Largest Graduation to date held at Celeste Center

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More than 1,000 Columbus State students earned their associate degrees at the Spring Semester Commencement, May 10 at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. 
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SBDC Growth Summit

logoThe 9th annual Ohio Growth Summit will be held Thursday, June 6, 8:00 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development, sponsored by the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State. 
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Open Enrollment Meetings

The Human Resources Department will host Open Enrollment meetings for full-time benefit- eligible employees. The Open Enrollment period ends on May 31, and all changes to your benefit elections must be received in HR by 4:30 p.m.
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Exchange your best practice ideas - Call for Presentations deadline extended!

The call for presenters for the Faculty Idea Exchange - Summer Conference 2013 has been extended!
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Disability Services Advocate named SEOM

LukeAdrienne Luke has only worked for Columbus State for one year, but already she has made a big impact on her own department and others.
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May 14, 2013

Largest graduation to date held at Celeste Center

Disability Services advocate named SEOM

CQI: New Systems Portfolio due Nov. 1

SBDC Growth Summit

"Quantitative Team" wins Cougar 5K

Summer Book List available

Open Enrollment meetings

DiPietro's work performed May 19

Construction students to learn about Rush Creek

Author visits Basic English class

Help Desk's Stailey named Support Tech of the Year

New options for food service

May 6, 2013:

Faculty Idea Exchange call for presentations deadline extended

Open Enrollment meetings begin May 8

Spring Semester Graduation

2013 Bike Challenge

"Difficult Students" to be discussed at Academic Onboarding

May 2, 2013

Planting success in Reynoldsburg

Crist named Part-time SEOM

First Wednesday May 8

Freeman earns award

Faculty Idea Exchange

Cougar Challenge raises 6K

Admissions Systems "cross training"

Hogan and Math Bridge program featured

Honoring TRiO students

SBDC helps keep talent at home

Employee training sessions

April 29, 2013

Cougar 5K race

Gospel Ensemble to perform

Concert band to perform

Health Rewards briefings

Budget forums open to all

Voluntary Cash Separation explained

Employees present at Articulation Summit

Welcome Team summer semester

ASL club, Trent awarded

SAC seeks nominations

Med Lab student earns scholarship

Construction Sciences at Design Columbus 2013

Hines publishes 2nd book







This week at Columbus State
Monday May 13

Semester Break, May 13-17

Tuesday May 14
Wednesday May 15
Thursday May 16

Budget Forum, 2:30-3:30 p.m., WD Ballroom


Friday May 17


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Christopher's is closed until Summer Semester

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May 16, 2013

Budget forums open to all faculty and staff

Budget forums will be held in May to discuss the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013. The forums have been scheduled for today, Thursday, May 16, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, May 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., both in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD).

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. The forums will also be live streamed at You will be prompted to enter a password, which is: cougars. You can also ask questions via the live stream, by creating a Live Stream account or logging on through social media.

gold cup2013 Quality Award nominations complete

An amazing 13 teams are in the running for Gold and Silver Team Awards this year, which will divide a total of $8,000 in prizes to the winners.  The three winning teams (Two Silver and one Gold winner) will be announced at the June 20 luncheon along with the winners of the Distinguished Teaching Awards, The Distinguished Full Professor Awards, and the Staff Employee of the Year!  Members of the Gold Continuous Quality Improvement team will split $4,000, while the two runner-up teams will share $2,000 each.  Teams are required to have at least three members to nominate their team project.

This year’s nominees and team leaders are:

  • Holiday Cost Savings Team, Terri Gehr

  • Office Supply Vendor Change Over, Darrin Albaugh

  • Paper Savings in TL 116, Rhonda Gurio

  • The Future Scientists of Ohio, Adam Keller

  • Title III – Strengthening Institutions, Teddi Lewis-Hotopp

  • Online Safety Training Team, Lori Thomas

  • Basic English Curriculum Project, Tara Narcross

  • CCSSE Proctor Recruitment, Greg Goodhart

  • College-wide Testing Initiative, Jason Woltja

  • Course Evaluation System, Heather Crites

  • Male Access Network Initiative, Kimberly Brazwell

  • Africentric Early College COMPASS Bootcamp, Shawn Casey

  • Tuition Payment Plan, Lisa Carpenter

Judging the team projects this year are: Bradley Beck, Bruce Massis, Antoinette Perkins, Todd Taylor, Bradley Trimble and Darla Vanhorn.  Details on the nominated teams are available online here.


High school is in session this summer!

Columbus State’s pre-college TRiO programs (Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search) are preparing to host students for another year of summer enrichment programs, starting June 10.

About 40 Upward Bound students from area high schools will participate in a six-week academic enrichment program, taking high school classes, participating in a learning project, and taking part in social and cultural activities.  Recent graduates will even take Psychology 1100 for college credit.  The summer program will be capped off by an out-of-state college tour for the participants.

And thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Gap Foundation, 30 Educational Talent Search students will participate in the fourth year of the GAP MEE (Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment) summer program.  This three-week program gives students the opportunity to complete a career interest inventory and career action plan, create a resume and cover letter, develop a presentation, hone interview and networking skills, and spend a week participating in service learning opportunities at The Dowd Center (part of Homeless Families Foundation).

Reynoldsburg Center makes Governor's newsletter
The recent Open House at the Reynoldsburg Learning Center was noted in the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation News: Reynoldsburg to Show Off New Partnership with Columbus State Community College
District leaders plan to integrate Columbus State classes into their high-school students' schedules as early as the ninth grade, to give them a head-start on college. The new Columbus State Community College regional learning center is housed at the Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus.

Student accompanies Museum director to Washington to accept national award

Tucker at White House
Columbus State student and former ArtLab teen Jeffrey Tucker, left, and Columbus Museum of Art Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes, center, accept the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from First Lady Michelle Obama in a ceremony at the White House May 8.

The 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service was awarded to ten institutions from across the country that have made a difference for individuals, families, and communities, including three institutions—the Boston Children’s Museum, the Columbus Museum of Art and the Discovery Science Center — that participate in the Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens initiative, which encourages families to eat healthier and get active through interactive exhibits, outdoor spaces, gardens and programs.

Tucker is also a member of the MAN Initiative at Columbus State, mentored by Vanessa Cummings, supervisor of Traffic and Parking. 

Columbus State and Ohio State joint Open House to be held May 28
Columbus State and OSU-Marion will hold a special Open House on Tuesday, May 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Delaware Campus. The event is designed to promote the options that the shared campus provides to students, such as the Preferred Pathway program, which lets students complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with Columbus State, and guarantees acceptance and transfer to Ohio State to finish. The event is free and open to the public.

Fiscal Year 2013 purchases near deadline

In an effort to allow as much time as possible for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2013 funds, Columbus State will retain a June cut-off date for purchases.  The last day to purchase goods and services for the year ending June 30, 2013 will be June 7, 2013.
While the budget for capital equipment was significantly reduced for FY 2013, some mission-critical items were approved.  If these items have not yet been ordered and are still essential, please contact Jim Wyant in the Budget Office to confirm the budget and pertinent due dates for requisitions, payments and potential carryovers.

Additional deadlines:



Thursday, June 6

Last day to create requisitions.

Friday, June 7

Last day to place orders with vendors. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member and Darrin Albaugh, Purchasing Supervisor.

Friday, June 21

Last day to place office supply orders with OfficeMax. 

Friday, June 28

Date by which all goods and services must be received in order to be charged to FY 2013 budget.

Wednesday, July 31

Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid out of FY 2013 budget.  Invoices received after July 31st will be charged to FY 2014 budget.

Grant accounts will follow the same deadline as the College.  The only exception to the purchase order deadline is if the Grant does not end on June 30th.  Please contact your Grant Accounting representative if you have questions or require additional processing time for grant invoices.

Payments: Please continue to process (approve for payment) invoices received from vendors.  Do not hold invoices received during June or those received in July for goods received or services rendered on or before June 30, 2013, in anticipation that they will be paid from next year’s budget.  Please continue to receive goods using PORC in Colleague.

Travel-related reimbursement requests must be submitted pursuant to College procedure within 30 days upon return from travel, or by July 30th,   if travel occurs in late June.  Tuition reimbursement payments are not subject to this deadline and can be processed per guidelines established by Human Resources.

Remember the expense for goods or services is charged to the year the goods are received and/or the services are rendered.  Goods received or services rendered on or before June 30, 2013 are charged to the FY 2013 budget. Goods received or services rendered in July 2013 or after will be charged to the FY 2014 budget.

Your full cooperation is essential to continuing a June cut-off date.  Please follow-up with vendors to ensure goods and/or services will be received by June 30, 2013.  Also, please be prompt in receiving goods in Colleague.  This will allow the proper recording of expenses in the appropriate year’s budget and in the correct period for audit reporting purposes.  Please share this memo/information with others in your department who may assist you in requisitioning and/or receiving goods and services.
Please contact the Purchasing Office at ext. 2641, 5600, or 2443 if you need assistance expediting the delivery of any goods or services ordered.

dumbbellsFitness Center and locker room posts summer hours
The Fitness Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, and closed on the weekends during Summer Semester.  Call ext. 5918 for more information.