Preferred Pathway between Columbus State and OSU


“The front door to the American Dream is the community college,” said OSU president Gordon Gee April 5 at a news conference held to announce the Preferred Pathway agreement with Columbus State. 
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Foundations of Excellence

logoYou may have heard the term “Foundations of Excellence” mentioned around campus. And we hope you took part in the surveys that were distributed to faculty, staff and students last fall
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April 18, 2011

In-Service to focus on campus safety

CATS to be eliminated

Writers conference May 7

Chili cook-off

Cultural Arts Center conversations

Weight Watchers starts April 19

Teaching students with autism

Free screening of "Temple Grandin"

April 14, 2011

Foundations of Excellence kicks off

Cars needed for class

Student Employment Week

DX fashion show

Represent American scholarship abroad

Tutoring brown bag

Blackboard Grade Center training

International students present

Professional Development opportunities

April 11, 2011

Art and music

Digital Arts Fest

M.A.N. initiative

HPC April newsletter

Medication Disposal Day

Jazz Ensemble to perform

OSU premiers "No Woman No Cry"

Try biking to In-Service

Shredding available at In-Service

Supplier open house

Latino student club

Theatre workshops

April 7, 2011

Preferred Pathway announced

April Staff Employee of the Month

Foundations of Excellence

Hula hoop aerobics

Police training program

"Day of Silence" events

Massis work in worldwide list

April 4, 2011

Screen 'n' Speak features "Vincent Who?"

Three to present at Black Male Summit

Free computer class

Weekly Security Tip

ITDL Seminar: Moving from classroom to web

March 31, 2011

Chorus, others to perform Sunday

Free Webcast on the future of higher ed.

Chinese delegates visit campus

Emotional Intelligence courses

Writing workshops

Meyers premiers latest

Volunteers needed for marathon

Humor workshop

Upward Bound seeks instructors

Blood drives in April

Why to buy textbooks at the DX bookstore

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

This week at Columbus State
Monday April 25

Red Cross blood drive, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., NH lounge

Open Gym, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aerobics, 4:15-5:15 p.m., DE-158

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

Tuesday April 26
Wednesday April 27
Thursday April 28
Friday April 29

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April 21, 2011

Spring Quarter Christopher’s opens tonight!

Christopher’s, the student-run dining experience, will open for Spring Quarter tonight, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Eibling Hall Room 05.  See the menu here.

Ride with a bike buddy to In-Service

Try out bike commuting to Columbus State on In-Service Day so you are ready to ride when the weather is warm and gas prices are high. Plus you'll have more fun on your way to work! See to register to ride. If you want locker room access that day please send a request and your Cougar ID to Heather Borland. For general info about bike advocacy at Columbus State contact Rich James.

On Earth Day, Columbus State using 11% less energy, reducing pollution  

In honor of Earth Day April 22, Columbus State has been able to show clear evidence of across-the-board energy reductions. Consumption in 2010 dropped almost eight percent over the prior year. That’s on top of a three-percent reduction in 2009. The figures are impressive considering the college has witnessed a double-digit increase in students over the same period.

In its attempt to identify “Best Practices,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has already recognized Columbus State as having one of the 25 best climate commitment plans. As part of a strategic goal, the college added automatic light sensors, fluorescent lights, more efficient boilers and focused on better management of hoods in science labs.

Energy use and pollution have also been reduced outdoors. Sustainable landscape practices were instituted on our 85-acre downtown campus. The plan uses alternatives to maintaining traditional grass lawns. They include such things as planting wildflowers, meadow grasses and other groundcovers. Native plants and grasses requiring less maintenance were also used on the Delaware Campus when it opened in 2010.

The overall goal is to reduce lawn mowing by at least 60 percent. Studies have shown that over the course of one year, a single gas mower can spew more than 80 pounds of smog-causing pollutants. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that one gas mower running for an hour emits the same amount of pollutants as eight new cars driving 55 mile per hour for the same amount of time.

These outdoor initiatives will also allow students in the new sustainable landscape program to observe and track results of these alternatives to highly-maintained lawns and gardens.


Operation Feed campaign to kick off on In-Service Day

The Staff Advisory Council hopes you will join them again this year for the Annual Operation Feed Campaign, which kicks off tomorrow at In-Service. There are two ways to donate—by bringing donations to the Benefits Fair, or by making a virtual donation online here: .

For every five canned food items donated at In-Service, you will receive an entry in the drawing for prizes that include tickets to the Steve Miller Band and The Decemberists concerts! 

The most-needed food items include pasta meals in a can, canned fruits, tuna, canned vegetables, canned meat, soup, and peanut butter. 

Donation boxes will be placed on campus. If your location desires a box, please contact Betty Richardson for pickup at In-Service. The campaign runs through Friday, May 20.


Gospel Ensemble to perform Saturday

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma Easton, will present its first Easter concert on Saturday, April 23, at 5 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Themed "No Greater Love" the concert will present modern music by John P. Kee and Hezekiah Walker. The Ensemble will also debut original "love" songs written by MUS 170 students. Don't miss this evening of firsts! Easter goodies will be distributed after the concert. For more information, call Emma Easton at 287-5377, ext. 1677.

Spring enrollment up 2.87 percent

Preliminary Spring Quarter 2011 headcounts and FTEs as of the census date, April 11, show 29,305 paid students compared to a Spring 2010 headcount of 28,486. This represents a 2.87% increase. Total FTEs are 18,648.51 compared to 18,651.85 FTEs from Spring 2010, a 0.02% decrease.   

The Spring Quarter 2011 Quick Glance comparison data sheet, showing Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus, distance learning and off-campus totals in addition to the college totals, is available online here (Intranet not available off campus). 

If you have questions about Spring Quarter enrollment, please contact Jim Hamberg at ext. 5643.


Learning Community Discussion: “Documenting Your Own Performance” open to all employees                  

There are many reasons why both staff and administrators need to document performance on an on-going basis. While it is important for purposes of performance reviews, it is also necessary to enhance organizational capacity. Start preparing to complete your Annual Self-Review. Join us for a discussion of ideas and best practices for what to document and how to document performance for ourselves and others.  Feel free to bring your lunch!

When: Tuesday, April 26 -11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please register here:

For additional information please contact: Mary Francis McLaughlin at ext. 5220.


Shared Governance Elections to be held May 17-18, nominations due Monday

As part of the Shared Governance process, we are at the time of the annual cycle to solicit nominations of individuals to serve on the councils and committees of Shared Governance.   

The term for these elected positions is three years. All elected representatives may serve no more than two consecutive terms ( six years). Elected or appointed representatives have an obligation to participate in 75 percent of the meetings. All individuals who are nominated have the option of accepting or declining the nomination. To be placed on the ballot, you must complete the acceptance/decline form, which will be distributed upon receipt of your nomination. 

You may nominate yourself, a staff member, a faculty member, or an administrator in any category. There is no limit to the number of individuals that you may nominate. During the election, you can only vote for your classification as an employee (faculty vote for faculty candidates, staff vote for staff candidates, etc.) 

All adjunct faculty and part-time staff must have five years of service with the college to be nominated and placed on the ballot. 

Nomination Forms are due by Monday, April 25. Submit nomination forms to Cathy Hatfield, Franklin Hall, Room 252, or send by email to 


1.  Candidate Nomination Information Form 2011 (Instructions)

2.  Candidate Nomination Form 2011

          (Please complete a separate form for each individual that you nominate

3.  Shared Governance Model 

If you have any questions, please call Cathy Hatfield at ext. 3903 or