Thursday, April 22, 2010

Insurance Open Enrollment starts in May
Over the last three years, the members of the Columbus State Healthcare Committee have researched and reviewed various healthcare plans and the results have significantly impacted how the college offers healthcare coverage. There are three components to the plan: Disease Management, Wellness and Consumerism.

Due to the work and planning of the Healthcare Committee headed by Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, Columbus State will realize a cost savings of 12% this year. This means that the college will not raise healthcare rates this year, and the rate you are paying now will remain the same.

Open enrollment sessions are still needed due to some small plan changes, and HR encourages all eligible employees to attend one of the following sessions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at ext. 2408.

Open Enrolment Sessions:

Tuesday, May 4:

9 -11a.m. or 1- 3 p.m.

Wednesday, May 5:
Location: WD Ballroom

8:30 - 10:30 a.m. or 2- 4 p.m.


Christopher’s restaurant opens next week
Christopher's Restaurant, the student-run dining experience, will be opening two nights each week for dinner this quarter, from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Starting on Wednesday, April 28, our Hospitality Management students will be serving dinner on Wednesdays and Thursdays in Eibling Hall, Room 005. Christopher’s will offer six different menus over the quarter – with the same items served on both Wednesday and Thursday. That means that if you love what you ate on Wednesday, you can come back on Thursday and have it again!

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Love kids? Want to give back?
golf lessonWe have the perfect opportunity for you! The First Tee Program at Columbus State is currently seeking volunteers to work at our Open House, Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the First Tee building at Bridgeview Golf Course. Jobs may include manning game stations, greeting families, serving refreshments, or volunteering your own special talent (face painting, balloon sculpting, etc.) Knowledge of golf is not necessary!

To volunteer, contact Judith Cockrell at (614)471-1404 or
To learn more about The First Tee, visit

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Christina Aquilar
Jenilee Baker

Med Lab students earn scholarships
Christiana Aguilar, a Medical Laboratory Technology Distance Learning student training at Fulton County Medical Center, has been awarded the Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Scholarship of $1000 to be used to further her education. Jenilee Baker has been awarded two scholarships: the Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Scholarship for $1000 and the Six Rivers Chapter of CMLA Scholarship for $500. Congratulations to these outstanding MLT students.


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logoApril is Financial Literacy Month
Attend the Financial Wellness activity: “Investing: Asset Allocation and Diversification” offered by Metlife on Wednesday, April 28 from 12-1 p.m. Nestor Hall Room 222. You will receive points toward your Wellness Incentive program for attending. Please RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator by email or at ext. 3989.

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It's not too late to recognize your favorite administrative professional!
April 18-24 is Administrative Professionals Week, so there's still time to get to the Bookstore, and save on something special for that special Admin in your life! Click Here to download a coupon for 25% off gifts, supplies and apparel, this week only!



PepperellDr. Keith Pepperell

Pepperell becomes Medieval Chairman
Dr. Keith Pepperell, assistant professor in Humanities, was installed as Chair and Convener of The Ohio Medieval Colloquium at Ohio Wesleyan University April 23. He succeeds Professor Richard Firth Green, Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Pepperell has been a regular presenter at the colloquium having delivered papers on such diverse subjects as “Plotinus and Aesthetics,” “Oysters and the Medieval Economy,” “The Dunmow Flitch,” “Monastic Fish Farming,” “Medieval Ablutions,” and “Manuscript Illumination.”

Want to join the Pelotonia team?
logoSeveral members of the IT Department including Trish Malloy, Tim Malloy, Chris Scanlon and Scot Durbin are planning to ride in Pelotonia August 20-22. The group is recruiting others who might be interested in joining the team, either as a rider or a “virtual rider.”

Those who want to be a part of the CSCC Peloton, but may not have time to train or are physically unable to participate, can sign up to be a Virtual Rider. If you are interested in being a part of the CSCC Peloton, contact Trish Malloy for more information.

100% of the money raised by Pelotonia goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

There are six routes ranging from 23 miles in one day to 180 miles in two days. For more information about Pelotonia, visit the website:

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Rivers is top lender at SBDC
logoMore than five years ago, the Small Business Development Centers across the country entered into an agreement with the Small Business Administration to use the Community Express Loan Program. This is a working capital loan program to assist startup and existing businesses in low-to-moderate-income areas, as well as minorities, women, and veterans. The program has since expanded to assist all small businesses.

David Rivers, counselor at the SBDC at Columbus State, is currently the top lender in the Community Express Loan program in Ohio. He is also ranked top 10 in the United States for producing working capital loans for Borrego Springs Bank. In 2008, the SBDC at Columbus State produced $331,000 in working capital loans. Conventional banks that are unable to assist clients with a credit score of 640 to low 700's refer them to the Community Express Loan Program. This becomes a win-win situation for the business that receives the loan and the bank that will receive their deposits.

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Columbus State cited as successful model for workforce development
In a report released last week by Community Research Partners, Columbus State’s Logistics-ART industry sector strategy, coordinated by the Center for Workforce Development was cited as a successful local workforce initiative that could be “brought to scale and serve as a model for statewide programs.”

According to the report, as Ohio emerges from the national recession, the state faces a dual-pronged employment crisis—a shortage of jobs and a deficit of workers with the 21st century education and skills needed by employers. Community Research Partners wrote the policy report called “Help Wanted: A lead state workforce official,” which provides a blueprint for addressing theses challenges by strengthening workforce development in Ohio. You can read the report in its entirety here: