Six faculty recognized by "One Professor" program

Six Columbus State faculty members were recently honored by their students in Pearson's "One Professor" movement.
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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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May 28, 2013

Open Enrollment meeting at Delaware

Services for Mandy Gollhofer

Six faculty recognized by "One Professor"

Employee training classes

First Wednesday to be held at Delaware Campus

Children's Hunger Alliance

Services for Nesbitt

Faculty, students in NAMI Walk

HPC summer seminars

Builder's Exchange scholarships

Weight Watchers

Join the Summer Slim Down Challenge

Tornado warning information

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 June 3

Last day to register for Summer Semester 2013

Tuesday June 4
Wednesday June 5
Thursday June 6

Ohio Growth Summit, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., WD


Friday June 7


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June 3, 2013

Traveling exhibition tells
the story of Abraham
Lincoln’s struggle to
meet the Constitutional
challenges of the
Civil War

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,”
a traveling exhibition opening in the Library
mid- June, examines how President Lincoln
used the Constitution to confront three intertwined
crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern
states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

The National Constitution Center and the American
Library Association Public Programs Office organized
the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a
major grant from the National Endowment for the
Humanities (NEH). Columbus State learned nearly two
years ago that the exhibit would come to our campus, and has eagerly awaited the arrival of exhibit materials in the Library. 

A special preview of the exhibit will be available to Columbus State students and employees, starting Wednesday, June 19.  The grand opening to the public will be held the following Friday, June 21.  The exhibit runs through August 16.

Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery, or a principled leader justly celebrated as the Great Emancipator? This exhibition provides no easy answers. Rather, it encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Bruce Massis, director of the Library. “As a new president, Abraham Lincoln was faced with enormous challenges. Each section of the exhibit features information about a different aspect of Lincoln’s presidency. For example, the section about slavery examines the various policy options Lincoln once embraced and how his thoughts about slavery evolved over time. Most importantly, the exhibit helps visitors understand why Lincoln’s struggle with the Constitution still matters today.”  

The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Library will offer a series of lectures by Columbus State faculty members, as well as the Lincoln Film Series, which will screen five different movies including the Oscar Award-winning “Lincoln” directed by Steven Spielberg, and Ken Burn’s “The Civil War.”  Movies will rotate through the week, and continue throughout the two-month exhibit schedule.  Columbus State’s Bookstore will sponsor a special section of books and educational materials about the Lincoln presidency for the duration of the exhibit.

A Library Guide is also online, where you can take a video tour of the exhibit and find thousands of reference materials on the Lincoln presidency.

Five promoted to assistant professor

At the May 23 Board of Trustees meeting, five faculty members were granted tenure and promoted to the rank of assistant professor effective at the beginning of the 2013/2014 contract year.  They are Christine Creagh, Human Services; Jonathan Kreger, Social Sciences; Jessica Lickeri, Mathematics; Merideth Sellars, Biological and Physical Sciences; and Cheryl Vaughn, Biological and Physical Sciences. 

Voluntary Cash Separation Incentive meeting to be held June 4
The Board of Trustees recently approved year three of the Voluntary Cash Separation Incentive for full-time employees. Eligibility for voluntary separation is based on retirement eligibility in accordance with the STRS, SERS, or ARP Ohio public retirement systems.  Eligibility requires:

  • Thirty years of public service at any age

  • Twenty-five years of public service with a minimum age of 55

  • Five years of public service with a minimum age of 60

If you think you meet one of the above eligibility requirements to take advantage of this opportunity, or you have questions about whether you meet them, please attend a meeting on Tuesday, June 4, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in CT-107. The meeting will explain the procedure to sign up for the Incentive, the paperwork needed, how the Incentive will work, and next steps to take.

If you have questions, please contact Twila Wiley at ext. 2422.

logoFaculty Idea Exchange conference registration now open

The OAA Instructional Success Committee cordially invites all full-time and adjunct faculty members to attend the Faculty Idea Exchange – Summer 2013 Conference, Friday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, 4th floor WD. 

Idea Exchange topics include Learning Communities, Technology in the Classroom, Adjunct Connectivity, Student Diversity Awareness, and General Best Practice Techniques.  This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with colleagues and exchange ideas that promote student success.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

Register at  Under Academic Affairs, look for “Faculty Idea Exchange – Summer 2013 Conference” to complete your registration.  This is the official registration.  (If you completed the Idea Exchange survey previously, you still must register via this link.)  Registration deadline is June 14. 

Please plan on joining us for a day of ideas and inspiration!

Several college departments to change office hours

In order to better serve students during busy times during the semester, some college offices have adjusted their hours effective at the beginning of the Summer Semester.  For several of these departments, the hours will change as of June 3 as the first two weeks of the semester end. 

To see a listing of Columbus State’s main student service and campus service office hours, go online here. As always, students are advised to contact the individual office they wish to visit to confirm office hours.

Student email will be down following June 14 upgrade

If you’re expecting emails from your students the weekend of June 14-16, please make other arrangements. Student email will be unavailable as we upgrade students from Microsoft’s Live@Edu to Office 365. Microsoft tells us the conversion could take 2-5 days.

The new email will include file sharing through SharePoint Online, online MS Office programs for creating and reading documents, instant messaging, and online meetings. If you are using Live@Edu features in class, Columbus State will no longer support that system.

You can read more details about the upgrade online here.

They didn’t “flub” this project!
making flubber
Students from Woodward Elementary School in Delaware make “flubber,” a kind of soft and gooey clay, during a chemistry experiment at the Delaware Campus last week.

College may be years away for them, but this group of 4th-grade students got a close-up look at science and technology in a real college setting during their trip.
 Several dozen students from Woodward Elementary spent part of a day exploring several science topics and learning what it would be like to be in college.

The students were split into groups and took part various projects. One was “Bigfoot: Real or Myth?” Another was “Cool Chemistry,” where they learned about physical and chemical changes by mixing liquids to create solids. A third session was a Leadership Project. Instructors reviewed seven habits of leadership.

The annual program was developed by Delaware Dean Angelo Frole and Woodward Principal Matthew Keller, who met through the Leadership Delaware program.

“Wellness Warriors” to be recognized

logoThe Columbus State Wellness Initiative has made great strides in promoting health activities and creating a culture of wellness at the college.  Now Columbus State would like to recognize and highlight employee wellness accomplishments by creating the Wellness Warriors awards!

We will recognize employees who have made valuable changes in their health and fitness as a result of Columbus State resources.  If you or someone you know has made significant changes by joining Columbus State fitness classes, wellness classes, Weight Watchers at Work, the Health Rewards Program, or the Fitness Center, please submit a nomination to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, by Friday, June 7.  Your nomination should consist of a few sentences that describe how the program, class or facility has helped you (or your nominee) to achieve a health and fitness goal.

Hay invited to White House to discuss needs of long-term unemployed
HayCheryl Hay, director of the Center for Workforce Development has been asked by the Aspen Institute to assist the Greater Washington Workforce Collaborative in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and the Oregon State Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development by conducting workshops on how to engage businesses in workforce programming, industry sector initiatives and the alignment of skill sets against labor market demand.

Hay delivered the first workshop in Washington, D.C. on May 15 and will travel to Oregon on June 10.

Additionally, on May 16, Hay was invited to a brainstorming session at the White House to discuss the challenges of the long-term unemployed. The goal of the meeting was to discuss issues that education and training providers, workforce agencies, community-based organizations, and others confront as they work to assist and support the long-term unemployed as they seek to return to work.

Other participants in this meeting from the Administration included:  Alan Krueger, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; Seth Harris, Acting Secretary of the Department of Labor; Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council; and James Kvaal, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council.  Hay was able to provide input into the delivery of funding to meet the needs of the long-term unemployed, discussions about bringing successful programs to scale, and ideas for creating incentives for businesses to hire long-term unemployed individuals.

Caregivers Employee Resource Group meets June 7

Caregiver: 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, June 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Library Studio (Lower Level) for the Caregivers ERG. 

Contact Lori Thomas or Kim Brazwell for more information.

Second Annual OCTA Conference Held May 17

Jim Kalna (standing) mingles with attendees during the conference.

In only their first full year, the Ohio College Testing Association (OCTA) held their second annual conference at Columbus State Community College. The group, currently led by Jim Kalna, Testing and Talent Assessment Center supervisor at Columbus State, has grown to more than 80 members since its inception and there were more than 70 in attendance at this year’s conference.

OCTA strives to enhance relationships between Ohio-based institutional testing centers, exam vendors, other state and national Testing Associations, and higher education officials in Ohio to promote standards of excellence and guidelines for professionalism for test administration services.

Upcoming ITDL Seminars:
WebEx Meeting Center Basics
WebEx Meeting Center is a virtual online meeting room which allows Columbus State employees to hold meetings online. WebEx requires participants to have internet access and a computer with a microphone and audio capabilities. All communication is done through the computer, whether a desktop PC or laptop. WebEx allows for multiple participants, up to 200, at different locations to connect online and share any document, Power Point, website, or other multimedia. Although WebEx has video capabilities, the focus generally is with sharing data and information with participants.
Where to learn even more about WebEx Meeting Center: View/download WebEx Meeting Center overview document (PDF). All participants seeking to use WebEx must download/complete the Cougar Webconferencing (WebEx) - Meeting Center Request Form
When: Thursday, June 6 (12:00 - 2:00 p.m.) - Register
Wednesday, June 19 (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, room CT 106

Online WebEx Training is also available 24/365
If you would like to attend online training and get a WebEx account please do the following:

Cultural Competency
Columbus State is a remarkably diverse community. Differences in culture and experience effect how students learn. Their expectations for how to behave, study and communicate may not be what you expect. Kim Brazwell, Manager of Diversity Initiatives, and Tywan Banks, Instructor in Multicompetency Health, help us explore and understand that diversity.
When: Friday, June 21 (1:00 - 2:30 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, room CT 106
Blackboard - Completely Online Self-Paced Offering (NEW!)
The following self-paced course is taken completely online and does not require any face-to-face meetings.
ITIBB-0100-WEB: Introduction to Blackboard [Course Overview PDF] [Start Course]

Register for June and July FOCUS Training Sessions
The FOCUS Early Alert System is a tool used to aid in the retention of students. Instructors can raise notices or concerns, send referrals to other departments, and give kudos to students based on the students' performance in their class.

Once a concern is raised, staff members in the Title III Office work to connect that student to the appropriate support services. The FOCUS Early Alert System has been used by a number of faculty members already and effective this term is available college-wide.  Now it’s time to get more faculty and staff involved!

The benefits of FOCUS and why you should learn more:

  • It provides timely communication to students (in a manner the student prefers to be notified) regarding course work.

  • It provides a user-friendly platform and syncs with various college resources such as Blackboard (and will soon sync with Datatel).

  • It stores the documentation of communication between the instructor and student.

  • It shares information with the right support staff to help the student and is FERPA compliant.

FOCUS training sessions, open to all faculty and staff, will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 5, from 3-4 p.m. at the Delaware Campus MO 245

  • Tuesday, June 11, from 2-3 p.m. DE 212

  • Monday, June 24, from 10-11 a.m. FR 310

  • Thursday, June 27, form 10-11 a.m. at the Delaware Campus MO245

  • Tuesday, July 9, from 6-7 p.m. at the Delaware Campus MO 238

  • Thursday, July 25, from 6-7 p.m. DH 104

Interested faculty and staff should register here:

Disability Services announces Outstanding Support Awards

Columbus State’s Office of Disability Services has announced the list of faculty and staff who have been recognized by the department for their outstanding support of students with disabilities.  According to director Tiffany McClain, the awards are intended “to recognize those faculty and staff who have demonstrated positive commitments to work beyond compliance to foster the inclusion of students with disabilities and to create a more disability-friendly environment on campus.”

Recognized for their work were:
Cameron Kishel, Developmental Education—who assisted Disability Services with the accessibility of My Math Lab and gave the department access to the course code, helping with accessibility of the program for blind and visually impaired students.

Eric Kenz,
Biological and Physical Sciences—who gave tremendous support to students who are visually impaired and students who have print-related disabilities for his Human Anatomy course.

Ellen Stadler,
Developmental Education—who went far above and beyond her normal responsibilities as an instructor to support visually impaired students in Dev 0115 during Fall semester 2012.

Ingrid Emch
, English—who has taken sign language classes so that she can communicate one-on-one with her students who use it. 

Dr. Jeanette Ferguson
, Biological and Physical Sciences—who was one of the first instructors to take the time to pre-record audio versions of her exams for students who cannot access text through traditional means.

Julie Hallas,
Developmental Education—who has taken sign language classes to communicate with her students, and offers tutoring sessions for all Dev. Math students who are deaf or hard of hearing, whether or not they are in her class.

Julio Moreno,
Mathematics—who was very proactive in obtaining information and materials for a student in his Math 1010 class who is blind. 

John Wallace,
Developmental Education—who assisted Disability Services with course information and My Math Lab when he had a student who is visually impaired in his DEV 0115 class. 

Merideth Sellars,
Biological and Physical Sciences—who is one of a handful of instructors who takes time to pre-record audio versions of their tests for students who struggle accessing printed materials through traditional means. 

Suzanne Heckman,
English—who took the time to find out about deafness and why so many students who use sign language struggle with English.  She uses this knowledge when she works with deaf students. 

Tom Crist,
Distance Education and Instructional Support—who has been actively engaged in the creation of three significant projects: the Disability Services Office video, the Disability Services Open House Student and Instructor videos, and the Rachel B. special interest video.

Terri Kegley
, Mathematics—who signed a blind student into her class and was very pro-active in obtaining information and materials for the student’s Math 1020 class.

graphicWatch Strongmen (and women) in action on June 15!

Columbus State’s Strength and Conditioning Program will host their annual Strongman Competition, where participants will compete in events with names like “Carjack Deadlift,” and “Mastodon Yoke.” The competition will be held in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium, starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.  Proceeds go to benefit the Cougar Strength and Conditioning Club.  Spectators pay only $2 and 12 and under children spectate free.