October 27, 2005

Election under way for Promotion and Tenure Review Committee representatives

Full-time faculty may vote 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today and tomorrow to elect representatives for the Promotion and Tenure Review Committee. Voting takes place in the Human Resource Department. All absentee ballots must to be returned by the close of business tomorrow in order to be counted.

Information on new law regarding Medicare Part D being mailed to employees

Under the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA), beginning in 2006, Medicare beneficiaries can receive subsidized prescription drug coverage through the Medicare Part D program.

Under this law, all group health plans offering prescription drug coverage to active and retired employees are required to provide Notice of Creditable Coverage to covered persons who fall into any of the following categories: 

  • Employees actively working over age 65;

  • Employees under the age of 65 with a spouse over the age of 65;

  • Employees or spouses who are eligible for Medicare due to disability, regardless of age;

  • Employees or spouses who are eligible for Medicare due to end stage renal disease, regardless of age.

In order to assist individuals in determining whether to stay in their employer-sponsored plan or elect a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the notice must effectively communicate to the above individuals the status (creditable or non-creditable) of the prescription drug benefit the group plan provides. 

Under the law, each year, Medicare beneficiaries will be given the opportunity to enroll in Part D coverage. Individuals who decide to drop the employer-sponsored plan and do not pick up Part D when their coverage ends may end up paying more to enroll at a later date.

As the college is required to provide this notice to you, a copy of the Notice of Creditable Coverage will be sent to the home address of all benefit-eligible full-time employees. Please read the notice and research Medicare D to see if it may be a better benefit for you.

If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at ext. 2408.

Two staff members earn degrees

A family affair, from left, Cathy Hatfield, Crystal and Shane Morstadt don their caps and gowns for graduation.






Carla Ardinger graduates magna cum laude from Park University

Cathy Hatfield, project specialist in the Presidentís Office, and Carla Ardinger, buyer for Information Technology, completed long journeys last Saturday when they received their Bachelor of Science degrees from Park University.

After nine years of study, Carla Ardinger followed up her 1994 degree from Columbus State in Computer Electronics by graduating magna cum laude in management from Park. Her next goal? ďIíd like to start work on my masterís. Iíve been looking at a lot of different fields, but Iíve narrowed it down to math,Ē says Ardinger.

Obtaining her degree became a family affair as Cathy Hatfield went to school for seven years along side her daughter Crystal Morstadt and son-in-law Shane Morstadt. All three received their bachelorís degrees last week, with Cathy earning a B.S. in Social Psychology, cum laude. ďAs the first person to graduate college in my family, itís meant a lot to me to share the joys and pains of earning that degree with my daughter and son-in-law,Ē she said. She now plans to pursue her masterís in criminal law and forensic psychology.






Videoconference on international business curriculum to be held November 9

"Developing and Enhancing the International Business Curriculum at the Community College" will be the special topic covered at the sixth National Satellite Videoconference for Community Colleges on November 9.

The live broadcast from 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time can be viewed in the media studio of the Educational Resource Center in Columbus Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in this free event.

The two-hour program will provide an overview of curriculum and faculty development including information on representative curricula today, infusing content into existing curriculum, grants to support program development, and accessing resources for international business.

Additional topics include:

  • Developing new international business courses,

  • Developing online international business courses,

  • Obtaining information about U.S. Department of Education, Business and International Education Title VI-B grant opportunities,

  • Studying and traveling abroad for faculty and students,

  • Marketing international business programs and job and career opportunities in international business,

  • Understanding international business resources unique to community college programs,

  • And understanding the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional Credential.

The Broadcast is produced by Community Colleges for International Development and the American Council on International Intercultural Education, with support from the League for Innovation and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Get fit with Active Living and Healthy Eating courses

The Sports and Fitness Management Department and Human Resources are teaming up again to offer full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in Active Living and Healthy Eating courses at no cost. Courses offered Winter Quarter include Active Living 1, Active Living 2, and Healthy Eating 1.

Active Living 1 is offered in three sections from 12-12:50 p.m on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Active Living 2 is offered in three sections from 12-12:50 p.m on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Health Eating 1 is offered in three sections from 12-12:50 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays, and one section from 1-1:50 p.m. on Tuesdays. To find the course numbers, click here.

Assessment Workshop will focus on new GE outcomes

The Instructional Council Assessment Committee's annual Assessment Workshop, originally scheduled for October 28, has been postponed and will be rescheduled to a date in the near future. The workshop will focus on implementing the new General Education outcomes, drafted by faculty, into Columbus State curricula for 2006-07.

For more information, contact Instructional Council Assessment Committee Chair Fred Baker.

Electronic Portfolios lead to successful job interviews

Amy DiBlasi and Bill Dross, adjunct instructors in Business Management and Office Administration, addressed the state meeting of the Ohio Business Teachers Association October 14 on ďThe 21st Century Successful Job Interview Includes an Electronic Portfolio.Ē

The presentation shared techniques for aligning learning with outcomes and objectives and how to document successful completion by presenting work samples drawn from coursework, employment, and life experiences. Currently, these techniques are applied at Columbus State by students in the Office Administration capstone course who create CD portfolios that accompany them on job interviews. This CD contains evidence of studentsí work that meets the collegeís outcomes and the departmentís objectives. 

Also attending the conference from Columbus State were Business Management and Office Administration Department Professors Elizabeth Miller and Betty Allen. 

Adjunct instructors Bill Dross and Amy DiBlasi discuss the importance of electronic portfolios for interviewing in todayís workplace.