President Obama speaks at Fort Hayes

President Barack Obama came to Columbus Tuesday afternoon to advocate for his new jobs bill, and talk about school funding on the Ft. Hayes High School campus.
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Wellness Incentive Payout September 30

logoEmployees who completed the necessary steps to receive a pay out in the Wellness Incentive Program that ended June 30, will receive their pay out September 30.
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Foundations of Excellence transfer focus

The nine Foundations of Excellence committees are in the final phases of creating their reports for the Transfer Focus portion of the project.
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Previous Stories:

September 19, 2011

Beautiful beginnings

Bedritis receives certification

Artist competes for Library project

Weight Watchers begins Sept. 26

September 15, 2011

President speaks at Fort Hayes

Celebrating partnership

UN Education Symposium

September 12, 2011

September SEOM

Barksdale addresses grads

Bioscience graduates

Fall Quarter Welcome Team

Mammography van

September 8, 2011

Barksdale to deliver Commencement address

Partnership celebration

Colleague stress test

CSEA signs agreement

Foundations of Excellence

Vayntraub wins photo contest

LaMar, Nelson explain lecture capture

Financial wellness

Capital Equipment computer project

College mourns Schottenstein

Fee waiver deadline

September 1, 2011

Commissioners to commemorate September 11

HPC newsletter

Former employee Karras dies

Two offices move to Long St.

August 30, 2011

HIMT faculty present at conference

Cougar Rewards at Bookstore

Fee waiver deadlines

Wellness Incentive payout Sept. 30

Leeman to exhibit

Student nurses toy drive

This week at Columbus State
Monday September 26

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

Tuesday September 27
Wednesday September 28
Thursday September 29
Friday September 30

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September 22, 2011

First-day friends

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Ben Pendl, left, and Kevin Mong chat before class outside of Nestor Hall on the first day of Autumn Quarter. Just out of view is the Welcome Team tent, which saw a steady stream of new students, answering their questions and pointing them in the right direction all day! Fall Quarter enrollment stood at 29,158 just after the first fee payment deadline, which is up 1 percent from last fall at the same time.        

“1492” collaboration seeks product, service innovations

logoDo you have an idea for a product? A service? A revolutionary software concept? If so, the “1492” project wants to hear about it! If your idea is one of the top five best ideas, you could win business development and coaching services, plus start-up funding for your new business!

1492 is a community collaboration between Columbus State, TechColumbus, and the Columbus College of Art & Design, with support from the Ohio Third Frontier. The objective of 1492 is to accelerate the creation of innovative startups driven by market need and opportunity in a matter of months, not years.

“Business accelerators are becoming increasingly significant in the entrepreneurial pipeline,” said Ted Ford, president and CEO of TechColumbus. “They are a proven method of speeding up the time it takes to launch new ventures. We saw this first-hand with our first 1492 accelerator program and with the recently completed 10-xelerator program at OSU.”

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Columbus State and CCAD,” said Ford. “It is our intention that this will create a platform for an ongoing program of partnering with other universities and colleges throughout our 15-county service area to find budding entrepreneurs and help them launch their businesses.”

Based on written submissions, ten semi-finalists will be chosen to present before the 1492 judging committee in mid-October. From these ten teams, five finalist teams will be selected to receive the weekly business development and coaching services, along with up to $20,000 funding to help launch their startup. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 12 at 5 p.m. You can read much more about the 1492 project, the rules and regulations, and how to apply, here:

Columbus State receives $22,000 for College Access Reynoldsburg project

Columbus State recently received a grant award from the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio College and Career Success Network to offer the College Access Reynoldsburg program. According to Kelly Hogan, professor in Developmental Education, the college has partnered with Reynoldsburg High School to offer a College Prep Math course for three sections of high school seniors. 

 “We have refined our Summer Bridge model to offer them the full range of material including DEV 030, DEV 031, MATH 102, MATH 103, and MATH 104 to help these students better prepare for college entry,” said Hogan. “After placement testing these students, we determined their placement level, and each student is starting in the appropriate set of modules for the corresponding course. Hopefully, this will guide them to a stronger college starting place as they also begin to think about where they are going to college as opposed to if they are going to college,” said Hogan.

U.S. Department of Education funds TRiO Programs’ “Talent Search”

brochure coverThe Columbus State Grants Office recently confirmed that the college has received a $1.15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the TRiO program’s Educational Talent Search, which helps under represented students attend college. The grant funds the program through the year 2016.

According to Renèe Hampton, director of Diversity, Travel Abroad and TRiO Programs, “the Educational Talent Search (ETS) staff members build relationships with program participants starting in the sixth grade. These students stay in the program throughout their middle and high school years and know that they can count on support, guidance and advocacy from their ETS advisor all along the way.”

“We feel so honored and proud when we see our participants graduate from high school and enroll in college,” said Hampton. “It's these moments when we realize that data documents the success of our program, but that students' individual achievements are really what defines our program's triumph.”

Send Us Your Nominees for 'Down the Hall'

The latest issue of  Teaching Tolerance magazine contains a new feature called "Down the Hall." It's an interview with an administrator, counselor or librarian—nominated by a colleague—who promotes respect for differences and an appreciation for diversity. You can nominate someone you know for this honor – just email your nominations by Sept. 27 to Please include a brief paragraph explaining your nomination, including our school's name, address and your phone number.

Blood Drive coming soon 

logoThe American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Thursday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Study Lounge.  Contact Julie Collins in Student Activities for additional information. The Red Cross accepts both appointments and walk ins. To schedule an appointment, please visit: and type in Sponsor Code: cougars.

Employee development opportunities numerous in CEWD 

As you are planning development opportunities for this performance year please keep in mind that courses through the Center for Workforce Development are available to employees participating in PERFORMs at no cost to the department or to employees.

Employees will be able to access courses in the 21st Century Skills catalog of courses. All courses must be approved by the supervisor and be identified as part of the Development Goal(s) on the PERFORMs Planning Guide. To register, complete and send a voucher to Tracy Jones in WD 330. Download voucher. For more information about registering, contact Tracy Jones at ext. 5489.

For more information about PERFORMs Planning Guides and employee development opportunities, please contact your Human Resources Employment Representative at 287-2408.

Thurber House, Jazz Arts Group to present two nights of “Banned Books and Music”

logoThurber House and the Jazz Arts Group are partnering to bring banned books and lyrics to life on Friday, Sept. 23 or Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. A pre-concert lecture will discuss banned books and literature throughout history and the cultural climate that made them taboo. This lecture coincides with the American Library Association's "Banned Books Week." Held during the last week of September, "Banned Books Week" highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted banning of books across the United States.

Following the lecture, the Jazz Arts Group will perform "Don't Listen to This!" 
an evening of music and lyrics that once fanned the flames of controversy, featuring Byron StriplingDave PowersChristian Howes. "You'll be amazed by the stories behind these 'banned' songs and learn of their rise into mainstream American culture," said Stripling. "'Don't Listen To This!' will showcase some of the finest music ever written that you weren't supposed to hear!"

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
For more information on Banned Books Week, click here

Additional Colleague 4.3 training offered

Human Capacity Development has two additional in-person sessions available for Colleague 4.3 training: 

Tuesday, September 27, from 2-3 p.m. in CT 106 or
Friday, September 30, 2-3 p.m. in CT 106
Registration can be found online here: 
(Colleague 4.3 classes are listed at the bottom of the page. Please click to register.)


Upcoming ITDL Seminars/Webinars:
Harrowing Tales of Lecture Capture: Why Blended Learning Scares Instructors Webinar

Blended learning can be a dirty word among some members of your faculty. The fears of embarrassing technical snafus, poor student attendance, and job insecurity often enter the discussion when it comes to using lecture capture in a blended learning model. This web seminar will explore why blended learning and lecture capture may make your faculty nervous and how to help them to overcome their fears and increase their effectiveness. 

Join our panel of faculty who have survived and thrived using class capture and hear their accounts of the positive, negative and humorous aspects of teaching in a blended learning environment.

When: Wednesday, September 28 (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

  • There are two ways you can participate in this webinar event:

    • Participate in person with colleagues at the Columbus Campus in CT 107 - Register

    • Participate on your own from your home or office - Register

Introduction to Student Response Systems Seminar

Student Response Systems (SRS) allow students to actively participate during class using a series of remote control style clickers that enable direct real-time feedback. Session participants will work hands-on with TurningPoint SRS and Microsoft PowerPoint, creating question slides, learning about the timing feature, picture slides, different graphical layouts, and the report generator. Basic working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint is suggested for all participants.

When: Friday, September 30 (1:30 - 2:30 p.m.) - Register
Where: WD 209

Prezi Basics Seminar

This course forms an introduction to Prezi, an online dynamic presentation service which forms a novel alternative to Power Point presentations.

Participants will learn:

  • How to obtain a free educational account.

  • Add text and pictures to presentations.

  • Grouping and manipulation of objects.

  • How to setup the presentation sequence.

  • Creating different themes.

When: Friday, September 30 (2:30 - 3:30 p.m.) - Register
Where: WD 209

Do you know someone who might benefit from Upward Bound?

The Upward Bound Program at Columbus State has a few spots available for new participants. Upward Bound is a federally funded pre-college program. Once admitted, students can receive up to four years of free college preparatory services. If you know a high school student who meets the eligibility requirements below, tell them about Upward Bound!

Who is eligible for Columbus State Upward Bound?

High school students who:

Academic tutoring for Upward Bound participants begins this week and will last until the end of the academic year (May 23, 2012). Six professional tutors and two work study tutors will provide tutoring to area high school students on Tuesdays and Wednesday each week from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall. For more information, visit:

Employee class offered:

Dealing with Grouches, Grumps and Grudges:  What’s Customer Service Got to Do with It?

mad personLearn how to deal with unrealistic expectations of customers and have them (and you) feel good about the encounter. Learn practical and easily-applied techniques to make every interaction with customers productive and satisfying. Learn how to deal with challenging internal customers – meeting their needs and your own.

  • Why good service is important to you

  • The positive impact of customer complaints

  • What to do about customers’ unrealistic expectations

  • The difference between service and satisfaction – what do customers want anyway?

  • Ways to really hear what customers are saying

  • How to build credibility and rapport with customers – empowering words, engaging attitudes

  • Dealing with irate customers; dealing with profanity

  • Ways to say “no” nicely

  • Dealing with the challenging internal customer

Instructor Susan Stasiak is a trainer and performance consultant who has worked with many organizations to help increase service satisfaction through individual, professional development. Her approach is practical, relevant, and light-hearted.

When: October 18 or November 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
To register for either session of this course click here.

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