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August 7, 2014

Teaching assistant delivers on promises from interview


When Dr. Connie Grossman interviews applicants for positions in her department, she keeps their interview answers in a file after they’re hired.  When she asked April Pace question no. 19—“why should we hire you?” she was promised an employee that was “honest, ethical, with a strong work ethic, and who will do whatever it takes.”   

Pace delivered that and more.  As a teaching assistant and pre-program advisor in the busy Allied Health Professions department, Pace works tirelessly to make the student laboratory environment safe and efficient for students and faculty members, according to three faculty who nominated her for Staff Employee of the Month—MaryEllen Tancred, Sue Donohue, and Stacy Yeager. Pace was awarded the August SEOM recognition at First Wednesday, August 6.

The Allied Health department incurred multiple major moves during the renovation of Union Hall over the past year, and April was instrumental in keeping the labs organized and safe during this difficult process, according to the faculty members. “She spent long hours ensuring that costly instrumentation and materials were properly moved, maintained, handled and stored.  She voluntarily assisted other programs within the department to move into their renovated labs, as well as collaborating with many other department of the college to accomplish this huge endeavor,” wrote the faculty members.

“The tremendous effort she put forth allowed faculty to remain focused on their responsibilities of serving the students, their programs, their department and the college. We honestly could not have successfully moved and maintained the level of quality education without her tireless help!”


Reception for Susan Norris Berry Aug. 15

A farewell reception for Susan Norris Berry, administrator of Regional Learning Centers, will be held Friday, August 15, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in WD355. Norris Berry has worked at Columbus State for 12 years, in Human Capacity Development, the Testing Center and the Regional Learning Centers. Her husband has recently been selected as the Vice President for Student Development at Cape Fear Community College located in coastal Wilmington, North Carolina. “We are both originally from the East Coast, so it will be a homecoming of sorts for us,” says Norris Berry. Stop by August 15 and wish her well!


Work-Study positions needed for students this fall

The Student Employment Office is looking for additional opportunities for students to work on campus this Autumn Semester. Federal Work Study funding is available to many students, which means they can be hired by your department at no cost to you.  If your department needs extra assistance and support, please contact Amanda Jennings to discuss posting a student employment position.  You may also complete an online Student Employment Position Request form.

A Student Employment Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Any department that has an open position for students, or submits a Position Request by August 27 may participate.  The Job Fair is a great opportunity to share information about your open position and speak to interested students on the spot!  Contact Jennings to register for the fair.


Records and Registration staff hear from OSU Registrar

Myers lecturing

Members of the Office of Records and Registration recently met with Brad Myers, Ohio State University Registrar, to learn more about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Myers is the president of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and a renowned expert on FERPA. 

FERPA governs the educational records information that an institution is legally permitted to share with staff, outside agencies, parents, guardians, other institutions, and the student. An experienced attorney, Myers also shared some of Ohio State’s processing and procedural information for forms and information collection. If you would like more information about FERPA, contact Dr. Regina Randall at ext. 5343.


Join the Welcome Team this fall

The start of Autumn Semester is just around the corner which means it’s time for the Welcome Team!  The Team counts on your support and hopes you will be able to join in the fun as they welcome new and returning students to Columbus State.

The dates for the Welcome Team are Monday, August 25, and Tuesday, August 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the big tent in the courtyard. Your service is vital, appreciated and has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State.  Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

Send your RSVP to Nome Stillwell  or call ext. 5525 with the times and days you are able to help out, and she will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.

FOCUS Early Alert training offered for fall

Training for FOCUS Early Alert for Autumn Semester is available, and this semester, training will also cover the new FOCUS Connect scheduling tool, which piloted during Summer Semester.

“Focus on FOCUS” delivers information beneficial for faculty members who use the system, while “Fully FOCUSed” covers a more in-depth look at how users such as support staff can utilize the system and filter information pertinent to them. Training on the new kiosk (waiting room management) feature will be available as well.

The first session is offered Friday, August 22. Register here.



photo of parking lot

Temporary parking lot closures during summer break

As we head into the two-week break between semesters, the college is planning to re-stripe some parking lots and make repairs to others. That will result in temporary closures. Here are the lots, where they’re located, and the dates they will be closed:

Lot 1-E – August 13-18 (Front lot on right as you turn onto Grove Street from Cleveland Avenue)

Lot 3-E – August 19 (Between Franklin and Delaware halls in back of campus)

Lot 6-E – August 21 (Behind Franklin Hall and includes administration parking spaces) 

Lot 10 – August 15 (This is the small lot with accessible parking in front of Nestor Hall)

Union Hall Loading Dock – August 21 – 22 (For power washing, repair and painting)

Jefferson Avenue/Grove Street – August 20 (Rolling closures to repaint crosswalks)

There will also be ongoing pothole repairs on all parking lots August 18-20.


Food Court to reopen August 25

During the summer break August 11 through 22, the Skyward Cart will offer service to those on campus, and on the first day of the semester, Monday, August 25, the Food Court will reopen for service in Union Hall.