Thursday, February 28, 2008

Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
LaTreice Branson
LaTreice Branson

Women's History Month 2008: Empowering a new generation of women leaders
Women’s History Month events will kick off with the annual Outstanding Woman Student Leader Awards, Wednesday, March 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Ballroom. Up to 10 Columbus State women students of all ages and from all walks of life will receive this award, which recognizes leadership, academics, community service and overcoming adversity. The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Janet Jackson, CEO and President of the Central Ohio United Way. The event is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, March 11,
the Women’s Empowerment Fair will be held from 12–2 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge. This fair will feature local businesses owned and operated by women as well as services geared for women.

Cancelled: Following closely on Thursday, March 6, a reception titled “Blacked Out” will be held for artist LaTreice Branson in the ERC TV studio on the lower level. This event has been cancelled due to illness of the speaker.



Rooms cleaned after MRSA report One student at the Columbus campus and another at the Southeast site recently reported that they were diagnosed with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and were being treated. As a result, Physical Plant contracted with outside vendors to clean rooms at both locations.

On February 25, Southeast Room 105 was thoroughly cleaned, and the following day, Nestor Hall 027, Davidson Hall 119, and Aquinas Hall 214, 228 and 238 were all thoroughly cleaned.

There appears to be no significant risk to other students or employees. In order to pass MRSA, there must be direct skin contact with open and oozing sores, which does not appear to have happened in either of these reported cases.

To learn more about MRSA, please go to Questions about MRSA should be directed to the Columbus Public Health Department, (614) 645-1474.

Woodwind Ensemble to perform March 4The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will present a concert on Tuesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. in
the TL-123 Music Room. The program will include music by Gabrieli, Handel, Haydn, Beethoven,
Mendelssohn, Gershwin, Sousa, and Still. Band Director Thomas Lloyd will narrate the 40-minute
concert. For more information on this concert, which is free and open to the public,

CEWD to host economic expert March 6

Bill LaFayette
Bill LaFayette

The Community Education and Workforce Development Division will host a March 6 presentation by Dr. Bill LaFayette, vice president of Economic Analysis at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He will discuss the workforce conditions of our community, providing a state and regional economic and workforce overview tailored for Columbus State.

The event will be held 8:30–10 a.m in the Conference Center Ballroom.

CEWD is hosting the event to better arm themselves with workforce data that can help them determine various impacts the local or state economy may have on the college’s educational offerings and on the success of both students and the local business environment.

If you have an interest in joining this session, please contact Patty Gabrenya at ext. 5326 or email

Guidelines provided for political activity Vote lapel buttonWith the Presidential race now in Ohio, it looks as if our state will be crucial in determining who the candidates for the presidency will be.

The college encourages employees as citizens to get involved and exercise their right to vote for the candidate of their choice; however, it’s important to remember that, as public employees, all college employees must be cautious about using college resources in exercising their rights.

The guidelines below (though not an exhaustive list) should be helpful in guiding your thinking:

  • It is inappropriate to use any college resource or college time to promote or advocate for a political candidate. For example, employees cannot use e-mail or college paper or time to encourage or advocate for any political candidate.

  • It is appropriate to wear a political pin on your clothing but inappropriate to affix political material on college property (a wall or door, for example).

  • It is inappropriate to invite or have political speakers on campus unless the event is sponsored by a college-recognized student group or has been approved by the president of the college. Often candidates ask to be on our campus, and their campaigns must pay for use of the property just as any other outside group would do.

  • Any person who wishes to solicit students or employees at the college must submit a request and obtain approval in the Human Resource Department 24 hours in advance and follow the solicitation guidelines.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to call Human Resources at ext. 2408.

Student Life Office and Public Safety present on campus preparednessDean of Student Life Jan Rogers, Ph.D., and Director of Public Safety John Nestor, Ph.D., presented at the January 25 Ohio Department of Mental Health University Linkage Committee meeting, held at the Ohio Department of Emergency Management. 

Featured was the college's campus preparedness work and the collaborative Behavioral Intervention Team, a cross-functional team including the Dean of Student Life, Counseling Services, Disability Services, Campus Police, and others as needed for the situation, acting on identified or referred cases for immediate student intervention and response. 

According to Dr. Rogers, "Prevention is key, along with early intervention or response to defuse, de-escalate, and educate students on code of conduct, college regulations, and laws." Along with emphasizing preparedness, Dr. Nestor noted, "Our department recognized the need a few years ago to partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Columbus Police Department to train select CSCC campus police officers as Crisis Intervention Team officers, an intense course to intervene and assist people in crisis."

Dr. Rogers and Dr. Nestor also served on the Governor's Task Force on Campus Security.

Colleague Quality Assurance program ready soonThe Colleague Quality Assurance Program will be implemented soon. Teaching materials are being standardized for trainers. Trainers for a several modules are being finalized, and communication and training for key offices has been completed. The campus will be notified when the program becomes active. If you have questions, please contact India Ashley, Human Capacity Development Program Coordinator, at ext. 5297.

Cougar Tracks Employee Orientation Program offers programs for everyoneThe new employee orientation program holds monthly “Linkages” sessions on Fridays from 8:30 a.m.–10 a.m.  Departments throughout the college will present information on various topics to help acclimate new employees as well as update other employees about specific areas of the college. Linkages is open to all employees of the college. All Linkages sessions will be held in WD Room 407.

Following are the dates and featured departments coming this spring:

March 7
Counseling Services and Disability Services
Wayne Cocchi, Director, Disability Services and Student Counseling Services

April 4
Colleague Quality Assurance Training Program
India N. Ashley, Program Coordinator, Human Resources

Friday, May 2
Professional Development Opportunities







Human Resources Department

Writing Center to present workshops March 5, 6The Writing Center will present two workshops that are open to students, faculty, and staff.

In "Using MLA Documentation," participants will learn about MLA in-text citations and Works Cited pages.
Wednesday, March 5, 1–2 p.m.
212 Delaware Hall

In "Developing Your Editing Skills," participants will learn how to find and fix common errors.
Thursday, March 6, 4–5 p.m.
212 Delaware Hall

For more information about these workshops or other writing assistance, contact the Writing Center at ext. 5717, email or visit the center in 246 Franklin Hall.

Three receive HR certificationProgram Coordinators April Alexander and Julie VanWynsberghe and Assistant Director Terri Williams Miller recently earned their Professional in Human Resources certification.

The certification, awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), signifies that individuals possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.

HRCI is the credentialing body for human resource professionals and is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, the world's largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession.

Education that Rocks! graphic of Chris ColumbusThe first five Columbus State employees who send an email to with the subject line “Ani Difranco” will each win two free tickets to see Ani Difranco at the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion at 7 p.m. March 5. Only ticket winners will be contacted. Winners must pick up their tickets by 5 p.m. Friday. Watch for future ticket opportunities in Update.

Columbus State’s Discovery Exchange Bookstore has also teamed up with PromoWest Productions and is now offering students and employees a chance to win free tickets to concerts at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion and Newport Music Hall. Drawings will be held two days prior to the date of each concert. So visit the DX and get your name in today.