Thursday, January 10, 2008

“Positive person” impresses students

Riki Lawrence
Riki Lawrence

Riki Lawrence is always seeking to make a positive impact on her department, Advising Services, because she is a “positive person,” says nominator Patricia Pitcher. “Students will sit and wait to see her for advising, even when another advisor is available,” says Pitcher, “because she really listens to the students and gives compassionate responses.”

Lawrence was named January’s Staff Employee of the Month for her Columbus State spirit, teamwork and attitude on the job in the Advising Center.

Supervisor Ben Williams says Lawrence is “hard-working, caring and conscientious; a gifted communicator and collaborator, and very responsive to the students. She was instrumental in creating an Advising Resource Manual.  She also put great time, effort and energy into providing transfer planning assistance to ASC 190 students through web-based modules,” said Williams.

Lawrence has worked at Columbus State for five years after starting part time in the Compass Lab.  A move with her husband of 25 years, Bob, brought her to Columbus from Kentucky, where she worked at Thomas Moore College in Crestview Hills as Service Learning Coordinator.   She says she really enjoys the students at Columbus State, as they so diverse and different from the group at Thomas Moore College, a four-year Catholic university.  Her favorite part of her job advising them is to watch them grow, change and learn so much over the course of their degree, and to watch them graduate!

Governor announces appointments to Columbus State Board Governor Ted Strickland announced on Monday the following appointments to Columbus State’s Board of Trustees:

Poe TimmonsPoe Timmons, of Westerville, is currently the chief financial officer for the Dispatch Printing Company. She previously served as the senior vice president and chief financial officer for Tween Brands, Inc., from 2005-2006 and as the vice president of finance for the Safelite Group, Inc., from 1996-2005. Timmons received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982.



Richard OwensRichard Owens, of Powell, is the past president of Heidelberg College in Tiffin and West Liberty State College in West Virginia. He has also served as a history professor at both institutions – currently at West Liberty State College. In addition, Owens has held leadership roles at several other universities, including the University of Rio Grande. Owens received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in 1969 and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1988.



Debra Ploush-MooreDebra Plousha Moore, of Bexley, has served as the senior vice president for human resources and organizational development at OhioHealth since 2001. Moore was the associate dean of students for the University of Dayton from 1992-1996 and the university’s director of minority student affairs from 1986-1992. She received a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 1975 and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton in 1989.

Meet the CEWD Dean Candidates forums scheduled Candidates for the position of Dean of the Community Education and Workforce Development division (CEWD) will be on campus for public forums throughout January.  The forums will all be held in the Center for Workforce Development room 435, from 3-4:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, January 14- Denise Crews, MA, Cincinnati, Ohio
Friday, January 25 - Dr. Charles George, Cleveland, Ohio
Monday, January 28 – Dr. Carolyn Browning, Cedar Bluff, VA
Wednesday, January 30 – Dr. Anne Massaro, Columbus, Ohio

Come and meet the candidates for this important campus position.  Refreshments will be served.


Columbus State employees did it again!The Combined Charitable Giving Campaign, including Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, Earth Shares of Ohio, Community Health Charities, and United Way of Central Ohio, received donations totaling $24,301.16 which is a 35% increase from last year's campaign! Thank you to all Columbus State employees who donated to the 2007 campaign.


sculptureNew sculpture on display in the ERC The Educational Resources Center (ERC) is pleased to present the latest work of sculpture by artist Thomas Pope.  Titled, From the Harvest: Meadow Metro Burrito, the piece is made from “Parking Lot Yellow” lumber, bronze and decorator fabric.  According to the artist, the work “represents the catch-22 we all live by.  As the population increases along with the need for more living and shopping space, scenic land decreases.  Maybe it's all inevitable…another strip mall for our convenience.”   The work is on display in the main gallery of the ERC in Columbus Hall through the end of January.  



Hello, it’s Me…Todd Rundgren!Todd RundgrenColumbus State’s sponsorship with PromoWest Productions and the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion will take you back to the 70s with a concert by Todd Rundgren on Friday, January 18.  The first five employees to respond to will receive two tickets to the concert, which is general admission seating, doors opening at 7 p.m.

Only the winners will be contacted via email to pick up their tickets.  Please put “Todd Rundgren Tickets” in the subject line when entering to win.  Good luck!


photo of graduatesNew petition dates in place for prospective Winter Quarter graduatesThe Office of Records and Registration is busy getting the word out to students and their advisors that a new deadline for Petitions to Graduate has been established and will be adhered to.  Students who wish to graduate Winter Quarter (March 21) will be expected to submit their Petition to Graduate form by 4:30 p.m. January 18, in Madison Hall Room 101.  Please make sure your students understand this deadline! 


Board of Elections looking for poll workersThe Franklin County Board of Elections needs poll workers for the 2008 Primary Election on March 4. Training will be provided by the Board of Elections. Employees interested in training and working for the Board of Elections will be asked to use vacation time to do so.  If you are interested, please email Barbara Smith-Allen, no later than Friday, January 18.