Purchasing Deadline is June 9

In a continued effort to allow as much time as possible for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2014 funds, the Purchasing Department will retain a June cut-off date for purchases. The last day to purchase goods and services for the year ending June 30, 2014 is June 9, 2014.
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Writers Conference to be held April 26

speakerThe 2014 Writers Conference will feature novelist, essayist, and editor Roxane Gay as keynote speaker.
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CSEA Faculty Excellence Awards to be given April 29

The 2014 CSEA Faculty Excellence Award ceremony will be held Tuesday, April 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.
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Quality Awards Ceremony scheduled for June 17

The annual Quality Awards ceremony recognizing our Distinguished Teaching Award, Distinguished Full Professor Award, Staff Employee of the Year, Part-Time Staff Employee of the Year, and Quality Improvement Team Award winners will be held Tuesday, June 17
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Previous Stories:

April 14

Arts & Sciences Symposium

In-Service registrations

Men of the Year nominations

Quality Matters Consortium

Mayor's office sends commendation

Purchasing deadline is June 9

Kudos and Welcomes

New Opportunities

April 10

Registration for In-Service

Writers Conference April 26

Cougar Challenge 5K

Last in Latin American Film Series changed to April 24

President Harrison published in This Week

Scholarship recipient presents at NASA event

"Share the Road" survey

April 7

Testing Center coordinator goes the extra mile(s)!

Transfer Fair Organizer displays daily Hostmanship

Job Ready Internship Program extended by OBOR

Di Pietro to perform with students April 25

Student employees recognized at reception

Cougars for Community host bake sale

Join upcoming Relay for Life

Health Rewards briefing is April 10

Weight Watchers offers open house

April 3

Spring In-Service right around the corner

Students spend Spring Break in service

Digital Arts Festival

Landscape alum featured in magazine

Meyers' play to be performed

Gospel Ensemble performs

Woodwinds to perform

Job database gives students access to career opportunities

Bookstore sale

New Opportunities

March 31

Orientation program for new students


Distinguished Teaching nominations

Free lecture on sustainable development

Helms presents two sessions

Nursing Dept. to offer career exploration

Kudos and Welcomes

March 27

Survey of initial student engagement

The Reverse Transfer Action Project

IRS guidance on adjunct hours

Learn about FOCUS

Still time to order new business cards

New Opportunities











This week at Columbus State
Monday April 21

Summer and Fall Semester registration open

logoRed Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., NH 106

Tuesday April 22
Wednesday April 23
Thursday April 24

Latin American Film Series: "Silencia", 3:30 p.m., FR 110


Friday April 25


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Christopher's is open  every Tuesday and Thursday during Spring Semester

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April 21, 2014  

Living the Dream

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At In-Service Day April 17, Heather Johnston talks about her attendance at the recent Achieving the Dream conference. Looking on are moderator Tracy Little (right), David Tom (center), and Matt Heywood. Also on the panel were Rebecca Mobley and John Eldridge. The members of the Student Success Council gave attendees a quick run-down of the many new initiatives on campus to help students complete their studies, including the Honors Program, Learning Communities, the Textbook Initiative, COLS 1100, and Learning Objects.

Mumps inoculation clinic to be offered for students
As you have likely heard in recent days, the growing mumps outbreak has reached four students at Columbus State. Our staff has been working this week with Columbus Public Health to offer a free clinic for students. Due to limited supply, Columbus Public Health can’t offer the free immunizations to staff or faculty. Employees who are covered by health insurance can obtain the immunization for their primary care physician. Employees who are not covered by health insurance are able to get a free immunization, but they must stop by Columbus Public Health on Parsons Avenue.

The student immunizations are expected to be available on Wednesday and Thursday (April 23 and 24) for about four hours each day. The times will vary so that students in the late morning or early afternoon have access to one clinic, while students in the late afternoon or early evening will have access to another clinic. The vaccinations will be offered free of cost to students.

Theatre Columbus State presents Antigone

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Students Halla Jones (left) and Johanna Breiding as Ismene and Antigone in Theatre Columbus State's production of Antigone.

Theatre Columbus State will present “Antigone,” a Greek tragedy addressing issues and challenges we still face in today’s society.

First performed in 441 B.C., “Antigone” depicts the struggles to bury a young man who died fighting for the throne of Thebes. His sister, Antigone, insists on giving him proper rites, in defiance of an edict from the new king. Antigone must struggle to follow her own conscience, even if it causes civil disorder.

“Antigone” will be presented in the Nestor Hall Auditorium nightly at 8:00 p.m. from April 23 through 26. There’s an additional 3:00 p.m. matinee on April 24. All performances are free.

You can see a video preview here: http://youtu.be/IKLIW2Nqunk

OSU prof to lecture on “Socialist Fun”
April 22

Gleb Tsipursky, assistant professor of History at OSU-Newark, will present a talk titled “Socialist Fun: Domestic Cultural Diplomacy and Socialist State-Sponsored Popular Culture in the Cold War, 1953-1962” on Tuesday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m. in the Center for Workforce Development Room 352. 

His lecture will explore how the Soviet Union attempted to combat American popular culture in the 1950s by creating their own brand of “Socialist Fun.”  This talk is part of a new collaborative speaker series with the East Asian Studies Center at OSU. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Grad student ERG to meet April 24

The Graduate Student Employee Resource Group (ERG) will hold a meeting Thursday, April 24, in WD (check lobby for room assignment) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Employee Resource Groups are employee-driven gatherings that act as a source of information and support.

The Graduate Student ERG is for anyone who is considering starting a master’s or doctoral degree, or anyone that is currently enrolled in a grad program.  Talk about your experiences, learn from others, and help others by joining!

For more information please contact one of the Graduate Student ERG liaisons: Nichole Bowman-Glover nbowmang@cscc.edu; Jill Cadotte jcadotte@cscc.edu; and Henry Bawden hbawden@cscc.edu.

Health Rewards briefing is April 22
logoA Health Rewards Briefing will be offered on Tuesday, April 22, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.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 tutorial is also offered online.
 For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, at ext. 3989. 

Fidelibus elected president of Coalition

FidelibusDianne Fidelibus, program coordinator in Mental Health/Addiction Studies/Developmental Disabilities was recently elected president of the Ohio Coalition of Associate Degree Human Service Educators.

The organization serves an advocacy role within the field of human services, was instrumental in the development of the state of Ohio's Social Worker Assistant Certification education requirements, and provides affordable bi-annual conferences for associate degree students. Meetings are hosted at the Delaware Campus, which provides a convenient location for members traveling across the state to participate.

Rivers named Financial Champion

RiversDavid T. Rivers
, Certified Business Advisor, Ohio Small Business Development Centers, was named Financial Services Champion of the Year by the Small Business Association Columbus District, in a statement that read “Rivers goes above and beyond to create a community and resources for small businesses and startup firms in need of capital.”

Every year since 1963, the President has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.  The Columbus District SBA event will honor Rivers and 10 additional award winners at “Celebrating Success in Small Business” May 29, at the Pinnacle Golf Club, Grove City.

Columbus State freshman earns prestigious Girl Scout award

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Meredith Layfield accepts the Gold Award from Girl Scout Board Chair Dixie Travelsteadt

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recently announced that Meredith Layfield, a freshman at Columbus State, has received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. 

For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Meredith was inspired by her cousin Gabby, who was hospitalized in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.  Gabby was predicted to live a mere eight weeks, but has now grown to be four years old.  From her cousin’s experience, Meredith learned that newborns in intensive care units are unable to regulate their own body temperature and need hats to keep them warm.  However, the units often lack funding to provide hats and do not receive enough donations to fill the need, so Meredith rallied her community to help.

Meredith completed her project, which she named Gabby’s Gift, as a senior at O’Fallon Township High School. She taught herself and others to crochet, made 55 infant hats for the hospital, and started a Facebook page to continue the effort.

At Columbus State, she is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and hopes to go into the field of Aerospace Engineering. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout's commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life.  To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable.   The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work.  Only about 6 percent of eligible girls earn the prestigious Gold Award.

Scholarship winners attend job skills seminar

winners in classroomStudents in Business Programs and Integrated Media and Technology attended an afternoon seminar training session on Friday, April 11, where they learned time management, conflict resolution, and job search skills from industry professionals.  The session was in partnership with Gap, Inc., in its third year of the Job Skills for America’s Future scholarship program.  The students also took part in mock interviews with local Gap, Inc. store managers.  This year’s scholarship awardees are Tyler Briscoe, Nellie Rose, Meseret Mengstu, Adriane Kessler, Shirley Williams, Oumar Kane, Mohamed Farah, Heidi Buckeye, Tiffany M. Boyd, and Robert Crane.  The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Columbus State Foundation, Grants Office, and Career & Technical programs, led by Shane Kirby, project coordinator.

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Hostmanship 2: Taking Hostmanship to the next level
April 25, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. WD 315
Instructor: Barbara Allen

Hostmanship authors Jan Gunnarsson and Olle Blohm invite us to re-think our definition of customer service to see every encounter not merely as a transactional experience but one to genuinely connect.

Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests. We become engaged, present and active, building connection, satisfaction and engagement. In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding developing practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our customers. https://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/register.asp?C=518&D=3360
Prerequisite:  Hostmanship

Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership reframed: The Art of Serving Others
May 12, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. location TBA
Instructor: Barbara Allen

Hostmanship is the art of making people feel welcome.  Meetings where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in that person, that organization or that place that has invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives.

Jan Gunnarsson, a hospitality industry veteran from Sweden challenges individuals to reframe their views of customer service and leadership.  At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host.  This shift transforms the interaction, creating a "welcoming attitude" where we are able to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction.

In this introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth. We will take an hour "on your own" lunch break from 12:00 to1:00 p.m.

From Boss to Host: The Art of Welcoming Leadership
May 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., location TBA
Instructor: Barbara Allen

As a companion book to Jan Gunnarson and Olle Blohm's “Hostmanship,” Boss to Host defines leadership simply as "guiding others to a better place."  Through a Hostmanship perspective, leaders are invited to consider "the art of welcoming leadership" focusing on how welcoming leadership can play a decisive role in successful organizations.
Prerequisite:  Hostmanship
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