Professor researches smallest fossils in Ohio

RichardsonDr. Jeff Richard- son, associate professor of biological and physical sciences, has found Ohio’s oldest known fossils—850 million years old—which also happen to be visible only by microscope!
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Columbus State ranks third in Ohio for safety

badgeState University .com, the leading website for college information, has released its 2nd annual list of the safest colleges and universities in the U.S.
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Crosswalk signal coming to Cleveland and Grove

It’s still a few months away, but Columbus State will eventually have a pedestrian traffic signal for the crosswalk on Cleveland Avenue at Grove Street.
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January 15, 2013

Welcome to Spring Semester

Upward Bound receives renewed grant

ESL program recognized nationally

Columbus State is 50!

Disability Services' new testing procedures

Kudos to Keith

Employee Resource Groups

SafeZone training

Improve your Cultural Competency

"Valued Relationships" exhibit in Library

Academic Onboarding and Renewal Program

January 10, 2013

Wilson named January SEOM

Need assistance with RFP?

Get a flu shot

Breakfast sandwich in the food court

Columbus State ranks 3rd in safety

January 7, 2013

College mourns loss of Charles Dawson

Professor researches smallest fossils in Ohio

Crosswalk signal at Grove Street

Transfer and Articulation wiki

Using financial aid at the bookstore

Hostmanship class

Retirement seminar series

New student parking lot

January 3, 2013

Warm and cozy in library

Personal leave due Jan. 7

IRS increases rate

Nestor, Brennan present

New Year's feast

Departments take part in exercise

Advising Services newsletter

Career Services offers planning tool

Welcome Team seeks volunteers

December 20, 2012

Fiscal cliff could mean tax changes

Reynoldsburg team lauded

Sheila Butler retires

Psy. Dept. partners with school

Former Ohio First Lady attends graduation

The Partner newsletter

Fitness Center wants to help with resolutions

Leeman to exhibit in New York

Fidelibus joins five generations in Texas

December 17, 2012

First semester commencement

MLK day speaker announced

Business and Campus Services adopts family

Jackson presents in Wisconsin

Spring Semester Welcome Team seeks volunteers

Mail services to change in Jan.

Parking lots to be closed

Food services hours during break

December 13, 2012

Commencement speaker is CEO of Jeni's

World Book Night

Wollenberg attends employment meeting in D.C.

Fidelibus presents to SOTA

Bowers presents at SBDC, Rivers wins awards

Landscape student earns scholarship

2013 Project Diversity seeks participants

Safety training online

Professional Development calendar for next semester

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.





This week at Columbus State
Monday January 14

Spring Semester 2013 begins

Tuesday January 15
Wednesday January 16
Thursday January 17

Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., NH Lounge


Friday January 18

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January 17, 2013

Fireside with Danny Glover

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Actor/producer Danny Glover holds a fireside chat with members of the college’s M.A.N. Initiative and Pono Learning Community after the annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration January 14.  Glover gave the keynote speech at the celebration and stayed afterward to “chat” with the smaller group of students and employees. Kimberly Brazwell, manager of Diversity Initiatives, (background) coordinated the event. You can see a highlight video of the MLK Day Celebration produced by Mark Van Horn here:


Barnhart, student nominated for theater awards

BarnhartFrank Barnhart

To commemorate the historic 100-year anniversary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic, Columbus State theater instructor Frank Barnhart set out to create an original stage play about several passengers on board the ship. Titanic: A Retrospective was performed for the first time last February.

Barnhart and a Columbus State student are now being recognized with nominations for the annual Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards. The play has been nominated for the Best Central Ohio Production of 2012. Barnhart was nominated for Best Director. Student Julie Flynn received a Best Design nomination for her costumes. Flynn is a sophomore Arts and Sciences major with a theater emphasis. Cate Blair-Wilhelm, a guest artist who was working at the college, received a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

The Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards will take place at the Jewish Community Center in Columbus on Sunday, January 27, 2012 at 6 p.m.

Thanks for your survey responses!

Columbus State wishes to thank employees for their participation in two important assessments during 2012: the Great Colleges to Work For survey and the survey assessing Internal Communication.

The college has received the overall Topline Summary Report for the Great Colleges survey, which provides the overall response rates in fifteen workplace categories. The college was rated “Very Good to Excellent” in the Pride category with a favorable response rate of 76%. Ratings of “Good” were received in the areas of Professional Development (70%); Compensation, Benefits, Work/Life Balance (68%), Supervisors (68%), Teaching Environment (67%), and Job Satisfaction (66%). Among the areas indicated as “Warrants Attention” are Communication (49%), Shared Governance (50%), and Faculty, Administrator and Staff Relations (51%). 

To learn more from this survey, the college has ordered detailed reports on our survey results. We have also ordered benchmark reports comparing us to similar institutions and highlighting effective practices. These will help us with continuous quality improvement in many areas.

The Internal Communication survey revealed that while we communicate successfully about some initiatives, we can communicate in a more timely and effective manner about others. As we move into 2013, look for more formal opportunities to learn and ask questions, and for improved online information about the work of various committees. 

Employees can view the summary results of the Great Colleges to Work For survey, and detailed results of the Internal Communication survey, on the Intranet at: (Intranet is not available off campus.)

Advising Services offers success workshops all semester

This Spring Semester, Columbus State Advising Services will again offer a wide variety of BLUEprint Success Workshops to students. The workshops are free and can help students build skills and obtain resources necessary to be successful in their personal, academic, and career-related pursuits. More than 30 workshops will be offered on topics including basic computer skills, balancing roles, campus resources, test-taking strategies, transfer planning, degree planning, workplace professionalism, money management, and more. Please have your students arrive early, as sessions may fill. A full calendar of the Spring Semester workshops is available online.

There is also a printable flyer available there. If you have any questions, please email Advising Services appreciates staff and faculty spreading the word to students by posting workshop information, handing out workshop information in class, or posting the workshop information on Blackboard!

Babette Money
Babette Money to retire

The Public Safety Department invites all to stop by and wish Babette Money best wishes on her retirement at a reception Wednesday, January 23, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Room 017 of Delaware Hall. 

Babette has 30 years of service to the state of Ohio, many of them spent at Columbus State. Please come to Public Safety in Delaware Hall and share some memories, cake and refreshments with Babette and her Columbus State family! Questions can be forwarded to Tim Butcher or Vanessa Cummings.


“Ideas to Go!” offers informal conversation for employees
Ideas to Go! is an new conversation series inviting employees to share knowledge, skills and ideas with each other in an informal setting.  A session host will start the discussion with a brief overview of the topic at hand before moving to open conversation. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch, a cup of coffee, news to share, and especially your own curiosity and expertise!

Want to host a discussion? Contact Rich James in Human Capacity Development at ext. 2175.

Here is what is coming up next:

MOOCs: Fad or Future of Education?
Tuesday, January 29 in WD-1094
The New York Times declared 2012 as the “Year of the MOOC.” The involvement of many prestigious universities in several commercial start-ups of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) providers has many prognosticators declaring, yet again, that education as we know it will come to an end. What are the trends and forces at work? What possible futures are there for higher education and how do we prepare?

Meetings That Get Things Done                   
Tuesday, February 19, Location TBA
Do you dread going to or hosting a meeting? Do meetings, despite your best intentions, often fail to result in the outcome you hoped for? Meetings are effective when they are designed to serve a specific purpose and those who participate know how to prepare and contribute. Let’s share what some best practice literature recommends and our own experience with well-designed meetings.  Pre-registration is encouraged.

Local independent filmmaker stops by Columbus State for location shooting

Just before the holiday break ended, filmmaker Paul Levitt brought a small cast and crew onto campus for his latest project. They spent Saturday, January 12, inside the GA building where a patient bed from the nursing program was used for one scene. Later, they used an ambulance in a parking lot for another scene.

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Paul Levitt, President, Unapologetic Entertainment, (in the bed) directs from the hospital bed in the Columbus State nursing lab while also portraying a patient in
his company’s new film short.

Levitt is president and CEO of "Unapologetic Entertainment,” a local production company specializing in narrative storytelling. Their new short film is titled “Self-Diagnosed.” Levitt describes it as, “A satirical ‘dramedy.’” He says, “It revolves around contemporary society's eagerness to use online resources to, most often inaccurately, self-diagnose an illness, as opposed to seeking proper, professional medical attention.”

Nursing teaching assistant Norm Jones helped coordinate with the crew while they were on campus. For use of the college nursing lab, Levitt’s company made a small donation to The Columbus State Foundation to be used toward a nursing scholarship.

Production has now wrapped up and the film has a tentative release date of March 1. With an expected length of about 12 minutes, it will be entered in regional contests as a film short.

Adams presents at Education of Young Children conference

AdamsMelanie Adams

Melanie Adams, assistant professor in the Early Childhood Development and Education Program, recently presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation was done jointly with the Columbus Museum of Art's Jen Gillette and was titled, "Early Childhood at the Art Museum: Creatively Connecting Educators, Preschool Teachers and Preschoolers." 

Collaboration between the ECDE Program and the Museum has been an ongoing three-year endeavor and has grown to involve the sharing of classroom space, field trips by Columbus State students, internships and guest speaking by Museum staff to promote creativity and art appreciation as a curriculum component in classrooms for young children, as well as the sharing of expertise in the field by Columbus State faculty members.

SEaL Blood Drive Program places first with Red Cross

logoThe American Red Cross recently held its annual Life Sharing Challenge Recognition Luncheon, naming Columbus State’s Blood Drive Program No. 1 in the College Division. The Blood Drive Program, coordinated by Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL), collected 707 productive units of blood last year and helped save the lives of many people. 

SEaL invites college departments to get more involved in the Blood Drive Program on campus by taking part in the first annual Blood Drive Challenge! Numerous blood drives are scheduled for the Spring Semester.  If your department accepts the challenge, your team will name a captain, encourage co-workers and others to donate, and assist with check-in at the Blood Drive. Be as creative as you wish--you are encouraged to get the word out through posters, emails, and more. The department or team who collects the most units of blood at “their” drive will win a prize, be highlighted on the SEaL website and be winners for Giving the Gift of Life!

Lives are changed because of blood donors. The stories of those affected can inspire and motivate everyone to give. Please watch this video to see how the Columbus State community can help save lives:

To sponsor a Blood Drive, contact Heather Borland for a Challenge Entry Form. Dates will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Blood Drive Dates are January 17, February 5 and 18, March 6, April 11 and 22, May 28, June 26, August 20 and 28. All Blood Drives are held in Nestor Hall West Lounge.