Employees invited to participate in Achieving the Dream discussions

logoAs part of the continuing Achieving the Dream project, a number of Columbus State faculty and staff members will facilitate discussions about current gaps in our students’ success.
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Danny Glover speaks at MLK Day Celebration

GloverActor/ producer Danny Glover gave the keynote speech at the MLK celebration and stayed afterward to “chat” with a smaller group of students and employees.
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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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January 22, 2013

Achieving the Dream discussions

Windows XP updates

Disability Services testing

ITDL Seminars

Dietetic students collect donations

Carringer to present at AACC in April

Staff Advisory monthly lunch sessions

Travel abroad trip to Guatemala

January 17, 2013

Fireside with Danny Glover

Barnhart, student, nominated

Thanks for survey responses

Advising Services offers success workshops

Babette Money to retire

"Ideas to Go!" conversations

Filmmaker stops by Columbus State

Adams presents at conference

SEaL Blood Drive Program places first

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 21

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday, all campuses closed

Tuesday January 22
Wednesday January 23
Thursday January 24

Board of Trustees meeting, 6-9 p.m., FR 118


Friday January 25

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View Thursday's menus for lunch and dinner.

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January 24, 2013

New leadership teams elected on Shared Governance

The Shared Governance Policy Council and four standing committees have elected their 2012-2013 leadership teams.

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Two of the new leaders in Shared Governance are Susan DiFrancesco, left,
and Jill Cadotte.

Heading the Policy Council are Susan DiFrancesco, chair, Jill Cadotte, vice chair, and Ellen Stadler, minute recorder.  “I am pleased to have been chosen,” said DiFrancesco.  “I have been a participant in Governance since the beginning and I like to serve because it helps keep the big picture in mind for me and others.”

The Student Support Committee is led by Kellie Brennan, chair, Thomas Duffy, vice chair and Rachel Brooks-Pannell, minute recorder.  Fiscal Resources and Facilities Committee includes Dan Zieler, chair, Jeff Akers, vice chair and Laurie Johns, minute recorder. 

Directing the Human Capacity Development Committee are Karen Fabritius, chair, Sandy Drakatos, vice chair, and Deborah Bertsch, minute recorder.  Christina Stillion chairs the Technology Committee along with Mary Reiter, vice chair, and Tom Lyons, minute recorder.

Darrell Minor will represent the Office of Academic Affairs Committee co-chairs, and Karen Muir will represent the Office of Academic Affairs.

Keep in touch with your elected representatives on their new website.  If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Hatfield, Governance coordinator, at ext. 3903.

Great Decisions lunch series kicks off Feb. 7

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Group participants submit their opinions to the Foreign Policy Association which then presents final information to the White House, the departments of State and Defense, members of Congress and the national media. 

Columbus State’s Great Decisions lunch series will kick off on Thursday, February 7 with a discussion on “The Future of the Euro.”  The briefing books for the series have arrived and there are a few spots open for participants.  For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Vanessa Kumar in the Office of Diversity and Study Abroad.

 2013 topics and calendar: 

  1. February 7- 12:30-1:30pm-  Future of the Euro

  2. February 14: 12:30-1:30pm- Egypt

  3. February 28: 12:30-1:30pm- NATO

  4. March 7: 12:30-1:30pm-  Myanmar and Southeast Asia

  5. March 21: 12:30 – 1:30pm- Humanitarian Intervention

  6. April 4: 12:30-1:30pm- Iran

  7. April 18: 12:30-1:30pm- China in Africa

  8. May 2: 12:30-1:30pm- Threat Assessment




Proctors needed for Survey of Student Engagement

The second round of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is set for March 25 to April 15.  The survey asks students about their experiences—how they spend their time; what they feel they have gained from their classes; how they assess their relationships with faculty, counselors, peers, and more.  The results from Columbus State’s 2010 survey are here

Approximately 100 proctors are needed to pick up, administer and return surveys to the designated office. The time commitment is approximately two hours per survey. Faculty members are welcome to serve as proctors, but not for their own class.

“CCSSE is a national survey,” says Greg Goodhart, CCSSE campus coordinator.  “This allows us to compare our results with other large community colleges.  This benchmarking will assist us in our continuous quality improvement efforts and in our accreditation process.”

To volunteer as a CCSSE proctor, contact Laurie Johns at ext. 287-5998.

More survey news:  Columbus State will also participate in the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE).  This is a parallel survey to the student survey and in some cases, faculty will have the opportunity to answer the same questions posed to students.  It will be interesting to compare the perspectives of faculty and students on the same topic.  During spring semester, faculty will be sent an email to participate in the online CCFSSE.

Cougar Basketball teams aim for tournaments

Both Columbus State basketball teams have briefly cracked Top-20 national junior college rankings as they aim for end-of-season tourneys. Catch up with Coach Pat Carlisle and Coach Joel Renner in this video produced earlier this week.


HPC offers Wellness Seminars

food and waterThe Human Performance Center (HPC) invites all employees to attend their Spring Semester series of Wellness Seminars.  They are free and open to everyone.  The schedule is:

What is Clean Eating? - Wednesday, February 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the HPC (lower level, DE)

Body Composition vs. Body Weight: Which is more important? - Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall Room 080

How to Get the Most out of Your Physical Activity – Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall Room 080


W-2s now available online

Columbus State employees’ W-2s for 2012 are now available online.  Through ADP, the college’s W-2 provider, you may access to your W-2 forms at any time.  A hard copy has been mailed to employees’ home address. 

If you have previously registered to get your W-2 online, go to https://w2.adp.com to retrieve your 2012 form.  If you are a first-time user, you will need to register.  Please refer to following link for instructions on how to register: 


Future Cities competition reveals future of engineering and design

Columbus State hosted the 2013 Future Cities Ohio Regional Competition for the second year in a row January 19 in the Conference Center. The competition celebrates National Engineers Week, and this year's theme for the young teams to study was Storm Water Runoff.

sign with sigsParticipants are 7th- and 8th- grade students, who work on the project all fall. Their efforts include writing an essay, using SIMM 4 software to design a city of the future, building scale models with moving parts using less than $100 of recycled materials, and presenting the final project to industry members at this competition. The national event provides a glimpse into the future of engineering, design, and execution.

Sponsors this year included Columbus State, CH2M Hill, PPG Industries, Xylem, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, AIA Columbus, AutoTools, the Ohio EPA, and M-E Companies. Additional sponsors presented more than a dozen specialty awards from Sustainability and Design, to Most Holistic City. The 2013 winner was the team from Heritage Middle School in Westerville, who will be going on to the National Competition in Washington D.C. later in the year.

Professor Jeff Bates, Ph.D., mentored a team from Johnstown in their first try at the competition this year. Adjunct faculty Deb Knapke and Assistant Professor Margaret Owens, Ph.D., enjoyed judging each model and presentation. Associate Professor Dean Bortz conducted guided campus tours and also served as a final round judge, where the top five schools had a final opportunity to present in front of all the competitors and their families. Sue McLaren, enrollment specialist, and adjunct faculty Doug Shrake, also assisted with volunteer work and judging. Paul Boaz and his crew at the Columbus State Conference Center once again outdid themselves to host the event.

Mark your calendars for January 25, 2014 for the next Future Cities Ohio Regional Competition at Columbus State!

MindLeaders online training is available to employees

MindLeaders online training courses are available to all current Columbus State employees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You control the pace and learn quickly or take your time. You can focus on what you need and skip what you know.  Some topics that are available include:

Word 2007
Excel 2007
Leadership (Video)
Management (Video)
Managing Within the Law (Video)
Self- Management (Videos)
Project Management Series

Within each topic area there are up to 20 different modules. Current Columbus State employees can access the online courses using a Novell username and password from any campus computer or from your home computer. Access the courses here: http://iti.cscc.edu/mindleaders.html. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Lori McKenzie.

Return mail envelopes to change
The U.S. Postal Service has changed the regulations for the design of Business Reply Mail envelopes. The old envelopes had a barcode at the bottom right corner of the envelope.  The currently approved envelopes will have the barcode placed in the middle of the envelope above the address.  Please call Eric Johnson in Office Services at ext. 2568 for more information.

Good envelope:

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Bad envelope:

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