November 15, 2012
$100,000 Weiler donation funds scholarships focusing on completion
At this evening’s Board of Trustees meeting President Harrison will announce a donation of $100,000 by Robert and Missy Weiler that will allow Columbus State to launch a new scholarship program for graduates of Columbus City Schools.
Ten new Columbus City Schools graduates a year will receive $1,000 scholarships beginning in autumn 2013. If the students maintain a 2.75 grade point average, they will receive an additional $1,500 for their second year at Columbus State.
“We are extremely grateful to Bob Weiler for his generosity and for his vision that the Robert Weiler Family Scholarship will be about earning a degree, not just attending college,” said President David Harrison. “Many scholarships help students get started in college. But when you award more funding in the second year, you’re giving students a great incentive to succeed and to finish.”
The donation will total $25,000 a year for the next four years, with options to continue funding the scholarship into the future. The scholarship program will continue until the funds are exhausted.
Weiler said, “Missy and I are thrilled to partner with Columbus State Community College. The college has provided, and we know will continue to provide, an outstanding education for our Columbus City Schools graduates as they pursue their college dreams.”
Columbus State’s annual tuition for full-time students is $3,679, so over two years, the Robert Weiler Family Scholarship will pay for more than a third of a student’s total tuition costs as they pursue an associate degree—and the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. With other financial aid, many of the scholarship recipients will have little or no out-of-pocket tuition expenses.
The scholarship recipients must be enrolled full-time at Columbus State, with plans to complete two years at Columbus State and a bachelor’s degree at another college or university. They must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 and must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to first-generation students and students interested in business or education.
More information about the scholarship is available at www.cscc.edu/scholarships.
President Harrison joined Ohio Board of Regent Chancellor Jim Petro and hundreds of higher education trustees and professionals from across Ohio for the Complete College Ohio conference, hosted by Columbus State November 13.
Dr. Harrison leads a panel discussion at the Complete College Ohio conference with, from left, Dolan Evanovich, Wade Lucas and Steve Lyons.
The event was an expanded version of the annual OBOR trustees conference, and featured a mix of presentations by state and national experts as well as an opportunity to learn about and discuss the Ohio Board of Regents Complete College Ohio Task Force recommendations, which focus on practical solutions to improve college readiness and keep students on track to attain a degree.
At the conference, President Harrison led a panel discussion with Dolan Evanovich, Ohio State Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Planning; Wade Lucas, Superintendent of Olentangy Local Schools; and Steve Lyons, Vice President of Member Services and Community Engagement for The Columbus Partnership.
The panel discussed The Ohio Compact, a document created with input from local educators over the course of three Higher Education Summits convened by Dr. Harrison at Columbus State. The Ohio Compact outlines strategies for increasing the attainment of a post-secondary credential (degree or certificate) to 60 percent of all central Ohio residents. Currently, our region stands at 44 percent attainment.
It’s a lofty goal, according to Dr. Harrison, as only four cities in the U.S. currently have a rate higher than 50 percent—Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and Minneapolis.
Evanovich talked about three of Ohio State’s completion strategies, including the “strong, robust Preferred Pathway program,” with guaranteed admission and inclusion in the university’s First Year Experience for qualified students. He also noted the “co-branded” campus at Delaware, where Ohio State’s Marion students and Columbus State’s Delaware students attend classes on the same campus and share resources. Another strategy to increase completion rates is the Reverse Transfer program – in which students who transfer to OSU before completing their associate degree, would have their credits transferred back to Columbus State as they earn them—receiving their associate degree along the way to their bachelor’s degree.
Superintendent Lucas said that “although 60 percent of our residents (in Delaware County) have a degree, we have to decide whether to rest on our laurels or lead this parade!” In the Olentangy Local School District, Lucas says that 90 percent of all sophomores are ready for college, and their goal is to have every student earn at least one year of college credit before graduating from high school. One way to pass school levies, said Lucas, is to show parents how they will save on college costs by utilizing “shared services,” such as having high school students attend college classes at the Columbus State Delaware Campus during their junior and senior years. That program will begin in the fall of 2013.
When it comes to economic development, “forget about tax incentives,” said Steve Lyons from the Columbus Partnership. “It’s all about talent, talent, talent. We need a better talent pipeline. There are businesses out there who don’t know how education works, and that’s where members of the Ohio Compact can help.” He described the joint effort between Columbus State and Franklin University, serving the insurance industry in central Ohio, who needed “MBA talent.” The two colleges were able to create a pipeline to feed that need, he explained. “Intellectual capital makes you more competitive. That’s why aligning our efforts is so important.”
“Maintain No Gain” with Mt. Carmel Workplace Health this holiday season, and you can take care of your health and win a gift certificate, too!
As the holidays approach, the cold weather makes it hard to stay motivated to work out. Plus, all those holiday gatherings involve the consumption of high-calorie and high-fat foods--yikes!
Join the Columbus State Wellness Initiative and Mt. Carmel Workplace Health in this year’s Holiday Challenge and keep your motivation in high gear through the end of the year!
Mt. Carmel representatives will weigh in participants before the Thanksgiving holiday on November 19 and 20. Participants will weigh in again on January 9 and 10, after the holidays. Employees who gain fewer than five pounds will receive a gift card! The contest is open to the first 100 employees to sign up. RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, November 19 and stay motivated over the holiday season!
A dish created by Columbus State chef apprentice Matthiew Henry will accompany the new wine at La Chatelaine's annual Beaujolais Nouveau Soiree today, November 15. His entree of chardonnay-braised roasted chicken with a fresh tomato and black and green olive reduction with almonds, and jasmine rice was judged the winner in the local restaurant's annual contest to choose the dish for the Beaujolais party. A native of Haiti, Henry is a third-year student in the Hospitality Management Chef Apprenticeship program. He resides in downtown Columbus and is employed as a cook at the Westin Columbus.
Read more about our student in the news here!
Thomas Lloyd, center, director of the Columbus State Concert Band, poses with the members of the tuba/euphonium quartet “All the King's Tubas,” who were featured at the band’s Fall Concert, held Tuesday night in the Conference Center ballroom. Lloyd’s band played to a standing-room-only crowd, and performed all kinds of music, from Star Wars marches to Irving Berlin ragtime!
Please join the Staff Advisory Council this holiday season and donate to one or both of their fundraisers, the Firefighters for Kids Toy Drive, and/or the Columbus State Mid-Ohio Foodbank Drive.
The Foodbank drive ends Monday, November 19, and you can drop any non-perishable food items in one of donation boxes located around campus. You can also donate online here, by selecting “Columbus State Community College –SAC” when you check out.
The Toy Drive runs through December 13, and you can drop a new, unwrapped toy in one of the donation boxes located around campus, or give a check or gift card to your SAC representative. Checks should be made payable to Firefighters for Kids. The Bookstore also has a display of children’s gifts that can be purchased for $5-$20 and donated to the cause as well!
The newsletter from Human Resources is out and you should check out the following content in this month's edition:
Payroll submission dates
Healthcare Reform and how it pertains to your benefits
Wellness events including "Maintain Not Gain"
How to report a workplace injury or accident
Information regarding the increase in minimum wage
Payroll tax reminders
Professional development courses and academic onboarding
Planning Guide information
You can still order a poinsettia or two from the Landscape students, to support their trip to the PLANET 2013 competition in March! The deadline to order has been extended to Tuesday, November 20, and you can get an order form sent to you by email from Samantha August, the president of the Columbus State Landscape Association!