Thursday, June 4, 2009






Christopher’s Restaurant open today, last time for SpringVisit Christopher’s Restaurant in EB 05 today from 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. to enjoy the student-run dining experience for the last time this quarter. Check today’s menu here.

New grade change options for faculty announced Because faculty members cannot change student grades once the grades have been entered via CougarWeb, the following are two options that can be used to update grades that have been previously entered:

Option 1: Faculty members can contact their Chairperson and request the grades be updated. The Chairperson will use the Datatel Colleague System using the FGID mnemonic to initiate the grade change. If there are time-sensitive issues associated with the grade change, this is the most expedient way to change the grade.

Option 2: Faculty members can complete the Grade Change Form, have their Chairperson sign the form, and submit the form to Jennifer Leggett in the Records and Registration Department in Madison Hall 201.


ITDL Web Developer praised by faculty

Heather Crites
Heather Crites

Not that Heather Crites is a stalker by any means, but if she happens to spot you at the mall over the weekend, you might end up talking about your Web project right then and there in front of Abercrombie & Fitch!

Dr. Marilyn Howard, professor in Social and Behavioral Science, noted one such occasion in her nomination for Crites as Staff Employee of the Month. “She has also responded to my emails late at night or on weekends,” adds Howard.

Crites is the Multimedia Data Base Web Developer in the Instructional Technology/Distance Learning Department. She began as a part-time multimedia technician in 2003, and became a full time web developer the following year.

A total of six faculty members nominated Crites for the award, given June 3 in a surprise ceremony in the Franklin Hall Board Room. Norman Lambert, adjunct in Social and Behavioral Sciences, said that he “has never found a fellow colleague with such drive in completing our team. Heather spent many hours working directly with me in the office as well as at home when I had a question about my online Popular Culture class.”

Dr. Howard says that when the department revamped the class, “Heather embedded herself as a member of the department. She spent free time looking for music, video clips, material in the public domain—anything to help us improve our course.”

“Those of us who teach online classes know that Heather’s work is invaluable,” says Eric Neubauer, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Teaching online courses adds another dimension to class preparation, as it requires instructors to be more aware of the way content is delivered,” he says.  “This is why Heather’s work is so important for faculty.  She provides the technical expertise and assistance in delivering that content.”

“Whenever there’s a technical problem with Blackboard, Heather makes herself available to fix the problem immediately,” says Adam Moskowitz, assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences. “Sometimes these are easy fixes, and sometimes they are lengthy, but she is always very generous with her time. She worked tirelessly to include more than 500 video clips, Web sites, audio clips and images to the Pop Culture class that are available to all students and faculty who teach this course.”

Mary Reiter, lead instructor in Sociology, adds, “rather than mentioning a time when Heather has gone beyond expectations, it would be easier simply to mention that there has never been a time when she hasn’t gone beyond expectations! She literally gets things done yesterday. She does the impossible. I wouldn’t be surprised if she actually walked on water!”

One person who certainly believes that is Crites’ new baby daughter Katie, now 7 ½ months old and just enrolled in the Child Development Center next door to Crites’ office.  The arrangement adds a whole new dimension of convenience to the busy Crites, who takes breaks and lunch hours to check on Katie in her new digs. It’s probably just a matter of time before she has web cams hooked up everywhere so she can watch her own very special Columbus State student in full view!

Gene StricklandStrickland to judge Arts Fest entriesGene Strickland, Digital Photography instructor/coordinator in Integrated Media and Technology, will serve as one of three onsite jurors for this year's Columbus Arts Festival June 5-7. 

Judges will evaluate the work of 230 artists to determine the winners in categories such as “Best in Show,” “Juror’s Choice,” and “Best Presentation” in this year's event. All artists scoring in the top 20 percent of the judging will be invited to return to the Arts Festival in 2010 without having to apply through the competitive jurying process.

 “This is a great responsibility and honor for me,” says Strickland. “It’s an exciting opportunity to judge a national-level art event hosted in our city.”

Reminder: annual reviews due by June 15Annual reviews for all full-time, non-bargaining-unit staff, supervisors and administrators are due to be completed by June 15.

By this date the following steps should be completed:

1. The annual review form finished including ratings and comments.
2. Results shared with administrators.
3. Meetings held to review the content with the employee.
4. Review signed by supervisor and employee (both should keep a copy of the signed form).
5. Signed forms submitted to administrator.

Copies of the form can be found at:

Please contact your HR Employment Representative at 287-2408, or PERFORMs Coach for assistance. 

cover of issueJune issue of Matrix Monitor now availableCheck out the June issue of the newsletter from Matrix, which has stories about things like postponing retirement, water safety tips for summer, and saving money on groceries! 



Employee and dependent fee waivers due June 19Employee/dependent fee waivers must be received in the Human Resources Office by Friday, June 19, 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 June 19 will not be processed.

You may also pay your fees and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the quarter by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt  into Human Resources by July 29.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.