April 5, 2012
Office associate is first in line
Debbie Pond is always first in line. She is the first face that students see when they come to the Integrated Media and Technology Department seeking information. She is the first person that adjunct faculty meet when they come to teach a course in the department. “She is always first in line to support any Columbus State function,” says Mary Insabella, associate professor in Computer Science. “She even keeps me in line all the way up here at the Delaware Campus!”
Insabella nominated Pond for Staff Employee of the Month based on her team spirit and enthusiasm.
“Debbie organizes a wellness team every year and gets us to a yearly ball game. She is the go-to person when trying to get things done. She is up to date on all the different programs in our department and she can tell you what courses go with what programs, and who is in charge of each,” marvels Insabella.
Pond’s supervisor Mary Vaughn notes that for the past nine months, the IMT Department has functioned with only one office associate instead of the two required to support such a large department. “During this period, Debbie has taken on additional responsibilities such as book lists, textbook orders, and faculty support that require more extensive knowledge of the department’s programs and faculty,” says Vaughn. “She is proactive and willing to undertake whatever is needed to get the job done!”
ONN segment features Logistics program
The Ohio News Network (ONN) recently produced a 24-minute episode of "Ohio Means Business" on the topic of Logistics, airing this week. It was filmed at Columbus State, with interviews of Logistics Chair Mary Vaughn and the Columbus Chamber CEO Michael Dalby. Episode No. 301 can be viewed online here.
Columbus State to host Medieval Colloquium
The Spring 2012 meeting of the Ohio Medieval Colloquium will be hosted by Columbus State on Saturday, April 14, and a number of faculty will present papers at the event.
Dr. Keith Pepperell, assistant professor in Humanities, will chair the meeting and Mark Bocija, associate professor in Humanities will moderate a panel discussion on "Teaching the Middle Ages.”
Larry Edwards, professor in English, will present “The Naughty Nexus: Shamanism, Blasphemy, and Pole Dancing in The Medieval World.” Dr. Tim Davis, associate professor in Humanities, will speak on “The Transept Chapels at Bordelsey Abbey and the Private Mass in the Medieval Cistercian Tradition.” Dr. Pepperell will present his paper “Leave the Shriving to Us: Guinefort the Holy Greyhound.”
The full program and more about the Ohio Medieval Colloquium can be found online here.
Health Rewards briefing offered April 18 and 24
Two briefing sessions about the Health Rewards Program offered for employees insured through United Health Care will be offered in April.
The sessions will be presented by Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, and Deborah Robinson, HR Benefits administrator.
Sessions are Wednesday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m. in CT 107, or Tuesday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. in CT 107. For more information, contact Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
April Edition of The Partner online now
This month's issue features helpful information concerning taxes, the Cougar 5K Challenge, In-Service Day, Strengths Classes, and much more! Read it online here: http://www.cscc.edu/HR/pdf/HR_Newsletter_April_2012.pdf.
Lab Professionals celebrate week
Columbus State’s Medical Laboratory Technician students and faculty will celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 22- 28.
The week gives them an opportunity to increase public understanding of their profession and an appreciation for the clinical lab personnel, according to Sandy Arrighi, coordinator. “We would like to recognize all prospective MLTs for their commitment to the profession,” says Arrighi. “Lab professionals get results!”
National Student Employment Week is April 16 –20
The Student Employment office invites faculty and staff to join them in recognizing National Student Employment Week April 16 – 20. It is the second annual celebration and a great opportunity to thank our student employees for their unique contributions to our campus and community partners, according to Clayton Gibson, coordinator.
Did you know that more than 300 student employees have been hired to work for Columbus State this academic year? As the college continues to rely on student employees more, it is important that we recognize their efforts.
If you supervise or work with a student employee, take a moment to recognize their efforts and consider nominating them as a 2011-2012 Student Employee of the Year. (put nomination form online?)The winner and all nominees will be recognized this May at the Student Employee of the Year Reception.
General information about activities planned this week and easy ways that you can show your students you appreciate their efforts can be found at www.cscc.edu/studentjobs.
Two events for the week are geared specifically toward faculty and staff:
Tuesday, April 17 - Build a Handbook Workshop
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - WD 413
Walk through creating a handbook that sets the right tone for new student employees and review best practices from your peers. Plan on walking away with a personalized outline for your handbook.
Wednesday, April 18 - Para-Professional Potential
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. - WD 413
Need skilled staff but don’t have the budget for a part-time or full-time employee? Consider a College Work Study student. Come to our information session to learn the full potential for using internship-ready student employees to meet skilled needs in your areas. Even at $10 per hour, it’s a deal!
For more information about Student Employment Week, contact Clayton Gibson at ext. 3622.
Introduction to Student Response Systems
Student Response Systems (SRS) allow students to actively participate during class using a series of remote control clickers that enable direct real-time feedback. Session participants will work hands-on with TurningPoint SRS and Microsoft PowerPoint, creating question slides, learning about the timing feature, picture slides, different graphical layouts, and the report generator. Basic working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint is suggested for all participants.
When: Friday, April 6 (5:30 - 7:00 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106
Turn your PowerPoints into Videos
Have you ever viewed a PowerPoint that has been posted online? It seems one-dimensional. There is no voice behind the slides to provide context and feedback. Consequently, a posted PowerPoint may lose some of the point of the presentation.
Why not convert your existing PowerPoint to a video (with audio recording) that can be embedded in your Blackboard course? Think it's too difficult? Absolutely not! We can actually accomplish a conversion from PowerPoint to video in just one click.
In this hands-on workshop, participants will convert one of their own PowerPoint presentations (so don't forget to bring one) to a video by using a free software called iSpring. During the presentation, attendees will learn how to download the appropriate software and will discuss best practices regarding creating voice recordings on PowerPoint, as well as editing, saving, and uploading recordings into Blackboard.
Presented by: Melissa Logue, assistant professor, Modern Languages
When: Friday, April 13 (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) - Register
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106