month

Kim Brazwell
Kimberly Brazwell

Kim Brazwell is a valuable, active member of the New Employee Orientation Committee, making all new hires feel comfortable and welcome in the college’s diverse community, and for that she was honored as the October 2009 Staff Employee of the Month on October 14.

“Kim does a wonderful job facilitating a topic that could be quite threatening to some.”




According to her nominator, India Ashley, Human Resources, “Kim does a wonderful job facilitating a topic that could be quite threatening to some. Participants often come to me after orientation to say that they felt encouraged by Kim’s presentation. Kim also helped initiate and facilitate the Mentor Workshop program in February.”

Brazwell is a coordinator in the Diversity, Study Abroad and TRiO Programs Department, where she “self-reflects often to ensure she is conveying the correct message and acting in a professional manner at all times,” says her supervisor Renee Hampton. “When Kim commits to a job, task or initiative, she does it with diligence and passion,” adds Hampton.

Brazwell will present “Diversity and Global Initiatives at the Community College” at the 19th International National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference to be held in Denver, October 28–November 1. NAME is a professional organization that celebrates cultural and ethnic diversity as a national strength that enriches a society. Brazwell was recently appointed president of the Ohio Chapter for NAME.

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logoTime for the all-new Wellness Initiative Body Challenge VISet some new wellness goals and allow this competition to motivate you!

The new variation for this challenge is that interested employees should select only five people for the team, with one person designated as a co-captain to coordinate efforts for their half of the group.

Through a random drawing, you will be paired with another group of five people to work as a team of 10. Co-captains will collect all contact information for their team members and will be the point person for communication throughout the challenge. All teams should have a name.

The competition will work on a point system. For every hour of a wellness activity, you will earn wellness points (physical activities, wellness seminars, wellness classes, support groups, walking, etc.). Tracking sheets and step log sheets will be distributed to team captains.

Teams will submit totals for midway check-in to evaluate team standings. Further direction will be given once you are entered into the challenge. All team members and co-captains must adhere to the guidelines, tracking and logging of activities. Participants are required to track and turn in information by the deadline.

The challenge is only seven weeks, October 26 through December 6. The top team will receive a prize.

If you are interested, assemble a team of five and contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, ext. 3989, by 4 p.m. Friday, October 23.

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Construction Sciences to offer conservation technician certificate hard hatStudents who are interested in preparing for green-collar jobs will now be able to take courses leading to a certificate in conservation technology through the college’s OTAP (Orientation to Trades and Apprenticeships) Department and the Construction Sciences Department.

Coordinating the program are Dean Bortz, assistant professor in Construction Management, and Carol Higgins, program coordinator of OTAP. Nancy Case, director in Community Education and Workforce Development, has applied for a Pathways Out of Poverty grant which, if received, will put Columbus State on the map for green pathways training, according to Rochelle Stallings, director of sustainability for out of Dallas.
The certificate consists of four, three-credit courses to be offered starting this year, including Introduction to Sustainability, Weatherization and Energy Conservation, Energy Auditing and Commissioning, and Solar PV and Solar Thermal Technology.

Carringer to run 100th marathon Sunday

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Paul Carringer on the run in one of his recent marathons.

Paul Carringer, assistant professor in Integrated Media and Technology, will run in the Columbus Marathon Sunday, October 18, as his 100th race of 26.2 miles or longer! He will run as a member of the Clif Bar team, whose members pace other runners along the course at varying speeds so they can meet their goals to finish in a certain time. Carringer will pace runners who want to finish in 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Carringer first started running in high school when conditioning for wrestling, and he says he “hated it.” But when he got hurt wrestling, he continued running and started to like it enough to enter races. The first marathon he ever ran was the Columbus Marathon in 1981, and he was hooked. Ninety-nine races later, he is considered an experienced marathoner, and as a member of the elite Clif Bar team, he will offer coaching and advice to other runners at Saturday’s Marathon Expo, prior to the race. He is also a member of the New York City Marathon pace team, as well as Team Run Under Armor, both teams of elite runners who pace other competitors to stay on their goal times.

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Are your course syllabi correct?The Office of Disability Services has noticed that a number of Autumn Quarter course syllabi list the former location of  Disability Services, Franklin Hall, as its current location. Disability Services moved during Spring Quarter 2009 to a new location in Eibling Hall 101. This new location should be included on all syllabi in the Disability Statement or wherever noted. All other contact information (phone numbers, etc.) has remained the same.

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Columbus State alumnus receives national awardsealA former Columbus State police academy cadet is the recipient of a national crime fighting award.

Timothy Grimm, who is now a Columbus police officer working with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), was named the National Task Force Officer of the Year. He received the award September 28 at the National JTTF conference in Orlando, Florida.

After completing his police academy training at Columbus State in the early 1990s, he went through the Highway Patrol Academy before working as a highway patrol officer guarding the Ohio Statehouse. A couple of years later he went through the 24-week Columbus Police Academy before joining the city police force. Grimm played a key role in the I-270 sniper investigation in 2003-04.

Five years ago he was assigned to the FBI’s Terrorism Early Warning Unit, where he continues today. While he remains a Columbus Police officer, his unique role allows him to be a liaison between the two agencies.

Since his arrival on the JTTF, Detective Grimm has participated in numerous high-profile international terrorism investigations. Among these were the investigations and prosecutions of Nuradin Abdi and Christopher Paul, both of whom have been convicted of conspiring to engage in terrorism and providing material support to international terrorism.

Keith Bennett, special agent in charge of the FBI Cincinnati Division, said, “I feel comfortable stating that because of the work of Officer Grimm and the other members of the Columbus JTTF, acts of international terrorism have been prevented.”

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Headcount data available online for Fall QuarterThe preliminary Autumn 2009 headcount and FTE (full time equivalent) data, as of the census date, October 7, is now available online here. The files are on the intranet, so they are not available off campus.
The Columbus State headcount stood at 28,309 paid students compared to an Autumn 2008 headcount of 24,237.  This represents a 16.8 percent increase from a year ago. Total FTE for Autumn 2009 is 18,956.8, compared to 16,120.1 FTE from the Autumn 2008 census day report, a 17.6 percent increase.
Total comparison headcounts and FTEs by College, distance and off-campus centers, are also available online. You will note that average credit hours increased to more than 10 credits per student for the first time. If you have any questions about this data, please contact Jim Hamberg at ext. 5643.

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