Thursday, October 23, 2008

volleyball playersBack the Cougars! The final women’s volleyball home game is noon Saturday (Oct. 25) in Delaware Hall against rival Owens Community College. The team is now 30-5, tied with Owens for the conference championship, and the District Tournament No.1 seed is on the line… don’t miss it! You can read more about the Lady Cougars on our Web site at



Columbus State now largest community college in Ohio; third largest among all colleges and universities in the state

students on campus
Students arrive at Columbus State on the first day of Autumn Quarter.

According to figures released yesterday by the Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus State is now the largest community college in Ohio, with 24,237 students Fall Quarter. Columbus State has also risen to No. 3 in enrollment among all Ohio colleges and universities, trailing only The Ohio State University (53,715) and the University of Cincinnati (29,617).

There are now more freshman and sophomore students at Columbus State than at any other college or university in Ohio.

Autumn quarter enrollment at Columbus State grew by 5.8 percent this year over the 22,913 students attending the college at the same point last autumn. Columbus State’s enrollment increase of 1,324 students topped all other colleges and universities in Ohio. The second- and third-largest community colleges are Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland (23,744) and Sinclair Community College, Dayton (23,259).

“We were thrilled to see these results,” said President Moeller.  “Many people at this college have been working very innovatively to make college more accessible and to meet the goals that Governor Strickland and Chancellor Fingerhut have set for higher education in Ohio.”

She added, “We work hard to give students what they want: highly respected programs, small classes, individual attention, convenient courses, and very affordable tuition.”

College enrollment throughout Ohio is up 2.7 percent overall, to 478,376.

Strickland named OATYC Teacher of the Year

Gene Strickland
Gene Strickland

Gene Strickland, instructor/coordinator for the Digital Photography degree program, has been named winner of the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC) Fulltime Teacher Award for 2007-2008.

Award winners were recognized, along with 23 other finalists, at the OATYC Annual Conference, held in New Philadelphia October 17. The adjunct winner is Charles Combs of Sinclair Community College.

According to the OATYC, Strickland was selected for the honor because of his innovative approaches to teaching and academic program development, his on-campus service, his civic and community activities, his continuing education and leadership activities.

“As we all know, Gene was recognized last year as one of the faculty members of the year here at our college,” said Dean of Career and Technical Programs Polly Owen. “This award goes above and beyond our own campus to recognize his excellence in the classroom. We certainly congratulate Gene and look forward to his continued excellence teaching our students well into the future.”


Community Shred-It Day comes October 29 The Human Resources Department will host a Community Shred-It Day on Wednesday, October 29 (In-Service Day), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In conjunction with the Community Shred-It Day, there will also be a breakout session on how to prevent identity theft.Please check the In-Service program listings for the location.

The Shred-It truck will set up outside near the Nestor Hall arch. Employees
are encouraged to bring up to two boxes of personal documents (paper, CDs
or credit cards) that will be confidentially shredded. The process is safe and
secure; the documents will be destroyed on-site.

If you have questions, please contact Carmelita Boyer, ext. 2407. 


Autumn Quarter reports now available onlineThe Autumn Quarter 2008 departmental enrollment and FTE reports are now available online from the Knowledge Resources and Planning Department. If you have questions about these reports, please contact Jim Hamberg, at ext. 5643.

PERFORMS update forums offeredThe Human Resources Department will offer two open forums for employees to express any concerns they may have about PERFORMS. The forums will provide an opportunity to update employees on the status of PERFORMS, answer frequently asked questions, discuss next steps, and participate in an open question period.

PERFORMS update sessions:
Friday, October 31: 2:30-3:30 p.m., WD-409
Wednesday, November 5: 1:30-2:30 p.m., WD-409

vote buttonFinal Civic Engagement Week Event: Michael Stinziano, Director for the Franklin County Board of Elections, to speak Oct. 30For the final event of Civic Engagement Week, and only five days before the general election, Columbus State welcomes Michael Stinziano, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, who will give a speech: “Before You Go to the Polls: Dispelling the Myths, Knowing Your Rights.” The program runs Thursday, October 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in Nestor Hall Seminar Room B.


Automotive class has openings for repair
The AUTO 145 class, Steering and Suspension, will accept vehicles with steering or suspension problems. If you feel that your car is pulling to one side, is hard to steer, has vibration while driving, has uneven tire wear, or the air bag light is on then the AUTO 145 class may be able to help. Just send an email to to arrange an appointment. Please be advised, available spaces are limited.