Cougar golfer to compete at nationals

AshAsh Alstadt finished in 4th place at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XII Tournament held May 11-12 in Battle Creek, Mich. Alstadt qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Championships.
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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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May 20, 2013

Welcome to Summer Semester

Employees honored as Men of Year

Academic professional development classes

Bike rentals coming to campus

Cougar golfer to compete at nationals

Service Awards to be given in June

May 16, 2013

Budget Forums open to all

2013 Quality Awards

High School is in session this summer!

Reynoldsburg Center makes Governor's newsletter

Student accompanies Museum director to DC

Columbus State, Ohio State Open House May 28

Purchasing deadline near

Fitness Center summer hours

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 27

Memorial Day - all campuses closed

Tuesday May 28
Wednesday May 29
Thursday May 30



Friday May 31


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May 28, 2013

2013 Open Enrollment meeting added at Delaware Campus
The Human Resources Department will offer an additional Open Enrollment meeting for full-time benefit-eligible employees. The meeting will be held TODAY, Tuesday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus in Moeller Hall Rooms 111 and 112. The meeting will be broadcast to Columbus Campus in WD 409.

The Open Enrollment period is for medical, dental, vision, life and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2013. 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. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective on July 1, 2013. Immediately following the Open Enrollment meeting there will be an informational session specific to those employees interested in adding a domestic partner.

Services planned for Mandy Golhoffer

GollhofferA memorial service will be held for Mandy Golhoffer on Friday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Hill Top Catholic Church, 29 South Eureka Ave. in Columbus. Gollhoffer passed away May 22.  Mandy had worked at Columbus State for nearly 17 years, and for the last 14 years worked as a web developer in Columbus State’s Distance Education and Instructional Support Division.  He served on numerous college committees and on the Staff Advisory Council, where he played a significant role in the establishment of the Employee Book Scholarship. He also served as president of the Ohio Staff Council of Higher Education.  He earned two degrees from Columbus State in Health Information Management and Technical Communications.

“Mandy was well respected by faculty and staff. He had a great sense of humor, and was the organizer of many coworker social events,” said supervisor Tom Erney. “He will be greatly missed.”

Six faculty members recognized by “One Professor” program
logoSix Columbus State faculty members were recently honored by their students in Pearson's "One Professor" movement. Through student-submitted stories, One Professor pays tribute to faculty who have made a lasting impression, inside and outside the classroom, on the students they teach. The faculty members and their video nominations are:

Deborah Supelak
Dylan Canter
Peter (Bo) Riley
Dr. Mark Polifroni
Dr. Tom Habegger
Dr. Judith Dann

Pearson is the world's leading education company. From pre-school to high school and college, Pearson’s curriculum materials, multimedia learning tools and testing programs help to educate millions of people worldwide. Pearson asks college students if one professor has helped shape their lives, and encourages them to submit a nomination. Pearson is dedicated to honoring educators who help students change how they view the world forever.  The Columbus State faculty members are part of the 400 faculty nationwide who were honored.

Seats still available in employee training classes

There are still available seats in the following three classes for employees:
Hostmanship: The Art of Serving Others on Wednesday, May 29, 9:00-3:00 p.m. and Wednesday, June 12, 9:00-3:00 p.m. 

And Win with Your Strengths on Thursday, June 6, 12:30-4:30 p.m. 

First Wednesday to be held at Delaware Campus
June's First Wednesday town hall meeting will be held Wednesday, June 5, at 8:15 a.m., on the Delaware Campus, in Moeller Hall rooms 111 and 112.  A live stream will be available at  using the password: cougars.

SAC to raise money for Children’s Hunger Alliance

logoThe Staff Advisory Council will raise money for the “Lunch Money for a Day” Campaign offered by the Children's Hunger Alliance.  According to the Alliance, “By encouraging employees, coworkers, clients, friends, neighbors and family members to donate their lunch money for a day, a week, or even a month, corporations and other community organizations can ensure more of Ohio’s children receive the healthy meals they need to learn and thrive.”

SAC’s campaign will run from June 1 through July 31. Look for donation sites throughout campus and Clawdette Cougar will also be on the hunt for your donation on various dates.  SAC will offer raffle tickets for various prizes with every donation of $1.00, and if you sign up to donate through payroll deduction, you will receive five raffle tickets. 

NesbitSad news
James Nesbitt, Ph.D., 63, a former adjunct faculty member in the Biological Sciences at Columbus State died May 15.  Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 11:00 a.m., with services following at 12:00 p.m. at Caliman Funeral Services, 3700 Refugee Road.



Join faculty and students in NAMI Walk

group photoNAMI Walk co-captains Jackie Teny-Miller, center, in yellow, and Angela Fry, in grey, shown here with students raising money for NAMI at Spring Fling, will lead the Columbus State Team at the annual NAMI Walk.

Members of the Mental Health/ Addiction
Studies/ Developmental Disabilities Department invite you to join them at the annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) walk this weekend.  NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The 3K walk will be held on Saturday, June 1, starting at 10:00 a.m. at Fred Beekman Park in Columbus.  If you cannot attend the walk, you can still donate to a great cause.  Please go to the following link to register to walk, donate and learn more about NAMI:

You can also contact the Columbus State NAMI Walk team co-captains Angela Fry, ext. 5479 or Jackie Teny-Miller, ext.2544

Human Performance Center offers summer seminars
Learn how to get “Tank Top Arms” from the fitness experts at the HPC, Thursday, June 13, at noon in Delaware Hall 080.

The next session is “Using Technology to Keep Your Health on Track,” offered on Wednesday, July 10, in the  HPC Conference Room in Delaware Hall lower level. Finally, attend “Office Exercises for Everyone,” Thursday, August 1, at noon in Delaware Hall 080.

CSET Department students garner over $10,000 in scholarships.

Builder’s Exchange awards $60,000 in scholarships

The Central Ohio Builder's Exchange presented 44 students with more than $60,000 in scholarships from the BX Foundation May 20. The BX Foundation has provided over $1 million in scholarships to K-12 and college students since its founding in 1959.

award photoDr. Margaret Owens congratulates Construction Management student Donald Plott on his award.

Dr. Margaret Owens and Dean Bortz from Construction Management Department were on hand to support Columbus State’s student recipients Brian Albright (Architecture/Construction Management), Katelyn Deblo (Construction Management), Marcus Martin (Construction Management), Donald Plott (Construction Mangement) and Zack Poznar, a construction management graduate attending Franklin University's BS Applied Management program. 

The Ohio Contractors' Association Columbus Chapter also recently presented its annual two-year scholarships to Civil Engineering student Travis Horne and Construction Management graduate Krista Nicholson. OCA's members are the caretakers of Ohio's massive public works infrastructure that includes more than 116,200 miles of highways, roads and streets, 42,000 bridges and a million miles of water, sewer, energy, and telecommunication lines. 

Bortz with studentAt the Ohio Contractor’s Association recent meeting, student scholarship winners Travis Horne and Krista Nicholson, center, are flanked by Chad Doll, OCA Chairman, and Associate Prof. Dean Bortz.


Summertime is time for Weight Watchers

logoDo you want to get ready for the warm summer weather? Do it with Weight Watchers! In the last session, one member lost 40 pounds in 10 weeks! Let WW help you in your journey to a healthier you. Check out the open session on Tuesday, May 28, at 12:00 p.m. in the DX conference room on the third floor. The Weight Watchers at Work program session will officially start on Tuesday, June 4. A minimum of 20 participants is required in order to keep this opportunity for our employees.  If you are interested in joining Weight Watchers at Work please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, by Friday, May 31.

Join the Summer Slim Down Challenge!

graphicSome experts feel that simple waist measurements are a better indicator for healthy weight assessment than Body Mass Index Calculations. Celebrate the summer by participating in the CSCC Wellness Initiative’s Summer Slim Down Challenge in cooperation with Mt. Carmel Workplace Health.

Participants in this Challenge will have their waist measured on May 29 and 30; then try to reduce their measurement over the summer until Labor Day, when participants will have their waistline re-measured. A weekly newsletter with tips on weight management will be provided to all participants. To join in this challenge, you must RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, by Wednesday, May 29. The Challenge is open to the first 100 employees who register!

What to do in case of a tornado warning

With the recent outbreaks of severe weather around the country, Columbus State’s Police Department wants you to know how to respond when a tornado siren sounds while you are at work or at home:

On campus: Go directly to an enclosed area near the center of the building away from glass and on the lowest floor possible. Then, crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are usually good places to take shelter, and if not crowded, allow you to get to a lower level quickly. Stay off the elevators--you could be trapped for a while if the power is lost.

At home: Avoid windows. Go to a basement and get under some kind of sturdy protection (heavy table or work bench), or cover yourself with a mattress or sleeping bag. If there is no basement, go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bathtub may offer a shell of partial protection. Cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris. A helmet can offer some protection against head injury.

Alerts: Tornado - from the American Red Cross - available for both Apple and Android.
The Weather Channel - App from the Weather Channel for Apple, Android and Blackberry.
Code Red - Text emergency notification service offered to those living, attending school or working in Delaware County

Tornado Sirens - Located in Franklin and Delaware counties: these are intended to alert people outdoors of a tornado warning so that they can seek shelter. Sirens are maintained and activated by local governments, not Columbus State.