November 3, 2011
Owen to become Associate VP for Academic Affairs
Dr. Polly Owen
Dr. Mokie Steiskal
Dr. Polly Owen has been named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Owen will begin her work officially on December 1, and during a year-long transition, she will continue to serve as Dean of Career and Technical Programs. She will be assisted by Interim Associate Deans Mokie Steiskal,Ph.D. and Mary Vaughn.
“Polly shares my enthusiasm and dedication to the vision President Harrison is developing for Columbus State, and she brings great competence and experience to managing and facilitating important parts of the work that fall to the Office of Academic Affairs,” said Dr. Jack Cooley, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“The scope of her position will evolve over time, but her focus will be on accreditation, assessment, curriculum, grants, tenure and promotion, and coordinating Columbus State's involvement with the various state initiatives to better align secondary career-technical course work with college course work.”
Prior to becoming Dean of Career and Technical Programs, Dr. Owen served as Chair of the Nursing and Related Services Department.
Steiskal currently chairs degree programs in Hospitality Management, Massage Therapy, and Sport and Exercise Studies. Vaughn chairs the degree programs in Computer Information Technology, Digital Design and Graphics, Digital Photography, Interactive Media, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.
Doubled workload doesn’t faze this staff member
When Linda Reid, office associate in Business Programs, was called upon to take on the additional office position in Business upon the death of Mary Berman in June, she maintained her positive attitude and exemplary work, according to Patricia Parker, professor in Accounting.
Parker nominated Reid for Staff Employee of the Month, which was awarded to Reid Nov. 2 in a ceremony held in the Boardroom. Reid has served as office associate in the Accounting and Finance department for many years, and after Berman’s death was asked to step up and assist the more than 200 adjunct and fulltime faculty that work in the combined departments of Business Programs, including Human Resources, Business Office Applications and Business Management.
“She never complained, let a project drop, or missed a deadline,” said Dan Zeiler, a new instructor in Business Programs. “As a new faculty member, my requests at times are naïve and of lesser importance than coordinators’ or chairs’, but they always get answers. She helps me with DARS inquiries for student advising and petitions for graduation. She is always a reassuring and supportive team member,” said Zeiler.
“She has been a valuable resource to me since I assumed the Chair responsibilities in Business Programs,” said Carmen Daniels. “Linda consistently does far more than required and delivers more than expected. She works with any student who needs help regardless of the student’s major. We were greatly saddened by the death of Mary Berman last spring. Linda stepped up to assure us that there would be no pause in the workflow in the Business Programs.”
Ohio University invites employees to breakfast
Columbus State faculty and staff are invited to join Ohio University at the Annual Community College Partnership Celebration Breakfast, to be held Tuesday, November 29 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD Room 435.
Employees who would like to attend are asked to RSVP by email to Jodie Van Winkle at email@example.com.
Charitable giving campaign underway
The Charitable Choice Campaign is now underway. You can find the Pledge Form and Donor Guide on the Intranet (not available off campus). Please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice. The campaign will end on Friday, December 16. For more information contact Barb Smith-Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 5433.
NextGen Grants: Making the Most of Technology
These days, funding dollars must stretch further than ever to implement projects. Technology, including mobile devices, enables virtual instruction, interactive learning, course review, and testing/evaluation with fewer staff. And, given funder interest in efficient programming, serious consideration needs to be given to the incorporation of technology into grant proposals.
The Grants Office will offer a workshop where you can learn about technologies such as presentation capture, mobile technology, Second Life, and 3-D technology; appropriate uses of these technologies; the availability and location of technology resources; and ways to incorporate technologies into grant program design. There will be a question and answer session afterward and an opportunity for hands-on experience with various technologies.
The instructor is Joel Nelson, Multimedia Web Developer for Instructional Technologies. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.
Men’s Basketball Team off to impressive start; play at home Friday!
The Cougar Men’s Basketball Team played an exhibition game Tuesday at Central State University, a NCAA Division II school,
winning 74-60. In front of 2,000 fans, the Cougars led the game 29-27 at halftime. During the second half, freshman Brook Turson, from Plymouth, OH made three 3-point shots to wrap up the game for the Cougars. Turson is a transfer student from Central Michigan University.
Columbus State is currently ranked No. 10 nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). They play their first home game on Friday against University of Akron-Wayne. The women’s team tips off at 5:30 p.m. and the men start at 7:30 p.m.
Massis presents at statewide conference
Library Director Bruce Massis presented a session entitled, "Breaking New Ground in the Reference/IT Partnership" at the 2011 Ohio Library Council Convention and Expo Oct. 28.
The event was held in Toledo with more than 750 attendees participating. Massis' presentation, part of the "Game Changers" learning track, centered on the ongoing discussion of the relationship between the library and information technology functions on a college campus and the nature by which one service supports the other in its efforts to best benefit the students.
Final information for last week’s “Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk” is in, and the Columbus State group has raised $989 in support of the effort, surpassing their goal, according to Lilia Bermudez, assistant professor in Psychology. This was the fifth year for a Columbus State group to walk, and more than 130 students, staff and faculty participated. The walk helps raise awareness about suicide prevention and raises funds for educational efforts, according to Bermudez. Several Psychology faculty members gave their students service learning credit for participating in the activity and writing reflections about what they learned regarding suicide prevention.
“Name the 5K” contest
The Staff Advisory Council is asking for your help. The Council needs a name for their first annual spring 5k run to be held April 28, 2012! The race is being planned to raise money for SAC’s scholarship and charity efforts. Please submit your suggestion for the race name to Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, email@example.com by November 23 at 4 p.m. The winner will receive a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card!
Health Rewards Program briefing offered November 9
Find out how the Wellness Incentive has evolved into the new Health Rewards Program by attending the upcoming briefing. The Health Rewards Program went into effect September 1 and is offered through United Health Care for employees covered by UHC.
The next briefing will be offered on Wednesday, November 9 at 12:30 p.m. in FR 104. RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator. Delaware Campus employees may watch the briefings by teleconference and should also RSVP.
Delaware Hall construction to close some restrooms
Starting Friday, November 4 through Friday, November 18, the Delaware Hall 1st floor restrooms will be closed intermittently for construction.