Health Rewards Briefing

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 must reach the eight-point minimum by June 30 maintain the 20 percent coverage rate.
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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 21

In-Service photo

Mumps inoculation clinic offered

Theatre Columbus State presents Antigone

"Socialist Fun"

Grad student ERG meeting

Health Rewards briefing

Fidelibus elected president of Coalition

Rivers named Financial Champion

Columbus State freshman earns Girl Scout award

Scholarship winners attend seminar

Professional development courses

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

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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 24, 2014  

JPMorgan Chase commits $2.5 million to Columbus State

In an unprecedented partnership with the Columbus region, JPMorgan Chase announced Tuesday a $2.5 million commitment to expand The Central Ohio Compact – a regional education and jobs initiative. The grant is part of Chase’s five-year, $250 million global New Skills at Work initiative.

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Receiving the check, L-R: Chauncy Lennon, JPMorgan Chase; Kenny McDonald, Columbus 2020; Dr. Richard Ross, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction; Dr. Harrison; Courtney Hodapp, JPMorgan Chase; Priscilla Tyson, Columbus City Council; U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty; Eric Schuppenhauer, JPMorgan Chase.

New Skills at Work is the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the “skills gap” that exists across many industries, such as healthcare and advanced manufacturing, where not enough trained workers have the specific skills to fill the jobs available. Columbus is one of nine investment markets for the initiative.

“This is the largest single grant made in Ohio in the past 15 years,” said Eric Schuppenhauer, senior vice president at JPMorgan Chase.  “We are committed to investing in the communities where we live and do business. We are proud to support Columbus State and their efforts to create opportunity throughout our great city.”

The grant will help extend the work of The Central Ohio Compact, a regional collaborative of dozens of school districts, higher education institutions, business and civic partners formed in 2011. Led by Columbus State, the Compact has initiated a series of system-wide solutions for college completion and career success. Funding from JPMorgan Chase will enable the Compact to further engage employers in the identification and development of additional industry credentials, create infrastructure to align the region’s measurable approach to responding to labor market needs, and raise community awareness of postsecondary career opportunities.

“Our students are our highest priority.  We strive to prepare them for academic achievement and career success,” said President Harrison. “We are grateful to JP Morgan Chase for their leadership and commitment. This grant will accelerate the alignment of regional workforce and education efforts to develop programs based on local labor market needs.”

Open Enrollment Forums to be held in May
Open Enrollment period is May 1 through 31. The Open Enrollment period is your opportunity to elect, terminate, and/or modify your benefit choices for the upcoming plan year for medical, dental, vision, life and flexible spending accounts (FSAs).  Open enrollment changes take effect on July 1, 2014, and the deadline to turn in your election form is May 31, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. 

The Human Resources Department will host Open Enrollment Forums for full-time benefit-eligible employees on the following dates:
Monday, May 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. (live-streamed)
Friday, May 9, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., and
Wednesday, May 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Delaware Campus – Friday, May 9, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The live stream presentation will be archived for later viewing. Locations for the forums will be announced.

For the upcoming year, healthcare premiums will increase by approximately 9.45 percent.  The increase is due to a number of factors, including a more active insurance claims history and administrative changes necessitated by the Affordable Care Act. Had the College not chosen to make several cost-containment modifications to its plan, the increase would have been 12.6 percent.

During the Forums, the HR Benefits Team will review the following plan modifications:  

Core/PPO Plan

  • Emergency Room co-pay has increased from $150 to $250.

  • Affordable Care Act co-pay administration changes and out-of-pocket expense increases.

Core/PPO and HDHP
  • Pharmacy will be converted to a restricted generic plan (there is a cost increase to employees if a brand name is requested by the employee; no added cost if a physician requires the brand name).

  • Tier-3 copay increase on the prescription drug list from $60 to $80.

  • Working Spouse Premium - effective January 1, 2015, there will a fee for spouses who are eligible for medical coverage through their employer but elect Columbus State primary coverage: 24 pay-period fee is $50.00/pay and 18 pay-period fee is $66.66/pay.


Massis, Beidler meet with Columbus Library IT team

Massis and Biedler with group
At the CML Operations Center with one of the new CML mobile technology carts are, from left, Massis, Burt Bardus (CML Interim CIO), Steve Hipes (CML Public Services) and Beidler.

In a continuing plan to present a Columbus State presence in the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branches, Library Director Bruce Massis and Deputy CIO Jim Beidler have been meeting with the Library’s Information Technology team to plan the rollout of enhanced services that will benefit Columbus State students and CML patrons. 

The first CML branch to officially open a co-branded CML/CS space is the Driving Park Branch at the corner of Livingston and Kelton, scheduled for Saturday, July 12. 

Reminder: Cougar Challenge 5K is Saturday!
The Columbus State Staff Advisory Council needs you!  They are still looking for runners and walkers for the 5K on Saturday, April 26, starting at 8:00 a.m. in OSU’s Fred Beekman Park. You can register the same day or click here to register!

Meditation Room conversation offered

Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion, will host a town hall meeting in the Columbus State Meditation Room, Union Hall 139, on Wednesday, April 30, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.  The meeting is an opportunity for the campus community to share their ideas and needs for the Meditation Room space, which was new in 2013. If you have some comments but are unable to attend, please contact Welsh by email.

Phi Theta Kappa Chapter earns awards at regional conference
Columbus State’s Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa—Alpha Rho Epsilon—earned nine awards, a scholarship and an award for excellence at the March 23 Ohio Regional Conference.  The Chapter was recognized for outstanding scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service, and was named a Five-Star Chapter.

The Chapter also won the Outstanding Service Award for their efforts with the C4 initiative, designed to create a culture of completion of two-year degrees. President Stacie Banes won several individual awards including the Order of Athena Award for outstanding leadership, fellowship, enthusiasm, and service as a chapter officer, as well as the Most Distinguished Chapter Officer Award for the entire Ohio Region. Banes was also awarded the Leaders of Promise Scholarship.

Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honor Society that recognizes academic achievement of two-year college students. The Honor Society also provides opportunities for individual development through honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming. In order to gain admittance to a Phi Theta Kappa chapter, a student must earn and then maintain at least a 3.5 GPA or higher throughout their degree program.

Disability Services staff present at national conference

Tiffany McClain, Christopher Keck and Adrienne Luke, Disability Services, will present a breakout session at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Conference: Sharing the Vision... Shaping the Future, on May 1.  The conference is sponsored by The Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Educational Specialists and The Association for the Education of Children with Medical Needs.  The session they will present is titled “Transition to College for Students with Disabilities.”

New rules for depositing funds
Ohio Revised Code (9.38) requires that all funds (cash, checks, credit cards) that are received at the College are deposited to the Cashier’s Office within one business day (if under $1,000) or within three business days (if $1,000 or more). In the most recent independent audit of the College, we could not demonstrate that we were in compliance with that requirement.

In order to be in compliance, we need your help.  The Office of Cashiers and Student Accounting has revised the department deposit form and instructions. You can find them on the Intranet under “Cashiers and Student Accounting forms” or at the following links:

Department should have payments directed to the Cashier’s Office when they are being remitted.  Do not send money through interoffice mail.  For more information, please contact Annetta Keller, at ext. 5073 or Jan Ellis, at ext. 2442.

Additional mail delivery coming May 1

Columbus State’s Mail Services will begin a second morning mail delivery to current delivery points beginning Thursday, May 1.  This additional service is being added to ensure that interoffice mail is delivered either the same or next day.  All delivery points will be given a schedule with an approximate delivery time for both the first and second deliveries in the next few weeks.  This only involves the Columbus Campus at this time.

As a friendly reminder, the Bookstore no longer offers package shipping services, but does sell first class postage stamps in Customer Care. Employees are not permitted to have personal packages or mail sent to the college however, outgoing stamped personal letter mail will be picked up by Mail Services and taken to the Post Office. 
If you have any questions regarding mail services, please contact Steve Eldridge at ext. 2783 or Eric Johnson at ext. 2568.

Deadline for Summer Fee Waivers is May 9

The deadline for Employee/Dependent Fee Waivers for Summer Semester is Friday, May 9.  A Request for Fee Waiver form must be turned into Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.
You may also pay your fees first, and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt  into Human Resources by June 27.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Thompson at ext. 2406.