Foundations of Excellence online

logoIf you’ve been following the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) progress, or want to know more about the initiative and how it impacts our students, information is now available online
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Continuous Quality Improvement Awards

The recipients of the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Awards and Employees of the Month were recognized, and awards were announced for Distinguished Full Professors and CQI Teams.
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The Columbus State Leadership Institute is a nine-month leadership development experience designed to develop personal leadership and competencies related to leading change.
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Previous Stories:

August 15, 2011

Before and after borer

Singing upstairs

FoE online

Last call for recipes

ISA canoes the Hocking

Poetry reading at DX

RAVE test cancelled

August 11, 2011

August SEOM Wainwright

Semesters advising

Memorial for Mary Berman

DiPietro's "cell phone orchestra"

Read names at graduation

TECHie camp participants to visit campus

New women's basketball head coach

Mango at the ERC

August 8, 2011

Columbus Crossroads

Grants aid international student program

New bookstore website

"Clicker" forum Aug. 17

Hire a student

Logistics job fair

Some employee parking closed Aug. 10-11

Bookstore offers free headphones

August 4, 2011

Leadership Institute forums

Chorus to perform

Jazz on Jefferson

ITDL "Journey"

RAVE system test

August Health & Wellness

August 1, 2011

CQI Awards Banquet

Summer reports online

Hay to attend Aspen Institute Academy

HPC scheduling for fall

Identity theft seminar

15% off headphones at Bookstore

July 28, 2011

Apply for Leadership Institute

Tutoring/articulation initiatives update

Colleague 4.3 training

Colleague offers increased efficiency

Citizen preparedness program

Ice cream at bookstore

July 25, 2011

FoE committees conclude work

Interested in Yammering?

July 21, 2011

Korean visitors tour campus

Quality Awards Ceremony to be held

Delaware Campus celebrates first year

OTAP adds phase 2

Extreme Makeover volunteers needed

July 18, 2011

Delaware One-Year Celebration

Summer numbers up 6.8%

Christopher's is back

Taste the Future

14 teams compete for quality award

This week at Columbus State
Monday August 15

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Fall Quarter personal training scheduling in HPC - NEW CLIENTS only,
6 a.m.

Open Gym, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Yoga, 12 - 1 p.m., DE 158

Tuesday August 16
Wednesday August 17
Thursday August 18
Friday August 19

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Christopher's restaurant

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August 18, 2011

Strolling with Stivers

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U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers takes a tour of the Columbus State campus Wednesday with President Harrison. Stivers represents the 15th district of Ohio, which includes Union and Madison counties and parts of Franklin County. Joining the tour are David Corey, a government relations representative for the college, and Grant Shaffer, a field representative in Congressman Stivers’ office. During the tour, Congressman Stivers visited with students in the LogisticsART and BioScience programs. He was so impressed that he immediately made arrangements to attend the LogisticsART graduation program on September 20.

Colleague interface stress test scheduled today

logoDuring July, Columbus State rolled out the new Colleague User Interface 4.3 to users around campus. A stress test on the application will be performed later today from 2 - 4 p.m. In order to accomplish the stress test, IT needs as many users as possible to log onto the new Colleague UI 4.3 and process their work.

The link to the new Colleague 4.3 UI is:

If you experience problems with the Colleague UI 4.3, please contact the Help Desk at ext.5050.


Payouts to be made in August, September

The one-time compensation and bonus payouts will be made as follows:

  • Fulltime non-bargaining employee one-time compensation will be paid out on August 31.

  • Fulltime faculty one-time compensation per contract will be paid out on August 31.

  • PERFORMs merit bonus for all fulltime, non-bargaining employees will be paid out on September 15.

  • Part-time professional employee one-time compensation will be paid out on September 30.

If you have any questions about the payouts, please contact Becky Ribble at ext. 5791 or


Dyer’s classes to donate PCs

logoDebra Dyer’s PC technician classes, also known as “CSCC Cougar Geeks,”will donate 10 rebuilt PCs this quarter to the Department of Youth Services and local community programs who train youth parolees in PC design and maintenance.  The Information Technology Support Technology (ITST) students will also donate a system with a large LCD monitor to a visually impaired student through Columbus State’s Disability Services.

The Cougar Geeks can use your unwanted computer equipment.  Donations are tax deductible, as the program is listed with the Development Foundation.

Some of the items that the Cougar Geeks can recycle include:

For more information on how to donate, contact Debra Dyer.


Theatre Columbus State offers summer quarter play next week

Theatre Columbus State will present “The Complete History of America, Abridged” Wednesday through Saturday, August 24 -27 at 8 p.m. in Nestor Auditorium, as well as a 3 p.m. matinee on Thursday, August 25.  Admission is free. 

The comedy covers 500 hundred years of American history in 90, fast-paced minutes and pokes fun at a wide variety of historical and cultural figures and events.  Don't miss this evening (or matinee) of slapstick, satire, and irreverence!

A short video preview can be seen here:

Running shoeAthletics to offer two new club sports

The Columbus State Department of Student Activities and Athletics will offer students the opportunity to compete in men’s and women’s cross-country running, as well as coed bowling teams, on a club level this fall.

According to athletic director Scott Nichols, a club sport is a registered student organization formed by individuals with a common interest in a sport and/or recreational activity. They differ from a varsity sport in that they don’t compete in regional or national NCJAA events or tournaments. According to Nichols, opportunities may exist to compete against other institutional clubs or in local competitions as representatives of Columbus State.  If you are interested in getting involved with these new club sports at Columbus State, contact Nichols at


M.A.N. Initiative to offer webinar

The Male Access Network, or M.A.N. Initiative, will host a webinar called "African American Men: Key Techniques for Retention & Engagement" on Thursday, September 8, from 1-2 p.m. in WD, Room 409. The webinar is sponsored by Instructional Technology and Distance Learning and is free and open to the public. You can pre-register here:


Master Planning Steering Committee begins project

The Columbus State Master Planning Steering Committee met August 12 to officially kick off the college’s Master Planning process.  The project is expected to take approximately 12 months and will yield a master plan for Columbus State that will define the long-term physical and operational improvements necessary to meet the needs of Columbus State students, faculty, staff and the community.

Members of the committee are Richard Ansley, Construction Sciences; Crystal Clark, English; Jack Cooley, Academic Affairs; Committee Co-Chair Pat Fabrisi, Delaware Campus; Terri Gehr, Business and Administrative Services; Committee Co-Chair Paul Goggin, Facilities Services; Jonathan Grimm, Information Technology; Michael Hailu, Physical Sciences; Christopher Keck, Disability Services; Robert McFarland, student; Susan Norris-Berry, Off Campus Programs; Polly Owen, Career and Technical Programs; Jack Popovich, Business Programs; Jan Rogers, Student Affairs; and Committee Co-Chair Bob Stein, Communication Skills.

Sally Cooper is supporting the work as project manager, and Sherita Golden is providing administrative support. Other colleagues are currently assisting with the first phase of the process which includes extensive data gathering. Data gathering will continue into Autumn Quarter with focus groups and forums for the college and broader community.

NBBJ, an international design and architectural firm based in Columbus, with significant experience in working with community colleges on master plans, was selected to be the college’s planning partner in this work. The firm was selected by a team that included members of the Steering Committee and other campus colleagues who carefully reviewed 23 proposals that were received in response to a call for proposals.

Watch Update for more information for opportunities to engage in this important process!  

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Members of the Master Planning Steering Committee*, NBBJ team members, and campus colleagues assisting in extensive data-gathering met August 12 to kick off the planning process: From left, front row are: Susan Norris-Berry, Sally Cooper, Crystal Clark, Micheal Hailu, Megha Sinha (NBBJ), Sherita Golden, and Tina Davis.

Back row from left are:  Kim Way (NBBJ), Jack Cooley, Bob Stein, Dick Ansley, Robert McFarland, Pat Fabrisi, Jack Popovich, Chris Keck, Eric McMillon, Terri Gehr, Paul Goggin, Lisa Macklin (NBBJ), and John Nestor.


book coverColumbus State faculty author encyclopedia on turbulent 1960s

Summing up the decade of the 1960s takes more than a book. Over the past couple of years two Columbus State instructors have edited a comprehensive collection of those turbulent times. From the Vietnam War and Civil Rights movement to the Beatles and flower power, Encyclopedia of the Sixties: A Decade of Culture and Counterculture covers the era with more than 1,100 pages of text and photographs.

Western Civilization instructors James Baugess and Abbe DeBolt have spent the two years compiling more than 500 entries for the collection. A third faculty member, Dr. Marilyn Howard, a key contributor, wrote nearly two dozen entries in her areas of expertise: African-American history and popular culture.

 “I had only contributed three entries when then the original editor failed to produce a manuscript,” said Baugess. “Greenwood Press, the original publisher, asked me to start the project from the beginning. The new publisher, ABC-Clio wanted it in two years time and I knew I could not go it alone, that’s why I brought Abbe DeBolt as co-editor.  Abbe’s expertise in art and her background in international affairs proved invaluable.”

The two-volume encyclopedia will be published on December 31 and retail for $189.00. Pre-publication sales have begun on Amazon at this link


Last chance to support Malloy, Durbin in Pelotonia!

Malloy and DurbinTim Malloy, systems administrator in IT, and Scot Durbin, network design technician, will ride in the annual Pelotonia event again this year. For more information on Pelotonia, go to Every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, James Cancer Hospital and the Solove Research Institute. You can donate to Tim’s and/or Scot’s ride here: Timothy Malloy's Pelotonia page and Scot Dubin's Pelotonia page. They are both trying to raise $1,800 to ride in this weekend’s event!


Gospel Ensemble to sing tonight!

The Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma L. Easton, will kick off its "Hold on—Be Strong" communitywide tour tonight with a free concert at 8 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The Gospel Ensemble will also perform the following dates:

Friday, August 19 - The United Gospel Love Fellowship Conference at the Cherry Valley Lodge
Saturday, August 20 - The Scioto Community Senior Center and the African Village Artsfest
Sunday, August 21 - Concert at Divine Refuge Church
Saturday, August 27 – Fitness Festival at Beth-El Agape Church
Sunday, August 28 - Youth Conference at Resurrection Ministries/Pickerington
Saturday, September 10 – Columbus Gospelfest in Genoa Park


logoViva Columbus Crew!

Columbus State wants to take over Crew Stadium!  In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Pan African Student Union and ¿Que Pasa? student organization are cosponsoring an outing to the Columbus Crew game against the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, September 14.  The game starts at 7:30 p.m.

You can join the students at the game and form a Columbus State Crew!  If you need more information, contact Kim Brazwell at ext. 2426 or Celebrate Hispanic and Latino/a heritage and GO CREW!