Thursday, November 5, 2009

Find the hidden birdie!bird photo
Snuggled into the wildflower bed on Grove Street, this American Woodcock camouflages himself at the roots of a tree. Birdwatchers Joyce Willison and Steve Wolfinger spotted the bird, which is rarely seen in an urban environment, preferring open woods and overgrown fields. They snagged Joel McLaughlin to take this colorful photo.


Don’t forget to give your feedback on In-Service DaylogoThe I-Group wants to thank everyone for attending the recent Autumn In-Service Day October 28 and would like employees to take a minute to complete a brief survey. Tell the I-Group what you liked, what you didn't like, and how they can improve future In-Services at this link.

Last chance to attend COOL Performance Management System training For any administrators and full-time, non bargaining-unit staff who need to attend the COOL Performance Management System Training as part of the PERFORMs initiative, the final two make-up sessions are being offered on Friday, November 6.  Follow this link to register for either session: Category.asp?CID=203#112009
Please be sure to bring a copy of your completed Planning Guide for 2009-2010 in an electronic format so you can copy and paste it into the system. You can email it to yourself or save it onto a portable device such as a memory stick or thumb drive.

Please contact Mary Francis McLaughlin by email at if you have any questions.


Volleyball team heads to Michigan for District Champs players celebrate

Scott Nichols

Head Volleyball Coach Scott Nichols is on the road with the team as they head to Grand Rapids for this weekend’s District Championships. After finishing the season with a 12-0 record in the conference they are seeded No. 1 for the tourney. This is the first year in college history the team has won the conference. A district win over the weekend would lead to an automatic bid to the NJCAA Division II national tournament. The Cougars are currently ranked No. 6 nationally in Division II.



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Dental Hygiene program celebrates 10 years by forming Alumni Network

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Dental Hygiene program alumni get together to celebrate their 10-year anniversary October 17 in the WD Ballroom.

Photo by Elina Vayntraub

Columbus State’s Dental Hygiene degree program began Winter Quarter 1999 and graduated the first class Summer Quarter 2000. To honor the milestone, students, alumni, and employees in the program held a celebration event October 17 with many alumni returning to campus to share stories and reconnect with each other. The event also served as the first meeting of the newly formed CSCC Dental Hygiene Alumni Network, an initiative of the Development Foundation. The group plans to have an event each year offering continuing education credits to all alumni who attend as well as a networking opportunity through Facebook.

A scholarship fund was also initiated to honor Connie Grossman RDH. The scholarship will be awarded to a worthy second-year dental hygiene student. Funds may be donated to the scholarship here.

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Faculty plan, present at Business Technology Educators conferencelogoFour Business Department faculty members participated at the Ohio Association for Business Technology Educators 82nd Professional Development Conference held in Columbus October 29-30.

More than 125 college faculty and secondary school educators from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri were in attendance.

Dr. Lydia Gilmore and Amy DiBlasi presented “The Classroom: A Global Environment.” The session focused on diversity in the classroom. Dr. Bill Dross presented a session titled “From Sage on the Stage to Edu-tainer—Assessing Student Learning in the 21st Century.”

Beth McGrath and Amy DiBlasi also served on the year-long conference planning committee.

Students, faculty, walk for suicide prevention group photo
A large group of students and faculty participated in the “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk Saturday, Oct. 24, on OSU's West Campus. Columbus State’s team, led by Dr. Lilia Bermudez in the Psychology Department and her Adolescent Development class, also included Traci HaynesHuman Growth and Development class.