Columbus State climbs into top 40 of degree producers

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Columbus State continued a strong showing in Community College Week magazine’s 2011 annual Top 100 Associate Degree and Certificate Producers.
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New Colleague interface rolls out in July

Beginning Tuesday July 5, Columbus State will begin rolling out the new Colleague 4.2 User Interface to users around campus with implementation occurring throughout the month of July. 
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Switch to Semesters Update


Much work has been going on behind the scenes in preparation for the college’s Switch2Semesters in autumn 2012. As student advising begins later this summer, the college-wide effort will move more toward center stage.  
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June 30, 2011

Hooping it up

Red, White & Boom

S2S testing July 11-15

DARS also unavailable

Help The First Tee

Wellness Incentive

Video of recent forums

McGraw-Hill customized training program

Voluntary Cash Separation

June 27, 2011

Summer enrollment up

Red, White and Boom

CS climbs into top 40

Weight Watchers begins 7/5

Wellness seminar

Adjunct exhibits

Leeman exhibits

Apply for scholarships

Cougar pride

June 20, 2011

ERC renovation

Copier codes

Mobile Mammography screening

Kids in College photo

Summer wellness activities

SAC conference

Spear Phishing

Malloy to ride Peletonia

June 13, 2011

New Colleague interface

Copier codes return

Voluntary Cash Separation Incentive

Wellness Challenge X

Men of the Year named

Student represents CSCC, Ohio at conference

SES Hall of Fame 2011

Student wins pickle contest

Mailing stuff to Delaware

ITDL Seminar: Excel 2007

Apply for Adjunct Learning Workshop

Parking lots closed for striping

We're getting signalized

New parking lot

Well-timed whirlwind

June 8, 2011

Alumnus Evans to address grads

Switch to Semesters update

Adult CPR and AED offered

Summer Quarter Welcome Team

GroupWise gets more storage

Rustbelt Poetry Slam

No parking at Ft. Hayes this summer

June 2, 2011


Switch to Semesters update

Fee waivers due

Social Sciences brown bag

Health & Fitness news

This week at Columbus State
Monday July 4

Independence Day Holiday
- all campuses closed

Tuesday July 5
Wednesday July 6
Thursday July 7
Friday July 8

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July 7, 2011

Lifeline Ohio race to cross campus Saturday

runners detailLifeline of Ohio’s “Dash for Donations,” a 5K race and 1K walk will begin in the Arena District and travel right through campus on Mt. Vernon Avenue on Saturday, July 9 starting at 8 a.m., so you might expect extra traffic and road closures in the area if you come to campus this weekend. On the other hand, you can still run in the race if you’d like to – register on race day starting at 6:30 a.m. in the plaza at Nationwide Arena! Our own Clawdette Cougar will be participating in the Kids & Mascots Dash prior to the start of the race. 


Quality improvement teams and individuals to be recognized July 27

The winners of the 2nd Annual Quality Team Awards will take the stage at a luncheon on Wednesday, July 27, in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD Room 435. The noon event will also honor our 2010 Distinguished Teachers, Staff Employees of the Month and Year, and winners of a new award for Distinguished Full Professors, in addition to naming the three Quality Improvement Teams that excelled in performance improvement projects over the last year. 

The fourteen teams nominated are:

To read the details about each team, click here.  Judging the Quality Team Awards nominees were committee members Antoinette Perkins, Bradley Trimble, Bruce Massis, Jessica Tomasek, Marlon Dixon and Carmelita Boyer.

The new award for Distinguished Teaching by Full Professors will also be announced at the luncheon July 27. Nominees were: Greg Goodhart, Jackie Miller, Jeffrey Bates, Richard Ansley, Robert Fitrakis, Steve Abbott, and Tom Robbins. The selection committee for this award included: Brenda Johnson, Crystal Clark, Dona Reaser, John Scoville, Li Yang and Tom Shanahan.

Also being recognized at the luncheon are the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award finalists and winners who were announced at the Spring In-Service program, as well as the Staff Employees of the Month for 2010 and the 2010 Staff Employee of the Year.

group photogroup Two of the Quality Improvement Teams nominated for the 2011 award are, (left) the Computer Lab ID Quality team, who saved millions of sheets of paper and boosted student satisfaction with a new ID checking procedure. The team includes, from left, Ian Clausen, Aloysius Kiene, Missy Leach, Renee Witcher, TJ Duffy, Chris Miller and Teddy Zeleke. At right is the Banking Services Quality team which includes, from left, Michelle Bernett, Annetta Keller, Brad Farmer, Tonja Morgan, Jan Ellis, and Mikhail  Shmukler. By changing school banks, this team saved thousands of dollars and offered new services to staff and students.


ITDL trains to their strengths

The Instructional Technologies Distance Learning team participated in a staff retreat at the Delaware campus last month that focused on team-building and learning about one another's strengths.  The retreat was facilitated by Lori McKenzie and Kristi Robbins in HR. 

Before the retreat, ITDL employees took the “Win with Your Strengths” class offered by Human Capacity Development to gain a better understanding of their individual strengths.  If your department would like to take this class, contact Lori McKenzie at ext. 5212. 

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The ITDL team after their retreat: Front row from left, Suzanne Patzer, Paul Owens, Mandy Golhofer, and Heather Crites. Back row from left are Sheree Nash, Jason LaMar, Rob Harley, Emma Young, Elina Vayntraub, Joel Nelson, Mary Hooker-Myers, and Rosemary Mayberry. 


Pono Learning Community seeks new members

In 2010 – 2011, 26 people participated in the first Pono Learning Community with representation from students, staff, administrators and faculty.  The response to the initiative was overwhelmingly positive, so Kim Brazwell, coordinator in Diversity and Study Abroad is planning to offer the opportunity to students and employees to join Pono in the 2011/2012 academic year.

Pono is a learning initiative designed to provide a space for open dialogue of diversity and social responsibility issues. 

According to Brazwell, Pono means “right” and describes that exquisite sense of rightness that comes from being at one with everything. It is based on the ancient Hawaiian belief in spirit greatness and self power, in the unconditional love and compassion for, and the spirit connections between, all things. 

During the 2011–12 academic year, Pono will run in two cohort groups: from October 2011 to February 2012 and from February 2012 to late May 2012. It is the participant’s choice as to which cohort will work best for her/his work schedule. Here’s what last year’s participants said about Pono:

“Pono reminded me that I need to do more to be inclusive in the way I do things personally and at work.”

“I learned that I have a long way to go in being cognitive of the various ways people express themselves.”

“It was nice to be challenged by ‘hard’ topics that are often avoided. I loved listening and learning in addition to time to reflect.”

“I learned how much diversity is all around us, literally at each and every interaction.”

“This experience was truly one of the most enriching I have had as an employee.  It reminded me of who I am and why I do this work.”

For information on the schedule and participant expectations, please call Brazwell at ext. 2426 or email

graphicJazz in July coming July 12

Join Student Activities and Athletics at the annual Jazz in July event, Tuesday, July 12, from 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the Courtyard. Jazz music will be provided by the Joel Steward Trio and Dolly and the Governor, plus free ice cream from Jeni’s! So make sure to stop outside for a relaxing break to your day next Tuesday.


Shopping for something special?

shopping bagsDid you know that the Bookstore places special orders for virtually anything you need to help you do your job at Columbus State (and show your Cougar Pride)? From textbooks to apparel, office items, software titles and more, if we don’t have it in stock, we will get it for you. To request a special order, simply download a “Bookstore Special Order” form on the intranet, return the form to the Bookstore and we'll get right to work on your special order!