Thursday, August 12, 2010
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Important payroll information
graphicThis weekend, August 14 and 15, there will be a system maintenance outage.  During this outage, non-exempt staff will not be able to enter their hours in the Web Time Entry system.  The system should be back up by 3 p.m. Sunday, August 15.  The Payroll Department will extend the time you have for entering your hours into the system and for supervisor approval by one day.  Non-exempt staff will have until 11 p.m. on August 17 to enter their hours on CougarWeb, and supervisors will have until 5 p.m. on August 18 to approve their employees’ hours.

Also, due to a glitch in the system with the web-time conversion, your pay advice, (electronic pay stub) for some administrators and staff only, will be overstated by 88 hours for vacation and sick leave. This has been corrected and your correct hours can be found on CougarWeb under “Leave Plan Summary.”  If you have any questions about either issue, please contact Becky Ribble at ext. 5791 or Missy Graham at ext. 5715.

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Students arrive from Egypt and Pakistan August 25—need supplies!
dishes in drainerColumbus State’s second cohort of students from the Community College Initiative (CCI) will arrive from Egypt and Pakistan August 25.  Four students from Egypt and two from Pakistan will make the city of Columbus and the Columbus State campus their home for the next year.  The Office of Diversity and Study Abroad needs your help in providing items for the three apartments we are preparing for the students.  If you can provide any of the following items, please contact Kim Brazwell at your earliest convenience at or call ext. 2426.
Items needed:

Set of cups (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Set of plates (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Set of bowls (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Set of cutlery (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Set of glasses (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Cookware set (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Nonstick frying pan (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Cookie sheet (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Cutting board (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Mixing bowl (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Set of hangers (6 total - 1 per student)
Twin bed sheet set - flat, fitted and pillow cases
   (6 total - 1 set per student)
Blanket (6 total - per student)
Bed spread (6 total - 1 per student)

Clock (6 total – 1 per student)
Pillow (6 total – 1 per student)
Bath rug (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Shower liner (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Shower hooks (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Bath towels (6 total - per student)
Hand towels (6 total - per student)
Wash cloths (6 total - per student)
Dust pan (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Bucket/pail (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Vacuum (1 total to be shared among all 3 apartments)
Microwave (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Iron (3 total - 1 per apartment)
Ironing board (3 total - 1 per apartment)

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Time to begin your PERFORMs planning guide 
The 2010-2011 performance year began July 1, which means all employees covered by PERFORMs should be in the process of developing planning guides.  These will be entered into the COOL system once they are released by supervisors.  This will be possible beginning the week of August 16. 

The deadline for all planning guides to be entered into COOL is September 30.  It is anticipated that updates to the COOL performance management system, based on user input, should make it easier to navigate and more user-friendly. 

It is encouraged that all employees developing planning guides revisit their planning guide from last year to see which information needs to be updated.  Employees with existing planning guides will only need to edit information for the 2010-2011 planning guides. 

Support to complete planning guides will once again be offered in a variety of formats.  Resources on the PERFORMs webpage include written directions and Camtasia presentations.  Optional training will be provided in Webex (web-based training sessions) and classroom sessions.  Registration for these sessions is required.  Information is below. 

Employees can participate in Webex sessions from their desks.  The only equipment required is a computer and a phone or headphones.  Directions will be sent to registered participants prior to each session.  All employees are strongly encouraged to check with supervisors before registering for either classroom or Webex sessions to ensure office coverage.

If you have any questions about PERFORMs or COOL, please contact your Human Resources Employment Representative at ext. 2408.   For information about training registration, please contact Susan Thompson ext. 2406. 

Planning Guide Prep Training Schedule
To register for any of these sessions follow (or copy and paste) this link:

Supervisor Sessions: These sessions will cover how to initiate planning guides, how to complete them and review changes to the COOL system.
August 19 - 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Webex
August 25 - 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. classroom 

All Employee Sessions: These sessions are open to all staff and supervisors and will cover how to complete planning guides and review changes to the COOL system.
August 27 - 9:00 a.m. - Webex
August 30 - 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - Webex
September 2 - 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - classroom
September 16 - 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - Webex

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Columbus State player signs to play for OCU

Powell signing
Tiffany Powell, seated left, OCU Head Coach Mandy Wray, standing left, and Tiffany’s parents attend a signing ceremony at the university last week.

Tiffany Powell, a 5'4” guard who was a standout on the Cougar Women’s Basketball Team, recently signed to play for the Ohio Christian University (Circleville) Lady Trailblazers.  Tiffany averaged 22.5 points, 3.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game in the 08-09 season for Columbus State.  She received 1st Team All-OCCAC honors and was named the Offensive Player of the Year.  Powell also holds the single-game scoring record at Columbus State, totaling 41 points in a game against Southern State on December 8, 2008.   

Coach Mandy Wray said, "Tiffany is a great addition for us this late in the summer. She has a lot of game experience and is a very mature player, and she's proven she can play at a high level. Tiffany has the ability to score in a variety of ways, but she can also run the offense from the point guard position.  We are very excited to have her join a very strong recruiting class and expect big things from Tiffany this year."


Auto Lab has openings for repairs
graphicThe Automotive Technology Lab will be scheduling lab work for the AUTO 165 -Advanced Electrical and Electronics class. If your car is a 2000 model or newer and is having issues with the starter, alternator, lights, power windows, power mirrors, power seats, power locks, windshield-wiper motor, or air bag/ SRS light, the Auto 165 class may be able to help.

For more information, e-mail Dave Hill at (no phone calls). Please note that the number of appointments is limited and that there is a $10.00 lab fee for work performed.



Gospel Vocal Ensemble to perform at the Bookstore
The Columbus State Bookstore welcomes our own Gospel Vocal Ensemble back for a concert on Thursday, August 19, from 1-2 p.m.  Stop in and enjoy this unique and inspired group! Admission is free and all are welcome.

And don’t forget to enter to win Foreigner tickets
You still have time to enter to win tickets to the Foreigner concert at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Friday, August 20.  One lucky entrant will win two Meet the Band passes to go along with their concert tics! Enter by Friday, August 13 (tomorrow!), at the Bookstore only.



Clawdette goes to Washington
. . .Tacoma, Washington, that is!

in TacomaTara Narcross, Language Institute coordinator visited what used to be Union Station for the Pacific Northwest Railroad in Tacoma, Wash.  It is now a U.S. Courthouse.  Clawdette tagged along!  Don’t forget to enter your photos in the “Where in the World is Clawdette?” contest at the Bookstore.  You could win a $100 gift certificate if your photo is voted the favorite.  Contest ends September 3!