January 26, 2012
Moeller Hall awarded prestigious Gold LEED certification
Columbus State’s Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus has been awarded Gold certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Built on time and under budget, the $24 million, 80,000-square-foot academic center was designed to meet stringent LEED standards.
“We knew that Moeller Hall would likely meet the less-stringent Silver LEED requirements, but we weren’t sure if it would qualify for the Gold standard,” said Paul Goggin, director of Facilities Services. “The award is much appreciated and certainly helps showcase the design by Phillip Markwood Architects and the construction work guided by general contractor Miles McClellan.”
During the construction process, 96 percent of construction waste was recycled. Once completed, the building’s environmental design has helped saved thousands of dollars in energy costs. Large walls of windows on one side of the building allow natural light to infiltrate even interior classrooms. Directional parking lot lights save energy by illuminating only necessary areas. Most indoor rooms have automatic lights that shut off when no one is in the room, and turn on when someone enters.
The college also scored points for purchasing a portion of materials in the region. Nearly 35 percent of building materials were processed and manufactured within 500 miles of the site. That proximity reduces gasoline needed to transport the products.
Water reduction was also a key factor helping achieve a high LEED score. For example, water conservation outdoors was achieved by not installing a permanent irrigation system.
Meet the Dean candidate at open forum
The Office of Human Resources and Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs will host an Open Forum for Arts and Science Dean Candidate Maria "Mary" Marron on Monday, January 30, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in WD Room 404. She will be available to answer questions and provide her vision for Arts and Sciences and Columbus State. You can view the candidate’s biography here. Refreshments will be provided. For further information about these forums, please contact Stephanie Bostos Demers or call ext. 5519. For the most up-to-date information please follow the Human Resources Department on Facebook: Human Resources at CSCC or Twitter: @CSCC_HR.
Town Hall meeting with Dr. Harrison scheduled at Delaware Campus
President Harrison invites you to attend an upcoming Town Hall meeting at the Delaware Campus. The meeting will be an open format question-and-answer session with the President, so gather up your questions, concerns and comments and attend the meeting on Monday, February 6, from 10:00- 11:00 a.m. in Moeller Hall, Room 112.
Winter enrollment data now available
Preliminary Winter Quarter 2012 headcounts and FTEs as of the census date, January 17, 2012, are now available online.
The Columbus State headcount stood at 30,273 paid students compared to the Winter 2011 headcount of 29,607. This represents a 2.25 percent increase from a year ago.
Total Full Time Equivalent (FTE) for Winter Quarter 2012 is 19833.07, which is a 1.52 percent increase over last Winter Quarter.
The Winter Quarter 2012 Quick Glance comparison data sheet, showing Columbus and Delaware Campuses, distance and off-campus totals in addition to the College totals, is available at: http://intranet.cscc.edu/ids/Headcount.shtml; then click on “Quick Glance Data (Winter 2012)”.
If you have any questions about the data, please contact Jim Hamberg, at ext. 5643.
Central District Science Day scheduled for March 17, volunteers needed
Columbus State will again host the Ohio Academy of Sciences Central District Science Day on Saturday, March 17. Approximately 500 students from local area middle and high schools will present their science projects in hopes of advancing to the state competition in May. Volunteers are needed to judge these projects and also to assist in the smooth operation of the activities.
Judges will be needed during the period from 8:00 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m. If you have never judged before, don’t worry! An orientation session will assist you. All judging is done in pairs and any inexperienced judge will be paired with an experienced judge to help you along.
Additional volunteers are needed to help the event run smoothly. Times of service will vary. Volunteers will help students find their display sites, assist in registration, tally up the scores, assist the judges by collecting score cards, and act as hall monitors to maintain order and security. There is a volunteer job for every person regardless of science training.
This is an excellent community service opportunity so come and make it a success.
If you would like more information about this event or if you want to volunteer as a judge or in any other capacity please contact John Blaha, professor in Physical Sciences, in Nestor Hall 4114, at ext. 5930, or by email at email@example.com.
Avoid “phishing” with simple rules
Have you received any unsolicited email messages recently which appear to come from a credit card company, financial institution, or even Columbus State Community College? If so, you may be the victim of a "phishing" attempt, according to Rob Clifford, Information Security.
Phishing is an attempt to deceive an individual into divulging personal and financial information such as your social security number and/or other account information. These messages look very official but aren't. One simple rule will keep you and your personal account information safe - never divulge any personal information when you have not initiated the contact with the institution.
Here's an example of a phishing attempt sent to some Columbus State employees and faculty this week:
You are required to verify your webmail account by filling the spaces below with your username and password or your account will be deleted from the school webmail database within the next 48 hours.
Cscc Helpdesk Team."
If you receive an email like this, here are some simple guidelines to follow:
Columbus State will NEVER email or call you asking for this information.
If you receive an email or a call asking for this information, do not respond with the requested information (either at home or at work)
If you receive an email, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org (while at work)
Call the I.T. Support Center at extension 5050 if you suspect a fraudulent email (while at work)
If you have any questions regarding phishing attempts or any other security issue, please contact Rob Clifford at email@example.com or at extension 3686.
Course offered: “Dealing with Grouches, Grumps and Grudges”
Employees can learn how to deal with unrealistic expectations of customers and have them (and you) to feel good about the encounter in the upcoming class Dealing with Grouches, Grumps and Grudges: What’s Customer Service Got to Do With It?
Learn practical and easily applied techniques to make every interaction with customers productive and satisfying. Learn how to deal with challenging internal customers – meeting their needs and our own. You will learn:
Why good service is important to you
The positive impact of customer complaints
What to do about customers’ unrealistic expectations
The difference between service and satisfaction – what do customers want anyway?
Ways to really hear what customers are saying
How to build credibility and rapport with customers – empowering words, engaging attitudes
Dealing with irate customers; with profanity
Ways to say “no” nicely
Dealing with the challenging internal customer
Trainer: Susan Stasiak
Wednesday, February 8
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
And if you can't get enough of grumps, attend “Dealing with Grouches, Grumps and Grudges II: Building Better Relationships with Almost Anyone.” This new session will build on the concepts introduced in the first session. Even if you haven't been able to attend the first session, all are welcome!
Interpersonal skills have never been more important than now. We are all tasked with the responsibility to accomplish work unit goals and objectives. To achieve these we often need to rely on others. This training develops the relationship skills and enhances understanding of others’ styles and differences to gain commitment and cooperation with co-workers, supervisors and customers. The training introduces principles of communication, influence and collaboration skills as well as practice in setting healthy workplace boundaries.
Trainer: Susan Stasiak
Wednesday, April 18
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
To register, go to http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/login.asp and log in to register for the courses.
For additional information please contact: Mary Francis McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 5220.
Last call for greeting card design contest!
The Greeting Card Design Contest is wrapping up at the Bookstore, but there's still time to submit your original design through Friday, January 27. Designs must be submitted as a 5" x 7" PDF and emailed to email@example.com by 5 p.m. on Friday. Designs are being accepted for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparent's Day.
The winning design will receive a $100 Bookstore gift card, the 2nd place winner will receive a $50 gift card, and 3rd place will receive a $25 gift card. All winning designs will be made into greeting cards that will be sold in the Bookstore.