November SEOM shows team spirit every day
As office associate in Disability Services for many years, Darla Van Horn was the go-to person for students, parents, employees and other visitors to the department, who knew her as the friendly voice on the phone and the familiar face in the office.
Although she has recently taken on a new job in Human Resources as a coordinator in the compliance office, Van Horn was nominated for the Staff Employee of the Month by Disability Services coworkers Marie Potts and Jerrilyn Heine, and received the award from President Harrison at the Nov. 13 First Wednesday meeting.
“Darla proves over and over again her love of Columbus State through her actions and attitude,” wrote Potts and Heine in their nomination. “The nomination has four areas for which an employee can be nominated. Darla deserves this award because she does, and continues to do, outstanding work in all four categories.”
“One excellent example is her coordination of three Open Houses for students with disabilities. Darla spent many hours contacting presenters and participants for these events. Disability Services has offered Open Houses many times over the years. Darla’s was the first to be truly successful!”
“She excels as a team player—one way she does this is by serving on Staff Advisory Council, where she has been an officer for the past several years and does a wonderful job keeping information flowing across all departments. She took a very active role in coordinating the 5K races at the golf course, which raised thousands of dollars for book scholarships.”
“Darla makes a difference to Columbus State and the members of the campus community every day,” wrote Heine and Potts. “She strives to bring out the Columbus State spirit in others.”
Jerry Wray, Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)(center) stopped by Columbus State on Tuesday to thank President Harrison for working hand-in-hand with ODOT during construction of the Columbus Crossroads project. Wray said he knows it has been an inconvenience for staff and students and that he appreciates our patience during the two-year project. Mark French, third from left, and John Nestor, left, Facilities Management, were also on hand for the formal "thank you."
The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a free concert in the TL-123 music room on Tuesday, November 19, at 4:30 p.m. The program will include the works of Handel, Beethoven, Scott Joplin, and William Grant Still. Narration will be provided by director Thomas Lloyd. For more information contact Lloyd.
Title IX is a federal law that is part of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 which states in part that “No person… shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The law ensures that faculty, staff, students, athletes and visitors experience a non-discriminatory environment at Columbus State.
Ensuring Title IX compliance are, from left, Danette Vance, Darla Van Horn,
and Stephanie Bostos Demers
Columbus State employees are obligated to report any conduct that may be a potential violation as soon as it is known, and let victims know that they may report questionable conduct to: Title IX coordinator or Deputy Title IX coordinators; supervisors, directors, chairpersons, deans or other administrators; HR employees; the dean of Student Life and Student Conduct officials; coaches or the athletic director; or campus police and security officers.
The Office of Compliance and Equity, under the direction of Stephanie Bostos Demers, will ensure compliance with this law at Columbus State. Danette Vance will serve as Deputy Coordinator for Human Resources, and Darla Van Horn serves as Deputy Coordinator for Student Affairs. A Title IX fact sheet can be found online here. The office email for any questions or concerns is TitleIX@cscc.edu.
The UHC newsletter Wellness Online features articles on healthy holiday eating, the risks of diabetes, the Great American Smokeout, and even a recipe for heart-healthy pumpkin soup! Check it out!
The Columbus State Landscape Association will again sell holiday poinsettias as a fundraiser for their trip to the national landscape competition Student Career Days, which will be held in Colorado this March. The flowers range from $7 for a five-inch pot with one plant, to $45 for a 14-inch pot with eight poinsettias. To receive an order form by email, or to order your poinsettias directly, contact CSLA president Samantha August, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (614) 359-4799. The deadline to order plants is Friday, November 22, and you will be able to pick up your flowers on campus during the first week of December.