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 11, 2012

Marching to a new record

OTAP summer internship

Hay facilitates at Global Initiative conference

Columbus State staff participate in transfer conference

Lunch Money for a Day campaign

ITDL Seminars

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




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June 18, 2012

Jennifer Williams goes the extra mile for international students

Jennifer Williams, office associate in International Enrollment Services, has a gift for making personal connections, says her supervisor Tari Blaney, director of Admissions.  And it’s that gift that helps her make a difference for each and every international student she works with in the busy office that sees students from hundreds of different countries each year.

Williams was given the Staff Employee of the Month award for June, in recognition of the “special passion, warmth and kindness that makes her unique,” according to Blaney.

“Jennifer maintains a welcoming, caring, helpful and encouraging attitude, while managing high student contacts and a heavy, complex workload,” says Blaney.  “Her patience and listening skills are major asset; she is organized and can be counted on to get the job done.  She is a creative and proactive problem solver, and is vigilant about streamlining and improving processes.”

“Jennifer is both well liked and well respected in our department,” continues Blaney. “She serves as a true role model and a mentor for other staff members.  She never hesitates to pitch in and does so with a positive, team-oriented attitude!”

Open Forum for Chief of Staff Candidate

There will be an open forum to meet with Kim Hall, a finalist for the Chief of Staff position, on Wednesday, June 20. The forum will be held in WD-404 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please consider meeting Ms. Hall during this time to discuss her candidacy for this role and ask any questions you may have.

Bookstore uses “Progressive” approach to textbook comparison shopping

It’s the age-old question students still face every academic term: Who has the best price on textbooks? Until now, getting that answer took a lot of legwork, research, and even some guess work. Now, students have the answer right at their fingertips—from the Columbus State Bookstore.

Using the basic idea of Progressive Insurance’s side-by-side rate quote, the Columbus State Bookstore has just launched a new price comparison tool that allows students to compare prices from several sources while shopping on the Bookstore’s website.

Textbook Supervisor Phil Sanders says, "This tool is great for students, because they can make sure they are getting the most for their money. It's great for the Bookstore, too, because there's often a misconception that shopping at the college bookstore means paying more, which isn't always the case. This side-by-side comparison will give students the facts before they make their purchase decisions."

Because the best price on textbooks can vary from book to book, the Price Comparison Tool lets students compare by specific textbook title. The comparison tool—and instructions for using it—can be found at

Password site gets a makeover

The webpage that allows students to discover, rediscover, change their password and reactivate their Columbus State network accounts has just been given a security facelift. now gives students more options when selecting their “secret” question in the challenge and response process that validates access to the account management functions on the page.   While it seems like a minor change, our students have used the page on average a quarter million times a year since it was introduced in 2003.  Functionality has also been added to create immediate synchronization of their passwords with their new live@edu student email accounts.

Elementary school students spend day at Delaware

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Woodward Elementary students teleconference with Columbus State Student Ambassadors at their recent “day in college” at the Delaware Campus.

Their college careers may be years away, but a group of young students marveled at science and technology in a real college setting last month on the Delaware Campus.  In all, 68 fourth-graders from Woodward Elementary spent the better part of a day exploring several science topics and learning what it would be like to be in college.

The students were split into groups and took part in three classes. Bigfoot: Real or Myth was led by Delaware Campus librarians Dana Knott, Jessica Crossfield and Kristine Szabo. As students responded to the research question "Bigfoot: Is He Real?” they were shown different information sources and learned about evaluating that information.

Cool Chemistry was led by Matthew Saelzler, adjunct faculty, and Tirhas Woldegiorgis, teaching assistant in the Physical Sciences. Students learned about physical and chemical changes by mixing liquids to create solids. Students made “flubber” and Styrofoam in a rainbow of colors.

Connect with your Future gave the kids an opportunity to use technology to connect with Student Ambassadors. Students spent the first half of this class working in teams to read about getting ready for college and writing questions for current college students based on what they'd read. During the last half of the class, students "met" student ambassadors through videoconferencing and asked their questions.

The day ended with a quick program and distribution of certificates, and Clawdette Cougar gave the group a terrific send-off.

The program was developed by Delaware Dean Angelo Frole and Woodward Principal Matthew Keller, who met through the Leadership Delaware program.