Five teams in running for Quality Awards

Five campus teams will vie for top honors at this year’s sixth annual Quality Awards ceremony, to be held June 17.
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Fire Science program receives national recognition

Columbus State’s Fire Science program has been awarded recognition by the National Fire Academy (NFA) in acknowledgement of their success in meeting the standards of excellence established by professional Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) development committees.
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JP Morgan 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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Open Enrollment Forums 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). 
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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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Previous Stories:

May 5

Grads to hear from Habash

Road construction to wrap up

2014 Student Employee of the Year named

Learning Workshops for faculty

Advising Services article explains how to overcome unique barriers

Sullivan presents TRiO awards

Frederick to retire

May 1

Cougar Challenge 5K

"Branding" your email signature

Be a judge at Invention Convention

Bike to Work

Five teams in running for Quality Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award finalists

History instructor publishes

Med Lab students win scholarships

Landscape students travel to Colorado for competition

Construction Sciences students win eight of ten scholarships

Food Court to close for summer

Summer Welcome Team

Business Dept. to host project mgmt. event

Professional Development courses

Reminders: Fee Waivers, Open Enrollment

April 28

Faculty Excellence Awards

Two-year college conference seeks proposals

Employee passwords

Fire Science program recognized nationally

SAC brown bag lunch

Graduate named Regional Chef of the Year

April 24

JPMorgan Chase commits $2.5 million to Columbus State

Open Enrollment forums in May

Massis, Beidler meet with Columbus Library IT team

Meditation Room

PTK Chapter earns awards

Disability Services staff present at conference

New rules for depositing funds

Additional mail delivery comes May 1

Summer Fee Waivers deadline

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








This week at Columbus State
Monday May 12
Tuesday May 13
Wednesday May 14
Thursday May 15


Committee of the Whole, 12-2:30 p.m., FR 118


Friday May 16


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Christopher's is closed for Spring Semester and will reopen next term.

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May 12, 2014  

Commencement highlights captured

Relive Friday’s Spring Semester Commencement with this video captured by Mark Van Horn, Marketing & Communications!


Systems administrator able to perform PC miracles

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Trish Malloy seems to have computer ESP when it comes to troubleshooting the IT problems of the Transitional Workforce Department.  According to Doug House, director, “Trish demonstrates unending patience when assisting our employees.  As a former IT professional, I can say that I would never have been able to demonstrate the patience that Trish does! In each and every case, Trish has the problems diagnosed and corrected ASAP.” 

Several members of the Transitional Workforce Department nominated Malloy for Staff Employee of the Month, and attended the May 6 President’s Town Hall meeting where she was recognized for her work.

Florence Plagenz, supervisor of the ESL Afterschool Communities, says “It is a pleasure to know that Trish is there when a problem arises.  When several of the ESL Afterschool Communities staff purchased iPads for use in their programs, we called Trish when the network connection wasn’t working. The very next day she had coordinated efforts for a new wireless receiver to be installed!”

“Trish does an amazing job of responding to questions in a timely manner,” says Chelsea Francis, Non-Credit Registration. “She helped us keep track of student interaction and allowed us to help students in the most efficient ways possible.”

“She makes sure new instructors have access to our shared network drive—sometimes within minutes of the time the request is sent in,” says Tara Narcross, supervisor of the Language Institute.

“Trish has always been so responsive to our department when we have technical issues,” says Brianne Manczak, program coordinator in ESL Afterschool Communities. “She is so quick to respond and solve a problem, even if it means coming out to our off-campus sites. I can’t say enough about how wonderful and helpful Trish has been to work with.”

Parking lot closures during break

During the break there will be some short-term lot and street closures for maintenance issues and an event.

Lots 8-S and 9-E, both near the TIC, are scheduled to be closed for a short time.
This weekend, in order to accommodate the Invention Convention, 20-S next to GT will be blocked off and Grove Street will be closed from 6:00 a.m. Friday through 5:00 p.m. Saturday.


Paycheck date incorrect
The pay date for the pay period ending April 30, 2014 is May 15, 2014. Please disregard the incorrect pay date (May 13, 2014) printed on your pay advice or check. All payroll direct deposits and checks will post on Thursday May 15, 2014. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Payroll Office at (614)287-2348.

Bowling Green newest Columbus State partner institution

Cooley signs agreement
Dr. Jack Cooley
. Sr. VP for Academic Affairs, signs a transfer partnership agreement with Bowling Green State University as BGSU Provost Dr. Rodney Rogers looks on. The partnership between the two institutions provides students with a direct and guaranteed path to a bachelor degree.  The agreement is the ninth partnership between Columbus State and our four-year institution partners, joining Ohio State, Ohio University, Ohio Dominican, Miami, Ohio Wesleyan, Franklin, Capital and Otterbein University.

Reminder: Blackboard to be upgraded this week

The Blackboard upgrade will take place Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15.
The Distance Education and Instructional Support (DEIS) division has created a number of resources to help support you and answer any questions you may have about the upgrade.

Go to to learn more about the upgrade, see some of the featured enhancements, and find out about training that is available for this updated version of Blackboard.

If you have any questions or concerns about the upgraded version of Blackboard or the upgrade process, please contact the Faculty Assistance Center at

Testing Services offers new 24-hour proctoring service

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Proctors monitor online test-takers from the ProctorU office in Hoover, Ala.

Beginning Summer Semester 2014, Columbus State’s Testing Services will offer a new, optional service to Columbus State distance learning students who are enrolled in courses but are in a different country.

Columbus State will partner with Proctor U, a company that provides real-time online proctoring 24 hours a day.

Proctor U provides a secure face-to-face proctoring environment via the computer and webcam. A student signs into Proctor U at their scheduled testing time and is connected to a proctor who administers the student’s exam via webcam and various security measures. Proctor U provides a secure testing process that maintains the security and integrity of the test proctoring policies adopted by the Columbus State Testing Center, while meeting faculty exam guidelines.

This joint venture will provide an alternative solution to those students living abroad to continue their studies. Students and faculty are assured a secure and reliable proctoring service that meets and exceeds the high standards of testing required by Columbus State Testing Services.

For information about Proctor U, go online here, and feel free to contact Denise Cashon at ext. 5675 for any additional questions you may have.

“Taste to Remember” planned for May 15

The 12th Annual Taste to Remember will be held Thursday, May 15, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Station 67, 379 W. Broad Street.

Hosted by the Columbus Firefighters IAFF Local 67, the cost is $45 person in advance, $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Hunger Alliance and the American Culinary Foundation’s Columbus Chapter scholarship fund. Food, wine, spirits and desserts are all featured.

For more information: or call (614) 643-8020.

Food Court closed until August 1

The Union Hall Food Court will be closed for construction between May 12 and August 1. Other food options during Summer Semester include food trucks located next to the Library, food carts located around campus daily, and the DX Café located in the bookstore.  You can check out the various options online here:

Students graduate from program unique in the nation

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Graduates of the Community/Habilitation Assistant Program join their instructors, top row, for a Spring 2014 Class picture.

Twelve students completed the Community/Habilitation Assistant Certificate Program May 5 and more than 120 guests joined them at the ceremony to hear them speak of their accomplishments. The Community/Habilitation Assistant Program is an innovative program designed for individuals with a developmental disability. Students accepted into the program attend classes and participate in two practicums as they learn the skills needed to become a Community/Habilitation Assistant.

Those completing this program will be working in human service agencies throughout Central Ohio providing needed support to other individuals with disabilities.  The one-year certificate program first ran in June of 2007, and each year approximately 12 students have completed the program.

Jackie Teny-Miller, program coordinator and assistant professor in MH/AS/DD says, “This program is a dream come true for the students, families, friends and professionals that support people with disabilities. No other program like this exists in the country and it’s an honor teaching and supporting these young men and women.”

May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month

Read about natural ways to help lower blood pressure in the May issue of Wellness Online. You can also read more articles including: Prevention is the Best Medicine; It's the Finish Line! Get ready to walk or run your first 5K; and even see a Dr. Oz Video: Boost Your Energy!

Columbus schools grads eligible for scholarship

Do you know any upcoming graduates of Columbus City Schools who are planning to attend Columbus State? Encourage them to apply for the Robert Weiler Family Scholarship!

The Robert Weiler Scholarship provides $1,000 to support graduates of Columbus City Schools who are attending Columbus State and who wish to complete a four-year degree. The scholarship is renewable for a second year. Applicants must be graduates of the Class of 2014 from Columbus City Schools and meet other qualifications.

Applications are due June 15, 2014 and can be accessed here: