Semesters Week coming May 14-18

bubble artAnother Semesters Week, similar to the one held last fall, is set for May 14-18. Students can attend general information sessions about semesters and demonstrations on running a Degree Audit Report.
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Volunteers needed for Read-In May 8

Join Columbus State students, faculty and staff in reading to elementary students in Columbus and Delaware.
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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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May 3, 2012


Nominations sought for Teams, Professors

Open Enrollment meetings

Ohio Growth Summit

Cougar 5K Challenge

Daugherty, Perkins present

Voluntary Cash Separation

Two art exhibits in Library

Financial Aid notifications to be sent email

Sidewalk sale

The Next Big Thing: "Spoke and Wheels"

April 30, 2012

Cougar Challenge 5K

In-Service Day survey

Scholastic Book Fair

Writers Conference

Human Performance Center scheduling for summer quarter

Document Management System: An Image of Success

April 26, 2012

Semesters Week May 14-18

Seminar on First Generation Students

"Bike Fridays" in May

ITDL Seminars

Business Service on retreat May 4

April 23, 2012

Warm weather work

Writers Conference welcomes Naomi Wolf

Bookstore sale

Counseling Services in Nestor Hall

April 19, 2012

In-Service, Wellness Fair

Two new employees: French and Ward

Read-In volunteers needed

"In My Own Words" at Delaware campus Spring Quarter

Computer security tip

Cost saving tips from mailing services

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



This week at Columbus State
Monday May 7

SEL: Aerobics, 4:15-5:15 p.m., DE 158

Tuesday May 8
Wednesday May 9
Thursday May 10


Friday May 11

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May 7, 2012

Semester phone campaign needs volunteers for calling

A special task force working to inform students who have not yet registered for Autumn Semester is seeking volunteers to help with a phone campaign the week of Monday, May 21 through Thursday, May 24.  Volunteers will each be calling a short list of students who have been identified as possibly needing more information about the semester conversion.

graphicThe calling hours will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A brief training session and a script will be provided for all volunteers.  

If you are interested in helping out with this very important project, contact Clayton Gibson by May 17 at or call ext. 3622.   


Kalna to receive award from testing association

Jim Kalna

Jim Kalna, supervisor of the Testing & Talent Assessment Center, will be presented with the National College Testing Association’s "Service Recognition Award" at the August NCTA National Conference for his work on the NCTA State and Regional Organizations Committee.

Kalna has also been asked to present a session titled "Growing Your Testing Center's Business and Revenue." He was recently elected president of the College Testing Association’s Ohio chapter.

The Testing & Talent Assessment Center has passed the NCTA Standards/Guidelines for NCTA Testing Center Certification.  Eighteen schools applied for certification in 2011, and only four met or surpassed the certification process.  The Testing & Talent Assessment Center is Ohio's first Post-Secondary Institution Testing Center to become NCTA Certified. 

The National College Testing Association is a nonprofit organization of testing professionals working in post-secondary institutions, in companies with test-related products and services, and in other professional testing venues. The organization maintains a comprehensive set of standards for testing centers administering paper and pencil and computer-based examinations, as well as a compilation of useful operational guidelines.

wolfWriter's Conference Book Signing

Author and keynote speaker Naomi Wolf signs one of her books for Columbus State student Beau Foshee. About 100 students, faculty and community members attended the ninth annual Writers Conference last Saturday.


Auto class seeks cars needing electrical work

graphicThe Automotive Technology Lab is currently scheduling lab work for the Auto 165-Advanced Electrical and Electronics class. If your car is 10 years old or newer and is having issues with the starter, alternator, lights, power windows, power mirrors, power seats, power locks, or windshield wiper motor, contact Dave Hill by email only.  There are a very limited number of appointments available, and a $10 lab fee is required.

Students named to All-Ohio Academic Team

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President Harrison congratulates Paul Saltz and Christine Drake at the 2012 All-Ohio Academic Team Luncheon.

The Ohio Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa international honor society named two Columbus State students to the All-Ohio Academic Team at the annual luncheon held April 26 at the Ohio Statehouse.

Paul Saltz and Christine Drake were each presented with All-Ohio Team medallions, certificates and cash scholarships. More than 50 students from the 23 Ohio community colleges were selected to the team. 

Paul Saltz is studying philosophy and sociology with a 3.5 GPA, and he hopes to teach political science and sociology as a college professor when he graduates.  He lives in Columbus and wants to complete his bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania.   He is a regional and chapter officer for Phi Theta Kappa and a Safezone instructor for Columbus State.  He was given the Community Fellow of the Pearson Prize for Higher Education, and the Human Rights Campaign Generation Equality Scholarship.

Christine Drake is a single mother of three who lives in Whitehall.  She is studying for an Associate of Arts and has a 3.66 GPA.  She hopes to transfer to a four-year university and aspires to be a writer.  She is active in her church, is an officer in Phi Theta Kappa, and is involved in the Columbus State’s PONO Community.  She won a 2011 Woman Student Leadership Award, a Writing Partner Award and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Key (PTK).

Di Pietro’s orchestral work to premiere at Stanford University   

posterThe Stanford Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Jindong Cai, conductor of the Shanghai Orchestra in China, will present the official premiere of Rocco Di Pietro’s orchestral work “Finale” for cello, drones (ambient electronic waves known for their soothing qualities) and orchestra. Di Pietro is an adjunct faculty member in the Humanities at Columbus State.

Di Pietro’s work was started when he was artist in residence at Stanford in 2009. The soloist is Chris Chafe, chairman of the Stanford Computer Music Department, performing on an electronic celletto, and the second soloist is Robin Baidya, a former Columbus State Electronic Music student who took all three classes and is now studying at Ohio State

The work “Finale” will be performed on Saturday, May 12, at Stanford University, in California.


College awarded Library mini-grant

ipadColumbus State has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Library “mini-grant” in the amount of $13,885.  Approved and distributed through the State Library of Ohio, this grant will allow the Library's Learning Center at the Delaware Campus to accomplish the following goals, according to Bruce Massis, director of the Library:

  • To circulate iPads and tablet computers to both Columbus State and OSU-Marion students in response to increased enrollment and limited computer workstations at the Learning Center at the Delaware Campus.

  • To train students on how to effectively utilize mobile learning devices and interactive multimedia applications for enhanced education in a digital learning environment.

  • To connect students to mobile library applications.

  • To train librarians on the use of iPads in the classroom to augment library instruction.

  • To establish expanded reference service points to students at the Learning Center at the Delaware Campus.  

More grants go to motorcycles, Early College, SBDC

In addition to the Library grant, the Grants Office reports that three additional grants were awarded in April, including a TechColumbus award of $50,000 for the marketing of TECHSTART through the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State. TECHSTART is a technology entrepreneurial assistance program.  It will be promoted to entrepreneurs in a nine-county area.

Columbus State also received $1,500 from the Ohio Department of Public Safety for the motorcycle rider safety and education program, implemented by Tracy LaMar-Nickoli.

And Columbus City Schools has awarded $76,328 for the Early College High School program with Africentric High School to continue at Columbus State. Director of Dual Enrollment Karen Gray will coordinate the project, which includes improving student learning, success for college-bound students, and professional development for the Africentric High School teachers.  The project uses federal funds through Ohio’s Race to the Top education reform initiative.

Appreciation Breakfast hosts 90 high school counselors

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Admissions Director Tari Blaney laughs as Christy Sykes, a Delaware Campus student, answers a question from the audience at the annual High School Counselors Breakfast and Workshop April 27.

The Admissions Office hosted the annual High School Counselor Appreciation Breakfast and Workshop Friday, April 27, in the Conference Center. Close to 90 counselors from area high schools attended the event.  This year's session opened with a welcome by Dr. Jan Rogers, followed by college updates from Dr. David Harrison, and Student Affairs and Regional Learning Center updates by Dr. Marty Maliwesky.  A student panel consisting of students from the Preferred Pathway Scholars program, the Delaware Campus and the Future Scientists of Ohio program closed out the morning. 

Counselors then had the opportunity to go to breakout workshop sessions on topics such as the Preferred Pathway Program, College Readiness Initiatives, Career Services, PSEO and Dual Enrollment, Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Career and Technical Program Updates.

Upcoming ITDL Seminars

Turn your PowerPoints into Videos
Have you ever viewed a PowerPoint that has been posted online? It seems one-dimensional. There is no voice behind the slides to provide context and feedback. Why not convert your existing PowerPoint to a video (with audio recording) that can be embedded in your Blackboard course?  This can be accomplished in just ONE click!
In this hands-on workshop, participants will convert one of their own PowerPoint presentations (so don't forget to bring one!) to a video by using a free software called iSpring

Presented by: Melissa Logue, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
When: Tuesday May 8 (8:00 - 10:00 a.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106

Introduction to SoftChalk (2 Hours)
SoftChalk is a powerful web lesson editor that lets you easily create engaging, interactive web lessons for your e-learning classroom. During this introductory session you will learn the basics of how to use the SoftChalk LessonBuilder to convert your existing content into engaging and interactive web lessons that can easily be placed into your Blackboard course.

Facilitated by: Melissa Logue, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages
When: Friday, May 11 (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106

EUREKA! Secrets of Highly Successful Grants (1.5 hours)
Learn from three experienced project coordinators of some of the College's most successful grants as they share their experiences. Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education, will address Building college-wide partnerships; Suzanne Schaefer, ESL Afterschool Community at Wedgewood grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will discuss Forming and nurturing external partnerships; and Gary Clark, Health Information Technology (HIT) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will focus on Using social media for recruitment and job placement. There will be a question and answer session afterward.

Facilitated by: Susan Stumpp, Grants Coordinator, Knowledge Resources and Planning
When: Thursday, May 24 (10 a.m.)  Register
Location: Innovation Center, CT 107

WebEx Meeting Center Basics
WebEx Meeting Center is a virtual online meeting room which allows Columbus State employees to hold meetings online. WebEx requires participants to have internet access and a computer with a microphone and audio capabilities. WebEx allows for multiple participants, up to 200, at different locations to connect online and share any document, PowerPoint, website, or other multimedia.

View/download WebEx Meeting Center overview document (PDF)

View a short video about WebEx Meeting Center

Download Cougar Webconferencing (WebEx) - Meeting Center Request Form
When: Wednesday, May 9 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) - Register
Location:  Innovation Center, CT 106

Introduction to MS Excel 2007
When: Thursday, May 10 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) - Register
Location: Innovation Center, CT 106