Thursday, March 8, 2007

Women's Basketball head coach Randy Crites is
OCCAC Co-Coach of the Year.
Cougar basketball players, coach score conference honorsThe Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) has released the 2007 All-conference honors, naming Columbus State women's basketball Head Coach Randy Crites 2007 Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honors with Michael Llanas of Owens Community College. Sophomore guards Keyona Walls and Mika Marteina were named to the All-Conference Second Team, and freshman guard Nyesha Watson was named to the Honorable Mention Team.

On the Cougar men's basketball team, sophomore guard Marcus Butler was named to the All-Conference First Team, and sophomore guard Jadin Thomas earned Second Team honors. 



In-Service Day is April 27Mark your calendars for Friday, April 27 as Spring 2007 In-Service Day. This year's theme is Sustainability: Don't Just Survive--Thrive!   

The principle of sustainability considers society, the environment, and the economy to be interconnected and inseparable. Changes in one will affect the other two. We as individuals and Columbus State as an institution are a part of all three.  

The all-volunteer In-Service Day Committee invites you to submit presentation proposals. The categories for presentations are: Sustainability, Best Practices, and Service. Proposals for presentations are due on April 6. All submissions must be made electronically. For more information and the submission forms, please visit the In-Service Day Web site,


All new Employee Celebration announced The annual Employee Celebration will be held Friday, May 18, from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Made From Scratch banquet facility near Dublin. The theme for the all-new 2007 event will be "This Magic Moment," featuring a sit-down dinner, entertainment and dancing. The celebration committee is planning the event and hopes you will circle the date on your calendar. Members of the Employee Celebration Committee Mary Insabella, Ann Barth, Chana Miller and Nina Reese guarantee that the weather will be perfect at this year's indoor event!


Percent for Art sculpture nominated for Artistic Excellence AwardColumbus State has been nominated for a 2007 Artistic Excellence Award for the  Vault Percent for Art project by the Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC).

The GCAC staff nominates five organizations, events or accomplishments each year for the Artistic Excellence Award, which is presented at the annual Business Arts Partnership Awards luncheon. Each nominee must demonstrate risk, innovation and artistic excellence. The winner of the Artistic Excellence Award receives $10,000, presented at the Business Arts Partnership Awards luncheon, on April 17 at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium.

Vault is a multi-piece sculptural installation recently completed on campus by Michigan artist David Barr. The sculpture was funded by the Percent for Art program, which designates one percent of the cost of state-funded building projects for art.




Campus neighbor Cinderella's Closet helps teens attend promDid you know that hundreds of Columbus teens have a Fairy Godmother, and she lives next door, at 530 E. Spring Street?

Fairy Godmothers is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to "promoting the confidence and self-esteem of junior and senior high school women" Formal prom dresses are provided to students at no cost, giving the young ladies "the opportunity to establish memories and promote social development during this important milestone in a young girl's life."

Each spring Fairy Godmothers distributes prom gowns at Cinderella's Closet Boutique on Spring Street. The group doesn't charge the teens for the dresses and allows them to keep the outfits.

Volunteers work at Cinderella's Closet to ready hundreds of prom gowns for local teens.

Here's where you come in: Cinderella's Closet is seeking donations for prom season 2007. If you have gently used or new, trendy gowns, bridesmaid dresses, evening bags, jewelry and formal evening shoes in any sizes, Cinderella's Closet would love to have them. The group is taking donations through March 30, and donors will be provided with a tax receipt. For more information about Fairy Godmothers, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call (614) 799-9280. The boutique's Web site can be found at:



GroupWise Email Web access gets a new look and new features with Version 7New GroupWise Web access version 7 will become available for employees on Wednesday, March 14.

Enhancements to the new version include improved online calendar support, drag and drop feature, right click capabilities, more convenient icon arrangement, tabbed interface, and more. The new web interface matches the desktop client version more closely.

Extensive online training is available from the CSCC ITI by visiting Quick-start tip cards are also available for pick up at the Help Desk for your reference.


Popular home repair series to be offered again this springThe Transitional Workforce Department will again offer their series of Saturday home-repair courses entitled "What's in your Toolbox: a Guide to Basic Home Repair" starting March 31 with Basic Carpentry. The 11-course series includes courses on lawnmower tune-up, plumbing repair, drywall, ceramic tile, and roofing. The noncredit courses cost $50 each and include some basic tools with each course. Call CEWD registration at ext. 5858 to register or to get more information.


Spring Quarter Welcome Team forming ranksThe Welcome Team hopes you will consider joining other faculty, staff and students as we share class schedules, print parking passes, direct students to classrooms, troubleshoot issues, pop popcorn, and welcome our students back to Columbus State for the Spring 2007 quarter.

The Welcome Team in action fall quarter.

Any time you can share is greatly appreciated as it makes a significant difference for students. The tasks are simple, from basic Web navigation to disseminating information. The best part is you get to choose what you do and when.

As anticipated, Welcome Team Spring 2007 will be held both March 26 and 27 from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

This service has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State. Your time, patience and enthusiasm create an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all.

This quarter, the team will be offering assistance in the lobby of Madison Hall, Second Floor.

Please RSVP to Barbara Allen,, ext. 5526, with the times and days you are able to work. She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.

New degree program offered from Tiffin UniversityTiffin University now offers a "Fast Track" degree completion program for a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree with a major in Justice Administration on Columbus State's campus. The university also offers a Fast Track degree completion program for a Bachelor in Business Administration degree with a major in Organizational Management. The BA program is offered online. To learn more about Tiffin University programs go to or call Amy Wood at (614) 581-7255.