College signs on for "2 by 2012"

President Harrison joined Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman January 6 to sign a commitment asking employees and students to bicycle to campus twice a month by 2012.
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Enroll now in Wellness Incentive Plan

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PERFORMS Mid-Year discussions

To assist you with completing the mid-year discussions, there are written directions and short videos for both the employees and the reviewing supervisors Read more

Rave emergency phone system

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Previous Stories:

January 10, 2011

MLK day celebration

Wellness Challenge

2 by 2012 campaign

January 6, 2011

January SEOM

Many degrees in ERC

Weekly security tip

Thanks 2010 donors

Wellness incentive plan

Nominate women leaders

Weight Watchers New Year's resolution

SMUG club

January 3, 2011

2011 MLK Day

Mileage rate increase

New wellness class

Stretch and relax class

Smoking policy

PERFORMS mid year

December 27, 2010

Performs Mid-Year

No smoking in doorways

December 21, 2010

Dawn's early light

"What Best College Teachers Do"

Ekoostik Hookah

New Hire Mentor Program

IA visit

2011 MLK Day

Health Plan changes

December 13, 2010

Keck named advisor

Last day to donate

Weekly security tip

Holiday sales at DX

Order desserts from AVI

December 9, 2010

Watch graduation live


Budget conversations

Winter Welcome Team

Carlisle wins 100th

Meyers published

Kaufman's new book

Help Desk hours

Last day to donate

This week at Columbus State
Monday January 10

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration,
11 a.m., Conference Center Ballroom, 4th floor, WD

Yoga, Noon-1 p.m., DE-158

Zumba, 5:15-6:15 p.m., DE 158

Tuesday January 11
Wednesday January 12
Thursday January 13
Friday January 14

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January 13, 2011

Survey of Student Engagement gives many hints for continuous improvement

classroom photoAlmost one year ago, Columbus State administered the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) on our campus.  The results of the survey were compiled and disseminated to participating colleges this past summer. 

For years, research has shown that the more engaged students are on their campus, the more likely they are to persist and attain their educational goals.  CCSSE is a tool that allows students to describe their level of engagement to their college. Colleges should then use the data as a source in determining steps to increase student success. 

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College Planning Forum holds first meeting

President Harrison’s College Planning Forum is now under way after its inaugural meeting last Friday in the Conference Center Ballroom. The 44 members represent a comprehensive cross section of faculty, staff and students.

Dr. Harrison proposed the ad hoc group during the Fall In-Service with a mission that is threefold: to look at different perspectives across campus, to connect the work we are already doing, and to help communicate with all college stakeholders.

“What we are doing here will help prepare the college to implement a formal strategic plan,” Harrison told the group.

Forum members were given updates on a range of issues including the search for the new senior vice president of academic affairs, a possible partnership between Ohio State and Columbus State at the Delaware Campus, safety and security, parking and semester conversion. The group will next meet on February 11.


newsletter coverRead January issue of Health & Fitness online now

In the current issue of the Human Performance Center’s newsletter, Health & Fitness, you can read about reaching your 2011 goals the SMART way, five foods that speed up your metabolism, Winter Quarter fitness events and much more!




Mid-Year Discussions due for completion Jan. 21

Reminder:  PERFORMs Mid-Year Discussions are due to be marked complete on Friday, January 21.

Written directions and brief videos on completing the Mid-Year Discussion are available at the following link (you may need to copy and paste it in to your browser):

If you need assistance please contact your Human Resources employment representative at ext. 2408, or contact Mary Francis McLaughlin by email at or phone ext. 5220.


Deadline to petition for graduation approaches

happy graduateThe deadline to submit a completed Petition to Graduate form for Winter Quarter 2011 is Friday, January 14, before 4:30 p.m. in the Records and Registration Department at the Registration Windows in Madison Hall. It is acceptable to submit the Petition to Graduate Form for a student who has pending transfer credit, proficiency credit, prior learning credit, course waivers and/or course substitutions. When submitting the web version of the Petition to Graduate form, please submit the original with two copies. In addition, if you approve the Petition to Graduate form close to the deadline date, please ask the student or a member of your department to hand-carry the completed form to the Records and Registration Department so that it will be received in time. The Petition to Graduate Form can be found on the web at the following link

New version of Blackboard is coming Spring Quarter!

Blackboard 9.1 training available from Instructional Technologies/Distance Learning

Spring Quarter 2011 (March 28-June 11) courses have been created in Blackboard 9.1.  If you are ready to begin working on Spring Quarter, you must go through training.  Developmental Shells will be moved into Blackboard 9.1 by request once you have completed the BB9 050 Transition Course.

You can view the current list of Blackboard 9.1 training courses here.
To help us schedule training at the times most convenient for you, we encourage you to complete this brief survey.

Resources and Information:
Learn more about the upgrade and view documents and FAQs at

Blackboard 9.1 at your departmental meeting:
If you would like a developer from ITDL to present on Blackboard 9.1 at your departmental meeting, please contact Suzanne Patzer at

More Information:
Look for more information throughout Winter Quarter 2011. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Instructional Technology/Distance Learning Department at

Blackboard 9.1 Training is coming to the Delaware Campus

Instructional Technologies/Distance Learning has expanded the training for Blackboard 9.1 to the Delaware Campus!

“Transition from Blackboard 7.3 to Blackboard 9.1” will be offered next week on Tuesday, January 18 at 3 p.m. in room 245 at Moeller Hall.

“Transition to Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center” will be offered on Wednesday, January 19 at 10 a.m. in room 241 at Moeller Hall.

You can register for either of these at
We will be offering more sessions at the Delaware Campus through Winter Quarter 2011, so please check back throughout the quarter for new sessions.

If you have any questions, contact the Instructional Technology/Distance Learning Department at



Mergel recreates Civil War-era surveying

photoFrom left, Bob Mergel, professor, and Don Tackett, an adjunct faculty member at CSCC, and other members of his Topographical Engineering Unit work to survey a Civil War site using antique surveying tools.

Bob Mergel, professor in Civil Engineering Technology, is a member of an educational and living history organization dedicated to the study and dissemination of information concerning the methods, techniques and equipment used for surveying and mapping during the American Civil War.  

Mergel’s “Topographical Engineering Unit” travels all around the country and does living history events and reenactments.  The members have period-correct uniforms, weaponry and camping equipment, and their surveying and mapping equipment are originals from their own collections or on loan from the Ohio State University and the Franklin County Engineers Office.

Recently Mergel and his unit were featured in an American Surveyor magazine article for participating in the 2010 Surveyors Historical Society Rendezvous held on board the Delta Queen in Chattanooga, Tennessee in September.  

At the Rendezvous, Mergel and his team braved 90-degree humid weather in period-correct, wool uniforms, and used original Civil War Era surveying techniques and equipment to locate and map the positions of Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Chattanooga Island in the same manner as the Union Topographers during the Battle of Chattanooga in November of 1863.

“Since elementary school I’ve always loved history,” said Mergel. “If I hadn’t become an engineer, I would have been a history teacher!”


band photoWin tickets to Red Eye Reunion at LCP!

Update has a pair of tickets to Zachariah’s Red Eye Reunion with Feat and McGuffey Lane, Saturday January 22, at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion—to the first six employees to email with the subject line: Red Eye Reunion



sale graphicVisit the Columbus State Bookstore this week for half-price sweatshirts

No other discounts apply.  First sweatshirt must be of greater or equal value. Sale dates January 10-15 only.  No other discounts apply.





graphicTonight is Make your own Appetizer night at the Food Court