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 13, 2011

Student engagement survey results

Planning forum meets

Health & Fitness Jan. issue

Mid-year discussions due

Petition to graduate

New Blackboard coming

Blackboard 9.1 training

Civil war-era surveying

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 17

All campuses closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday January 18
Wednesday January 19
Thursday January 20
Friday January 21

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January 18, 2011

SheltonFuneral arrangements made for Kelley Shelton

The funeral for Kelley Shelton will be held on Saturday, January 22. Shelton, a reference librarian in the ERC, lost her battle with cancer January 14.

The viewing will be held from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Arlington Church of God, 539 S. Arlington St. #1, Akron, OH 44306-1797, with services to follow. The phone number is (330)773-3321.



shredding binSecure shredding offered today

Iron Mountain, a secure shredding company, will be on campus today from noon to 3 p.m. to conduct free bulk paper shredding. (This is in addition to the college’s new secure shredding program.)  If you have boxes or stacks of old papers in your departments requiring shredding, please bring them to the Iron Mountain truck in parking lot 3E (behind the Automotive Lab in Delaware Hall). If you have any questions, please call Rob Clifford at ext. 3686.




Teaching with the New Electronic Tools 

No longer does learning have to stop at the door. Instruction has evolved, and so have the tools and channels. Attend this half-day session with Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning to get a hands-on look at how you can take the tools we have to create your own "brand" of instruction. We'll be looking at exciting new online software and techniques to enhance your teaching and your life.

When: Friday, January 21 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106

Safety Training for new employees offered 

The Employee Safety Academy will be offered for new Columbus State employees on Friday, January 21, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with the location to be announced.  The instructor is Stephen Trundy.  To attend, RSVP to Kristine Robbins.


“What the Best College Teachers Do” discussions continue Jan. 26

book coverRegistration for the next discussion based on the book “What the Best College Teachers Do” is now open.  Coming up next is:

How the Best Teachers Prepare - Best Practices in Course Structure and Design

The discussion will be an interactive conversation about designing our courses and assessing students with current technology to maximize student success. This is connected to Chapter 3, “How do they prepare to teach?” 

Ann Palazzo, associate professor of English, and Jack Popovich, assistant professor of Financial Management, will lead the discussion on Wednesday, January 26, from1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in CT 107.

Register online. Faculty will be contacted afterward about obtaining a copy of the book. Learn more about the book, the discussion series, and listen to archived discussions at

Coming February 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon:  How do they learn best? Student feedback on how they learn and how we teach.


Employee development courses focus on “emotional intelligence”

Employees are invited to register for four Emotional Intelligence sessions being sponsored by the Human Resources Department and taught by Bob Towner-Larsen of The Ohio State University.

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.   
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 Emotional Intelligence for leadership and team effectiveness. In addition, participants will learn about three self-awareness strategies. 

1:00-4:30 p.m.
Manage Thy Self: Self-Management and Emotional Intelligence

The purpose of 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." 

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Motivate Thy Self: Motivation and Emotional Intelligence

The purpose of this session is to define self-motivation and explain why self-motivation is important. At the end of the session, participants will be able to apply 3 to 4 self-motivation strategies. 

1:00-4:30 p.m.
Positivity and Negativity in the Workplace

The purpose of this session is to gain awareness of types of negative attitudes that undermine the workplace and positive behaviors that promote staff satisfaction and promote a positive work environment. 

To register: Employees must register for each session individually.  Lunch will be provided for employees attending both morning and afternoon sessions.  Space is limited, so register soon!  You can registers for these sessions at this link:

For more information contact Mary Francis McLaughlin or call ext. 5220.


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


Technology Brownbag sessions offered by Social Sciences

Associate professor and technology lead instructor Mary Reiter will offer brownbag sessions on various technology topics.  Each session will be held Fridays at noon in TL Room 114, and are open to all faculty, staff and administrators:

January 21- Harnessing Social Networking Tools for Education
January 28- Special Session: Introduction to Blackboard 9
February 11- Educating in Virtual Worlds
February 18- Teaching with the iPad
March 4 - Special Session: Help with Blackboard 9 - Q & A
March 11 - Creating a Modern Syllabus

LaForrest graduatingLaForrest earns master’s degree

Alan LaForrest, coordinator in Physical Plant, receives his master’s degree in Environmental Safety and Health Management from Dr. Katherine Fell, president of the University of Findlay, on December 11 at the Winter Commencement Ceremony.