Theatre Columbus State's next performance

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The 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.
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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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October 8, 2012

Hispanic Heritage Month poetry reading

New Professionals Employee Resource group

World Cafe for LGBT History Month

Bookstore Pet Supply Drive

October 4, 2012

Thomas named SEOM

Owen moves to new office

Internal communication survey

Audio Visual History Month

Disability Awareness Month: sign language courses

Play Jeopardy with Disability Services

Read and Write Gold goes live

October 1, 2012

Hay presents at Inner City Economic Summit

College Book Bucks go to two CS students

Mental Health Awareness Week

Vayntraub wins photo contest

Disability Awareness Month

Tancred earns doctorate

October Matrix Monitor

Art exhibition by Kevin Willis

September 27, 2012

Checking the climate

HLC Quality Checkup Visit

Columbus State coach ranked 14th nationally

Payroll Services relocating

Theatre Columbus State to perform "1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible"

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

Help your students prepare for midterms

New technology for prospective students

College readiness assessment process starts Oct. 1

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







This week at Columbus State
Monday October 8

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

Tuesday October 9
Wednesday October 10
Thursday October 11



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October 11, 2012

Higher Learning Commission team gives preliminary findings

Columbus State is serious and committed to quality improvement.  That's the verdict of the Higher Learning Commission review team after their visit to campus September 18-20.  Their Quality Checkup Report, a twenty-page preliminary finding, is an important step as the college seeks reaffirmation of accreditation.

The college was complimented in several areas.  The 121-page document of responses to the opportunities in our Systems Portfolio was identified as a significant piece of evidence that the college took process seriously.  Special thanks go to the work of the Core Team of Ingrid Emch, Tom Lyons, Bruce Massis, and Antoinette Perkins

The use of game design and technology to engage students was recognized as a promising practice by the HLC.  The development of an Instructional Cost Modeling System was also seen as a “best practice” and was recommended to be shared.  The review team commented that they saw strong evidence of commitment to AQIP principles and that employees are truly colleagues for whom “failing is not an option.”

The reviewers offered suggestions for the next Systems Portfolio including recommendations for specific items to report in student assessment.  It was noted that the college has made progress on data and benchmarking and that how these data are used in decision making should be emphasized in the next portfolio.

While this visit was important to our accreditation, the process is not over.  This report will be added to the college's body of work that includes the 2009 Systems Portfolio, 2010 Systems Appraisal Feedback Report, and Action Projects.  This documentation will be reviewed by the AQIP Review Panel of Reaffirmation, and a recommendation will be given to the Institutional Actions Council (IAC).  The IAC's final decision on the college's reaffirmation of accreditation is due in December, 2012.

Talking about what the best teachers do

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As President Harrison looks on, Merideth Sellars makes a point in the faculty on-boarding and renewal seminar “What the Best College Teachers Do,” held September 21. Joining Sellars, instructor in Biological Sciences, were the other three Distinguished Teaching Award recipients for the current year, (from left) Christine Evenson, professor in Interpreter Education, Jennifer Dragoo, instructor in Developmental Education, and Reuel Barksdale, associate professor in Business Management. You can
view a recording of the discussion on the faculty web page.

Register today for the next two sessions. Designed to orient new faculty, these sessions are open to all new and veteran employees. Contact Rich James , ext. 2175 for more information. 
Next up: Build a Student Success Story - October 19, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., CT 107.
Conflict and Power in the Classroom – November 15, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Room TBA. 

GelberChannel 4 meteorologist to speak Oct. 22

NBC 4 Meteorologist Ben Gelber is heading to Columbus State this month. He'll bring his expertise to Jeff Bates' Environmental Hydrology class where he plans to lecture and talk with students about the fascinating job of forecasting the weather. The campus is invited to attend. However, seating is limited. Gelber will talk on Monday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 013. Bring the questions you've always wanted to ask!





Smart Policing uses data to predict crime

Data is driving "Targeted Patrol," a new pilot safety program on campus.  Based on the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI), 'targeted and visible' patrol deters crime better than traditional random patrol. 

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"Our aim is to focus on potential crime opportunities," says Sean Asbury, Columbus State Chief of Police.  "It is a visible deterrent, targeting patrol resources according to the ebb and flow of campus activity, anticipating where crime could happen, and deterring it with timely, targeted patrol."

The Smart Policing Initiative, a U.S. Department of Justice program, is based on a three-prong approach: data, analysis and solutions.  "We would add one other attribute," says Asbury, "real-time response to the data."

Targeted patrol objectives are part of the department’s strategic plan and supervisors’ PERFORMs goals. Over 50 shift tasks have been identified for supervisors to implement and quantify. "Emergency and assistance calls remain our first priority," says Asbury, “but between calls, we conduct targeted patrol as calls permit."

The pilot program was one of more than forty CQI efforts submitted at the last In-Service Day in April. 

Flu shots to be given at In-Service Day

The Columbus State Wellness Initiative will offer seasonal flu shots to all full-time employees on In-Service Day, October 17. Employees who have UHC coverage should bring their Health Card. Other employees will need to bring a signed consent form. Flu shots will be given in Union Hall Rooms 137-138-139. You can register for flu shots here:

Mental Health students help with screening

group photoAngela Fry, instructor in Mental Health/Addiction Studies/ Developmental Disabilities, trained a group of her students to provide mental health screenings October 3 in partnership with Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL). The Mental Health students were able to apply the skills they are learning in class to screen and refer other students who attended the event. Pictured at the screening are, from left: Tara Vancleef, Angela Fry, Jessica Engle, Amanda Hammonds, Nicki Miller and Deidre Black.

Eco Summit sharing

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, Community Education and Workforce Development coordinator, and David Scott, a lawyer and vice-chairman of the Central Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, talk with  an attendee at EcoSummit, held September  30 – October 5 at the Convention Center. Lamar-Nickoli serves as chairperson for the Green Building Council’s Programs and Education Committee. The two shared information about green careers and programs at EcoSummit, which is a gathering of the world's most respected minds in ecological science to discuss restoring the planet's ecosystems. More than 1,500 scientists from 75 countries attended the Summit, which featured symposia, general sessions, posters, and workshops covering a wide variety of ecological topics.