Thursday, July 23, 2009

PERFORMs course offered August 5 Any full-time, non-bargaining unit staff, supervisors, or administrators who have not yet attended the PERFORMs Creating a Culture of Excellence course can register (by following the link below) to attend the session on Wednesday, August 5, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Francis McLaughlin by email or phone, ext. 5220.

Creating a Culture of Excellence sets the stage and expectations for the environment we work to create at Columbus State and our roles and responsibilities as they affect individual and team performance.

To register follow this link:

Deadline approaching for applications to 2009–2010 Leadership Institute photo of chairsThe Columbus State Community College Leadership Institute is a nine-month leadership development experience designed to develop personal leadership and competencies related to leading change. Participation in the 2009–2010 Leadership Institute is by application only and limited to 25 selected participants.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s readiness to engage in the leadership learning experience and the applicant’s commitment to the time and attention required. All full-time Columbus State Community College staff, faculty, and administrators may apply.

A total of 25 applications will be selected in proportional staff, faculty, and administrator categories. The autumn retreat will be held October 21–23 at Deer Creek Lodge. The deadline to apply is July 30. The Leadership Institute application can be found online here.

Egypt Project looking for campus volunteers scene of EgyptColumbus State is taking part in an Egypt Project sponsored with the support of Community Colleges for International Development (CCID), of which Columbus State is a member.

A committee has been organized to prepare for the August arrival of four students from Egypt who will be studying in the Dental Lab Certificate program beginning this Fall Quarter. The young men will be with us for one year. In addition to taking classes, they will participate in a number of leadership development and other academic and career enrichment activities during their time at Columbus State.

The CCI grant program will be administered through the Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs Department, directed by Renee Hampton, with Kimberly Brazwell, Coordinator of Diversity and Study Abroad Programs, serving as the CCI project coordinator. The project leaders are asking for help from the campus community with the following functions of the Egypt Project:

CCI Project Committee: Provides support and overall direction of the program in conjunction with the project coordinator.

CCI Mentor: Serves as mentor to one of the Egyptian students, providing support, information and assistance navigating Columbus State, the Columbus community, and serves as a general "go to" person for the student, welcoming them to the college and assisting with their transition to being a student here.

CCI Conversation Partner: Serves as a conversation partner to help a student build English language skills through informal, supportive conversation.

CCI Program/Workshop/Session Presenter: Provides one or more educational sessions, workshops or presentations on some aspect of leadership development, including politics and governance in the United States, community resources, career enrichment, language, culture, social networking, etc.

If you are interested in serving in one or more of these roles, please email your interest to Kimberly Brazwell or call her at ext.2426.

A few more Doobies tickets! Columbus State’s Education That Rocks promotion has two more pairs of tickets to the July 30 Doobie Brothers concert at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, if you are the first to send an email to with the subject line: Doobie Brothers. We raffled off most of these tickets at the Spring Fling to benefit the Mid Ohio Food Bank. These are a couple of leftovers!