Monday, January 28, 2008

Black History Month activities planned

photo of Bakari Kitwana
Bakari Kitwana

February is Black History Month, and the office of Diversity, Study Abroad and TRIO Programs has some special events planned, beginning Feb. 7.

The first event will be a Screen ’n’ Speak film and discussion session about the movie “Brother to Brother.”  Students, faculty and staff are invited to view the film and participate in a discussion on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. in the ERC television studio on the lower level.

The second event will be a presentation by Bakari Kitwana, executive director of Rap Sessions and an activist in the hip hop community. He will speak about “Hip Hop: from Cultural Movement to Political Power” at 11 a.m. Feb. 12 in the Center for Workforce Development Ballroom. A panel discussion will follow. 

Alvin Jackson
Dr. Alvin Jackson

The “Poets in Black” open poetry reading will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the ERC television studio. All are welcome to attend and participate.

The final presentation for Black History Month will be Feb. 21 when Dr. Alvin Jackson, director of the Ohio Department of Health will speak on “The Voice of Leadership.” The lecture will be held at 11 a.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Room 435.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Bakari Kitwana, go to

Wellness logoWellness group presents COPD exercise lectureThe Columbus State Wellness Committee will present “Exercise with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” on Wednesday, January 30, at 12:15 p.m. in the Discovery Exchange conference room (DX306). This presentation will provide valuable information for anyone who struggles with pulmonary disease but wants to start an exercise program. Bring a friend, enjoy the presentation, and receive a gift bag! RSVP to Don Laubenthal to or ext. 3627.


Christopher’s reopens Jan. 31kiwi dessertChristopher's, the Hospitality Management student-run dining experience, will be opening for its Winter Quarter run on Thursday, January 31. Christopher’s will be operating every Thursday for a seven-week period from 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. in Eibling Hall, Room 005. This is part of laboratory course work for our Foodservice and Dietetic students to gain practical experience in preparation and service in a real-world atmosphere. Plan on meeting your friends and colleagues for a casual, inexpensive lunch at Christopher’s! You can check out Thursday’s menu here.

Columbus State point guard is Player of the Week

Cyrus Smith
Cyrus Smith

The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) named Columbus State point guard Cyrus Smith the Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

In a win against Edison Community College (Piqua) Jan. 16, Smith scored 15 points, had 7 rebounds and 7 assists while committing only one turnover. Smith then scored 11 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 0 turnovers in a win over Clark State Community College (Springfield) on Jan. 19.




OLN offers to “TeachU”Teach U logoThe Ohio Learning Network will offer a series of webinars starting in February designed especially for faculty. “TeachU” seminars are once a month, one-hour long, and oriented toward “how to.” Sessions are informative, practical and save time. Facilitators focus on student success, integrating learning and technology and now are eager to share their knowledge and resources. To participate you need only your computer (OS: Windows, Mac or Unix), 512 MB RAM, a Web browser, 56/kbs or faster Internet connection, and sound card with speakers and microphone (headset with mic is better).

Upcoming webinars in the 2008 are:
February 14  at 1 p.m.: Reverse Benefits: Teaching Online Improves Face-to-Face Teaching
March 20 at 2 p.m.: Making Sense of Web-based Student Services
April 24 at 11 a.m.: Blogs and Wikis in an Integrated Curriculum
May 29 at 11 a.m.: Creating Hybrid Courses (This session will be taught by Columbus State faculty members Sharon Barnewell, Ingrid Emch, Antoinette Perkins and Judith Anderson.)

For more information and to register visit the TeachU site.

Colleague quality assurance program to provide access, training As mentioned in a previous article in Update,  the new Colleague quality assurance program is designed to coordinate quality assurance programming for Colleague through Human Resources, provide access to Colleague and other technology such as e-mail and telephone when a new employee arrives for the first day of work, and provide competency-based training related to those functions in Colleague an employee needs to know to do his or her job. The purpose of this article is to explain the roles of three key “players” in this program: the program coordinator, module custodians, and the trainers.

The Coordinator of Training, India Ashley, Human Resources, is responsible for ensuring that new employees receive the training and access to Colleague, GroupWise, the network and phone system when they begin employment at the college. The coordinator is also responsible for working with Colleague custodians and trainers to deliver training to new and existing employees based on their job requirements.  This includes:

  • Organizing and revising general curriculum, through input from trainers and module custodians.
  • Keeping track of new employees and offering introductory training for all new hires on a regular basis.
  • Coordinating the maintenance of the Colleague training Web site including registration pages, manuals and attendance.
  • Coordinating with module custodians the maintenance of training manuals and materials.
  • Developing and maintaining an employee training “transcript” using the Colleague training Web site as the tool.
  • Forecasting future training needs through continuing needs assessment.
  • Coordinating the scheduling of trainers and courses for training.

Module custodians coordinate the efforts toward a specific module within Colleague. The main focus of this role is to serve as the module advocate and liaison with other Colleague module custodians. Because of the size and complexity of certain modules, some will have a team of custodians to fulfill these responsibilities. Some key duties include:

  • Developing and overseeing training plans and materials for modules.
  • Determining competencies required to grant a particular security access.
  • Providing assistance to the Coordinator of Training in HR regarding assessment and future training needs.
  • Coordinating security access within modules.
  • Contacting the Coordinator of Training with any changes in training materials and security classes.

Colleague trainers for each module are identified and supported by their respective supervisors to provide this service as part of their normal work duties. Trainers will:

  • Be available at the beginning and middle of each month to conduct training of new and existing employees.
  • Verify completion of training by new and existing employees using the Colleague training Web site.
  • Notify the Coordinator of Training, appropriate supervisors, and Colleague module custodians of completion of training to validate security access.
  • Provide input into training materials to respective module custodians.
  • Keep current and proficient in skills associated with training duties through periodic review of competencies.

Watch for more updates, including use of the training Web site and a review of benefits to employees and supervisors.

If you have questions about module custodians or trainers, please contact India Ashley, Human Capacity Development Program Coordinator at ext. 5297.