Lighting a SPARC for auto racing

NASCAR team owner and driver Michael Waltrip visited Columbus State’s Automotive Technology Wednesday as part of a whirlwind media event announcing his investment in the Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex (SPARC)—to be built on the site of Cooper Stadium in Franklinton.
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Columbus State and Reynoldsburg begin shared services

Chancellor PetroFinal touches are being put on Columbus State’s newest Regional Learning Center, located inside Reynoldsburg High School. The unique partnership benefits both institutions and the community.
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Faculty Fellows join Assessment Team

Professors Lisa Cerrato, Health Information Management, and Adam Moskowitz, Social Sciences, have been named by the Office of Academic Affairs as the faculty fellows for Assessment.
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Make some noise for Spring enrollment

logoSpring Semester is starting soon, and registration is under way. Make sure your students are ready.
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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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Previous Stories:

December 6, 2012

Lighting a SPARC for auto racing

Meet and greet with new Superintendents

New "landing pages" for Health and IT careers

Kamau receives Raymond J. Hanley Fellowship

Kackley retirement reception 12/13

Meyers updates holiday classic

Where did all the towels go?

A few reminders

December 3, 2012

Columbus State and Reynoldsburg begin shared services

Delaware campus food drive

Basketball teams aiming high

Gym soccer games

OfficeMax Training Guides on Intranet

Cougar Gear fundraiser

November 29, 2012

CQI: Faculty Fellows join assessment team

Theatre production runs through Sat.

Giving Campaign ends Dec. 13

Concert band holiday concert

Poinsettia sale

Electronic music concert

Retirement sessions Dec. 4

Backstage at the Lincoln Dec. 12

World AIDS Week

Fee Waiver due Jan. 2

November 26, 2012

Spring Semester enrollment

Woodwind Ensemble to play

Celebrate Spiritual Wellness

Chorus Columbus State to perform

Discovery District recognizes good neighbors

Pension reform

SAC raffle

Picking up paychecks Dec. 31

W2 address corrections due

ITDL Seminars

Read&Write Gold

November 19, 2012

Volunteers needed for College Goal Sunday

Gospel Ensemble to perform

Darrell Minor honored by Board

Fitness Center winter and holiday hours

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager

Holiday Shop Around

November 15, 2012

Weiler donates $100,000

Complete College Ohio Trustees conference

2nd Annual Holiday Challenge

Student wins recipe contest at La Chatelaine

Thomas and tubas play to full house

Staff Advisory Council fundraisers

The Partner newsletter

Poinsettia sale extended

November 13, 2012

Thanking our vets

ITDL Seminars

Dental Hygiene, Respiratory Care students offer smoking cessation

International Education Week

November 8, 2012

Veterans Rally reminder

November SEOM Hoffman

Kreger and students help Channel 6

Concert Band to perform

Make sure bookstore has student items

Landscape students Poinsettia fundraiser

November 5, 2012

Budget Forums open to all

Seimer Foundation makes grant to ESL program

International Student Thanksgiving Dinner

Switch to Semesters celebration

Ping Fellowships available

Coupon Guy to speak

Owens, Bortz speak at conference

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








This week at Columbus State
Monday December 10

Wellness Classes:
Spinning, 12 p.m., DE 158
Aerobics, 4:15 p.m., DE 158
Zumba, 5:15 p.m., DE 158

Tuesday December 11
Wednesday December 12
Thursday December 13

Last day to donate to combined Charitable Giving Campaign

Last day to donate to SAC Toys for Kids Drive

Teresa Kackley retirement party, 2-4 p.m., CT 107


Friday December 14

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View Thursday's menus for lunch and dinner.

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December 10, 2012

Snowflake Run fun!

at the starting lineFor the third year in a row, our own Clawdette Cougar joined other local mascots for the Snowflake Run, a 200-meter dash which takes place before the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run 5K. It was said that some of the superheroes wearing tights and running shoes had an unfair advantage in the dash!

Positive outlook eases complex renovation

Robert OsgoodRobert Osgood

When his normal duties get “turned upside down,” Robert Osgood, building maintenance employee in Physical Plant, looks for opportunities and a chance to learn new things—not something to complain about. Osgood takes care of Union Hall, which is in the midst of a very complex renovation to add a new addition. 

“In Facilities Planning, we have always understood the complexity and difficulty of renovating an inhabited building,” said Glenn Smith, supervisor. “Situations arise from unexpected sources that can strain relationships. Robert has been able to help minimize the negative impact, which is necessary for a multi-year project such as this.” 

Smith nominated Osgood for the Staff Employee of the Month award, presented to Osgood December 5 in a ceremony attended by his supervisors and many co-workers.

Osgood started at Columbus State on the Grounds Crew 13 years ago, and was recognized for his good work there too, with the SEOM Award in July 2008.  On the Union Hall project, “his daily contact with faculty and staff in the building helps them understand the work being done and what they can expect,” said Smith.  “His participation in the Construction Progress Meetings has been very positive and shows his willingness to find solutions to problems.”

Says Physical Plant Assistant Director Jim Spencer, “Robert demonstrates the dedication we have to meeting the needs and the mission of the college.  He has the mindset of stewardship and takes care of the building as if it were his own.”

Light up a life at Scholar House!

The Student Engagement and Leadership Office ( SEaL) is collaborating with Community Properties of Ohio (CPO) to help college students living at the Scholar House to light up a life this holiday season! CPO coordinates the Columbus Scholar House, which has ten units of subsidized housing that have been designated specifically for full-time students/parents enrolled in college. Currently, there are eight Ohio State students and two Columbus State students living at Scholar House. SEaL is collecting donations for these families and the campaign ends December 18. Will you help us light up a life at Scholar House?

If your office, department, or family wants to help with this project, you may contact Sandra Hill, community service student assistant in SEaL, who will send you a sponsorship form with a specific wish list for a family, parent and/or child.

If you cannot sponsor a family or child, SEaL is also assembling Housewarming baskets for each family containing items such as laundry baskets, laundry detergent, fabric softener, color safe bleach, dryer sheets, wash cloths, towels, house socks, and blankets.

Please drop off all donations (unwrapped) in Nestor Hall 116 by Tuesday, December 18. If you have any questions about this project, please contact Sandra Hill at ext. 2638 or

DmitriyCollege’s holiday card designed by student

Dmitriy Prokhnevskiy poses with the holiday card he designed last year while studying for his Associate of Art at Columbus State. He graduated last spring and is now a student at Ohio State. Prokhnevskiy received a $500 gift certificate for his winning card design, and the cards are being sent out from the President’s Office and the Development Foundation.


Friendly rivalry helps Mid-Ohio Foodbank

group photoBeth Stanley, academic advisor, and Clawdette recently helped deliver over 400 pounds of food items to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. A friendly rivalry between Advising Services and Admissions resulted in a record-breaking donation coordinated by the Staff Advisory Council this year! Top photo: Admissions shows off their collection with ( front row) Amy Burrell, Chavon Harris, and George Chatters. Standing, from left are:  Tari Blaney, Liz Wyles-Smith, Jan Crozier, Misty Mahefkey, Lakesha Williams, Clawdette, Jennifer Williams, Tisha McGlaughlin, and Joe Schindler.

group photoBottom photo: Advising Services, from left, Janetta Pickens, Dawn Blair, Arlene Wilson, Clawdette, Kimberly Randall, Sunita Denton, and Beth Stanley.
Missed the Budget Forum?
You can watch the 43-minute Budget Forum held last week online here:

Leadership Conference draws hundreds to Columbus State

The 3rd annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio was hosted at Columbus State November 9-10. Eleven Ohio colleges and more than 200 students navigated pathways of service, engagement and diversity.

at the tableStudents participate in a roundtable discussion at the 2012 Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio.

Keynote speakers included Bill Weaver, an executive leadership consultant and 44-year educator, and Stephanie Matthews, who shared photographs of her journey in the Dominican Republic of Congo as executive director of a children’s home. Thirty presenters including faculty, administrators, students and alumni presented 26 workshops, from “Diversity in Leadership Styles” by Karsten Look, to “From Past Hardships to Future Passions: An Opportunity in Disguise” given by Judah Gartman, an AmeriCorps member. Julia Provoznik gave a speech on “Civic Engagement Basics - Turning the Warm and Fuzzy into Practical and Impactful;” Lori McKenzie taught how to “Discover Your True Calling;” and Bob Stein gave a speech titled “A World Where Everyone Knows Everything.”

David Fields, of Acloché, helped out by serving on the Conference Committee, as did members of the Psychology Department, who also donated 150 books to the service project. And the Columbus State Bookstore also donated books to the conference.

This year’s conference included a service project, with colleges participating in a Toy Challenge. To complete the service project, students decorated duffle bags for children in foster care. According to Franklin County Children Services, when foster children transition between homes, their belongings are often transported in garbage bags. One hundred duffle bags and more than 600 toys and books were collected to donate to the Franklin County Children Services Holiday Wish Program!

If you are interested in serving on next year’s Leadership Conference Committee, please email Heather Borland to receive information and future meeting dates. The committee will meet monthly January through November 2013. Next year’s conference will be held November 8-9, 2013.

Academic Onboarding and Renewal Programs planned

Whether you are new or veteran faculty or a new or seasoned employee, you are welcome to participate in Academic Onboarding and Renewal programs. The next session of onboarding and renewal is planned for next semester.  The sessions are open to the campus community and require pre-registration.

Friday, January 18 - Cultural Competency in the Classroom
Columbus State is a remarkably diverse community. Differences in culture and experience affect how students learn. Their expectations about how to behave, study and communicate may not be what you expect! Kim Brazwell, manager of Diversity Initiatives, and Tywan Banks, instructor in Multi-Competency Health, will help us understand and engage that diversity.
January 18, 1:00 p.m.
CT 107

Upcoming sessions:
Assessment for Learning - Friday, February 15, at 1:00 p.m. CT 017 Register

What the Best College Teachers Do - Friday, March 22, at  1:00 p.m.   Register

Learn more about academic onboarding sessions and view recordings and documents for past programs at: For more information contact Rich James  or call ext. 2175.

Sad news from Psychology Department

With a heavy heart, the Psychology Department would like to announce the passing of adjunct faculty member Betty Lynn Guay.  She was born February 16, 1971 in Columbus and passed away November 26 after a brief but valiant fight with cancer.  Lynn received her Associate Degree from Columbus State, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Union Institute and the University of Cincinnati.  She was an adjunct with the Psychology department for the past year and was a member of the 2011-2012 Psychology Faculty Learning Community.  Donations may be made in Lynn's memory to Capital Area Humane Society, 2015 Scioto Darby Executive Ct., Hilliard, OH  43026.