Thursday, October 14, 2010

Jonathan Grimm
Jonathan Grimm

Staff member turns on the HEAT within minutes
Jonathan Grimm, systems administrator in the Data Center, is in charge of one of the most important aspects of any new employee’s job: their computer access.

Through the HEAT system, Grimm responds to requests for security clearance and log-ins for new employees, “within a day—or sometimes within minutes if he knows a request is coming,” says India Keith, HR representative who nominated Grimm for Staff Employee of the Month.

Grimm was given the SEOM award for October at a ceremony held yesterday in the Franklin Hall Board Room. He has been with Columbus State for nearly two years, after working for five years as a system support engineer at Cogent Systems.

“Prior to Jon joining Columbus State, Colleague access through the HEAT system might have taken several days, if not longer,” said Keith. “Jon lets us know that he wants to help and enjoys being able to resolve issues and improve the way we do business!”


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Tell your story about “what the best college teachers do”
book coverThe popular book, What the Best College Teachers Do, has been used at Columbus State and around the country as a catalyst for reflection and as a tool for professional development.

The Human Capacity Development Department invites faculty and staff to join in quarterly dialog—built around the book’s themes—about effective teaching. Each discussion will be led by faculty member, and a limited number of books are available to faculty who pre-register.

To kick things off, please join recent Distinguished Teaching Award winners Tina Berry (2009), Adam Keller (2009) and Leslie Smith (2008) in a discussion inspired by Chapter 1: Defining the Best. This will take place from 9 – 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 4 (location TBA). Registration is limited to 35 people, and book copies are available to the first 25 faculty. Register here.

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Cougars march for suicide prevention
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A large team from Columbus State participated in the “Out of the Darkness” suicide prevention walk on Sunday, Oct. 10, at Fred Beekman Park on the OSU campus. Lilia Bermudez, Associate Professor in Psychology, organized the Columbus State team.


coverIt's Scholastic Book Fair time!
Find your favorite books for readers of all levels at the Columbus State Bookstore during the Scholastic Book Fair, October 18-23. Store hours are Mon.–Thurs., 7:30 a.m.–8 p.m., Fri., 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sat., 8 a.m.–2 pm.

Family Night is Thursday, October 21, from 4–6 p.m. Bring the whole family to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog in person!

Screen ’n’ Speak movie discussions are back for fall
graphicTake some time to stop by Franklin Hall 104 at 3 p.m. today, October 14, to watch “Calle 54,” a documentary about Latin Jazz music. Then stick around to join a discussion and music session with the Masala Trio Latin Jazz band. Free refreshments will be provided, and the event is open to the public. Screen ’n’ Speak is sponsored by the Diversity, Study Abroad and TRiO Programs Department.


Weekly Security Tip:
Don't check "remember my password" boxes.
Many computer programs offer the option of "remembering" your password. Unfortunately, many of them have no built-in security measures to protect that information. Some programs actually store the password in clear text in a file on the computer. This means anyone with access to the computer can read the password. It's best to retype your password each time you log in, eliminating the possibility that someone will be able to steal or use it.


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Knowledge Resources and Planning staff move to new location
Jim Hamberg, Kevin Kasson, Darrylene (Candy) Mason, and Brian Seeger have recently moved to a new location at the Electrical Trades Center at 939 Goodale Ave. in Grandview. All phone numbers and email addresses remain the same. Please make a note of this and come visit.

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College marketing materials win awards

The gold award-winning photograph of a graduate by photographer Paul Vernon.

At the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 3 Conference held last week in Indianapolis, eight of the college’s marketing materials won Gold, Silver or Bronze Medallion Awards. The Medallion Awards are given annually to two-year community or technical colleges in various categories of marketing, communications, publications and recruitment. District 3 represents Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ontario, Canada. 

Columbus State won a Gold Medallion for the TV commercial “Where the World is Going,” for the invitation to the Delaware Campus Grand Opening, for the Promotion Campaign for a Special Event (Delaware Campus Grand Opening), for a news photograph of a mom hugging a graduate at commencement, and for the web video series “Real Community.” The college won a Silver Medallion for the traditional student viewbook and for the enrollment handbook “All The Right Moves.” A Bronze Medallion was given to the entry in Media Success Story, for the Delaware Campus Grand Opening coverage.

Columbus State received more first-place awards than any college in the five-state region.

group photoFrom left, Will Kopp, vice president for Institutional Advancement, Mae Hanna, NCMPR District 3 Director, Suzanne May, communication coordinator, and David Wayne, media relations coordinator, display Institutional Advancement's 2010 Medallion Awards.


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Save a date for your flu shot!
Full time employees will be able to receive a flu shot on campus October 27 (In Service Day) and November 16. This year, single flu shots will protect you against three strains of flu, including H1N1. More information about the times, dates and locations for employee flu shots will be included in the next issue of Update.

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matrix coverRead this month’s Matrix Monitor here
You can read the latest issue of Matrix Monitor online here, to see articles about stress and arterial health, reducing your sodium intake, getting comfortable with public speaking and much more!


Health & Wellness newsletter from USI here, too
coverIn the October issue of Health & Wellness newsletter, from USI Insurance, you can read a very comprehensive article on back pain, as well as an article on food portioning. The newsletter is online here.