March 31, 2014
Reminder: First Wednesday is April 2
First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, April 2, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Staff and Part-Time Staff Employees of the Month will be announced, as well as the latest news and happenings on campus. As always, the event will be live streamed on the employee channel: www.livestream. com/columbusstate, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.
At Columbus State, helping students reach their goals is at the heart of what we do. One of Columbus State’s current student success initiatives is the development of an orientation program for new students. A steering committee and work group have been formed and have been working to design a day-long pilot program for up to 500 new (2014) high school graduates. While the details of the pilot program are still being finalized through the office of Student Affairs, here are a few things you should know as the team prepares to invite students:
Event dates are June 11, June 20, June 25, July 9, and July 21.
Once they have placement information on file, potential students in the target population will be sent an email telling them that their next step in the enrollment process is to attend a New Student Orientation event (these students will not be sent the email prompting them to register for a Registration Workshop). The email will include a link for online registration.
Students will be encouraged to bring one or two members of their support team (parents, guardians, mentors, etc.).
Among other things, the New Student Orientation program will give students the opportunity to:
Create their first semester schedule.
Learn how to navigate their college experience, including on-time fee payment, using Columbus State's website and other technology resources.
Discover Columbus State's many academic support services.
Explore opportunities to get involved in student clubs and organizations, community service, and learn about other ways to get involved.
Make valuable connections with faculty, student leaders, and campus staff.
More information about these orientation events will be available soon. Questions or requests to schedule information sessions for groups or staff meetings may be directed to Stephanie Albrecht, director of TRiO programs.
Do you or your students use www.transfer.org to find information about transferring courses to Columbus State, or transferring Columbus State courses to another college? If so, starting March 31, you will notice some big changes. The site has been redesigned and is now called “Transferology.” All users will need a login to access transfer information.
Students can create a Transferology account and login at: www.transferology.com.
College employees will access information through the Transferology Lab. Get started at www.transferologylab.com and select the “Request lab account” option.
A user guide and video tutorials for advisors, administrators, and transfer specialists is available here.
During 2013, Columbus State students submitted 146 Distinguished Teaching Award nominations for 125 faculty members. The nominees are given the opportunity to submit a portfolio for consideration for this award cycle. Up to 10 finalists are then observed in class during the semester. Four winners will be recognized during the Continuous Quality Improvement Awards ceremony, June 17. You can read more about the Distinguished Teaching Award online.
Last year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards winners were Dr. Rick Bartlett, Associate Professor, Business Management; Eric Kenz, Instructor in Biological Sciences; Beth Barnett, Professor in Developmental Education; and Fauna Stout, Assistant Professor, Medical Assisting Technology.
Please join the DTA committee in congratulating each of the nominees for the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award:
Peter “Bo” Riley
Heather Thompson Gilles
Ohio State offers free lecture on sustainable development
The Ohio State University will offer a free lecture and panel discussion titled “The Age of Sustainable Development” on Friday, April 4, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 North High Street. The keynote will be given by Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia University, and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General on Millennium Development Goals.
Panelists will be Professors Elena Irwin and Ian Sheldon, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State, and the moderator is Michael Neblo, associate professor of Political Science. The lecture is part of The Ohio State University Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecture and The Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS).
Les Helms, instructor in Business Management, recently presented a session on “Generational Culture” for the Ohio Council on Aging. He also did a presentation on “21st Century Skills” for the International Association of Administrative Professionals.
Columbus State nursing students—potential, current, and graduates—will be able to learn more about nursing employment and bachelor degree options beyond Columbus State at an event called “Nursing: Explore Columbus State and Beyond,” Friday, April 25, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall Lobby and East Lounge.
Nicholas Tice, Accountant, Business and Campus Services
Vanessa Langurst, Librarian
Renee Haro, Office Associate, Financial Aid
Paul Rusinko, Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Abby Peterson, Accountant 1, Business and Campus Services
Kathleen Hensel, Financial Analyst, Business and Administrative Services
Debra Hitch, Coordinator, IT Support Services
Joan Cook, Coordinator, Human Resources
Jason Clever, Coordinator, IT Support Services