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August 4, 2014
First Wednesday to be held August 6
The First Wednesday meeting in August will be held Wednesday, August 6, in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Hosted by President Harrison, First Wednesday features recognition of the Staff Employee of the Month, as well as an update of important news on campus. For those unable to get away from their office, the meeting can be viewed on live stream by logging in with the password: cougars. You can also sign in to participate in a live chat feature to ask a question.
Faculty approve new three-year contract
Columbus State and the Columbus State Education Association (CSEA) have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. The CSEA union represents the College’s 335 full-time faculty members. Elements of the new contract include a 2 percent salary increase and a $1,500 one-time compensation for the first year and a guarantee of at least a 1 percent salary increase in each of the subsequent years. In addition, the agreement includes provisions that advance the College’s student success agenda.
“Our faculty members demonstrate great leadership every day, and the central role they play is reflected in this agreement,” said President David Harrison. “I appreciate our ability to work together to develop an agreement that reflects our shared commitment to helping students succeed.”
Bus Rapid Transit coming to Cleveland Ave.
Preliminary design and engineering is currently underway by COTA on the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project that will enhance and greatly speed up bus travel from downtown to Rte. 161 and north to Polaris Parkway.
The new line will run down Cleveland Avenue every 10 minutes during peak hours, using coordinated traffic signals and bus-only lanes to reduce the time of the trip by 20 percent. The new service will complement Local Line 1—the Cleveland/Livingston route—COTA’s second busiest bus line. It will make two stops on the Columbus State campus.
Final designs will be ready in 2015, but the BRT service isn’t planned to begin until September of 2017. To hear more about the project and how it will impact Columbus State, you can watch this video.
Meditation Room temporarily closed
Columbus State’s Meditation Room is temporarily closed due to renovations underway in Union Hall. Questions about this space and reservation requests for the 2014-2015 school year should be directed to Brett Welsh in Global Diversity and Inclusion at ext. 2426.
Parking garage closed for cleaning this weekend
The parking garage will be closed for cleaning on Friday, August 8, and Saturday, August 9.
A few reminders:
Taste the Future is Tuesday, August 12, starting at 6:30 p.m. on campus. Get your tickets here.
Weight Watchers Open House is Tuesday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 12, at noon in WD 312.
Employee/Dependent Fee Waivers are due in HR on Wednesday, August 13, by 4:30 p.m.
Staff Council Night at the Clippers is Saturday, August 23, at 7:00 p.m. in Huntington Park. Get tickets here.