Thursday, September 25, 2008

students on the first day of the quarterFall FlurryWith Autumn Quarter enrollment topping 24,000 students, (24,615 on the first day of classes), campus was bustling with activity September 24. Beautiful fall weather and lots of excitement about back-to-school activities even softened the inevitable first-day parking crunch for most new students!

Campus police to be more visible

Sean Asbury, Andy Jarvi
Sean Asbury, left, and Andy Jarvi

Expect Columbus State’s police officers to become even more visible and to keep improving their training, says the college’s new Chief of Police, Sean Asbury. And the campus can expect to see a heightened emphasis on emergency preparedness for those occasions when the unexpected occurs on campus or at a site.

The Department of Public Safety is dividing the campus into districts, and assigning each one a team of dedicated officers, says Asbury. That way, students and faculty will get to know the officers patrolling their area—and they’ll feel more comfortable reporting possible problems.

The department also hired an emergency management coordinator, Andy Jarvi, to further help the college prepare for any eventuality. If the college faces a gas leak, a fire, the eruption of an electrical transformer, or another unexpected emergency, the campus community needs to know how to respond.

“It’s really all about providing access and service,” Asbury says, “being able to give people a hand, and get them where they want to go.”

And if that’s not enough visibility, Public Safety is getting a more prominent location. The Department of Public Safety will move to the old bookstore space in Delaware Hall next year. (The department is on the ground floor of Union Hall now.)

Columbus State is served by 21 police officers, nine dispatchers and four safety and security specialists (those are the redshirts). All certified police officers received extra training, especially in preparation to carry firearms.

Asbury started in May as Columbus State’s chief of police, after 14 years on the force in Riverside, and he’s hit the ground running. He brings a commitment to community policing, the philosophy that police need to be as visible in their communities as possible and solve issues before they become problems. Officers on our campus have enforcement tools that municipal officers do not have, including the student code of conduct and human resources processes.

Asbury started his career as a college police officer, and he relished the chance to get back to it. Policing a college is less about catching bad guys and more about service, Asbury says.

“It’s really all about providing access and service,” Asbury says, “being able to give people a hand, and get them where they want to go.”

Forums offered on new pay stubs, furlough policyThe Human Resources Department will host two forums in October to discuss the new look of the electronic pay stubs and a new policy on Furlough that the Board of Trustees will be considering. Human Resources invites you to come and see and understand the new look of your pay stubs and to learn how the new policy may affect you. Both items will be addressed in each forum.

Wednesday, October 1          2:30-3:30 p.m., NH 223
Thursday, October 2             9-10 a.m., NH 013


In- Service Day coming, volunteers, proposals neededFall In-Service Day will be held Wednesday, October 29, on campus, and the deadline for submitting a proposal for presentation is October 3. The theme is “Celebrate What We Do Best.” If you would like to present at Fall In-Service Day, please email your form to The form can be downloaded from the In-Service Day Web site

Or join a great team and volunteer for In-Service Day! Volunteers typically help with set-up and break-out sessions following the morning program. This is a short- term commitment. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Tracy Koski.


Rashid to attend Leadership Academy

Timeka Rashid
Timeka Rashid

Director of Student Activities and Athletics Timeka Rashid has been accepted into the African-American Leadership Academy, a joint project of the United Way of Central Ohio Key Club and Academy for Leadership and Governance. The academy prepares African American leaders of tomorrow for leadership positions throughout central Ohio. Rashid will represent the higher education segment—there will be 13 participants in the academy.

The program offers training and development to aspiring young professionals (age 25-45) who demonstrate potential for top leadership in their business and in civic life. The African-American Leadership Academy is governed by an advisory board made up of representatives from the two sponsoring organizations. The advisory board, together with community leaders, nominates individuals from nonprofit, government and for-profit organizations. These candidates are invited to apply to the program, which is limited to 12 people per session and is free to participants. To find out more about this program, visit The Academy for Leadership & Governance.

Additional information for past stories:
Dig up your Roots: The story in Monday’s issue about Family History Day, October 4, at the Main Library should be clarified to say the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, 96 S. Grant Avenue. 

Courtesy phones on campus: The article listing the new courtesy phones installed on campus should include one additional location in the ERC on the ground floor.

New faculty attend orientation for Fall QuarterNew faculty
New fulltime faculty at Columbus State attended a three-day orientation to the college during the summer quarter break to get ready to begin their new jobs. They are, seated, from left: Patrick Kenney, Integrated Media and Technology; Jorge Vallejos, Computer Information Technology; Don Bruce, Communication Skills; Shannon Bookout, Accounting; Amy DiBlasi, Business Office Applications; and Gerald Eichler, Interpreting/ ASL Education. Standing, from left, are: Stephen Timmons, Humanities;
Melissa Logue, Modern Languages; Steven Logan, Communication Skills; Rodger Stinson, Nuclear Medicine; Don Laubenthal, Sport and Exercise Science; and Roger McGlaughlin, Off Campus Programs, Dental Laboratory.

Fall Wellness Activities coming up!Wellness logoSeveral wellness activities are coming up Fall Quarter.  First is the “Making Strides against Breast Cancer” walk, which will be held Sunday, October 5, beginning and ending at COSI. 

Then, the Wellness Body Challenge IV will kick off on October 6. Organize your teams of 10 people now, in order to compete for prizes by completing wellness activities.

Finally, free flu shots will be provided at the Fall In-Service Day on October 29. For information on these or any other wellness activities, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.

The activities are sponsored by the CSCC Wellness Initiative.

53rd Annual Columbus International Festival wants you!international flagsThe 53rd Annual Columbus International Festival is one of Columbus’ premier events, representing more than 80 countries with nearly 200 exhibitors. Up to 15,000 attendees enjoy entertainment and education in a multicultural experience unmatched in the Greater Columbus area.

The festival, hosted by the United Nations Association USA Columbus Chapter, is themed “Working Together We Can Reach the United Nations Millennium Goals.” The festival is held at Franklin County Veterans Memorial. Hours will be November 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and November 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As a completely volunteer organization, UNA-USA Columbus can use much help at the festival. Volunteers work a 2-3 hour shift, working with families and individuals. Volunteers receive free admission to the festival and have the opportunity to network with international businesses.

Volunteers are needed in all areas, including the UNA booth, education and children’s activities, and ticket-selling. For more information call Renee Hampton, director TRIO Programs/special assistant to the Provost for Diversity, at ext. 5707,