Nominate Students for Society of the Compass

logoThe Society of the Compass is a prestigious student award developed to foster academic success. This new award was launched in honor of the college’s 50th Anniversary, and will become an annual recognition announced at the end of each academic year, at the spring semester Commencement.
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MLK Day Celebration HIghlights

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.
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Had enough of Outlook Address Book?

graphicThis handy hint comes from Outlook expert Tim Malloy: With the system address book you can find any contact quickly in a new message by clicking the “Check Names” button.
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January 27

Nominate students for Society of the Compass

New staff in Cashier's Office

New equipment, circuit training

BLUEprint Success Workshops

Financial Wellness Seminar

Brown bag book study on autism

January 23

2nd Open Forum Jan. 24

MLK Celebration highlights

Construction faculty at Rush Creek Village

Worst named Veteran of the Year

Police, HR, partner with Testing Services

SAC to host basketball games

Costco offers reception

Health Rewards briefing

Couch to 5K seminar

January 16

January Staff Employee of the Month

Part-time employee of the month

Had enough of Outlook address book?

Transfer reminders

Academic program partners with Testing Services

Health and safety training required

Financial Wellness seminar

Briefings on Health Rewards Program offered

January 13

New Outlook email is here

MLK Day Celebration

Open Forums for faculty and staff

David Tom named Faculty Fellow for Accreditation

Application unavailable through 1/27

"Friday in November" nominated

SAC sponsors basketball games

Time for post-holiday weigh-ins

Healthy workshops by Human Performance Center

January 9

Donna Brazile to keynote MLK Day

Town Hall meeting Jan. 14

Week of Welcome actiivities

Costco offers employee reception

Massis selected for scholarship

New items available in FOCUS

Capella offers grants to employees

Winter driving tip








This week at Columbus State
Monday January 27

logoRed Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., NH Lounge

Tuesday January 28
Wednesday January 29
Thursday January 30



Friday January 31


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Christopher's is closed until Spring Semester

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January 30, 2014  

Title IX training required for administrators and more

If you are a supervisor, director, dean, chairperson, administrator, Human Resources employee, Police Department employee, athletic manager or coach, or a Student Conduct director or coordinator, then you are designated to receive complaints and report any knowledge of discriminatory and harassing behavior.
This designation requires you to have training under the College’s Chapter 3 Policies. (Nos. 3-42, 3-43, 3-44, and 3-45).

During the HR/Budget Forums that were presented last week, Chief of Staff Kim Hall reviewed the 2014 training requirements that apply to these categories of Columbus State employees.

Please join the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Ohio Department of Education for a Title IX/ EEO Compliance Training Session. The training will review Columbus State policies and federal and state law as they relate to compliance with Title IX Amendments to the Higher Education Act and the non-discrimination and anti-harassment obligations of the College. 

Additionally, the training will review your responsibilities and requirements as a designated reporter under the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The training session will be held on Friday, February 7, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor.

You may register to attend here:
For more information about these polices and this training event, please contact Jackie DeGenova, Columbus State in-house counsel, at ext. 5939.

Faculty win Theatre Roundtable awards

stage photoAssociate Professor of Humanities William Cook, and Instructor in Communica- tions/Theater Frank Barnhart, each won awards at the Theatre Roundtable Awards ceremony, held January 26 at the Jewish Community Center. 

Cook’s theater company A&B Theatricals, put on three plays he wrote which were nominated for awards by the Roundtable this year.  Joe Bishara won Best Director for Cook’s play “The Promised Land” and Jeff Horst was named Best Supporting Actor for his role in the same play. Cook was also given a special award for writing and producing “The Promised Land” and “State of Control.” 

Barnhart was awarded Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in “Hairspray,” produced by SRO Theatre Company and CATCO.  Theatre Columbus State was also nominated in several categories for Barnhart’s play “A Friday in November,” including Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Music Design, and Best Production of a Play.


Attendance Reporting dates established

Columbus State is required by federal law to verify and monitor the enrollment of students who participate in Federal Title IV student aid programs.  These programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and the Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans. It is our responsibility to verify students are in attendance and are actively engaged in the course as demonstrated by meaningful efforts toward completion of the course.

The Participation/Attendance Verification Reporting process is automated and requires the faculty member to log into their CougarWeb faculty menu and select the item titled “Participation/Attendance Tracking.”  Full detailed instructions on completing the reporting can be found in the CougarWeb User Manual for Faculty.

The following reporting dates have been established for this semester:

Window 1:  Feb. 1 – Feb. 7 - Window closes at 11:00 p.m.
Window 2:  March 6 – March 24 - Window closes at 11:00 p.m.
Window 3:  April 28 – May 4 - Window closes at 11:00 p.m.

We appreciate your assistance and cooperation with this most important process. If you have questions, please contact Bryan Wills in the Records and Registration Department at ext. 3605.

Batts earns master’s degree
Bettina Batts
, Registration imaging specialist in the Records and Registration Department, earned her master’s in General Psychology from Capella University on December 31. Batts has been employed by the college since 2004 and has been with the Records and Registration Department since 2008.

Fowler is interim graduation coordinator
Rachel Fowler
, transcript evaluator with the Records and Registration Department, will be stepping in as the interim Graduation Coordinator beginning February 1.   Fowler started at Columbus State as a student employee in Records and Registration in 1998.  She earned her associate degree in Aging Services at Columbus State and her Bachelor of Social Work at Capital University.

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L-R: Bryan Wills, Jennifer Leggett, Rachel Fowler, Bettina Batts.

Wills new contact for attendance verification
As noted above, Bryan Wills, system specialist in Records and Registration, is the new contact for questions regarding the Federal Financial Aid Participation and Attendance Verification Reporting.  Wills joined Columbus State in 2005 and has worked in Records and Registration since 2007.

Leggett is duplicate records coordinator
As of February 1, Jennifer Leggett, records specialist in Records and Registration, is the Duplicate Records coordinator.  Leggett is a 20-plus year employee of Columbus State.  She has spent many of those years in the Records and Registration Department and has a vast knowledge of student records.

Cougar Challenge 5K planned

start of race
The 3rd Annual Cougar Challenge 5K run is right around the corner! The race will be held at Fred Beekman Park at the corner of Kenny Road and Lane Avenue on Saturday, April 26. You can register online by February 15 for a discounted entry fee of only $20. Register:  ”Like” the Cougar Challenge 5K Facebook page for opportunities to win some cool prizes!

Di Pietro to perform in New York
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Humanities instructor Rocco Di Pietro will perform his work “Rajas for John Cage,” in Brooklyn, N.Y. on February 12, with the world renowned group The SEM Ensemble, under the direction of Petr Kotik. Fusing narration, improvisation, and Cageian structures, "Rajas for John Cage" offers a unique window into the later life of John Cage and his music. “Petr Kotik, conductor of SEM Ensemble and preeminent interpreter of John Cage's music, will work closely with me to bring this critical perspective of Cage and his music to life,” said Di Pietro. The concert will help launch Di Pietro’s new book of the same title to be published by New Music World of the Electronic Music Foundation. You can read more about Di Pietro’s concert and support his work here:


Back Cougar Basketball!

The Lady Cougars are in the midst of their best season in years as the men’s team takes the hardwood under the direction of a new coach. Check out this video about the Columbus State Basketball program this year:

Erinn Bailey

Columbus State's Erinn Bailey has been named one of two Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Players of the Week.

Bailey, a freshman guard from Dayton, Ohio, nearly led her team to a win over No. 16 Cincinnati State, with 23 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and three assists in her team's 85-79 loss on the road.