Thursday, October 21, 2010

In-Service Day agenda planned
The following agenda has been planned for Fall In-Service Day, Wednesday, October 27:

8-9 a.m.

Breakfast (Tent)
• Fresh Fruit
• Pastry Tray, Danishes, Scones, Muffins, Breads
• Breakfast Quiche, Broccoli & Cheese and Bacon & Swiss
• Coffee/Juice/Bottled Water/Hot Tea

9:15-10:30 a.m.

Morning Program (Gymnasium)
Keynote: President Harrison

11a.m. -12 p.m.

Divisional/College Committee Meetings

12-1 p.m. 

Lunch (Tent)
• Garden Salad
• Vegetable Pasta Primavera
• Balsamic Chicken Breast
• Green Beans
• Potatoes
• Assorted Dessert Bars
• Coffee/Sodas/Bottled Water

1-5 p.m.

Department Meetings


Reminder: Website preview today
You can get a sneak preview of the new Columbus State website at an open forum today, October 21, from 10-11 a.m. in Nestor Hall Room 225. 

The new website was designed by Ed Mullen Studios of Jersey City, NJ. In building the new site, designers did one-on-one interviews with two dozen employees, held three student focus groups and two public forums.

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PC and printer replacement schedule underway
forklift graphicAs detailed previously in Update, all pre-approved desktop PCs and printers due for replacement in this year’s capital equipment process are currently being replaced. This new equipment will help reduced energy costs, speed up processing times and improve overall productivity.

PC replacement is already underway in offices, computer labs and the testing center. In November, smart classrooms will be upgraded.  The new printer vendor, Ikon Office Solutions, is also in the midst of bringing the most cost-effective printers to our users, based upon their approved capital equipment requests.

All work should be completed in three months. Check the Intranet for the PC/Printer Replacement Schedule and other important updates regarding the capital equipment rollout. 

So how will you know when your desktop PC is being replaced? You will be contacted directly regarding your installation schedule. If you have a conflict, please contact the IT Support Center (ext. 5050). We will work hard to accommodate your schedule and to minimize work time disruption as we upgrade desktop PCs across campus. When you are contacted, you will be reminded to copy all files you want to save into the “My Documents” folder so that all relevant data can be moved to your new PC.  Contact the IT Support Center (ext. 5050) if you need assistance in collecting and moving your files.

All new PCs come with Windows 7. The schedule for Windows 7 training sessions is now available online.

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Business major has “the touch”
winning student
Business Management major
David Kirkbride looks pleased with his new iPod Touch that he won at the Business Programs Open House October 19 in the gymnasium.  The prize was presented to him in Charla Fraley’s business class on Wednesday!

Weekly Information Security Tip
The Information Security Team wants you to: Avoid using your Social Security Number whenever you can.

Many places use social security numbers for user identification. Ask to use an alternate number if possible. In addition, don't print your SSN on personal checks. Your Social Security Number is the key to most of your financial information which makes it a prime target for criminals. Only give it out when absolutely necessary.

If you have any questions, please send an email to or visit the Information Security website at

Make a Difference Day at campus neighbors
Make a difference in our own campus neighborhood by joining the residents of the Seneca Apartments for a community clean up effort on Tuesday, October 26 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Volunteers will meet in the lobby of the Seneca, 367 East Broad Street, at 4:45 p.m. October 26. Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and old clothing. Trash bags, gloves, and litter pick-up tools will be provided. The event is part of the larger nationwide "Make a Difference Day" effort and is hosted by The Seneca Apartments management. Please contact Tasha Intriere at (614)388-8172 or email for more information on the event.


YWCA Family Center celebrates 5th anniversary
logoIn celebration of its fifth year, the YWCA Family Center is holding a birthday drive for most needed items on Saturday, October 23 from 9-11 a.m. at the Family Center, 900 Harvey Ct, Columbus, OH 43219-2685.  (Just drive in and Family Center employees will pick the items up from your car.)

Their birthday wish list includes:
» Shampoo and conditioner
» Toothpaste and tooth brushes
» Baby lotion, powder, and wipes
» Diapers (Family Center uses 3,000 a month!)
» Tampons and pads

As the Family Center turns 5 years old, they are finding homeless families in a crisis. They are currently serving 82 families and the center is built for 50.  Families gain hope when they know the Family Center can support them through difficult times. The YWCA Family Center thanks you for celebrating this milestone in a meaningful way.


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Red Cross to hold blood drive November 4
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive, with a special request for minority donors, at Columbus State on Thursday, November 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nestor Hall Student Lounge.  If you last donated on or before September 9, you may be eligible to donate.  All donors will receive a free t-shirt.  To schedule: call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit and type in CSCC as a sponsor code.

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FreeGeeks give to AMVETS
Assistant Professor Debra Dyer’s FreeGeeks@CSCC group will do a real community service this quarter by repairing, configuring, and donating eight computers to the local AMVETS center.

AMVETS provides career training, job placement and employment assistance to veterans, active duty service members and members of the National Guard and Reserves who have honorably served America, as well as family members left at home when their spouse is deployed.

The local AMVETS center assists an average of 50+ Vets per week.  Unfortunately, they have only four working PCs for veterans to use to develop resumes, research job opportunities, and complete online training.

FreeGeeks@CSCC are the members of Dyer’s Electronic Engineering 143 class, who regularly repair and recycle used computers to donate to worthy causes. The students are also developing an online tutorial for new users of the AMVETS computers.  They will be setting up the equipment at the AMVETS Center on Tuesday, November 23.   


Upcoming ITDL seminars
Webinar: Parent Engagement at the Community College
Parental involvement in college life has dramatically increased in recent years and trends suggest it will continue to do so in the coming year.  At the same time, community colleges are seeing rising enrollments, including increased numbers of first-generation and traditional-aged college students.  These students arrive with parents who are actively engaged in their educational pursuits, sparking debate and discussion about the benefits and challenges of this changing parent dynamic. 

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement, students who have highly-involved parents often out-perform their peers, are more engaged in deep learning activities, and report higher satisfaction with their educational gains.  This provides a unique opportunity for community colleges and parents to work together to increase student retention and degree completion.  Join our panelists as they discuss ways to partner with parents in supporting their students' college success.
When: Thursday, October 28 (2-3:30 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 101
Panelists: Charlotte Finnegan (click here for full bio)
Cindy Beaman (click here for full bio)

Participants will learn:

  • Best practices for community colleges to start or grow a program that meets the needs of their parent population.

  • Parent program implementation strategies based on best practices.

  • About the various types of parents and levels of involvement.

  • Effective communication strategies to use when working with parents. 

  • The benefits of developing parent/family partnerships.

  • Practical steps for starting a new parent/family program on their community college campus.

  • Techniques for effective program evaluation.

Cougar Camp: Social Media Technologies
Are you the only one you know who isn’t on Facebook? Do you have no idea what a "tweet" is? Are you the missing link on LinkedIn? Whether you're new to the online networking game or just want some fresh perspective, join the ITDL staff as we unravel the mysteries—and reveal the opportunities—of current and emerging social media technologies.
When: Friday, October 29 (1- 3 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106.