Thursday, April 19, 2007

It is a laughing matterThis year's Humor Workshop, "Balance in an Unbalanced World," will be held on Friday, May 11 from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the WD Conference Center. Proceeds benefit students in the MH/CD/MR Program. To date at least 36 students who have been financially challenged continued their pursuit of formal education.

This year the presenters include Humor Workshop favorites such as Steve Wilson and Jon Petz and first-timers Lenny Dave, Adrienne Edmondson, Kay Frances, Gail Hand and Marilyn Sprague-Smith. Learn new ways to promote good health, a positive work environment and the use of humor to balance our lives and, at the same time, support our students. For more information or to register, visit

"A Short History of British Travel" now at the ERCThis traveling travel exhibit includes many books and magazines dedicated to British rail, buses, and other modes of transportation spanning the 20th century. The materials in the exhibit are a non-circulating browsing collection. They may not be removed from the ERC, but travel buffs may wish to take a seat on our quiet study floor on level 2 of the ERC and read through some of these fascinating works. Interesting handouts are free for all attendees. The collection is located at the rear of level 1 of the ERC, opposite the Art Gallery North.

In-service Day speaker announcedTom Kimmerer, executive director of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, will speak on "Overcoming Barriers to Sustainability on Community Colleges."  As the executive director of AASHE, Dr. Kimmerer works with colleges and universities to promote sustainable practices and activities. Sustainability, as defined by AASHE, includes human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. To view the entire In-Service Day schedule, visit

Spring Fling, just a stone's throw away
This year's Spring Fling will be held on May 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. CD 101 will be on campus to provide giveaways and spin tunes. There will be free food, balloon and caricature artists, inflatables, and fun for everyone.   If your department would like a free display table for the event, contact Tracy Sowards in Student Activities at ext. 2674, by May 4.

Payroll due dates sent as reminderThe Payroll Department's goal every pay period is to make sure Columbus State employees receive accurate paychecks on time, according to Irene Bricker, Payroll coordinator. The department requests that employees be prompt about submitting leave request forms, payroll actions and time cards. Supervisors should submit those forms to the Human Resources Payroll Team in a timely manner. Dates by which these items are needed to ensure accurate compensation on the upcoming payroll appear in the chart below. The college pays employees on the 15th and the last day of each month. The dates below are also available in the Update calendar.

Timecards/Payroll Action Forms Due


April 16, 2007

April 30, 2007

May 1, 2007

May 15, 2007

May 16, 2007

May 31, 2007

June 1, 2007

June 15, 2007

June 18, 2007

June 29, 2007

July 2, 2007

July 13, 2007

July 16, 2007

July 31, 2007

August 1, 2007

August 15, 2007

If forms are not submitted by these dates, employees' paychecks may be short of what they are due, or a paycheck may be missed and will need to be paid on a subsequent payroll. Please note that special paychecks will be issued only in cases of "extreme hardship," a circumstance that will need the approval of the Cabinet member who oversees the division.