Thursday, January 17, 2008

Outage of systems to take place overnight SaturdayBeginning Saturday, January 19, at 11 p.m. and continuing into the very early morning hours of Sunday, January 20, IT will be performing routine maintenance on the college's core network switches. All college computing functions rely on the core switches and will experience what is planned to be no more than a 50-second outage.

GroupWise, Student Mail, Colleague, Blackboard, CougarNet, CougarWeb, Internet Access, all Columbus State Web servers, intranet, storage, printing, and any authenticated systems using your Columbus State username and password will be impacted.

Should the outage extend beyond 50 seconds, a status messages will be posted on the Help Desk system status phone line, which you can reach at 287-5050.

photo of Dave LittCampus invited to memorial ceremony for Dr. David Litt, Jan. 19The Sports and Exercise Studies Department will host friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Dave Litt at a memorial ceremony, Saturday, January 19, at 3 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. Litt died December 16 following a short illness. He was an associate professor in the SES Department, where he had taught since 1993. He also was head athletic trainer for the Athletics Department from 1993–1996. All students and employees are welcome to attend the ceremony.



Fiscal Resources and Facilities Committee grateful for campus input, seeks moreThe Fiscal Resources and Facilities Committee of the Instructional Support Council would like to thank employees for taking the time to complete the travel and reimbursement survey last month. More than 300 employees opened the survey, and more than 70 shared their feedback. The committee is in the process of drafting changes to procedures based on employee comments and suggestions. A draft of the changes will be discussed at a future committee meeting that will be open to everyone. Please look for an announcement in the weekly Shared Governance e-mail for the date, time and location of the meeting.

The Fiscal Resources and Facilities Committee is also updating the college’s investment policy 9-10 in the context of recent changes to state laws that govern investments made by higher education institutions, and it is exploring ideas for a new auxiliary services policy and procedure.

If you’d like to know more about the specifics of the work, please email Brad Farmer,  the committee chairperson, by Tuesday, January 2, or plan to attend the committee’s next meeting, Thursday, January 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Davidson Hall, Room 239.  

photo of Stan Jensen
Stan Jensen
AQIP Trainer

AQIP training session scheduled

An hour-long, information-packed session demonstrating how to use proven tools to look at systems and processes in your work area will be offered Tuesday, January 22. Participants will learn how the tools are structured to improve and understand a process and will practice applying the tools. This hands-on workshop includes handouts of the course material and relevant examples.
The training is in Nestor Hall Seminar Room B from 8–9 a.m. Register through the Employee Training Web site by following the link below:


Washington D.C. program offers Fulbright Scholars as guest lecturersFulbright program logoEmployees who might be interested in enriching their college’s offering on Islam-related topics or in assisting colleagues and community members to better understand the Muslim world may wish to consider applying for the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World. The program is offered by the Washington D.C.-based Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

The program provides opportunities for U.S. institutions to host scholars and professionals from the Muslim World in Balkans, Central, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, as well as North and Sub-Saharan Africa for a short-term, intensive lecturing and public outreach programs. The program includes a strong community outreach component.

The application deadline is April 1, 2008, for the 2009 calendar year (January through December 2009). Approximately 15 grants will be awarded. American institutions have been encouraged to apply if they are:

  • Liberal arts and minority-serving institutions as well as community colleges with few or no area studies or Islamic studies programs or courses. 

  • Institutions with established area studies or Islamic studies centers or programs that could benefit from a specialist in an area they do not currently include in their programs.

Note: Preference is given to minority-serving institutions as well as community colleges.
The application form and instructions for host institutions are available on the CIES Web site,   The organization will answer any questions or concerns you have regarding the application process. Please feel free to contact CIES at

Susan Stumpp
Susan Stumpp

Stumpp earns CRA designation

Susan Stumpp, grants coordinator in Knowledge Resources and Planning, has received the designation of Certified Research Administrator (CRA) from the Research Administrators Certification Council. Applicants for the exam must possess a bachelor's degree and three years of substantial involvement in research or sponsored programs administration, either in a sponsoring or recipient organization. 

The Council was formed by the Society of Research Administrators in 1993. It is composed of active certified research administrators whose role is to certify that an individual, through experience and testing, has the fundamental knowledge necessary to be a professional research or sponsored programs administrator. The designation is effective for five years.



Volunteers needed for Central District Science Dayphoto of last year's winnersColumbus State will again host the Ohio Academy of Sciences Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 22. Approximately 500 students from local area middle and high schools will present their science projects in hopes of advancing to the state competition in May. Volunteers are needed to judge these projects and to assist in the smooth operation of the activities.

Judges will be needed from 8 a.m. to around 12:30 p.m. If you have never judged before, don’t worry. An orientation session will assist you. All judging is done in pairs, and any inexperienced judge will be paired with an experienced judge.

Additional volunteers are needed to ensure smooth operations during the event. Times of service will vary. Volunteers help students find their display sites, assist in registration, tally the scores, help the judges by collecting scorecards, and act as hall monitors to maintain order and security.  There is a volunteer job for every person regardless of science training.

This is an excellent community service opportunity, so come and make it a success.

If you would like more information about this event, or if you want to volunteer as a judge or in any other capacity, please contact Mike Rennekamp at ext. 5012, or John Blaha at ext. 5930.

Cafeteria closed Jan. 21
The cafeteria will be closed on Monday, January 21, in observation of Martin Luther King Day. The cafeteria will resume regular hours on Tuesday, January 22.

Economic education summit invites participantsVision to Reality logoThe 2008 Ohio Policy and Leadership Forum: Economic-Education Summit will be held February19–20, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. The summit is cosponsored by the Office of Career-Technical and Adult Education at the Ohio Department of Education, Battelle and KnowledgeWorks. Registration is open now, with a deadline of January 31, and is limited to the first 500 representatives of business/industry, middle/high schools, colleges, state agencies, and community entities.

"Vision to Reality" is this year's theme, and it is the first forum to focus on how business/industry and education partners collaborate with a shared vision that positively impacts both entities. That vision is woven around three principle questions:

How can Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
education leads to greater economic development, higher student
achievement and global advancement for Ohio?

* How can business/industry and education collaborate to transform the economy and education?

* How can business/industry and education foster a creative,design-oriented and innovative workforce?

Collaborators for this sixth annual forum include the Office of Governor Ted Strickland, Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Board of Regents, and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

For questions, please contact Marna Lombardi at or 614-466-5910. There is no cost for the forum, but pre-registration is required. A registration form can be found here.