January 24, 2013
New leadership teams elected on Shared Governance
The Shared Governance Policy Council and four standing committees have elected their 2012-2013 leadership teams.
Heading the Policy Council are Susan DiFrancesco, chair, Jill Cadotte, vice chair, and Ellen Stadler, minute recorder. “I am pleased to have been chosen,” said DiFrancesco. “I have been a participant in Governance since the beginning and I like to serve because it helps keep the big picture in mind for me and others.”
The Student Support Committee is led by Kellie Brennan, chair, Thomas Duffy, vice chair and Rachel Brooks-Pannell, minute recorder. Fiscal Resources and Facilities Committee includes Dan Zieler, chair, Jeff Akers, vice chair and Laurie Johns, minute recorder.
Directing the Human Capacity Development Committee are Karen Fabritius, chair, Sandy Drakatos, vice chair, and Deborah Bertsch, minute recorder. Christina Stillion chairs the Technology Committee along with Mary Reiter, vice chair, and Tom Lyons, minute recorder.
Darrell Minor will represent the Office of Academic Affairs Committee co-chairs, and Karen Muir will represent the Office of Academic Affairs.
Keep in touch with your elected representatives on their new website. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Hatfield, Governance coordinator, at ext. 3903.
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. Group participants submit their opinions to the Foreign Policy Association which then presents final information to the White House, the departments of State and Defense, members of Congress and the national media.
Columbus State’s Great Decisions lunch series will kick off on Thursday, February 7 with a discussion on “The Future of the Euro.” The briefing books for the series have arrived and there are a few spots open for participants. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Vanessa Kumar in the Office of Diversity and Study Abroad.
2013 topics and calendar:
February 7- 12:30-1:30pm- Future of the Euro
February 14: 12:30-1:30pm- Egypt
February 28: 12:30-1:30pm- NATO
March 7: 12:30-1:30pm- Myanmar and Southeast Asia
March 21: 12:30 – 1:30pm- Humanitarian Intervention
April 4: 12:30-1:30pm- Iran
April 18: 12:30-1:30pm- China in Africa
May 2: 12:30-1:30pm- Threat Assessment
The second round of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) is set for March 25 to April 15. The survey asks students about their experiences—how they spend their time; what they feel they have gained from their classes; how they assess their relationships with faculty, counselors, peers, and more. The results from Columbus State’s 2010 survey are here.
Approximately 100 proctors are needed to pick up, administer and return surveys to the designated office. The time commitment is approximately two hours per survey. Faculty members are welcome to serve as proctors, but not for their own class.
“CCSSE is a national survey,” says Greg Goodhart, CCSSE campus coordinator. “This allows us to compare our results with other large community colleges. This benchmarking will assist us in our continuous quality improvement efforts and in our accreditation process.”
To volunteer as a CCSSE proctor, contact Laurie Johns at ext. 287-5998.
More survey news: Columbus State will also participate in the Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE). This is a parallel survey to the student survey and in some cases, faculty will have the opportunity to answer the same questions posed to students. It will be interesting to compare the perspectives of faculty and students on the same topic. During spring semester, faculty will be sent an email to participate in the online CCFSSE.
Both Columbus State basketball teams have briefly cracked Top-20 national junior college rankings as they aim for end-of-season tourneys. Catch up with Coach Pat Carlisle and Coach Joel Renner in this video produced earlier this week.
The Human Performance Center (HPC) invites all employees to attend their Spring Semester series of Wellness Seminars. They are free and open to everyone. The schedule is:
What is Clean Eating? - Wednesday, February 27, at 1:00 p.m. in the HPC (lower level, DE)
Body Composition vs. Body Weight: Which is more important? - Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall Room 080
How to Get the Most out of Your Physical Activity – Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall Room 080
Columbus State employees’ W-2s for 2012 are now available online. Through ADP, the college’s W-2 provider, you may access to your W-2 forms at any time. A hard copy has been mailed to employees’ home address.
If you have previously registered to get your W-2 online, go to https://w2.adp.com to retrieve your 2012 form. If you are a first-time user, you will need to register. Please refer to following link for instructions on how to register:
Columbus State hosted the 2013 Future Cities Ohio Regional Competition for the second year in a row January 19 in the Conference Center. The competition celebrates National Engineers Week, and this year's theme for the young teams to study was Storm Water Runoff.
Participants are 7th- and 8th- grade students, who work on the project all fall. Their efforts include writing an essay, using SIMM 4 software to design a city of the future, building scale models with moving parts using less than $100 of recycled materials, and presenting the final project to industry members at this competition. The national event provides a glimpse into the future of engineering, design, and execution.
Sponsors this year included Columbus State, CH2M Hill, PPG Industries, Xylem, The Ohio Environmental Education Fund, AIA Columbus, AutoTools, the Ohio EPA, and M-E Companies. Additional sponsors presented more than a dozen specialty awards from Sustainability and Design, to Most Holistic City. The 2013 winner was the team from Heritage Middle School in Westerville, who will be going on to the National Competition in Washington D.C. later in the year.
Professor Jeff Bates, Ph.D., mentored a team from Johnstown in their first try at the competition this year. Adjunct faculty Deb Knapke and Assistant Professor Margaret Owens, Ph.D., enjoyed judging each model and presentation. Associate Professor Dean Bortz conducted guided campus tours and also served as a final round judge, where the top five schools had a final opportunity to present in front of all the competitors and their families. Sue McLaren, enrollment specialist, and adjunct faculty Doug Shrake, also assisted with volunteer work and judging. Paul Boaz and his crew at the Columbus State Conference Center once again outdid themselves to host the event.
Mark your calendars for January 25, 2014 for the next Future Cities Ohio Regional Competition at Columbus State!
MindLeaders online training courses are available to all current Columbus State employees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You control the pace and learn quickly or take your time. You can focus on what you need and skip what you know. Some topics that are available include:
Managing Within the Law (Video)
Self- Management (Videos)
Project Management Series
Within each topic area there are up to 20 different modules. Current Columbus State employees can access the online courses using a Novell username and password from any campus computer or from your home computer. Access the courses here: http://iti.cscc.edu/mindleaders.html. If you have any questions or would like to know more please contact Lori McKenzie.
Return mail envelopes to change
The U.S. Postal Service has changed the regulations for the design of Business Reply Mail envelopes. The old envelopes had a barcode at the bottom right corner of the envelope. The currently approved envelopes will have the barcode placed in the middle of the envelope above the address. Please call Eric Johnson in Office Services at ext. 2568 for more information.