In-Service Day is April 20

Spring In-Service Day will be held Friday, April 20.  Please send your reservations for breakfast and lunch by Friday, April 13.
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Distinguished Teaching Award finalists selected

After reviewing a record 70 portfolios from the 2011 Distinguished Teaching Award nominees, the selection committee as has chosen ten finalists for classroom observation during Spring quarter. Of these ten, four will be selected and honored as Distinguished Teaching Award win
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Preview Columbus State's mobile website

Columbus State’s mobile website is ready for a semi-public preview.
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April 9, 2012

Volunteer for the Annual Read-In

Cougar Challenge 5K

Day of Silence April 19

Nominate a great Columbus State man

April 5, 2012

April SEOM Debbie Pond

ONN segment features Logistics

Columbus State to hose Medieval Colloquium

Health Rewards briefing

April edition of The Partner

Lab Professionals Week

National Student Employment Week April 16-20

ITDL Seminars

April 2, 2012

Celebrate Rome's 2,765th birthday

DiPietro recognized

Spring Wellness Fest

Grawemeyer published

In-Service RSVP

Grants Office has new website

March 29, 2012

Distinguished Teaching Award finalists

In-Service Day information

In-Service Day planning for supervisors

Financial Aid for textbooks to change

Cougar Challenge 5K

Great Colleges survey

Knott selected for statewide leadership

March 26, 2012

OTAP receives grant

"Day of Silence" April 19

View Winter graduation highlights

Health & Wellness online

Hills Market survey

Ward to exhibit

Bike-fixing kit available

Fidelibus testifies in Senate

Innovate 2012 conference

March 19, 2012

Graduate flexes muscles

Join the Welcome Team

Employee Resource Group meetings

Annual Aviation Symposium

TRiO students complete service project

Fitness Center locker rooms





This week at Columbus State
Monday April 9

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEL): Spring Wellness class, Yoga, 12-1 p.m., DE 158

Tuesday April 10
Wednesday April 11
Thursday April 12




Friday April 13

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Christopher's will reopen soon for Spring Quarter.

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April 13, 2012

Downtown Digital Arts Festival opens April 24

logoCome celebrate creativity in the digital arts at Columbus State! The seventh annual Downtown Digital Arts Festival showcases work by our student artists in animation, digital design, digital photography, and video.

Kojo Kamau

Special this year is a photo exhibit in conjunction with the 200Columbus celebration of the city’s Bicentennial. According to Gene Strickland, coordinator of Digital Photography, there will be about 25 images that showcase websites that students built as well as photos of Columbus skylines and Columbus architecture and night scenes from past DDAFs to align with the Bicentennial theme. Photography adjunct instructor and well-known local photographer Kojo Kamau will showcase about 12 of his personal pieces at DDAF as well.

Other exhibits include web pages, digital designs, animations and film. The exhibits are open Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 p.m., and Thursday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center on the fourth floor of the Center for Workforce Development (WD).  On Thursday, April 26 from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. the Showcase Awards Ceremony will take place in the Conference Center Ballroom. All events are free and open to the public.

Training opportunities offered for new and current managers

Whether you are new in your role as a manager or have been a manager for many years, the following courses will provide opportunities to gain new information and develop skills that can support you in working with your employees to serve the College and our students.

Nuts and Bolts of Supervision at Columbus State II
This course will provide information on a variety of topics necessary for supervisors and administrators to function effectively at Columbus State. The format will be a roundtable discussion and topics will include: hiring processes and the system, approving leave and the use of FML, dealing with issues of harassment and discrimination, safeguarding ethics as a publicly-funded organization, and managing the Disciplinary Process. The next session will be offered on May 15. 

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Coaching for Performance
This hands-on course allows participants to discuss the challenges of coaching employees and practice skills to address these challenges. The next session will be offered on April 26. 

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Please contact your Human Resources Employment Representative at ext. 2408 or Human Capacity Development at ext. 2406 if you have any questions.

April issue of Health & Fitness News online now

In the April issue of the Human Performance Center’s newsletter, you will find articles on spring gardening to grow healthy foods, what to pack in your gym bag, the exercise of the month—Leap Frog, and much more! 

Cocchi retires July 1, McClain to direct Disability Services

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From left, Wayne Cocchi, Tiffany McClain and Renèe Hampton plan for Cocchi’s retirement.

Wayne Cocchi, director of Disability Services, will begin his phased retirement on April 15.  Cocchi has been with Columbus State for 32 years, and as part of the college’s process for succession planning, Renèe Hampton, dean of Student Life has announced that Tiffany McClain, assistant director of Disability Services, will be the new Director, effective July 1.

McClain has worked in Disability Services for nine years.  She served as the coordinator for Interpreting Services for five years and as assistant director for four years during which time she also served as the interim director for 17 months while Cocchi served as interim dean of Student Life.  During her interim term, McClain led the department in reviewing and updating department policies, eligibility guidelines and forms. She enhanced service provisions, alternate media production, the department web page/social media and test administration. She also developed an online student handbook as well as increased collaborations with other departments. McClain received her B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University, and her Master’s in Counselor Education and Human Services from the University of Dayton.  Tiffany is also a graduate of Columbus State, where she completed an associate degree in Interpreting/Transliterating Technology.

The Office of Student Life is also planning a reception for Wayne Cocchi to be held on Friday, June 1. Once details have been finalized the time and location will be announced.  Please contact the Office of Student Life for any inquiries.

Delaware Campus to offer Law Enforcement Career Fair

Area law enforcement agencies are looking for educated, eager and capable candidates to work as public safety professionals. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus State Community College are joining forces to sponsor the inaugural Law Enforcement Career Fair. Students should have their resumes ready and dress to impress on Saturday April 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Columbus State Delaware Campus. For more information contact: Stephanie Burns, Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, 740-833-2882, or Amy Ng, instructor, Law Enforcement, ext. 2591,

Child Development Center earns State’s highest, Three-Star Award for Excellence

child at playThe Columbus State Child Development Center has received a Three-Star Step Up To Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Bureau of Child Care and Development, the state agency responsible for licensing and promoting high standards among Ohio’s early care and education programs.  

“We applaud Columbus State for its dedication to children. By going above and beyond Ohio’s minimum licensing standards, the Columbus State Child Development Center gives its young children the opportunity to grow and develop in a stimulating, nurturing environment,” said Terrie Hare, chief, Ohio Bureau of Child Care and Development. 

Step Up To Quality is Ohio’s voluntary rating system for early care and education programs. Participating programs can earn a one, two or three-star rating by meeting an extensive list of quality benchmarks. Experts say these benchmarks improve the growth and development potential of children. The rating system also gives parents a useful tool for selecting quality early childhood programs.

“We are so pleased to receive this award which tells families we’re serious about quality. Our Star Rating means we have more, and better educated, teachers working to prepare children for kindergarten with a higher degree of professionalism,” said Jennifer Perkins, director of the Child Development Center.

Children enrolled in high quality early learning programs, particularly low income children, are more likely to stay in school, attend college, earn more money and be employed in high-skilled jobs than their peers. 

Step Up To Quality is available statewide with more than 1,000 participating programs. To learn more about the criteria for the award, visit:

Columbus State HVAC student earns scholarship

Romulo Vazquez was recently awarded the 2012 Dr. Margaret Drake Scholarship from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). According to HVAC coordinator William Highley, this is the third year that a Columbus State student has received the scholarship. Vasquez also works in the Skilled Trades Department as a Federal Work Study student.

TRiO program’s environmental program earns award from Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

logoA project titled “Introducing Urban Youth to Environmental Careers” was recently selected to receive an Honorable Mention from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency during a review of completed grant projects.  Columbus State’s TRiO programs had received a $27,610 grant from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) to provide a five-day summer camp that introduced 70 urban middle school students to environmental careers. Students were part of the federally funded Educational Talent Search program, and they participated in the summer camp over two years as part of an effort to encourage them to graduate from high school and enter post-secondary education. The students participated in campus activities, went on field trips and met professionals from Columbus Metro Parks, Shepherd’s Corner Nature Center and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. 

Alexis Sherman, academic advisor in TRiO Programs, coordinated the project. The project will soon be showcased in a publication from the OEEF for prospective grant applicants, available on the EPA website at

“Great Colleges” survey deadline extended one week 

The deadline to complete the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges To Work For” survey has been extended to Friday, April 20.  If you received an invitation, and have not taken the survey, please do so. Search your email inbox for a message from “” with the subject line The Chronicle's Great Colleges to Work For 2012 Faculty/Staff Survey Invitation.

A random sample of employees was selected to take the survey. The data the College will receive will be aggregate data. No responses will be linked to any individual. You participation is voluntary and you may choose to skip the demographic survey. You can view samples of the reports we will receive: the Topline Survey Results Report, the Topline Results by Job Category Report, and the Higher Education Trend Report Excerpt.

This annual study helps colleges assess workplace quality, culture and employee satisfaction and enables comparison to similar institutions. To make this survey work for us, we need your input. You will be representing yourself and your colleagues. Please help us celebrate and improve Columbus State!