Thursday, September 4, 2008

cover of reportEnvironmental program recognized by National Wildlife FederationColumbus State was recently recognized in the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology report titled "Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education." 

The college was one of only 65 schools in the country recognized in the category of "Exemplary Schools for Having Recruiting Programs and Offering Interdisciplinary Degrees in Environmental or Sustainability Studies." 

For the past 14 years Columbus State has offered an Associate of Applied Science in Environmental Science, Safety and Health, and also offers a certificate in Sustainable Building, which includes courses in Architecture and Construction Management. If you would like to read more, the report can be found online.

Autumn 2008 to bring changes in drop for non-payment of fees Columbus State continues to improve enrollment procedures designed to increase student access and success. For Autumn Quarter 2008, there will be only two drop dates for non-payment of fees, rather than the previous three dates. Here are the details:

The first drop for non-payment of fees will be Saturday, September 20, at 12:01 a.m. The second drop will occur on Thursday, October 9, at 12:01 a.m.

Why two drop dates rather than three? During a typical autumn quarter, we initially drop more than 4,000 students for non-payment of fees. While the college recovers over 40 percent of these students through re-registration and payment of fees, we believe that percentage could be increased significantly if students who re-register after the initial drop would have more time to take care of paperwork associated with re-registration (instructor permission, financial aid processes, etc.). By eliminating the drop for non-payment that occurred after the first week of classes, we are giving students an extra week to take care of these matters.

Because we do not have to administratively manage a second drop for non-payment, which involves communication to students and significant staff effort, these resources can be redirected to strategies that will help students successfully complete their registration and fee payment.

How can you help?  

  • Be aware of, and inform students of the fee payment deadline (Friday, September 19, at 11:00 p.m.).
  • Encourage students to check their student e-mail accounts for important reminders about their enrollment.
  • Encourage students to use CougarWeb to check for their account balances.
  • If students are not planning to pay their fees, encourage them to drop their classes so others can register for them.
  • Be sure to remind students that removing the second drop for non-payment of fees does not impact the 100 percent tuition refund period or the financial aid freeze date. Both of these will remain Wednesday, October 1.

Questions?  Here are some answers to common questions about drop for non-payment.  

Fee Waiver forms due in HR by September 9Employee/Dependent fee waivers must be received in the Human Resources office by Tuesday, September 9, at 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that they are processed before late fees are assessed.

Blackboard scheduled for maintenance this weekendPlease advise your students that Blackboard will be undergoing maintenance this weekend and will be unavailable from 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6, until 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 7. The scheduled maintenance will not cause any changes to the Blackboard product.


map of motorcycle parking spacesNew campus parking for motorcycles, scootersAs gas prices soar, the Public Safety Department has noticed an increase in the number of students and employees riding motorcycles and scooters to campus. This increase warranted the addition of several new parking areas for these vehicles. Sean Asbury, Chief of Police, notes that the spaces have been added at all corners of campus to accommodate an even larger number of these vehicles when Autumn Quarter begins.

DX takes 1st place in merchandising contestDX displayService Wholesale, Inc., recently sponsored a Bic product merchandising contest, and the Discovery Exchange Bookstore at Columbus State won first place in the contest, receiving the Gold Medal award!

Congratulations to the following DX employees for creating a colorful and unique display:  Johanna Pierce, Marsha Logan, Dan Horton, Gabrielle Davis, Hodo Abdi, Sara Masty, Lauren Jacobs, and Ben Botte.


Diabetes Support Group meets Sept. 10There will be a Diabetes Support Group Meeting Wednesday, September 10, from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in the DX Conference Center, Room 306. Deane Cobler will present on the subject of medical record keeping.

Hampton, Ba named to United Nations Association Board, festival committee

Renee Hampton
Renee Hampton
Jean Claude Ba
Jean Claude Ba

Renée Hampton, director TRIO programs/ special assistant to the provost for diversity, and Jean Claude Ba, Ph.D., professor in Biological and Physical Sciences, have been named to the Columbus Chapter of the United Nations Association board of trustees, and will serve on the Columbus International Festival committee.

The International Festival is a multicultural event hosted by the Columbus Chapter of the United Nations Association, which will be held at Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad Street, on Saturday, November 8, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, November 9, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The primary focus of the festival is education and culture, with representation from more than 80 countries. The festival will include interactive educational activities for children and families, international entertainment, a professional health fair with free screenings, ethnic food and goods for purchase. The average annual attendance has been over 10,000.

Artist seeks drawing help for local art festivalStacy Leeman, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, is an artist who has participated in the annual Via Colori festival, which this year will be held September 13–14 at Goodale Park. 

pastelsIt is free to attend and opens at 10 a.m. on each day. On Saturday, it closes with a street party that runs until 11 p.m. On Sunday, it closes at 7 p.m. Leeman’s friend and fellow artist Hani Hara will be a featured artist this year at Via Colori, and he would like to have helpers interested in working with him on his street drawing. To understand what that entails, click here to see the movie.

All proceeds from Via Colori remain in Columbus and after expenses are divided equally among a group of Columbus arts and health organizations which are all working together to bring this event to Columbus. Contact Leeman for more information, and find out how you can join Hara in drawing at the festival.

The Doodle BopsJuvenile entertainment from Education that Rocks!Employees with younger children might want to send an email to with the subject line “Doodlebops Live!” and try to win four tickets to that concert at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion on Sunday, September 14 ( starting at 4 p.m.).  The Doodlebops are a group of three characters with a TV show on Playhouse Disney, and sure to be a big hit with the younger kids! Education that Rocks is Columbus State’s concert promotion with PromoWest Productions.