Holiday Cost-Savings Initiative

Have questions about the days between December 22 and January 2? You can read an updated Frequently Asked Questions document about the Holiday Cost Savings Initiative online here. 
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President's In-Service Presentation now online

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Dr. Harrison’s presentation from last Wednesday’s In-Service is now online for review.
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Annual Charitable Giving Campaign online now

cover artYou can select to donate to any of the organiza- tions included in the Guidebook, and donate by payroll deduction or by check.  Simply go onto the Intranet.
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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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Previous Stories:

November 1, 2012

Holiday Cost Savings Initiative

Rally for Vets Nov. 9

Recognize a Vet

ERG for veterans

Potential ERGs

Office Max training

International Education Week needs volunteers

Achieving the Dream team kicks off initiative

Art exhibit features work of Bono

Reynoldsburg Learning Center on track

Great Decisions lunch discussion series

Faculty On-boarding: "Conflict and Power in the Classroom"

Communication survey

IT Halloween costumes

October 29, 2012

Severe weather info

Sign up for Strategic Planning Groups

CQI: Action Projects to go forward

Transfer Fair photo

Harrison to lecture on leadership

Introduction to Hostmanship

Bookstore Pumpkin Patch sale

October 25, 2012

Explore Columbus State day

Third annual food drive at Delaware campus

Reese to retire

Missed the presidential debates?

Minor publishes article

Watch out for phishing

October 23, 2012

President's In-Service presentation online now

CPR for employees

Kerr presents at national summit

Charitable Giving Campaign online

Transfer Fair

Backstage at the Lincoln offers Carpe Diem

October 18, 2012

President's In-Service presentation online now

Annual Charitable Campaign kicks off

Di Pietro, Tomasacci, students to perform

Student competes for Miss Black USA title

Domestic Violence Awareness Week

Disability Awareness Month guest lecturer

Holiday week measure approved

October 15, 2012

Filming for TV commercials

"Customized" career fairs

Lego volunteers needed

OfficeMax new source for office supplies

New Employee Resource Group for "under 40"

SAC launches fund drive

October 11, 2012

HLC gives preliminary findings

What the best teachers do

Gelber to speak Oct. 22

CQI in Action: Smart policing

Flu shots at In-Service

Mental Health students help with screening

Eco Summit 2012

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






This week at Columbus State
Monday November 5

Student Engagement and Leadership: Health Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., NH 106, 121

Tuesday November 6
Wednesday November 7
Thursday November 8

Staff Advisory Council (SAC), 1:30-3:30 p.m., WD 404E


Friday November 9

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View thursday's menus for lunch and dinner.

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November 5, 2012

Reminder: Budget forums open to all faculty and staff

During In-Service, Dr. Harrison mentioned a series of budget forums that would be held in November to help everyone understand the college's current budget situation and what we do and don't know at this time related to planning for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013. Those forums have now been scheduled for Monday, November 19, and Tuesday, November 20. The Monday forum will begin at 3:30 p.m., and the Tuesday forum will begin at 8:30 a.m. Both will be held in the Conference Center Ballroom in WD.

You do not need to preregister to attend one of the forums. Everyone is welcome to attend, and each forum will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

The forums will be videotaped and posted on the website for anyone who cannot attend in person.

Seimer Foundation makes grant to ESL Afterschool program

Columbus State recently received $19,527 from the Siemer Family Foundation to expand afterschool tutoring to an additional 40 immigrant and refugee children in grades 2-8 at three ESL Afterschool Communities sites in Franklin County. Suzanne Schaefer, Transitional Workforce, supervises all the Afterschool sites and will implement the grant activities.  The Seimer Family Foundation is part of the Columbus Foundation, with the goal to provide funding for those institutions and organizations who affect continuing and long-term benefits for societal, educational, and cultural needs of the community.

International student Thanksgiving Dinner to be held Nov. 20

dinner sceneIn the spirit of sharing American traditions with our international student population, Columbus State will host the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 20.  This event allows international students and their families to enjoy a traditional meal with family and friends of the college.   We have experienced an increase in participation each year and are expecting more than 150 students this year.

Your help and support are needed to make this event a success.  Please consider making a contribution to support this event.  Your contributions will be used to provide dinner tickets for international students and their families and to help covers other event expenses.  If you would like to attend the event as well, individual tickets can be purchased for an additional $15 per person.  Checks can be made payable to Columbus State Community College and sent to Amy Burrell in Enrollment Services, MA 111.  Thank you again for your generosity during this giving season!

Donor options:

GOLD Sponsorship: $200 (Provides tickets for 10 international students and for 3 guests from your organization or department to cover dinner and other event costs) 

$110 (Provides tickets for 5 international students and for 2 guests from your organization or department to cover dinner and other event costs)

Sponsorship: $50 (Provides tickets for 2 international students 1 guest from your organization or department to cover dinner and other event costs)

Switch to Semesters celebration salutes years of work

Members of the various teams who led the campus-wide effort to Switch2Semesters this year met for a celebration of their work and a picnic October 26 at Goodale Park.  You can see a short video of the celebration here:

Ping Fellowships available for international exchange

Each year, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) awards $15,000 in Ping Faculty Development Fellowships to International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) participants from CIEE member institutions, community colleges, and historically black colleges and universities who are committed to applying seminar experiences to advance internationalization efforts at their home institutions.

The fellowships are designed to broaden participation in international education and strengthen capacities for internationalization at eligible institutions. The goal is for participants to utilize their IFDS experience as a way of increasing international awareness on their home campus.

If you are interested in becoming a 2013 Ping fellow, visit the IFDS website to learn more. The Ping Fellowship application deadline for summer 2013 programs is January 15, 2013.

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Ping Fellows in Russia.

“Coupon Guy” to speak Nov. 13

graphicJoe Daugirdas, also known as The Coupon Guy, has been honing his shopping skills in the Northeast Ohio area for many years.  He has built his saving ways to the point where he typically saves 70 to 80 percent when shopping for groceries and over 90 percent for toiletries.  Much of what he purchases is then donated to charitable organizations such as the Cleveland Food Bank and local churches.

Using his shopping skills, Daugirdas began teaching the “Savvy Shopper” class at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio. He has also taught classes on how to save money on gasoline/natural gas, weddings, travel, and a class for teenagers. He has been active with Junior Achievement in schools across the Cleveland area, teaching pre-teens and teens the value of fiscal responsibility as they enter adulthood.

Daugirdas will come to Columbus State on Tuesday, November 13 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. to give a presentation on saving money through couponing.  The session is free and open to the public in Nestor Hall room 342.  The presentation is co-sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership and the Ohio Benefits Bank.

Owens, Bortz speak at facilities management conference

logoDr. Margaret Owens and Dean Bortz, faculty members in Construction Sciences, presented an OSHA update to a standing room only crowd at the recent Ohio Public Facilities Maintenance Association Trade Fair and Expo at OSU's Fawcett Center.

The event is sponsored by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA) and gives facilities personnel, design professionals, constructors, materials and services providers and students the opportunity to learn about the latest trends. Dr. Owens presented on the new fall protection hazards standards and update.

Dean Bortz spoke about the new workplace and transport hazard pictogram requirements currently being implemented which become mandatory on January 1, 2015. The conference was an excellent opportunity to present the CSET Department and Columbus State to this ever-growing market segment for employment and career opportunity.