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July 17, 2014
First Wednesday scheduled for August 6
Mark your calendar for the August First Wednesday meeting, to 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.
Day of Service to return September 24
Columbus State employees work packing and sorting food items at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank during last year’s inaugural Day of Service.
After a very successful inaugural event last year, the Columbus State Day of Service will make a return on Wednesday, September 24.
Classes will not be held during the day and all Columbus State employees on both the Columbus and Delaware Campuses will fan out through the community to perform volunteerism of all types.
Some departments might sign up together to perform physical tasks like painting, cleaning, planting or building. Others might enjoy a quieter activity like reading to children or serving meals to the elderly. Some individuals might go to their favorite charity on the list to continue the work they already do to help out. Others will find something new and different like working with the handicapped or delivering Meals on Wheels. It will be up to you to choose!
The Day of Service Committee will soon have their sign-up page online, which will list all volunteer opportunities that have been set up for the 2014 Day of Service. Columbus State employees will be able to browse the opportunities, learn more about each agency, and select a project that suits them. Each volunteer project will have a Team Leader helping coordinate the day at that location, so employee groups can sign up together if they like, or individuals can join any team project that interests them.
Some employees from the Delaware Campus helped out at an equine assisted therapy farm at last year’s Day of Service.
Lots more logistical details, an online sign-up page, and a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be coming soon!
Together, we can use one short day to make one BIG impact on our community!
Driving Park Library branch opens with Columbus State connection and more
Columbus State librarian Daryl Brown checks out the computer lab in the Columbus State room at the new Driving Park Library branch.
As part of the new partnership between Columbus State and the Columbus Metropolitan Library, each CML branch location now offers a connection to the college network for any student or employee.
But the brand-new Driving Park branch, now open at 1422 E. Livingston Avenue, offers much more!
Not only can Columbus State students use the dedicated Columbus State computer lab, or any of the 52 computer stations at the branch, to log in to their student account, and access their drives, databases, software packages, and documents—they can do so in a beautiful new location that offers additional classrooms, technology, resources and services for the public.
The Driving Park branch will soon offer programs to the community, including admissions, registration and financial aid workshops, GED preparation and testing, select proctored testing for distance learning students, placement testing, and college library workshops.
At the preview event for the new library branch July 9, Carol Thomas, Jim Beidler, and Bruce Massis toured the facilities.
The new branch opened with a preview event on July 9 and 10, and an open house on Saturday, July 12.
Department changes name, increases service
Columbus State’s Office of Veterans Services has changed its name to the Military and Veterans Services Department effective July 1. The department changed the name to reflect the increased services offered to the college’s veteran and military students.
“While our primary focus is still the completion of certifications of enrollment and attendance to the Department of Veterans Affairs for our education beneficiaries, we also provide service to active duty members of the military who are utilizing tuition assistance for distance learning,” said Jay Favuzzi, manager. “We work with all branches of the Armed Forces. We assist active duty personnel, National Guard members, members of the Reserves, veteran personnel and their dependents who are using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or Dependent Education Assistance, which is for survivors of deceased veterans or dependents of veterans with a 100 percent disability rating,” explained Favuzzi.
In addition to our support of military and veteran students’ education, the department also provide guidance to veterans on how to apply for their other acquired benefits and as well as helps them seek counseling or other services that are needed to help them succeed in their transition to civilian and student life.