Monday, October 26, 2009

hands with moneyExplaining the new tuition “waiver”Tuition for Winter Quarter 2010 will remain at $79 per credit hour. When students begin registering today for Winter Quarter 2010, they will see a 3.5 percent increase in tuition, which has been waived for Winter Quarter and does not impact their Winter Quarter tuition bill.

The Board of Trustees passed the increase in the base tuition rate as a safety net in case state revenue is lower than expected (prompting possible cuts in higher education funding) and in case federal stimulus money (currently 16 percent of the Ohio higher education subsidy) is not fully replaced in 2012.

This increase is being waived this year for three reasons: because the college received federal stimulus monies; because the college is experiencing enrollment growth beyond what was projected for this year; and because we have been more efficient in scheduling classes, allowing us to serve more students within our existing capacity. Students’ account summaries will note the amount that has been waived, so essentially, Columbus State's tuition per credit hour will remain the same as it has been for the past three and a half years. This program is expected to continue through Spring Quarter 2010.


In-Service Day program is online!logoTo aid in achieving our Zero Waste goal for Fall In-Service Day, October 28, the Program of Events is only available online, where you can view it and note when and where the sessions of interest are scheduled for the day. Check it out here!


Donate lunch money for a daylunchThe Staff Advisory Council is again organizing the annual “Lunch Money for a Day” campaign.

The council is asking employees to donate at least $5 toward this campaign. Coupons and lunch bags are made available courtesy of Panera Bakery and can be picked up in advance from any Staff Council Representative or from Betty Richardson in the IT Support Center.

You can also bring your donation to In-Service Day and drop it in the donation box. Checks should be made payable to Children's Hunger Alliance.




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“Eye” in sky helps campus police watch lotsmobile command vehicleA new mobile "eye in the sky" is helping Public Safety monitor traffic and parking lot activity on campus. The mobile command van, which has a 360-degree camera attached, can be parked in any area of campus to provide a view of the surroundings, enhancing security of the area.

Public Safety wants to remind students and employees that they can also help by reporting any suspicious activities to the department by calling ext. 2525 any time day or night. Also remember that securing valuables in a vehicle, including GPS devices, out of plain view reduces the opportunity for crime. Never leaving your personal belongings unattended in buildings also reduces the opportunity for crime.

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Big Red Dog and Clawdette join forces to promote readingClawdette and Clifford
Clawdette the Cougar gets a big hug from an appreciative customer at the Bookstore’s Scholastic Book Fair event held Oct. 22. Clifford The Big Red Dog is famous from the timeless Scholastic classics, and Clawdette just loves to read!


College safety procedures updated and ready for downloadThe Columbus State Employee Safety Manual has been updated for 2009–10.

It is important that all employees are knowledgeable regarding procedures and practices, practice safe work habits, and attend the required training programs for their positions.

To ensure that each department has received the updates, HR asks that employees go online to the Human Resource Department and download the following procedures to insert into your departments Employee Safety Manual Binder:

• Departments Affected by Specific Procedures 2009
• Directory of Contacts 2009
• Procedure #5 Lockout-Tag out 2009
• Procedure #6 Emergency Preparedness 2009
• Procedure #7 Fire Protection 2009
• Procedure #10 Hazardous Materials Management 2009
• Procedure #11 Hearing Protection
• Procedure #12 Personal Protection 2009
• Procedure #13 Chemical Hygiene Plan 2009

If you have any questions please contact Rosalind Porter, coordinator of Health & Safety, Human Capacity Development-Human Resources Department at or ext.3860.


Dispatch columnist features Columbus State student, faculty memberIn Wednesday’s Columbus Dispatch, columnist Joe Blundo wrote about student Ken Lawton and the MH/CD/MR program’s Community/Habilitation Assistant Certificate. The 28-credit-hour program is for students with developmental disabilities, who can read at the 5th-grade level. In the article, Jackie Teny Miller explains how the program empowers students and enables them to get jobs, and retired Chairperson Lenore Schniederman recounts how she first started the program. You can read the entire article here.

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Bookstore specials taste good, save the Earth, and more!You can get a free drink at the convenience store in the Columbus State Bookstore when you buy any sandwich with this coupon.

There’s no coupon required to buy products at the recycled office supplies sale. Stop in and save 25 percent on recycled office supplies including writing instruments, report covers, binders, folders and the entire line of Earth Chic products. The sale runs Oct. 20–Nov. 7. No other discounts apply.

And don’t miss the Columbus State Gospel Choir performing in the Bookstore on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m.–noon!

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New findings to be presented from the 'Managing Online Education' StudyCome hear about the results of the 2009 National Survey of Online Education Programs, on Thursday, October 29, at 1 p.m. in CT 107. The groundbreaking results of this survey provide the first-ever national data on critical issues facing schools involved with e-learning. Sponsored by The Campus Computing Project and WCET, this just-completed survey focused on the instructional, organizational, and technological operations of online programs across all levels of postsecondary institutions.

This seminar will deliver vital, "hot off the presses" benchmarking information to help distance learning and IT professionals compare their online programming with similar institutions in this category. Click here to read more or register

discovering the district
goings on in and around the Discovery District!

Thurber House Presents New York Times Bestselling
Author Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown will read from
her newest memoir, Animal
Magnetism: My Life with Creatures
Great and Small
on Wednesday,
October 28, 7:30 p.m., at the
Columbus Performing Arts Center,
549 Franklin Ave.

She is the author of numerous books, including the popular Sister Jane Foxhunting mysteries, the Mrs. Murphy mystery series (co-written with her tiger cat, Sneaky Pie), her first memoir, Rita Will, and the acclaimed Rubyfruit Jungle. In her latest memoir, Animal Magnetism, Brown shares the lessons she's learned, as well as her deep appreciation for the steady parade of all manner of two- and four-legged critters that have flown into and walked through her world. She is also an Emmy-nominated screenwriter and poet, and lives in Afton, Virginia. Tickets for the event are $18 in advance, and $20 at the door, with discounts for students and seniors. Purchase your ticket by calling (614)464-1032 or by clicking on the link below. Purchase ticket(s)