February 27, 2014
Parking lot closed tomorrow: Due to a large academic event at the Center for Workforce Development tomorrow (Friday, February 28), the 27-S lot will be closed for most of the day to accommodate parking for school buses from around Central Ohio. The 27-S lot is at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and McCoy Street near the exit ramp from I-670.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, March 5, at (the slightly later than usual time of) 9:30 a.m., to attend President Harrison’s First Wednesday town hall meeting, where we will get our first look at Columbus State’s new and refreshed “brand,” including the new logo—the first in 27 years!
After awarding the Staff Employee of the Month and Professional Part Time Employee of the Month awards, the college’s advertising agency, Ologie, will give a presentation detailing the extensive rebranding effort. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in the new brand as well!
The brand portion of the program will be repeated at 12:00 and 3:00 p.m., with all three presentations taking place in the Conference Center Ballroom in WD, fourth floor.
As always, First Wednesday will be live streamed at http://www.livestream.com/columbusstate . You will be prompted to enter the password cougars to enter the site. The livestream will also be archived for later viewing on this site.
Columbus State’s month-long Combined Charitable Giving Campaign is coming to a close, but you can still make a one-time donation or sign up to donate through payroll deduction, by going online here for the Donor Resource Guide, and filling out an Employee Pledge Form online here. The campaign ends on Friday, February 28.
Featured Agency: Clean Fuels Ohio
Clean Fuels Ohio works to increase use of efficient vehicles and cleaner American fuels, like biodiesel, natural gas and ethanol, to improve air quality and health and reduce petroleum dependence. Dr. Andy Rezin, Chair of Automotive and Applied Technologies, serves on the Board of Directors for Clean Fuels Ohio, which is a state-wide, non-profit organization. Currently, there are over a dozen alternative fuels currently in production or being developed in the U.S. and Europe. Clean Fuels Ohio helps businesses and individuals determine which type of fuel and vehicles make the most sense for their use, reducing costs, pollution, energy dependence, and creating jobs for the state. Clean Fuels Ohio is agency No. 2015.
The Staff Advisory Council members will have special giveaways at the Cougar Men’s and Women’s basketball games on Saturday, March 1, in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. The women’s team will face Cuyahoga Community College starting at 1:00 p.m. and the men tip off against The Challengers at 3:00 p.m. Games are free to all with a Cougar ID.
Learning is hard work. But what challenges are “desirable difficulties” that foster long-term retention and application of learning? And how can assessments improve learning while being nearly impossible to cheat on? These and other provocative topics are subjects of books by author and professor James Lang. Lang will discuss these and more when he visits Columbus State on Tuesday, March 25, to lead two events:
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Location TBA)
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
(1:00 to 2:30 p.m., Location TBA)
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)
Contact Rich James, at ext. 2175 for more information.
C.A.R.E.S. advocacy training offered in March and April
Many college students are forced to make tough decisions every day, such as choosing between paying rent or buying food. This spring, Columbus State C.A.R.E.S. will offer three workshops that will train employees to advocate for students who face financial, academic, or personal difficulties in college. Learn how to practice active listening skills and match students with services. In 2013, more than 130 Columbus State employees became C.A.R.E.S. advocates. Put yourself in your students’ shoes and practice your advocacy skills on March 14 or April 11, at the Columbus Campus, or on March 28, at the Delaware Campus. To register, please visit http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/courses.asp.
All Columbus State employees are invited to attend a free one-day training sponsored by OHIOREACH on Friday, March 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development (WD).
OHIOREACH works to improve post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, Research and Networking (LEARN). The purpose of the training session is to improve retention and graduation rates for foster youth in higher education.
OHIOREACH is looking for professionals on campuses who are willing to serve as a support for these youth, serving as campus liaisons. This one-day training will present best practices, help develop a foundation for Columbus State, and identity essential elements that correlate with our students. Columbus State has four spots remaining for this training. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kimberly Rhyan.
Have you started your spring cleaning yet? Columbus State will hold the 2nd Annual Goodwill Drive on In-Service Day, Thursday, April 17. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate by donating clothing, household goods, small appliances, and lots more!
Don't miss out on some great buys, including:
Select sweatshirts and sweatpants only $9.99
50th Anniversary drink ware $3 and under
Large selection of corporate wear $10 and under
Key chains $.65-$2.00
25% off entire selection of backpacks--and get a free OGIO umbrella with purchase, while supplies last.
Sale ends March 7. Remember, the Bookstore and DX Café will be closed March 10-14 for a system conversion and inventory.
Reminder: Concert and Jazz Bands to perform March 4
The Columbus State Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, March 4, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor. The concert is free and open to the public. Don’t miss it!
Weiser to perform in “The Producers”
Michelle Weiser, coordinator with Student Engagement and Leadership at the Delaware Campus, will perform in the cast of Gallery Players’ upcoming production of Mel Brooks’ musical “The Producers,” which opens at the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center this weekend and runs through March 16.
“The Producers,” by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, is about a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant, who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! Read more about the show here or buy tickets! http://columbusjcc.org/programs/cultural-arts/gallery-players/
Counseling Services invites you to join them at a reception in honor of Dr. Mark Querry, who has been with Columbus State for 23 years in a variety of capacities in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol counseling. Come say goodbye and good luck to Dr. Querry on Thursday, March 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Eibling Hall 201C. Contact Tracy Thornton at ext. 2818 for more information.
The college congratulates our new fulltime hires and promotions:
Lynda Anderson, Director, Human Resources
Kara Briscoe, Program Coordinator, Admissions
Diane Higginbotham, Counselor, Career Services
James Kerr, Instructional Designer 2, Instructional Services/Distance Learning
Vanessa Langhurst, Librarian
Robert Lloyd, Police Officer
Sarah McMains, Specialist, Testing Center
Kelly Weir, Budget Director, Business and Administrative Services
Brett Welsh, Supervisor 2, Global Diversity and Inclusion