January 27, 2005

Report from State Auditor presented to Board

The annual report submitted by the office of the Auditor of State Betty Montgomery again gives Columbus State an "unqualified" rating–the highest rating and one that contains no findings or questioned costs.

Columbus State has never received less than an unqualified opinion from the auditor, according to David Fitch, Director of Business Affairs, Business and Administrative Services.

The Report of Independent Auditors was presented to the Board of Trustees Committee of the Whole January 20 and will be voted on tonight in the general meeting of the Trustees.

"The purpose of an audit is to render an opinion on the financial statements of the college," said Fitch. "The auditors determine whether those statements fairly present the financial condition of the college as of June 30, 2004."

"Reports are used by the Ohio Board of Regents, banks and credit rating agencies such as Moody's and Standard and Poor's to judge the college's financial strength," Fitch explained.

"An audit takes about three to four weeks of field work, during which auditors select records of transactions using a statistically valid sample, and review them for accuracy," said Fitch. "They talk with managers and staff in many areas of the college such as Financial Aid, Purchasing, the Bookstore, and IT.   An Audit of Federal Funds is also conducted during this time, which ensures us that federal financial aid will continue to be available.   Kudos should be given to the employees who helped with this reporting procedure, as it can be fairly stressful," said Fitch.

OTAP for Youth hosts first graduating class

The OTAP for Youth graduating class earned diplomas January 25. They are: from left, front row: Celest Banks, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robin Casto, Mary Oliver, Heather Johnson, Joshua Petruzzi, Andre Martin. Back row: Daniel Lawrence, Oscar Colon, Clifton Davis, Adam Stump, Chris Crose, and Jerrel Mahan.   Not pictured are Benjamin Alvarado and Tamia Bell.

Fifteen at-risk inner city high school students graduated this week with skills in carpentry, basic electricity and mechanical principles, as well as training in safety, drugs in the workforce, and workplace ethics.

Columbus State's first graduating class of OTAP for Youth was recognized Tuesday, January 25, with certificates of completion and toolboxes they can use in the trade.   The OTAP (Orientation to Trade and Apprenticeship Programs) ceremony was held in the classroom/lab building at 192 North Grant Street.

For eight weeks, OTAP for Youth, funded through a grant by the Department of Job and Family Services, trained the students in skills needed to enter an apprenticeship workforce or higher education upon high school graduation.  

If you'd like more information about the program, contact Carol Higgins, coordinator of the OTAP program, or Denise Hobbs, office associate, at 224-3818.

Spring Quarter Enrollment Guide now available

The printed schedule of classes and enrollment information guide for Spring Quarter 2005 is now available to students at the Welcome Center and other locations on campus.  

The Enrollment Guide includes instructions on how to apply, register and pay fees; dates and deadlines for Spring Quarter; a listing of web-based and other distance learning courses; and the full schedule of courses offered on main campus and off-campus locations. Office hours, holidays and financial aid information is also included.

The first day for Spring Quarter class registration is Monday, January 31. Promoted on the cover of the Guide is the new "Student Assistance Center," which will be offered starting Spring Quarter in Madison Hall Room 225.   Students will be able to get help with all web-based functions, including web registration, fee payment, Blackboard, student email, and financial aid on the web.  

W-2 forms are in the mail

W-2 time is upon us because tax deadlines are just around the corner. The Payroll Team in Human Resources printed over 4,000 W-2 forms this past Wednesday and is getting them ready to mail out this morning. Employees should be receiving them as early as Friday afternoon, January 28. If you have any questions, please call the Payroll Team at extension 2416.