August 18, 2005

Maureen Erney right on schedule for August Staff Employee of the Month

Dedicated, caring, hard-working, and dependable are just a few of the words used to describe the August Staff Employee of the Month Maureen Erney, Central Scheduling specialist.

Erney is a long-time employee, having worked for the college for more than twenty years.   Throughout her career at Columbus State, she has served as a work-study student in the President's Office, worked in the Financial Aid Office, and served as an office associate for Instructional Services.

Currently, as Central Scheduling specialist in Instructional Services, Erney is working hand-in-hand with IT to implement the online WebViewer portion of the Resource 25 scheduling system. Prior to WebViewer, which will provide a college events calendar and assist with scheduling requests for campus meeting space, she helped implement Resource 25 and Schedule 25 which provide scheduling of classrooms each quarter.

President Moeller said "Not many understand what goes on behind the scenes to make things run smoothly for the start of classes.   Scheduling rooms is an important component that must be done accurately."

According to her nominator Jennifer Snider, office associate in Instructional Services, "Maureen goes out of her way for employees and students, has shown that she is dedicated to the college and its mission, and has proven to be a hard-working employee."

As Central Scheduling Coordinator, Erney knows the importance of meeting deadlines, even if it means staying late and coming in early, particularly at the beginning of each quarter to schedule rooms for classes.   Maureen feels her primary goal is to serve the students of Columbus State and is more than willing to take on "other duties as assigned."

Outside her regular job duties, Erney is active in several campus committees including Shared Governance, the Shared Governance Fiscal Resources and Facilities committee, the Delaware Campus Committee and the Assignment of Facilities meetings.

According to her supervisor Jay Benedict, administrator of Curriculum Management, "Maureen is known throughout campus by administrators, faculty and students as a very generous person who will do anything for anyone on or off campus. She does an excellent job at everything she does."

At the August 17 ceremony, Erney was excited to receive her award.   Smiling, she said, "People have come and gone in my time at Columbus State, but I have continued to find working at the college a good challenge. My life has expanded tremendously since I began working here."





Billboard business

Ed Busher, administrator for Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, admires Columbus State's new billboard advertising distance learning courses. Registration for web-based courses is going very well for Fall Quarter, with 70 percent of the 361 sections already filled at the beginning of August.





Still time to volunteer for the tastiest job on campus!

Volunteers are still needed to make this year's fundraiser Taste The Future a success.  Food assistant and barback opportunities are available for the September 13 event.  If you are interested in helping out, email Nina Reese at  by tomorrow (August 19).

Training for all Taste the Future volunteers will be held September 1 from 1-3 p.m. in Eibling Hall 05.  To get you "in the mood for food," ice cream will be served as you receive your job description, assignment and a brief overview of the event.

Employee volunteers make
Taste the Future a success
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Ohio State College of Education Alumni Society names late president Nestor to Hall of Fame

Harold Nestor

The Ohio State University College of Education magazine Discovery recently profiled four new members to the College's Hall of Fame, including the late Harold M. Nestor, Ph.D., president of Columbus State from 1978 until his death in 1995.

The magazine wrote the following bio:

"Harold M. Nestor was a leader in developing the nation's community college structure, which has opened doors to higher education for countless individuals.

"He began in 1964 as an instructor at the Columbus Area Technician School, which had 67 students and held classes in the basement of Central High School. He left the corporate world to take the position at the school, which was so new he kept its records in the truck of his car.   The school was designated as the state-assisted Columbus Technical Institute in 1967.   Nestor was named president in 1978 and led CTI through its transition to the Columbus State Community College in 1987. He died unexpectedly in 1995.

"Nestor's goal was to give all students access to higher education, regardless of socioeconomic level, ethnicity or physical ability.   Nestor fostered the community college system in Ohio and nationwide, despite opposition from many directions.   He was determined to show that public education should remove barriers, expand minds and build the economy.   Throughout it all, he told everyone that he had never stopped being a teacher.  

"He received three degrees from the College of Education: a B.S. in 1960, and M.A. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in 1971."

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were Norman D. Anderson, a nationally recognized leader in science education from North Carolina State University; Robert M. Duncan, former justice of the Ohio Supreme Court and Ohio State trustee; and Anne Pruitt-Logan, a pioneer in diversity and equality for graduate students and a former Ohio State faculty member.

The College of Education and the alumni society inducts alumni and former faculty and administrators into the Hall of Fame every two years.   "The College of Education Alumni Society reserves induction for the most outstanding of our alumni and former faculty.   They serve as role models for educators who follow," said Mike Jolley, chair of the 2004-2005 alumni advisory board.

OSU signs transfer agreement for Columbus State business majors

Dean of Career and Technical Programs John Marr, Ph.D. recently completed a transfer agreement with the Ohio State University that will enable Columbus State students to transfer into the OSU College of Education or the Fisher School of Business to pursue degrees in education and enter careers teaching high school business courses. The agreement was signed by Marr, Donna Evans, dean of the College of Education, and Christopher Zirkle, OSU assistant professor of workforce education and development, who was instrumental in developing the agreement.