October 7, 2013
Less than one week left until Columbus State Day!
Columbus State Day is our 50th anniversary gift to the community and a big “learning free-for-all” on Saturday, October 12 on the Columbus Campus! Most sessions are nearly full, but there are still a few days left for your friends and family members to sign up for the free classes, demonstrations, activities and to hear the keynote speaker, Dr. Shane Lopez.
Lopez is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. He is coauthor of the statistical reports for the Clifton StrengthsFinder and the Clifton Youth StrengthsExplorer. He is also the author of Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want in Business and Life, which details how hope can be learned and spread to others. Read more at his website, HopeMonger.com. You can also take a "Hope Test" to gauge your own level of hope.
There are also a few more days left to contribute to the Columbus State Day Book Drive. Because many people’s financial circumstances make owning books an unaffordable luxury, we are asking employees to donate new or gently used books that they have read and enjoyed. Books for all ages are appreciated. On Columbus State Day, participants will be invited to take home a free book from the festivities! Need more information? Contact Nick Lakostik in the English Department.
Tell us about your Day of Service!
Now that Columbus State’s first-ever Day of Service is completed, the planning committee would like to know more about your experience.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness has created a quick survey that we would like employees to fill out and submit, telling us what you liked, didn’t like, and would possibly like to do again! The survey is voluntary and anonymous. Survey link: http://web.cscc.edu/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=138090023578
Open Forums will be held to meet the candidates for the position of Vice President for Information Technology at Columbus State. The schedule is as follows:
Carol Thomas, Interim CIO, Columbus State Community College
Monday, October 7, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD
Rick Mickool, Chief Information Officer, Wittenberg University
Wednesday, October 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium
Brian Rellinger, Chief Information Officer, Ohio Wesleyan University
Tuesday, October 15, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD
Government shutdown affects some veteran benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs has released information about services to veterans impacted/not impacted by the lapse in appropriations due to the government shutdown: http://www.va.gov/opa/docs Field_Guide_20130927.pdf This information has also been shared with our students.
The Columbus Metropolitan Club forum on September 25 featured presidents from three local colleges, including Columbus State’s David Harrison, who discussed the changing journey for students through higher education. You can watch the hour-long video online here.
Landscape students host garden art fundraiser
The Columbus State Landscape Association students will offer the beautiful garden art of George Carruth as a fundraiser for their annual trip to Student Career Days – the national landscape competition held every year in March.
Columbus State’s students are never out of the Top Ten at the “Landscape Olympics,” and they need your support to travel to this year’s event to be held at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colo.
George Carruth is one of America's most collected sculptors. His pieces can be found in gardens, landscapes, and containers all over the United States, and even in other countries. All pieces are completely weatherproof, so that they can be enjoyed for years to come. The pieces offered can be seen in the Carruth Studios Fundraising Catalog.
To order, email CSLA President Samantha August or call (614) 359-4799 and she will place your order with the company. Payment will be collected by Oct. 12 and delivery will be in 3-4 weeks.
Miami University in Oxford is now partnering with Columbus State to offer students a new transfer option. In a press conference held Oct. 4, the partnership between the two institutions was outlined by Miami President David Hodge and Columbus State’s David Harrison.
Miami University first approached Columbus State about a partnership option earlier this year.
Students who graduate with an associate degree and a 2.0 grade point average from Columbus State will now be eligible for guaranteed admission to Miami University. Miami University is also committed to providing a limited number of scholarships for eligible students.
While attending Columbus State, students in this new program will have access to on-site academic advising from both Miami and Columbus State. Graduates in the Spring 2014 Semester will be the first students eligible for the new transfer agreement.
“We welcome those Columbus State transfer students into the Miami family and look forward to them becoming involved in the very active academic and co-curricular Miami Experience," said Miami President David Hodge.
“More and more students are starting their bachelor’s degree plans here at Columbus State,” said President Harrison. “By first completing their associate degree at Columbus State, this partnership eliminates a lot of uncertainty for students and families, providing a high quality, affordable pathway to a bachelor’s degree at Miami University.”
Cheer on and support the Cougars of past and present in the inaugural Columbus State men's basketball Alumni Game,
Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium.
Admission is free! For more information, call ext. 5092.
You will find a consent form on this registration link. Upon registering, you should bring the consent form, your Columbus State ID, and a UHC card, if you have one (not required). If you have any questions, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext.3989.
The Columbus State Wellness Initiative offered a Summer Slim Down challenge, measuring 100 employees at the Columbus and Delaware Campuses before Memorial Day. During the summer, each participant received health and wellness newsletters and tips from Mr. Carmel Workplace Health. After Labor Day, 55 employees returned to have their measurements taken again. Forty-five of them lost at least one inch at the waistline over the summer, and the top three winners of the challenge are:
Michelle Teasley - down 16.98 percent
Melissa Timmons - down 13.48 percent
Darrin Albaugh – down 13.23 percent
Congratulations to all participants! Stay tuned for the next Wellness Challenge and more opportunities to improve your health.
WebEx Meeting Center Basics
WebEx Meeting Center is a virtual online meeting room which allows Columbus State employees to hold meetings online. WebEx requires participants to have internet access and a computer with a microphone and audio capabilities. All communication is done through the computer, whether a desktop pc or laptop. WebEx allows for multiple participants, up to 200, at different locations to connect online and share any document, power point, web site, or other multimedia. Although WebEx has video capabilities, the focus generally is with sharing data and information with participants.
View/download WebEx Meeting Center overview document (PDF)
Please note: All participants seeking to attend training and/or use WebEx must download/complete the Cougar Webconferencing (WebEx) Meeting Request form before signing up for this training session.
When: Wednesday, October 9 (6:00 - 8:00 p.m.) - Register
Location: Webconference using Webex
Prerequisites: training participants must have already successfully completed the following ITI training courses: Introduction to Blackboard, and Grade Center I.
When: Thursday, October 10 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) - Register
HCD Professional Development
Career Pathing is a process used by an employee to chart a course within an organization for his/her career path and career development. Join us for an interactive session on self-assessments, exploring opportunities and creating an action plan for your career path! For more information contact Lori Thomas at ext. 3860. Career Pathing Action Plan - A resource for the Career Pathing class.