Deadline for Health Rewards near

logoThe deadline for fulltime employees with United Health Care insurance to complete the Health Rewards program’s required eight points is Sunday, September 30.  Employees covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight points to maintain a 20% payroll contribution.
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Autumn Enrollment Statistics

The preliminary Autumn Semester 2012 headcounts and FTEs as of the official census date, September 12, are now available
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Nominate Alumni in preparation for Columbus State's 50th Anniversary

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Columbus State will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013—the college held its very first classes on September 30, 1963—and we are busy collecting stories of our outstanding alumni and former students for a commemorative history book. 
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September 24, 2012

Secretary of State on campus

Aviation Maintenance disaster drill

Deadline for Health Rewards near

Flu shots offered at In-Service Day

Sexual Assault Prevention seminar

Weight Watchers at Work

Want to know more about Shared Governance and SAC?

Lunch and dinner at Christopher's

September 20, 2012

Delaware campus to host 5K

Autumn enrollment statistics

iPad "Petting Zoo"

Gospel Ensemble to perform

Rally for Recovery

Shredding pick up delayed

Matrix Monitor

The Partner

Study tour in Turkey

September 17, 2012

Quality Check-Up Visit

Bicentennial Calendars in the mail

New title for Disability Services Advocates

Career Development courses offered

Mobile mammography screening

September 13, 2012

Meeting with Kasich

What the best college teachers do

COOL system to be discontinued

Chorus Columbus State to perform

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Day

September 10, 2012

Senator Sherrod Brown highlights retraining

September SEOM

Business careers conference

Financial wellness seminar

Safelite offers hiring event

Cougar Geeks and TRiO/Student Support Services team up

Health Rewards deadline extended

Grade-entry deadlines

Volleyball Cougars ranked 9th in nation

September 6, 2012

Disability Services offers training on new literacy software

Weight Watchers this fall

Last PBJ jazz concert of the year

Nelson earns master's from Franklin

Closed parking lots

September 4, 2012

Weeks of Welcome continue

BIM Certificates presented

BLUEprint workshops

More construction closings

Go car-free for a day






This week at Columbus State
Monday September 24

Spinning, 12-1 p.m., DE 158
Aerobics, 4:15 p.m., DE 158

Tuesday September 25
Wednesday September 26
Thursday September 27

M.A.N. Initiative orientation, 9:30-10:30 a.m., DE 113


Friday September 28

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September 27, 2012

Checking the Columbus climate

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Associate Professor Eric Neubauer, (center, holding balloon) helps students in his
Weather and Climate class launch a weather balloon Monday into a very clear blue sky.  In GEOG 1120, students learn about the basic concepts of weather and become familiar with climate types around the world. They also study the impact of human activity on weather and climates. 

HLC Quality Checkup Visit is complete

logoFor some it was like taking a graduate school oral exam and for others it was a great coaching clinic. Either way, the three-day accreditation Checkup Visit conducted last week by reviewers from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) was a success.

"I think by the time our visitors left, they wanted to work here,” noted President David Harrison.  “They were really impressed with what we're doing."

In eighteen meetings spread over three days, Drs. George Johnston and Cheryl Carpenter-Davis met with more than 150 college employees, students and key community stakeholders.

They cited the progress the college has made in using data for decision-making and gauging stakeholder input. The Achieving the Dream initiative was noted and praised.  In an exit interview, the two said it was obvious the college took feedback from the 2009 Systems Portfolio review very seriously. 

The reviewers' report is due within four weeks, after which the college will have an opportunity to respond. A complete package of accreditation material then goes to the AQIP Review Panel of Accreditation. Their recommendation is forwarded to the HLC's Institutional Actions Council for a final review.  By the end of December 2012 the college will receive notification about reaffirmation of our accreditation.

Polly Owen and Greg Goodhart would like to thank all who helped prepare for the visit. 

Columbus State coach ranked No. 14 nationwide among junior college coaches

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Pat Carlisle

Columbus State’s men’s basketball team has been making a mark in Division II junior college play since Pat Carlisle arrived as head coach in 2007. Since then, the Cougars have made regular appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) top ten rankings.

Under Carlisle’s leadership, the team has made it to the national tournament twice, with an appearance in the championship game once.  Over the past five seasons Carlisle has achieved a record of 129-32 – an 80% winning record.

Now Coach Carlisle’s hard work has paid off in a new ranking from It puts Carlisle at No. 14 for all junior college coaches, divisions I, II and III. is a site heavily used by the coaching community and is a popular interactive recruiting tool created to help talented basketball players gain exposure.
In announcing the new rankings, states, “Junior Colleges have been pumping out talented players for years now.  The coaches of these schools do not get near the credit that they deserve.”

The rankings were based on recent wins and losses, conference wins and losses, championships won, along with recent and incoming recruiting classes.
Only one other Ohio head coach made the rankings, Dave Clarke of Owens Community College, coming in at No. 11.

Payroll Services to relocate

Earlier this year the Payroll Services team moved from Human Resources to the Business and Administrative Services Division. As of October 3, the Payroll Services office will relocate to Rhodes Hall, Room 227 in the Business and Administrative Services Area.

Employees may pick up paychecks with proper ID at the Cashier’s Office beginning October 4.

Payroll Services email and phone number contact information will remain the same:   
Tina Davis - 287-5288
Tahia Chhuom - 287-5617
Allison Stir - 287-2348
Jason Love - 287-5972
Becky Ribble, Supervisor - 287-5791

Theatre Columbus State to perform in October

posterThe students in the Theater program will present their new comedy “1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible” which is actually two plays by James McLure. Columbus State’s Frank Barnhart directs. The first act, “Laundry and Bourbon,” is the story of three small-town women who love to gossip. The second, “Lone Star,” is about Roy, a man who loves three things: his country, his beautiful wife and his 1959 pink Thunderbird Convertible — not necessarily in that order.  The play will be performed Wednesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.  There will also be a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Thursday, October 18.  Admission is free.  This play is for mature audiences only!

Disability Services promotes Keck; Killen and Van Horn earn master’s

Christopher  Keck has been promoted to Assistant Director of Disability Services. Keck is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a master’s degree in community counseling.  Prior to coming to Columbus State as an advisor in 2010, Keck was a Disability Services counselor at The Ohio State University.

Sheryl Killen, supervisor of Interpreting, and Darla Van Horn, office associate in Disability Services, graduated August 3 from the University of Dayton with a Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions. They both plan to attend the U.D. graduation ceremony on December 15.

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Sheryl Killen, left, and Darla Van Horn show off their new master’s degrees. 
Christopher Keck is the new Assistant Director of Disability Services.


Help your students prepare for midterms!

paperMidterm exams are right around the corner.  Are your students already studying for them?  Find out how you can help students minimize stress, maximize time, and ace their exams!  Have them attend one of the upcoming BLUEprint workshops, and learn about how to best prepare themselves for exams, starting NOW!

Tackling Test Anxiety:  Monday, October 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Madison Hall 225
Overcoming Math Anxiety: Thursday, October 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Madison Hall 225

If you would like a printable flyer of all the BLUEprint workshops, or if you have any other questions, please email

New technology for prospective students coming Oct. 1

On Monday, October 1, Columbus State will roll out several new technology tools which will help us better serve prospective students and new applicants.  The tools are part of the Hobsons suite of enrollment management technology products, and will fully integrate with our existing Hobsons Customer Relationship Management (CRM) contact and communication system.
Look for these new tools:

  • New Online Application, called Apply Yourself, for prospective students to apply to Columbus State.  This new application will allow us to capture additional information about our applicants and includes messaging features to connect students to key information and resources.  International applicants, PSEO/Dual Enrollment/Other Early College Program applicants, students who have completed non-credit courses, and employees wishing to take credit classes will no longer need to complete a separate application.  They will now use this new application to apply to Columbus State.

  • New Online Information Request Form and VIP page.  Prospective students and new applicants will be able to complete an online form to request specific information, and will immediately be sent their own customized Cougar VIP page with key information and links to learn more.  They will also be able to directly link to other helpful information, like our chat with an Admissions Advisor tool, our Ask a Cougar automated FAQ system, and our new online application.

  • New Online Events Registration and Messaging System.  This events system will allow students to reserve their spot for orientation, Admissions special visit days (such as the October 19 Explore Columbus State Day at the Columbus and Delaware Campuses), and other prospective student and new applicant events.  This system also provides event confirmation, reminders, and follow-up messages.

To learn more about these exciting new tools, come to one of the Demonstration/Information Sessions listed below.  They will be held in the Admissions Department in Madison Hall lower level.

Thursday, October 4, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or Noon-1:00 p.m.
Monday, October 8, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 9, 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Tari Blaney at ext. 5021, Tisha McGlaughlin at ext. 5513, or Liz Wyles-Smith, at ext. 5374 in the Admissions Office.

College readiness assessment process to begin Oct. 1

As part of Columbus State’s student success initiatives and in support of efforts to prevent financial aid fraudulent activity, the college will implement a new college readiness assessment process.  On Monday, October 1, the college will require all newly accepted students to complete one or more of the following assessments of college readiness in English/Writing and Mathematics prior to registering for classes, and prior to receiving their login credentials for access to their student email, the CSCC network, and CougarWeb :

For more information, contact Tari Blaney at ext. 5021, Tisha McGlaughlin at ext. 5513, or Liz Wyles-Smith, at ext. 5374 in the Admissions Office.