CCSSE 2013 results now available

Are students engaged in their learning—and with the college—as much as we hope they are? How does engagement affect student learning? Answers to these questions and more may be found in the results of the 2013 Community College Survey Student Engagement (CCSSE) and Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE).
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Project 365 nears launch

Columbus State faculty and staff will soon have a powerful email, web, and collaboration tool that can help you work more efficiently.
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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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October 24

CCSSE results available

New grants coordinator

CS to host international Education conference

Metropreneur features SBDC

Concert Band fall concert Nov. 5

SAC Lunch on medical benefits Oct. 30

Caregivers Group Nov. 1

Vote for Fear Factor!

Landscape students offer raffle

October 21

Project 365 nears launch

"Hybrid" is now "Blended"

Disability Services offers workshop on autism

Make plans for December holiday week

October 17

Campus invited to anniversary presentation

Missed Columbus State Day?

Students collect for military care

Financial Planning seminar

Di Pietro to perform

DEIS seminars

Bookstore customer appreciation program

Connect your students to FOCUS

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 28

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

Tuesday October 29
Wednesday October 30
Thursday October 31



Friday November 1


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Christopher's is now OPEN for Autumn Semester!

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October 28, 2013  

AQIP News: Action Projects for 2014 submitted

Three AQIP Action Projects have been approved by Cabinet and the Accreditation Committee, and have been posted on the Higher Learning Commission website for 2014. The projects are the Early Alert, Institutional Reporting, and Reverse Transfer projects.

logoEarly Alert tracks students, in real time, who may have financial aid, attendance or academic issues. The goal is to integrate the early alert process with midterm progress reports and attendance reporting.

Early Alert is in the AQIP Category of Supporting Institutional Operations. The Title III program is funded through a five-year $2 million dollar federal grant.  Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, director of Title III: Strengthening Institutions, manages the team.  

The Institutional Reporting project is the next step in delivering relevant, timely, and easily obtainable data to stakeholders at the college.  Sometimes called the “data warehouse,” this project will map out a new process for making institutional data available in a self-service model.

Heading the work is Jennifer Anderson, director of Institutional Effectiveness. Institutional Reporting falls under the AQIP category of Measuring Effectiveness.

Reverse Transfer identifies former students who transferred prior to completing certificate or degree requirements at Columbus State, but now qualify for an associate degree based on coursework completed at their transfer institution. A year in the making, this project will improve internal processes and add new private partner institutions. To date, an additional 300 former Columbus State students now count as graduates.

Reverse Transfer is in the AQIP category of Building Collaborative Relationships and is part of Goal 2025, the national college completion effort. Martin Maliwesky, dean of Enrollment Services, leads this group.

Teams will submit project updates later in the year for peer review by the Higher Learning Commission.  Results will be posted on the commission website by September 2014.

Veterans’ Week activities run Nov. 4-13
saluting the flagColumbus State’s Veterans Services department will host a week of events to honor veterans and provide services.

Veterans Services is collecting items for a Troop Care Package Drive until November 9, at the Veterans office in Delaware 156.

Monday, November 4, is Military Recruitment and Appreciation Day. Veterans are invited to a resource fair on Tuesday and informational sessions Wednesday and Thursday.

The big event is a Support the Troops Rally on Friday, November 8. From 8:45 to 9:45 a.m., we will gather on the courtyard near the statue to salute our veterans. From there, a group will depart for the Columbus Veterans Day parade that begins in downtown Columbus at 10 a.m.

Veterans Day will be observed on campus on Monday, November 11. All campuses and Regional Learning Centers are closed.

Academic assistant helps athletes excel

Mark Sommer runs marathons on the weekends, and during the week helps Columbus State student athletes go the distance in their classes.

Sommer (center), with some of the student athletes he helps.

As a part-time academic assistant, Sommer’s “enthusiastic, passionate commitment to student athletes is inspirational,” according to Julie Collins, who nominated him for Part-Time Employee of the Month. Sommer was surprised with the award by President Harrison this morning in his office.

“Mark initiated a peer-to-peer tutoring program that has helped our student athletes become more accountable academically, and enhanced the completion rate for our athletes to 81 percent,” writes Collins.  “During Finals Week, Mark opened our student-athlete academic rooms at 7:00 a.m., which led to multiple students coming in early to prepare for their exams,” she writes.

“Mark is amazing,” writes student manager Dani Turner. “He is always willing to help and support us.  He always has a solution and no task it too small or too big. He encourages us to reach for our full potential!”

Disability Services and Humanities offer lecture Nov. 20

Dr. Dea Boster

Join the Departments of Disability Services and the Humanities when they present a lecture titled “Joice Heth and Jim Crow: The Dual Stigma of Race and Disability in Antebellum America,” Wednesday, November 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin Hall 110.

The presentation will be made by Dea Boster, Ph.D., instructor in the Humanities, who will discuss the layers of meaning that were ascribed to race and disability, two concepts that were mutually constitutive in the nineteenth-century United States.  As the notoriety of Joice Heth and Jim Crow spread throughout the nation, so did discussions and portrayals of disabled slaves. Many nineteenth-century writings associated physical and mental disabilities with weakness and dependence, immorality, dishonor, and the grotesque, and these associations influenced the “dual stigma” of race and disability. 

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Join GEM-C to critique writing

The Greet, Eat, Meet, and Critique (GEM-C) Writers of Columbus State are committed to helping writers nurture their creativity, improve their writing skills, and move their works toward publication. The group meets one Saturday a month for about 2 1/2 hours. Following a potluck lunch, members share their literary experiences and critique each other's  submissions. All types of writers are welcome, but the group is not for students who want their term papers or homework edited.  For more information, contact Clay Cormany, instructor in Communication, at

building workLast week for feedback on Day of Service!

If you participated in the September 26 Day of Service, please give your feedback and comments on the survey link posted here: 138090023578

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. The last day to submit this important feedback is Friday, November 1.



Academic Onboarding sessions offered

November will feature two academic onboarding sessions that are open to all faculty and staff.

“Assessment for Learning: The College Assessment Process,” will take place Friday, November 1, from 1:00 to2:30 p.m. in WD 352.  How does the College’s course and program assessment process work? How does this process relate to learning in the classroom? This session will look at the purpose, process and structure of Assessment at Columbus State. Faculty Fellows for Assessment Adam Moskowitz and Lisa Cerrato will lead the conversation.

“Build a Student Success Story” will be offered Friday, November 15, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., room TBA. To foster student success we have had to learn more about our students’ backgrounds and challenges that potentially interfere with academic success. What better way to understand those challenges than to “walk a mile” in their shoes. After learning about first-generation college students, participants will build a student profile from a collection of variables then explore overcoming these obstacles from the student and faculty perspective. Traci Haynes, interim chairperson for Psychology, will facilitate. Advance registration for each session is encouraged.

Safety Council works for secure campus

Earlier this summer, Columbus State created the College Safety Council to provide a place where issues of college safety can be addressed.  

The Council is co-chaired by the Chief of Police Sean Asbury, and Professor Terry Olive, D.V.M. from Veterinary Technology. Working closely with the College’s Police Department, the Council is committed to maintaining a safe, secure learning and work environment by:

You can contact any of the College Safety Council members if you have a question, concern or idea regarding college safety.

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College Safety Council members are, from left: Scott Wagner, Vanessa Cummings, David Foor, Karen Rippe, John Nedel, Timothy Butcher, Bradley Beck, Lori Thomas, Renee Hill, Robert Clifford, Kellie Brennan, Teresa Lister, Lorrie Ritchey and Sean Asbury.  Not pictured are Terry Olive, John Eldrige, Jackie DeGenova, and Elizabeth Yount.

Professional workshops available to employees

The following workshops are available to Columbus State employees:

Put Your Strengths to Work
Now that you know your top five Strengths, what's next? "Win with Your Strengths" taught us that we will grow most in our areas of greatest strength. During Put Your Strengths to Work, offered October 3, you will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team. 
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Teambuilding Using Strengths workshop
The best teams achieve success by welcoming, valuing, and leveraging each members' strengths. Teambuilding Using Strengths, offered on November 5, will focus on the four domains of strengths to understand team dynamics and increase collaboration. Participants must complete the Strengths Finder assessment and attend Win With Your Strengths workshop prior to the Teambuilding session. 
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Hostmanship: The Art of Serving Others 
Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome.  Good hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives. In this introduction to Hostmanship, offered on November 8, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth. 
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CPR Recertification for Healthcare Providers
This course is based on the guidelines and standards set forth by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. The course covers adult and pediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillation, use of a bag valve mask, and care to relieve a foreign body airway obstruction. This course fulfills the required CPR certification for healthcare providers and is available only to Columbus State employees who need CPR recertification.  
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Contact Lori Thomas , ext. 3860 or Barbara Allen , ext. 5297 for more information.