Watch graduation video

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View video from the December 10 graduation

Rave emergency phone system

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Susan Kaiser, employee of the month

KaiserSusan has been a teaching assistant in the Biological Sciences department for 2 years. Read more

Previous Stories:

December 13, 2010

Keck named advisor

Last day to donate

Weekly security tip

Holiday sales at DX

Order desserts from AVI

December 9, 2010

Watch graduation live


Budget conversations

Winter Welcome Team

Carlisle wins 100th

Meyers published

Kaufman's new book

Help Desk hours

Last day to donate


December 6, 2010

James to give commencement address

Rave alert tested

Criminal Justice degree through Tiffin

What is the TIC?

Employee training

Rudolph's secret

Weekly security tip

Health & Wellness news


December 2, 2010

Kaiser named SEOM

Emergency text message system

Blackboard 9.1 coming

Concert band performs

ITDL seminar

SMUG club

Professional Development course

Secure shredding

Adjunct workshop

DX sale

This week at Columbus State
Monday December 20

Winter break, December 13 - January 2

Tuesday December 21
Wednesday December 22
Thursday December 23
Friday December 24

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December 21, 2010

At dawn’s early light

cafe lobbySoft light fills the lobby of Moeller Hall in this picture taken near dawn on the new Delaware Campus last month. Professional photographer Larry Hamill arrived very early for a photo shoot at the campus and snapped this glowing scene as the sun streamed into the east windows of the building, creating a colorful palette. 


“What the Best College Teachers Do” conversations to continue in 2011

Mark your calendars for two more faculty-led discussions about fostering student success, based on the book by Ken Bain.

How the Best Teachers Prepare - Best Practices in Course Structure and Design
Wednesday, January 26, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Location TBA
This discussion will be an interactive conversation about designing our courses and assessing students—with current technology—to maximize student success. (Chapter 3) Ann Palazzo, English, and Jack Popovich, Financial Management, will lead the discussion.

How Do They Learn Best? Student feedback on how they learn and how we teach

Friday, February 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Location TBA
This discussion focuses on the journal articles that abound about the learning styles of "today's students." With a panel of students, we’ll explore what works, what doesn't, and how we can improve our methods to engage more students. (Chapter 2). This discussion will be led by Traci Haynes and Heather Johnston from the Psychology department.  

Learn more by visiting the discussion web page at

band photoSee Ekoostik Hookah on New Year’s Eve!

If you are one of the lucky people working this week and see this announcement, email to and you could win two tickets to the Ekoostik Hookah rock concert on New Year’s Eve ( Friday, December 31) at the Newport Music Hall!

New Hire Mentor program recruits new members

The revised New Hire Mentor program began its new six-month pairings in November.  The group will work together through Spring Quarter.  The New Hire Mentor program is for new full-time staff members as a part of their participation in the Employee Orientation program.

Mentors are selected from full-time employees who have two or more years of service to the college.

If you are interested in being a mentor in the New Hire Mentor program, there are three easy steps you need to take:

1-Complete the New Hire Mentor application
2-Obtain Supervisor’s signature on the Supervisor Approval Form
3-Submit both documents to Susan Thompson, Rhodes Hall 115 by February 15, 2011.

All documents can be accessed from the Human Resources website here.

The applications will be reviewed and decisions communicated to applicants by March 1, 2011.


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Department visits new facility near campus

The Institutional Advancement office poses in front of The Commons at Buckingham, the newly completed transitional housing facility that has been built on land bordering campus, between the Physical Plant facility and I-670.  The sparkling new facility offers studio apartments for 100 residents who were formerly homeless.  The IA Department brought a holiday donation of personal and cleaning supplies, met some of the residents and took a tour of the building and apartments December 17.  From left are: Paul Rehg, Mark Van Horn, Suzanne May, Valerie Wilson, Nancy Cleland, Tony Goins, Barb Smith-Allen, Vickie Hunter, Will Kopp and Mary Ashley.  Not shown are Deborah Coleman, Anita Ruiz, and Cathy Hatfield, from Knowledge Resources and Planning, who also contributed to the donation.


Water off in Nestor Hall Thursday

On Thursday, December 23, plumbing repairs will be made to the domestic water system in Nestor Hall.  There will be no water in the restrooms or at the drinking fountains in the building.  The repair is scheduled between 6:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.  If you have any questions please contact Physical Plant at ext. 2424.


Mark your calendars for the 2011 MLK Day celebration

WestColumbus State is pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Dr. Cornel West as the keynote speaker for the 2011 MLK Celebration on Monday, January 10.  The time and location will be announced later, so circle your calendar now.  West, 57, is an American philosopher, author, critic, actor, civil rights activist and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He is a professor at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Religion. West is known for his combination of political and moral insight and criticism, and his contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement. The bulk of his work focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society. Also appearing will be the Cornel West Theory band, a hip-hop band with which West has recorded two hip-hop/soul/spoken-word albums.  For more information about the event, contact the Diversity Programs office at ext. 2426 or email


Health plan changes start January 1

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 has created new limits on some workplace health
plans. These plans include tax-free flexible spending arrangements and health
savings accounts. Typically, you are given the option to reduce your pay by a specified dollar amount and then use the amount to reimburse yourself for medical expenses. But you may want to prepare now for a change that goes into effect starting in 2011.

Here’s what you should know:

Getting reimbursed for medicine
Starting January 1, 2011, the cost of over-the-counter medicine will no longer be reimbursed through these plans unless prescribed by your doctor. If you or someone in your family has a medical need to use over-the-counter medicine, then you must get a prescription from your doctor.

Setting aside dollar amounts
When planning how much money to set aside for your 2011 health spending, you should take this change into account. If you don’t spend the entire amount because you didn’t get a prescription for over-the-counter medicine you figured into your reimbursements, then you’ll most likely lose the money left at the end of the plan year, or pay a penalty depending on the type of account.

Find out more about changes to workplace health plans at