Holiday Break work areas determined

For those employees who intend to work all or part of Columbus State's Holiday Break, plan to do your work in the two designated open buildings, Delaware and Rhodes Halls.
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Bowers, Ulloa-Olavarrieta promoted in Workforce Development

Director of the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State, Michael Bowers, has been promoted to Director of the Center for Workforce Development, and Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta has been promoted to director of the SBDC
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Welcome Team Spring 2014 Needs You

Spring Semester 2014 is just around the corner—classes begin January 13. The Welcome Team would like you to join them in offering assistance to our new and returning students.
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Previous Stories:

December 5

Holiday Break work areas

Email changes coming over Holiday Break

Employee Fee Waivers due Jan. 2

Wayne named to Dean's Advisory Council at OU

Fire alarms to be tested

Capella grant extended

Workplace injury and accident reporting

December 2

Judge Jamison to address grads

Miller leads students to "Wholesome" excursion

Award for aesthetics of the Master Plan

Welcome Team reminder

Bawden to present at Game Developer Expo

Knapke noted for environmental awareness

Payroll reminder

November 25

Bowers, Ulloa-Olavarrieta promoted

More Testing Center requests

Chenfeld presents at national conference

Pepsi makes donation to student success

Pono Learning Community admitting members

Bookstore sale

Smoking and women's health

November 21

"A Friday in November" now playing through Saturday

Testing Center needs help

Concert Band's holiday concert

Holiday Week and Year-end payroll deadlines

SAC's Toys for Tots drive

Do you RAVE?

Gospel Ensemble to perform

November 18

Barnhart play recounts Kennedy assassination

Faculty name readers needed

Christopher's open Nov 21

Dental Hygiene students protect Basketball Cougars' teeth

Welcome Team Spring 2014 needs volunteers

This holiday, maintain, don't gain

Poinsettia Sale ends Nov. 22

Discovery District's "Holiday Stop-Around"

November 14

November SEOM shows team spirit

ODOT thanks Columbus State

Woodwinds to perform

New Compliance and Equity Office administers Title IX

United Health Care November newsletter

Landscape students selling poinsettias

November 12

Rally supports troops

Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of Ohio Libraries

Payroll information for holiday week

Humanities/Disability Services lecture

Online demonstrations continue for Learning Management Systems

November 8

First Wednesday Nov. 13

Migration of email begins Nov. 15

Clark receives service award

Chuck Pritchard to retire

College Goal Sunday

Weight Watchers at Work

Health Rewards briefings offered






This week at Columbus State
Monday December 16


Tuesday December 17
Wednesday December 18
Thursday December 19



Friday December 20


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December 16, 2013  

Expert cameraman provides quality work, quick turnaround

MarkMark Van Horn, video developer in Marketing and Communica- tions, is able to “turn our ideas into beautiful works of art,” according to members of the Staff Advisory Council, on which he serves as a representative.

Nominated by SAC members Susan Thomas and Darla Van Horn (no relation to Mark!), Mark Van Horn was given the Staff Employee of the Month award at the December First Wednesday meeting Dec. 4.

“Mark developed all the marketing for the Cougar Challenge 5K for the last two years.  He also helps maintain the SAC website, and produced the PowerPoint for the annual OSCHE meeting,” wrote Thomas and Darla Van Horn.  “He is detail oriented and he always follows through with the work he is ‘volun-told’ to do!” they added. 

“Mark is one of the best college video producers in the nation,” says supervisor Will Kopp. “He has filled the room at two national conferences and received excellent comments from those attending.  His duckling video went viral and gained national and international attention.  It’s estimated that this video has been viewed at least 2 million times. Such care for individuals is a core part of our brand as a college, and if a duckling video reinforces that idea, great,” says Kopp. “Mark is extremely creative, he turns the work around very fast, and he never tells anyone ‘no,’” says Kopp. “Mark’s artistic eye captures the images that spark emotion, as he does so well with his graduation videos.”

See Mark Van Horn’s video of last Friday’s graduation ceremony here: 

Groupwise “retirement” reminder
Over the upcoming holiday break, the Novel GroupWise email system will be retired for all faculty and staff. Microsoft Outlook email system will be implemented, and faculty and staff will have access to their email in Outlook on January 2, 2014.

This is the first phase of “Project365.” Phase 1 focuses on email, calendaring and instant messaging.  Subsequent phases will include features like SkyDrive and SharePoint.

Information Technology is requesting that you LOG OUT, but that computers be left TURNED ON over break, and when faculty and staff return from break the following actions will be completed, or will complete when the computer is turned on;

  • Computers running the Windows 7 operating system will have the Outlook 2013 client and the Link 2013 client installed.

  • Computers running Windows XP operation system will have the Outlook 2010 client and the Link 2010 client installed.

  • GroupWise client access will be removed from your computer.

In January, email can be accessed using the new Outlook client on the desktop, or by visiting to use the Outlook web client, and review old email in the GroupWise web client.

The GroupWise to Outlook conversion is a large and complex operation involving many moving parts.  We appreciate your assistance when you leave for break, please LOGOUT but LEAVE THE COMPUTER TURNED ON.  This will allow for the deployment of necessary updates and changes on the computer and speed up your logon process when you return.

If you have questions please contact the Help Desk at 5050.

New licensing agreements allow at-home purchase of software

logoUnder the terms of recently negotiated licensing agreements with Microsoft and Adobe, faculty and staff have the opportunity to purchase software for home use at a significantly reduced price through

Using your Columbus State username and password you can access the site.  Please review the licensing agreement carefully, understand that this is for use on your personal systems only, and that the software is provided without support from the Columbus State Help Desk.  Support is available directly from the manufacturer. 

The licensing typically allows installation on up to two devices such as a desktop, laptop or tablet, so be sure to review the terms and conditions as this may vary by software package.  Since only the most recent versions of Microsoft and Adobe software are provided under these agreements, also verify your equipment meets the minimum hardware specifications prior to making a purchase.  The requirements are listed on the “requirements” tab of the product’s web page.

Some of the products available under this program:
Microsoft Office 2013 (desktop) $9.75 to download
Microsoft Office 365 University – $79.99 (4 year subscription)
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 $9.75 to download
Microsoft Windows 8.1 $9.75 to download
Microsoft Visio 2013 $9.75 to download
Adobe Creative Cloud (includes most of Adobe’s software such as Photoshop, Acrobat, Premiere, Illustrator, etc…) $9.75 (1 year subscription)
In some cases you have the option to extend the period you can download the software or to purchase a DVD as a backup.  Make the choice that works best for your personal circumstances.

Contact the Help Desk at ext. 5050 if you have questions about purchasing software for use at home through these licensing agreements.

Save the Date for MLK Day 2014!

BrazileColumbus State’s 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration will take place on Thursday, January 16 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, 4th floor WD. 

The featured speaker will be Ms. Donna Brazile, an American author, academic, and political analyst who is Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first African American to direct a major presidential campaign, acting as campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000.

After graduating from Louisiana State University, Brazile worked for several advocacy groups in Washington, D.C., and was instrumental in the successful campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday.

Brazile is a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN's The Situation Room and American Morning and in CNN's Election Coverage. In addition, she is a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine and was a columnist for Roll Call. Brazile is also founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates and a contributor to NPR's Political Corner and ABC News. In 2004, Simon and Schuster published Cooking with Grease, Brazile's memoir of her life and work in politics. Brazile also guest-starred in three episodes of The Good Wife as herself.

Student Success Council seeks project proposals

student at stairsThe Student Success Council has established a process for the review and distribution of the new Student Success Innovation Fund. This fund consists of $200,000 that has been set aside for exploratory student success projects.  This is “one-time” money that can be used to begin and/or explore new processes that aim to improve student success.

Any current Columbus State employee can apply for funding.  The first step in the process is completion of the Preliminary Proposal Form.  An information sheet that reviews the proposal process is also online.

Completed Proposal Forms can be sent electronically to The proposal deadline is in late February—more information will be posted at the start of Spring Semester.  The Student Success Council hopes that you will consider submitting your ideas of ongoing student success projects for funding!

If you have questions concerning the process, please contact Tracy Little or Desiree Polk-Bland.

Mail service to be closed during Holiday Break

letter to santaThe Mail Services office will be closed during cost savings week, December 26 through December 31. No mail or packages will be delivered to campus departments during this time. The Purchasing office is notifying vendors that product deliveries will not be accepted during the week. Mail and package deliveries will resume on January 2, 2014. If you need assistance with expediting a delivery, please contact Darrin Albaugh at ext. 2641.

Also this friendly reminder: The Bookstore no longer offers package shipping services but does sell first-class postage stamps in Customer Care. Employees are not permitted to have personal packages or mail sent to the college. However, outgoing stamped personal letter mail will be picked up by Mail Services and taken to the post office.  If you have questions regarding mail services or need information on USPS holiday shipping cutoff dates, please contact Steve Eldridge at ext. 2783 or Eric Johnson at ext. 2568.

Fitness Center to get new equipment
The Fitness Center will be closed for maintenance and the holidays from Monday, December 16, through Sunday, January 5, 2014.

Over the break, the Department of Athletics and College Recreation is installing new machines and equipment in the Fitness Center. Stop by and check it out when it reopens on Monday, January 6 at 8:00 a.m.!

Employees will still be able to access the locker rooms during normal business hours over the break.

HPC to offer small-group training

In order to accommodate more “personal” training in the Human Performance Center, a new small-group format will begin for Spring Semester on January 14.  The small groups will work on circuit training together, in a program that runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., through April 3.  The cost for joining the group is $25 for the semester. Contact Mandy Cecil for more information.

New items available in FOCUS

More than 500 instructors took advantage of the FOCUS Early Alert system this Fall Semester, raising nearly 12,000 notices and more than 2,700 kudos for students.  FOCUS, powered by Starfish, is now available college-wide to instructors.  The tool provides instructors and staff with a powerful tool to communicate real-time academic performance information to students and support staff, and drives students to college resources to help them be successful.  New, this Spring Semester, in addition to general academic performance notices and kudos, instructors can raise the following notices for students to get them the help they need:


Want to know more about FOCUS, powered by Starfish? Watch this testimonial.
If you want more information about the FOCUS Early Alert system, please contact Megan McWilliams or Teddi Lewis-Hotopp.  Training for the system is available six times each semester.  Interested instructors can sign up for training at:

Certain parking lots to close during break period

During the period from Monday, December 16, through Friday, January 10, 2014, Student Parking Lots 4, 5, 12, 30, 31 and 31, and the third and fourth floors of the Parking Garage will be closed.  During the Holiday Cost Savings Week, the only parking lots that will remain open will be lots 3E, 8S, 16EV, 21S, 24E, 26E, and 34S.   To see a map of parking lots on campus, go online here.

Heart of Scioto Trail unlocked as miles of pathway open

bike signCyclists and runners traveling along the Scioto River will have two new bridges to cross now that a key connector that links fragmented pieces of the trail has been completed.

The Ohio Department of Transportation’s $4.3 million project paved a new trail and added the two spans over the river between Dublin Road and Grandview Avenue, said spokeswoman Nancy Burton. The new work links a section of the trail that extends west from the Columbus water plant on Dublin Road to the section that travels along the Scioto Mile.

The connector is about three-fourths of a mile, but it will connect parts of the West Side to the rest of Columbus’ trail system and the longer Ohio to Erie Trail that eventually will run between Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Trail users coming from the west will be able to jump on the Scioto Trail and access sections of the trail that head south, or turn north onto the 14-mile Olentangy Trail. The Hilltop Connector Bridge off the trail will link up with the Camp Chase Trail to the west, too, said Alan McKnight, director of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

Previously, trail users had to travel on Dublin Road for about a mile to pick up the second section. Now the 4-mile stretch to the west that was extended to 5th Avenue last spring and the 5-mile stretch that reaches south to Berliner Park will be one continuous path, said Brad Westall, the city’s greenways planner.

Work on the Scioto Greenways project, including the removal of the Main Street dam that started last week, will result in a detour on the trail through the Scioto Mile as well. Parts of the trail near COSI Columbus will be shut down while the city adds about 33 acres of parkland along the river.

Troop Care Package Drive great success
boxVeteran Services and the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) department would like to say thank you to all who participated in this years’ Troop Care package drive.  You made a difference around the world!

Veteran Services and SEaL collaborated to coordinate student volunteers from the Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio Conference, who then spent a Saturday morning creating care packages and writing post cards to be shipped overseas to soldiers. Items for 100 care packages, as well as $600 in shipping donations, were collected from Columbus State students, staff and faculty members.  The completed packages were donated to the Blue Star Mothers Chapter 9 in Worthington, for service members deployed Afghanistan. 

ThorntonThorton hired in Counseling Services

Tracy Thornton has recently been hired as office associate in Counseling Services.  She graduated from Columbus State with her associate degree in Business Management in 2008, and has more than 20 years of administrative office experience in both health care and education. She worked full time while attending Columbus State and raising her family, so she easily identifies with the college’s many working students.  


Leeman paintingLeeman to exhibit

Humanities adjunct instructor Stacy Leeman's painting Upstream W#14 will be on exhibit at the 3rd annual 2D exhibition, January 13- 28 at the Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.




Recent Academy graduate receives rapid recognition

Hensley with plaqueMinerva Park Police Chief Kim Nuesse and Officer Shawn Hensley with the award from MADD.

Barely a year after graduating from Columbus State’s highly regarded Police Academy, Shawn Hensley is making a name for himself in the community. After completing the Academy last year he became an officer with the Village of Minerva Park Police Department in November 2012. Since that time, Hensley has made almost a dozen arrests for Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated (OVI) and has been responsible for multiple seizures of illegal drugs in the small village limits.

Those efforts didn’t go unnoticed. His Police Chief, Kim Nuesse, nominated him for an award with the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). This fall, MADD recognized Officer Hensley for his outstanding performance while on OVI patrol. Hensley and his award were then featured in the news on NBC 4.

Criminal Justice Professor Scott Wagner was pleasantly surprised by all the attention his former student was receiving. “Officers don't normally get recognition so soon after being hired,” says Wagner. “It’s rather unheard of!”



Retirement benefits video online now

Visit the Human Resources Department Employee Benefits page at for updated information on retirement benefits and to view a video on STRS and SERS Pension Reform presented by AXA Advisors.

A few wellness notes
Come and relax in a yoga session “Stress and Relaxation Techniques,” on Tuesday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, 4th floor WD.  The session is free!

Also, don’t miss a session titled “Healthy Holidays,” with Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, on Wednesday, December 18, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 011 (lower level).  Learn some healthy holiday eating tips and creative ways to squeeze in some physical activity during the holidays.  Bring your own ideas to share, too!