Thursday, April 8, 2010

Survey development a “snap” for this specialist

Nancy Buza
Nancy Buza

Nancy Buza has worked at Columbus State for 20 years, mostly in the background providing document services to faculty, administrators and staff at the college, so everyone knows her good work. However in 2008, those services were moved to another department and “Nancy took it upon herself to learn all that she can about some of the other services we provide here in the Data Center,” said her supervisor Shawn Ferguson.

“Nancy is not a trained programmer, however I find it valuable to have her sit in on all the programming meetings and she has taken it upon herself to immerse in this new technology, including .NET programming, Colleague Development, SNAP (survey development) and Quality Assurance,” said Ferguson.

For her dedication in learning and applying SNAP software, Buza was named the April Staff Employee of the Month. “She makes a difference by tirelessly helping others and ensuring that the task gets completed with 100% satisfaction – ask her clients!” said Ferguson.

As a Quality Assurance Specialist, Buza has learned a whole new way of doing business, according to Ferguson. “She is there when we need her. She continuously asks for new tasks and assignments, no matter how challenging the task may be. Nancy brings a whole bag of sunshine everyday when she comes to work!”


Switch2Semesters now online on the Intranet
logoJoining 12 community colleges and four state universities in Ohio, Columbus State will begin a semester academic calendar in the fall of 2012. An Intranet site (only accessible on campus) is now live and ready for your use.

Learn about the subcommittees and the work being done in many areas of campus operations for the conversion, including curriculum, enrollment, student services, information technology, communication and college operations. The site has a variety of resources including calendars, quick facts and logos for the change process with more to come as this process moves forward.

Visit the site at The conversion is a little more than two years away! Check this site often to see what’s new. Be a part of the conversion conversation as we Switch2Semesters!


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logoVolunteers needed for Capital City Half Marathon
"Michael Walsdorf, Shipping and Receiving, is helping out with the upcoming Capital City Half Marathon to put together an official aid / water station for the competitors on our campus. The race takes place Saturday, May 1, beginning at 8 a.m., and the course runs through campus at the five-mile mark on Mt. Vernon Ave. Race organizers provide everything we need for the aid station and the college will need 25 volunteers to work the table, passing out drinks to the runners. If you are interested in volunteering at this exciting event, contact Walsdorf at ext. 5058 or by email.

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kidsHPC seminars focus on children’s health
The Sports and Exercise Studies Human Performance Center will hold a seminar titled "Children's Eating Habits: How Can We Better Them," Tuesday, April 13 at 11 a.m. in the DX conference room (third floor). Another seminar, "Exercising with Your Child" will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at 11 a.m. in Delaware Hall, Room 080. Come find out how to help your children get as fit and healthy as you are!




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Deadline extended for proposals to Arts & Sciences Spring Symposium
The deadline to submit a proposal for a 20-minute session at the May 18 Arts & Sciences Spring Faculty Symposium has been extended to Friday, April 9. Read more about the Symposium or submit your proposal here.

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Last call to take kids to work day!
A few spots remain open in the April 22 program, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. As many as 30 sixth, seventh and eighth graders who are children of employees or sponsored by an employee may participate. The day will begin promptly at 8 a.m. when youths and sponsors gather for breakfast and a career exploration activity. Then, while sponsors return to work, volunteer guides will lead the youths to various workshops on campus. NEW: Choices of workshops include: Criminology, Psychology, Technical Writing, Computer Assisted Drawing, Nuclear Medicine, Health and Fitness, Digital Media and Disability Services.

Sponsors and kids will gather again for lunch and activity at noon and then return together to the sponsor’s work area. There may be a campus tour opportunity in mid afternoon.

Complete and submit the registration form and return it to: Susan Thompson, HR, RH-115, no later than Friday, April 9 (tomorrow!). For more information on the program contact Rich James in Human Resources (ext. 2175).

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James earns certification
JamesRich James, coordinator for Faculty Development, has been certified by the Learning Resources Network (LERN) as a Certified Faculty Developer. To achieve the certification James participated in three days of workshops related to student engagement, multiple assessments, designing multimedia, hybrid courses and more. He also passed a certification exam earning the right to list the initials CFD after his name. “The certification process is really a validation of all that I have learned working with faculty and instructional technologies since I have been at Columbus State,” said James. To learn more about the CFD certification visit the LERN web site.


Take your child (almost) to work… every day!
kidsIf you work at Columbus State and want quality childcare, discover the nurturing environment of the Columbus State Child Development Center. The Center serves the community, and is staffed by degreed teachers who are dedicated to fostering your child’s development.

And right now, new families can save $350 with no registration fee, plus $100 savings on tuition each month for your first three months. Log on to or call (614) 287-3600 for more information. The offer is good for families who complete an application by May 30. Tuition discount will be taken off first three month’s tuition. (Only one discount per child. No additional discounts apply.)


DiPietro work to be performed at OSU

DiPietro at piano
Rocco DiPietro

Rocco DiPietro, adjunct faculty member in the Humanities, will have the world premiere of his percussion piece called "Rhizome for Evelyn Glennie" performed in Weigal Hall, in the Ohio State University Music Department, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

He will be joined by visiting new music percussion artist Jan Williams, special guest of OSU Percussion Department, who will also be giving a master class before the concert moderated by DiPietro on April 13.

“The Rhizome” will be performed by Ryan Jewell and Matt Evans, the featured percussionists, Jan Williams, and the entire OSU percussion ensemble under the direction of Susan Powel.

“The Rhizome” will also be filmed so that Evelyn Glennie can see it and DiPietro will give her a copy of the work in her honor after her Buffalo Philharmonic concert later in the month. Glennie is a Scottish virtuoso percussionist who performs around the world with a wide variety of orchestras and contemporary musicians, giving more than 100 concerts a year. Glennie has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12, and often performs barefoot in order to better “feel” her music.

General professional development courses offered for Spring Quarter
All employees are eligible to attend the following courses which begin next week:

Emotional Intelligence: Self- Awareness 3.5 hours Spring Quarter

Know Thyself
Know Thyself

1:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010

Emotional Intelligence: Self-Management 3.5 hours Spring Quarter

Manage Thyself
Manage Thyself

1:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday, May 7, 2010
Friday May 28, 2010

Know Thy Self: Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence
The purpose of this session is to introduce the concept of emotional intelligence and the foundational competency of self-awareness. Participants will learn the importance of E.I. for leadership and team effectiveness. In addition, participants will learn about three self-awareness strategies. Learning methods will include discussion, mini-lectures, structured activities and video. To register for this course please go to:

Manage Thy Self: Self-Management and Emotional Intelligence
This session is for participants to begin to read and manage their emotions and learn how to control their responses to new or challenging situations. A key goal of this workshop is for participants to identify strategies for managing themselves when "emotionally hijacked." Learning methods will include discussion, mini-lecture, structured activities and video. To register for this course please go to: