March 20, 2014
Ohio University breaks ground in Dublin, partners with Columbus State
At the Ohio University groundbreaking ceremony in Dublin, Columbus State and OU officials gathered: (from left are) Terri Gehr, Michael Flowers, OU Board Chair Sandra Anderson, OU President Roderick McDavis, Valoria Hoover, and Rich Rosen.
Columbus State Board of Trustees Chair Rich Rosen was among the speakers at an outdoor groundbreaking event for Ohio University’s Dublin Extension Campus. Once completed in 2015, the building on Post Road will be used primarily for health-related programs and classes. Columbus State will share some of the space for classes.
Initial Columbus State programs will include associate degrees in Surgical Technology and Health Information Management. Certificate programs will include Sterile Processing, Massage Therapy and Medical Assisting. More programs for the site will be considered.
Columbus State began a program six years ago allowing our students to attend classes on our campus and complete a Bachelor of Applied and Technical Studies degree from Ohio University.
In his remarks yesterday, Chair Rosen said, “This new partnership is significant for us. We’ve had a presence in Dublin since 1979 offering classes in a Regional Learning Center nearby.”
More than 100 people attended the groundbreaking. Fellow trustees Michael Flowers and Valoria Hoover and Sr. Vice President and CFO Terri Gehr were also on hand to represent the college.
Parking and driving news updates
Due to a special event, approximately 60 parking spaces in the 27-S lot will be reserved on Monday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 25, all day. The remainder of the lot will be open and available for student parking. Students have been notified of this closing.
Also starting on Monday, March 24, at 7:00 a.m., the Long Street Bridge will close for one week from Jefferson Avenue (by St. Paul A.M.E. Church) to Hamilton Avenue (by Diehl Whittaker Funeral Home).
American Electric Power crews will be installing new power lines along the bridge. Motorists will be able to access the King-Lincoln neighborhood at the intersection of Broad Street and 17th Avenue. The bridge is expected to re-open by Saturday, March 29.
The deadline is rapidly approaching for high school students and current students who plan to study science, technology, engineering, or mathematics at Columbus State, and who may be able to attend tuition-free with the Future Scientists of Ohio Scholarship!
High School seniors, as well as current students in the Associate of Science program, who plan to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in a STEM field at any four-year university, are eligible to apply. The deadline for high school seniors is Tuesday, April 1. The deadline for current Columbus State students is Thursday, May 1. The requirements and application can be found online here.
Nominate a student employee today!
Did you know that more than 200 student employees work for Columbus State? The Career Services Office and Student Employment staff invites employees to join them in recognizing National Student Employment Week April 14 to April 18. This is the fourth annual celebration to thank our student employees for their unique contributions to our campus and community.
If you supervise or work alongside a student employee, please take a moment to recognize their efforts and consider nominating them as our 2014 Student Employee of the Year. The winner and all nominees will be recognized in April at the Student Employee of the Year Reception! For a nomination form, contact Amanda Jennings or call ext. 2156.
All student employees will also be invited to attend one of two Student Employee Appreciation Events on Monday, April 14, or Tuesday, April 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Departments are encouraged to participate in Student Employment Week by planning their own appreciation efforts; providing lunch, a DX gift card, or simply a “Thank You” card are all great ways to show your student employees how much they are valued.
Because Columbus State is committed to creating an innovative, reliable and student-centered Learning Management System, the college will be upgrading the Blackboard system on Wednesday, May 14.
Because this is just an upgrade, existing course content will not be affected and faculty will not be required to relearn how to use Blackboard. Most features will function as before, however there will be online directions for the most important new functions and features. The improved version of Blackboard will provide a modern, user-friendly experience for instructors and students, including:
* Upgraded browser support
* A global navigation menu that is always available
* An improved content editor with Video Everywhere capability
* Online assignment grading
* An automatic “re-grade” feature to identify and correct ineffective test questions
* Resolution to many of the current course copy issues for faculty
* A redesigned calendar that automatically updates due dates throughout the course
The upgraded Blackboard also integrates with existing systems, such as Starfish and Kaltura, to create connection and innovative opportunities for students and faculty. Training and implementation information will be provided in upcoming announcements and emails.
SAC Brown Bag lunch to offer retirement savings presentation
The Staff Advisory Council (SAC) 2014 Brown Bag Lunch Series March presentation will be “Thinking through Retirement Options as a Columbus State Employee,” with Ed Mobley, ING. Mobley will discuss some of the supplemental retirement options such as 403(b) and 457, which are U.S. tax-advantaged retirement savings plan available for public education organizations. The session is free and open to all employees on Thursday, March 27, at 12:00 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development (WD) 011.
Academic advisors Allen Parsons and Cassi Stewart were selected to present at the Great Lakes, Region 5 National Academic Advisor Association (NACADA) Conference March 6 in Madison, Wisconsin. Their presentation was titled “Unfortunately, I Do Not Work in Financial Aid; How One Team Connected the Dots between Advising and Financial Aid.” To create the presentation, Parsons and Stewart, along with Marcy Leeds, advisor and Marisa Vernon, assistant director in Advising Services, partnered with Suzanne VonAhn, Erika Hill, and Regina Harper in the Financial Aid Office. This collaboration has strengthened the relationship between the two offices, and helped advisors master basic financial aid principles to integrate into everyday advising.
Human Performance Center offers nutrition seminar
Join the staff of the Human Performance Center (HPC) for “Healthy Food Substitutes” on Tuesday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. in Delaware Hall 080. The seminar will discuss methods to make substitutions to your favorite meals to give an added nutritional value without added calories. Please bring your questions and favorite recipes and we will help you make easy, successful changes!
Two Columbus State students were awarded $300 scholarships from the Ohio Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (OhioMATYC). Mavis Kamadi earned the Ohio MATYC Student Scholarship for Exceptional Achievement, based on a combination of courses taken and grades earned. Mitchell Johnson earned the Rudy Sattler Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes outstanding developmental mathematics students.
Cougar Challenge 5K is April 26
Trade in your snow boots for your running shoes and enjoy the sunshine at the 3rd annual Columbus State Cougar Challenge 5K, hosted by Staff Advisory Council. All proceeds go to fund book scholarships for students and employees. April 26 is only five weeks away, so register now! Read more or register at the Cougar Challenge 5K website.
Under the college’s licensing agreement with Microsoft, employees interested in purchasing Microsoft Windows, Office or Visio products for home use can do so from cscc.onthehub.com under a new, extended license available from Microsoft.
Each product is now available to employees for work and home (personal) use for a one-time processing fee of approximately $10 per product. Additional fees may apply for physical media (DVDs) or for extended digital download rights. Details on the products and program, including additional products from Adobe, are available at cscc.onthehub.com.
You can login using your Columbus State network login and password to view the available options. Please note that the college does not provide any technical or licensing support for the products purchased under this program. Purchase and licensing support is however available directly from Kivuto at cscc.onthehub.com, and end-user product support is directly available from software manufacturer’s support services.
Questions about this program can be directed to the IT Support Center at ext. 5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dianne Fidelibus, (center) program coordinator in MH/AS/DD, holds photos of the late John S. Riley II, a graduate of the program who passed away in 2012. From left are program graduate Daniel King; Carolyn Ireland, executive director, House of Hope; Steven Rendina, adjunct faculty; and graduate Jeff Love. The group was on hand at the dedication of the John S. Riley II Recovery Residence. Riley was a beloved counselor who had attended Columbus State for many years as he pursued his degree. Columbus State also offers a scholarship in his memory, funded by four special training events the department hosts each year. According to Fidelibus, the scholarship currently has nearly $8,000 to offer students hoping to pursue degrees in addiction studies.