April 24, 2006

New Web site coming soon
Columbus State will soon have a new Web site design. The design, a collaboration between Institutional Advancement (IA) and Information Technology (IT), should begin to roll out in the next week or two.

A sneak peak at Columbus State’s new home page.

The revised Web site will feature more news of the college, as well as a space in the upper right-hand corner for important announcements such as CougarWeb outages. The design will eventually be copied throughout the rest of the college’s Web site. The design includes links that will be common among all pages and are intended to make the site easier to navigate.

Representatives from IA and IT have been meeting with various departments for the last few months to prepare for the transition.

As part of this project, IA brought in Tony Goins as Web content coordinator. Goins’ job is to gather content for the Web site and make sure information stays current. Departments may send updates for the Web site to him at dgoins1@cscc.edu. Goins comes to Columbus State after a career as a newspaper reporter, most recently at “Business First” of Columbus, where he managed the newspaper’s Web site.

“No content should be lost in the transition,” Goins said. “Hopefully, we can add more content and make the Web site more useful to students and staffers.”


Law Enforcement program to offer credit toward degree to state troopers
Ohio State Patrol cadets are now able to earn 41 credit hours toward their associate degree in Law Enforcement from Columbus State for completing their training at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

"We expect many cadets, as well as current officers, to take advantage of this opportunity to earn their associate degree," said Wagner. "The degree in Law Enforcement is designed to prepare in-service officers to assume managerial positions within their departments."
In a new program developed by Columbus State’s Scott Wagner, professor in Law Enforcement, and Major Peyton Watts, commander of the State Patrol Academy, the college will grant 41 credits toward the 108 hours required for the associate degree in Law Enforcement-Academy Track.

Credit can also be awarded to any police basic training officers who complete their training at the State Patrol Academy, regardless of the department sponsoring them. The credit is also available retroactively for any officer who has completed the basic training previously.

Courses leading to the associate degree may be offered on-site at the State Patrol Academy on 17th Avenue if enrollment is high enough at the location, according to Wagner.


Former judge to speak at Paralegal Department’s Law Day

Yvette McGee Brown
Former Judge Yvette McGee Brown will be the guest speaker on the Paralegal Studies Program's Law Day, May 1 at 9 a.m., in Nestor Hall Auditorium. McGee Brown will speak on “Law and Public Service.”

McGee Brown was judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court, from 1993 through 2002. She was the first African-American and the second woman to be elected to the court. She currently serves as president of the Center of Child and Family Advocacy at Columbus Children’s Hospital.

McGee Brown’s speech will be followed by a mock trial presented by the Paralegal Department's students and presided over by Pickaway County Juvenile Court Judge Jan Long. The trial will be attended by more than 200 Columbus area high school and middle school students.

Both the speech and the mock trial are free and open to the campus community and the public. For more information about Law Day, contact Tom Shanahan, at ext. 2623, or visit the Law Day Web site.


Operation Feed campaign kicks off May 1
The Staff Advisory Council is once again hosting the Operation Feed campaign on campus from May 1–31. Your help is needed to bring in critically needed items for this year’s campaign including: baked beans, beef or chicken stew, canned tuna and other canned meats, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, pasta, peanut butter, and monetary donations to provide food year round.

SAC’s goal for this year’s campaign is to raise enough food for 2,500 meals. To arrive at that amount, the campaign counts a one pound can of food as one meal and a $1 donation as two meals.

To encourage donations, SAC will have themes for each week of the campaign. The themes are:
Week 1, May 1–5: canned meats and tuna
Week 2, May 8–12: boxed dry goods (Pop Tarts, oatmeal, cereals, etc.)
Week 3, May 15–19: peanut butter
Week 4, May 22–27: canned fruit and vegetables
Week 5, May 29–31: canned soups, stews and pasta

To make a food donation, look for donation boxes in each building in various departments. SAC also will have tables at In-Service on May 5 and at Spring Fling on May 11 to collect donations.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation, make your check payable to Operation Feed and give it to a SAC representative. To find your SAC representative, go to http://www.cscc.edu/sac/members.htm.


Put on your bobby socks and join your colleagues “At the Hop”
The 6th Annual Columbus State Employee Celebration will take place Saturday, May 13, from 6-10 p.m. at the Bridgeview Golf Course. This year’s celebration, “At the Hop,” will feature ice cream sodas, root beer floats, and prizes for the most original ’50s outfit.
The celebration is free for Columbus State employees. One adult guest per employee will be admitted with a $10 prepaid guest ticket. No refunds will be given.
RSVP deadline is May 1. For more details and to RSVP, click on the following link:  http://www.cscc.edu/Sockhop/SockHop.cover.html


WOW in Review open to employees
WOW in Review is the last workshop in the series of orientation workshops for new employees provided by the Human Resources Department. The focus of the workshop is on benefits—such as fee waiver, tuition reimbursement, and 403b/457 information—employees are eligible for after their probationary period.

All employees are welcome to attend the next WOW in Review on Thursday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m.–noon. If you’re interested, contact Susan Nault, Human Resources specialist, at snault@cscc.edu.


Tri-C studies student flow model
On April 19, 13 delegates from Cuyahoga Community College’s East Campus and two of Tri-C’s architects visited campus to study Columbus State’s Student Assistance Center concept.

Columbus State is one of several colleges the group is visiting to benchmark exemplary student customer service models around the country in preparation of developing similar centers at Tri-C’s campuses.

Walking the representatives through the Student Assistance Center process and student flow model were Columbus State employees Barbara Allen, Vance Anania, Ken Conner, Charles Dawson, Tom Erney, Annetta Keller, Marty Maliwesky, Michelle Parks, Regina Peal, Jan Rogers, Roger Street, Ben Williams, and Elizabeth Wyles-Smith.

Tri-C delegates enjoy a few minutes of their tour in the Welcome Center.

In-Service Day reminders
In-Service Day on May 5 is quickly approaching. The In-Service committee is still looking for volunteers to help out that day and want to make sure that award recipients have verified their name and sent in their RSVP for the awards ceremony. For more information, go to http://cscc.edu/inservice.