April 7, 2014
Testing Center coordinator went extra mile(s)!
When Testing Center coordinator Jessica Tomesek
recently noticed a student struggling to carry a computer, a loaded backpack and all of his class materials—on his bicycle—she immediately stepped in to the rescue of the hapless commuter. It turned out the student’s car had broken down and he wasn’t being too successful balancing his heavy load on two wheels. Tomesek offered to deliver the computer and books to the student’s house, while he wheeled his way home on the bicycle. Not many staff members would go out of their way like that, according to observer Steve Tolford, adjunct faculty in Developmental Education. Tolford nominated Tomesek for Staff Employee of the Month, an honor she received at the April First Wednesday meeting last week.
Tomesek’s supervisor Jim Kalna agrees, “This was a generous offer and Jessica went out of her way to help this student. Jessica often comes in early and stays late to assist PSEO students, and set up special testing,” he added. “This generosity is not the exception to the rule, but Jessica’s true spirit every day,” says Sydni Howard, assistant director of College Testing Services. “She is a great example of openness and compassion for all people, and the positive impact that any one person can have on another!”
Transfer Fair organizer displays daily Hostmanship
Although she’s a part-time employee, Lynn McNish manages to coordinate, organize and host Advising Services’ largest special event of the year, the Transfer Fair. “Lynn has been instrumental in organizing the Fair the last two years,” says Dawn Blair, supervisor. “She works tirelessly to check on every detail, focusing her energy on making this an event that will meet the needs of our students as they prepare for their next step in the educational journey. The four-year college representatives all comment on her helpfulness and professionalism.”
Blair nominated McNish for the Professional Part-Time Employee of the Month award, which she was presented at last week’s awards program.
“Lynn’s high level of professionalism has contributed greatly to the success of the Transfer Fair,” says David Aldstadt, supervisor in Advising Services. “By showing this same commitment to her daily work duties, Lynn has become one of the most valuable members of my front desk staff and is an asset to Columbus State.”
Job Ready Internship Program extended by OBOR
Columbus State will continue their partnership with The Ohio State University as they lead the Job Ready project through the next round of the Board of Regents' Ohio Means Internships and Co-Ops program through June 2016. $800,000 in funding will allow the JobReady Internships and Co-Ops partnership to enhance the academic internship program within the college, create 180 new for-credit, paid Career & Tech internships across the state in JobsOhio key industries. Ohio State will partner with Columbus State, North Central State College, and 40 private-sector employers to promote internships and deliver module-based education that addresses employer-identified gaps between the classroom and the workplace. For more information about the program, contact Shane Kirby.
April IN Group to discuss James Lang’s presentations
The April meetings of the Adjunct IN Group are open to all employees who wish to discuss the presentations given by visiting educator and author James Lang. Lang addressed how learning environments and experiences influence academic dishonesty. Research shows that what is good for learning also reduces cheating. Lang also summarized four key evidence-based principles of learning and memory that can be easily incorporated into our teaching. Register to attend either the afternoon or evening meeting on April 10th and gain access to recordings of his talks to view ahead of time. Questions? Contact Rich James (email@example.com).
Di Pietro to perform with students April 25
Rocco Di Pietro, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, will perform a concert at Fort Hayes Concert Hall, Friday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. It will feature our students and faculty playing Di Pietro’s work in a “Concert of Homages.” Performing in the concert will be Humanities students Allyssa Kauffman on oboe, Tyler Marrone on trumpet, and Chelsea Arthur on piano, as well as former student Abigail Fabyan on cello, with faculty David Tomasacci on piano and trombone. They will be joined by students from Fort Hayes and Ohio State. The concert will be in two parts: Part 1 consists of one-minute miniatures on piano and instrumental. Part 2 is larger works ending with a theatrical work titled “The New Laughter.”
Student employees recognized at reception April 18
The annual Student Employee of the Year Reception will be held Friday, April 18, acknowledging the student employees who exceed expectations and make a difference on our campus and in the community. All nominated student employees and their supervisors or nominators will be invited to attend. The event is part of National Student Employee Week.
Cougars for Community host bake sale
Cougars for the Community will host a bake sale to raise money for their community service projects on Monday April 7 (today), from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the courtyard area near the statue.
Join upcoming Relay for Life
Cougars for the Community members, alumni, current students and employees are coming together to create "The Mighty Ribbons" Team for The Ohio State University's upcoming Relay for Life. The team has raised $560 so far to aid in the fight against cancer. The relay begins at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, and continues for 18 hours. If you would like to participate, email team captain Rachel Rockwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Rewards briefing is April 10
A Health Rewards Briefing will be offered on Thursday, April 10,
from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in CT 107. Any employee and spouse/domestic
partner covered under either of the United Health Care plans through
Columbus State must reach the eight-point minimum by June 30, 2014 to
maintain the 20 percent coverage rate. Learn more about the
Health Rewards Program online here. A
also offered online.
For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, at ext. 3989.
Weight Watchers offers open
The Columbus State Weight Watchers at Work program will host an Open
House Tuesday, April 8, at noon in the Center for Workforce
Development (WD) 312. Come and find out why many of your coworkers
have joined this program to lose pounds and inches galore! There are many
benefits to the Weight Watchers at Work program: They meet conveniently
during lunch hour; the cost can be deducted from your paycheck; the program
has special e-tools to help you track your progress; and,
if you attend 10 of the 12 meetings per semester, you will be reimbursed
one-half of your cost.
For more information on the program, contact Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989.