Monday, November 9, 2009

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First College Systems Portfolio submitted to Higher Learning Commission for accreditationColumbus State has recently completed and submitted its first AQIP Systems Portfolio. This comprehensive document highlights many key institutional processes, tangible results, and breakout improvements. Thanks to the writers, editors, designers, and reviewers who contributed to the final product. You can view the 106-page Systems Portfolio in its entirety here.



Volleyball team wins District, on to Nationals

Morgan Zumberger
Megan Danner
Jackie Randulic

The Cougar Volleyball team won the NJCAA Region 12, Division II District E Tournament this weekend, held in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Cougars defeated Mott Community College, (Flint, Mich.) in the first match, Oakland Community College (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) in the second match, and St. Clair County Community College (Port Huron, Mich.) in the final to win a bid to the NJCAA Tournament, which will be held November 17-22 in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The Cougars will be one of 16 teams vying for the national title.

Jackie Randulic and Megan Danner were named to the All-District Team and Morgan Zumburger was named Player of the Year in District E.

dinner photoCelebrate Thanksgiving with our international students Nov. 24The International Student Services Office invites employees to join in celebrating Thanksgiving with international students, Columbus State staff and faculty. The event will be held in the WD Ballroom on Tuesday, November 24, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Seats cost $14 per guest and are free for children three years old or younger. You can also sponsor a table of eight for $112, which could provide a seat for an international student to attend.

Please contact Amy Burrell for more information. You can RSVP and buy tickets at the International Student Services Office in Madison Hall. Because seating is limited, please RVSP early!


NISOD offers Webinar on Service LearningNISOD, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, will offer a Webinar called "Service Learning: Taking Education Beyond the Classroom,"
November 18 from 2-3 p.m. Read more about the webinar and reserve your space online at

Performance Management Guide now available onlineTo help administrators and staff apply concepts and follow processes related to the performance management initiative, known as PERFORMs, an online guide has been developed and is now available on the Human Resources Department site.
Please contact Mary Francis McLaughlin, Performance Management Program coordinator, by email or at ext. 5220 if you have questions.


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Employees invited to Screen ’n’ Speak!veteranThe monthly Screen ’n’ Speak event is a movie viewing and discussion group hosted by the Office of Diversity, Travel Abroad and TRiO Programs. After watching a movie and enjoying refreshments, participants are invited to discuss the subject portrayed, facilitated by a staff or faculty member. The November movie is “When I Came Home,” facilitated by Columbus State’s Veterans Services Department. Stop in to watch the movie, join in the discussion, and decide if you’d like to facilitate a session in the future!

Screen ’n’ Speak will be held Thursday, November 12, from noon–2 p.m. in the ERC multimedia studio.

“When I Came Home” is about homeless veterans in America—from those who served in Vietnam to those returning from the current war in Iraq. The film looks at the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight for the benefits promised to them. Through the story of Herold Noel, an Iraq War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and living in his car in Brooklyn. “When I Came Home” reveals a failing system and the veteran's struggle to survive after returning from the war.

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International Education Week starts Nov. 16logoThe Columbus State International Student Association, the Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department and the International Student Services Office have put together a line-up of international and intercultural events for campus during International Education Week, starting November 16.

The events are an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative promotes programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.

International Fashion Show: Nestor Hall East Lounge, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

International Twister: Nestor Hall East Lounge, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Interfaith Global Café: Nestor Hall West Lounge, 2-4 p.m.

Global Jeopardy: Nestor Hall East Lounge, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Capoeira Workshop featuring Renata Rado: WD Room 409, 6-8 p.m.

International Student Association Bake Sale: NH East Lounge, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. International Talent Night and Salsa Lessons with MÁS y Mambo: ERC TV studio, 6-8 p.m.

International Student Association Potluck: NH East Lounge, 2:30-5 p.m.