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 10, 2012

Snowflake run

Osgood earns December SEOM

Light up a life at Scholar House

Holiday card designed by student

Friendly rivalry helps Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Leadership Conference draws hundreds

Academic Onboarding and Renewal Programs planned

Sad news from Psychology Dept.

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









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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December 13, 2012

Commencement speaker is CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

John LoweJohn Lowe

The Autumn Semester Commencement will be held Friday, December 14 starting at 10:00 a.m. at Veterans Memorial, 300 West Broad Street.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.  More than 700 students have earned degrees at the end of the college’s first semester.

Speaking to the graduates at the ceremony will be John Lowe, President and CEO of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Lowe joined Jeni’s after receiving a late-night call from his good friend, Jeni Britton Bauer. Lowe has responsibility for all aspects of the business, except, as he says “the most important ones--flavor development and ice cream making.” Since he joined the company in July 2009, Jeni’s has an annual growth rate in excess of 70% and has become profitable while maintaining a family ownership structure and true-to-its-roots small batch ice cream making.

Lowe joined Jeni’s from General Electric Company, where he served in numerous leadership roles, beginning with his appointment in 2005 as Chief Privacy Leader for GE Infrastructure. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and earned his law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

moon logoWorld Book Night to be held in April

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person.  This year, the Columbus State Bookstore will be a World Book Night participating bookstore, so we ask that you apply now so you can be part of this great campaign to give free books to light or nonreaders on April 23, 2013, Shakespeare’s birthday. Please apply before January 23 at


Wollenberg attends employment workgroup meeting in D.C.

Keith Wollenberg, LogisticsART project coordinator, attended a best-practice brainstorming session about assisting the chronically unemployed November 28 in Washington, D.C. Attendees represented states from Ohio to California, and they discussed the success of their programs in order to identify promising practices for helping the long-term jobless find gainful employment. Wollenberg presented the LogisticsART project, and the importance of having staff trained to work with this type of population.

DianneFidelibus presents to SOTA

Dianne Fidelibus, assistant professor in MH/AS/DD, gave a presentation at the annual State of Ohio Training Academy (SOTA) holiday event December 7 at the Confluence Conference Center. In her speech, titled "Sense-Sationalizing Your Presentations," Fidelibus described how to utilize different senses to enhance participant retention. Because Fidelibus teaches a class on Therapeutic Laughter, one of the “senses” she described was the sense of humor.

Bowers presents at SBDC conference, Rivers wins awards

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David Rivers
, left, and Michael Bowers hold their awards presented at the 2012 Statewide SBDC Conference.

Michael Bowers, supervisor of the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State presented several sessions at the recent SBDC statewide conference:Outside the Box Funding Alternatives,”“Location-Based Applications and Services to Help Improve your Business,”and
“How Small Businesses Have Gone Ga-Ga for Mobile Devices.”

The SBDC Statewide Conference provides an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest products and services that will enable them to better counsel Ohio's small business clients and entrepreneurs.

At the statewide conference, David Rivers, consultant with the SBDC, won the 2012 Ohio SBDC Individual Performance Recognition Award. This award recognizes the individual advisor who conducts the most one-on-one client advising hours in the network in the state of Ohio.

Rivers also won the 2012 Advocacy Award, given to the individual whom the network recognizes for consistently promoting and supporting the program and mission of the SBDC to help individuals start, sustain and grow small businesses.

And, finally, the Ohio SBDC at Columbus State won the 2012 Ohio SBDC Economic Impact Recognition for Business Starts, given in recognition of the Center staff who assisted clients in opening the most businesses in Ohio in FY2012!

Landscape student earns scholarship

Samantha August

The first Dean M. Bortz CSI,CDT Scholarship was awarded at the monthly meeting of the Columbus Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) to Samantha August, a 4.0 GPA Landscape Design student starting her second year in the program.

The scholarship will allow her to continue her education. Samantha currently serves as the Columbus State Landscape Association president. She was selected from several candidates based upon specific criteria including her academic performance, service to the profession, and an essay on her passion for the industry. Interim Dean Dr. Mary Vaughn presented the award.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Columbus CSI Chapter and is open to any Columbus State student in the Construction Sciences and Engineering Technologies department. The 2013 scholarship application period will open in September 2013. 


2013 Project Diversity seeks participants

Project Diversity is now accepting applications for 2013.  Project Diversity is a comprehensive eight-month not-for-profit board leadership development program that develops leadership abilities in individuals through a combination of experience, vision, empathy and training. 

Applications, which can be found online, are due by 3:00 p.m. on February 7, 2013. Please email applications to Kelly McLennan. Project Diversity will also host an informal recruitment reception for interested candidates on January 15, 2013 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at The Bluestone - The Great Room, 583 East Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215. Register to attend the reception here:

Safety training available online

In compliance with the Public Employee Risk Reduction Act and Occupational Safety & Health Administration, Columbus State provides the required safety training necessary for specific positions. Training provides the essential general safety guidelines, regulations, practices and principles to promote a safe work environment. 

Safety Training for Columbus State employees is now available online through Blackboard.  Employees can log on to Blackboard, click on the “My Organizations” tab at the top of the page and select Health and Safety Training 2013.  Available modules include:  Bloodborne Pathogens, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Extinguisher, Hazard Communication, Hearing Conservation, and Personal Protective Equipment.  Additional topics will be available soon.  Each module consists of a narrated presentation, additional resource materials and an assessment.  If you have questions regarding the training materials, contact Lori Thomas or call ext. 3860 for additional information.  


Professional development calendar for next semester posted
Employee professional development opportunities are available at the training registration site,, where you can read the course descriptions for each session.

Courses include:
An Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
 •1/28/2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Career Decision-Making Using the MBTI
•2/25/2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 •5/23/2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Career Pathing
 •1/10/2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 •2/12/2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
 •3/15/2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Discover Your True Calling
 •2/26/2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 •3/4/2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 •4/5/2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed: The Art of Serving Others
•1/9/2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
•2/15/2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
•3/8/2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Put Your Strengths to Work!
 •2/5/2013 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
•3/20/2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
•5/6/2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Teambuilding Using Strengths
 •1/31/2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
•4/30/2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Using your MBTI Type for Effective Communication
 •3/26/2013 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Win with Your Strengths (All Employees)
 •1/23/2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 PM
 •3/6/2013 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
 •4/8/2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.