Thursday, July 20, 2006

A grand opening
The Center for Workforce Development officially opened today


Thomas focuses on students

Focusing on the needs of each student entering the Advising and Counseling office has earned Jessica Thomas, office associate in Advising and Counseling, Staff Employee of the Month for July.

She excels in her work, and she cares deeply about the students, her peers, and her role in the department and at the college. She approaches each student with a smile, really listens to them, treats them with respect, and helps them meet their specific needs, says her nominator, Mark Querry, program coordinator in Advising and Counseling Services.

"She typifies what this campus strives to be: student centered," says Querry. "Jessica is a true ambassador of our campus and represents servant leadership in her own way."

In addition to helping maintain the flow of the department's operations, she leads by example with a positive attitude, enthusiasm, and forges ahead despite daily obstacles. Thomas is also team player and has been instrumental in data collection and the department's Arts and Sciences pilot group, says her supervisor Ben Williams, director of Advising and Counseling.

"She does exceptional work and I appreciate all that she does," Williams says.


Allen earns master's degree

Laurie Allen

Laurie Allen, laboratory coordinator in Biological and Physical Sciences, earned a M.B.A. in May from Franklin University. She completed the Vantage M.B.A. program with an emphasis on leadership.

Since graduating, she has been featured in Franklin's promotional advertisements and on their Web site. To read Allen's spotlight, go to




SEOM Committee seeking more exemplary employees

Every month, the Staff Employee of the Month (SEOM) committee recognizes staff members for excellence over and above their job responsibilities. The committee can recognize these outstanding employees only with help from the rest of the campus.

If you know an exemplary employee who is making a difference at Columbus State, excelling as a team player, or striving to bring out the Columbus State spirit in others, the SEOM committee would love to hear from you.

To nominate your colleagues, go to, fill out the form, and return it to Human Resources.


College seeks input on prospective student system

Columbus State is currently looking at ways to better communicate with and provide service to prospective students. The college is seeking employee's input through completion of an online survey about what should be included in a prospective student system. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, and the results will be used to recommend improvements that meet the needs of our students and the college.

To take the survey, go to:

If you have questions about the survey, contact Don White, IT project and training coordinator, at ext. 5753 or Tari Blaney, director of Admissions, at ext. 5021. 


SAC exceeds goal for Operation Feed

For its annual Operation Feed Campaign in May, the Staff Advisory Council, with help from the campus, raised 2,185 meals. This year, SAC far exceeded its goal of collecting the equivalent of 1,000 meals through cans of food or cash donations.

The Mid-Ohio FoodBank that runs Operation Feed accepts donations throughout the year. If you'd like to donate to the organization, visit or call 614-274-7770.


Campus "hot" for summer celebration

Jamnesia heats up the afternoon during the annual Jazz in July performance on July 18.








Students and employees alike try to work off their hot dogs, ice cream, and funnel cakes while discovering new ways to become active and fit at the Wellness Fest.












Fall quarter just around the corner

It's hard to believe, but it's true. Registration for fall quarter begins Monday, July 24 at 12:01 a.m.

Due to the increased activity of students enrolling for next quarter, employees should be prepared for delays in using the Web. In order to make the registration process smoother for our students, please avoid using the Web on Monday, particularly at 9 a.m., one of the busiest times for the college.