New Transfer Partnership with Miami University

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Miami University in Oxford is now partnering with Columbus State to offer students a new transfer option. In a press conference held Oct. 4, the partnership between the two institutions was outlined.
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October is Disability Awareness Month

Throughout the month of October, Columbus State’s Disabilities Services Department will offer a number of special events and resources for students, faculty and staff.
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Columbus State Birthday Party

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Columbus State celebrated the anniversary of its first day of classes on Monday, September 30—the first day that the Columbus Area Technician School opened for business in the basement of Central High School in 1963. 
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"Great Colleges" survey results set benchmarks

Columbus State thanks employees for their participation in both the 2012 and 2013 “Great Colleges to Work For” survey, sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Modern Think LLC. 
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Previous Stories:

October 7

One week left until Columbus State Day

In-Service survey

Open Forums

Government shutdown affects some veteran benefits

College presidents speak to Metropolitan Club

Landscape students host fundraiser

Miami U. transfer partnership

Inaugural Alumni Basketball game

Flu shots Oct. 29

Summer Slim Down results

DEIS class offerings

October 3

Columbus State birthday party

City Council honors Columbus State

Open Forums for VP position

Mental Health Fair Oct. 9

October is Disability Awareness Month

Harrison to serve on committee

LMS Faculty Forum

Second Portfolio nears deadline

C.A.R.E.S. training

FAQ 's about STAR Forms

Online course assessment begins

Banks recognized by PTK, Trustees

College Completion Coaches volunteer at car show

Library endorses "Banned Books Week"

September 30

Happy Birthday Columbus State

CS Day Book Drive reminder

Day of Service

Service learning?

Learning Management System Faculty Forum

First Wednesday

First Lego League

Caregivers ERG

Distinguished Teachers to present Oct. 8

September 23

Day of Service

Anniversary featured in Dispatch

Landscape club wins Community Stewardship award

Testing Center needs help scheduling

Columbus State birthday party

Emeritus among us

September 19

Vision of future and Master Plan shown

New FAQ's about Day of Service

September SEOM

Community College Partners Game at OU

Cappella University offers grant

SAC Lunch Sept. 25

DEIS seminars

September 16

"Great Colleges" survey results set benchmarks

"Great Teaching" to be discussed by panel

Gospel Ensemble to perform

Employee flu shots scheduled

It's Intranet cleanup time!

Leeman to exhibit

Christopher's open for Fall Semester

Working with new Columbus State students?

September 12

Registering for Day of Service

Student photo bloggers want to visit you!

Holiday week approaching

Fire alarms to be tested

IT announces Classroom Tech Help line

High School visit day

BLUEprint workshops

Security Tip of the Day








This week at Columbus State
Monday October 7

VP Candidate Forum, 2-3 p.m., WD Ballroom

Learning Management Systems Faculty Forum demonstration: Instructure Canvas, 2-3:30 p.m., CT 107

Tuesday October 8
Wednesday October 9
Thursday October 10



Friday October 11


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October 10, 2013

Feedback requested for VP Candidates
Please give your feedback on the candidates for the position of vice president for Information Technology, as they are introduced to campus through the Open Forums.  The link to the feedback form is online here: Feedback Form

SEOM is “nerve center” for Human Resources
BoyerCarmelita Boyer, administrative assistant, is the nerve center for the complex and varied needs of the Human Resources Department, according to Deborah Heater.  “If you are not sure who can provide a particular HR need, Carmelita can help you!” she says.

“Carmelita serves on, or provides support for many committees, including union contract negotiations, promotion and tenure, Years of Service recognition, the retiree luncheon, the voluntary cash separation incentive, CQI awards, Distinguished Full Professor awards, Staff Employee of the Month, Staff Advisory Council and Shared Governance,” Heater says. 

“During my six-month tenure as Interim VP of HR, Carmelita was an invaluable and supportive partner as I navigated the new environment.  On many occasions, I used her as a research intern as I endeavored to understand particular issues,” says Kimberly Hall, chief of staff.

Nominated by Susan Thomas, Boyer was awarded the Staff Employee of the Month award for October at the recent First Wednesday meeting.  Says Thomas: “Carmelita is the go-to person for all SAC’s community service projects such as Children’s Hunger Alliance, Firefighters for Kids, Mid-Ohio Food Bank—as well as a Human Resources guru!

“She also oversees a new award—the Part-time Employee of the Month—which requires her to coordinate a time and space for the award since not every part-time employee works the same schedule.”

Celebrate faculty excellence Oct. 18

trophyYou are invited to the CSEA Faculty Excellence Awards, to be given on Friday, October 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.

The CSEA Faculty Excellence Award was created to recognize CSEA members who demonstrate distinction in an area of service, teaching or leadership. Each year, two faculty members are selected to receive a plaque and a $500 cash award.  Any Columbus State CSEA member can nominate a faculty member for the award. The award is given for achievements in one or more of these areas: Significant participation or leadership in a professional organization, innovation in instruction, commitment to student success, community service, and/or college service.

The 2013 awardees are Susan Moran, professor in Communication, and Daniel Hare, instructor and Program Coordinator in Criminal Justice.  The award ceremony is open to all employees!

Board of Regents names Hay as new Deputy Chancellor
HayThe Ohio Board of Regents has named Cheryl Hay as its new Deputy Chancellor for Higher Education Workforce Alignment.

Hay will be on “loan” to the Board of Regents through 2014 from Columbus State, where she has been serving as senior executive director of the Center for Workforce Development since 2006. While at Columbus State, Hay led industry strategy at the local and state level, newly skilled worker pipelines, as well as continuing education programs for professionals, economic development strategies, and the integration of workforce strategies into education delivery.

"Cheryl brings a wealth of workforce development experience to her role here," said Chancellor John Carey. "I look forward to working with her as we continue to align higher education in Ohio with the workforce needs of Ohio's businesses, and I appreciate the cooperation received from Columbus State."

Before joining Columbus State, Hay served as senior vice president of Children's Hunger Alliance and vice president of workforce development for the Columbus Chamber. While at the Chamber, Hay initiated long-term workforce development efforts to ensure a quality workforce for the Chamber's 3,500 local business members.

Talking Transfer!

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The annual College Transfer Fair was held Oct. 3 with representatives from 41 colleges and universities.  Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from colleges in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Arizona.  The event is held every fall and this year drew more than 400 students to discuss transfer opportunities with the college representatives. Photo by student photo blogger LaRae Scheurell.

bootsG.I. Bill office moves to Union Hall
The Columbus State Veterans G.I. Bill Office has relocated to Room 048, in the lower level of Union Hall.

VA coordinators Terry Worst and James Elliott will continue to advise students with G.I. Bill processing and inquires.  Veterans, military students and their dependents are invited to call or stop by the office for assistance with their Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits.

For more information, call ext.2814, email questions to, or visit the website: G.I. Bill office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

New OSHA standards training offered on Blackboard

graphicThe OSHA Hazard Communication Standard has been updated to match the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The new hazard communication standard will be phased in over several years; however, employers are required to train workers on the new label elements, the new Safety Data Sheet format, and other aspects of the new rule, by December 1, 2013.

Columbus State now offers an online training course which provides a description of the changes to hazard warning labels and Safety Data Sheets required under the newly revised OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.  This training is required for all employees working with or around chemicals on the job.  The course, available on Blackboard, consists of a training module and a 10-question quiz.

If your job duties involve exposure to hazardous chemicals, please complete the Hazard Communication 2 – GHS module by December 1, 2013. From the Columbus State webpage (, click on the “Blackboard” link in the top right corner.  Use your Novell ID and password to log in.  Click on the “My Organizations” tab under the Columbus State banner at the top of the page.  Select “Health & Safety Training 2013” and the modules are listed in the left column. 

If you have questions about this training, please contact Lori Thomas, ext.3860 or Dean Bortz, ext.5033. 

Reminder: Service learning designations due Nov. 1
Do you incorporate service-learning in your teaching?  If so, you may apply for an “S-designation” for your Autumn Semester 2014 classes. 

According to the organization Learn and Serve, service-learning is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning process, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” 

New, beginning Autumn Semester 2014, Columbus State sections of existing courses that meet the criteria for service learning may be offered in the course listing with an “S” suffix.  The S-designation makes it easier for students to locate service-learning classes and provides standards for class design across the college.

All S-designation requests will be handled through the Office of Academic Affairs Service-Learning Committee.  For guidance on this process, please contact the committee co-chairs Lisa Briggs and Nancy Pine.

To submit your S-Designation application for approval, please email the committee chairs or to receive a proposal form. The deadline to submit proposals for Autumn Semester 2014 classes is November 1, 2013.

logoMobile mammography screening offered Nov. 6

The James Care Mobile Mammography unit will be on campus on Wednesday, November 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the visitor meter spaces across from Nestor Hall.  To schedule your appointment, please call The James Scheduling Department at (614) 293-4455.