Black History Month Activities

thumbnailCelebrate Black History Month 2013 with Columbus State! The theme is “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality” and celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
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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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February 11, 2013

Black History Month activities

Numbers for Spring Semester

Peer-led assessment

Ideas to Go!

Party dresses needed

New exhibit opens in Library

Barnhart cast in principal role in Hairspray

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream on campus

February 7, 2013

February SEOM Shelley Toale

We're turning 50!

The latest news on CCSSE

Human Resources Policy Forums open to all

Student Landscape Association Valentines flower sale

Destination Days

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





This week at Columbus State
Monday February 11

Achieving the Dream discussion, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., WD 1094

Tuesday February 12
Wednesday February 13
Thursday February 14

OSU Destination Day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., NH Lounges

Great Decisions Discussion: "Egypt", 12:30-1:30 p.m., Library Multimedia studio

Human Resources Policy Forum, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., WD Ballroom


Friday February 15

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View Thursday's menus for lunch and dinner.

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February 14, 2013

Reminder: The President’s Day holiday will be observed on Friday, February 22. Both campuses and all Regional Learning Centers will be closed.


Columbus State Visit Day has full house for Feb. 18
Enrollment Services will host more than 300 high school students and their parents on Monday as they attend Visit Day from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.  The students will discover why Columbus State should be on their short list of colleges, learn about transfer credit, financial aid, student services, and take tours of campus.  They will attend department presentations, and even receive free t-shirts and lunch.  Monday’s event is fully booked but there will be another Visit Day held in April.



“Major Fairs” let students explore fields of interest

The Office of Career Services has teamed up with both the Career and Technical Programs and the Pre-major Associate of Arts/Associate of Science Programs to host a series of “Major Fairs” for students this Spring Semester.

The fairs are an important step in forging a strong partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, and provide students an opportunity to explore programs of interest, meet the faculty, and discover new career options.

Four Major Fairs will be held, each featuring the majors within a discipline:

Health Major Fair (health-related majors and programs including AA/AS pre-majors):  Wed., March 6

Business Major Fair (business, marketing, and finance-related programs including AA/AS pre-majors): Wed., March 27

Information Technology Major Fair (IT and computer-related programs including AA/AS pre-majors): Wed., April 3

Engineering (Engineering programs, including AA/AS pre-majors) Wed., April 10

All Major Fairs will be held in the Nestor Hall Lounge from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by at your convenience.

Tell us what you think about Columbus State’s Master Plan
vault sculptureColumbus State’s master planning process began in August 2011 with extensive research, including over 100 stakeholder engagement sessions. Faculty, students, staff, administrators and the communities of both the Columbus and Delaware campuses have been engaged in the work.  

Our planning partner, NBBJ, has crafted master plan options for the Columbus and Delaware Campuses, which are discussed in the video online here. Please share your input by Monday, February 25, at Thank you in advance for your interest and engagement in this important planning process.

pillarsExperience an Evening in Ancient Greece Feb. 19

The Humanities Department will host a free special event next Tuesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. in Nestor Auditorium called “An Evening in Ancient Greece,” which is a mix between a lecture, a play, a concert and a poetry reading—set in the context of Ancient Greece.  Costumed performers with music and multimedia will transport you back to ancient times. Come and experience this free event!


SAC Lunch focuses on retirement planning
lunch bagPlease join Staff Advisory Council for their next SAC Lunch on Wednesday, February 27, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the DX conference room (third floor).  Ed Mobley from ING will talk about how to maximize your retirement accounts.  All employees are welcome to attend. Register here

Official launch of the Caregivers Employee Resource Group is March 1

Caregiver: An individual, such as a parent, foster parent, or head of a household, who attends to the needs of a child or dependent adult; a person who provides direct care (as for children, elderly people, or the chronically ill);   a person who is responsible for the direct care, protection, and supervision of children in a home, or someone who tends to the needs of the elderly or disabled. 

The challenges of caring for others can result in caregivers ignoring their own physical and emotional health.  Share your story and network with other employees who also provide care to children, elderly family members or dependent adults.  Join the group on Friday, March 1, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Library Studio (Lower Level) for the official launch of the Caregivers ERG. 

Contact Lori Thomas, Caregivers ERG Liaison, for more information.

Freeman recognized for Distinguished Service by College Board

Dr. Mabel Freeman

Dr. Mabel Freeman, special assistant to President David Harrison, has been awarded the 2013 College Board Distinguished Service Award for the Midwest region in recognition of her 40 years in education. The award is given annually by the College Board to one person in a 13-state region.

Locally, Freeman serves as a member of the I KNOW I CAN Board of Directors, COTA Board of Directors and the Bexley Community Foundation Board. In the past, she has served as a member of the Franklin County Children Services Board and the Bexley Education Foundation.

Nationally, she has served as an elected Trustee of The College Board and as a member and Ohio representative of the Education Division Advisory Council of ACT. Currently, she is a member of the Mortar Board (college) Senior Honor Society Foundation and a former national President of the Mortar Board. 

She has been honored with the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award; the Ohio State Distinguished Service Staff Award, the OSU Alumni Association Dan Heinlen University Advocate Award,  and the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award presented by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience.
As Special Assistant to the President at Columbus State, she focuses on projects regarding access, transition, and success for central Ohio students in post-secondary educational opportunities.

Rhyan earns Innovative Program award, Student Life team presents

Kimberly Rhyan
, left, accepts the 2012 Innovative Program award from Dana Carnes, Wittenberg University.

A team from the Student Life Department attended the Ohio College Personnel Association conference Jan. 31- Feb. 1, where they presented on four topics and picked up an Innovative Program award as well!

Kimberly Rhyan, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) received the Innovative Program Award for 2012. The award was given in recognition of SEaL’s innovative and effective approach in meeting the changing needs of students through programs. “Within weeks of Kimberly’s arrival, the department was re-imagined with new and exciting ideas being dreamt up on how to have a deeper imprint on students and ultimately make student success even more meaningful,” said Kim Brazwell, who nominated Rhyan for the award.  Rhyan joined the college in April, 2012 from her previous position at Hofstra University, NY.

Members of the Student Life team also presented four workshops at the conference: Kimberly Brazwell presented “Drilling Down: The Real Experiences of 1st Generation, Low Income Students,” Terrance Brooks presented “Welcoming and Supporting Students with a Criminal History,” Kellie Brennan spoke on “Can We Predict Violence? Threat Assessment and Care Teams in Action,” and Rhyan presented “Working at a Non-Traditional Institution: Resolving the Ambiguity and Myths.”


Are you committed to the success of EVERY student?

Columbus State and the M.A.N. Initiative Program welcome college and community members to share stories, concerns and wisdom about issues impacting minority males, at the 5th Annual Brothers’ Keeper Panel College and Community Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, February 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD- 435).
Guest panelists include:

For more Information, contact or call ext. 2426.

Upcoming ITDL Seminars:

In-Person Blackboard classes

Wikis in Blackboard 
Thursday, February 14 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) - Register

Introduction to Blackboard
Tuesday, February 19 (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) - Register

Grade Center Due Dates Manager Tool
Have you always wanted to use the Due Date option, but did not want to take additional time to prepping your Blackboard course for the next semester? You really need to stop by and join us for this Lunchtime Power Hour! During this session we will demonstrate a tool that will FINALLY allow you to quickly manage all Blackboard course due date fields from one page!
When: Thursday, February 28 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) - Register
Presented by: Mary Hooker-Myers, web developer, ITDL

Online live through Webex

Content Collection I - Revolutionize How Blackboard Course Content is Added, Updated, and Managed (NEW!!)
Tuesday, February 26 (6:00 - 9:00 p.m.) - Register

Wednesday, February 27 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) - Register

Cougar Webconferencing 
In person, in the Innovation Center, CT 106:
Thursday, February 28 (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) - Register

Spring Semester CSCC Mobile User's Group Meetings
Meetings are open to anyone who is interested in learning about mobile computing. We encourage people to present on how they are using mobile technology in the teaching and learning process as well as for work/personal related tasks. The CSCC users group also has a Blackboard Org. setup where interested parties can find 100s of articles related to use of mobile technology in teaching learning process.
Thursday, February 21, (12:00 - 1:30 p.m.) Join us!

Note: this Users Group is seeking individuals who are adept with using Android OS, and would be willing to help us facilitate Android specific meetings/workshops. Please contact Paul Owens via ext. 5667 if you are willing to join our team as an Android resource!
Send all meeting topic suggestions to:

Screencasting in the Classroom and Beyond
Learn about the ease of creating a screencast and how it can be used to capture essential classroom presentations or tutorials that package more substance than a PowerPoint into student friendly online video that can extend the reach of your teaching and instruction.
Friday, February 15 (10:00 - 11:00 a.m.) - Register
Presented by Jason LaMar, supervisor, Instructional Technology Innovations

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New Education Commission seeks input

graphicThe Columbus Education Commission wants to hear from Columbus residents. Mayor Coleman and City Council President Ginther have created the Columbus Education Commission to strengthen educational opportunities for children within the Columbus City Schools District.

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