Desiree Polk-Bland named new Dean of Student Life

BlandDesiree Polk-Bland has been selected as Dean of Advising and Student Support. She will officially start her role on June 16.
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Artwork by William Hemming on display in library

The Library will present the work of artist William Hemming this summer on floors 1 and 2. Hemming received his training from the Columbus College of Art and Design and from The Ohio State University.
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LogisticsART in the spotlight

HandshoePresident Harrison led a panel of business partners and LogisticsART graduates in a discussion about the benefits of this program.
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June 7, 2012

Polk-Bland named to Dean position

End of www2

Hemming artwork on display

Parking closed for repair

Recycling captains needed

Health Reward briefings

Mobile mammography screenings

Sport and Exercise hall of fame inductees

PERFORMs reviews

June 4, 2012

Cabot Rea to address grads

Ohio Growth Summit

Year-end purchasing dates

Volunteer opportunities for golfers

"Thin Clients" and "Print on Demand" come to campus

June 1, 2012

Salute to Bicentennial

The end of www2

Last day to nominate Quality Teams

Man of the Year awards

Job Skills participants receive scholarships

Cougar Challenge Check

Pride march June 16

Health Rewards: Get started now

Safety Week June 11-15

May 29, 2012

Men's Golf Team finishes 7th nationally

New student email system

HIMT professors present

More Bike Month tips

ITDL webinars

May 24, 2012

Concert Band celebrates Columbus Bicentennial

Last call for Quality Team nominations

Feedback on Dean Candidates

Cougar Rewards update

Windows printing migration

Fee Waiver deadline

Chef Apprentice and Baking students win Golden Spoon

Got socks?

TRiO students earn scholarships

ITDL Seminars

May 22, 2012

Faculty Symposiums

LogisticsART in the spotlight

Foor named Teacher of the Year

Feedback on Dean Candidates

Caterpillar brings simulator

Wayne Cocchi's retirement party

Highly Successful Grants seminar

ITDL Seminar: Content Collection I

May 17, 2012

New book allowance explained

Leadership Institute Class of 2012 graduates

Spring Symposium May 22-24

Bike Month news, tips

The Next Big Thing: Spoke and Wheels

Meyers writes book on Jazz

Cougar golfers going to national tournament




This week at Columbus State
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Safety Week, June 11-15

Tuesday June 12
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Thursday June 14




Friday June 15

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Christopher's is now closed for the quarter.

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June 11, 2012

Marching to a new record

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Graduates in the Spring Quarter Class of 2012 march in the procession past a capacity crowd in Veterans Memorial June 8.  More than 900 students petitioned to graduate in the final spring quarter ceremony before Columbus State switches to the semester system, and an estimated 500 marched in the ceremony.  Nearly every seat in the auditorium at Vets was filled, including the balcony seating pictured above!

Know someone (young) who needs a summer job?

students with drywallDo you know someone 18-24 years old, who might be interested in a summer job in the skilled trades? The Orientation to Trade and Apprenticeship Program (OTAP) offers a six-week, paid summer internship that will prepare students to find entry-level employment in the skilled trades—jobs such as carpentry, concrete masonry, weatherization, and more.
OTAP provides:

Classes run Monday - Thursday, July 9-August 17, from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Applications are required and will be accepted now through June 22.  Space is limited, so anyone interested should call (614) 287-5905 to register.

Hay facilitates at Clinton Global Initiative conference

Cheryl Hay

Cheryl Hay, director in Community Education and Workforce Development, and Columbus State business partner John Bishop, chairman and CEO of Motorists Insurance Group, recently attended the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference, held June 7-8 in Chicago. CGI contacted Columbus State after Dr. Jill Biden's visit to the college in February and expressed an interest in the statewide insurance project being spearheaded by Motorists and facilitated by Columbus State.

The CGI America conference was founded in 2005 by former President Clinton.  The recent event was hosted by President Clinton and focused on promoting economic recovery in the United States by bringing together a carefully selected group of leaders from business, education, foundations, and government sectors.  The various sessions focused on job creation and preparing Americans to be competitive global citizens. Hay facilitated a working group that looked at national and regional strategies for providing industry recognized credentials.

Columbus State staff participate in transfer conference

Sarah Lathrop was named New Member of the Year.

More than 115 people representing 10 community colleges, 30 four-year institutions, the American Council on Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Education (OACTE) attended the Ohio Transfer Council “Pathways, Partners, and Possibilities” Conference held June 1 at Franklin University.

Sarah Lathrop, project specialist for Articulation, received the 2012 New Member Award.   Summre Jones, transcript evaluator in Records and Registration, was elected as Treasurer-Elect.  Sharmaine Pechac, Laura Shady, and Susan Van Pelt (OSU) presented on the Columbus State-OSU Partnerships (Future Scientist of Ohio, Pipeline to Health Sciences Careers and the Preferred Pathway Program).  According to conference evaluations, their presentation was the conference favorite.

Also in attending from Columbus State were Amy Cardinal, Richard Clark, Rachel Fowler, Ryan Fuqua, Sue Judd, BethAnn LeBrie, Regina Peal, and Tina Pickering. More information about the Ohio Transfer Council can be found online at

Donate to SAC campaign Lunch Money for a Day

lunch foodThe Staff Advisory Council is launching a campaign to fight childhood hunger by supporting the Children's Hunger Alliance Lunch Money for a Day Campaign.

Between now and July 16, SAC is asking employees to donate at least $5.00 to help fight childhood hunger in Central Ohio. Your donation can help make a difference. Contact the following SAC reps for donation mailers: Sue Thomas, Sherita Golden , or Betty Richardson.

Last year, Columbus State was the second biggest contributor to this campaign. This year, we can be first! To learn more about the Children's Hunger Alliance or donate, visit:

ITDL Seminars:
Grade Center (2 Hours)
BB9 160 is an introduction to the Blackboard Grade Center, including creating a manual column and manually entering grades, creating a Total column, creating a Weighted Total column, downloading grades, modifying and creating custom grading formats, modifying and creating custom categories, organizing columns, and sending email through the Grade Center.

Prerequisites for this session: BB9 101 Introduction to Blackboard 9.1
Date: Thursday, June 14
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: CT 106   Click here to register

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.

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, Instructor, Modern Languages
Date: Friday, June 22
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: CT 016 Click here to register

Getting Started with Blackboard (3 Hours)
This seminar will introduce the Blackboard 9.1 course management system. The goal of this seminar is to provide a solid foundation of Blackboard 9.1's essential know-how topics so participants will be better prepared for further Blackboard 9.1 sessions.

Date: Saturday, June 23
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: CT 106 Click here to register