Blackboard 9.1 is here!

Faculty and staff can get immediate technical support for Blackboard 9.1 by calling the Help Desk at ext. 5050or by coming to the Blackboard Help Center, CT 106, for walk-in assistance during the first three weeks of Spring Quarter 2011.
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News from accreditation teams

While March Madness grips much of the college world, Columbus State's three accreditation project teams are also performing at a winning pace!
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Previous Stories:

March 28, 2011

Join the Welcome Team

Blackboard 9.1 is here!

News from accreditation teams

Logistics job fair

Chinese delegates visit

March 21, 2011

Spring enrollment up 2%

Professional Development Series

CAUSE empowers young leaders

Symposium honors Johns

Board appreciation

March 17, 2011

500 students to graduate

Inauguration week video, photos

Blackboard help center

Dental Hygiene Alumni set record

Weekly security tip

AED, CPR training

March 14, 2011

Inauguration Day pride

PERFORMs discussions

Golf season begins

Landscaping helpers earn grant

Create a culture of excellence

Spring Fling

Happy Pi day

March 10, 2011

Feedback on VP candidates

ITDL Webinar

Free college textbooks for Ohio students

March 7, 2011

VP Candidate forum

Bike to campus

ITDL seminars

Employee Service Awards

Weekly security tip

March 3, 2011

VP Candidate forums

Inauguration Week

Kendrick named SEOM

Distinguished Teaching Award finalists

S.M.U.G. meeting

Weekly security tip

Create a Culture of Excellence

Kelly Shelton scholarship fund

AD Fed Columbus seminar

FirstTee Mental and Physical Conditioning workshop

February 28, 2011

Second VP candidate visits

Author Vanzant to sign books

Blackboard 9.1 training

Fee waiver deadline

LaMar-Nikoli elected to board

Thurber House writing camp

February 24, 2011

2nd VP candidate to visit

Ready for Blackboard 9.1?

Woodwinds to perform

Theatre Columbus State stages "Dead Man's Cell Phone"

Woodson appointed to board

Jacobs retires

February 22, 2011

Candidate forums today

Chorus to perform March 6

Gospel Ensemble to perform March 11

Women's self-defense class

Sustainability speaker rescheduled

Professional development opportunities

This week at Columbus State
Monday March 28

Spring Quarter begins

Tuesday March 29
Wednesday March 30
Thursday March 31
Friday April 1

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March 31, 2011

chorus photoChorus, folk group, soloists to perform Sunday

Celebrate spring by attending a concert by Chorus Columbus State, Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E. Broad St.

The Chorus will perform selected movements from Randall Thompson's "The Peaceable Kingdom" and a selection of Psalms. The folk group "Spring Grove" will also perform, as well as several soloists from Chorus Columbus State. The weather certainly isn’t cooperating this spring, so improve your mood with music!

Free Webcast:
A National Teach-in on the Future of America - How the Budget Crisis Affects Your College Education and Your Future (and what you can do about it)

Frances Fox Piven
Cornel West

Join students and faculty from Yale, Harvard, Vassar, Cornell, UC Berkeley, NYU, Dartmouth and others for a live webcast from New York City. The webcast will be broadcast Tuesday, April 5 from 2-5 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.  Hosts are Dr. Frances Fox Piven, professor at City University of New York, and Dr. Cornel West, professor at Princeton University.

There will also be a discussion by Columbus State Social Science professors, and a question and answer session following the webcast. 

Contact Bob Fitrakis ext. 2482 for more information.


Chinese delegation visits Columbus State

A delegation of higher education officials from Columbus’ sister city in China spent time on Columbus State's downtown campus Tuesday morning. The group from Hefei—roughly 300 miles west of Shanghai—was on a fact-finding mission that included several colleges and universities across the state. See the video here!


graphicEmotional Intelligence courses offered

Back by popular demand!  Emotional Intelligence courses are being offered again this Spring Quarter.
All employees are invited to register for the sessions being sponsored by the Human Resources Department and taught by Bob Towner-Larsen of The Ohio State University.

Monday, April 11
9:00-12:30  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 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." 

Monday, May 23
9:o0-12:30 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 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 register for these sessions here:

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


Composition and Technology Workshop Series offered by Writing Center

Students can learn and practice the technology skills needed to succeed in writing classes at Columbus State in the following workshops presented by the Writing Center:

Basic Word Processing Workshop

Need help learning to create documents in Word? Figuring out margins and other page-layout settings? Saving and printing your documents? This workshop will teach you how to do these and other word-processing tasks using the latest version of Word.
Join us at one of the following sessions:
Wednesday, April 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Davidson Hall 107
Thursday, April 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Delaware Hall 217

Basic Email / Blackboard Workshop

Need help learning to attach documents to email messages? Navigating through your course Blackboard site? Using the assignment feature in Blackboard? Participating in Blackboard’s online discussion boards? This workshop is for you.
Join us at one of the following sessions:
Monday, April 11, 1-2:00 p.m. Davidson Hall 107
Tuesday, April 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Delaware Hall 217

For more information email or call ext.5717 or 5860.
Follow the Writing Center on Twitter at .


Meyers to premier latest work

book coverDavid Meyers, data analyst in Community Education & Workforce Development, and Scott Michal, an instructor in the department of music at Rio Grande, have collaborated on a full-length musical called “The Last Oz Story.” Meyers wrote the book and lyrics and Michal composed the music.

The Last Oz Story will premiere on Friday, April 8, at the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College theater with a second performance on Saturday, April 9.

The Last Oz Story concerns a young woman who turns up in present day Kansas in the aftermath of a tornado claiming to be Dorothy Gale, the heroine of “The Wizard of Oz.”The show is being directed by Dr. Greg Miller with choreography by Mason Traylor.

Previously, Meyers and Michal wrote another musical, “The Last Christmas Carol,” which was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2001, and has been staged annually throughout the United States.

Volunteers needed for marathon

signThe Capital City Half Marathon will be running through the Columbus State campus Saturday, May 7. The college will staff one of the official aid / water stations and we are looking for volunteers to help out the morning of the race. Columbus State did this last year and it was a big success! As a token of appreciation the race committee will supply custom race hoodies to all volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Michael Walsdorf. You can reach him at the Columbus State Bookstore, at ext. 5058.


Save the date for a transformative workshop!

laughing crowdThe annual Humor Workshop benefitting the Stephen Wilson Scholarship Fund at Columbus State will be held Friday, May 20, from 12:30-5 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Conference Center. In the workshop you will learn how to explore and accentuate the positive and incorporate humor into your daily work. Anyone who is seeking improved morale and productivity should attend! Tickets are $89 per person. Click here to register or get more information. A schedule of speakers is coming soon.


Upward Bound Summer Institute seeks instructors

sun graphicThe Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO (Upward Bound) program has several openings for the Summer Institute Program. The hours may vary and the program dates are June 13 through July 22.  
Instructors are needed for ACT prep, art, biology, chemistry, geometry, physics, and Spanish I, II, III and IV.

Instructors will prepare curriculum, have access to teaching materials and instruct high school students in a variety of disciplines.   

Applicants must be certified K-12 teachers or experienced college faculty members.
If you would like more information, please contact Sandra Kellam at ext. 5213.


Two blood drives coming up in April 

logoThe American Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Columbus State on Thursday, April 14 and Monday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge.  Donors can schedule an appointment at, sponsor code: cougars, or simply walk in and donate! 

Each donor on April 14 will receive a $10 Subway gift card, and on April 25 each donor will receive a free pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee!


Why students should buy textbooks at the Columbus State Bookstore

The Bookstore’s goal is to help keep students’ education as affordable as possible.  The Bookstore is here to help, and wants to collaborate with faculty on textbook affordability solutions.

So why should Columbus State faculty and staff encourage students to shop in the college store? 

Reason #1:   We’re competitive.  
We are keeping textbook prices affordable by offering an online textbook rental program at which saves students up to 75% on textbooks. 
We offer CaféScribe digital textbooks in the Columbus State Bookstore.  CafeScribe digital textbooks include interactive note taking, social networking applications, and search capabilities.

We pay students top-dollar for used textbooks in our Buyback Program by offering up to 50% of the new text price. We pay top dollar for used books because it helps future students who take the same class. Even if a student buys a used book they may receive up to 50% of the new text price. That’s a great deal for students who are on a budget.  Please note textbooks are eligible for buyback if books are in good condition, ordered by the academic department for the upcoming term, and the bookstore is not overstocked. 

Important note:  Not all buyback vendors offer the same competitive buyback prices as the Columbus State Bookstore so students should check the Bookstore buyback price before they sell back a textbook to a vendor. 

Reason #2: Bookstore inventory is directed by Columbus State faculty
We work closely with faculty to ensure that the correct edition of the correct text is in stock for students.  Students may occasionally save a few dollars by going to or another discount web text service, but they often report that they received an outdated version of the text, or the wrong text altogether. That only has to happen once to negate all of the savings they thought they were getting. Because we work with faculty, we save students time and frustration in getting the right books and other materials for their coursework.

Reason #3: Bookstore inventory is directed by students
Students tell us what they want in terms of text options and we work hard to respond. When students requested eBooks, we worked with our publishers to make them available.  The current trend is toward textbook rentals, and we now offer an online textbook rental program.  Where will the text market go next? We have our ear to the ground to stay ahead of the curve!

Reason #4: Students work at the Bookstore
The Bookstore employs over 60 part-time and temporary employees each year, and preference for these jobs is given to students. The Bookstore also employs over 20 work-study students each year, allowing them to fulfill required hours for their financial aid.

Reason #5: The Bookstore is part of the college
As part of the college, the Bookstore exists to support the college’s mission to provide affordable education for our students. The Bookstore is owned and operated by Columbus State. So we’re all on the same team.

The Best Reason of all:Students listen to the advice of their instructors. With your support, the Bookstore can keep prices low, and ensure that every student has the resources they need to succeed at Columbus State.

For more information on the Bookstore log onto, email, call ext. 2427, or follow us on Facebook (Columbus State Bookstore) and Twitter (@csccbookstore), or stop in to our store at 283 Cleveland Avenue.

The Textbook Department is here to help!  If you have any questions please contact the textbook coordinators for assistance -  Phil Sanders at ext. 5127 or Evan Jablonka at ext. 3890.