February 13, 2014
On Friday, February 14, both Columbus State campuses and all Regional Learning Centers are closed in observance of President’s Day. This may not appear on your Outlook email calendar, as some holidays have not yet been added to the new system.
Enrollment assistant uses good attitude to conquer challenges
Jessica Allen was working outside of her element when she joined the 50th anniversary celebration committee to work on the college Birthday Party last year. But she handled the logistics like a pro, came prepared to all meetings, and “was on top of everything” for the party, according to Angie Shear, Marketing & Communications, who nominated her for Staff Employee of the Month.
Allen, who is an enrollment assistant in the Telephone Information Center, is used to working on problems over the phone, but for the 50th Anniversary Birthday Party, she literally had to work outside of the box to help coordinate speakers, contests, music, talent shows, giveaways, and even a surprise flash mob in the center of campus! “The Birthday Celebration was a large undertaking and I am so grateful that Jessica was on our team,” says Shear. “She was among the first to say ‘let me know if you need help with anything else!’”
“Jessica has a great attitude at work every day,” says supervisor Kim Hachet. “With the recent change to Outlook email, she was the go-to person and I frequently saw her helping others figure it out. She is always very positive, and when anyone got frustrated, she’d remind them about other changes we’ve been through, and how much we liked it now!”
Toshi Pearson is amiable, unassuming and conscientious, which makes her the perfect ally for students and a terrific team player in the Telephone Information Center. Nominated by Marsha Phillips, TIC representative, Pearson is “one of those infinite resources that no one wants to live without!”
She jumped at the chance to teach her office mates a mini information session, which is a quick training for TIC reps on a specific subject—the only part time employee to do so. “She is detailed and patient, and made sure everyone had their questions answered,” says Barbara Simpson, her supervisor in the TIC. “She gives students the best care she can provide, and does the same for her fellow employees!”
Early Alert is one of the three 2014 Accreditation Action Projects, along with the Data Warehouse and Reverse Transfer Projects. It is a Category 6 project, which is Supporting Institutional Operations.
Early Alert piloted two years ago on the Delaware Campus. Today, the proactive student tracking program has launched across the entire college. “Thanks to the faculty, staff, distance education and instructional support, IT and the Early Alert steering committee, the expansion has been going really well,” says Teddi Lewis-Hotopp, Title III director.
An Early Alert screen in Blackboard. (not a real student)
Using Blackboard’s gradebook and automated ‘flags,’ Early Alert monitors student performance from day one of each semester. One flag too many and either a representative in the student’s support network, or someone from the Title III office will contact the student to discuss their challenges.
Early Alert cohorts include veterans, Generation One, TRIO, Developmental Education, and First Year students.
On the positive side, adds Lewis-Hotopp, “Early Alert also allows us to recognize students when they are performing well by sending kudos!”
To foster student success we have to learn more about our students’ backgrounds, and about the challenges that potentially interfere with academic success. What better way to understand those challenges than to “walk a mile” in their shoes! After learning about first-generation college students, participants in this workshop will build a student profile from a collection of variables, then explore overcoming these obstacles from the student and faculty perspective. Traci Haynes, interim chairperson for Psychology, will facilitate. The workshop is offered on Tuesday, February 25, from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. Advance registration is encouraged.
by Thomas Lyons
(Above) Nicholas Mahan and mom Adrienne work with volunteer Kelsey Conklin. (Right) Michelle Mei and her dad Bing get help from Enrollment Services’ Nasir Hassan.
Braving yet another snow squall, dozens of determined college-bound families made it to Columbus State’s downtown campus this past Sunday for help in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. The Delaware Campus played host to 71 parents and students.
“We had 13 volunteers serving our students and parents,” said Pat Fabrisi, director of Delaware Campus Academic Affairs. “The families were very pleased. One mother and daughter have attended all three years we’ve offered the event at the Delaware Campus. They promised to return with daughter/sister number two next year. Although the day was very snowy, our facilities and safety teams made sure the campus was ready for all the traffic. The IT systems worked perfectly allowing families to complete the online FAFSA and print documentation with no issues.”
College Goal Sunday is a national event, bringing together financial aid pros and other volunteers to help students and their families complete the 10 page application. FAFSA is the key document for student financial aid.
A special thank you goes out to all the Columbus and Delaware Campus volunteers. College Goal Sunday was a success because of your dedication in helping families with this important step! (Photos by Ellen Stadler)
Author to speak on college cheating March 25
Research indicates that nearly three quarters of college students cheat during their undergraduate years. Do they cheat because their learning environments give them incentives to try?
Educator and author James Lang says “yes” in his recent book, Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty, and argues that teaching strategies that discourage cheating are also most likely to improve learning. Lang will come to Columbus State on Tuesday, March 25, to give two presentations on academic dishonesty and evidenced-backed teaching strategies. The following are open to all and pre-registration is encouraged:
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty
The talk will review current statistics on cheating in higher education, consider the role of the learning environment in influencing student cheating, and argue for the importance of a whole-campus commitment to academic integrity. (Read more and register)
On the Clock: Timely (and Fast and Easy) Interventions to Maximize Learning in Any College Classroom
This session will introduce faculty to several key principles from some of today’s top cognitive theorists—including the testing (and pre-testing) effect, self-explanation, desirable difficulties, and dual coding—and encourage them to reflect upon how they might help shape individual class sessions to increase student learning. (Read more and register)
The sessions are sponsored by the Office of Student Conduct, Scholastic Integrity Committee, Student Engagement and Leadership, Office of Academic Affairs Faculty Entry, Training and Professional Development Committee, and Human Resources.
The Facilities Department invites everyone to stop by and wish Mike Ryan best wishes on his retirement at a reception on Wednesday, February 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Facilities Management Building, 407 N. Grant Street.
Mike Ryan a few years back, supervising the Snow Warriors!
Ryan has been the Supervisor of Grounds for more than 25 years. He has skillfully guided the landscape of the campus during years of tremendous growth and has led our snow warriors in clearing snow, ice, and providing safe access for the campus community. Please join in sharing memories and cake with Mike Ryan and his Facilities family next Wednesday!
Bookstore offering specials in advance of inventory
The Bookstore and the Café in DX will be closed March 10 through 14 for a system conversion and inventory. To prepare, the Bookstore is clearing out merchandise and offering some great specials!
All Red Tag Clearance Items are Buy-one-get-one-free, while supplies last!
All Columbus State sweatshirts are 20 percent off, and employee discounts apply!
Get a free OGO Umbrella worth $40 with backpack purchase of $29.99 or more, while supplies last.
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Kellie Brennan has been appointed to the Advisory Board for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA), for a two-year term that began in November.
NaBITA is an independent, not-for-profit association with more than 800 active members from colleges, universities, schools and workplaces across the country. The association brings together professionals from multiple disciplines who are engaged in behavioral intervention in schools, college campuses, and corporations, for the purpose of mutual support and shared learning.
Whether it is to combat bullying, prevent violence, support individuals with disabilities, help those suffering from mental health challenges, or assist those who are in crisis, NaBITA members are joined in common purpose and exploration of best practices. www.nabita.org
Christopher’s Restaurant, the student-run dining experience served in Eibling Hall 05, is now open on Tuesdays and Thursdays for lunch, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., and for dinner on Thursday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. You can find menus and prices at the Christopher’s Menu webpage online!
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Blood drive to be held Feb. 17
The Student Ambassadors and Phi Theta Kappa will assist the American Red Cross on Monday, February 17, at a blood drive in honor of Black History Month. The drive is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Nestor Hall West Lounge. Those who sign up to donate will receive a coupon to Tim Horton’s and enter a raffle to win free groceries from Kroger for a year. Remember, your gift of life could save three people! You can schedule your appointment to donate by going online to www.redcrossblood.org, and sign up using the code: cougars