Thursday, June 11, 2009

Distinguished Teachers, Staff Employee of the Year named

distinguished teachers
Distinguished Teaching Award recipients, from left are: Leslie Smith, Sudha Kolathu
Parambil, Gene Strickland, and Julie Molnar, joined by President Moeller.

Jim Stafford receives award
Jim Stafford receives his 2009 Staff Employee of the Year plaque from President Moeller. (Both photos by Rob Knode)

Four outstanding faculty members were given the Distinguished Teaching Award and a staff employee chosen from the ranks of monthly winners was named Employee of the Year at the annual Employee Celebration held June 5 at Confluence Park.

The Distinguished Teaching Awards are given to faculty nominated by their students and evaluated in the classroom by a committee of master teachers. This year the awards went to Leslie Smith, professor in Mathematics; Julie Molnar, professor in Modern Languages; Gene Strickland, instructor/coordinator, Integrated Media and Technology, and  Sudha Kolathu Parambil, adjunct faculty member in Mathematics.

The Staff Employee of the Year is James Stafford, network application programmer in Information Technology.

Service Awards for employees reaching five, ten, fifteen, twenty, twenty-five and thirty years of service to the college were also given.  Adjunct faculty and part-time employees with equivalent service in quarters were recognized as well. 

The “sold-out” event featured dinner, dancing and a lovely view of downtown Columbus from the Confluence Park, with more than 500 in attendance.

Sport and Exercise Studies inducts three to Alumni Hall of Fame

Hall of Famers Inductees to the SES Alumni Hall of Fame are, from left, Mark Purcell, Crystal Carrera and Calvin Green.

The Sports and Exercise Studies Department held their annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony June 4, honoring three former students who have distinguished themselves in their careers—Mark Purcell, Crystal Carrera and Calvin Green.

Purcell graduated from Columbus State in 1998, then completed his bachelor’s degree from Capital, his MBA from Ashland University, and is working on a doctorate degree in education. He works for Citi Group as a Senior Accountant and also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the SES program.

After earning her associate degree from Columbus State, Carerra went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Wilberforce University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.  She is a 23-year employee of the Columbus Parks & Recreation Department, who in 2009 moved into a new position with the Department of Public Utilities. 

Green earned his Columbus State degree in 1998 and continued his education at Wilberforce University to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2000.  He has worked with the City of Whitehall Parks and Recreation Department, Fairfield Christian Church, and currently, Upward Unlimited, an international children’s sports organization. 


Van Horn elected to Dietetic AssociationJan Van Horn, MS, RD, LD, assistant professor in the Hospitality, Massage Therapy, Sport & Exercise Studies department, was recently elected President of the Columbus Dietetic Association. She officially began her duties on June 9 and will serve in this role for a year. The membership includes over 250 dietitians and dietetic technicians from central Ohio. The association promotes legislative issues related to improving the nutritional status of central Ohioans, provides continuing education to its members, and is a community resource in promoting healthy lifestyles.

Wellness Initiative brings Weight Watchers to campuslogoColumbus State will be bringing Weight Watchers on campus during Summer Quarter.  The college has scheduled Tuesday mornings from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting June 23 and ending September 1 (11 weeks). A minimum of 20 people must sign up for the session to offer this benefit. Full-time employees who sign up will have the option of paying the $120 fee through payroll deduction and as an additional incentive, if you attend ten meetings, the college will reimburse you $60 of the Weight Watchers fee. Please email Lou Ann Carman at if you are interested in joining Weight Watchers this summer!

Data Center adds new Colleague functionsThe Data Center has been hard at work making Datatel/Colleague perform better for students and faculty.

Debbie Sears, software developer in the Data Center, created an account summary page that students can access through CougarWeb that shows their itemized billing statement. Any student can access this summary and see exactly what they have been billed for, any credits made to their account, or if they owe anything.

Before this function was added, students had to see an advisor who could run it and print it out for them. To access the report, students go to CougarWeb under “Financial Information” and “My Account Statement.”

To create the report, Sears used code from another school that also uses Colleague.

Additionally, Dale McComb, programmer/analyst in the Data Center, enhanced Colleague’s Grades Distribution Report (GRDS). The original report allows deans and department heads to request grade reports for classes in their area, but it only reported the distribution of grades as a percentage of the total. The enhanced version (XGRDS) can report grades as raw numbers.

To run this version, the user types in XGRDS and presses “enter.” Other than the new mnemonic, the only difference from the original is that the new version has a two-item drop-down list on the upper part of the screen. Using that drop-down, the user selects the form of report. The original version remains available for those who prefer to use it.

The Data Center is a section of Information Technology that handles web-based applications, such as Colleague.            

Join the Welcome Team, Summer 2009 edition! campus imageHave you ever wanted to help meet and greet new and returning students during the first two days of the quarter?  In fact, within the past year, more than 300 Columbus State employees have done just that volunteering their time and effort to help make the start of classes an easy and enjoyable process for students, faculty and staff.

With this in mind, we hope you will consider joining other faculty, staff and students as we share class schedules, print parking passes, direct students to classrooms, troubleshoot issues, pop popcorn, and simply welcome our students back to Columbus State on June 29 and 30, from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.

This year, Welcome Team festivities will be held outside in our tent in the main courtyard. 

Any time you can share is greatly appreciated as it makes a significant difference for students.  The tasks are simple from basic Web navigation to disseminating information.  The best part is that you get to choose what you do and when.

Your service has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State.  Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

Please send an e-mail to Barbara Allen ( or call ext. 5526 to schedule a convenient time for you to volunteer.


Dr. Scherer
Dr. Judith Scherer

Reception planned for new ProvostA reception will be held for the new Provost, Dr. Judith Scherer, on Monday, June 29 at 2 p.m. in the Franklin Hall Boardroom.  The reception is open to the campus community. 

Noisy consultants?ODOT logoConsultants who are working on the I-70/I-71 project for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be on campus today and tomorrow, June 11 and 12 to do highway noise testing.




Cafeteria goes to summer scheduleEveryone wants to be outside on beautiful summer days! Because summertime means substantially less afternoon business for the cafeteria, shortened summer hours will begin June 26. Regular hours will resume for Fall Quarter.

Cafeteria Summer Hours are: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and closed Saturday and Sunday

vending machinesKeep the other campus dining options in mind for your mid-summer's afternoon (and evening) munchies:

  • Vending machines in the lobby of Union are now stocked with even more selections including fresh fruits, salads, and sandwiches

  • Skyward Grille (located in the courtyard) is open weekdays until 4 p.m. and Saturday until 1 p.m.

  • DX Café, located in the DX (at the corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon Ave.) offers coffee, sandwiches, specialty coffee drinks and tasty treats! 

  • The Convenience Store in the DX has on-the-go meals, snacks and drinks. The DX Café & Convenience Store are both open: Mon. – Thurs. until 8 p.m., Friday until 6 p.m. and Sunday until 2 p.m.