Thursday, December 6, 2007

campus in snow
The first snow on campus this winter was a doozy – by 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, several inches had fallen, but that didn’t stop students hurrying to their final exams.

How to get a date with Clawdettephoto of Cougar mascotColumbus State’s new cougar mascot, “Clawdette,” is available to appear at your events and activities when you make a reservation through Student Activities. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis as determined by the email sent time or fax sent time of your reservation form. A reservation request will be honored if there is an available student ambassador or if other arrangements can be made.

To schedule Clawdette to appear at your event, please fill out the reservation form, and send it to Tracy Sowards, Student Activities Office NH 116, fax: 287-3683, or email If you have any questions please call ext. 2637.

Welcome Team invites you to participate

photo of the Welcome Team
The Welcome Team will perform its duties indoors in Madison Hall for Winter Quarter 2008, as the temperatures may not be quite as pleasant as those pictured here Autumn Quarter.

The Columbus State Welcome Team invites you to join other faculty, staff and students as we share class schedules, print parking passes, direct students to classrooms, troubleshoot issues, pop popcorn, and simply welcome our students back to Columbus State on January 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Madison Hall.

Any time you can share is greatly appreciated as it makes a significant difference for our students. The simple tasks include basic Web navigation and disseminating information—you may choose what you do and when.

Your service has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State. Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

Please RSVP to Barbara Allen,, or ext. 5526 with the times and days you are able to work. She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.

Open Enrollment period for Flexible Spending Accounts runs through Dec. 14Columbus State will change vendors for the Flexible Spending Account beginning January 1. The new vendor will be Total Administration Services Corporation, TASC.

The college is currently offering open enrollment for the Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the FSA must fill out a new enrollment form. This will be a short plan year and will run from January 1 through June 30, 2008.  You may put the full amount ($3,000) for the medical expenses part of the FSA in for this short plan year, but you must be able to use this full amount by June 30. You can put in only $2,500 for the short plan year for the dependent portion of the FSA.

This process will be moved to a fiscal year so that all open enrollments can be done at the same time. Another open enrollment period will be held in May, for a full plan year running from July 1, 2008, thru June 30, 2009.

Several forms are online for your convenience including: the Flexible Compensation Enrollment Form, an Enrollment Guide, an Employee Worksheet and a request for an extra card for a dependent. Please fill out the enrollment form and send it back to Human Resources. Once you are set up in the system and receive your pin number from TASC, you may complete your direct deposit election online. You will be receiving you new FSA card around January 7. Once you receive your TASC ID number you can request an additional card for your dependents.

Please open the attached forms using Adobe Reader 7.0. All enrollment forms must be in Human Resources by 4:30 on December 14, 2007. If you have any questions, please contact Twila Wiley at ext. 2422 or Missy Graham at ext. 5715.

There’s still time to giveIn 2007, Columbus State offers employees the opportunity to support a wide range of organizations from four charities including United Way of Central Ohio, Earth Share of Ohio, Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, and Community Health Charities of Ohio. 
The Charitable Giving Campaign ends December 14 at 4:30 p.m. You can make a contribution through payroll deduction or by writing a check. If you have any questions about the campaign, please call Barbara Smith-Allen, coordinator, at ext. 5433, or email

Community Shelter Board helps homelessphoto of homeless personThe Community Shelter Board, included under the United Way of Central Ohio, organization code 4030, coordinates community-based efforts, fosters collaboration and funds services that help homeless families and individuals in central Ohio.

Through the development of supportive housing, improved emergency shelters, and resources that enable individuals and families to resolve their housing crises, the Community Shelter Board's work to end homelessness is nationally recognized. Founded in 1986 by Mel Schottenstein, the Community Shelter Board currently allocates $10.8 million annually to support programs and services of CSB and its partner agencies. This year, CSB and its partner agencies will provide emergency services to more than 7,200 men, women and children.

For more information about the Community Shelter Board, visit their Web site at  One of the Community Shelter Board’s partners, Columbus Coalition for the Homeless, also has published an emergency winter shelter guide to help those who find themselves at risk during overflow periods at various shelters. 

Wellness II concludesThe Wellness Challenge II came to a conclusion Saturday, December 1. If you participated, please turn in your wellness tracking forms with your point totals to no later than Friday, December 7. The top point earners for October are as follows:
Stephanie Albrecht – 1st Place
Chris Bunner – 2nd Place
Susan Difrancesco – 3rd Place
Congratulations to our October winners and also to everyone who has participated in this Wellness Challenge. More winners will be announced soon. Remember to submit all tallied tracking sheets by Friday, December 7, to Don Laubenthal in Delaware Hall, Room 029.

Lady Cougars win tournament, start conference actionThe women's basketball team traveled to Jamestown, N.Y., November 30 and December 1 to take part in the Promo-Specialties Jayhawk Classic. In a thrilling championship game, the team came back from a halftime deficit and defeated Jamestown Community College 66-60 in overtime.

The women began conference (OCCAC) play on yesterday with a game at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. The Lady Cougars’ next home game will be a Dec. 15 rematch against Jamestown CC.

photo of 3D artworkBest of 2007: Columbus State student works on exhibitThis month, the Educational Resources Center (ERC) is presenting an art exhibition in its Main Gallery featuring works created by students at Columbus State Community College studio art courses. The art includes drawings, mixed-media works, two-dimensional designs, and three-dimensional designs. The artworks reflect students' expertise in varied media and their diverse interests.

This show is a part of the initiative to highlight the creativity of our students, quality of art courses, and excellent studio facilities at CSCC.

ERC Director, Bruce Massis, says, "We are thrilled to present an exhibition of the best of student work in such a prominent space as the ERC Main Gallery. This is a real showcase for our students and we are pleased to support it."

The works will remain on exhibition through the month of December on Level 1 of the ERC in Columbus Hall.

Business Services publishes midyear updatesThe staff of the Business Services office has midyear news about contracts, plus other highlights and reminders that you will find useful in their newsletter. Check it out!