CCSSE 2013 results now available
Are students engaged in their learning—and with the college—as much as we hope they are? How does engagement affect student learning? Answers to these questions and more may be found in the results of the 2013 Community College Survey Student Engagement (CCSSE) and Community College Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (CCFSSE).
Both surveys were administered at Columbus State this past spring and you can now study the results posted on our CCSSE results web page. This site provides guides for studying our results and provides a form for submitting a summary of your interpretation and use of the data.
The CCSSE committee will be reaching out to campus groups to discuss the survey. You can also request an overview presentation by contacting the CCSSE committee. As we continue and develop initiatives for student success, the CCSSE and CCFSSE surveys provide an insightful snapshot of student engagement and inspiration for deeper study.
Ruth Sternberg wants you to know that her door is always open over in her Long Street office, the parking is plentiful, and there is a nice coffee shop next door if you need to talk shop about grant writing at Columbus State.
Sternberg was recently hired as Grants Coordinator in Resource Development, located in the same offices on Long Street as the Columbus State Development Foundation. A new director of Resource Development is to be hired soon in the office administered by Dr. Polly Owen, associate vice president for Academic Affairs. Since the retirement of Susan Stumpp last year in the Grants Office, much of the work has been handled by a consultant.
The grant-writing process is a team sport, says Sternberg, and she is ready to answer any questions you have about your project. “Grants are very competitive, but there are hundreds of government offices and hundreds of foundations awarding money,” she says. “If something is really worthwhile, there’s a way to find money for it! We are here to support you.”
Writing grants is really a story-telling process, she explains. “We tell the story of your work in a particular way to show the gap you are filling, how this work is appropriate and how it would advance the college.”
Sternberg has lots of experience in storytelling, earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio State in 1985 and her master’s degree in Early Industrial History from Kent State in 1993. She worked as an education beat writer covering K-12 as well as higher education at The Columbus Dispatch until 2004, and even started her own newspaper, The New Standard, which was sold in 2009.
She has also worked in nonprofit fundraising for organizations including the Association of Religious News Writers and the Canton Art Institute.
She practices her storytelling skills as an actor, stage manager and volunteer fundraiser for four theater companies in central Ohio, including the Columbus Civic Theater in Clintonville, where she recently completed a stint stage managing “Awake and Sing” by Clifford Odets. She also enjoys storytelling on Speakeasy Nights at Wild Goose Creative on the near north side.
So if you have an idea you need to brainstorm through, stop over to the Long Street offices for coffee at the Zanzibar Café and see Ruth!
Columbus State’s International Employee Resource Group recently submitted a proposal to host the annual conference for the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE) and have been selected to host the event, April 11-12, 2014 in the Columbus State Conference Center.
Members of the committee, led by Rebecca Mobley, are currently planning the details, and want to invite the entire campus to either attend and/or submit a proposal to present at the conference.
The Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education is a self-funded consortium of two-year colleges located in the Midwest region. Its primary objective is to support curriculum and professional development by organizing curriculum workshops, fall and spring conferences, overseas projects for faculty and students, assisting with grant development, and providing faculty mentoring and professional networking.
Special extras at the conference include an ethnic dinner prepared by our own Hospitality Management students and music by the Columbus State Jazz Ensemble.
To register for the conference or submit a proposal to present a session, please contact Rebecca Mobley, interim chair of Social Sciences.
More details about the Midwest Institute can be found at: http://www.miiie.org/
Metropreneur features SBDC
Online publication The Metropreneur Columbus recently featured the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)at Columbus State on its home page, stating: “The Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College has a robust offering of resources for small businesses with an attractive price tag – free." Read the whole article here
Columbus State Concert Band fall concert will be held Tuesday, November 5, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The band is under the direction of Thomas Lloyd.
The featured work will be the world premiere of the band version of "Urban Synthesis" by Everett Jones of Wilberforce University, who will be present for the premiere. The band will also perform the Ohio premiere of "Vignettes" by David Avshalomov, a work Columbus State co-commissioned along with bands from around the world. Columbus State was actually the first band to join the consortium of 26 community based ensembles.
Local composer Carlton Winston will be present to hear a performance of his "Banshee: Woman of the Mound,” and former Columbus composer Errol Weiss Schlabach will be represented by his "Lucky Two March." The band will play "That Ragtime Regiment Band" by Melville Morris in an arrangement first published in 1913. Music from "Hunger Games," "War Horse," and movies scored by Danny Elfman are also on the program. For more information contact Lloyd.
SAC Lunch focuses on medical benefits Oct. 30
Join the Columbus State Staff Advisory Council for their upcoming SAC Lunch, Wednesday, October 30 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in WD 011. Deborah Robinson, director of Benefits, will present a session on Columbus State’s medical benefits. You will have the opportunity to ask detailed questions about our health, dental and vision coverage, and learn more about the next Open Enrollment period coming up in May 2014.
The challenges of caring for others can result in caregivers ignoring their own physical and emotional health. Share your story and network with other employees who also provide care to children, elderly family members or dependent adults. Join the group on
Friday, November 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in WD1094 (first floor near the elevators) for the Caregivers ERG. Contact Lori Thomas, Caregivers ERG Liaison, for more information.
Vote for the Fear Factor!
Columbus State’s Advising Services has challenged the Testing Center to a Halloween decorating contest, and you can vote on the winner! Visit both departments in Aquinas Hall (haunted) on October 30 and 31 to choose your winner. All employees and students are eligible to vote. And maybe there will be candy!
The Columbus State Landscape Association students are at it again, raising money for their annual trip to Student Career Days, a national landscaping competition. This year the competition will be held at Colorado State University in mid-March.
The students are selling tickets to a raffle in which the winner gets a professional fall landscape clean-up, complete with up to 20 hardworking students, tools, expertise and supervision by the Landscape faculty! You can buy one ticket for $10 or three for $25. The winner will receive his/her clean-up work on Saturday, November 9, or Nov. 16 if a rain date is needed. The drawing will be held on Monday, November 4, so get your entries in soon! Email to CSLA President Samantha August, or call (614)359-4799 to order your raffle tickets.