May 6, 2013
Exchange your best practice ideas - Call for Presentations deadline extended!
The call for presenters for the Faculty Idea Exchange - Summer Conference 2013 has been extended! If you are a full-time or adjunct faculty member and have scholarship, insight, or ideas to share on the main exchange topics (Learning Communities, Technology in the Classroom, Adjunct Connectivity, or Student Diversity Awareness), please consider presenting at this conference. The Faculty Idea Exchange is scheduled for Friday, June 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Workforce Development. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Reminder: First Wednesday to be held May 8
The “First Wednesday” gathering for the month of May has been rescheduled to the second Wednesday, May 8, from 8:15-9:00 in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD). In addition to the important recognition of Staff Employee of the Month, Dr. Harrison will use this time to provide an overview of the college budget for 2013-14. Dr. Harrison will provide some context, talk about where we're headed, and give you a chance to ask questions.
The Human Resources Department will host Open Enrollment meetings for full-time benefit- eligible employees. The meetings will be held on Wednesday, May 8, at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in WD Room 409 (Delaware Campus video conference DA 129), Monday, May 13, at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in WD Room 409 (Delaware Campus video conference MO 243) and Wednesday, May 15 at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in WD-407.
The Open Enrollment period is for medical, dental, vision, life and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2013. The Open Enrollment period ends on May 31, and all changes to your benefit elections must be received in HR by 4:30 p.m. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective on July 1, 2013.
Spring Semester Graduation is Friday, May 10
The Spring Semester Graduation will be held at a new location, the Celeste Center at the Ohio Expo Center/State Fairgrounds, 717 E. 17thAvenue—on Friday, May 10 starting at 10 a.m. The Commencement Address will be given by Tanny Crane, president and CEO of the Crane Group.
The 2013 Bike Challenge Is
Columbus State is participating in the 2013 National Bike Challenge. The Challenge started May 1 and runs through September 30, 2013. You can sign up for the Challenge and join the Columbus State team to earn trip and distance points for Columbus State in a friendly competition with other local organizations, colleges and business.
Go to nationalbikechallenge.org and click "Join" to become a new user, or join via your Facebook profile. Students and employees should select or enter "Columbus State Community College" for your "workplace" to have your rides counted in the Columbus State's. A handy mobile app makes ride-logging easier. Each month prizes will be given away to reward Challenge participants. The more you bike, the better your chance of winning (and the better the prizes) will be!
Befuddled by inappropriate student behavior in your classroom? Looking for strategies to diffuse and redirect bad behavior toward a focus on the class discussion? Join Carolyn Kaufman, associate professor of Psychology, on Thursday, May 23, as she shares how to understand and influence challenging students to motivate them to do what they need to do in the classroom. This session takes place in at 1:00 p.m. in CT 107, and is open to all employees. Please register in advance. For more information contact Rich James at ext. 2175.