November 1, 2012
Reminder! Daylight Saving Time ends officially at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 4. Set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!
New FAQs about Holiday Cost Savings Initiative now on web
Have questions about the days between December 22 and January 2? You can read an updated Frequently Asked Questions document about the Holiday Cost Savings Initiative online here. Managers are working to create a list of full-time staff who will report to work one or more of the days during this holiday break. The preliminary listing is due November 8.
Rally for Veterans Nov. 9 on Columbus Campus
Join Columbus State’s Veterans Services on Friday, November 9, on the mallway (near the statue) from 8:45-9:45 a.m. as we salute our Columbus State veterans who will march downtown to join in the Columbus Veterans Day Parade!
The Columbus Veterans Day Parade is recognized as one of our nation’s biggest parades by the Department of Defense. This year we celebrate and welcome home our Iraq War veterans.
At the college rally, the Veteran Services program will also be accepting monetary donations in support of Blue Star Mothers, a nonprofit organization of mothers who have children honorably serving in the military.
The downtown parade begins at noon at Nationwide Plaza and North High Street, proceeds south on High Street, turns west on Broad Street and disbands at Veterans Memorial.
So come out and cheer for our student and employee veterans and join them in their march downtown! You can also support the Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign by bringing a toy to the parade. The Lima Company Marines will be collecting toys all along the parade route.
Columbus State veterans who would like to participate in the parade should contact the Columbus State Veterans Services team at (614) 287-2814 to RSVP and for additional information.
Recognize a Vet on Nov. 13!
Though the college is closed on Veterans Day Nov. 12, we’re setting aside a moment to thank our very own veterans. The campus community is invited to stop by the Library Studio at 12:30 p.m. November 13 for an informal reception following the Veterans ERG launch meeting. We invite you to meet, greet and thank a vet for his or her service!
New Employee Resource Group focuses on veterans
The Diversity and Study Abroad Programs Department is hosting the college’s official Employee Resource Group (ERG) program. ERGs provide targeted and in-depth networking opportunities for diverse faculty, staff and administrators. The program is designed to help employees build relationships as well as a deeper sense of community with other employees.
The new Veterans ERG welcomes all Columbus State employees who served in the United States Armed Forces, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Columbus State employees who are family members of veterans are welcome as well.
The first meeting of the Veterans ERG will be on Tuesday, November 13, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Library Studio. Liaisons to the ERG are Jay Favuzzi and Dan Watrous. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attention all Columbus State employees who are also veterans: We want to recognize you!
Interested in these potential ERGs?
Columbus State currently hosts six employee resource groups that meet on a regular basis. As interest in the ERG program grows, we have been approached with ideas for two additional employee resource groups. Before adding additional ERGs, we want to gauge your interest.
Caregivers ERG: The target audience for this group would be employees who are the primary caregivers for children, elderly parents or other dependents. In some cases, the target audience might consider themselves part of the “sandwich” generation, who takes care of both children and parents!
Interfaith ERG: The target audience for this group would be employees who are interested in conversations concerning faith, religion and spiritual expression. This group would be comprised in the spirit of religious pluralism, welcoming all faiths, religions and beliefs – including those who might identify as agnostic or atheist.
If you are interested in either (or both) of these groups, email email@example.com to let us know and you will be emailed directly when their launch meetings are set.
Office Max training offered to cost center managers
Columbus State’s new office supply provider, Office Max, will offer training to authorized users and cost center managers on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6 and 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. in WD Room 407.
International Education Week volunteers needed!
International Education Week, Nov. 13-16, is an opportunity for Columbus State to celebrate the benefits of international education and cultural exchange around the world. With more than 100 countries represented on campus, IEW is a great time to learn about our colleagues and students from all over the world. Columbus State celebrates international education this year with the Geography Jeopardy game, an intriguing roundtable discussion, and the International Film Series, hosted by Global Bridges.
Global Bridges is a year-long program that engages domestic and international students interested in understanding more about the world and each other while connecting via monthly activities. Global Bridges will host the International Film Festival during International Education Week 2012. Guest facilitators are needed to moderate post-film discussions with Global Bridges students. The topics and films include:
Nov. 13, 9:30-11am:
Film: Life in a Day
Nov. 14, 2-4pm:
Film: Nefarious, Merchant of Souls
Nov. 15, 9:30-11am:
Film: Meeting Mandela
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Vanessa Kumar, firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 5503 in the Diversity and Study Abroad Programs Department.
Achieving the Dream team kicks off
Columbus State's “Dream Team” met their coaches recently as the Achieving the Dream (ATD) project formally kicked off. Coaches Dr. Byron McClenney, University of Texas, and Bruce McComb, Organizational Effectiveness Consultants, met with more than 60 college faculty, staff and administrators who will implement the three-year research effort.
"I am truly excited to be part of this initiative," said team leader and Associate Professor of Mathematics TJ Duda. “I look forward to incorporating the ATD framework into our ongoing commitment to CQI and student success."
Since 2004, Achieving the Dream, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit, has focused on improving community college graduation rates, especially among minorities. The United States has dropped from first to 16th in the past six years in this important category.
Nearly 200 colleges in 32 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to ATD's agenda of a student-centered vision, equity and excellence, and evidence-based decision making.
Dream Team leaders, from left, Renee Hampton, Mary Ellen Tancred, coach Byron McClenney, Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, Jennifer Anderson, and coach Bruce McComb. Not pictured: is TJ Duda.
New art exhibition in Library features work of Wilfredo Calvo Bono
The Library will host a new exhibition by artist Wilfredo Calvo Bono in November. The exhibition is entitled “Out of the Box” and includes two series including the “Bad and Sad” series and the “Possibilities” series. Born in New York City of Cuban parents, the artist acquired the basic knowledge for painting during his studies of architecture. He attended the workshops of artist Josef Albers in 1952 and initiated his first work as an artist in Madrid in 1968.
The “Bad and Sad” series of works in this exhibition is executed with realistic forms which emphasizes social, health, and environmental problems. The “Possibilities” series is formed by abstract geometric pieces with striking colors with the purpose of generating reflective thoughts in the viewer. The exhibition will be on display in the 2nd floor gallery of the Library until November 30.
Reynoldsburg Learning Center construction on track
The exterior view of the Reynoldsburg HS Livingston Campus.
Work is progressing on schedule at the new Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center. Two hallways in the Reynoldsburg High School Livingston Campus have been dedicated for use by Columbus State. The school district is paying for the extensive renovations to the building.
Susan Norris-Berry, administrator of the Regional Learning Centers, toured the construction site last week with several of her colleagues to get an update on the project. Once it’s finished there will be six Smart classrooms, four computer labs, a chemistry lab, a patient care classroom, a library, and offices for administrative and student affairs.
Work is progressing nicely on the Patient Care Lab in the new facility.
Classes begin January 14 for Spring Semester and registration is on track to fill the sections offered. The Dual Enrollment program with Reynoldsburg High School will be moved into the new Columbus State space starting in the Autumn Semester 2013.
Columbus State to launch Great Decisions™ lunch discussion series
Are you interested in learning more about current issues on the world stage? Do you enjoy open discussion focusing on global topics? If so, then voice your opinion through the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions group, starting in January.
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Topics for 2013 include Egypt, NATO, China in Africa, Humanitarian Intervention and more.
Columbus State group details:
Eight meetings will be held on campus (brown bag lunch)
Meetings will run from January 2013–May 2013
Each participant will receive a briefing book outlining the 2013 topics
Opinions are transcribed after each session and submitted to the Foreign Policy Association (FPA)
FPA presents final information to the White House, the departments of State and Defense, members of Congress and the national media
Space is limited. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Vanessa Kumar, email@example.com, in the Diversity and Study Abroad Programs Department.
Up next in the Faculty On-boarding and Renewal Series: "Conflict and Power in the Classroom"
Befuddled by inappropriate student behavior in your classroom? Looking for strategies to diffuse and redirect bad behavior toward a focus on the class discussion? Join Carolyn Kaufman, associate professor of Psychology, on Nov. 15 at 1:00 p.m. as she shares how to understand and respond to challenging students and motivate them to do what they need to do. This session is open to all employees. Please register in advance. For more information contact Rich James at Ext. 2175.
Communication survey heard loud and clear
The Human Capacity Development Department thanks all the employees who completed the recent survey on internal communication. Just over 500 people took the survey, including 35 percent of full-time employees, 15 percent of part-time and 5 percent of adjuncts. The data is now being studied and used to develop recommendations for improving information sharing throughout the college. A formal presentation will be made to Cabinet this semester. HCD will make the data available to view once the study and recommendation process is completed. For more information contact Rich James at ext. 2175.
Would you want help from these people?
Members of IT Support Services get into the spirit of the day Wednesday, with (from left) Mingxin Xu, Mark Bragg, Christina Stillion, Bambi Bowman, Duncan Cuccaro, Shawn Zachrich, Mike Little, Mike Miller (at desk) and Debi Hitch, in front. Jason Stillion was the photographer.