October 18, 2012
President’s In-Service presentation online now
Dr. Harrison’s presentation from yesterday’s In-Service is now online for review. Included in the presentation was a call for participants in the Strategic Plan’s Community Engagement and Workforce Development focus groups (Slide 57). If you would like to sign up to participate in either of these groups, please go to the Strategic Plan webpage: http://www.cscc.edu/about/strategic-planning and enter your information.
It's that time of year. As we heard at Wednesday’s In-Service, this year’s Charitable Choice Campaign is up and running and we need your support. Together, we can accomplish more than any of us can do alone. Together we must win the battle against poverty in central Ohio. You can be part of the solution!
Please consider donating as some of our most vulnerable students rely on the services from many of the charitable organizations included in this campaign.
Go onto the Intranet, where you will see the first two links are the Pledge Form and the Charitable Giving Guidebook (Intranet is not available off campus). Print your pledge form and send the completed form to Barb Smith-Allen, in Franklin Hall Room 132. Thank you for your support!
Di Pietro, Tomasacci, and students to perform Oct. 24
Rocco Di Pietro and David Tomasacci, adjunct instructors in the Humanities, will perform a concert Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30 p.m. in Ohio State’s Weigel Hall. The concert will also feature Columbus State students performing a Cell Phone Orchestra, and another student will perform a piano duet with Di Pietro called “The Shades.” Tomasacci will perform a series of one-minute miniature numbers, and Di Pietro will also be featured performing his own work “Yogic Etudes,” in which yoga will be performed by Dr. Linda Chun!
College is just part of the equation this year for Ruby Edwards-Thomas. In addition to pursuing her pre-nursing major at Columbus State, she’s also working full time and raising a son. If that’s not enough for the 21-year-old single mom, she recently competed for and was crowned Miss Black Ohio USA 2013! The title carries a small scholarship which will help fund her education.
The pageant was held in August in Cincinnati. Ruby will now represent the Buckeye State in the Miss Black USA pageant in Washington, D.C. next year.
Ruby says even though juggling her many roles can be challenging, she’s determined to succeed in higher education because she’s the first person in her family to attend college.
The week of October 22 -26 is observed as Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Columbus State will observe this week with a variety of workshop activities sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership, Counseling Services, Public Safety and professionals from community organizations. The week focuses on educating students, faculty and staff about the warning signs of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the resources available for help. Professional counselors will be available at the events to answer questions and give more information throughout the week. You can see a calendar of these events online here: http://cscc.edu/services/counseling/events.shtml
Dr. Kaitz and her service/hearing dog “Rhine.”
A special keynote presentation during Disability Awareness Month will be given by Ellen Kaitz, MD on Friday, October 26, at 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor of WD. The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Kaitz’s presentation is titled “Stop Dis’ing my Ability!”
Dr. Katz is a clinical assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at The Ohio State University Medical Center and a subspecialist in pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kaitz has been recognized on the national Best Doctors Inc.’s “Best Doctors in America” list in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She has published numerous papers and has spoken locally and nationally on a variety of topics in pediatric rehabilitation. She is a strong advocate for people with disabilities.
Come listen to her presentation about disability awareness, tips on succeeding and finding your ability!
Because student service needs are expected to be minimal during the holiday week given the later start in January 2013 compared to a quarter-based calendar, the Columbus State Board of Trustees has approved a cost-savings measure for the period December 22-31, 2012.
To minimize expenses, Columbus State will not offer student services in person or by phone beginning Saturday, December 22, 2012, through January 1, 2013. Students will still be able to register and pay fees online through CougarWeb as well as access other web-based resources via the college’s website.
Employees who are not full-time will not be scheduled to work during this period. While no full-time employee is required to take leave during this period, many employees who in a quarter-based calendar were unable to take off during the holidays will have a chance to do so.
Because a majority of the calendar year has passed and many full-time employees may not have sufficient vacation or Personal Business Leave left, the Board of Trustees authorized posting the calendar year 2013 Personal Business Leave accrual of four (4) days one pay period earlier. These four days will be available beginning December 16, 2012, rather than on January 1, 2013. Additionally, the Board authorized expanded use of Personal Business Leave to include vacation for the following days: December 22, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, and/or 31, 2012.
A Frequently Asked Questions document is available at http://www.cscc.edu/about/faculty-staff/pdf/holiday-faq.pdf and will be updated periodically in the coming weeks as new questions arise. An implementation team of colleagues from across the college is thinking through the logistics of this cost-savings initiative. Achieving maximum cost and energy savings, maintaining a safe work environment for those who do work during this period, and engaging cross-functional support where possible for work that will be going on that week are key objectives of this initiative.