May 5, 2014
Graduates to hear from president of Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Students earning their associate degrees at Friday’s Spring Semester Commencement will hear from guest speaker Matt Habash, the president and CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank.
More than 1,100 students have earned degrees this term, with well over 700 of them scheduled to attend the commencement ceremony, which begins at 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 9, in the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Habash became Executive Director of Mid-Ohio Foodbank in 1984. Prior to that, Matt was with St. Stephens Community House, first as a youth worker and then as the assistant to the Executive Director.
Habash was a member of the Columbus City Council from 1993 to 2006, serving as Council President from 1999 to 2006. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Master of Business Administration from Xavier University, and a Master of Public Policy from The Ohio State University.
Reminder: May town hall is May 6
The President’s monthly town hall meeting, where we will meet the May Staff Employee of the Month and get updates from Dr. Harrison, will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The meeting will also be live streamed at http://www.livestream.com/ ColumbusState, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.
The wait is almost over! After two years of road and ramp closures around the Columbus Campus, final touches are now being put on the Columbus Crossroads project at I-71 and I-670.
Perhaps the biggest payoff is this: The long-awaited crosswalk and traffic signal at Cleveland Avenue and Grove Street will be turned on in a couple of weeks. It will first be set to flash yellow on Cleveland and red on Grove for one full week. Then it will be activated so that pedestrians will have a walk signal to cross busy Cleveland Avenue next to WD.
Elsewhere, at the back of campus, a traffic light will stop traffic coming off of I-71 south at Spring Street. Once the signal is operational in June or July, the temporary median preventing vehicles on Jefferson Avenue from crossing Spring Street will be removed.
Keep in mind there will be a few minor inconveniences in coming weeks. Final construction and bridge work will require some ramps to close for a few weeks including the new ramp from Cleveland Avenue to I-71 south. Those closures will be announced once the Ohio Department of Transportation and the project contractor set a work schedule.
2014 Student Employee of the Year named
The 4th annual Student Employee of the Year awards reception was held Friday, April 18 recognizing 14 student employees who were nominated from a variety of campus departments and community organization partners. Carlton Donahoo was named Student Employee of the Year for his professionalism and initiative at his job with the Ohio Historical Society. Carlton’s supervisor wrote, “I truly believe the Ohio Historical Society has become spoiled with having such a wonderful and attentive employee with us this semester. His contributions and line of thinking will continue to impact our organization as we move forward on developing mobile apps for the Historical Society.” Donahoo will graduate this week with his degree in Computer Science.
Both Achieving the Dream (AtD) and the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) advocate active learning—cognitively active and engaging with others—to boost student success. Implementing these practices well, however, can be a challenge. Through our CCSSE surveys, students said they experience less “active and collaborative learning” than the average of other CCSSE schools.
To better understand and apply active learning, the Faculty Entry Training and Professional Development Committee is hosting workshops led by AtD-affiliated Southern Center for Active Learning Excellence (SCALE). These highly interactive workshops will provide a conceptual framework and hands-on experience in planning, implementing troubleshooting and assessing cooperative learning in the college classroom. Participants will develop cooperative learning activities that they can take back and implement right away.
There will be events for full-time and adjunct faculty. There is a two-day workshop for full-time faculty on Thursday and Friday, June 19 and 20, and a one-day workshop for adjuncts on Saturday, June 21. Each day will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with lunch provided. Learn more and register.
Advising Services article explains how to overcome unique barriers
Advising Services’ Marisa Vernon, Lorrie Ritchey and Cassi Stewart recently were published in the online publication Developments, a publication for theAmerican College Personnel Association.
The article, titled “A First Step: The Unique Needs of Two Community College Populations,” dealt with the unique student affairs needs of two emerging populations entering our door: students entering college with felonious backgrounds, and students impacted by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislations.” The article explains that “students from both experiences are often faced with extreme barriers even at the application stage, and the barriers do not necessarily disappear once students crack open their first college textbook.” The article discusses how Columbus State assists students in overcoming those barriers.
You can read the article in its entirety here:
TRiO Student Support Services Advisor Julie Sullivan delivered the keynote address at the “Scholarship Opportunity for Success” banquet April 25 at The Columbus Foundation. Four Columbus State TRiO students were honored, from left: Holley Ferrell, Sheila Brady, and Monica Lunder pose with Sullivan (seated). Not pictured is recipient Stacie Banes.
After 18 years teaching as an adjunct instructor in the Environmental Science, Safety and Health Department, and as a trainer for non-credit classes, Allen Frederick will retire after Spring Semester. He has taught a variety of OSHA and hazardous materials courses for thousands of students in the Fire Science, Law Enforcement and Environmental Science, Safety and Health programs, as well as in industry. Allen recently retired from the federal government as a chief of training in the environmental and safety area and many students have benefited from his extensive knowledge. Frederick and his wife Renee are planning to move to a new home in the Hocking Hills, where he has set up a solar and wind system to assist in providing electricity.