January 3, 2011
Dr. Cornell West
2011 MLK Day celebration to be held Jan. 10
Columbus State is pleased to announce that we will be welcoming Dr. Cornel West as the keynote speaker for the 2011 MLK Celebration on Monday, January 10. The event will be held at 11 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD 435, and is free and open to the public.
West, 57, is an American philosopher, author, critic, actor, civil rights activist and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. He is a professor at Princeton University, where he teaches in the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of Religion. West is known for his combination of political/moral insight and criticism, and his contribution to the post-1960s civil rights movement. The bulk of his work focuses on the role of race, gender, and class in American society.
Also appearing will be the Cornel West Theory band, a hip-hop band with which West has recorded two hip-hop/soul/spoken-word albums. For more information about the event, contact the Diversity Programs office at ext. 2426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRS increases mileage rate effective Jan. 1
Columbus State’s travel procedure, 9-06(A) ties mileage reimbursement rates to the IRS guidelines. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that business mileage rates will be increased from 50 cents per mile to 51 cents per mile effective January 1, 2011.
Travel forms are available on the Intranet and will be updated to reflect the new rates. Reimbursement forms that are in-transit will have the mileage rate adjusted by the Travel Office for travel that occurs on or after January 1, 2011. Questions regarding the new rates should be addressed to Betty Sugar in the Travel Office at ext. 2421.
New wellness classes offered Winter Quarter
Beginning this quarter, the Department of Student Activities and Athletics will offer new wellness classes in Spinning and Circuit Training.
Spinning is a high-intensity exercise using a stationary bike. Classes will be offered Wednesdays at noon to 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. to noon.
Circuit Training involves plyometrics (a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements) and flexibility training using resistance bands, exercise balls, and light dumbbells in a circuit training format. Circuit Training classes will be held on Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. Both classes will be held in Delaware Hall 158.
Stop into the Fitness Center in Delaware Hall to pick up a complete Winter Quarter Wellness Recreation and Wellness brochure. Classes will also be offered in aerobics, yoga, Zumba dancing, and Pilates.
Stretch and Relax class offered Jan. 11
The Human Performance Center (HPC) will offer a seminar Tuesday, January 11 at noon in the HPC ( Delaware Hall Room 083) discussing the importance of taking a step back from your busy life to “stretch and relax.” In our busy day-to-day routine we tend to forget the need for our bodies to stretch and relax, so join the HPC to learn why this is a necessity for your health! Contact Mandi Cecil or call ext. 2083 to reserve your spot.
Please don’t smoke in doorways!
Now that the weather has gotten very cold, employees and students are reminded of the city law prohibiting smokers from gathering at entry ways of buildings. Proximity to an entrance or exit can cause smoke to drift into the building, or cause non-smokers to walk through secondhand smoke to enter or exit. The Columbus Department of Health and the Columbus State Department of Public Safety are tasked with enforcement of this law and your cooperation is very much appreciated!
PERFORMs Mid-Year Discussions have been initiated by the COOL system.
To assist you with completing the mid-year discussions, there are written directions and short videos for both the employees and the reviewing supervisors that can be accessed by using this link: http://www.cscc.edu/HR/hcd/Cool.shtml.
Also, Mid-Year Discussion Webex training sessions have been scheduled, which you can find online here.
Please be aware of the following:
1. The Mid-Year Discussion has been significantly streamlined. It is now embedded in the Planning Guide and there is only one screen to complete.
2. If any changes need to be made to the Planning Guide, after the supervisor and employee discuss progress, the supervisor has the ability to edit key responsibilities, goals and competencies.
3. Mid-Year Discussions are due to be marked complete by January 21, 2011.
If you have any questions, please contact your Human Resources Employment Representative at ext. 2408, or contact Mary Francis McLaughlin by email at mmclaugh@cscc or at ext. 5220.