October 7, 2011
JS stands for Just Service
James Smithhisler is such a familiar face in labs and offices on campus that most people don’t give a second thought when they see him working on someone’s computer. The minute something quits working or needs to be installed or updated, the usual refrain is “just call JS.”
“When one of our printers stopped working, we were told we couldn’t buy a replacement,” said Donna Robinson, office associate in Modern Languages. “JS actually found us a broken one and took his own time to repair it for us.” Robinson nominated Smithhisler for Staff Employee of the Month. “He is the best!” said Robinson.
“JS enjoys the challenge of keeping computer equipment working in several critical areas of the college,” said Smithhisler’s supervisor Connie Feeney. “He has been able to develop a great rapport with people across campus.”
For non-computer savvy employees, new hardware, software, or fried hard drives can be a terrifying experience. The prospect of losing your precious data or falling behind on a deadline can induce panic. “JS comes to a problem with a smile on his face and can calm us down,” said Robinson. “He does more than service the computers, he services the customers. He explains the problems—not in a condescending way—and reassures us that the situation will be fixed. He is what Columbus State spirit should be!”
Semesters Week starts Oct. 11
Another opportunity for students to receive information about the Switch2Semesters will occur next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Downtown and Delaware campuses.
“Get Ready for Semesters” week will offer a series of informational programs Oct.11-13. Students taking classes on the Downtown Campus can attend Semesters Information Sessions and/or workshops on How to Run a Degree Audit Report (DARS). On the Delaware Campus, DARS sessions are set for all three days of the event. By attending a session or workshop, students also have a chance to win a “Semesters Advised/Semesters Ready!” t-shirt. In addition, there will be semesters-related giveaways throughout the event.
Exact times and locations for programs will be posted on www.cscc.edu/semesters. Students will receive an email about the special semesters week in a day or two, and reminders also will appear on Blackboard, Facebook, and campus info sites such as the ticker and building monitors. Any assistance faculty and staff can provide in spreading the word to students will be appreciated. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Another similar event is being planned for early next spring.
Columbus State named to 2012 military friendly schools list
Columbus State has recently been named to a national list of military friendly schools by G.I. Jobs – a veteran-owned publishing business. This list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students.
The list is designed to help student veterans connect with the college that’s best for their needs. To compile the figures, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans. Michael Dakduk, Executive Director for the Student Veterans of America, says, “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the greatest opportunity. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”
The 1,518 schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served.
For its part, Columbus State will be creating a new Veteran’s Coordinator position. That person will be an advocate for questions and concerns from veterans and they will coordinate programming specific to the veteran population. New space will also be set aside on campus for an office and meeting room for veteran’s resources. The college currently serves more than 600 student veterans.
Nancy Case named interim dean of CEWD
Nancy Case, director of the Transitional Workforce, has been named interim dean in Community Education and Workforce Development (CEWD), replacing Jane Schaefer, who has accepted the position of executive director of the Center for Community Partnerships at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Case has worked in CEWD since 2006. Prior to joining Columbus State, she worked for the United Way of Central Ohio where she was the Critical Need Director for Employment. She also spent 14 years at Bank One (now JPM Chase) in a variety of management positions. Case started her career in the Peace Corps, serving 3 1/2 years in Cameroon, West Africa.
Case earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University and a Master of Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management.
Douglas House will assume Case’s former responsibilities, serving as Interim Director in the Transitional Workforce Department. House started at Columbus State as a math instructor with the Orientation to Trades and Apprenticeships Program (OTAP) in 2004. He has gradually added responsibilities to his plate, progressing from instructor to career facilitator to supervisor. Prior to joining Columbus State, he retired from CompuServe after serving as a managing director of production and design and as senior systems architect. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from The Ohio State University.
Adjunct nursing instructor profiled in Columbus Parent magazine
Madeline Bumgarner, RN, adjunct instructor in the Nursing Department, describes her work at Mt. Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville in “A Life in the Day of a Labor and Delivery Nurse,” an article in Columbus Parent Magazine. You can read it in its entirety here. Madeline is the wife of Seth Bumgarner, who is a dual enrollment advisor in the PSEO program at Columbus State.
Preferred Pathway Scholars want you to join their Book Club
Columbus State’s Preferred Pathway Program, in conjunction with Ohio State’s First Year Experience’s Buckeye Book Community, is exploring the book Outcasts United: an American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference, by Warren St. John.
The book focuses on teamwork and collaboration, the benefits and responsibilities of membership in a community, the importance of service, and the impact that a small group of dedicated and innovative people can have.
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response from the students, Columbus State’s advisors would like to offer faculty and staff the opportunity to read this book and discuss it at one of the Preferred Pathways Program’s “Chat and Chew” lunchtime book clubs. A copy of the book is being offered free to the first 40 people who respond to email@example.com .
The Chat and Chew book club meets at your choice of the following days/times:
Monday, November 7 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. or 1:00- 2:00 p.m. or:
Tuesday, November 8 - 12:00-1:00 p.m. or 1:00- 2:00 p.m.
RSVP by November 2 to Mary Bond, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the session you’d like to attend.
John Glenn School of Public Affairs offers lecture with Pulitzer Prize winner
Columbus State employees are invited to attend The Barbara K. Fergus Women in Leadership Lecture, featuring Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize. She is the best-selling author of Half the Sky, a business executive, and a lecturer. Currently, she is a senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, an investment banking boutique serving growth companies in the middle market, including companies founded and run by women. She is also president of TripleEdge, a social investing consultancy, and a Senior Fellow at Yale University, co-teaching a course on global affairs with a specific focus on China's economic development and its global role.
The lecture will be held Monday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom, 1739 North High Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited and RSVPs are required. Please visit http://glennschool.osu.edu/fergus/ for more information and to register.
Reminder: Mobile Mammography Screening is Oct. 12
The James Care Mobile Mammography vehicle will be on the Columbus State downtown campus Wednesday, October 12, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the 11-S visitor parking area near Nestor Hall.
Call The James Care Mammography Scheduling Department to make an appointment at (614) 293-4455.