December 15, 2005

Columbus State recognized for exemplary international programs

Columbus State is highlighted for its exemplary programs in a new national publication, Internationalizing the Campus Report 2005: Profiles of Success at Colleges and University, published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Columbus State was one of eight colleges profiled for outstanding campus internationalization.

The report recognized Columbus State for a number of programs and activities that promote internationalism among students and employees, including:

  • Establishing several sister-college agreements, with plans under way for agreements in Great Britain, South Korea, Australia, Italy, China, Africa, Saudi Arabia, and Kazakhstan.
  • Developing partnerships with the International Visitors Council and the Columbus Council on World Affairs to bring more than 200 visitors from countries including Liberia, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates to campus.
  • Establishing a partnership with Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology and Vicatel, a Tanzanian information services business, in cooperation with the U.S. Agency for International Development, to provide IT training to Tanzanian business and government leaders.
  • Creating an IT training program for educators in Hungary under the auspices of the World Bank.
  • Developing an array of summer study abroad opportunities for students to learn other languages and cultures.
  • Creating the Language Institute, which serves international students, immigrants, and refugees.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators champions the cause of international education and exchange, supporting the belief that students with international experience and a global perspective are crucial to the survival of the modern world.

If you'd like a copy of the report, go to: . Copies are $2 each.

Columbus State receives Golden Apple Award

Columbus State recently received a Golden Apple Award from the Children's Hunger Alliance for contributing to the organization's Lunch Money for a Day campaign. The Staff Advisory Council headed up the effort on campus and, with help from Columbus State employees, raised $836.48.

The money collected will help the Children's Hunger Alliance continue to fight to break the cycle of childhood hunger through programs that nourish and educate children throughout Ohio.


President Moeller named vice chair of COSI Board

President Moeller was recently named vice chair of the COSI Board of Trustees. The volunteer Board, consisting of 11 members, has provided leadership and support to the organization, allowing COSI to serve more than 17 million guests since opening 41 years ago.

The Board is chaired by Carl Kohrt, President and CEO of Battelle, and our recent Fall Quarter graduation speaker.

Gallucci presents at Phi Theta Kappa conference

Dr. Charlie Gallucci, associate professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, was a presenter at the 2005 Ohio Region Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Conference November 4-5 at Owens Community College's Findlay Campus. Gallucci addressed "Leadership and Ethics" using examples from classical Greek drama to help participants understand the importance of acting ethically.

Seven Columbus State students attended the conference, along with Gallucci, Tywan Banks, teaching assistant in Medical Laboratory Technology, and Mary Hooker-Myers, coordinator of curriculum management in Instructional Services.


Victor Lucas

Mail clerk in Office Services

When did you start at Columbus State?

I started at Columbus State in November of 1976. For 29 years I've been a mail clerk in Office Services.

What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

I have several fond memories. The first is that one day I was walking through the cafeteria when one of the cashiers' smiles caught my eye. I asked her out, dated her for two-and-a-half years, and am pleased to say I've been married to Karen, bookkeeper for the cafeteria, for 21 years now.

Another fond memory is being associated with past president Dr. Harold Nestor. He was always friendly and always had a smile for everyone on campus.

I've enjoyed attending various mail and postal form conferences with my supervisor Bill Silcot and sharing my knowledge with people at other colleges.

I also had a lot of fun playing in a coed mud volleyball tournament that Bill organized many years ago for office services and bookstore employees. We got so into it that we had to duct tape our tennis shoes on so when we jumped up to hit a ball they wouldn't come off!

What will you miss most?

The people I work with, especially the people I see on my daily mail route.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

I hope to take a basic computer skills class at Columbus State so I can keep in touch with my two granddaughters and one grandson. I also look forward to gardening, celebrating my birthday on January 1, spending time with my in-laws, and working part-time to help keep myself busy.

Any anecdotes, stories or thoughts you'd like to share about your career at Columbus State?

I'd like to thank the employees in Auxiliary Services for all their great support when I was off on medical leave during various times from 2000 to 2004. Together, the Auxiliary Services team is always going to win.

I'd also like to thank the Development Foundation staff for helping me establish the Victor Lucas Non-Custodial Parent Scholarship seven to eight years ago. It's meant a lot to me to be able to help non-custodial parents attend college.


Payroll reminder notice for year-end paychecks

In order to pay employees in a timely manner, Human Resources must receive payroll action forms and time cards by the close of business Friday, December 16.  

Due to the holidays, Payroll has a very short turnaround time to process payroll for the last pay date of the year.

All forms requesting Personal Leave for 2005 must be submitted to Payroll by 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 6. The remaining unused balance of personal leave, up to a maximum of 16 hours, will be paid on the January 31 paycheck. New personal leave will be effective January 1. Due to the transition of old leave and new leave, the new eligible personal leave hours will not be added to your paycheck until February but will be in effect as of January 1.

If your tax information needs to be changed or if you have moved and need to change your school district, please complete a new Form IT-4   available in the Human Resources/Payroll Department.

Human Resources is located in Rhodes Hall, lower level, with office hours from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you have questions, contact Payroll at ext. 5617, 5791 or 2422.

Colleague patch changes requisition and approval process

Patches to the Colleague Financials module has resulted in minor changes to the requisition and approval process. Here is a summary of the changes:

Requisitions: (REQM screen) After entering all of the required approver names, the "requisition done" status must be changed from "no" to "yes". If the status is not changed to "yes", the approver will not see the requisition in their "approval needed" (APRN) screen.

Approvals: (APRN screen) The four major changes to the approvals process are:

  • The current fiscal year must be entered.
  • The approval password must be entered before viewing requisitions.
  • The APRN screen now displays all requisitions to be approved.
  • Requisitions can be approved in the APRN screen as well as the REQM screen.

The Colleague Financials How-to manual has been updated to reflect the changes, and you can see it on the front page of the intranet in the "new" section.

If you have questions regarding changes to the requisition or approval process, contact Brad Farmer at ext. 2641 or Debbie Strain at ext. 2443.

Fee waiver deadline approaching

The fee waiver deadline for Winter Quarter is December 22 at 4 p.m. If your form is processed after the due date, you will need to pay the fees in advance, and you will be responsible for any late charges or penalties. If you have questions, contact Carmelita Boyer in Human Resources at ext. 2408.

Holiday hours posted

The College will be closed December 25 and 26, as well as January 1 and 2. Holiday hours for the Cashier's office and Records and Registration on December 24 and 31 will be 9 a.m.-noon.

The fee payment deadline is December 29. Fees can be paid in person until 7:30 p.m., online until 11 p.m., through the TIC until 7:30 p.m., through CATS until 11 p.m., and in the drop boxes in Madison and Rhodes Hall until 7:30 p.m.

Weight Watchers at Work Program to begin in January

A new session of the Weight Watchers at Work Program will begin January 4. The session will be held at noon in Nestor Hall Seminar Room C.  The cost is $110 for the first 10 weeks and $100 for any additional 10-week sessions.

If you are interested or would like more information, contact Susan Thomas in the TIC at

EAP newsletter provides health-related information

The December issue of "The Matrix Monitor" is now published and includes information on teen sleep patterns, making good habits stick, avoiding online investment scams, preventing accidents, and taking the mystery out of mental illness. For information on these topics and more, click on the newsletter icon.