May 25, 2006

UnitedHealthcare and Delta Dental open enrollment deadline is May 31

The college's health care coverage for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 will remain with UnitedHealthcare, with health care plan options and the plan designs remaining the same. However there will be a change in premiums.

For premium cost information go to: and do the following steps: in User Name, type "cscc"; in Password type " Benefits"; then click "Enter"; go to "Learn about...Medical" and click; and go to "Contributions" for the specific plan cost.

Delta Dental will remain the dental provider for the college. The Delta Dental Preferred Point-of-Service Plan will be the only option available, with no increase in premium.   Employees currently enrolled in the Premier Plan will be automatically transferred to the Preferred Point-of-Service Plan, with a slight increase in their premiums.

If you wish to change plans, add or drop coverage, or enroll in either the health care plan or the dental plan, you need to fill out the appropriate insurance carrier form and the Section 125 form and return them to Human Resources by the close of business on Wednesday, May 31.

Forms are available on and in the HR lobby in Rhodes Hall.


System outage including Colleague and CougarWeb to take place June 2

Areas providing services using Colleague, CougarWeb and telephone registration services, as well as walk-in services such as applications, registration, fee payment, and degree audit, will not be available from 6 p.m. Friday, June 2 until 6 a.m. Monday, June 5. The college is upgrading system software to improve the system's performance. 

The Columbus State Web site, student and employee e-mail, and Blackboard will be available during this time.


Chorus and Concert Band to perform joint concert

Chorus Columbus State and the Columbus State Concert Band will perform a joint Spring Concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, in Nestor Hall Auditorium.

Chorus Columbus State, directed by Gordon Franklin, will sing "The Peaceable Kingdom," a 30-minute work composed in 1936 by Randall Thompson.

The Columbus State Concert Band, directed by Thomas Lloyd, will play six numbers including F.E. Bigelow's 1895 "Our Director March" and Judith Zaimont's "City Rain."

Gary Tirey, professor from Otterbein College, will guest conduct "Rejoice!" by Raymond David Burkhart. John Philip Sousa's final march, "Library of Congress," which remained unplayed until 2003, will also be performed.

The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lloyd at ext. 3993 or or Franklin at ext. 5046 or


President discusses leadership development

President Val Moeller and Shah Hasan, director of Human Capacity Development, served on a presidential leadership development panel at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges on April 25.

Joe Forrester, president of the Community College of Beaver County, and Jennifer Fehnrich, representing Dr. Christa Adams of Owens Community College, joined President Moeller in presenting "Calling for Action: The President's Role in Leadership Development for Institutional Transformation."

The panel discussion, moderated by Hasan, covered the colleges' successful leadership development programs for faculty, staff and administrators, the common and unique experiences of the presidents in preparing for the programs, and the strategies and lessons learned. A question and answer session followed and identified the impact of leadership programs on their campuses.


Retirement open house for Kathary and Murphy set for June 7

The Veterinary Technology program will hold an open house celebrating the retirement of Doug Kathary and Marty Murphy on June 7. Kathary has been with the program for 31 years and Murphy has been with the program for 26 years.

The open house will be held June 7 from 1-3 p.m. in the Veterinary Technology Building, Room 122. Refreshments will be served.


American Red Cross preparing volunteers for upcoming hurricane season

Preparations for this year's hurricane season are already under way at the American Red Cross. Locally, the organization is offering pre-hurricane information sessions to acquaint individuals with the volunteer positions available, including disaster response positions.

Sessions will address opportunities and requirements for traveling on disaster assignments outside of central Ohio. These sessions are open to the public and do not require an initial volunteer commitment.

If you are interested in volunteering, pre-hurricane information sessions are being held at the following Columbus Metropolitan Library Branches:

  • June 1, 9 a.m.
    Gahanna Branch, 310 Granville Street
  • June 1, 6:30 p.m.
    Reynoldsburg Branch, 1402 Brice Road
  • June 14, 9:30 a.m.
    Upper Arlington Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Meeting Room B

Registration is not required for these sessions.

Visit or call the Volunteer Resources Department at (614) 253-2740 ext. 2218 for more information.


Employees laugh their way to better business

Participants in this year's Annual Humor Workshop, sponsored by Mental Health/Chemical Dependency/Mental Retardation, laughed their way to learning new ways to increase productivity, reduce stress, and build teams.

At the May 19 seminar, many Columbus State employees joined in the laughter club, found out what's in a doctor's bag, learned to manage change, and discovered seven humor habits for workplace change.

Steve Wilson gets the crowd warmed up for the day with spontaneous laughter.

The real "Doc Hollywood" Neil Shulman shares how to make children feel comfortable and at ease during "What's in a Doctor's Bag."


Operation Feed still going strong

The Operation Feed campaign is still going strong and will continue through Wednesday, May 31, so it is not too late to make a generous food or monetary donation. The Staff Advisory Council needs everyone's help to reach Columbus State's campaign goal of 2,500+ meals.

For more information on the campaign, including a list of critically needed items, visit the Staff Advisory Council Web site at or e-mail Betty Richardson at

Operation Feed drop box locations are:

  • Delaware: Room 103 (Off-Campus Office),Room 259, and the Bookstore
  • Davidson: 4 th Floor Math Department
  • Eibling: Room 105
  • ERC: I.T. Support (lower level)
  • Madison: Registrar and Student. Assistance Center
  • Nestor: Lobby area
  • Rhodes: Financial Aid, Business Office, and Cashier
  • 370 N. Sixth St. (SX): Room 145
  • Center for Technology and Learning: Room 309 (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Union: Room 219C, 4 th floor, 5 th floor, and 134 A (Public Safety)
  • Physical Plant Building
  • Telephone Information Center
  • Vet Tech Building
  • Westerville Center
  • Southeast Center


World Cup soccer coming to the ERC

Columbus State is host to students from over 100 countries throughout the world. In honor of the college's diversity, the Educational Resource Center (ERC) will host special daily viewings of the biggest sporting event on the world stage, World Cup soccer.

Everyone is welcome to go to the ERC TV Studio, located on the ground floor (rear) of Columbus Hall from June 9-July 5 to see the teams in play.

More than 200 countries fielded national teams for World Cup qualifying. Of those, 32 have advanced to the finals.

This is your opportunity to share the excitement with colleagues and over a billion viewers from around the world.

The complete broadcast schedule is available in the ERC.