March 31, 2005

Ahhhh Spring!

On the second day of Spring Quarter, students play a quick game of hackysack between classes. Temperatures finally reached normal Tuesday, topping out in the 70s for the first time since fall.


Spring Quarter enrollment rebounds

On the first day of Spring Quarter 2005, paid enrollment stood at 20,054 students, only 4.6 percent down from last year at the same time. The drop-for-non-payment process was completed without problems March 25, with only about 3,400 students dropped from classes.

"We dropped far fewer students for non-payment this quarter," said Brian Seeger, director of Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM.) "We're definitely moving in the right direction. It's a major victory."

According to Seeger, between 30 and 40 percent of students dropped for non-payment eventually re-register and pay their fees, based on statistics from past quarters. If the trend holds, as many as 21,400 students may be registered and paid by the official 14 th-day census April 11. The total for Spring Quarter 2004, was 21,385.

To keep an eye on Columbus State enrollment statistics and trends, visit the statistics page on the Intranet at

I-Group seeking presentations and volunteers

Looking for a way to put the "I" back in team? Then the I-Group is just right for you.

The In-Service Group (I-Group) is currently gearing up for this quarter's "Building Resilience" In-Service being held May 6. If you have an idea, a practice, a teaching technique, or an area of expertise that will help people "bounce back," the I-Group wants to hear from you.   Presentation proposals need to be in to I-Group Chair Tracy Little by April 15.

If you're not sure that presenting is up your alley but you still want to help out, the I-Group is always looking for members. If you'd like to see what I-Group membership is all about, you can start by volunteering for pre-session program distribution, being a runner, or serving as a moderator to introduce speakers and distribute evaluations. Volunteer forms need to be in by Friday, April 22. A one-hour training session will be held for all volunteers.

Chair Tracy Little says, "Being involved in I-Group, volunteering on In-Service Day, or presenting your expertise are great, unique ways to experience and fulfill human capacity development requirements while networking with colleagues from all over campus."

The Call for Presentations, Outside Presenter, Volunteer, and I-Group Membership forms are all available on the In-Service website at If you have any questions, call the I-Group committee members listed below:

Tracy Little, Chair, Ext. 5739
John Aldergate, Logistics & Web Site Coordinator, Ext. 5519
Mary Insabella, Programming Coordinator, Ext. 5207
Brenna Michelis, Volunteer and Evaluation Coordinator, Ext. 5265
Tracy Koski, Volunteer and Evaluation Coordinator, Ext. 5266
Susan Humphrey, Website Coordinator, Ext. 5350

2004 Service Award recipients posted on website

The names of eligible employees (as of December 31, 2004) to be recognized for 2004 Service Awards at the May 6 In-Service has been posted on the In-Service website at

If you believe you should be on the list to receive a Service Award and you do not see your name, please email Shah Hasan , director of Human Capacity Development, at If your name is on the list on the website, please check the spelling of your name and email any corrections to Hasan. If your name is spelled correctly, you do not need to contact the Human Capacity Development office.   

You are invited to star in a movie!

Once again it's time to spotlight those individuals who have reached a career milestone at Columbus State.  Everyone eligible for a Service Award for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years of service through 2004 is invited to schedule a personal interview to be shown during Spring In-Service, May 6.

Please sign up for a 15-minute videotaping session in the ERC TV Studio between 8:00am and 3:00pm on one of the following days: Tuesday, April 5; Wednesday, April 6; or Thursday, April 7.  Call Nick Cenci at extension 2497 as soon as possible to arrange your time. 

Folk musicians gather on Tuesday evenings

 If you sing or play an acoustic instrument (guitar, dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, bass) and are interested in getting together with fellow musicians, you're invited to the Gathering of Folk Musicians on Tuesday nights from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the music rehearsal room, TL 123.  The first session is Tuesday, April 5.  If you have any questions, contact Gordon Franklin at extension 5046 or by email

Operation Feed campaign to begin

Staff Advisory Council's six-week Operation Feed campaign will begin April 4. This year's goal is to collect 1,000 meals. A one-pound can of food is counted as one meal and a $1.00 donation equals two meals.

Drop boxes are located in the ERC, Madison Hall and the Bookstore. SAC will also have special locations for donations set up on In-Service Day May 6 and during the Annual Spring Fling to be held Thursday, May 12.  

For more information about Staff Advisory Council or Operation Feed, please visit the SAC website at or contact your representative.

Travel and reimbursement policy change forums scheduled

Effective April 18, a new travel and reimbursement policy will be implemented. The travel office is hosting several open forums to discuss the changes. All Columbus State employees who travel and/or request reimbursement should attend.   For more information, contact Brad Farmer at ext. 2641, or Betty Sugar at ext. 2421. The forums will be held on the following dates:

                        Thursday, March 31 , 2 - 3:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Friday, April 1 , 9 - 10:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Tuesday, April 5 , 2- 3:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Thursday, April 7 , 9 - 10:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Monday, April 11 , 3 - 4:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D

                        Wednesday, April 13 , 10 -11:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar Room D