Distinguished Teachers, Employee of the Year, named at In-Service

Four faculty and one staff member were honored at In-Service day April 22. 
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8th Annual Writer's Conference to be held May 7

grossman“iWrite: The Pen and the PC", will feature Lev Grossman, lead technology writer for Time Magazine. 
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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 25, 2011

Distinguished teachers, Employee of the year named at In-Service

Shredding truck to return

Scholarship in memory of Mike Stancil

Hill earns master's

HPC sign ups May 9

ITDL seminar: SoftChalk

Kids in College taking applications

Digital Arts fest winners

Employee golf leagues

Biking to work

Race for the Cure May 14

April 21, 2011

Ride to In-Service

Earth Day: CSCC using 11% less energy

Operation Feed kicks off

Gospel Ensemble to perform

Spring enrollment up 2.87%

Learning Community Discussion: "Documenting your performance"

Shared Governance elections May 17-18

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

This week at Columbus State
Monday May 2

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 May 3
Wednesday May 4
Thursday May 5
Friday May 6

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May 2, 2011

Special event parking to use Lot 2-E on May 3
A section of the employee parking lot 2-E will be used for the Regional Summit on College Access and Student Attainment, Tuesday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. All other campus parking lots will be available for use, including the Ft. Hayes overflow lot. Employees with handicap placards will not be restricted from parking in 2-E. The event ends at noon.

The college thanks employees for bearing this inconvenience so that our guests from throughout the region have an easy and enjoyable experience at Columbus State.

Language Institute guides Basic English students into credit courses

students in class

In the spring of 2000, the newly created Columbus State Language Institute offered its first noncredit Basic English (Basic ESL) class to 12 students, all of whom were from Somalia. Some of the students had never held a pencil. One woman cried when she wrote her name for the first time.

Fast forward to 2011. The classrooms in the Center for Workforce Development are busy with morning, evening and weekend Basic English classes for the 413 Spring Quarter enrollees, who hail from 58 countries. Throughout the past 11 years, there have been over 12,000 enrollments of students from 123 countries.

The program has seven levels of noncredit classes, ranging from basic literacy up through readiness for credit English as a Second Language (ESL) and further college coursework. Many students come with the goal of attending a degree program at Columbus State. Others may want only to improve their English for their jobs and daily lives, and then realize that the dream of a college education is something within their reach.

Over the past five years, an average of 18.5 percent of the noncredit Basic English students have moved into credit ESL coursework:


12.3% Basic English students enrolled in credit courses
13.6% enrolled
17.4% enrolled
29.1% enrolled
20.3% enrolled

These numbers are in sharp contrast to results from a recent national study by the Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (CAAL), which found that only 8 percent of noncredit ESL students move on to credit coursework, including credit ESL.

Quality Team Award application process extended to May 11

Nominations for the Team awards discussed at the Spring In-Service Day will be extended to Wednesday, May 11, in order to allow more teams to apply for the awards. The application is online here.

The purpose of the team awards is to recognize groups that have had the most continuous improvement impact on the college. Teams are encouraged to think outside the box and showcase the best that Columbus State has to offer.

Projects will be reviewed with the following rating criteria:

  1. The team’s contribution of time, energy and talent in supporting cooperation between divisions that resulted in an outcome enhancing or improving process improvement or one of the college values.

  2. The team’s development and implementation of a college initiative activity, program or service resulting in a cost benefit or cost savings for the college.

  3. The team’s development and implementation of an innovative teaching and learning activity, program or service which resulted in an increase in student retention.

  4. The team has significantly fostered the college vision of working collaboratively to improve services resulting in improved access to student learning.

An award of $4,000 will be given to the team that exhibits the criteria listed above.
An Honorable Mention award may be given for up to two additional teams in the amount of $2,000. The monetary award will be shared by the team members.

Adjunct faculty member named Real Estate Instructor of the Year

Dennis Swartz

The Joseph L. MacKinnon Instructor of the Year award is presented each year by the Columbus Board of Realtors in recognition of excellence in education and service to the real estate industry. The award for service to the Columbus Board of Realtors in 2010 was recently awarded to Dennis Swartz, an adjunct faculty member in the Real Estate program.

Swartz has an associate in Business Management from Columbus State, a B.S. in Management from Franklin University (where he was awarded the Leadership Scholarship, graduating with a 4.0 GPA) and an MBA in Marketing from the University of North Alabama.  

Swartz also teaches the Fair Housing/Civil Rights required classes for the Columbus Board of Realtors called “Fair Housing for the Information Age.” He recently debuted his new civil rights class “Fair Housing for Today’s Real Estate.”

At Columbus State, Swartz developed, implemented and taught the Real Estate Department’s first online class in real estate investing. He also assisted the department chair with textbook evaluation, course development, and various special projects to promote real estate classes on campus. 

DiPietro and students to perform May 6

at the pianoRocco DiPietro, adjunct instructor in Humanities and music will perform a concert with his students Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. at the Wild Goose Collective on Summit St.

DiPietro will open with Cornelius Cardews’ "The Great Learning Paragraph 6" performed by his ensemble of Larry Marotta, Anthony Vine, Ryan Jewell and Matt Ogborn, and students from his Electronic Music class. He will also perform "The Prison Dirges" (Chamber Model Version) from his days as a prison educator. The concert is free and open to the public, but a donation is requested.


campus sceneThanks for being neat!

Michael Ryan, supervisor in Buildings and Grounds, reports that his staff has noticed that the campus is much cleaner than usual! After a very long winter quarter with snow and ice on the ground for months, Ryan says the campus grounds are usually in need of a major pick-up. Not this spring! Many thanks from the grounds crew to the employees and students of Columbus State for keeping our campus clean!

Tell us your thoughts on the Wellness Fair!

Please take a moment to answer a quick survey about the recent Wellness Fair held at In-Service Day. The Wellness Committee appreciates your feedback. 

IT Support Center now in new digs

The IT Support Center (formally known as the Help Desk) recently moved to its new location on the first floor of Columbus Hall, the ERC.

The new Support Center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, as well as new student and faculty assistance areas.

The IT Support Center is open seven days a week, and is available for assistance by phone, email, or walk-in. Phone ext. 5050 or email at helpdesk@cscc.edu.
Phones support hours are 7 a.m. to 12 midnight

Walk-in Hours:


1-5 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit our website: http://www2.cscc.edu/services/itsc/

Testing Center collaborates with Document Management System

The Testing Center reports that its collaboration with the college’s Document Management System (DMS) is proceeding very successfully. The DMS, a board-approved college initiative, has been working with a number of departments in order to transition paper to an electronic environment. Departments such as Student Accounting, Financial Aid, Records and Registration, and Admissions continue to work with DMS staff to ensure a smooth transition. 

The Testing Center’s Jessica Tomasek, COMPASS/ESL coordinator, reports, “I was looking for a misplaced test, went into the scanned docs and found the pickup slip and bam—there it is. I didn't have to search in 026, and look through papers galore. It was very easy and took very little time compared to our old way of looking through documents in a drawer. Thank you very much and thanks to Steve Fox, DMS systems analyst, and Krystal Geyer, coordinator in the Testing Center, who worked very closely with Steve to make this happen. I’m now a believer.”

For further information on the DMS, contact Bruce Massis at ext. 5484.

PERFORMs Annual Reviews to be initiated May 2 

PERFORMs Annual Reviews will be initiated by the COOL system and submitted to employees to complete the Self-Review today, Monday, May 2.  These will only be initiated for full-time, non-bargaining unit employees who are part of the PERFORMs Initiative.  These should be completed and submitted to Reviewing Supervisors by May 13.

Reviewing Supervisors will complete Annual Reviews and meet in-person with employees to go over the results no later than June 17.  All Annual Reviews are due to be marked complete in COOL by Administrative Reviewers by June 30.

Directions and videos on how to complete a Self-Review or Annual Review, and mark them complete, will be available on the PERFORMs Webpage at this link: http://www.cscc.edu/HR/hcd/Cool.shtml 

Webex and classroom training sessions on the process will also be available.  For additional information, or to register, go to this link: http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/OfferingsByCategory.asp?CID=352#42011

For assistance or if you have questions please contact your Human Resources Employment Services Representative at ext. 2408.