Biggest Learner's season finale

Which team won this season’s Biggest Learner competition?  Watch the final episode to find out!
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Barnhart's "Titanic" wins three awards

Frank Barnhart“Titanic: A Retrospec-tive,” the play produced by Theatre Columbus State last season, was the winner of three 2012 Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards January 27, including Best Director for theater instructor Frank A. Barnhart.
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Opportunities to explore Learning Assessment

How can our assessment practices both help students learn and make our teaching more effective? How do we know that our students are learning what we say they will learn? Discuss this and more through two upcoming programs.
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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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Previous Stories:

January 31, 2013

Master Planning input

Strategic planning sessions

Biggest Learner season finale

"First Wednesday" premieres Feb. 6

ITDL seminars

January 28, 2013

Gotta Golf!

Open Forum for Master Planning

Titanic play wins three awards

Learning assessment programs

Achieving the Dream discussions

ODOT unveils concepts for Long St. wall

Appreciation for Chair

Global Bridges students attend lecture

January 24, 2013

New leadership in Shared Governance

Great Decisions series kicks off

CQI: Proctors needed for survey

Basketball teams aim for tournaments

HPC Wellness Seminars

W-2s now online

Future Cities competition

MindLeaders training

Return mail envelopes to change

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








This week at Columbus State
Monday February 4

Master Planning Forum, 2:30-4 p.m., Conference Center Ballroom

Tuesday February 5
Wednesday February 6
Thursday February 7

Great Decisions Discussion: "The Future of the Euro", 12:30- 1:30 p.m., Library Multimedia studio


Friday February 8

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February 4, 2013

Master Planning Forum is today (February 4) at 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD).

financial planning seminars from MetLife begin Tuesday, February 5. Additional dates are February 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in WD 409. Register by going online to and entering CSCC or by calling (866)801-3547.

First Wednesday town-hall meeting with Dr. Harrison is February 6, at 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD).

Great Performances at the Lincoln start March 5

Columbus State’s music and theater programs will perform various works in a special series at the Lincoln Theatre, starting March 5 with the Columbus State Concert Band, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd and the Columbus State Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Rick Brunetto.

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Inside the beautiful historic Lincoln Theatre.

Both bands will offer a special concert made up of the work of woman composers, in honor of Women’s History Month in March.  The band and jazz concert will be from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St.
On Monday, March 25, Chorus Columbus State, under the direction of Gordon Franklin, will present a concert featuring spirituals and jazz songs, also from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Lincoln.

In April, award-winning director Frank Barnhart will take Theatre Columbus State to the Lincoln to perform Six Degrees of Separation, an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another.  The play will run Wednesday through Saturday, April 24 – 27, from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. A special matinee will be performed on Thursday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. 

The Series will wrap up on Monday, April 29 with Emma Easton’s Gospel Vocal Ensemble performing a Historic Flashback of Great Gospel Choirs, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  

All concerts and plays are free and open to the public. 

Heater joins Columbus State as new Vice President of Human Resources

Deborah Heater

Deborah Heater, an Ohio native with extensive experience in K-12 and higher education, has joined Columbus State as Vice President of Human Resources.  In her role, she will oversee our more than 2,000 full and part-time staff and faculty members.

Heater is a performance management professional with experience reviewing organizational effectiveness and instituting systemic improvements in educational settings. Her most recent position was with the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash, where she served as Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development.

She previously served as the Chief Officer of Human Resources for the 5,000-employee Cincinnati Public Schools system. Heater also spent seven years as Investigator of Office Municipal Investigations and Contract Compliance with the City of Cincinnati. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Cincinnati and her J.D. from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Heater says she is “committed to a HR service delivery model designed to partner with our constituents in alignment with the college's strategic goals. We will represent the best interest of our stakeholders while operating within legal compliance requirements, college policies, and best practices."

Bocchino is new director of Advising Services

Greg Bocchino

Greg Bocchino, Ed.D. has been hired as Columbus State’s new Director of Advising Services. He has worked in academic advising, career counseling, and student development for the past 19 years, most recently as Director of Advising and Student Services at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Bocchino earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's degree in school counseling from the State University of New York, and an Ed.D. in counseling and human development from the University of Rochester.

Dr. Bochinno has also taught undergraduate and graduate career counseling and student success courses. He is most proud of his work on a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Pathway to Success Community College Partnership program which enhanced opportunities for community college students to transfer to Cornell University and other top four-year institutions.

Dr. Bocchino has also worked closely with college students examining their personal values and priorities, and has developed creative activities to assist students in gaining a better understanding of personal motivation and how it impacts decision making.  He has presented his work at numerous national conferences.

Cougar Geeks donate computers to TRiO
Columbus State’s Cougar Geeks, who are students in the PC Tech II class, recently donated 17 computers and keyboards to the TRiO/Student Support Services program. The Cougar Geeks refurbish old PC equipment and donate it to deserving students and organizations. Student Support Services serves 160 low-income and first-generation students at Columbus State.  The Cougar Geeks are always in need of your unwanted computer equipment and all donations are tax deductible, so if you have something to donate, contact Debra Dyer for more information!

OBOR Chancellor Petro retires

Jim Petro

Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro concluded more than 30 years of public service Feb. 1, retiring after serving nearly two years as Chancellor. Petro was appointed by Governor John Kasich in March 2011 to lead the University System of Ohio, one of the largest systems of public higher education in the nation. 
Petro began his tenure as Chancellor with a goal of increasing completion rates among Ohio’s students, and promoted ways that students could earn an associate degree, bachelor’s degree or certificate of completion in less time and for less money.

Petro earned a law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1973 and a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University in 1970. He also received honorary doctorates from The University of Toledo and Denison University.

Employee development opportunities available for February

Employee professional development opportunities for February are available at the training registration site  Seating is limited.

Put Your Strengths To Work:  Tuesday, February 5, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team.  Prerequisite: Win With Your Strengths.

Career Pathing:  Tuesday, February 12, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Career Pathing is a process used by an employee to chart a career course within an organization for his/her career development.  Join us for an interactive session on self-assessments, exploring opportunities and creating an action plan for your career path!

Hostmanship: The Art of Serving Others:  Friday, February 15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome. In this introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth. 

Career Decision-Making Using the MBTI:  Monday, February 25, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  When selecting, transitioning, or growing your career, understanding personality type can help explain why some careers feel like a good fit and others are a challenge. Your MBTI results can help you understand past careers and select a future career that best suits your personality.

can of saltNot a trash can!

Physical Plant employees have asked that you not place trash, cigarette butts or garbage inside the cans of salt used for melting ice on campus sidewalks and ramps.  Thanks!