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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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 7, 2012

Semesters campaign needs volunteers

Kalna to receive award

Writer's Conference book signing

Auto class seeks cars

All-Ohio awards

Di Pietro orchestral work premieres

College awarded Library mini-grant

More grants awarded

High School Counselor's Breakfast

ITDL Seminars

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

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Tuesday May 8
Wednesday May 9
Thursday May 10


Friday May 11

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May 10, 2012

Dual enrollment the focus of conference that draws hundreds

OADEP Conference keynote speaker Jason Quiara speaks with Karen Gray, Columbus State director of Dual Enrollment.

Three hundred officials from central Ohio school districts, education associations, the Board of Regents and 48 Ohio colleges and universities attended the Ohio Alliance of Dual Enrollment Partnerships’ (OADEP) second annual conference in the Columbus State Conference Center May 8.  

Jason Quiara, senior project manager for State Policy Development, Jobs for the Future, was the keynote speaker. Attendees were able to select from a day-long roster of breakout topics ranging from national trends in dual enrollment and Higher Learning Commission requirements, to the marketing and recruitment for such programs and best practices from around the country.

“The sessions for the day were broken out into strands including student eligibility, faculty development, curriculum and assessment, data collection and program management, “said Karen Gray, Columbus State’s director of Dual Enrollment.

Through Dual Enrollment Partnerships, qualified students can earn college credit prior to high school graduation. OADEP defines a dual enrollment program as one that offers college courses to high school students in the high school during the regular school day, and taught by high school teachers. Columbus State will launch its first of such programs at Reynoldsburg High School Autumn Semester.

Dual enrollment differs from the Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), in which students come to the college campus to take classes. “For students who do not have access to transportation or room in their school day to leave the high school, this becomes a barrier to them participating in the program,” said Gray. “Dual Enrollment allows students to stay in their high school and take a college class that is taught by their regular high school teacher who has been approved to teach the course by the sponsoring college/university academic department. Dual enrollment also allows for the high school and college faculty members to work together, developing a professional learning community.”

“I am envisioning continued growth for our program once we have our new structure and policies in place,” continued Gray. “The students, teachers and guidance counselors will have a clear pathway for participating in our program and will be given an opportunity to learn more about who we are as an institution. In five years I envision that we will be preparing our file for national accreditation as our program will meet the highest of quality standards.”

Solis tells students to get job experience as early as possible

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis listens as a student talks about job experience at the roundtable discussion May 9. Dr. Jan Rogers, left, and Renee Hampton facilitated the talk.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was back on Columbus State’s Columbus Campus Wednesday, talking with students in a roundtable discussion about jobs.

Solis held the event to talk to students about the challenges and opportunities they face before entering the workforce. Recent news stories have highlighted growing concerns over student debt, student loan interest rates and rising tuition. Dr. Jan Rogers facilitated the roundtable, with Renee Hampton, Marty Maliwesky and Kim Brazwell of Student Affairs.

Paul Saltz, a Columbus State honors student, said, “I’m one of many that, without financial aid, could not be here. My part-time job wouldn’t pay the bills.”
Secretary Solis encouraged students at the roundtable to get work experience now, before graduating. “Having job experience is going to help once you start searching for your first professional job. Even work study positions can help,” she said.

After the conversation with Columbus State students, Secretary Solis served as the keynote speaker at an event at the Ohio Statehouse. Solis had been at Columbus State in February with Dr. Jill Biden as they kicked off a multi-city bus tour of community colleges.

Jonathan Kreger’s Political Science 101 class also took part in the roundtable Wednesday. The event will be the subject of their class discussion on Friday, according to Kreger. 

“Read-In” celebrates National Right to Read Week

Debbie Strain
Debbie Strain
prepares to read the featured story, “I Like Myself,” to first-graders at Trevitt Elementary.

Hundreds of public elementary school students in Columbus and Delaware have a new awareness of Columbus State following the annual Read-In on Tuesday. Eighty-four faculty, staff and students took part in the community service project held May 8.

At Trevitt Elementary on the Near East Side, President Harrison read “I Like Myself” to second graders in Jamie Melton’s classroom. Melton is a Columbus State graduate with her Associate of Arts. She transferred and completed her bachelor’s degree at Ohio Dominican.

Also reading to children at Trevitt Elementary were Debbie Strain, Purchasing, and Stacey Raymond, a lab coordinator in Early Childhood Development.

The children also were read “Giant Steps to Change the World” and “I Know I Can.” Volunteers from the Delaware Campus read books to first- and second-graders at Carlisle, Schultz, Conger and Smith Elementary Schools.

Dr. Harrison reading
President Harrison
has the rapt attention of a second-grade Trevitt Elementary classroom as he participates in the Read-In.




Professors nominated for Distinguished Full Professor Award

2011 winners
The 2011 winners of the Distinguished Full Professor Award in its inaugural year were, from left, Dr. Greg Goodhart, Mathematics; Jackie Miller, Nursing; and Steve Abbott, English. 

Nominations for the Distinguished Full Professor Awards have been finalized and eighteen college faculty members are in the running.  Winners will be announced at the August 1 Quality Awards luncheon along with finalists for the Staff Employee of the Year, Distinguished Teaching Awards and Quality Improvement Teams.  Nominations are still being accepted for the Team Awards through Friday, June 1, so hurry and apply today!

Professors nominated for the 2012 Distinguished Full Professor Awards are: David Busch, Jeffrey Bates, Ph.D., Lisa Cerrrato, Crystal Clark, D. Michael Ehret, Ph.D., Holly Finnegan, Robert Fitrakis, Ph.D., J.D., Thomas Habegger, Ph.D., Kelly Hogan, Marc Lord, Ph.D., Darrell Minor, Tammy Montgomery, Gerald Mueller, Thomas Robbins, Thomas Shanahan, J.D., Leslie Smith, James Taylor and Amy Weber.

Promotion and tenure workshop offered

A promotion and tenure workshop for first-year faculty will held Wednesday, May 16, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in CT 107. The session will be led by Holly Finnegan, Developmental Education, and Lisa Cerrato, Health Information Technology. The session will cover the tenure and promotion process, highlighting activities that new faculty should be doing each year.  The session will also be recorded and posted at for later review.

Let’s ride Friday!

graphicGlenn Smith, Facilities Management, will share one of his regular bike rides: Columbus State to the Olentangy Greenway trail, to Lane Avenue and back to campus via High Street. Cougar Cranks bike club members encourage you to join them! This will be a gently paced ride and is good exposure to street riding on a part of High Street accustomed to bike traffic. The ride will depart from the Christopher Columbus statue at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning. Let Cougar Cranks know you are coming by registering here:

Notice the forecast for Friday!


The May issue of The Partner online now
The May edition of the Human Resources newsletter The Partner is full of useful and helpful information.  Get this month's scoop here:

Radiography students compete in annual “Quiz Bowl”

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From left, Radiography instructor Jeff Rowe joins students Leslie Mayes, Ambarish Patel, Melissa Neel, and Krisi Epps at the annual OSRT Quiz Bowl competition.

Fourteen Columbus State Radiography students recently participated in the annual Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists (OSRT) meeting in Warrensville. The students attended educational sessions, participated in a student forum, and took a mock Registry exam. Four Radiography students joined teams from nineteen other radiography schools in the annual student Quiz Bowl competition. Student Leslie Mayes also won third place in the Student Essay Competition and Ambarish Patel was selected to serve as a student intern on the OSRT Executive Board.  

Digging for peace

Members of the International Student Association (ISA) worked with the International Voluntary Organization (IVO) on their annual clean-up of the International Peace Garden at Franklin Park Saturday, May 5. After working hard in the gardens all morning, the students and their faculty advisors were rewarded with a delicious lunch provided by IVO.

group shot After finishing their gardening project, the ISA group poses front, from left: Zun Lin, ISA Secretary, Fernando Perez, Nathan Persons, Huy Chu, Lilia Bermúdez  ISA advisor, Mey Ling Liow, Yohei Takabatake , and Yuhan Xue. In middle are Taehyung Park, Keon Woo Lee, ISA President Erika Santolalla, Cinthia Rodriguez, and Janina Forde. And in the back row are ISA advisors Michael Schumacher and Charlie Gallucci.

What’s that boom?

CannonCivil War-era cannons will be fired on the west and south plazas of the Statehouse on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Firing demonstrations are scheduled to take place every half-hour between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and more frequently during the lunch hours on both days.  It’s part of the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A Civil War re-enacting group who will offer living history lessons during an 1860s-era encampment of Union Army Troops on the West lawn of the Ohio Statehouse both days from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Mobile Mammography Screening offered in June

The James Care Mammography mobile unit will offer cancer screening appointments on Monday, June 25 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the 11-S lot in front of Nestor Hall. To make an appointment, call The James Care Mammography Scheduling Department at (614) 293-4455, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wondering about all that DIRT?

You can’t miss the noise, dust and construction equipment on the Columbus Crossroads project around the fringe of campus. The multi-year project will completely reconfigure I-71 and I-670.  Mark French, Facilities Services director and Vanessa Cummings, Parking and Transportation supervisor, recently got an up-close look at the massive construction site. They were among about a dozen area stakeholders who were invited along on an ODOT van for the personal tour. Mark Van Horn documented the ride along so you can see it here!

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 (10:00 a.m.)  Register
Location: Innovation Center, CT 107

ALSO:  Friday, May 25 (10:00 a.m.) Register