Columbus State Foundation receives $5 million from AEP

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The American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation is funding a new pilot initiative with the Columbus State Community College Foundation to launch a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) dual enrollment program at Columbus City high schools.
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Columbus State Day makes news

logo Beautiful fall weather and an all-out effort by Columbus State faculty and staff made for an excellent Columbus State Day October 12—our 50th anniversary gift to the community. 
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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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Previous Stories:

October 16

Columbus State receives $5 million from AEP

October 14

Columbus State day makes news

Feedback requested on VP Candidates

Christopher's now online

Health Rewards briefings

Learning Management Systems campus evaluation

Birthday babies, then and now

October 10

Feedback requested for VP Candidates

SEOM for October

Celebrate Faculty excellence

Hay named new Deputy Chancellor

Transfer Fair

G.I.Bill office moves to Union Hall

New OSHA training

Service Learning Designations due

Mobile mammography screening Nov. 6

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"










This week at Columbus State
Monday October 14

Open Gym, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday October 15
Wednesday October 16
Thursday October 17

Learning Management Systems: Instructure Canvas, 2:30 - 4 p.m., CT 107


Friday October 18


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Christopher's is now OPEN for Autumn Semester!

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October 17, 2013  

Campus invited to anniversary presentation

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Please join President Harrison on Tuesday, October 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor, to celebrate our history makers, showcase our students, programs, and partnerships, and learn more about our master plan and regional vision for the future of higher education and workforce development in Central Ohio.  Last month, the college hosted more than 150 local business leaders, civic and public officials as President Harrison reviewed our history and shared his vision for the future. The presentation was very well-received by the community, so come and see it for yourself next Tuesday!

Last call for candidate feedback
Please remember to 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. You can also view the candidate open forums online here:

The link to the feedback form is online here: Feedback Form 

Missed Columbus State Day?

If you missed Columbus State Day on campus, you can see highlights from Saturday in this video produced by Mark Van Horn in Marketing and Communications.


Students collect for military care packages

military graphicColumbus State’s College Leadership Conference of Ohio, which is scheduled for early next month, would like to encourage you to help make a difference by helping our military men and women overseas.  

U.S. troops are stationed in places where the nearest convenience store is at least 40 minutes away, and requires a combat convoy to just make the trip. This year the College Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO) is challenging both students and employees to donate items for a Military Care Package Drive. 

Participants at the Leadership Conference will package up the donations and write post cards to enclose in each package. Following the conference, all care packages and post cards will be taken to a local Blue Star Mothers’ Chapter to be shipped to troops overseas.  

The type of items needed for these care packages includes such things as  individually packed food and drink items, candy and sweets like gum and lifesavers, toiletries and hygiene items, boot socks and t-shirts, puzzles, word games, recent magazines and more. For a full list of items needed, email Heather Borland in Student Engagement and Leadership.

Financial Planning seminar offered
Your Columbus State Benefit Team invites you to attend a free financial planning educational seminar offered by VALIC, titled Social Security and Your Retirement.”  The presentation will be held on Wednesday, October 23, in WD 407 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

To register and reserve your seat, click on the link below.  Seating is limited so register today!

Di Pietro to perform Halloween concert

posterRocco Di Pietro, instructor in the Humanities, will perform a Halloween concert on Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Fort Hayes Theatre.

Di Pietro will present his works “King Lear” and “Lilith” with students from Columbus State, Ohio State and Fort Hayes music programs.

The concert will have mixed genres and some pop pieces with a Halloween theme will be included. Columbus State student Chelsea Arthur will sing one of her new songs, and OSU student composer Ramsey Sadaka will perform his new cello solo work. The concert is free and open to the public.

Disability Services Testing Center closed Friday
The Disability Services Testing Center will close Friday, October 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  for staff training. Exams in progress will continue to be monitored, however no new exams will be scheduled during this time.  The center will reopen at 3:30 p.m. Please contact the Disabilities Services Testing Center at ext. 2570 if you have questions or concerns.

Distance Education and Instructional Support (DEIS) seminars:

Air Sketch: Wirelessly Projecting Your Lectures/Presentations Using an iPad
If you are in a smart classroom, you can project your slides to a screen, annotate them, and then share them with your students. You can write on images or diagrams and do equations. Then you can share them with your students. If you are using Camtasia you can even post these lectures
Presenter: James Stewart, Associate Professor, Social Sciences, D-L Lead
When and where: Friday, October 18 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) CT 107 - Register

Blackboard Grade Center
Prerequisites: training participants must have already successfully completed the following ITI training courses: Introduction to Blackboard and Grade Center I
Date/Time:  Wednesday, October 23 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) - Register

WebEx Meeting Center Basics
WebEx Meeting Center is a virtual online meeting room that 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, web site, or other multimedia. Although WebEx has video capabilities, the focus generally is with sharing data and information with participants.
Please note: All participants seeking to attend training and or/use WebEx must download/complete the Cougar Webconferencing (WebEx) Meeting Request form before signing up for this training session - Download Meeting Center Request Form
When: Thursday, October 24 (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.) - Register

Human Capacity Development Session
Managing with Strengths

Prerequisite: Have completed Win with Your Strengths and is currently a supervisor/manager/ administrator at Columbus State.
This workshop will explore ways managers can use their strengths and the strengths of their employees to impact employee loyalty and productivity. The session will study managers who effectively use strengths to hire, focus, motivate, and develop employees and ultimately impact employee engagement and performance. Participants will begin to develop strategies for managing employees using a strengths-based approach.
When: Thursday, October 24, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Register

Bookstore offers customer appreciation program

bookstore couponThe Columbus State Bookstore will offer customers $2 off every $10 spent at the Bookstore through October 31 and your employee discount applies to your purchases.  Exclusions include textbooks, laptops, calculators and gift cards.  You can also register to win a $10 iTunes gift card with one winner announced daily through Oct. 31.

Connect your students to the resources they need to be successful

FOCUS—powered by Starfish and supported using the college’s Title III grant—is a powerful communication tool at Columbus State that provides students with real-time information about how they are doing in class.
FOCUS allows:

Instructors and staffmay also use FOCUS to refer students to Columbus State support services such as tutoring and supplemental instruction. In some cases, tutors and supplemental instruction leaders follow up directly with these referrals.  If not, Retention Specialist Megan McWilliams makes a point to follow up with students. 
Training is available six times each semester.  Interested faculty and staff can register at: