Thursday, September 3, 2009

Colleague outage planned for weekendColleague will be unavailable from Saturday, September 5, at 6 p.m. through Sunday, September 6, at 3 p.m.  The Colleague outage will be campus wide and will impact CougarWeb, TREG, OID, CATS, Asset Management, Zenworks, DARWIN, R25, and Colleague print services.  Please call the I.T. Support Center at ext. 5050 if you experience problems after 3 p.m. on Sunday.

“Cougar Woods” on the prowl

Clawdette putts the golf ball at Wednesday’s “Move It and Lose It” event hosted by Student Activities. Clawdette did pretty well considering she has a 20-pound fur-covered head and size 30 cougar paw shoes! Roll your mouse over the image to see her putting in action.

If you would like to have Clawdette the Cougar come to your event or activity, contact Institutional Advancement, ext. 2412 to sign up!








corner   corner

leafCall for Presentations made for Fall In-Service Day The In-Service Day Committee invites you to submit presentation proposals for the Autumn 2009 In-Service Day themed “Motivating Yourself and Inspiring Others.” In-Service Day is an opportunity to share your expertise and showcase your best practices.

According to the I-Group, “Motivation is the foundation of learning, yet it can be one of the most challenging tasks that we face as faculty, staff, and administrators. This In-Service Day we will focus on motivation, the individual and interpersonal factors that stimulate action, and the strategies which we can use to effectively motivate others.”

The In-Service committee is planning an eventful day of professional development and opportunities to share what we all do to enhance our learning environment, to motivate ourselves and to inspire our students to achieve at their highest level. The committee hopes you will participate by submitting a presentation proposal. To do so, please complete the proposal form (download from In-Service Page) and return it by email to The deadline for all proposal submissions is noon on Friday, October 2.

corner   corner

Fee Waiver deadline approachesThe deadline for Employee/Dependent Fee Waivers for Autumn Quarter is Monday, September 14. A Request for Fee Waiver form must be turned in to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

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 to Human Resources by October 23. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.

Ronald McDonald House needs volunteersThe Ronald McDonald House is in need of volunteers to help with their OSU vs. Navy tailgate party on Saturday, September 5.  Volunteers are needed from noon - 7:00 p.m. to help with selling beverages, assist with crowd control, etc.  If you are interested, please contact Peter Jones at RMH directly at 227-3738 or  Volunteers must be at least 17 years old.

Environmental Scanning” and Youwoman scanningDuring the past year, there have been many changes in the internal and external environments that could have a significant impact upon our college. The Office of Knowledge Resources and Planning is asking all college employees to help them better determine what those changes are and how they might impact the college.

The environmental scan takes about 15 minutes to complete and is completely on-line. Just go to the link titled: “Environmental Scan-Columbus State Community College,” on the college’s Intranet home page to access the survey. (The Intranet can only be accessed from on campus). Directions are provided. The environmental scan will be available from September 4 through September 18.

So, what is an environmental scan? It is a way to find out what is going on “out there” (external environment), and “in here” (internal environment). And, most importantly, to what degree both of these environments could impact positively or negatively affect student access and success.

Who should scan the environment and why? We (all employees) should. As much as students, we are major stakeholders in our student’s educational experience. We need to know what is going on in our environment if we are to serve our students to the best of our ability. That is why we are asking you to complete an environmental scan. Employees need to provide input about what they believe to be the issues, trends, processes or procedures that impact student access and success.

How will students and I benefit from an environmental scan? Many departments will be starting their planning for next year in October. The Knowledge Resources and Planning Office will distribute results to all departments and divisions. These results will be helpful in developing effective action plans that respond to the current internal and external dynamics of the environment. Institutional effectiveness in planning is dependent upon a thorough assessment of the environment.

Thank you in advance for providing input to this important step in the planning process. Please contact either Jim Hamberg, ext. 5643, or Brian Seeger, ext. 2663, in Knowledge Resources and Planning if you have any questions.

Clawdette and friendWelcome Team seeks volunteersWith a record enrollment expected for Autumn Quarter 2009, the Welcome Team hopes you will have some time to share on the first two days of the quarter to help new and returning students. Welcome Team activities will be held September 23 and 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Your service is vital; and has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State. Your time, patience and enthusiasm create excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

For Fall Quarter, we will be offering our assistance in the center of campus ( near the statue) in the tent.

Please RSVP to Barbara Allen or call ext. 5526 with the times and days you are able to work. She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.


H1N1 updategirl in bed sickThe President’s Cabinet continues to finalize a general pandemic flu plan that was drafted months before the H1N1 flu strain surfaced earlier this year. It includes detailed actions that would be taken in each department should any flu strain impact campus activities.

Flu fast facts
What makes this flu different than many past strains is the age group most susceptible. The Centers for Disease Control reports the highest infection rate has been among children and young adults between the ages of 5 and 24. Considering a large percentage of our students are 24 and younger, we must remain vigilant in our efforts to monitor the flu this season. (Senior citizens – traditionally a high-risk group – have actually seen the lowest incidence of infection.)

Flu tips (in addition to frequent washing of hands):
If you contract the flu, stay home for at least 24 hours AFTER symptoms have passed.
Staying home prevents others from getting sick.
Get plenty of sleep, manage stress, and drink plenty of fluids.

Stay tuned
Next week: Specific symptoms of H1N1.

corner   corner

Weight Watcher losers are winners!Losing is becoming a part of the norm for Columbus State’s “Weight Watchers at Work” members! During Summer Quarter, 24 employees lost a total of 111 pounds.  If you would like to join in the fun, come to the open enrollment meeting on September 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in WD 302.  The program and payment structure will be explained at the meeting!

corner   corner

Human Performance Center newsletter online nowThe HPC has the September issue of Health & Fitness News online now where you can read articles about the health benefits of hiking, preventing back pain, the exercise of the month, and events for September on campus. Check it out!