Thursday, September 24, 2009

First day brings record crowd to campus

student walkingNursing major Zahira Sarikh, strolls to class from the remote parking lot 28-S on Mt. Vernon Ave. A concerted effort was made to alert new students to the availability of lots located a few blocks from campus.

Columbus State reached a new milestone on the first day of fall classes yesterday, with 28,874 students registered to attend class on the main campus, at 10 suburban centers and online.

By comparison, last fall there were 24,615 students enrolled on day one. The year-over-year growth represents a 17.3 percent increase.

“Across the nation, people are flocking to community colleges to jumpstart their careers and find affordable higher education,” said President Val Moeller. “Now, our most important challenge is to help them succeed by providing the support, the personal attention, and the high-quality programs that Columbus State is famous for.”

The official student count for the quarter will be determined on “census day,” October 7.




Employee lot temporarily opened to student parking

Joel Mathias
Clutching his umbrella in case of sprinkles, Joel Mathias, systems administrator in IT, arrives at the Ft. Hayes temporary employee lot. Go Joel!

Prior to the start of the quarter, employees were asked to volunteer to park in a “borrowed” parking lot at Ft. Hayes, on Jack Gibbs Blvd. The 2-E lot, at the north side of campus on Grove St., was then temporarily assigned to both student and employee parking.

There’s still time to volunteer to park at the Ft. Hayes lot, and in exchange for a short walk to campus, you will receive a gift bag and umbrella, as well as 50 bonus Wellness Incentive points toward your 2010 award. The temporary assignment lasts only until October 16, when the on-campus parking crunch usually eases a bit. Find out more or volunteer by emailing Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover.



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Columbus State prepares for possible flu outbreak on campusBecause Columbus State is committed to maintaining a healthy campus community, we will need help from all employees and students in reducing the impact of possible H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses.

The college has issued a syllabus statement addressed to students regarding pandemic and seasonal flu; it is important that this statement be included in all Autumn 2009 course syllabi.

woman using sanitizerThe Facilities Department has installed 60 hand sanitizer dispensers at strategic locations across the campus, and Auxiliary Services will offer personal hand sanitizer wipes and liquids for sale at their locations in the DX, Bridgeview and the Cafeteria. Plans for frequent disinfecting of contact surfaces in labs, classrooms and offices are also in place.

In addition, the college has plans for the unlikely scenario in which campus would close due to pandemic illness. Should the physical campus need to close because of significant student and employee absenteeism or to create a time period of social distancing, the college intends to maintain teaching activities so that students will be able to complete all or most of their course work for the quarter. Here are some suggestions on how to prepare for such an event:

Web-Based Courses: If a class is taught online, the mechanism for staying in contact and continuing the class work is already established.

Traditional Courses Using Blackboard: If a class is taught face-to-face and Blackboard is used for announcements, posting grades, or other features, a communication link with students is established. Please plan how to communicate assignments and instructions and how students can continue to proceed through the course until campus is reopened.

Traditional Courses Not Using Blackboard: If Blackboard is not used in a class, please work with the Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning Department, ext. 5991, or email to have a course shell established or decide how to keep in contact with students through other tools, such as email.

All Teaching Modalities: Make sure an accurate course roster is kept, including telephone numbers and alternate email addresses.

Whatever methodology is chosen to continue delivering course work, faculty should communicate their plan to the department chair no later than the second week of the quarter. Should the college get close to being in a situation where the campus might close, communication will go out to all students letting them know how to proceed with their courses at a distance. It is recognized that activities such as hands-on labs, clinicals, internships and most exams would need to wait until the campus reopens.

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laptopsMobile laptop lab now available for classesDoes your classroom need computers for a test, but you’d rather not move the whole class to a lab?

Bring the lab to you! The IT Support Services Department has 38 laptops that can be brought to your classroom any time between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Computers must be picked up by 5 p.m.)

If you are interested in this service for your class, please call Central Scheduling at ext. 2537 or schedule the laptops to be brought to your classroom through the class scheduler online. For more information, call ext. 5435.



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Second Skyward Grille cart added on campushot dog vendorIf you’ve ever been lured by the aroma of grilling onions and bratwurst wafting through the air from the Skyward Grille food cart, you will be pleased to know that a second cart is now available at Columbus State for Fall Quarter.

To make it even easier to grab a bite, Skyward Grille now offers two campus locations!

The original cart will still be located in the courtyard (always somewhere close to the Chris Columbus statue). The second cart will be in front of the Bookstore from September 21 through October 3. Beginning October 5, the second cart will move to the walkway area between Eibling and Aquinas halls.

So no matter where you’re located—or heading to—on campus, you’ll never be far from your Skyward Grille favorites. For more information on Skyward Grille, visit

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Faculty handbooks now available onlineBoth the Fulltime Faculty Handbook and the Adjunct Faculty Handbook have been placed online to facilitate reading or download of the documents, as well as reducing paper usage. We guess you could say that these online versions are Green Handbooks!

Nine employees earn “Heart Saver” certificationNine Columbus State employees completed the Adult CPR and AED training on September 15, receiving their Heart Saver Adult CPR and AED Certification.
The session was taught by Norman Jones. The employees completing the training were Teresa Browning, Lora Eberhard, Naomi Lee, Timothy Davis, Dawn Skedell, Anne Justice, Mandi Cecil, Frances Prichard, and Terry Rockwell.
The next date for this training will be Tuesday, December 15, from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. To sign up for the training, email Rosalind Porter.

Walking/running groups forming for Fall QuarterThe Human Performance Center wants employees to know that walking is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health. And if you’ve been walking for a while, why not take the next step and try running?

This Fall Quarter, join the exercise specialists in the HPC for fitness walks and jogging throughout the week. The HPC encourages both novice and experienced walkers and runners to join them.

Running groups depart at 12:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday from WD at the corner of Grove and Cleveland. Walking groups depart at 11:15 a.m. from the same corner, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, or to sign up, contact Mandi Cecil at ext. 2083.


Men’s, Women’s Health Initiatives offer seminarsThe Women’s Health Initiative will offer a session on “Nutritional Importance,” Monday, Sept. 28, at 12:15 p.m. in the DX Conference Room on the third floor. Then on Wednesday, September 30, the Men’s Health Initiative will offer “The Fun of Plyometrics,” at the same time and location.