Thursday, March 5, 2009

HR specialist juggles numerous financial projects

Missy Graham
Missy Graham

Missy Graham works hardest during the summer, when many parts of the college are enjoying a slower pace and expanded vacation schedule.
The HR specialist was nominated for Staff Employee of the Month by coworker Mary Johnson due to her “positive attitude and willingness to work as many hours as needed to get the job done right.”

One of Graham’s most important tasks is to complete the pay increases, insurance changes and open enrollments for employees—a job that falls primarily during the summer and must be completed flawlessly, according to her supervisor, Lou Ann Carman.

“She often figures out new ways to make the system work for us,” says Carman. Graham says the most rewarding part of her job is working toward a goal and finishing a project on time and without errors. Everyone who receives a paycheck certainly appreciates that!

Graham, a Mt. Sterling resident, has worked in HR at Columbus State for nine years, after spending many years as a stay-at-home mom with her two children, Zach, now 21, and Tiffany, now 19 and studying Medical Assisting at the college. Graham is also the proud first-time grandma to Ava Jane, age 2 months. She and her husband of 23 years, Chris, enjoy camping in West Virginia and Kentucky with their big group of extended family and friends. And they recently bought a motorcycle that they can’t wait to get out of the garage when the weather warms up!

Know someone who goes above and beyond? Nominate an employee or coworker in your department for Staff Employee of the Month today. The nomination forms are here.

Suess bookStudents, faculty to “Read Across America” this SaturdayRead Across America makes a road stop at Columbus State on Saturday, March 7, from 1-4 p.m. on the second floor of WD. The Columbus State Education Association (CSEA)—representing faculty—and Phi Theta Kappa—the student Honor Society—will both take part. Read Across America promotes literacy to elementary age students and is held every March in celebration of the birthday of Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, who would have been 105 on March 2.  As many as 100 first and second grade students will converge on campus, where they will listen to faculty and honor students read to them. For more information, or to volunteer to read, contact Sarah Garno at ext. 2474. The event is free and open to the public.


Basketball teams to play in regional tournaments this weekendbasketball photoBoth the men’s and women’s Cougar basketball teams will play in their Div. II District tournaments this weekend, hoping to advance to national competition.

The women head to Owens Community College in Toledo to play against Delta College, Mich., on Friday night in the first round. 

The No. 1 seeded men’s team, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in NJCAA Div. II, gets a bye in the first round of their tournament, held at Sinclair Community College, and plays Saturday at 3 p.m. against the winner of the Sinclair-Lakeland game. The championship game will be held Sunday at 3 p.m.

Chorus, Band to perform March 10chorus members
The Columbus State Chorus and Concert Band will perform their Winter Quarter concert on Tuesday, March 10, at 8 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Come listen to the students perform their work from the quarter—it’s their “final exam!”

science graphicVolunteers still needed for Science DayColumbus State is hosting the Ohio Academy of Sciences Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 21, where 500 students from local area middle and high schools will present their science projects in hopes of advancing to the state competition in May. Volunteers are still needed to judge these projects and to assist in the smooth operation of the activities. No previous experience is necessary to volunteer. Please contact John Blaha at ext. 5930 or if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity!


Employee and dependent fee waivers due March 20Remember, employee/dependent fee waivers must be received in the Human Resources Office by Friday, March 20, at the close of business (4:30 p.m.) to guarantee that they will be processed before late fees are assessed. Fee waivers received after the due date will not be processed.

Want to submit a “green” proposal, but not sure how?Sustainability Committee member Brad Farmer will conduct two workshops to train submitters on how to create a correct proposal using the forms posted online at The workshops will be held Monday, March 16, at 10 a.m., and Wednesday, March 25, at 1 p.m. in Rhodes Hall Room 211A. Contact Farmer for more information. Sustainability Proposals for 2009 are due April 3. 

DX thinking contest names first winnerfolgers logoCongratulations to our first "What's the DX Thinking?" winner, Betty Sugar! The answer was “coffee in a reusable mug”—specifically the Folger's coffee you can purchase at the Convenience Store—just 47 cents a mug for CSCC employees with your own reusable mug!

Today’s game: What is the DX thinking??
Join in the fun and play “What is the DX thinking?” Each week in Update we’ll give you three hints…you guess what we’re thinking about. Be the first to email the correct answer to and you’ll win a prize from the DX stores! Here are your first three hints:

  • Pedometers

  • Greeting Cards

  • Stethoscopes

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