Monday, March 16, 2009

Partnership with OSU will open access to medical college for Columbus State studentsmedical laboratory studentsOSU logoOhio State and Columbus State will lead a national pilot program to guide more community college students to medical school and other health care professions. The “Pipeline to Medical Colleges Initiative” is the first step in a new national partnership between community colleges and four-year colleges and universities that expands access to the baccalaureate degree as well as to graduate and professional degrees.

Later in March, Ohio State and Columbus State officials will begin working out specific details of the pilot program, such as how to identify potential students, costs, scholarships and financial aid. The pipeline could begin as early as next academic year.

Ohio State also helps with Cougar Basketball team’s prep for nationalsschottenstein centerAs the No. 1 nationally ranked team in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II basketball tournament, the Columbus State Cougars received some much appreciated support from a neighboring school.

With the Delaware Hall gymnasium now closed for major construction, Ohio State University opened a court for the Cougars to use in the Jerome Schottenstein Center so they could practice Friday, Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the NJCAA national tournament in Danville, Ill. 

Coach Carlisle
Patrick Carlisle

Last year Coach Pat Carlisle took the team all the way to the championship game, where they were runners-up. This year the goal is to take the championship crown.

The Cougars will face No. 6 South Suburban (Chicago) College in their first game, Wednesday, March 18, at 6 p.m. at Danville Community College. Depending on the outcome, they will play again on Thursday or Friday. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 7:30 p.m. 

A fan bus is being chartered in the event the Cougars reach the final game. It will leave Saturday and return immediately after the game. If you want to ride the bus, contact M.D. Ferguson, ext. 3656. You can see the bracket here:

Award PinSave the date for the Employee Celebration!The new “Employee Celebration of Excellence – Spring Forward,” will be held on Friday, June 5, from 6-11 p.m. at Confluence Park Restaurant downtown. The celebration will recognize employees for their excellence, including the presentation of Service Anniversary Awards, Distinguished Teaching Awards, and the Staff Employee of the Year Award. These awards were previously given during the Spring In-Service Day, held in April. All employees are asked to mark their calendars for this event. Committee members organizing the event are: Nina Reese (Chair), India Ashley, Terrence Brown, Cathy Hatfield, Kelly Sanchez and Elizabeth Yount.

Grade entry assistance available for Winter Quarter The deadline for Winter Quarter grade entry is Saturday, March 21, at 11 p.m.
The IT Support Center will be available for assistance with grade entry during finals week:
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–10 p.m. (Calls are returned 10 p.m.–midnight when office is closed)
Saturday, March 21: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. (Callbacks until 11 p.m.)

During the break (March 23–29) IT Support office hours will be Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (Calls returned 5 p.m.–midnight. Callbacks are on Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.–midnight.)

IT Support is located in the ERC (Columbus Hall, lower level). Call (614)287-5050, stop in, or email

employee smilingNew site makes nominating outstanding employees easierThe Staff Advisory Council has a revised page on their Web site for the Staff Employee of the Month nomination process

The nomination form and an explanation of the award are prominently posted to make it easier than ever to recognize a coworker or employee who goes above and beyond their job description.


What’s the DX thinking today?If you can guess what the DX is thinking and you’re the first one to email with your answer, you will win a prize!
 Today’s hints:

  • Save “a latte” on a latte

  • 3-5 p.m. every day

  • Specialty drinks on special

What is the DX thinking??


Join Columbus State and CSEA for Komen Race for the Curerace logoColumbus State students, faculty, and staff are invited to join thousands of other central Ohioans in this year’s Susan G. Komen Columbus Race for the Cure to benefit breast cancer research, treatment, education, and screening.
The 5K race/walk and 1-mile family fun walk will take place Saturday, May 16, starting at 8:30 a.m. downtown. 
To join the CSCC/CSEA team, register online by following these steps:

  1. Go to

  2. Select “Register Now” button.

  3. Select the “Team Registration – Join a Team” option and click “Continue.”

  4. Fill in the appropriate information on the following page and click “Continue.”

  5. In the “Participant Information” section, select the “CSCC and CSEA” team from the dropdown box.

  6. Fill out the remaining sections of the form, enter your payment information, and print your confirmation.

Team registration ends April 24.
If you are not available for race day but still want to support the cause, you have two options. You can register for the CSCC/CSEA team by following the directions above and selecting “Sleep in For the Cure” under “event type.” Or you can donate in the team’s name by going to and completing the online donation form.

For more info, contact one of the CSCC/CSEA team captains:
Beth Barnett: ext. 2593
Deb Bertsch: ext. 5860
Kevin James: ext. 5008
Barb Smith-Allen: ext. 5433

logoColumbus State to host “Ohio Renewable Energy Showcase: Green Energy & Green Collar Jobs”Columbus State will be the site of a regional workshop co-hosted by Green Energy Ohio, Ohio Dept. of Development Ohio Energy Office, Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, and Environment Ohio. 

The Ohio Renewable Energy Showcase will be held Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development. Participants will be able to learn about solar energy rebates, wind energy, green building techniques, green jobs, renewable energy business, and much more. Read the agenda here.
Registration is only $25 for individuals and $15 for students. You can register here.