Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Watch graduation on the web
If you can’t attend the Autumn Quarter Commencement tomorrow at Veterans Memorial, you can watch it live on the web by going to the Columbus State homepage and clicking on “Graduation Live Stream,” starting at 10 a.m.



PERFORMs Mid-Year Discussions around the corner
We are now entering the mid-point of the performance year, which means it will be time for PERFORMs Mid-Year Discussions.  To preview the new, stream-lined Mid-Year Discussion use this link:

This year, if a Planning Guide has been marked complete, the COOL system will initiate the Mid-Year Discussion for that employee on December 13.  If the Planning Guide is not marked complete by December 10 the Mid-Year Discussion will need to be initiated manually by the supervisor.  If you are not sure that your Planning Guide is complete, please check the COOL system.  Directions to view Planning Guides can be found at this link:

Directions and tips for a successful Mid-Year Discussion will be available on December 13.  Webex sessions will be provided throughout December and January to assist all supervisors and staff in completing the Mid-Year Discussions.  If you would like to register for one of these sessions please use this link:

Additionally, a learning community discussion for supervisors titled “5 Easy and Effective Ways to Complete the Mid-Year Discussion,” will be held on Monday, December 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Attend for all, or part of the discussion.  To register for this session please use this link:

If you have any questions, please contact your Human Resources Employment Representative at 287-2408, or contact Mary Francis McLaughlin by email at mmclaugh@cscc or call ext. 5220.


Missed the budget conversation?
President Harrison and Terri Gehr, senior vice president for Business and Administrative Services, recently gave a presentation on the college's upcoming budgeting process. If you missed it, you can see a video version right here!


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It’s not too late to join the Winter Welcome Team!
welcome matWinter 2011 is here and it is certainly an exciting time for Columbus State. 

The Welcome Team hopes you will have some time to share with the team.  As anticipated, Welcome Team Winter 2011 will be held January 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The Welcome Team counts on your support and hopes you will be able to join in the fun welcoming new and returning students to the Columbus State campus. 

Your service is vital and appreciated and has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State.  Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

This quarter we will be offering assistance in Madison Hall, in the second floor lobby.

Please RSVP to Barbara Allen,, or ext. 5526 with the times and days you are able to work.  She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours. Share the good news with other friends and colleagues as well.  All are welcome!

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Basketball Head Coach reaches 100 wins

Coach Carlisle
Pat Carlisle

Coaching college basketball has always been Pat Carlisle’s passion. Now he’s living the dream as he reaches a new milestone.  The Columbus State Cougars recently helped Carlisle achieve his 100th win as a head coach by defeating Henry Ford Community College (Mich.). That milestone comes after just 134 games, which is among the quickest on record in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).  

The victory is the latest on a path that began nearly 15 years ago when Carlisle worked as a high school junior varsity head coach, while taking college classes and learning the ropes as a student coach at a community college.

“Early in my career, in both teaching and as an assistant coach, I learned  that to set up a successful junior college program for the long haul you were going to need more than basketball players,” says Carlisle. “Even going beyond the game you have to stress citizenship and academics to make it year in and year out.”  (Team members had a combined G.P.A. of 2.8 last winter quarter and they have broken every men’s basketball G.P.A. mark prior to his arrival.)

Carlisle’s first win at Columbus State occurred the first week of November, 2006.  He took his men to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament the following year where they finished runner-up in the title game.  During his third year the Cougars finished the regular season ranked No. 1 as they made it to the Elite Eight round in nationals.  Last year the team finished with a respectable 23-7 record.  They’re off to an outstanding start with a 9-1 record so far this season.

Carlisle’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Education from Wright State University and a Master of Educational Administration from the University of Cincinnati.


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book coverThe Meyers’ father, daughter team completes new book
David Meyers, data analyst in Community Education and Workforce Development, has co-authored a new book with his daughter Elise, called “Historic Columbus Crimes: Mama’s in the Furnace, The Thing & More”(The History Press).  David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker look back at sixteen tales of murder, mystery, and mayhem culled from city history. The Other Paper’s John Petric writes, “126 pages of pithily written tales about bad folks who put Columbus on the map, criminally speaking.” Previously, David and Elise, collaborated on Central Ohio’s Historic Prisons (Arcadia Publishing).

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Writing about psychological disorders focus of Kaufman’s book
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Carolyn Kaufman

Dr. Carolyn Kaufman, Assistant Professor and Lead Instructor for Technology in the Psychology Department, recently had her book “The Writer’s Guide to Psychology: How to Write Accurately about Psychological Disorders, Clinical Treatment and Human Behavior,” published by Linden Publishing (December 1, 2010).

"Thoughtful, scholarly, comprehensive and a boon to writers aiming for accuracy when depicting the world of abnormal psychology and clinical treatment," said Jonathan Kellerman, psychologist and author of the best-selling Alex Delaware mystery.

"Every writer who even thinks about creating or explaining a character with a psychological disorder should have a copy on their desk, right next to their dictionary and thesaurus,"  said Jilliane Hoffman, former felony prosecutor and author, “Last Witness,” “Plea of Insanity,” and “Retribution.


Help Desk hours change for winter break
Beginning December 13, the I.T. Support Center hours will be as follows:

December 13 .........................
December 14 - 18 ...................
December 19 .........................
December 20 - 23 ...................
December 24 - 26 ...................
December 27 - 28 ...................
December 29 ..........................
December 30 ..........................
December 31 – January 1, 2011
January 2, 2011 ......................

7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
7:00 am.-8:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
resume normal hours

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Last day to donate!
The Annual Combined Charitable Giving Campaign will wrap up on Friday, December 17. You can view the campaign Donor Guide by logging onto the intranet, where you can also complete the pledge form. You can then send your donation directly to campaign coordinator, Barb Smith-Allen, in Institutional Advancement, Franklin Hall.

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