Downtown Digital Arts Festival April 24-26

logoSpecial this year is a photo exhibit in conjunction with the 200Columbus celebration of the city’s Bicentennial.
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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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April 16, 2012

New parking supervisor

Accreditation Team attends conference

Travel reimbursement policy

Cancer support group

ITDL seminars

Christophers open twice weekly

April 13, 2012

Downtown Digital Arts Festival

Training opportunities for managers

Health & Fitness News

Cocchi to retire, McClain to direct Disability Services

Law Enforcement Career Fair

Child Development Center earns award for excellence

HVAC student earns scholarship

TRiO earns EPA award

"Great Colleges" survey extended

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 16

National Student Employment Week, April 16-20

HR Benefits: Open Enrollment meeting, 8:30 a.m., WD 435

Tuesday April 17
Wednesday April 18
Thursday April 19

CSCC Cougar Pride Lanterns of Remembrance Ceremony, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Courtyard



Friday April 20

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Christopher's opens this week for Spring Quarter.

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April 19, 2012

logoIn-Service tomorrow, Wellness Fair at noon

Don’t forget to visit the Wellness Fair tomorrow during In-Service Day, where you will find dozens of health and wellness vendors ranging from AFLAC to Varckette Family Chiropractic. The Wellness Fair will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounges. Vendors such as Delta Dental, American Diabetes Association, Bridgeview Golf Course, Consider Biking, Columbus Parks & Recreation, Education First Credit Union and many more will attend. You’ll find plenty of information, giveaways and even a raffle for those who collect at least 25 stickers from booths at the Wellness Fair. So head over before or after lunch!

Meet two more new employees: Mark French and Rhonda Ward

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Last week we profiled Parking Supervisor Vanessa Cummings who is in a brand new position at the college. This week, there are two more new arrivals you should meet!

Mark French joined Columbus State in February. He’s the new Facilities Services director, replacing Paul Goggin, who had served in that role for more than six years. French is no stranger to Columbus State. He received his associate degree here in Facility Management and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2002. Three years ago he earned a bachelor of science in Applied Management from Franklin University.

Before arriving at Columbus State as a staff member, French was the assistant director of Facilities at The Ohio State University. In all, he spent 21 years at OSU.  “I was not looking to leave OSU but applied at Columbus State when I heard about this job because of the positive experience I had as a student,” says French. “I was a working adult while taking classes. I saw firsthand what a difference Columbus State can make in someone's life and I wanted to be part of providing the same opportunity for others.”

Rhonda Ward also recently joined Columbus State as the director of Budget and Financial Planning. She’s had more than 20 years of experience in the accounting profession. She arrives after ten years at Urbana University where she most recently served as vice president of Administrative Services and chief financial officer.

Ward earned both of her degrees at Urbana. She has a bachelor of science in Accounting, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1996. She then earned a MBA in 2007.

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“In My Own Words” writing event at Delaware Campus to be repeated Spring Quarter

Instructors from Columbus State Delaware Campus and OSU Marion participated in a pilot program last quarter to celebrate the written words of their students.

Essays featured in the “In My Own Words” reading event were selected by instructors and their students in various Columbus State/OSU Marion freshman writing courses during Winter Quarter. The quarter culminated in a public reading, held March 7 in the balcony area of Moeller Hall's Cyber Cafe.

The selected student writers each received a $10 gift card in recognition of their great writing. Additionally, a panel of judges comprised of instructors from both institutions (and unaffiliated with the selected students) determined the three best essays of the entire group—these winning student writers received $25 gift cards, and their essays were posted online.

Students and instructors involved in the "In My Own Words" pilot program felt it was so successful that it is being repeated this quarter.

The writers whose essays were judged Best in Show were Sue Snyder, "Dinner at Five” (Sue Oakes, Instructor, OSU Marion); Shanna Peyton, “Cactus Hollow” (Kathryn Denton, Instructor, Columbus State); and Kirsten Dunster, “The Dark Cloud with a Silver Lining in My Community” (Nancy Pine, Instructor, Columbus State). You can read these essays online here.

Computer security tip: Protect your password

As a member of the Columbus State community, you shouldn't forget that your passwords safeguard your privacy and personal information. The passwords we use to access college computing systems (email, Blackboard, Colleague, etc.) should be as secure as possible.

What you can do:

Don't share your user name and/or password with anyone (friends, co-workers, or third party vendors)

Don't write your password down

Be aware of phishing attempts

As a reminder, Columbus State will never ask you for your password. If someone is asking you for your user name and/or password, don't give out your information.  If you think someone may have guessed or knows your password, please call the I.T. Support Center at ext. 5050 and they can help reset your password. If you have any questions about information/computer security, please call Rob Clifford at ext. 3686.

Cost saving mailing tips from Mail Services

Did you know that your department can save money simply by mailing at the cheapest rate? Mail Services is available to assist you with your mailing needs and provide money-saving options. Envelope size and postage rate classification are two of the key components of postage cost.

Mailing cost difference in envelope size                 

Option A Option  B

First Class Mail                  

First Class Mail

Four Unfolded Sheets of Paper

Four Sheets Tri-folded

Flat 9”x12” Envelope

Standard Business Size Envelope

Cost: $1.20

Cost: $0.42

Mailing cost difference in postage classification when mailing 200 identical pieces or more

Option A Option B

First Class Mail Rate
1- to 3-day service

Non-Profit Mail  Rate
3- to 5-day service

Based on size and weight (increases every 1 oz.)

3.3 oz. and less

Cost: between $0.45 to $1.05 each

Cost: between $0.11 to  $0.19 each

Mailing Equipment and Services

When sending large mailings (200 pieces or more), you can email your distribution list to Mail Services and they will use special software to verify your address listing for accurate and current addresses. Your mail will be delivered to the intended recipient the first time and at a much quicker rate. Mail Services also has paper-folding and envelope-inserter equipment that can fold and stuff your envelopes to save you time. Contact Mail Services at , ext. 2154, Eric Johnson, Mail Room coordinator ext. 2568 or Steve Eldridge, Mail Room supervisor, ext. 2783.