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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Previous Stories:

June 18, 2012

June SEOM Williams

Open Forum for Chief of Staff Candidate

Bookstore uses "Progressive" approach

Password site gets makeover

Elementary students spend day at Delaware

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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Monday June 18

Summer Quarter begins

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Friday June 22

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June 21, 2012

Central Scheduling offline until Monday

The R25 room scheduling system will be offline today through Monday, June 25. Central Scheduling will still be able to receive room requests submitted via the Intranet, but will not be able to process requests until the migration of R25 to the R25 hosted environment is complete. In addition, the Events Calendar will not reflect any changes during this time. Central Scheduling anticipates the system to be up and running on Tuesday, June 26.

Voluntary Cash Separation Incentive explained

The Columbus State Board of Trustees approved year two of the Voluntary Cash Separation Incentive at their March 15 meeting. Eligibility for voluntary separation is based on retirement eligibility in accordance with the following Ohio public retirement systems STRS, SERS, or ARP. The qualifications are:

  • Thirty years of public service at any age

  • Twenty-five years of public service with a minimum age of 55

  • Five years of public service with a minimum age of 60

If you think that you meet the eligibility requirements to take advantage of this opportunity, or you have questions about whether you meet them, please plan on attending a meeting on Wednesday, June 27 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in CT-107.
The meeting will detail the procedure to sign up for the incentive, what paperwork you will need for certification, how the incentive will work, and next steps to take.
For more information, contact Twila Wiley at ext. 2422.

Freeze period for Switch2Semesters starts July 1

logoAs Columbus State moves closer to semester conversion, the Switch2Semesters Steering Committee will institute a “freeze period” for the addition of any new functionality to the Colleague and Degree Audit systems. The freeze will begin on July 1. The institution of a freeze for new development does not mean that critical, non-S2S work will be halted altogether, but the college will need to exercise appropriate analysis to determine critical (mandatory and time sensitive) vs. non-critical (enhancements and increased functionality) system change requests.  

This freeze period is important to help stabilize the production and S2S testing environments leading up to the switch, and to ensure a stable production system by the start of semesters in autumn 2012. We appreciate your understanding of this important decision which will help the overall success of Switch2Semesters. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Carol Thomas or Jennifer Anderson.

TRiO Office receives five-year $1.4 million grant

logoThe U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO Office has awarded continued funding for the Columbus State Upward Bound program.  Stephanie Albrecht and staff will spend $1,398,680 over the next five years to assist 68 students with intense services and strategies to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college students who successfully pursue and complete postsecondary education.

More grants received

Columbus State received $110,000 from the State of Ohio Department of Development for the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State (SBDC) to provide assistance and support to small businesses with a focus on manufacturing and technology. Known as the Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, the program is under the direction of Michael Bowers and Jeff Schick.

Also, the Ohio Child Care Resource & Referral Association has awarded Columbus State a Step-Up to Quality Achievement Award for the Child Development Center. Jennifer Perkins, director, and her staff will spend the $38,500 award on toys, learning resources, craft materials and crib safety devices.

Fulltime employee Annual Reviews now in progress

Managers have two options for completing annual reviews for fulltime employees: 

Option One (COOL):
Managers begin the reviews in COOL and submit them to their employees. Directions for beginning reviews in COOL and completing them, for both employees and managers are available at this link:

Option Two (Fillable Forms): Forms can be found on the Columbus State Forms Page under Human Resources at the following link: or on the Human Resources webpage under Forms at the following link:

As part of the process, all employees complete a Self-Review and submit it to the Reviewing Supervisor. Please check with your manager regarding his/ her deadline for these to be completed. The suggested deadline for these to be complete is Friday, June 22, but managers may provide employees with a different deadline.

All Annual Reviews for fulltime, non-bargaining unit employees must be completed by July 31 at 4:00 p.m.

If you need any assistance, please call your Human Resources Employment Representative at ext. 2408 or Mary Francis McLaughlin at ext. 5220.

Career development courses offered:

Discover Your True Calling - Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class if for you! Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan. Prerequisite: "Win with Your Strengths" (recommended but not required)
Course Number: Career Development 103 Register
Date: Wednesday, June 27
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: WD 402

Win With Your Strengths - Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success.
In this course you will learn:

Course Number: Career Development 101 Register
Date: Thursday, June 28 12:30 PM
Time: 12:30- 4:30 p.m. (please arrive ½ hour early to register)
Location: WD 402
Important: Completion of the Strengths Finder online assessment is REQUIRED prior to course. If you do not receive your access code to complete the assessment please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406 or For more information or for help registering, contact Lori McKenzie at

Columbus State walks for NAMI

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At the June 2 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk, Columbus State co-captains Jackie Teny-Miller (kneeling left) and Angie Fry (kneeling center) led 45 walkers, raising $1,531 for the organization. Dianne Fidelibus, right, also joined the walk. NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country, and is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. This was the largest attended walk in the history of NAMI Franklin County with more than 1,000 people participating.

logoWeight Watchers at Work offered this summer

The next session of Weight Watchers at Work will start Tuesday, July 10. The sessions will be held at 12:00 p.m. in the DX conference room on the 3rd floor. The cost is $110, which can be paid through payroll deduction for your convenience. There will be an informational meeting for those interested on Tuesday, June 26 at 12:00 p.m. in the DX conference room.  If you are interested, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 or email  To continue this valuable wellness program, the college has to enroll a certain number of participants, so join now!

New form available for contracts

For those who work with college contracts, a revised version of the Contract Routing and Approval Form can be found on the Intranet (not available off campus).  Through a collaboration of Business and Campus Services, the Legal Office, the Grants Office, and Community Education and Workforce Development, the new form has been designed to facilitate contract routing, review and approval, and timely payment.  This form replaces previous versions of the Contract Routing and Approval Form, and Contract Checklists and must accompany all contracts. 

Upcoming ITDL seminars:
Turn your PowerPoints into videos
Have you ever viewed a PowerPoint that has been posted on-line? It seems one-dimensional. There is no voice behind the slides to provide context and feedback. Consequently, a posted PowerPoint may lose some of the point of the presentation.
Why not convert your existing PowerPoint to a video (with audio recording) that can be embedded in your Blackboard course?  Think it's too difficult? Absolutely not! We can actually accomplish a conversion from PowerPoint to video 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.  During the presentation, attendees will learn how to download the appropriate software and will discuss best practices regarding creating voice recordings on PowerPoint, as well as editing, saving, and uploading recordings into Blackboard.
When: Wednesday, June 27 (9:30 - 11:30 a.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106
Presented by: Melissa Logue, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages

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 Lesson Builder 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.
When: Friday, June 22 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106 
Presented by: Melissa Logue, Modern Languages

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.
Topics Covered:

  • What is Blackboard?

  • How to navigate the Blackboard portal and class shell.

  • How to setup/customize a new Blackboard course shell.

  • How to post/modify/delete an announcements.

  • How to add a course syllabus to a course shell.

  • How to create folders for separating content.

  • We will also look at a few other new content related items.

Who Should Attend?

  • All faculty/staff who do not know anything about how to use Blackboard 9.1.

  • Anyone interested in learning the very basics of how to use Blackboard 9.1.

Saturday, June 23 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.), CT 106 - Register
Monday, June 25 (6:00-9:00 p.m.), CT 106 - Register
Thursday, June 28 (8:00-11:00 a.m.), CT 106 - Click here to register

Building Blackboard Tests Using Respondus (3 Hours)
This seminar is designed for the faculty members who are already familiar with the basics of the Blackboard, and are ready to start developing online quizzes, exams, or surveys. This seminar will focus on the use basic use of a software tool called Respondus.

During this seminar, participants will take documents in the form of a Word document and bring it into Blackboard using the Respondus. Respondus will save you considerable amount of time when developing exams, quizzes, or surveys for your Blackboard course.

Learn more about Respondus features!
Note: Please do not bring any exams, quizzes, or surveys that you have developed to use during this seminar - a training exam file will be provided.

Friday, June 29
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Register
Grade Center (2 Hours)
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 schematics, 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
Friday, June 29
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Register

Articulation Update and Tutoring Symposium: “Supporting the Millennial Student”

A symposium will be held Friday, August 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  or 1:00-4:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center. The symposium will offer focused support for adjunct tutors, advisors, faculty, and staff. A roundtable discussion --Integrating and Sustaining Title III Activities-- will be held from 12:15-12:45 p.m.  Bring a lunch and participate! For more information, please email Dr. David Reedy.