Monday, December 6, 2010


College welcomes attorney Larry James as Commencement Speaker Friday
Larry H. James

Larry H. James, partner in the law firm Crabbe, Brown & James will deliver the commencement address at the Autumn Quarter 2010 graduation ceremony Friday, December 10, at Veterans Memorial. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public.

More than 400 students will receive their degrees on Friday, including Adam Demchak, who says Columbus State “saved” his education. When he fell critically ill and was hospitalized, Demchak was no longer able to attend his classes at Ohio State.  He enrolled in online coursework at Columbus State, which he was able to complete as he recuperated. He will receive his Associate of Arts degree on Friday, and his goal is to continue toward a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management at OSU.

The third time was a “charm” for Christina Sprouse, who tried three majors before finding a way to combine her working hours with her classes. She will graduate with honors with an Associate of Arts, and she wants to continue her education at Ohio State, where she works in the College of Engineering.

Jack Mead was sitting around the table with business associates when the subject turned to where each of them had earned their MBA. Jack had to admit that although he was a successful businessman, he had never completed the college degree he had started in 1981. It has taken him 23 years at Columbus State to finish an Associate of Arts, but he now plans to return to Bowling Green State University to finish the bachelor’s degree that he started three decades ago!

And Rex Davidson, father of four, has big plans to become a nurse anesthetist and work in the Labor and Delivery department of a hospital some day. After a stint in the U.S. Navy and 14 years at Honda of America, Manufacturing, he will earn his nursing degree—something he put off “again and again.” “The last four years have been challenging, yet so incredibly worth it. I am proof that with a little initiative, heart and a passion for learning, anyone can do it!”


Successful Rave Mobile Alert test sent Friday
cell phoneLast Friday, a test of the new Rave Mobile Alert system was made at 11 a.m., with 2,146 text messages sent—the number of students and employees who have registered their cell phone numbers so far. There was a 98.6-percent success rate in delivering the messages, with 90 percent of the alerts made within 52 seconds of sending.

Also, 2,044 voice messages were sent, with a 97.1-percent success rate. Failed attempts to send voice messages were found to be when a phone did not have an answering machine, was busy or was out of range.

The test also included sending the alert to email addresses. If you registered a personal email with Rave and did not receive a test alert on Friday, please go to your Rave profile and make sure your email has been entered correctly. All students and employees also received the test message at their Columbus State email address, but because these take significantly longer to deliver, it is important to register your cell phone or home phone, or personal email address, in order to receive emergency messages on a timely basis.

If you have not yet registered with the new Rave Mobile Alert system, please do so by going to:

And remember to always check the Columbus State website and listen to local media for additional updates in the case of any real emergency.


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Bachelor of Criminal Justice offered on campus through Tiffin University
logoTiffin University will now offer a degree completion program on the Columbus State campus to students who are seeking their Bachelor of Criminal Justice. The program is designed for working students and allows students to complete their degree while working full-time. Classes will be held at Columbus State from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays, starting in March 2011.

Tiffin University also offers online degree completion programs for a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Criminal Justice.  For more information on this program contact Kristyn Wilkins at (419) 448-3448 or

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What is a “TIC?”
Just one of the numerous acronyms here at Columbus State, “TIC” stands for our Telephone Information Center. The center was established 18 years ago to help improve the customer service of the college and help reduce long student lines. Now the TIC often serves as first direct contact for students at Columbus State by phone or email. 

The TIC began as phone admissions and registration with the goal to collaborate with all departments of Enrollment Services, and it now serves as an extension to various departments. The department also houses the campus Switchboard Operator.  Questions regarding enrollment, financial aid, and college policies and procedures, as well as class registration, appointment scheduling for academic and financial aid advisors, and navigation of our websites are just some of the many tasks the TIC reps perform on a daily basis.

If you are a visitor, student, staff, faculty, administrator, or lost messenger and have any question regarding the college but don’t know where to start, you can start with the TIC!  Please call ext. 5353 to speak directly with an information representative Monday- Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon, or email us


Employee training offered 
Adult CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training will be offered on Tuesday, December 14, from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in 375 N. Grant (EMS building). The instructor is Norman Jones. If you are interested in this training opportunity, contact Rosalind Porter, ext. 3860 or by Friday, December 10.

Rudolph has A secret!
rudolphThe Bookstore is having daily secret sales during the holiday season (only for the store’s email and social media users). Join the email list by emailing Or find the Bookstore on Facebook (Columbus State Bookstore) or Twitter (@csccbookstore) to get in on the secret!



Weekly Security Tip:
Read error messages
If you see an error message pop up on your computer screen, read it. You may not understand everything, but if you look through the message, you can get the basic idea.

Hackers can sometimes generate errors to collect everything you type and everything that comes up on your screen. If you don't understand the error, at least capture the screen. To do that, hold down the shift key and press the key labeled "PrtScn." That will put the screen into short-term storage in your computer's clipboard. Then open an email message, right click on the message body and select "paste." Now you can print it or send it to tech support for further analysis.

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


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coverRead the December issue of Health & Wellness Newsletter
You can see articles about avoiding holiday weight gain, tips for choosing safe toys, and more in the December issue of Health & Wellness Newsletter, from USI Insurance. See it online here.

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