December 5, 2013
Plan ahead for winter weather tomorrow
Winter weather – including the possibility of snow, sleet and ice – is forecast for our area on Friday. If you are giving final exams, or if you are planning to take part in the Autumn Semester Graduation ceremony, you may want to check the driving conditions and leave earlier if possible. Drive carefully and be safe.
If you are participating in graduation, it begins promptly at 10 a.m. at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus. Faculty will robe and line up starting at 9:30 a.m.
A Health Rewards Program briefing will be offered today, Thursday, December 5, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in CT 107. Information about the program is online here:
For questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator at ext. 3989
Holiday Break work areas determined
For those employees who intend to work all or part of Columbus State's Holiday Break, plan to do your work in the two designated open buildings, Delaware and Rhodes Halls. If you are working December 26, 27, 30 or 31 and your building is closed, you will report to work in Delaware Hall. You can find more information about the holiday work schedule online here.
Columbus State will be migrating to Office 365, including Outlook for email and calendaring, during the Holiday Break. Emails are being copied to the new system, and the original copy of the message will remain in GroupWise. This process has already begun in order to minimize the amount of time that the process requires during the Holiday Break.
Appointments and Contacts will not be copied over until the end of December. Employees will have access to the GroupWise system through the web access (mail.cscc.edu) after the Holiday Break for at least a month, however they will no longer receive new emails or appointments in the GroupWise system.
Email storage accounts will increase from 2GB under the current GroupWise system to 50GB under the new Microsoft Outlook system allowing 25 times more storage space for email messages. Individual messages larger than 25MB (25000000) will not migrate to the new system, so please check for messages that exceed the size limitation.
Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook training classes are currently being held. Classes can be scheduled by registering online at http://iti.cscc.edu/innovationevents.html. Online training videos are also located in Blackboard under My Organizations/Office 365 Employee Training/Our Online Classroom. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office 365 Technical Team at email@example.com.
Employee Fee Waivers due Jan. 2
The deadline for Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers for Spring Semester is January 2, 2014. A Request for a Fee Waiver form must be turned into Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.
You may also first pay your fees and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt into Human Resources by February 14, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.
David Wayne, Media Relations Coordinator, has been appointed to serve on the Scripps College of Communication Dean’s Advisory Council at Ohio University. Wayne is a graduate of OU’s School of Journalism. The Advisory Council is made up of 20 graduates of the College of Communication who meet twice each year to advise the Dean on issues relevant to the success of the College of Communication. Topics at the autumn meeting included global relationships for the college, global leadership and international programs.
Fire alarms to be tested throughout Dec.
Facilities Management will conduct fire alarm signal testing and fire extinguisher inspections from Sunday, December 8 through Monday, December 23, from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at all campus locations. Employees may see contractors in the buildings during this time frame. They will wear uniforms and carry Columbus State-issued IDs. Questions or concerns can be forwarded to the Safety Program Coordinator at ext. 3876. All horn and strobe testing has been scheduled during times of minimal occupancy and will be proceeded by building announcements.
The $10,000 grant to pursue a doctorate at Capella University has been extended. You can read about the programs offered and the deadlines for enrollment here: www.capella.edu/columbusstate.
Holiday event reminder:
The Holiday Stop Around will be on Saturday, December 7, from noon to 4:00 p.m. in the Discovery District. Free parking will be available at participating businesses including State Auto, 518 E. Broad St., Columbus and in the 12-S Columbus State Community College lot at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Long Street.
As we hurry along with our day-to-day activities on campus, accidents or injuries can occur. We hope that you are not involved in any accident or incident, but if something should happen, please remember that it is your responsibility as an employee of the College to report it as soon as possible. If you are unable to report an accident or incident, please contact your supervisor so that the appropriate actions can be taken.
What to do if you are injured while at work:
Contact the Columbus State Police Department to make a report.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Police will assist in calling a squad if your injuries require medical transport to an area hospital.
Notify your supervisor as soon as possible.
Within 24 hours of the incident, download and complete the Incident Report Form and send it to Treschelle Kendrick in RH-129 (Human Resources Department) or FAX to 287-6111.
If you are unable to download the forms, you can obtain an Injury Reporting Kit with all the necessary forms from the Columbus State Police Department, Human Resources Department, or the Human Resources website page:
If you receive medical attention at an emergency room or other medical facility, you will need to complete the BWC First Report of Injury Form.