Toys for Tots campaign

If you’ve noticed those big empty boxes in some offices around our campuses, the goal is to fill them up – with toys! 
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Mike Bowers reviews book by the "Barefoot Executive"

Mike with author
Michael Bowers,
director of Columbus State’s Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was recently asked to review Carrie Wilkerson’s new book “The Barefoot Executive: The Ultimate Guide for Being Your Own Boss and Achieving Financial Freedom.”  
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November 21, 2011

Toys for Tots campaign

New Automotive Certificate program

Chorus Columbus State winter concert

SBDC sweeps awards

November 17, 2011

Delaware students start food drive

ITDL Webinar

Fall concerts

Foundations of Excellence project concludes

Commemorative bricks

Iron Mountain shredding

Security patches begin

Thanksgiving dinner sponsors needed

The holiday challenge

Food services survey

November 14, 2011

Bowers reviews book

ODU LEAD program

Fire Science students can take exam

Boren Scholarship to study abroad

Basketball teams play Friday

Name that race

November 10, 2011

College Access Summit

Danesh says farewell

International Thanksgiving dinner

Library staff at ALAO sessions

HPC personal training

Aviation partners with Testing & Talent

One-day bottleneck

November 7, 2011

Long St. offices open house

Master Planning Open Forums

Paramedic program partners with Assessment Center

NAMI video contest

Culture Jam fest

Adjunct Faculty workshop

Bike fixing station

November 3, 2011

Owen named Assoc. VP

November SEOM

OU breakfast

Charitable giving

ITDL workshops

Cougar basketball season underway

Massis presents

Suicide walk follow up

Name the 5K

Health Rewards briefing Nov. 9

Delaware Hall construction

October 31, 2011

Town Hall meetings

Cougar in costume

Health & Fitness News

College wins six regional awards for marketing

Columbus State earns "Best Continuing Education"

ESL program to be featured nationally

Gospel Ensemble plans arts expo

October 27, 2011

President's Town Hall meetings

Evaluate In-Service Day

Harrison on radio

OTAP seeks students

Suicide prevention walk

English Dept. hosts conference

Leeman exhibits

High School students explore Columbus State

Blackout doesn't stop Bowers

DX pumpkin sale

This week at Columbus State
Monday November 28

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

Tuesday November 29
Wednesday November 30
Thursday December 1

Staff Advisory Committee (SAC), 1-2 p.m., FR 118


Friday December 2

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Christopher's restaurant is closed Autumn Quarter.

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November 28, 2011

Student Affairs strengthens infrastructure

Dr. Chandra Bell
Kellie Brennan

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Division of Student Affairs has begun a process of administrative and staff infrastructure and capacity-building.  The changes are designed to strengthen the Division and provide the necessary leadership and capacity to manage the Division’s large size and work toward a strategic college-wide focus on student success and attainment.

The Student Conduct program and office will expand and Kellie Brennan has been named Director of Student Conduct, effective November 16. Brennan holds a law degree from the University of Cincinnati and dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and criminal justice from Indiana University.

Since the revised Student Code of Conduct went into effect on July 1, 2010, Brennan has been handling all student behavioral misconduct and academic misconduct. In her new role as Director, Brennan will oversee the Office of Student Conduct and the college's Enrollment Review process, and she will facilitate the college's Behavioral Intervention Team. A new staff position, Student Conduct Specialist, will be added to assist her with the department's day-to-day student conduct and felony review operations.

Dr. Chandra Bell will lead the Division’s new Career Services Office effective December 1. Bell has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University and a master’s in community counseling. Career Services, located in NH 108, includes career counseling, career resources, and Acloché Career Assistance, which provides career planning and placement services to students and alumni. Two part-time career counselors will also be hired as part of the Career Assistance for Undecided Students Project led by Bell for the past two years.

Both of these service areas will be critical in supporting and advancing student success. Any questions should be directed to Renèe Hampton, Dean of Student Affairs.

Concert Band to perform tomorrow evening

The Columbus State Concert Band will present its Autumn Term Concert on Tuesday, November 29, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD 435. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature guest artist Stephen Secan, principal oboist with the Columbus Symphony, who will play Handel's Oboe Concerto in G Minor and "Gabriel's Oboe" from the movie The Mission.

The program will also include the Ohio premiere of "Avelynn's Lullaby," a work that Columbus State helped to commission. Student Robert Max Rouch will be piano soloist in "Kitten on the Keys." Other numbers are Brahms' "Hungarian Dance No. 5" and selections from Pirates of the Caribbean. The Brass and Woodwind Ensembles will also perform. For more information contact Band Director Thomas Lloyd by email at

Lou Ann Carman, Marla Crouch, Ellen Brooks and Maureen Erney to retire—receptions December 1 and 2

In a picture from the 80s: Lou Ann Carman
Graduation 1984: Marla Crouch

Lou Ann Carman, supervisor in Human Resources for 33 years, will retire December 15. Please join the HR Department at a reception for Lou Ann on Thursday, December 1, from 3-5 p.m. in the Franklin Hall Boardroom.

Please join the Office of Disability Services for a retirement reception for Marla Crouch, sign language interpreter in Disability Services for 30 years, on Friday, December 2, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in Eibling Hall, Room 101 (the conference room).  Refreshments will be provided.

Maureen Erney, Staff Employee of the Year 2010
A more recent photo of Ellen Brooks

After many years of dedicated service, two employees in Curriculum Management will also retire in December. Ellen Brooks and Maureen Erney, coordinators in the department, will leave Columbus State with more than 30 years service. The Curriculum Management team will host a Retirement Open House for them on Friday, December 2, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in CT 107. Please plan to stop by and share in their accomplishments.

Nursing students offer Health Fair

The Columbus State nursing students will hold their annual Health Fair on Wednesday, November 30, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge.

The Health Fair will feature lots of different health screenings, blood donation with the American Red Cross, snacks, games, and more. The students will be collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, and you can also enjoy a free chair massage from 12 -2 p.m.


Kelton HouseTour the Kelton House Museum Nov. 27- Jan. 6

The Kelton House Museum and Garden, 586 East Town Street, will offer a holiday exhibition of antique holiday ornaments and decorations now through January 6. Docent led tours are Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. Audio tours are Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The cost of admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children over 6 years old.  Find out more at

Register now for SafeZone training on Dec. 21

SafeZone is a program designed to create a safe and embracing environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

SafeZone members are Columbus State employees who have received training to educate themselves about issues within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  Members are committed to being open, accepting and providing resource information for LGBT individuals.  

Become a SafeZone member by attending the training session Wednesday, December 21, from 2-4 p.m. The Diversity Office will facilitate the training session. To register or for more information, contact Kimberly Brazwell, coordinator, Diversity and Study Abroad, at, or call ext. 2426.

Credit card compliance training offered

credit cardColumbus State Employees who handle any type of credit card information should attend Compliance Training (policy 9-12 Effective June 1, 2011).  Classes will be offered in December for employees who have any contact with credit card information while performing their job functions. To sign up for classes, go here:

Training dates are:
Tuesday, December 6, from 2-3 p.m.
Thursday, December 8, from 1-2 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13, from 9-10 a.m.

The classes will be held in the Student Assistance Conference Room, Madison Hall Room 225.


IT technicians recognized

Help desk guys
Help Desk technicians Timothy Hanshaw, left, and Brian Vanhorn celebrate their awards.

At the most recent chapter meeting of the Mid-Ohio Chapter of Help Desk Institute, two Columbus State employees were recognized for their outstanding service and support in the Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati area.

Brian Vanhorn was a finalist for Analyst of the Year, and Timothy Hanshaw was awarded the Desktop Support Technician of the Year for the Chapter, and will compete for regional honors in January.

“Both Brian and Tim exemplify great customer service with their positive attitude, knowledge and attention to detail,” said Martin Barry, supervisor in IT.

Accepting The Challenge!

GarrettMarsha Garrett, Testing Center, gets weighed in by Mt. Carmel Hospital’s Katie Kinzig for the Columbus State Holiday Challenge.  Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, employees were invited to be weighed, and each of them will come back after New Year’s Day to be weighed again.  Those who don’t gain more than one pound will earn a gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods.