Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Planning Guide sessions offered tomorrow
graphicTwo Webex sessions teaching how to complete a PERFORMs Planning Guide will be held on Thursday, September 16 at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m.  These sessions each last about one hour.  You can participate in a Webex from your desk with a computer and headphones or telephone access. To register follow this link:  OfferingsByCategory.asp?CID=255#92010.

Planning Guide Directions for supervisors and employees are also available on the PERFORMs web page at:

For additional assistance please contact your Human Resources employment representative at ext. 2408.

Employee development opportunities are numerous
classroom photoAn important part of PERFORMs is the development of employee skills, knowledge and abilities. Human Resources has identified and created a number of development opportunities available to employees participating in PERFORMs. Listed below are several avenues for professional development at no cost to the department or employee. 


Human Capacity Development Courses
For a listing of courses and to register go to:

Mindleaders (Online Courses)
For a listing of Mindleaders courses, or to enroll online, go to:  Use your Novell User ID and Password to login.  Employees will be able access courses such as Exceeding Customer Expectations, Project Management from a People Perspective, Effective Business Writing, and Intermediate Excel.

Center for Workforce Development
We are pleased to announce that courses through the Center for Workforce Development are now available to employees participating in PERFORMs at no cost to the department or to employees. Employees will be able to access courses such as Legendary Customer Service, Achieving Success with Difficult People or Introduction to Microsoft Project. All courses must be approved by the supervisor and be identified as part of the Development Goal(s) on the PERFORMs Planning Guide. To see a catalog of courses go to: . To register, complete a voucher form and send it to Tracy Jones, WD-330. For more information contact Tracy Jones at ext. 5489.

Instructional Technologies Institute
The Instructional Technologies Institute offers a variety of teaching and learning resources. For a listing of courses go to:

Other Options
While training can be an excellent way to develop skills or increase knowledge, it is not the only format for development. In some cases, cross-training, job shadowing, interviewing experts and reading books or articles can be just as effective. This depends heavily on the learning objective and learning style. In all cases, it is important to identify not only the development goal and format for learning, but also how that learning will be used or impact the work of the employee. 

For assistance in identifying employee development solutions, please contact any member of the Human Capacity Development Team in Human Resources. 


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Bowman-Glover wins Clawdette contest
photo of ClawdetteCongratulations to Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, on her winning photo of Clawdette en route to Brazil. The judges’ panel loved the way Clawdette was gazing out the window as the plane passed over the city of Salvador da Bahia. Nichole receives a $100 gift certificate to the Bookstore as her prize.

Thank you to all who submitted photos for this year's Where in the World Is Clawdette contest! Check Clawdette's Facebook page ( soon for a photo album of all the entries!

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Cancer Support Group to meet today
logoCancer Support Group meetings are an opportunity for employees affected by cancer (personally, or through a family member/friend) to come together, provide support for each other and share information, ideas and experiences. The first meeting will be held at noon Wednesday, September 15, in the Public Safety Training Room in Delaware Hall.

The group will determine a regular monthly meeting schedule on Wednesday.  Please note: Participation by attendees is voluntary. No one is required to share information unless they so choose. Silent participants are also welcome.

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989 or Terri Miller, assistant director, HR at ext. 5078.

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Volleyball Cougars ranked sixth in nation
With a reputation as a perennial national title contender enhanced by two straight National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Tournament appearances, the Columbus State Lady Cougars have once again earned the respect of voters in the 2010 National Junior College poll released on September 8. Columbus State, which opened the 2010 season with an impressive 10-1 record starts the season ranked sixth in the nation.

The Cougars are coming off a 2009 season that included Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) and Region XII championships, as well as, a seventh place finish at the NJCAA DII National Tournament. The Cougars are led by first-year coach Kevin Burch, who replaced Scott Nichols following the 2009 season.

Columbus State returns three student athletes while welcoming two transfers and a talented freshman class including local stand outs Melanie Burrell (Highland H.S.), Jennifer Neumeyer (Worthington Kilbourne H.S.), Dani Turner (West Jefferson H.S.) and Cearah Miller (Jonathan Alder H.S.).

The next home game for the Cougars will be Saturday, September 18, at noon against Owens Community College.

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Weekly Information Security Tip
graphicThe Columbus State information security team says: Never respond to an e-mail asking for personal information. Whether it's your bank, a company you do business with, or Columbus State, the organization should never ask for account information (user names and passwords), credit card numbers, or PIN information via e-mail. If you receive an e-mail asking for any of the information mentioned above, call the institution and ask if it's a legit e-mail. Most companies will never attempt to gather this information via e-mail. Again: Do not respond to the e-mail as a first course of action. If you respond, it's likely to be someone trying to steal your identity. 

As a reminder, Columbus State will never email or call you asking for your password.

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


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Fourman to serve on internship abroad committee

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Members of the committee are, from left, Lorena Ellis, Queensborough Community College (NY), Aleta Anderson, Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.), Garry Fourman, Helene Zimmer-Loew, AATG, and Gudrun Sherman, St. Louis Community College at Meramec (Mo.).

Garry Fourman, chairman of the Modern Languages Department, will serve on a committee for the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG), which will encourage community college students to apply for internships in Germany. The committee seeks to involve more faculty members from community colleges to participate in the internship program.

The Work Immersion Study Program (WISP) accepts applications from students who are enrolled at U.S. community colleges and who are interested in spending next summer interning in Germany. WISP is a fully funded fellowship that offers up to 10 participants the opportunity to live, study, and intern in Germany from June through August 2011. Participants receive one month of intensive German language training at the Carl Duisberg Centrum in Radolfzell, and then they complete a two-month internship in their career field with a German company in the state of Baden-Württemberg. WISP provides transatlantic airfare and program-related travel in Germany, a monthly stipend to cover cost of living, housing throughout the program, an internship placement in the participant’s career field, and health insurance.

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