July 1, 2013
Reminder: Columbus Campus offices to
close at 4:30 p.m. July 3
College offices at the Columbus Campus will close at
4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 due to Red, White &
Boom! activities downtown. Classes will be held as
scheduled and offices at the Delaware Campus and
Regional Learning Centers will remain open as usual.
Also, parking lot 32-S will be closed from 6 a.m. Wednesday,
July 3 through 6 a.m. Friday, July 5 to serve as a staging area
for Columbus Police. The Parking Garage will also be closed from
5 p.m. Wednesday, July 3 through 6 a.m. Friday, July 5.
First Wednesday to be held at Delaware Campus July
The monthly town hall meeting First Wednesday will be held in Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus, Wednesday, July 3 starting at 8:15 a.m. A live stream will be available at http://www.livestream.com/columbusstate using the password: cougars.
The college’s Early Alert Steering Committee is excited to report that after a one-year pilot, more Columbus State students completed their classes and succeeded with a “C” or above when their instructors utilized the Early Alert system.
While Early Alert data indicates positive results across the board, preliminary data shows the greatest impact is on hybrid and distance learning courses. During spring 2013, student success rose by 10 percent and withdrawal rates were cut in half in hybrid courses, as indicated by the chart above.
“The Early Alert System has proven to be a powerful tool for faculty and students in distance education. It provided our faculty with a way to reach those students most at risk and get them back on track,” says Tom Erney, dean of Distance Education & Instructional Support (DEIS).
An early alert system predicts and identifies students who may be at risk of failure in specific courses. The system provides early intervention/preventative actions to increase student awareness of tutoring and support services that are available at the college. Early Alert, nicknamed FOCUS by students, is a project of the college's Title III grant.
The Early Alert Steering Committee, led by Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, is made up of cross-department, cross-functional staff mostly from the Delaware campus. “Starfish” software was selected as the resource due to its ease of use, integration with our existing systems, cost, flexibility, and ability to send kudos to students who do well, in addition to warning notices.
Eleven courses chosen for the first pilot in 2012 yielded positive results. By Spring 2013, with the continued help and support of the Early Alert Steering Committee, DEIS, faculty, staff, and administrators, there were 325 active class sections in the Early Alert system.
“We are thrilled with the participation of faculty, advisors, and staff in using FOCUS, powered by Starfish,” says Teddi Lewis-Hotopp. “With your help and support, we are beginning to see the fruits of your efforts and the impact on student success and retention. Thank you all for your continued help and support as we expand the system.”
FOCUS became available college-wide on May 1. For more information on setting up Early Alert in your course or department, please contact Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, or Megan McWilliams at 287-5104. Read more here.
“Music of the Civil War” concert is tomorrow
The Library is pleased to announce a musical event featuring the Columbus State Saxophone Ensemble on Tuesday, July 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the 1st floor Multimedia Studio. “Music of the Civil War Era” serves as the overall title of a series of three concerts supporting the national exhibition currently on view in the library entitled, “Lincoln, The Constitution and the Civil War.” The concert will be led by Thomas Lloyd, Director, and it is free to attend.
As Columbus State prepares for another academic year, students on the men’s basketball team will be meeting with a new coach. DeAndre Walker has been selected to lead the Cougars for the 2013-2014 season.
Walker began his professional basketball career after completing a bachelor’s degree in business management at Fairmont State University in 2005. He was most recently an assistant men’s basketball coach at Ohio Dominican University from 2012-2013. Previously, Walker was a professional in the minor leagues playing for both the Columbus Cyclones and the Indiana Alleycats during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
As a student assistant coach with Fairmont State University, Walker specialized in recruitment and player skill development. As an NCAA Division II player on the Fairmont Falcons, he helped lead his team to 18-10 and 19-11 respective records during his two seasons.
Coach Walker’s philosophy is based on student-athletes achieving in the classroom in pursuit of their college degrees. Walker says, “I want to help cultivate life, academic and athletic skills for my student-athletes with a special emphasis on service to the community. I place a strong emphasis on personally supervising study tables to make certain that players maintain good grades.”
The Columbus State Cougars men’s and women’s basketball teams begin practice on October 1.
Bicycle at twilight to support city programs
Celebrate bicycling and explore our wonderful city by participating in the Mayor's Twilight Ride on Friday, July 12! This is a fully supported evening ride through the streets of Columbus. The ride begins at 6:30 p.m. at COSI, 333 West Broad Street. Riders have the choice of a 10-mile or 25-mile circular route and free car and bike parking will be available at COSI.
Proceeds from the ride will fund bikes and helmets for kids in need and support bicycle safety initiatives. There are prize incentives for the largest government, corporate and non-profit teams. Register to ride and list Columbus State Community College as your team. The cost is $25. After the ride there will be a concert at Bicentennial Park and free pizza!
In the July issue of Matrix Monitor, you can read articles on "Attributes of a Powerful Worker," "Workplace Harmony," and the real definition of a “Designated Driver,” among other articles. Read it online here.