Thursday, November 1, 2007

New version of college’s software to be installed over week of ThanksgivingColleague Version 18 goes live November 26Columbus State is currently in the final stages of moving to the newest version of Colleague. The migration to Release 18 will require an extended outage starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, through 8 a.m. Monday, November 26.  

The new release of Colleague Version 18 will not change how you currently use Colleague.

Impacted systems include Colleague, CougarWeb, Degree Audit and the CATS registration system. Blackboard will not be affected.

The new release of Colleague Version 18 will not change how you currently use Colleague. A number of functional experts representing each business unit are currently testing the screens, reports, and processes within an R18 test environment to ensure that no problems will arise once the migration is completed.

The R18 testing team consists of Jaimie Allen and Annetta Keller from Business Services, Tori Sims from Financial Aid, Elizabeth Yount and Bryan Wills from Records and Registration, Tari Blaney and Patricia Fabrisi from Admissions, Candice Spangler, Ellen Brooks, Teresa Kackley and Michele Arnold from Curriculum Management, Lou Ann Carman, Becky Ribble and Missy Graham from Human Resources, and Brian Seeger from Knowledge Resources and Planning.

The Information Technology (IT) team will be on site throughout the Thanksgiving Day weekend to perform the upgrade.

image of sign with Columbus statue dancingNew partnership increases visibility with young marketRespond now for free tickets to tonight’s Eddie Money concert
Beginning today, Columbus State is launching a new partnership with PromoWest Productions to increase the college’s visibility among 16-34-year-olds. The partnership is also shaking up the college’s image and tagline.

Several new Columbus State signs—up to 10 feet by 6 feet in size—at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, Newport Music Hall, The Basement, and The House of Crave will feature a dancing Christopher Columbus, colorful backgrounds, and the slogan, “Education that Rocks,” (a play on the college tagline, “Education that Works”).

The artwork was created by Institutional Advancement’s Giselle White and Paul Rehg.

“We have some very talented designers on our staff who created signs that grab your attention and are extremely appropriate for the PromoWest venues. The vast majority of their shows appeal to a young audience,” says Will Kopp, VP of Institutional Advancement.

Kopp says the “Education that Rocks” tagline will be used only at the PromoWest venues.

As part of the sponsorship, the college will also have a number of tickets to PromoWest concerts, which will be given to students through a variety of promotions.

The first concert under the new partnership is tonight’s Eddie Money show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, and 12 free tickets are being made available to Columbus State employees. The first six Columbus State faculty or staff who respond to will each receive two free tickets.

Who and what is a Native American?Native American LogoGuy W. Jones, Hunkpapa Lakota, will be on campus Wednesday, November 7, in Franklin Hall room 104 from 3–4 p.m. to speak about what it means to be a Native American and to address the stereotypes faced by the American Indian community.

A full-blood member of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, Jones is coauthor of “Lessons from Turtle Island,” and he is one of the founders and current president of the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans.

For more information, contact Kimberly Brazwell, Coordinator of Diversity and Study Abroad, at, ext. 2426.

photo of Clint Friedley
Clint Friedley

Visiting Authors Series presents author of “Dumb Things We Write”The Columbus State's Visiting Authors Workshop program welcomes Clint Friedley, author of “101 Dumb Things We Write,” and “I Feel Badly and I Enjoyed Myself,” Saturday, November 10, from 2–4:30 p.m. in NH Seminar Room D. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Friedley is a grammarian as well as a professional speaker and seminar presenter. His two books are widely used in high schools and businesses as guides to good English.


ERC announces new gallery exhibition, “African Mythology”  The Educational Resources Center (ERC) is hosting a new gallery exhibition, “African Mythology,” featuring the artwork of Abdul H. Rashid

photo of art galleryOriginally from Flint, Mich., Rashid says “I started drawing before learning how to walk really. From what my father conveyed to me, at the age of two, I began drawing figures on paper. From there I was encouraged to expand on my art and concentrated on fine art projects and large presentational pieces. At the age of eight, I was exposed to comic books and became fascinated by the idea of mythology of the characters and history of the world projected on those pages.”

Rashid said while he was an undergraduate at the College of Wooster, he read about superstitions and mythologies, “to get a better understanding of the world’s cultures and similarities in the things that ‘go bump in the night.’”

The exhibition will be on display in the Art Gallery North area of ERC located on Level 1 of Columbus Hall through November.

Hartley passes the BarMarissa Hartley, Labor and Human Resource Advisor in Human Resources, recently passed the Ohio Bar exam. Hartley began her full-time employment with Columbus State on August 1 after sitting for the July Bar exam. She has a B.S. in business economics from the University of Dayton and received her J.D. in May 2007 from Capital University Law School. Prior to coming to Columbus State and throughout law school, Hartley worked as a legal intern for the Ohio Office of Collective Bargaining. She plans to specialize in labor relations. 

Cougar Volleyball team finishes regular season, earns awards

Coach Nichols Michelle Hammond Amanda Warrick Mariah Alford
Scott Nichols
Michelle Hammond
Amanda Warrick
Mariah Alford

With the regular season completed, the Cougar women’s volleyball team will travel to the Region 12 Tournament this weekend at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. The team finished the regular season at 27–10 and is seeded fourth in the regional tournament.

Head volleyball coach Scott Nichols was named the Ohio Community College Athletic Association (OCCAC) 2007 Volleyball Co-Coach of the Year. Michelle Hammond and Amanda Warrick were named to the OCCAC All-Conference Volleyball Team, and Mariah Alford was named to the OCCAC Honorable Mention Team. Hammond also was recently named National Setter of the Week by the NJCAA Div. II, as well as Conference Player of the Week in OCCAA Div. II.

In the first game of the tournament on Friday, the team will take on third-seeded Schoolcraft Community College. Good luck to the Cougars!

Helpful hints about MRSACheck out the November issue of “Taking Control” an employee benefit newsletter, for more information on protecting yourself from MRSA staph bacteria infections.

In-service session on November 5 for nursing license renewal Jan Lanier, Director of Health Policy at the Ohio Nurses Association will speak to the 7th-quarter student nurses on Monday, November 5, from 1- 2 p.m. The content in this in-service will meet the mandatory law requirement for nursing license renewal.