College Access Summit brings regional K-12, higher education together

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One hundred-fifty district superintendents, high school principals, counselors, college presidents, admissions representatives and curriculum directors attended the first annual Regional Summit on College Access and Student Attainment Tuesday, May 3
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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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May 9, 2011

Arts & Sciences symposium

College Access Summit

CEWD offers free biomanufacturing program

Bicycling activities in May

Faculty complete orientation

M.A.N. initiative awards

Screen 'n' Speak

Year-end purchasing deadlines

Med Lab students recognized

May 5, 2011

Jones named May SEOM

"Tuneful Tuesdays"

HPC Boot Camp

SAC nominations

Cougar golfers capture title

All-Ohio Academic Team students

Shredding truck coming

Exercise lesson

Learn about Second Life

Operation Feed

Spring Fling coming

Matrix Monitor news

May 2, 2011

Language Institute guides many

Team Award deadlines extended

Adjunct named Real Estate instructor of the year

DiPietro, students to perform

Thanks for neatness

Wellness fair feedback

IT in new home

Testing Center collaborates

PERFORMs annual reviews

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

This week at Columbus State
Monday May 9

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 10
Wednesday May 11
Thursday May 12
Friday May 13

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May 12, 2011

Christopher’s open tonight!

Have a nice dinner tonight courtesy of the Hospitality
Management students at Christopher’s, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
in Eibling Hall 05. They’re serving every Thursday!
Menu is here. Mmmm, lobster bisque!


Reminder: PERFORMs self-reviews due Friday, May 13

PERFORMs Annual Reviews have all been initiated in the COOL system for full-time employees who had completed Planning Guides and Mid-Year Discussions. 

If you are a full-time employee and have been in your current position since before January 1, 2011:

Written and video directions are available online:

To attend a Webex or classroom session on how to complete the Annual Review you can get more information or register at this link:

For additional assistance please contact your Human Resources Employment Representative at ext. 2408.


Cheetah attends class on Delaware Campus

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Columbus State student and zoo worker Brannon Rapp gives a presentation on endangered cats in her Geography 200 class on the Delaware Campus

If you can’t take the class to the Serengeti, bring the Serengeti to class. And that’s exactly what happened recently in Teresa Hutchinsons World Regional Geography class (GEOG 200).

The class was able to see a live cheetah during a presentation by one group of students. Brannon Rapp, who brought the cheetah, led the presentation “Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti.”Brannon wants to work as a zookeeper and already works part-time at the Columbus Zoo. That’s where the cheetah lives, that she brought to the Delaware Campus.

For Brannon, bringing cheetahs to her presentations is becoming standard practice. She travels with the cheetahs for educational lectures and recently returned from Orlando on one such trip.

Since Geography 200 qualifies as a general education credit, it has students from a wide variety of majors. “World Regional Geography is an excellent course, because it integrates many disciplines in the study of the world's regions,” said Hutchinson.

Three complete Police Executive Leadership College

Lt. Dan Werner
Lt. Kevin Smith
Lt. Ben Casuccio

Three lieutenants from the Columbus State Police have graduated from the Law Enforcement Foundation’s Police Executive Leadership College (PELC). Lieutenant Ben Casuccio, Lt. Kevin Smith and Lt. Dan Werner were among 30 students attending the session in Westerville.

PELC is an intensive, three-week leadership-training program for law enforcement executives. It is based on the premise that leadership skills can be learned, and given the opportunity for feedback and practice, that executives can substantially improve their leadership abilities. The program involves 105 class hours over three weeks on 20 topics, 24 required readings, six research papers, five community interviews, three speeches, and three team projects. More than 1,600 Ohio law enforcement executives have attended PELC since its beginning in 1988. 

All three lieutenants have been with Columbus State Community College since June of 2009. They have more than 85 years combined experience in law enforcement.

graduate celebratesRead graduate names at Spring Graduation

Members of the faculty are needed to read the names of graduates at the upcoming Spring Quarter Commencement, Friday, June 10, at Veterans Memorial. A very large class of approximately 700 graduates is expected, and three faculty members from the Career and Technical Programs and one from the Arts & Sciences will be needed to read their names as they cross the stage. If you are interested in presenting the graduates this Spring Quarter, please email to volunteer.

The commencement speaker at the Spring Quarter ceremony will be Walker Evans, Columbus State alumnus, and editor of the Columbus Underground web newspaper.


Columbus State to co-sponsor Health IT event

Columbus State will be a sponsor of the Central and Southern Ohio Chapter of Health Information & Management Systems Society (CSOHIMSS) conference today and tomorrow in Cincinnati. Many vendors and regional employers will attend this event. Rick Moore, President of CSOHIMSS, will be announcing a joint CSOHIMSS-Columbus State Healthcare IT job fair to be held at Columbus State on June 24, according to Gary Clark, coordinator of the Health IT program. 

Columbus State will also announce the HIMSS JobMine and invite vendors and employers to participate. JobMine is a new joint job board that is targeted toward the Health IT students. A new Columbus State Health IT LinkedIn Group will also be announced.  Students are already joining, said Clark.

Columbus State Health IT student Carol Fleming will be awarded a $500 HIMSS scholarship. 


Final Arts Festival in the Discovery District to be held June 3-5!

logoThe 50th anniversary edition of the Columbus Arts Festival will kick off on Friday, June 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Discovery District, bordering and including parts of the Columbus State campus. The festival was first held in 1961.  During construction on the downtown riverfront, the festival was moved to the Discovery District, and 2011 will be the last year it will be held here. 

The event runs through Sunday evening, June 5 at 6 p.m.
Students and employees will find the 12-S parking lot closed off for use by the festival at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, for set up. The lot will remain closed through Sunday night.

Festival parking will be offered on the 11-S lot and in the parking garage from Friday-Sunday, but students and employees with current parking stickers will be able to park there with no fee on Friday. Arts Fest attendees will pay $5 for parking, which goes to the Columbus State Development Foundation for student scholarships. Everyone must pay the $5 fee to park in the garage or in 11-S on Saturday or Sunday.

Some local road closures will affect traffic around campus, including Long Street, Cleveland Ave., Gay St., and Washington Ave. in an area roughly bordering CCAD, starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 2.

Study tables increase student retention

Students in Nursing are not only studying harder this year but smarter, too. Thanks to a pilot project funded by a $14,000 Perkins grant, student retention in Nursing 100 jumped by 15 points, from 67 to 82 percent,  in the first quarter of 2010. The study was guided by Nursing Professor Tina Berry and Perkins Coordinator Ben Williams.

According to Berry, the Nursing Study Table was inspired by the Supplemental Instruction concept pioneered at the University of Missouri. SI targets difficult classes—those with high rates of D’s, F’s and withdrawals. 

Help comes in the way of regularly scheduled, after-class, peer-facilitated study sessions that begin on the first day of the term. The Columbus State effort was slightly modified by using two faculty members as moderators and developers. The two even dressed down in jeans and t-shirts to keep the atmosphere cool and casual.

Total cost for the first-year pilot was $14,000, including training, materials and hourly compensation. Results were so encouraging that the project was funded again for Autumn Quarter 2010 and Spring 2011 with a $12,500 Perkins grant.

The full report on the Nursing Study Tables can be found online here.

Columbus State named Fit-Friendly Institution

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Nichole Bowman-Glover
, wellness coordinator at Columbus State, accepts the Fit Friendly Institution award from Erin Everson, development coordinator for the American Heart Association.

Columbus State has been named as a Start! Fit-Friendly Institution. The award was presented May 9 by the American Heart Association. It is intended to be a catalyst for positive change in the workplace across America and right here Columbus.

The award recognizes companies that demonstrate progressive leadership by making the health and wellness of their employees a priority. Columbus State wellness coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover has been instrumental in shaping the health and wellness program that led to the recognition.

Columbus State has been awarded at the Gold level, which means we: 

The goal now is to strive for the top award—the Platinum level, which will require additional health and wellness programs.

Join SAC on Facebook!

To help employees stay informed about Staff Advisory Council, a new Facebook page has been created. To keep updated on SAC decisions and programs simply "like" the SAC Facebook page found online here. And don’t forget, Staff Advisory Council elections will be held Monday, May 16!

Robbins’ photos featured in B&W Magazine

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Oaxaca City, by Tom Robbins

Architecture Professor Tom Robbins and his wife Sam (former adjunct in both Communications and Humanities) are also photographers, and both will have work appearing in a major photography periodical, B&W Magazine. B&W staged an international contest in December, with some 8,000 photos submitted by nearly 500 photographers.

Sam will be featured in an upcoming article, along with some of her photos (which issue has not yet been determined), and Tom is one of 15 to win an Award of Excellence from the magazine. Some of his photos will appear in the special issue of B&W to be on the newsstands this June. The two have been shooting with film—while the rest of the world had gone digital—and producing photos from their own darkroom for many years. They began their serious involvement after taking classes in film photography at Columbus State.

Tom is also exhibiting a single photo in Cincinnati in the current group show at the RoHo photography gallery, and he will have a portfolio showing there opening May 27. Sam will exhibit a photo in the gallery’s new group show, “Layers,” at that same time.

Together, the couple will also be leading a photo workshop (digital) to Oaxaca, Mexico, June 29 through July 5 to help others improve their photography expertise while experiencing the markets, crafts and delight of several small villages in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca. Information on the trip can be found online here.

Popular workshop offered next week!

A high-demand session called Introduction to Excel 2007 will be offered Thursday, May 19, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. This seminar is great for new MS Excel 2007 users. The seminar provides attendees with the necessary skills to develop, edit, maintain, and print basic spreadsheets using MS Excel.  Register

Delaware Campus hosts Teen of the Year Award ceremony

Teen of the Year
Delaware Campus interim dean Angelo Frole, right, joins Teen of the Year Graham Bowling, and Gary Merrell, left, publisher of the
Delaware Gazette.

More than 100 teens, parents and community members attended the annual Delaware Gazette Teen of the Year reception Monday evening, May 9, in Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus. Columbus State cosponsored the event. 

The reception acknowledged the 30 teens who have been named Teen of the Week in the Gazette over the past school year, and awarded Teen of the Year to Delaware Hayes High School senior Graham Bowling, who also earned a $2,500 scholarship.

Bowling was selected based on his academics, leadership and volunteer activities. He said he was very grateful for the scholarship and will be headed to Miami University, where he plans to major in history with a minor in Spanish, and then attend law school. “This is a nice ending to a good high school career,” he said. 


High school counselors hear from Jenkins


Korie Jenkins, senior student ambassador at Columbus State, addresses the audience of approximately 100 high school counselors May 6 in the Conference Center Ballroom.  The counselors were attending the annual High School Counselor Workshop, where they are briefed on new programs at Columbus State, college readiness initiatives, financial aid information and more. They also enjoyed a delicious breakfast spread prepared by Hospitality Management students.

Open Enrollment for health, dental, vision, FSA, runs May 16–31

Each year Columbus State offers the opportunity for employees to enroll for medical, dental and vision insurance benefits offered by the college for the upcoming year.
If you wish to enroll yourself or a dependent, or make a change to your enrollment status, now is the time to do so. If enrolling dependent(s) for any plan, additional documentation is required by May 31. Open Enrollment for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is also during this period. Read more about Open Enrollment here

Health care coverage for dependents up to age 26 now available

Individuals whose coverage ended, or who were denied coverage (or were not eligible for coverage), because the availability of dependent coverage for children ended before attainment of age 26 are eligible to enroll in the Columbus State’s group medical plan. 

Individuals may request enrollment for such children for 30 days from the date of this notice as long as the employee is covered under the plan. Enrollment forms for qualifying dependents must be received by Human Resources no later then June 13. Upon timely receipt of the required paperwork, coverage for newly enrolled or reinstated qualifying dependents will be effective July 1. For more information, please attend one of the Open Enrollment sessions or contact Missy Graham to enroll. Dependent documentation will be required to enroll any and all dependents under the plan.   

Please note that this change is for the medical plan only. The dependent child eligibility requirements for dental, vision, and life are not impacted by health care reform and will end at the age of 19, or age 25 if the child is a full-time student. 

Concert Band to perform next week, Chorus May 23

The Columbus State Concert Band will perform on campus twice next week.
On Sunday, May 15, the band will play at 7 p.m. in the Conference Center ballroom, WD 435. The band will share the concert with the Ohio Capital Winds, a community group of professional instrumentalists lead by Catherine Hope-Cunningham. The bands will be seated side by side and will alternate selections. The music will include compositions by Ohio composers including Henry Mancini, John Tatgenhorst, and Henry Fillmore. The concert will conclude with both bands playing "The Billboard March," written in 1901 by Cincinnati composer John Klohr.

On Tuesday, May 17, the Concert Band will perform its portion of the spring concert in the TL-123 music room at 6 p.m. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
For more information about the concerts, contact Director Thomas Lloyd at

Chorus Columbus State will perform its spring concert on Monday, May 23, in the Conference Center Ballroom WD 435 at 8 p.m. The Chorus will perform Randall Thompson's “The Peaceable Kingdom” and several selections from Thompson's “Frostiana” (a selection of Robert Frost poems adapted to choral music), as well as some pieces for various soloists. For more information, contact Director Gordon Franklin at