Faculty: Textbook Updates from the Bookstore

To reduce confusion for students, the Bookstore will now use "All Sects" as the section identifier for all courses that share the same requirements (whether the student is attending the class traditionally or as a distance learner).
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Bowers, Ulloa-Olavarrieta promoted in Workforce Development

Director of the Small Business Development Center at Columbus State, Michael Bowers, has been promoted to Director of the Center for Workforce Development, and Ariana Ulloa-Olavarrieta has been promoted to director of the SBDC
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Welcome Team Spring 2014 Needs You

Spring Semester 2014 is just around the corner—classes begin January 13. The Welcome Team would like you to join them in offering assistance to our new and returning students.
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Previous Stories:

December 19

Randall displays style

Statehouse provides anniversary resolution

Vardhan featured in Elle Decor

Faculty: textbook updates from the bookstore

IRS decreases mileage rate Jan. 1

SAC collects toys for tots

SAC brown bag lunch Jan. 29

Veterans Services orientation

December 16

Mark Van Horn named December SEOM

Groupwise "retirement" reminder

New licensing agreements allow at-home purchase of software

Save the Date for MLK 2014

Student Success Council seeks proposals

Mail service closed during Holiday Break

Fitness Center to get new equipment

HPC to offer training

New items in FOCUS

Parking lot closures during break

Heart of Scioto Trail opens

Troop Care Package Drive great success

Thornton hired in Counseling Services

Leeman to exhibit

Academy grad recognized

Retirement benefits video online

A few Wellness notes

December 5

Holiday Break work areas

Email changes coming over Holiday Break

Employee Fee Waivers due Jan. 2

Wayne named to Dean's Advisory Council at OU

Fire alarms to be tested

Capella grant extended

Workplace injury and accident reporting

December 2

Judge Jamison to address grads

Miller leads students to "Wholesome" excursion

Award for aesthetics of the Master Plan

Welcome Team reminder

Bawden to present at Game Developer Expo

Knapke noted for environmental awareness

Payroll reminder

November 25

Bowers, Ulloa-Olavarrieta promoted

More Testing Center requests

Chenfeld presents at national conference

Pepsi makes donation to student success

Pono Learning Community admitting members

Bookstore sale

Smoking and women's health

November 21

"A Friday in November" now playing through Saturday

Testing Center needs help

Concert Band's holiday concert

Holiday Week and Year-end payroll deadlines

SAC's Toys for Tots drive

Do you RAVE?

Gospel Ensemble to perform






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January 9, 2014  

MLK Day keynote speaker is Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile

Columbus State’s 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration will take place on Thursday, January 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, 4th floor WD.

The featured speaker will be Donna Brazile, an American author, academic, and political analyst who is Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She was the first African American to direct a major presidential campaign, acting as campaign manager for Al Gore in 2000.

After graduating from Louisiana State University, Brazile worked for several advocacy groups in Washington, D.C., and was instrumental in the successful campaign to make Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday.

Brazile is a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN's The Situation Room and American Morning and in CNN's Election Coverage. In addition, she is a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine and was a columnist for Roll Call. Brazile is also founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates and a contributor to NPR's Political Corner and ABC News. In 2004, Simon and Schuster published Cooking with Grease, Brazile's memoir of her life and work in politics. Brazile also guest-starred in three episodes of The Good Wife as herself.

Town Hall meeting scheduled for January 14

Due to the semester start date of January 13, the monthly town hall meeting with President Harrison will be held on Tuesday, January 14, at 8:15 a.m., in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor.

A live stream will be available at http://www.livestream.com/columbusstate where you can log in using the password: cougars.

There’s still time to join the Spring Semester Welcome Team

Spring Semester 2013 begins Monday, January 13, but there is still time to join the Welcome Team!

Welcome Team Spring 2013 will be held Monday, January 13, and Tuesday, January 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the second floor of Madison Hall in the Student Assistance Center lobby. The Welcome Team counts on your support and hopes you will be able to join in the fun as they welcome new and returning students to the Columbus State campus.

Contact Barbara Allen, ballen03@cscc.edu, ext. 5297 for more information or to volunteer.

Caregivers Employee Resource Group is Friday, January 10
Are youresponsible for the direct care of children in your home or someone who tends to the needs of an elderly or disabled family member?  If so, the Caregiver ERG is a great place to share your story and network with other employees who also provide care to children, elderly family members or dependent adults.  Join the group on Friday, January 10, from11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Library Studio space (lower level).  Contact Lori Thomas, Caregivers ERG Liaison, for more information.

Activities for students planned during Week of Welcome

poster detailThe Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) will offer the Spring Semester Week of Welcome to new and returning students January 13 through 17, starting with Winter Fair, January 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall. Winter Fair features Columbus State’s 30-plus student clubs, plus department resources, engagement opportunities, refreshments, and even jazz music by Andrew Walters.

Everyone is invited to cheer on the Cougar men’s and women’s basketball teams as they take on Lakeland Community College at home, starting with the Lady Cougars at 5:30 p.m. The men’s game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Costco offers employee reception
The Costco Wholesale club will offer Columbus State employees a special reception on Sunday, January 26, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at 1500 Gemini Place, Columbus, 43240.  New members will receive exclusive offers.

MassisMassis selected for conference scholarship

Bruce Massis, director of the Columbus State Library, is one of only four people selected to receive a $1,500 scholarship to attend the upcoming 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia January 24 through 28. The scholarship is part of the “Conference Scholarship for Academic Librarians” program sponsored by Copyright Clearance Center.   

New items available in FOCUS
More than 500 instructors took advantage of the FOCUS Early Alert system this Fall Semester, raising nearly 12,000 notices and more than 2,700 kudos for students.  FOCUS, powered by Starfish, is now available college-wide to instructors.  FOCUS provides instructors and staff with a powerful tool to communicate real-time academic performance information to students and support staff, and drives students to college resources to help them be successful. 

New, this Spring Semester, in addition to general academic performance notices and kudos, instructors can raise the following notices for students to get them the help they need:

  • Title IX referrals (What is Title IX?)

  •  Writing Center referrals

  • Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) referrals

  • Help Desk referrals

Want to know more about FOCUS, powered by Starfish? Watch this testimonial.
If you want more information about the FOCUS Early Alert system, please contact Megan McWilliams or Teddi Lewis-Hotopp.  Training for the system is available six times each semester.  Interested instructors can sign up for training at:  http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/course.asp?C=480.

Capella University offers grants to employees

logoBecause Columbus State has chosen Capella University as an approved education provider, employees have been invited to take advantage of some special features. Employees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for courses at Capella University, and are also eligible for the Alliance Partner Grant, a $3,000 tuition grant when you enroll as a new student in a Capella program between January 6 and April 7, 2014. Learn more and apply.

A winter driving tip!

graphicWhile we've recently managed to get through our coldest winter weather in years, there's likely more winter weather on the way in coming weeks. One important safety tip for driving includes clearing your headlights of snow and dirt. After a heavy snowfall, some makes and models end up with snow blocking headlights. And on all models, headlights get very dirty from grime and road salt which can reduce the effectiveness of headlights by 50 percent or more! Wipe them off while filling up at the gas station or when you get to your destination.

Here are more handy winter driving tips: http://www.cartalk.com/content/winter-driving-tips-7