January 23, 2014
Second Open Forum offered Jan. 24
The second open forum to discuss enrollment, the Revised Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, and Human Resources updates will be held on Friday, January 24, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Terri Gehr and Kim Hall will conduct the forum presentations. If you cannot attend, but would like to watch the live stream broadcast online, visit http://www.livestream.com/ ColumbusState. You will be prompted to enter a password to enter the site. The password is cougars. Those watching the live stream will also be able to ask questions via a chat function. The forums will then be archived on the live stream site for later viewing.
View highlights of the MLK Celebration!
If you were unable to attend the recent Dr. Martin Luther King Day Celebration, view some of the highlights of the event in this video produced by Mark Van Horn, video developer in Marketing & Communications.
Marcia Rees Conrad, a faculty member in the Construction Sciences, was recently quoted in a Columbus Dispatch article about the famous houses of Rush Creek Village – the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired housing development in Worthington. The article describes the original home built by Martha and Richard Wakefield, who studied with Wright in the 1940s. The home is for sale for the first time since it was built. Conrad has based her Columbus State classes on the house, “pioneering a new educational frontier blending preservation, architecture, and sustainability by studying Rush Creek Village.”
Terry Worst, coordinator in Veterans Services, was recently named Veteran of The Year by the Licking County Veterans Service Commission. The Inscho-Beasley-Mayfield Award is presented each year to a Licking County Veteran that demonstrates outstanding community service. The award is named after three Medal of Honor recipients who were born, lived and died in Licking County.
Worst served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant. He earned his MBA from Capital University in 1993. He is currently the 1st Vice Commander and Chaplin of AMVETS Post 345 and is one of its most active members.
Each year, Worst organizes an AMVETS fundraiser to donate to the Licking County American Legion County Council to purchase gifts for veterans in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Last year, 178 veterans in sixteen facilities received gifts.
Worst has worked for Columbus State as a Veterans Advisor since 2012 and previously for the Ohio Department of Veterans Services as an administrator with the State Approving Agency. “Terry is always willing to go the extra mile when it comes to assisting our veteran students. He has been an instrumental team member during the growth of our Columbus State Veterans Program,” said Jay Favuzzi, Veteran Services Program Manager.
College Testing Services will soon help the Human Resources Department and the Police Department to hire new officers.
The Testing and Talent Assessment Center in WD has partnered with Sean Asbury, Chief of Police, and Sandra Kellam, HR business partner, in providing nationally recognized, industry-specific assessments to assist the Police Department in its candidate screening and selection process.
These assessments are being used to screen and select candidates for the Security Specialist, Police Officer, Sergeant of Police and Lieutenant of Police positions. The assessments identify important reasoning and problem-solving abilities, as well as personality traits such as attitude, compassion, composure, courtesy, initiative, service, safety, and teamwork—which are essential attributes to identify in a candidate and highly predict a candidate’s likelihood of success in law enforcement.
Implementing the assessments will increase the probability of hiring the right person for the right position and reduce turnover, reduce hiring costs associated with fewer candidates failing expensive polygraph, background and drug-check screenings, and improve the on-the-job learning curve which yields a highly productive employee, according to Jim Kalna, assistant director of College Testing Services.
A few reminders:
Staff Council to host basketball games Jan. 25
Join the Staff Advisory Council on Saturday, January 25, for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games against Edison Community College at home. The Lady Cougars begin at 1:00 p.m. and the Cougars begin at 3:00 p.m. Admission is free with your Cougar ID.
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.
Briefing on Health Rewards Program offered
All fulltime employees with UHC coverage are invited to attend a briefing which will help you navigate the web portal and answer any questions you may have about the Health Rewards Program offered through United Health Care (UHC). The briefing will be held Tuesday, January 28, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 315.