Thursday, December 2, 2010

Teaching assistant is positive, professional

Sue Kaiser


Kaiser’s supervisor Michael Hailu says that “students are her main concern over all others.

Sue Kaiser, teaching assistant in Biological Sciences, waited until Summer Quarter to tackle prep and storage rooms for the Anatomy and Physiology Labs. “She took it upon herself to totally revamp them and the place never looked better!” said Biology Department Office Associate Pat Campbell. “What a huge, huge job!”

Campbell nominated Kaiser for Staff Employee of the Month, which she was awarded December 1 in a ceremony attended by President Harrison and her science department colleagues.

“Sue also developed and holds an in-depth orientation session for each new lab instructor every quarter,” said Campbell.  “She’s held as many as nine sessions in one quarter in order to train all the incoming instructors on lab procedures.”

Kaiser’s supervisor Michael Hailu says that “students are her main concern over all others. Everyone has nothing but good things to say about Sue and her professionalism, her help and her attitude!”
“She is one of the absolute most positive people I’ve known,” says Campbell. “She always looks for the best in a person.  If you’re down—talk to Sue. She’ll find something to brighten your day!”


Emergency text messages can now be sent to your phone
Columbus State has recently partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system capable of delivering messages to your work or personal email addresses, text messages to your cell phone, or voice messages to your home phone.  The messages are for emergency purposes only (some examples: college closed due to a snow storm or an entire building closed due to a gas leak). Instructions for enrolling in the Rave Mobile Safety program were sent to your email earlier this week. If you missed this notification, you can find all the instructions online here!



Blackboard 9.1 is coming Spring Quarter 2011
Columbus State will upgrade to Blackboard 9.1 in time for Spring Quarter 2011.
Blackboard 9.1 has an improved user interface and several new features, including:

  • A redesigned Grade Center with advanced grading capabilities

  • New collaborative tools, including Blogs, Journals, and Wikis

  • No more OK > OK > OK clicks

  • Plus many more...

This upgrade does have a slight learning curve and a Transition Course is necessary for most users. There will be an online, self-paced training module available, plus a number of face-to-face and web-conferencing sessions offered from now through Winter Quarter 2011. To help us schedule training at the times most convenient for you, we encourage you to complete this brief survey. You can also view the current list of Blackboard 9.1 training courses here.

Resources and Information:
Learn more about the upgrade and view documents and FAQs at

Blackboard 9.1 at your Departmental Meeting:
If you would like a developer from ITDL to present on Blackboard 9.1 at your departmental meeting, please contact Suzanne Patzer at

More Information:
Look for more information throughout Winter Quarter 2011. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Instructional Technology/Distance Learning Department at

Concert Band performs new work

Lloyd and Henry VIIIConcert photoThe Columbus State Concert Band, directed by Thomas Lloyd, performs the new composition “Twilight of the Gods” commissioned by the National College Band Directors Association, at their November 30 concert.  A nine-minute video by graphic artist Erik Evensen accompanied the music. At right, Concert Band Director Thomas Lloyd poses with historical interpreter Roger Bechtel, who appeared as King Henry VIII in the concert while musicians played music of the era (1509-47).


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ITDL seminar:
The Digital Lifestyle Series: Apple Gear and Podcasting
student with phoneHave you ever wondered what it takes to create a podcast? Curious about those iPods and iPads that students and your colleagues are carrying around campus? Join us for this hands-on technology session with Apple, and explore the answers to these and other questions about the exciting, engaging world of personal digital broadcasting as well as mobile learning.

Date: Friday, Dec. 3            
Time: 9 a.m. - noon
Location: CT 107
To register, go to:

NOTE: Seating for this event is limited to 20 participants, so sign up now. Don't miss this opportunity to interact directly with Apple representatives and their technology on the Columbus State campus!

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Come to the SMUG Club!
The Columbus State Social Media Users Group (SMUG) will have its December meeting on Friday (12/3) at 11:00 a.m. in TL114.  In addition to Q&A and sharing best practices, this month’s agenda includes a crash course in LinkedIn.  Any staff or faculty member who uses social media (or wants to use it!) is welcome to attend.  After the meeting, stay for Mary Reiter’s Technology Brown Bag session on "Power Blackboarding."


Professional Development Opportunity: 
Dealing with Grouches, Grumps and Grudges:  What’s Customer Service Got to Do with It?Learn how to deal with unrealistic expectations of customers and have them (and you) feel good about the encounter.  Learn practical and easily-applied techniques to make every interaction with customers productive and satisfying.  Learn how to deal with challenging internal customers – meeting their needs and our own.

For an expanded course description, or to register:

For more information contact Mary Francis McLaughlin at or at ext. 5220.


dsfdMore on secure shredding:
In a little update to the college's new secure shredding program (November 18 Update), the Iron Mountain company will be visiting each campus location on December 13 to place the secure bins and consoles (placement list).  Soon the existing blue recycle bins will be removed.
As an added bonus, Iron Mountain has agreed to provide one of their shredding trucks for a free three-hour shredding session.  The event (to be scheduled in January) will take place at the Columbus campus.  During this time, you are invited to bring your documents to the truck for free shredding.  If you have boxes of documents in your work area that need proper destruction, this is your opportunity to rid your work spaces of unwanted documents. 

If you have any questions, please call the Information Security team at x3777 or send an email.  Please visit the Information Security web site for additional information.


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Customer Appreciation Days at the Bookstore!
We love our customers, and you'll love these savings. Hurry in now through Saturday, December 4 for 20% off clothing, gifts, backpacks, electronics and more! Three days left to save! And remember, the Columbus State employee discount now applies to sale items (excluding clearance items of 50% or more).

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Reminder: Deadline for Adjunct Faculty Advanced Learning Workshop is December 10! 
Read more about the workshop and how to apply here.