Professors nominated for "Distinguished Full Professor"

Nominations for the Distinguished Full Professor Awardshave been finalized and eighteen college faculty members are in the running. 
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Dual Enrollment Conference

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’ second annual conference May 8.
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Hilda Solis meets with students

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

May 10, 2012

Dual Enrollment Conference draws hundreds

Solis talks with students

"Read-In" celebrates right to read

CQI in Action: Professors nominated

Promotion and tenure workshop

Friday bike rides

May issue of The Partner

Radiography students compete in "Quiz Bowl"

Digging for peace

Cannons to be fired

Mammography screening

Wondering about all that dirt?

Grants workshop

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 14

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

Tuesday May 15
Wednesday May 16
Thursday May 17

Committee of the Whole meeting, 12-5 p.m., FR 118

Dean Candidtate Open Forum, 2-3 p.m., CT 107

Theatre Columbus State: "Sexual Perversity in Chicago", 3 and 8 p.m., NH Auditorium

Friday May 18

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Christopher's opens this week for Spring Quarter.

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May 14, 2012

Transfer Center Open House is today

pennantsStop by the brand-new Transfer Center’s Open House today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Aquinas Hall Room 126!

Columbus State’s Transfer Center is the new “hub” of transfer information and the designated location for our students to meet the college’s four-year partners.
Advisors from the more than 35 public colleges and universities that hold transfer agreements with Columbus State regularly hold office hours in the new Transfer Center.  There, students can meet one-on-one with advisors to chart a path to their bachelor’s degree and beyond.  The Center offers computers and resource information for students to do research into their transfer options. 

The Transfer Center opened for business the first day of Spring Quarter, and is now in full operation, so stop by today before 4 p.m. to visit. The Transfer Center represents Columbus State’s commitment to helping our students start right and finish strong. Come meet the staff and see what all the excitement is about!

graphicWoodwinds to perform tomorrow

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, May 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room.  The free concert will last approximately 40 minutes and will be narrated by band director Thomas Lloyd. The program will include the music of Henry VIII, Beethoven, and African-American composer William Grant Still. The concert is free and open to the public.

Employee Resource Groups’ Spring Reception is May 16

Now is the perfect time to join an Employee Resource Group! The All-ERG Spring Reception will be held Wednesday, May 16, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Columbus State’s Bridgeview Golf Course and you’re invited! Employees will have a chance to network, enjoy refreshments and listen to live Latin jazz courtesy of the Masala Trio.  President Harrison will join us for great dialogue!

Columbus State’s Employee Resource Groups (ERG) were designed to create and sustain an environment in which employees can achieve his or her potential and provide an intellectually rich, engaging forum. The groups share their diverse views, perspectives, support and experiences, and foster excellence in working, teaching, research, service, and community partnerships.

Columbus State currently has four ERGs for men, women, minority and LGBT (Spectrum) employees.  For more information on ERGs or to RSVP for the All-ERG Spring Reception, contact Kimberly Brazwell, manager of Diversity Initiatives, at ext. 2426.

Bookstore closed For inventory May 17-19

Please note, the Bookstore and DX Cafe will be closed for inventory Thursday, May 17, Friday, May 18, and Saturday, May 19. The Convenience Store will closed for inventory at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, and remain closed through Saturday. All DX businesses will reopen on Monday, May 21, at 7:30 a.m.

Hurry in for last-minute Spring Cleaning sales now through Wednesday!

Open Forums begin May 17- Final Candidates for Dean of Advising Services

The Human Resources Department and Office of Student Life will host Open Forums for faculty and staff to provide input on the selection of Dean of Advising Services at Columbus State.  Candidates will be available to answer questions and communicate their vision for leading Advising Services.
Forums scheduled:

Desiree Polk-Bland - Thursday, May 17, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. – CT 107

John Fisher - Friday, May 18, 2:00-3:00 p.m. – CT 107

Jonathan Baker - Monday, May 21, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. – WD 404

Melanie Carter - Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. – WD 404
Refreshments will be provided at all forums.  For further information, please contact Sandy Kellam at ext. 5213.

Upcoming ITDL Seminars:

Best Practices, Ideas, and Methodologies for Teaching With an iPad

Wednesday, May 16
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Innovation Center, CT 106 Click here to register

Introduction to SoftChalk
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.
Please join us and learn from one of the most knowledgeable and creative instructors that is actively pioneering the use of SoftChalk at Columbus State.
Facilitated by: Melissa Logue, Modern Languages
Date: Friday, May 18
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Innovation Center, Ct 106 Click here to register

Chorus to perform Spring Concert May 20

The Chorus Columbus State Spring Concert will take place on Sunday evening, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. The Chorus and soloists will perform Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria” and Bob Chilcott’s “A Little Jazz Mass.”

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) was a 20th century French composer, and a member of “Les Six,” a group of six avant-garde composers working in Paris in the 1920s.  Poulenc’s illustrious “Gloria,” notable for its haunting melodies and rich and complex harmonies, was commissioned in 1959 by the Koussevitsky Foundation, and premiered January 21, 1961 in Boston.

Bob Chilcott (b. 1955) is a celebrated British choral composer and director who published more than 125 works to date.  “A Little Jazz Mass” is a light, fun jazz setting of the Latin Missa Brevis (short mass), and premiered in New Orleans in 2004 at the Crescent City Choral Festival.

Chorus Columbus State is directed by Gordon Franklin. The concert is open to the public and admission is free.

Safety Week is coming June 11 – 15, register now for classes!

Kit photoHealth and safety training sessions will be offered to employees during Safety Week, June 11 – 15.  Faculty and staff who are exposed to occupational hazards are responsible for understanding safety-related policies, procedures and practices.  Sessions are offered on Blood-borne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment, Fire Extinguishers, Hazard Communication, Emergency Preparedness, Confined Space Entry and Lockout/Tagout.  Space is limited so register now for Safety Week sessions here:

Special training will also be offered during Safety Week for the following courses:

Audiometric Screening/Testing

The audiometric screening is used to set a baseline prior to occupational noise exposure and the annual check is to make sure that hearing protection is maintaining the employees hearing. Audiometric testing will be offered at no cost to employees on Wednesday, June 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Space is limited so register now for audiometric testing here:

Campus Violence Awareness and Prevention
The importance of preventing violence in the classroom and on campus has been a significant focus for all.  On Safety Week Friday, Campus Violence Awareness and Prevention will offer timely, practical information on prevention and response to campus violence, as well as resources for faculty and staff.  Chief Sean Asbury will facilitate active shooter training – Responding to a Critical Incident – in Part 1. Kellie Brennan, J.D. will discuss Student Conduct and Emergency Resources and  Dr. Mark Querry will discuss Dealing with Difficult Students and Addressing Disruptive Student Behavior in Part 2.  Participants are encouraged to attend both sessions. The sessions are offered Friday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m.  - Noon.  Contact Lori Thomas, Human Capacity Development, at ext. 3860 for more information. Register here:

CPR Recertification for Healthcare Providers
CPR recertification will be offered June 12, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  This course is available for healthcare providers only and is based on the guidelines and standards set forth by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers.  The course covers Adult and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Automated External Defibrillation (AED), use of a Bag Valve Mask, and care to relieve a foreign body airway obstruction for the professional audience. Guidelines 2010 for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are presented and practiced by the student. This course fulfills the required CPR certification for healthcare providers. Contact Lori Thomas, Human Capacity Development, at ext. 3860 for more information.  Register here:

Finished a 5K? Now what?

If you recently completed a 5K run like the Cougar Challenge 5K, and are wondering how to kick it up a notch—maybe to a 10K (6.2 mile) run—read the May issue of Health & Fitness News from the Human Performance Center online here. Simple changes to your training plan will have you working toward the longer race with ease! 

Join the Columbus State NAMI Team and walk June 2

Jackie Teny-Miller, left, and Angela Fry prepare for the NAMI Walk.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. A 3K walk (just under two miles) will be held on Saturday, June 2, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus. Join the Columbus State team, or donate to this great cause.  You can learn more about NAMI or register for the walk here:  You can also contact the Columbus State NAMI walk team co-captains, Jackie Teny-Miller, ext. 2544 or Angela Fry ext. 5479. The Team is more than halfway to their goal of 50 walkers.  Join them!  

Celebrating major donors and scholarship recipients

breakfast photoColumbus State Trustee Dianne Radigan, far left, speaks with scholarship students at the annual President’s Scholar and Donor Recognition Breakfast.

The annual President's Scholarship and Donor Recognition Breakfast was held last month in the Conference Center Ballroom. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community attended this year's celebration of major college donors and the students that received scholarships during the 2011-2012 academic year.
This event was established to thank major donors and bring them together with the students who are benefiting from their generosity. Featured speakers included President Harrison and Kyle Katz, President of the Columbus State Foundation, as well as a panel of scholarship students who spoke on the impact of receiving their scholarship.  A video of highlights from the event can be seen here!

Health Rewards Program briefings offered

logoInformation about the Health Rewards Program, offered for employees through United Health Care, will be shared at briefings to be held Wednesday, May 23, at 9:00 a.m. in CT 109 or Thursday, May 31, at noon in CT 107.  The sessions will presented by Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, and Deborah Robinson, Benefits administrator.  Employees on the Delaware Campus who are interested in hearing the briefing should rsvp to

Cancer: Know Your Risks

There are more than 200 different types of cancer. The most important step you can take in preventing cancer is to know your own risks. This Lunch & Learn presentation – Cancer: Know Your Risks will feature one of Mount Carmel’s cancer experts who will help identify each participant’s risks for cancer. Participants will also be able to ask the expert any questions they may have. The session is offered on Thursday, May 17, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in CT 107.  RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989 or email

Foundation receives grant for Fantastic Fridays program

fridays logoThe Columbus State Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from Time Warner to support the Fantastic Fridays program, which offers middle and high school students an opportunity to visit a real science lab on a college campus.  Students interact with Columbus State science faculty and conduct lab experiments on campus.  Nearly 2,000 students participate in Fantastic Fridays each year at Columbus State, solving mysteries, exploring the environment, testing chemical reactions, and learning first-hand how science is involved in everyday activities!

Virtual School students get up-close view of health fields

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Dental Hygiene students, from left, Jen Harrison, Brittany Taylor, Christina Pache, and Joanna Blaz, use their bright smiles as extra endorsement of the health careers at Columbus State, during the Virtual Community School Health Fair held recently at COSI!

Columbus State students and faculty from several health technologies recently participated in the Virtual Community School of Ohio Health Fair held at COSI. “We are an online school and the Columbus State's programs really added to the dynamics of the evening,” said Teresa Walton, director of the Virtual Community School of Ohio.  More than fifty students and their family members enjoyed interacting with the Columbus State students in the Dental Hygiene, Health Information Management, Medical Assisting, and Respiratory Care programs. “The Columbus State students shared great health information and genuine care for our students and their families,” said Walton. “You students really helped our students learn about careers in the health care fields. We appreciate Columbus State's dedication to education.”

cartoonMay is Bike Month!

This is the first in a series of tips and resources to encourage you to ride a bike for your health, for the environment, and for the sheer fun of it!
Why Bike Commute? --Writer Paul Dorn shares his transformation from motorist to commuter and how it changed his life.
 “Like” Cougar Cranks on Facebook to discuss this article and stay connected to college and Columbus cycling news. Celebrate bicycling May 31 at “The Next Big Thing: Spoke and Wheels” in CT 107 at 6:00 p.m.