Monday, November 10, 2008

CougarNews editors hope to find new following for online newspaper

Photo of the editors
Cougar News Editor Vanessa Ross Mosier and Managing Editor Andy Vogel work on the latest news for their new online publication.

“Cougar News” editor Vanessa Ross Mosier and managing editor Andy Vogel didn’t have any ulterior motives when they both took on roles in publishing the student online newspaper,

They simply enjoy writing and reporting, and hope to get more experience with it while they finish their degrees and prepare to transfer to four-year universities. Both had taken Bob Stein’s journalism class at Columbus State and were intrigued by the prospect of working on the school newspaper.

Now they hope they can get a few more students on board to help out with the newspaper, especially designers and photographers who can help add a little flair to the publication. Stein serves as the newspaper’s faculty advisor and helps publish it to the Web.

“We know it’s important to have the paper updated and changed frequently to keep people’s attention,” said Mosier. “Good feature photos and news photos could really help with that, and we’d love to have some student photographers join us.”

The paper went online this fall to save money and become more flexible than publishing a weekly, newsprint issue.

“Using paper and ink and wasting extra papers are not very sustainable,” said Mosier.

Mosier is a graduate of Thomas Worthington High School, where she worked on the school newspaper. She plans to major in International Studies and complete her bachelor’s degree in Chicago. 

Vogel is a graduate of The Graham School, where he honed his journalism skills writing for “Melt” magazine, and where he earned the school’s English Award for his writing. He plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in special education. 

Goodbye to blue paper pay stubs!Your November 14 pay stub will be the last time you see it printed on blue paper.

In keeping with the college-wide sustainability effort, beginning with the November 26, payday, Columbus State employees will access their pay information through Cougar Web. The change will result in the following estimated annual savings of $8,800.

  • 60,000 sheets of paper 
  • 58,700 envelopes
  • 3,120 delivery envelopes
  • Folding/stuffing machine maintenance
  • Labor savings in HR


Other benefits of having the pay advices online include:

  • Available 24/7 online
  • Available for viewing the day before payday
  • May be printed
  • Available for prior periods
  • Employees will be able to see everything they are paid each pay period

Here’s how you will access your pay information on CougarWeb:

  • Select “CougarWeb” from the drop down menu on Columbus State’s home page.
  • Select “CougarWeb for Employees” and click the log in tab.
  • Log in with your Novell User ID and Password.
  • Select the “Pay Advice” link.
  • Select the pay advice you wish to view.
  • Maximize the pop-up window.
  • The information may be printed.

If you have any questions, or comments, please contact Becky Ribble at ext. 5791 or Treschelle Kendrick at ext. 5755 in the Payroll Department.


Woodwinds to play Nov. 18woodwinds graphicThe Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a free concert on Tuesday, November 18, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The 45-minute performance, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will trace 300 years of music history from Handel to contemporary composer Casey Mullen (who will be in the audience.)

Casey Mullen has a master’s degree in music composition from New York University. His undergraduate degree is from Miami University in Oxford. He composed his "Wind Quintet" especially for the Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble. This will be its first performance.

Other composers represented on the concert include Mozart, Beethoven, and American William Grant Still. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd.

Holiday budgeting subject of next “Lunch and Learn” Nov. 13Piggy bankWith the holidays just around the corner, take a few moments to join us on November 13 for a workshop on “How to Survive Holiday Spending.” Develop a gift-giving budget and share your own tips and ideas on how to have a great holiday season without putting yourself in debt. The group will meet at noon in WD 415.  Please contact Lou Ann Carman to reserve your space!


Join international students for Thanksgiving dinnercornucopiaYou are invited to join the International Student Enrollment Office in celebrating Thanksgiving.

The dinner will celebrate the holiday with international students and Columbus State staff and faculty on Tuesday, Nov. 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the WD Ballroom. Seating is limited, so please RVSP by November 17. You are welcome to bring guests at a cost of $15 per guest—children 3 years or younger are free. You are also welcome to sponsor the attendance of an international student at $15 each, so that we can expand our seating capacity for this event, if needed.

For more information or to RSVP to attend the dinner, contact Amy Burrell.

Lego League volunteers needed Dec. 13Lego blocks with globeIt’s that time of year again when Columbus State prepares to host the annual Columbus Regional FIRST LEGO League competition for middle school students.

FIRST has sent out a challenge to all teams to embark on an exploration of the earth's climate in the FLL 2008 Climate Connections Challenge. Teams will discover the links between science, people, resources and communities; unearth how we learn about past climates; and delve into questions surrounding our current and future climatic conditions.

The K-12 Initiatives Department needs your help with the event to make it the success that it has been for the past five years. On Saturday, December 13, from 8 a.m.–4 p.m., the college will host 24 teams made up of 300 middle school students and their parents, siblings, and teachers for a hands-on project-based learning competition. 

If you are interested in helping out, contact FLL Columbus Regional Program Coordinator Laurie Johns at ext.5998, or Claudia Fowler, ext. 5961, for more details.

New rules from USPS for creating bulk/non-profit mailingsThe U.S. Postal Service is getting ready to change their rules for nonprofit mailings.

In order to adhere to the new rules—which state that all bulk mail recipients’ addresses must be current—all bulk mailing lists must be sent to Eric Johnson in Office Services to be checked using special software. 

Once the lists have been run through the software for checking, your office may run the labels and create the mailing. If you have any questions about this new required step in bulk mailing, please contact Johnson at ext. 2568.

SantaBreakfast with Santa alumni event seeking sponsorsThe Alumni Association’s annual Breakfast with Santa event will be held Saturday, December 6, from 8:30–10:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria. The event is a fundraiser for the Alumni Association, and you are invited to attend for $9 per adult, $10 each for children. If you would like to sponsor a needy family, you are also invited to donate any amount to the Alumni Association for that purpose. The event features a breakfast, costumed holiday characters, holiday crafts for the kids, and of course—each child gets their photo taken with Santa Claus!


Real Estate Open House features lending presentationsThe Real Estate Technology will host an Information Open House and Career Night, Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 6–8 p.m. in the WD second floor lounge. Presentations will include “Predatory Lending—Don’t Be a Victim,” by James Cannon, Senior FHA Programs Specialist, and “Understanding Your Credit Score,” by Ginny Delaney, of the Credit Bureau of Columbus.

Also available will be information on Columbus State’s real estate, pre-licensing, appraisal, and home inspection classes, as well as the Franklin University transfer degree.

For more information, contact Trish Haaser  at ext. 5379.

AQIP Action Projects reviewedRecently the college submitted yearly reports to the AQIP/Higher Learning Commission for feedback from peer reviewers. According to the peer review teams, all action projects made substantial progress and were commended for their efforts.

The detailed peer review reports are posted on Columbus State’s AQIP Web site under each of the projects:
Improve Effectiveness of Employee Hiring and Retention AQIP/HLC Feedback
Transforming Learning through Assessment AQIP/HLC Feedback
Bridging Communication Gaps AQIP/HLC Feedback
Identifying Available Data Source AQIP/HLC Feedback