Thursday, November 4, 2010

Listening is key for System Specialist

Jamie Allen

"She always listens first to understand the issues, and works toward a collective decision."

-Barbara Allen

Jaimie Allen has a talent for listening first, acting second, that endears her to all those coming to her for help in the Fiscal and Compliance Services Office.

“Jaimie is an excellent team leader,” said Barbara Allen, who nominated her for the Staff Employee of the Month award. “She always listens first to understand the issues, and works toward a collective decision.  She is positive, upbeat and quite knowledgeable!”

Jaimie Allen was given the November SEOM award in a surprise ceremony held Wednesday in the Boardroom, attended by her colleagues in Business and Administrative Services.

So what does a System Specialist do?  Jaimie explains that her work revolves around writing queries to collect information from the Colleague system.  An example was the work she did for Barbara Allen when the “Good as Gold” program changed slightly a year ago. Senior students 60 years and older were no longer able to enroll for academic credits, but are still able to enroll as auditors and pay no tuition.

“You can rely on Jaimie for thorough research and quality work,” said Barbara Allen.  “She is an excellent example of someone who understands total quality improvement at the college.”

“Jaimie goes above and beyond what others have done to get information out of the system,” said Jan Ellis, her supervisor.  “She has developed several processes that have saved our staff hours of time. She is the one that other system specialists turn to for assistance!”

Jaimie Allen has worked at Columbus State for seven years, the last five of which have been in Grants, Contracts, and Loans.  She is hard-pressed to describe even a single thing she doesn’t like about her work. “I love being creative—in a problem-solving way,” she says.  “I just love it.  I don’t think I could design a better job!”

I-Group seeks feedback from In-Service Day
The I-Group thanks you for attending Autumn In-Service Day. Your feedback is important to them so please take a minute to complete the following brief survey. Tell them what you liked, what you didn't like, and how future In-Service Days can be improved.

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Power off to Rhodes Hall on Veterans Day
Mid City Electrical will replace the electrical switch gear in Rhodes Hall on Thursday, November 11, which is Veterans Day. Campus is closed for the holiday. The repairs will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will require 4 to 8 hours to complete. The electricity will be shut off in Rhodes Hall during that time frame.


Charitable Giving Campaign 2010 kicks off
logoColumbus State Community College is again participating in the annual Combined Charitable Giving Campaign, which raises funds for nonprofit organizations that address community needs in areas of health and research, human services, education, human and civil rights, the environment and conservation. 

The federations included in the combined campaign are: America’s Charities, Community Health Charities of Ohio, Community Share of Mid Ohio, EarthShare Ohio, United Way of Central Ohio and, new to our campaign this year, United Way of Delaware County.

To make your 2010 donation, you can view each federation’s member agencies and select one or more to direct your gift. The donor guide is on the college’s intranet (not available off campus).  The 2010/2011 interactive pledge form is also on the intranet for your convenience.

For more information, email Barbara Smith-Allen at

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Development Foundation Employee Campaign offers incentives
It's getting cold these days. Walking from Fort Hayes to your office isn't the delightful morning walk you had in mind during the balmy days of September! Wouldn't a dedicated parking spot be great right about now? Give to the Development Foundation and you’ll be entered to win one!

To thank and involve as many employees as possible, The Development Foundation will conduct a raffle: Every employee who donates through payroll deduction or gives a one-time gift will be entered into the raffle. If you donate more than $50 dollars to the 2010 Annual Employee Campaign, you will get a second entry into the raffle. Donate more than $100 dollars to the 2010 Annual Employee Campaign and receive a third entry into the raffle. Raffle prizes include a dedicated parking spot for one year or a Taste the Future Party Pack for 6!

Click here to give to what's important to you!

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Two green heads are better than one
Going green in your office
A small, but enthusiastic Green Group in Advising Services at Columbus State has been implementing small changes within their office to help reduce Columbus State’s carbon footprint.

Some of their efforts include recycling, using “eco-fonts,” turning off lights, computer
hibernation, more recycling, reusable cups…and even more recycling! The Green
Group wants to know what other like-minded folks are doing in their offices to “Go Green.”

Please join the Green Group on Friday, November 19 from noon – 1 p.m. in
Aquinas Hall Room 120
to hear how you might ”act locally” in your office to make a
difference in day-to-day habits that have an impact on the environment.  Share what you
are already doing in your offices, and maybe win a prize or candy!


Popular Thanksgiving tradition returns to campus!
turkeyEnrollment Services and the Office of Diversity, Study Abroad and TRiO Programs will again offer the popular International Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 23. The dinner is hosted in the spirit of sharing American traditions with our international student population. The event allows our international students and their families to enjoy a traditional American Thanksgiving meal with family and friends from the college.  There has been a big increase in participation each year for this dinner, and this year the hosts are expecting over 150 students!

Your help and support are needed to make this event a success.  Please consider contributing to our event as either a department or an individual.  You may donate at the following levels:

Department Table
Sponsorship- $140
Provides tickets for eight (8) international students and two (2) individuals from the sponsoring department

Student Sponsorship- $70
Provides tickets for five (5) international students

Individual Sponsorship- $30
Provides tickets for two (2) international students 

If you would like to attend the event, individual tickets can be purchased for $14 per person.  Checks should be made payable to Columbus State Community College and sent to Amy Burrell in Enrollment Services, Madison Hall Room111.  Thank you for your generosity during this giving season!


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Weekly Security Tip
Don't use unauthorized software

It may be tempting to download useful-looking software that you can get free on the Internet, but these tools may carry a hidden cost. Installing them can often cause other programs to stop working and it can take a long time for your IT team to track down the problem. More seriously, they can display unwanted ads, slow your PC down or make it less secure by letting the PC download more ads from the Internet. Most seriously, they can be infected by viruses or spyware that are intended to damage your PC or steal confidential information.

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2010/2011 Leadership Institute teams formed
Lodge photo
In this secret spy camera (cell phone!) photo taken by Tim Wagner, Dr. David Harrison is seen at Cherry Valley Lodge conducting a fireside chat with participants of the 2010/2011 Leadership Institute. This year’s participants in the Institute are:

Blue Team - Barbara Allen, Mary Ashley, Jonathan Baker, Teresa Frazier, Mike Little, and Deborah Robinson; Red Team - Michael Hailu, Cindy Klimek, Don Laubenthal, Babette Money, Sharmaine Pechac, and Jonathan Wray; Green Team - Dean Bortz, Analeah Charles, Angel Gondek, Cassandra Hape, Jonathan McComb, and Eric McMillon; and Orange Team - Maurice Anderson, Julie Collins, Martina Cora, Jon Kreger, Kim Leggett, and David Metz.