January 12, 2006

Columbus State enrollment continues to rise

Preliminary winter quarter enrollment is up 5 percent over winter quarter 2005. As of January 10, total registration was 21,541--1,031 more students than the winter 2005 total of 20,510.

On January 9, the second de-registration for non-payment of tuition took place. The process took 19 minutes to run, followed by re-billing of students, which took 22 minutes. A total of 413 students were dropped, representing 1.9 percent of the 21,753 total registrants as of January 8.

As of January 10, the total number of paid students (21,418) stood 5.8 percent higher than at the same point in 2005 (20,240).

The final de-registration for non-payment will take place January 18.

If you'd like additional information on daily enrollment numbers for winter quarter, go to http://intranet.cscc.edu.

Online teaching course facilitated from a student's perspective

The second offering of the Introduction to Online Teaching course (ONF 100), January 30-March 10, is a totally online course developed for faculty. The course explores the core functions online instructors need to know in order to comfortably teach using the Blackboard course management system, in addition to introducing fundamental course design elements.

This course is structured as a traditional class, so participants experience the student side of distance learning. Due to the structure, participants will be expected to study, participate in class discussions, and complete assignments according to submission deadlines.

Facilitated by Trina Hurt, adjunct faculty in Communication Skills, the course, is recommended for faculty new to teaching online or those interested in learning how to teach online.

A basic understanding of how to navigate, add content, and use various tools on Blackboard is useful for the course.

The course is free for all current Columbus State faculty but is limited to 25 participants.

To register, visit:

If you have questions, contact Trina Hurt at ext. 2531 or thurt@cscc.edu.


Book Club open to first 20 to sign up for discussion of Stewardship

Replacing self interest, dependency, and control in the workplace with service, responsibility, and partnership is at the heart of Peter Block's Stewardship , the latest selection for Val's Book Club.

From the founding partner of the training firm Designed Learning Inc. and the author of bestselling books The Empowered Manager and Flawless Consulting , Stewardship incorporates ways for democracy to thrive in the workplace, productivity to increase, and service and accountability to have meaning.

Robert D. Haas, Chairman and CEO of Levi Strauss & Co. says, " Stewardship provides clear and practical guidance for individuals and institutions seeking to make meaningful change in their management beliefs and behaviors. It has been valuable in reshaping my thinking for the tasks of leading our organization into the future."

The Library Journal says it provides "an original and profound new view on running organizations...Block has heard an as-yet-unknown muse and conceived the organizational structure of the 21 st century."

The winter session of the president's book club will meet Wednesday, March 8, at noon in Nestor Hall Seminar Room C. To sign up and pick up your copy of the book, contact Vickie Hunter in Institutional Advancement, at vhunter@cscc.edu . Enrollment is limited to the first 20 participants.


Kathy Weiss
Administrative Assistant, Business and Administrative Services

When did you start at Columbus State, and what jobs have you held over the years?

In 1984 I began as a secretary in Basic Skills working for Lee Willis. I also served as executive secretary to the vice president for Development and have spent the past 20 years working for the vice president for Business and Administrative Services.

What is your fondest memory of Columbus State?

I really enjoyed all the classes I took here and the time I spent as a student.   My fondest memories are of my coworkers, the students and instructors that I met along the way.

What will you miss most?

I will miss the many wonderful people I have worked with over the years.
I will miss my daily walks around the beautiful campus grounds.
I will miss helping students achieve their goals and gain knowledge and education so that they can make a difference in the world.

What will you do with your spare time in retirement?

What spare time?   I will spend more time with family, volunteer with animal organizations, go on pet visits to nursing homes, read, garden, bike ride, and walk my dogs.

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

I have been very fortunate to have known and worked with so many terrific people over the years. Columbus State has been like family. I have learned a lot about myself from everyone here. I wish you all well on your journey.


Ed Busher's going away party tomorrow

Ed Busher, administrator for Distance Learning and Instructional Technology, is leaving the college to become a dean at Clark State Community College.

If you'd like to bid farewell to him, join the Teaching Learning Resource Center staff on Friday, January 13, from 1-3 p.m. in the TLRC, Davidson Hall 241.

If you have questions, contact Suzanne Patzer at ext. 5748.

College congratulates three graduates

Congratulations to three Columbus State employees--Mary Galentine, Kim Sherman, and Shelley Sills--for earning their degrees at the fall graduation ceremony of Franklin University held January 8.

Mary Galentine, accountant in Business Affairs, earned a Master of Business Administration.

Kim Sherman, accountant II in Business Affairs, earned a Master of Business Administration, with a focus on applied leadership.

Shelley Sills, specialist in Physical Plant, earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Leeman exhibits Vermont landscapes; Pope displays sculpture in ERC

Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty in Humanities, is exhibiting a series of oil paintings of Vermont landscapes at the Concourse Gallery in Upper Arlington. The show, "Landscape," runs through January 25 and also includes art by Rick Akers, Debra Dawson, Rachel Stern, Michael Hoza, Edwin Shuttleworth III, and Betsy Arvidson.

The gallery is located at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

Anyone interested in discussing the art is welcome to attend "Artspeak," a conversation with the exhibiting artists on January 18 from 12-1 p.m.

In other art news, the Educational Resource Center's art gallery has artist Thomas Pope's sculpture The Subject of History on display through the end of January.

Staff Employee of the Month Committee seeks nominations

The Staff Employee of the Month Committee wants to remind everyone of the importance of recognizing staff members who make our lives a bit easier, go the extra mile for a student, or excel as team players.

The benefit of winning Staff Employee of the Month does not end with the $100 monetary reward, the parking spot or Bookstore certificate, or the presentation from President Moeller. The intangible benefit is the recognition the winner's department receives. The excellence of a coworker is a department morale booster and gives the rest of the college a look into the great work being done in your area.  

Nominating that special staff member is quick and easy. Go to http://www.cscc.edu/sac/staffemp.htm to print the nomination form, read the details on how winners are selected, or to view former winners.

If you have questions, contact any one of the following committee members:

  • Tracy Kemp, Educational Resource Center, ext. 2460,
  • Michele Arnold, Human Resources, ext. 5213,
  • Patricia Fabrisi, Enrollment Services, ext. 5513,
  • Trish Jenkins, Information Technology, ext. 3856, or
  • Shelley Sills, Physical Plant, ext. 5444.

Flexible Spending Account debit cards coming

Full-time employees participating in either the Health Care Reimbursement Account or the Dependent Care Reimbursement Account with USI Midwest/Cross & Associates should receive their mySourceCard debit card by the end of January.  

An e-mail notification will be sent to let you know your mySourceCard has been created and will be mailed to the home address provided on your enrollment form. Once you receive the e-mail, it will take up to 10 days for delivery of your debit card.

When you receive your card(s), please read the card holder agreement, sign the back of the card and go online to http://www.myrsc.com to activate your card. Do not discard your new mySourceCard debit card.

To see an image of your mySourceCard and learn more about its benefits visit www.mySourceCard.com.  

If you have incurred eligible expenses prior to receiving your debit card, you need to complete and submit a Reimbursement Claim Form to USI Midwest/Cross & Associates for reimbursement. The Reimbursement Claim Form was included in your enrollment packet or can be obtained in the Human Resources lobby.

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

Payroll updating personal leave and 2006 tax information

The Payroll Team is currently processing 2005 Personal Leave forms that were due on January 6. If you have not turned in your form, submit it to Payroll as soon as possible.   

Personal Leave for 2006 took effect on January 1. Due to the transition of old leave and new leave, the new eligible Personal Leave will not be added until February 2006. Hours left over from 2005, up to 16 hours total, will be paid on January 31.

If you have moved and need to change your address or school district for 2006 tax purposes, you must complete a new Form IT-4 and send it to the Human Resources/Payroll Department, located in Rhodes Hall, lower level.

Human Resources office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you have questions, contact Payroll at ext. 5617, 5791 or 2422.   

New Bookstore Roar available

The new Bookstore Roar is now published and includes information on the bookstore hours, copy center services, and the Discovery Exchange opening fall quarter. To view the new Roar, click on the link in sidebar on the left.

CSO Pops discount available for Broadway Divas

The Columbus Symphony Orchestra is offering Columbus State employees a $10 discount off this weekend's CSO Pops Series Broadway Divas . The program features Debbie Gravitte, Christiane Noll, and Jan Horvath, with Peter Stafford Wilson conducting.

Debbie Gravitte received a Tony Award for her performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway . Christiane Noll made her Broadway debut starring in Jekyll & Hyde . Jan Horvath was an original Broadway member of The Phantom of the Opera and sang the leading role in the national tour of Cats .

Broadway Divas will be performed Friday, January 13 and Saturday, January 14 at the Ohio Theatre. Both performances begin at 8 p.m.

Call the CSO at 228-8600 and mention code BWD-P3 to receive $10 off regular-priced tickets. The offer excludes rear balcony seating and is not valid with previously purchased tickets or in combination with any other offer or discount.

Earned Income Tax Credit services available

The United Way, Columbus Public Schools, the IRS, the Association of Government Accountants, local unions and community businesses are offering a free tax preparation service to help low to moderate income families receive the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The service will occur at Northland and West high schools on January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The United Way of Central Ohio estimates there are 15,000 families in Franklin County that are entitled to this credit but have not applied for it.

The Earned Income Tax Credit could pay up to $4,400 if:

  • your earned income is less than $35,263 with two or more qualifying children,
  • your earned income is less than $31,030 with one qualifying child, or
  • your earned income is less than $11,750 with no qualifying children.

Married couples filing jointly should add $2,000 to the above totals.

To schedule an appointment for free tax preparation at Northland or West high school, call United Way of Central Ohio at 227-2744.