Great Performances at the Lincoln

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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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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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February 4, 2013

Great Performances at the Lincoln

Deborah Heater joins Columbus State

Greg Bocchino is new director of Advising Services

Cougar Geeks donate computers

OBOR Chancellor Petro retires

Employee development opportunities

Ice Melt cans

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

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









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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View Thursday's menus for lunch and dinner.

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February 7, 2013

Physical Plant specialist is quick, efficient, courteous

At the first “First Wednesday” briefing held Feb. 6 in the Conference Center ballroom, more than 150 employees heard about Shelley Sills-Toale’s outstanding performance in Physical Plant, and why she was given the February Staff Employee of the Month award. 

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Shelley Sills-Toale, center, celebrates with co-workers after receiving Staff Employee of the Month on Wednesday.

In order to expand the monthly recognition ceremonies and open the event up to the entire campus, President Harrison has opted to hold them in the Conference Center once a month, and add a short update on campus activities, a question-and-answer period, and even a new award for professional part-time staff employees, which will begin at next month’s First Wednesday meeting.

Sills-Toale was nominated for SEOM by Sabrina Ayers, who has been impressed with her work completing work orders for Ayer’s department, Student Engagement and Leadership. “Shelley’s professionalism, courtesy, attention to detail and efficiency are rare qualities to find continuously,” says Ayers.  “Every time I call on Shelley, she reminds me of the responsibility I have to continue striving to uphold excellence.  She also reminds me how one person’s kindness, patience, and assistance really does make the difference in another’s day!”  

“Shelley’s professionalism is a regular reminder that performing well is simply what exceptional people do.  And Shelley is definitely one of the world’s exceptional individuals!”

First Wednesday briefings will continue to be live streamed on the web each month, and the event recorded for later viewing on the First Wednesdays website.  Nominate a Staff Employee of the Month or Professional Part Time Employee of the Month!  You will find the nomination forms on the First Wednesdays site, as well as on the Faculty & Staff page under “Recognition.”

Have you heard? We’re turning 50!

Most everyone would agree that reaching a 50th birthday is reason for celebration. And that’s what we intend to do here at Columbus State.  But reaching such a significant milestone also prompts looking forward. And we intend to do that as well!

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The Columbus Technical Institute campus in 1968, as Phase 1 construction proceeds on Madison, Eibling and Rhodes Halls.

From modest beginnings in the basement of the former Central High School (now the site of COSI), where our first classes were held on September 30, 1963, Columbus State has grown into one of the largest colleges in Ohio.

Activities being planned throughout the 2013-14 academic year are intended to connect, and in some cases reconnect, many of the people who have contributed to our first half-century of accomplishments.

Aquinas from aboveThe same Campus Quad today, with stately Aquinas Hall still anchoring the view.

Retirees will be invited back to campus to get a current view of the college as well as insight into our plans for the future. We intend to open our doors to the community, giving them a unique glimpse into the great teaching occurring on campus. Our faculty, staff, and students will mark our birthday with a party on September 30. And we will conclude the celebratory year with a surprise event for the entire Columbus State family. And those are just some of the activities that are in the works.

"The Library team is looking forward to its role in this 50th anniversary celebration, “says Bruce Massis, Director of Libraries who heads the History Subcommittee.  “During the anniversary year, the library will present an exhibition in our main gallery focusing on the historical significance of the college that may be viewed by any visitor to the building."

Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership is heading up the Campus Engagement Subcommittee. “We are planning a Birthday Celebration that will engage students and the campus in a festive celebration for everyone to enjoy!” says Rhyan. “We are focusing on 50 with our ‘50 Acts of Kindness’ campaign, and ‘50 Ways to Live your Life Well.’

“Celebrating our golden anniversary is exciting and memorable,” says committee member Dean Bortz, associate professor in Construction Sciences.   “I view this first half century as not so much what we have accomplished, but how we can build upon it and what is doable over the next fifty years, and beyond.”

Watch future issues of UPdate for more details on a year brimming with pride in how far we have come and excitement for what is yet to come. And mark your calendar now for a year to remember!

The latest news on CCSSE

logoIn the spring of 2010, Columbus State administered the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) for the first time, establishing a baseline of information in support of student success. This spring, we will have the opportunity to participate again in this national survey focusing on teaching, learning, and retention in community colleges. The project is part of the Center for Community College Student Engagement and the Community College Leadership Program at The University of Texas at Austin.

Research shows that the more actively engaged students are with college faculty and staff, with other students, and with the subject matter being learned, the more likely they are to persist in their studies and to achieve at higher levels.

Identifying what our students do in and out of the classroom, knowing their goals, and understanding their external responsibilities can help us create an environment that can enhance student learning, development, and retention. CCSSE will help us better understand these variables.

The survey will be administered in classes randomly selected (approximately 150 sections will be chosen out of 3,080 sections) by the Centerto ensure a representative sample and to preserve the integrity of the survey results. Instructors whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive specific information.

The survey is tentatively scheduled to be administered between March 25 and April 15, 2013, during a class time of the instructor's choice. Because the survey takes about 50 minutes, faculty may want to build this into their syllabus calendar. Survey proctors are also still needed. Contact Laurie Johns at ext. 5998 to volunteer.

In conjunction with the college's work on Achieving the Dream and our broader student success agenda, this survey may assist the college in improving course completion rates, as well as the rate of student persistence to the completion of their educational goals. The results of the 2010 survey are on the college's assessment website.

To learn more about CCSSE, visit or contact the Center for Community College Student Engagement at (512) 471-6807 or

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this important effort!

Human Resources Policy Forums are open to all faculty and staff

Dr. Harrison has announced that the college will hold open forums to review and discuss the next phase of updates planned for our personnel policies and procedures (Chapter 3 of the Policy & Procedure Manual). Chief of Staff Kim Hall will conduct the forum presentations on Tuesday, February 12, from 2:30 -3:30 p.m. and Thursday, February 14, from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD-435C).

If you cannot attend, but would like to watch the live stream broadcast online, visit You will be prompted to enter a password to enter the site. The password is cougars. A chat feature will be enabled on the site to allow for questions at the end of the presentation. The live stream will be recorded for later viewing on the Human Resources website.

We strongly encourage you to attend one of the forums. This phase of updates is the second stage of a comprehensive policy audit that began last summer. The process reflects an ongoing commitment to legal compliance and alignment with best-practices in higher education.

You do not need to preregister to attend one of the forums. Everyone is welcome to attend, and each forum will conclude with a question-and-answer session.

Student Landscape Association to sell Valentine’s Day flowers

rosesHelp the members of the Columbus State Landscape Association finance their upcoming trip to their national competition, and avoid the crowded florist this Valentine’s Day!  CSLA is taking orders for bouquets of roses or tulips (or both!) through Friday, February 8, and you will be able to pick up your order on Wednesday, February 13 or Thursday, February 14, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

You can order a dozen roses in pink, red, white or yellow for $30; a half dozen for $15, or a single rose for $3.  You can also order a bouquet of five tulips for only $5!  Email your order to, then pick up your order and pay for it Feb. 13 from noon – 6:00 p.m., or Feb. 14 from 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Davidson Hall second floor lobby. CSLA members will also sell bouquets in the cafeteria during the day on February 14 if you miss the pre-ordering deadline and are desperate!

Valentine’s Day is also “Destination Day!”

Advising Services and the Transfer Center have initiated a series of events for students called “Destination Days,” and the first one is coming up fast on Thursday, February 14.

Destination Days will feature representatives from area colleges “bringing their college to our campus,” with a wide array of transfer information ranging from student services and activities, to transfer degree specialists from their respective areas.  
On February 14, The Ohio State University will bring reps from more than 20 departments of the university to share and promote their transfer options for Columbus State students who are interested in that “pathway.”  The event will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall student lounges.

In order to build some excitement for the first event, employees who are alumni of Ohio State have been invited to stop by wearing their scarlet and grey!

The schedule for Destination Days continues through February and March on the Columbus and Delaware Campuses, and at select Regional Learning Centers.

Tuesday, February 19 - Transfer Day at the Dublin Center with OSU, Franklin University, Ohio University, Capital University, Ohio Dominican University, Otterbein University, and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Wednesday, February 20 - Transfer Day at the Westerville Regional Learning Center with OSU, Franklin University, Ohio University, Capital, Ohio Dominican, Otterbein, and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Tuesday, February 26 – Destination Day with Franklin University on the Columbus Campus

Thursday, February 28 – Destination Day with Ohio University on the Columbus Campus

Tuesday March 19 – Destination Day with Bowling Green University on the Columbus Campus

Thursday, March 21 - Transfer Day on the Columbus Campus with Ohio State, Franklin, Ohio University, Capital, Ohio Dominican, Otterbein, and Ohio Wesleyan

Monday – Thursday, March 25-28 - Delaware Campus Transfer Days with Franklin, Ohio Wesleyan, OSU, and Otterbein

Destination Days and Transfer Days are supported by Columbus State's U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant.