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July 2, 2015


Quality teams, individuals lauded at luncheon

The annual Quality Awards Luncheon was held Tuesday to recognize faculty, staff and cross-functional teams who are performing outstanding work across the college, and continuously improving processes and outcomes for student success. 

group shot The new class of Columbus State Distinguished Teachers receives their awards from President Harrison. From left are: Stephen Logan, Jeff Richardson, Rick Miller, and Melissa Logue.

The Distinguished Teaching Award was given toStephen 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 Part-time Staff Employee of the Year.

Finally, the Team Awards were given to groups of employees who have worked together over the past year to think outside of the box and showcase all that Columbus State has to offer.

A Silver Team Award was given to the Columbus State C.A.R.E.S Team, whichhelps students who are facing financial, academic, and/or personal difficulties to find resources and services both on and off campus.  The members of the team 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.

receiving the award Staff Employee of the Year Margaret Power gets her award and a hug from President Harrison.

The second Silver Team Award went to the Exhibit the Right to Read: Banned Books Week Team, who planned interactive events and participatory learning programming for the Banned Books Week celebration. The events encouraged the campus community to explore intellectual and academic freedom, freedom of expression and diverse viewpoints. The members of the team are 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.

And the Gold Team Award went to the We Are STEM 2015 Team, who brought a fresh approach to the annual We Are STEM event which exposes high school students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The new format offered a variety of hands-on learning experiences in real-world situations and connected students to academic pathways and career choices. Team members are Terrence Brown, Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies; Gary Clark, Computer Science; Gina Hiser, Admissions; Misty Mahefkey, Admissions; Sherry Minton, Dual Enrollment; Matthew Saelzler, Biological and Physical Sciences; J.J. Schultz, Marketing; Merideth Sellars, Biological and Physical Sciences; Elizabeth Straub, Admissions; and Jack Cooley, Academic Affairs.


scene of the crowd

Taste the Future is right around the corner! 

Please join us on Tuesday, August 11, for a night of food, drink, and friends!  Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.  If you are interested in volunteering this year, please click here.

For lots more information about Taste the Future and a list of participating restaurants, visit or call ext. 5028.


What to expect when you’re expecting a password change

Now that the Password Change requirement has been reactivated for Outlook, you may soon be receiving an email from IT Support, instructing you how to change your password. Because of recent phishing attempts by individuals who might try to steal account information, IT wants employees to know what to expect in an email from them. You will receive the following: 

Dear “Name”
The password for Columbus State employee account “Name” will expire on “Date.” Please change your password by doing the following:

1) In your web browser, go to the Columbus State home page.

2) Choose "Usernames/Passwords" item from the Quick Links on the home page.

3) Change your password using the "Change My Password" button.

4) If this is your first time changing your password with this site, you will be required to enroll and set your initial security questions and answers. 

For more information, go to your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome) to the Columbus State Knowledge Base page located at and search for "Change Employee Password" or contact the Columbus State Help Desk at 5050.
*Links to webpages have been purposely excluded from this communication. Unsolicited email containing web page links asking for your username and password are a common tactic to “phish” for and steal your account information.   Always be suspect of these kinds of communications.  If you have questions about an email you have received contact the IT Support Center at 287-5050.


Leaders named for 2018 AQIP Systems Portfolio



New leaders have been named to the CQI Steering Committee. The group will be responsible for documenting college activities in the six categories of the 2018 Systems Portfolio for AQIP Accreditation.  They include:

  • Helping Students Learn - Adam Moskowitz and April Magoteaux, Co-Leaders
  • Meeting Students and Other Key Stakeholder Needs - Desiree Polk-Bland, Team Leader
  • Valuing Employees - Lynda Anderson, Team Leader
  • Planning and Leading - Kelly Weir, Team Leader
  • Knowledge Management and Resources Stewardship - Paul Rusinko and Karen Riley, Co-Leaders
  • Quality Overview - Greg Goodhart, Team Leader  

The Systems Portfolio will be due in 2018. As the college’s third Portfolio, this version will have a special emphasis on data-driven improvements and strategic alignment.  The next planned campus visit by the Higher Learning Commission will occur in 2019.

Ongoing accreditation work will continue to be coordinated by the Accreditation Core Team, which includes Bruce Massis, Accreditation Liaison Officer; David Tom, Faculty Fellow for Accreditation; Ingrid Emch; Greg Goodhart and Tom LyonsDr. Jack Cooley is the sponsoring member of the team.


Walking for NAMI

group photo

More than 25 students, faculty and family members walked, donated or raised money for the Franklin County NAMI Walk (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Sunday, June 28. NAMI Franklin County is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.The Columbus State team took third for fundraising this year, with special help from the Columbus State student club “Mental Health Matters.” Participants included Dianne Fidelibus, and co-captains Angela Fry and Jackie Teny-Miller, faculty in Social and Human Services (formerly MH/AS/DD).


Reminder: Theatre Columbus State presents “Almost Maine”

Theatre Columbus State will present the play “Almost, Maine,” by John Cariani, directed by Frank Barnhart, July 15 -18 in Nestor Hall Auditorium. Admission is free.

Performances will be at 8:00 p.m. daily, with a special 3:00 p.m. matinee offered on Thursday, July 16.

Special note: ASL interpretation will be provided for the performances on Thursday, July 16, at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 18, at 8:00 p.m.


New photographic exhibit opens in Library

The Library is pleased to feature photographer Mark Fohl as the artist for the month of July. Fohl says, “I’m a self-taught photographer, and I mostly use film cameras such as the standard 35mm and medium format, but also some panorama, toy, and pinhole cameras. They are all ways to have fun with the medium.  I am a member of the Westbridge Camera Club in Columbus and the Fotoklub Exakta in Dresden (a sister city of Columbus).  I am also a member of the Ohio Art League, and the Facebook group The Art and Artists of 614.”  Fohl says that for many years, he only exhibited black and white darkroom photographs, but eventually discovered the joys of color photography, which there is a lot of in this exhibition.

Fohl’s photographs will be on exhibit in the Art Galleries on the first and second floors of the Library until the end of July.


Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

Johnson signing President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as Dr. Martin Luther King and others look on.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Today, thanks to the work of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights advocates, laws are on the books guaranteeing equal access to the ballot box, regardless of skin color. 

In recognition of this anniversary, the City of Columbus Community Relations Commission, in partnership with Columbus State, will gather to hold the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Thursday, July 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The keynote speaker is Ben Espy. Please feel free to contact the CRC office at (614) 645-1993 for more information. Click here to purchase tickets.



Celebrate ADA July 23

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is this summer, and you can celebrate on Thursday, July 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Columbus Commons!  The event is free.  For more information, visit



July issue of Wellness Online available

The July issue of United Healthcare’s newsletter Wellness Online has articles about minimizing sun exposure and skin cancer risk, rules for safer grilling, tasty July recipes, and much more.








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