March 7, 2005

Students to receive warning email before fees due

This quarter, for the first time, Columbus State will be notifying students by email if they have a balance due two days before the fee payment deadline (March 23).

This is part of a larger effort to provide speedier, more accurate information to students about various dates and deadlines.   The college is focusing on email as the timeliest source of communication.    

Faculty and staff who talk with students every day are asked to emphasize the importance of checking email sent to students' Cougar Mail accounts.   Approximately half of our students regularly check their Columbus State email accounts.

In order to educate students about their email accounts, posters and postcards will be used around campus and mailed to students' homes.  

Learn about spring de-registration at information sessions

A series of six information sessions detailing the process of Spring Quarter 2005 de-registration and fee payment will be held starting March 11. All employees who work with students during these critical periods of enrollment should plan to attend one session in order to learn about any changes or updates to the system and how to help students. Students are also invited to attend one of the sessions.   The sessions are being organized by the De-Registration Communication Subcommittee and will be held at the following times and locations:

March 11, 8-9:30 a.m., Union Hall 137
March 15, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar B
March 15, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Union Hall 137
March 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar B
March 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Nestor Hall Seminar C
March 18, 8-9:30 a.m., Nestor Hall Seminar B

Invest In Your Debt Workshop Offered on March 15

Invest in Your Debt is a workshop designed for individuals who want to live a debt-free, stress-free lifestyle leading to financial independence. Participants will learn some specific strategies that work for everyone.

The workshop will be led by Ray Goss of Invest In Your Debt (IYD Inc.), a leader in the field of financial education.

In the three-hour seminar, Goss says he uses a mathematic process that allows the typical family to calculate their own "debt freedom date" and provides the knowledge and tools they need to learn how to eliminate their consumer debt in one to three years and eliminate their 30-year mortgage in another four to five years, on average. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a list of debts with balances and monthly payments along with a calculator and during class develop a debt elimination plan that can be implemented immediately into their lifestyle.

The session will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and costs $46.   An optional textbook for $43 will be available from the instructor.   The session will be held at Columbus State's Goodale Center at the Electrical Trades Center, 947 Goodale Boulevard.

To sign up for the workshop or for more information contact the CEWD Central Registration Office at Ext. 5858, or Julie Maurer at Ext. 2576, .

The Power in Planning for Mid-life and Beyond seminar March 17 through April 21

For six weeks, Columbus State will help individuals 40 years of age and over learn what lies ahead, explore possibilities and plan for their future.

The Continuing Professional Education Department (CPE) will host "The Power in Planning for Mid-life and Beyond," providing individuals the opportunity to consider mid-life and retirement goals with the guidance and support of a caring professional.  

Individuals will chart a course of action toward accomplishing their goals, address adult development issues within a framework of personal growth, and work through individual and group exercises.   The seminar will be lead by Christina Butler, Ph.D., adult educator, retirement coach, owner of Over60learning, LLC, and Chair of the Older Learner Network of the Association for Continuing and Higher Education.

The sessions will be held Thursday nights, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., from March 17 through April 21 and cost $85 including text.   The sessions will be held at the Columbus State Goodale Center, 947 Goodale Boulevard.  

To sign up for the seminar or for more information, contact the CEWD Central Registration Office at Ext. 5858 or contact Julie Maurer at Ext. 2576 or .

Six-week course offered to new entrepreneurs

The Continuing Professional Education Department (CPE) is currently seeking early-stage entrepreneurs to participate in a new program offering called Capitalization 101: The Art & Science of Funding an Idea or Business.

Developed by Sable Lion Ventures and the Oho Small Business Development Council (SBDC) at Columbus State, Capitalization 101 provides in-depth instruction into the art and science of capitalizing a growth business from entrepreneurs and experts that will help entrepreneurs avoid the mistakes of many first-time fundraisers.  

Capitalization 101 is a six-week program being held every Thursday, April 7 - May 12, 7:45 - 10 a.m. at the Business Technology Center, 1275 Kinnear Rd.   The cost to participate is $100, which includes all course materials.

This is an invitation-only opportunity and is geared at early-stage entrepreneurs who are developing growth businesses and have not raised growth capital beyond friends and family. Space is limited.  

For more information about the program, contact Michael Bowers, at (614)225-6938 or .

Health Care Updates begin March 15

In order to update you on health care costs and new options that may be available beginning in July, the Human Resource Department and the Health Care Committee have planned a Health Care Update that will be held at four separate times:

Tuesday, March 15,
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D

Tuesday, March 15
2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D

Wednesday, March 16
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room D

Wednesday, March 16
5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall, Seminar Room B

Several issues will be discussed, including Columbus State's rate history, what drives health care premium costs, how we as individuals and as a college can affect health care rates, prescription drug coverage, and a review of some of the conceptual models of consumer plans researched by the Health Care Committee. Brian Gatch, Columbus State's health care consultant, will be on hand to answer questions about health care trends and issues.

Attending one of these forums will be important for understanding the state of health care and the options that will be available during open enrollment in May. If you cannot attend or if attendance exceeds seating capacity, Human Resources will schedule make-up sessions as necessary.

If you have questions, please contact Ann Page, program coordinator in Human Resources, at extension 2406.