June 24, 2013
Quality Awards celebrate continuous improvement at Columbus State
Distinguished Teachers are: (from left) Fauna Stout, Eric Kenz, Beth Barnett, and
Dr. Rick Bartlett, with President Harrison.
Staff Employee of the year Susan Thomas and Dr. Harrison.
Distinguished Full Professor Dr. Jeff Bates.
Distinguished Full Professor Kelly Hogan.
Distinguished Full Professor Brenda Johnson.
Distinguished Full Professor Darrell Minor.
Distinguished Full Professor Steve O'Neal.
The Columbus Africentric Early High School Bootcamp Team: (from left) Julie Hallas,
Beth Barnett, Shawn Casey, Kelly Hogan and Holly Finnegan. Not pictured are Heather Thompson-Gillis, Angela Romines, Tracy Koski, Lauren Jones, David Wells, Carolyn O’Donnell, Jeff Flaugher, Tywan Banks, Joel Nelson, Sheila Dickson and
The Columbus State Course Evaluation System Team, Jill Cadotte and Suzanne Patzer.
Not pictured are Heather Crites, Shannon Bookout, Dann Marketos, Brenna Michelis,
Ann Palazzo and James Stewart.
The Gold Team, Future Scientists of Ohio, include(from left): Nancy Ziminski, Valerie
Wilson, Michael Hailu, Adam Keller, Jonathan Baker, Laura Shady, Joel Nelson, and
Merideth Sellars. Not pictured are Wendy Vermillion, Julie Cronk, John Nedel,
Karen Rippe, Maia Randle, Lisa Gordon, Nardos Lijam and Bradley Beck.
The 2013 Quality Awards—Staff Employee of the Year, Distinguished Teaching Awards, Distinguished Full Professor Awards, and Quality Team Awards—were named at a luncheon ceremony held June 20 in the Conference Center and livestreamed to the rest of campus.
The Quality Awards recognize the efforts of our faculty, staff and administration for setting standards of continuous improvement that produce measurable annual goals and contribute to the College’s accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.
The Distinguished Teaching Awards are given to faculty members nominated by their students for excellence in the classroom and reviewed by their peers for course content, instructional methods, knowledge of the subject matter and more. This year’s winners are Beth Barnett, Professor in Developmental Mathematics; Dr. Rick Bartlett, Associate Professor in Business Management; Eric Kenz, Instructor in Biological Sciences; and Fauna Stout, Assistant Professor in Medical Assisting Technology.
The Staff Employee of the Year was selected from the past 12 Employees of the Month for displaying outstanding teamwork, going above and beyond their work description, and making contributions to the college. The 2013 Staff Employee of the Year is Susan Thomas, representative in the Telephone Information Center, who was originally nominated by a student and his parent to recognize her outstanding assistance with enrollment and registration right through to the student’s graduation.
The Distinguished Full Professor Awards were established to recognize tenured professors at the college who have contributed outstanding service to their department, to the College and to their profession. It also recognizes those who have completed scholarly work, teaching innovations, student advising, and community service that represents Columbus State. The 2013 Distinguished Full Professors are Dr. Jeffrey Bates, Professor of Environmental Science, Safety and Health; Kelly Hogan, Professor of Developmental Education; Dr. Brenda Johnson, Professor of Veterinary Technology; Steven O’Neal, Professor of Landscape Design and Management; and Darrell Minor, Professor of Mathematics.
The final awards of the afternoon were the Quality Team Awards, which recognize cross-functional teams for their yearlong projects to enhance or improve one or more of the college’s values. Thirteen teams submitted applications for the 2013 awards.
Silver Awards were given to two teams, the Columbus Africentric Early College High School Bootcamp Team—who designed a program to improve high school students’ results on the COMPASS Placement Tests; and the Columbus State Course Evaluation System Team—who developed a campus-wide online course evaluation tool that met the needs of faculty and solved numerous problems with the older system.
The Gold Award went to The Future Scientists of Ohio Team, who sought to increase the recruitment and retention of students pursuing Associate of Science degrees and transferring to four-year institutions in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The team partnered with OSU and the Board of Regents to create the very successful pilot program.
Adjunct CIT faculty member Bob Brugler and his wife Barbara portray Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln at the opening reception of the Lincoln Exhibit Friday in the Library. The Bruglers were joined by Student Ambassadors who served as hosts for the community reception. The exhibition is now open to the public on the second floor of the Library. Many special events are planned in conjunction. Read more here!
SAC to support two charities
The Staff Advisory Council’s Children's Hunger Alliance campaign is underway! Please offer your support through a donation to help feed Ohio children. New plans are in motion to create a partnership with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Employees will be able to offer their time to assist at the Food Bank. Read more about SAC’s campaigns here: http://www.cscc.edu/about/sac/index.shtml)
Students who need tutoring but can’t come to the Columbus Campus can now receive tutoring at the Delaware Campus and several Regional Learning Centers. The schedule for tutoring is online here. Remind your students that they can obtain the tutoring they need at a convenient location! http://www.cscc.edu/about/rlc/tutoring.shtml
Dan Watrous, facilities coordinator in Athletics and College Recreation, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as a docent at the Columbus Zoo.
Watrous assists in the Columbus Zoo's animal contact areas, provides guided educational tours and assists Zoo staff with various duties. In his 30 years of service, Watrous has been stationed everywhere across the Zoo. His favorite area is the nocturnal area which displays animals from Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand in their nighttime habitat.
Human Resources will provide two time periods for employees with questions regarding Health Rewards points. For the sessions, you will need your myuhc.com login information to access your portal for specific questions. Sessions are Tuesday, June 25, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., or Wednesday, June 26, from7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in RH 114. No appointment is necessary.
The points are tallied between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. All activities to reach your minimum eight health and wellness points must be completed by June 30, 2013. (*Remember it takes eight weeks after activity is completed for it to show up in the web portal)
If you need a refresher course or are having trouble navigating the UCH website, check out this web video http://welcometomyuhc.com/healthandwellness/tour/. There’s a pull-down menu in the upper right side that says “Jump to Topic.” That menu will allow you to select specific areas that you want to view.
If you have questions, please contact Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover or call ext. 3989.
Full-time employee Annual Reviews are due to Human Resources by July 31. If you have not already completed your Self-Review, you can find the form and directions on the Annual Review Webpage: http://www.cscc.edu/about/hcd/performs/review.shtml . Be sure to check with your manager to find out when you need to turn yours in.
Managers, you too can find all the information you need to complete the Annual Review for you, or your employees on the Annual Review Webpage: http://www.cscc.edu/about/hcd/performs/review.shtml
For additional information, or assistance, please contact the Human Resources Department at ext. 2408.
The Ohio Legislature has passed pension reform bills to improve the financial condition of all five Ohio pension systems, including State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS). One key change is the increase in the member contribution rate. STRS member contributions will increase by 1 percent per year, beginning July 1, 2013 – July 1, 2016. Member contributions will be deducted at a rate of 11 percent effective with the July 15, 2013 paycheck. The current rate is 10 percent. The rate increase also applies to Alternative Retirement Plan members in a faculty position.
For more information, contact Twila Wiley, program coordinator of Retirement Benefits at ext. 2422 or STRS Ohio at 1(888)227-7877.