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Quality Team Awards
2015 Quality Awards
Quality Efforts Lauded at Annual Luncheon
Another stellar class of employees was recognized at the Quality Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, June 30 in the WD Ballroom. The annual event honors faculty, staff and teams for their outstanding achievements in the past year.
The Distinguished Teaching Award was given to Stephen Logan, Assistant Professor in English; Melissa Logue, Assistant Professor in the Modern Languages; Rick Miller, J.D. Adjunct Instructor in the Humanities; and Jeff Richardson, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Biological and Physical Sciences.
The Distinguished Full Professor Award was given to Professor Lisa Cerrato, Health Information Management Technology; Professor Crystal Clark, English; Professor Holly Finnegan, Developmental Education; and Professor Tina Perry, Interpreter Education Program.
Margaret Power, specialist in the Bookstore, was named Staff Employee of the Year, with Sheri Harrington, advisor in Business and Engineering Technologies, recognized as the Part-time Staff Employee of the Year.
A Silver Team Award was given to the Columbus State C.A.R.E.S. Team, which helps students who are facing financial, academic, and/or personal difficulties. Team members are Jeffery Akers, Regional Learning Centers, Kimberly Rhyan, Student Engagement and Leadership, Michelle Teasley-Parks, College Testing Services, Tracy Thornton, Counseling Services, Marisa Vernon, Advising Services, Chaka Wilson, Advising Services, Renee Hill, Student Life and Ameena Kemavor, Counseling Services.
The second Silver Team Award went to the Exhibit the Right to Read: Banned Books Week Team, which planned interactive events for the Banned Books Week celebration. The team included Elisabeth Huey, Library; Kristine Kinzer, Library; Dana Knott, Library; Brianne Miller, Library; Stacey Mulinex, Bookstore; Frank Neutzling, Library; Ann Palazzo, English; Johanna Pierce, Bookstore; Lorena Popelka, Library; Sandra Zeller, Bookstore; Derek Zoladz, Library; Kim Leggett, Library; and Julie Zaveloff, Library.
2014 - A Banner Year for Quality
President David Harrison said it best, the Quality Awards is one of his favorite events of the year. And it's easy to see why. One after another, teachers, full professors, assorted staff - full and part-time, teams large and small, all gave eloquent testimony as to why the college is the essential place it has become.
From a list that began with 125 nominees, Daniel Hare, Theresa Kegley, Mark Mitchell and Julie Posey were the gracious Distinguished Teaching winners.
"It's our students who inspire us," said Kegley. "Truly, their stories, their hopes for a better future. They're the ones who are distinguished."
"To be honored by one's peers," noted Daniel Hare, "is humbling beyond belief. "
"I also realize that with this award comes one of the toughest tasks in my twenty
years here," admitted Mark Mitchell. "And that is to choose only four distinguished
faculty members next year. Because I feel our campus is full of distinguished professors,
associate professors and faculty members."
Jon Lundquist and David Busch were named Distinguished Full Professors for their years of innovative and inspiring service.
IT's Betty Richardson took home the Staff Employee of the Year honors. She was cited for her great work attitude and extra efforts on behalf of SAC's charitable work. The Testing Center's Catherine Giles is the first recipient of the new Part-time Employee of the Year award. Her willingness to work evenings and weekends in the Testing Center was but one reason for her nomination.
Generation One Trailblazers received Gold for helping first generation students navigate the college experience. Brian Seeger led the Transient Student Team to a Silver Award. The team helped boost "guest student" enrollment by 14%. Denis Marketos, Lee Wayand and Leslie Smith corralled a Silver for creating an interactive online Statistics course to promote retention.
Words of Thanks
In case you missed the Awards event or live video stream here are this year's winners in their own words. Click on a picture to see their video clip.
Employees of the Year
Distinguished Full Professors
* Professor Jon Lundquist was unable to attend the event.
• 2014 Quality Award Nominees •
This year Columbus State students submitted 146 Distinguished Teaching Award nominations for 125 faculty members.
This year's panel of judges included Beth Barnett, Dr. Rick Bartlett, Eric Kenz, Fauna
Stout, Polly Owen and committee chair Rich James. The ten finalists follow:
• Sharon Barnewall, Professor, Biological and Physical Sciences
• Daniel Hare, Program Coordinator, Criminal Justice
• Kevin James, Professor of Mathematics
• Theresa Kegley, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
• Betsy McCall, Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics
• Mark Mitchell, Associate Professor, Automotive Technology
• Nancy Pine, Instructor, English
• Julie Posey, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences
• Rachael Romain, Instructor, Biological and Physical Sciences
• Adele Wright, Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Employee of the Year
Last year's winner, Susan Thomas, chaired the 2014 committee, which included Summre Jones, Leslie Hoffman and Michael Leland Bateman. This year's slate, all 2013 Employees of the Month, included:
• Carmelita Boyer, Administrative Assistant, Human Resources
• Amy Burrell, Advisor, Enrollment Services
• Rod Harris, Maintenance Repairperson I, Facilities Management
• Dana Knott, Librarian, Delaware Campus Learning Center
• Adrienne Luke, Advocate, Disability Services
• Ellen Neutzling, Advisor, Delaware Campus
• Betty Richardson, Asset Management Technician, IT
• Frank Sugar, Coordinator, Police Department
• Shelley Toale, Coordinator, Facilities Mgmt
• Darla Van Horn, Deputy Title IX Compliance Officer,Student Life
• Mark Van Horn, Video Developer, Marketing & Communications
• Valerie Wilson, Publications Coordinator, Marketing & Communications
The 2013 Quality Awards
We edited together some of the best parts of our 2013 event in case you missed the live streaming webcast. Click on a photo to hear from our winners.
Distinguished Full Professors
Staff Employee of the Year
Celebrating Continuous Improvement
The 2013 Quality Awards winners were named at a luncheon ceremony held June 20 in the Conference Center and live-streamed to the campus.
The 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 Y13 seoyear 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 Associat13 silvere 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.
2012 Quality Award Honorees
A Winning Season in 2011
Congratulations to the nominees and winners of the 2011 Continuous Quality Improvement Awards. The August 1 luncheon was well attended by the finalists in each category. This year's awards luncheon was the first occasion that all awards were announced at a single event.
Check here for a video of the winners on stage.
2010 Quality Award Winners
- AQIP: The Road to Accreditation
- Systems Portfolio
- 2014 Appraisal Feedback Report
- 2010 Appraisal Feedback Report
- AQIP Action Projects
- Quality Awards
- CQI Projects
- CQI Steering Committee
- Noel-Levitz Surveys
- Delaware Campus, Regional Learning Centers and Industry Outreach Sites
- Checkup Visit Documents