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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Previous Stories:

May 19

Monthly Town Hall June 3

Woodward Elementary students visit Delaware Campus

Health Rewards briefings

Ohio Growth Summit

New spot for fine dining

Di Pietro returning to Stanford

Weight Watchers this summer

Kudos and Welcomes

New Opportunities

May 12

Commencement highlights

Malloy named May SEOM

Parking lot closures

Paycheck date incorrect

Bowling Green newest Columbus State partner

Blackboard upgrade

Testing Services offers 24-hour proctoring

"Taste to Remember" planned

Food Court closed until Aug. 1

Students graduate from unique program

May is National Blood Pressure Awareness Month

Columbus schools grads eligible for scholarship

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













This week at Columbus State
Monday May 26

Summer Semester begins

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Tuesday May 27
Wednesday May 28
Thursday May 29



Friday May 30


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May 27, 2014  

First Wednesday to be held June 3

President Harrison’s town hall-style meeting, First Wednesday, will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  All employees are invited to attend the meeting, during which the June Staff Employee of the Month will be recognized, and President Harrison will update employees on the latest campus news. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the live stream here:, and log in using the password cougars. A chat feature will be enabled for questions, and the session will be archived for later viewing as well.

Lights are on at the Grove and Cleveland crossing!

crossing at lightLucie Harkless, administrative assistant in Academic Affairs, uses the new crosswalk signal at Cleveland Avenue and Grove Street just hours after it was turned on last Wednesday.

While the final touches are being made to the nearly three-year Columbus Crossroads project on I-71 and I-670, one portion that provides a big benefit for the Columbus Campus is the completion of the crosswalk signal at Cleveland Avenue and Grove Street. Faculty, staff and students should no longer have to step onto Cleveland Avenue “just hoping” that drivers will yield.

“I’m relieved to see the traffic light,” said John Nestor, director of Planning and Asset Management in Facilities Management. “This improves pedestrian safety and provides continuity across campus. Part of the credit goes to the strong working relationship we have with the City of Columbus.” Nestor spent several years as Director of Public Safety where he requested a pedestrian signal for the busy crosswalk.

The massive road construction and improvements connected to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Columbus Crossroads project provided a timely window for the city to upgrade the intersection. The upgrade also includes an important left turn lane on southbound Cleveland Avenue for vehicles turning into campus. The signal went fully operational on May 21.

Open Enrollment deadline approaching Friday

The Open Enrollment period for full-time benefit-eligible employees ends on Friday, May 30. All requested changes to your benefit elections must be received in Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. It is recommended that any modifications are hand-delivered or emailed directly to the Human Resources Department to ensure their receipt.

If you were unable to attend the Open Enrollment information sessions, please feel free to view the recording via:

The Open Enrollment period is for medical, dental, vision, life and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014. If you have any changes that need to be made, Enrollment Modification Forms are also available by accessing the above link. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective on July 1, 2014. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Deborah Robinson at ext. 2177 or Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.

Library offers new website

The Columbus State Library now has a freshly revamped and user-friendly website, complete with a “Find It Fast!” feature that lets you search for high-quality sources, whether you or your students need articles, books, eBooks, or textbooks.

Hot items like citation guides and the Library’s latest social media posts and events are also featured on the opening screen, and the “About Us” FAQ page tackles several must-know library topics. Librarians recommend updating any bookmarks or links in Blackboard, although the old URLs will still redirect to the new site. 

“This is a very exciting development in providing greater student access to the library’s many offerings in a welcoming online environment,” said Director of Libraries, Bruce Massis.  Web Content Coordinator Tony Goins, whose team partnered with the library in this development, noted that "Our librarians did what they do best—marshalled and organized a great deal of information so it's accessible to students. The new site is a huge improvement for student learning."

DREAM workshop helps undocumented students

dream networkThe Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resource Team recently hosted the first DREAM Network workshop at Columbus State.

(DACA applies to students who immigrated to the U.S. with their parents before their 16th birthday, deferring action against those who qualify, in two-year increments.)

The workshop featured brief presentations on a variety of topics related to undocumented students participating in the DACA program, ranging from state residency requirements to scholarship opportunities. Staff from several areas on campus were involved in the workshop including Advising Services, Academic Affairs, Financial Aid, Admissions, and Global Diversity and Inclusion.

The 40 people in attendance at the workshop included current students, employees, parents, members of Dream Activist Ohio, and representatives from other colleges and universities. Starting in September, Columbus State will host monthly DREAM Network Workshops on different DACA topics. All are welcome to attend.

For more information about The DREAM Network, please contact Brett Welsh in Global Diversity and Inclusion.

Library to air Isaacson lecture on humanities, technology relationship

The Library will air Walter Isaacson’s lecture, “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences” from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the week of June 2 through 6 in the Media Studio.  Isaacson will highlight the careers of noted scholars and scientists including Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs in an attempt to examine how modern scholars and educators can strengthen the link between the humanities and sciences, and form a symbiotic relationship between humanity and the technology we use in our everyday lives. The lecture was originally presented as a Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Professional development opportunities offered
The Office of Professional Development and Retention will offer the following workshops to Columbus State employees in June.  Space is limited, so register today!  For more information, contact Barbara Allen.

From Boss to Host: The Art of Welcoming Leadership,Friday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
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


An Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),
Thursday, June 19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment measures psychological preferences to how people perceive the world and make decisions.  Participants will discover their individual types as determined by the MBTI assessment, then work to understand its implications, uses, and applications for personal and professional growth. 


Introduction to Hostmanship—Customer Service and Leadership Reframed: The Art of Serving Others,
Friday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome.  Meetings where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in the person, the organization, or the place that has invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives.  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.