April 14, 2011
Foundations of Excellence holds kickoff meeting
Brian Seeger, member of the FoE steering committee, trains Dimension Committee chairs on the FoEtech software.
Friday, April 8, marked the official formation of nine Dimension Committees for the College’s Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year (FoE) work.
At a morning-long orientation, the committee members met for an in-depth look at the FoE process and what to expect in the coming weeks. Committee chairs then convened for a training session on the FoE website, called FoE Tech, where a wealth of information exists to support each committee’s research.
Each Dimension Committee will be looking at a specific aspect relating to the college’s ability to help first-year students succeed. After each committee turns in their individual findings, all Dimension results will be combined for an overall college report, due by June 3.
Foundations of Excellence is a comprehensive self study of the first year and transfer student experience. “In order to help our students succeed, we need to understand what they experience in their first year at Columbus State,” said Dr. Jan Rogers, FoE Steering Committee member. “The in-depth look at the nine dimensions of the FoE project will provide that comprehensive picture.”
President Harrison stressed that the FoE process is a critical first step in “creating a culture of completion at Columbus State, with the fundamental goal of helping students complete an associate degree, certificate, or transfer to a four-year college.”
“Columbus State is our community’s primary front door to higher education,” said Dr. Harrison, adding that the work of the Dimension Committees “is critical not only to Columbus State, but to many families in central Ohio.”
For updates on the work of the FoE Dimension Committees, follow them on Facebook: Columbus State Foundations of Excellence.
Shop Experience class needs cars for lab
The Automotive Technology Lab is scheduling lab work for the Auto 300 - Shop Experience class. If your car is 2001 model or newer, and has a problem that does not require major engine or transmission work or a problem that has a labor time of 4.5 hours or more, then the shop experience class may be able to help.
For more information, please email Dave Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that there are a very limited number of appointments available and there is a $10 lab fee for work performed. No phone calls please.
Student Employment Week starts Monday
Student Employment Services invites you to join us in recognizing National Student Employment Week April 18 to April 22! This annual event is an opportunity to thank and reward students for the contributions they make to our campus and the local community, as well as promote the benefits of student employment.
If you supervise or work alongside a student employee, take a moment to recognize their efforts and consider nominating them as our 2010-2011 Student Employee of the Year. The nomination form can be found online here.
The number of students employed across campus has steadily grown over the last three years as more departments are looking to students as a flexible and capable addition to their staff. For many areas of the college, student employees are on the front line of customer service and communication with faculty, staff, and fellow students. Beyond being an invaluable resource to these departments, students are building the foundation of their professional skill set through meaningful and rewarding employment.
Whether the students are earning Federal Work Study funds or paid directly by the department, the employment of a student is a mutually beneficial partnership for both college and student.
For a list of events scheduled for Student Employment Week, click here.
One of the original designs that will debut at the Bookstore’s Summer Splash Fashion Show April 27
Look forward to being fashion-forward!
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, April 27, at noon for the Bookstore’s Summer Splash Fashion Show. The runway (on the second floor of the Bookstore, in the DX building) will be filled with all the latest collegiate wear from Boxercraft, MV Sport, Champion, Under Armor, College House and more. Join us for ideas on how to add splash to your summer wardrobe, and enjoy fee giveaways and fashion-forward fun!
Represent American scholarship abroad
Many opportunities exist for community college faculty in the Fulbright Scholar Program, administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
Community college faculty often teach students with different cultural backgrounds, learning styles and native languages, preparing them to teach cross-culturally when abroad. They are student-oriented and foster strong faculty-student interactions, a trait desired abroad. They can take advantage of the strong contacts many community colleges have with institutions abroad. They teach several classes, allowing their many students to benefit from their Fulbright experience when they return.
To read more about the 2012-2013 Fulbright program for teaching abroad, view this flyer, or contact Renée Hampton, Director TRIO Programs/ Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity, at email@example.com.
Tutoring Brown-Bag discussions held
The first Brown-Bag Discussion hosted by the Title 3 Grant Department will be held Friday, April 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in CT Room 107. The event is designed for campus tutors and will provide professional development. From 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., attendees at the College Reading and Learning Association meeting will discuss techniques focused on writing. From 12:30-2 p.m., a focus on mathematics will be presented by attendees to the Teaching Academic Survival Skills and National College Learning Center Association conferences. While these particular presentations are focused on writing and mathematics, the techniques discussed may be applicable to students across the curriculum. Individuals are urged to bring lunch to enjoy during the sessions; light refreshment/snack will be provided also. For more information, please contact Dr. David Reedy, program coordinator, Title III Grant office.
Now is the time to make sure your Blackboard grade book is ready!
The Instructional Technologies Institute (ITI) highly recommends that everyone using the Blackboard Grade Center take an online or face-to-face Grade Center training course.
Several "Grade Center" classes will be held over the next few weeks to help faculty members get their Blackboard grade books in order.
You can register for a Grade Center course, or start taking the online Grade Center course, at: http://teaching.cscc.edu/Bb9/training.asp.
International students present at Global Retreat
Mahmoud Baheg, Hesham Zeiada, and Samad Shah presented "Anatomy of a Revolution" as it relates to Egypt and the current perceptions of Pakistan at the Columbus Council on World Affairs Global Issues Retreat held in Hocking Hills April 2. The annual retreat is offered to high school students and creates a forum to discuss global concerns and proposed solutions. The Columbus State international students completed the activity as part of the Global Leadership Development program developed and coordinated by Vanessa Kumar, International Student Specialist in Diversity, Study Abroad, and TRiO. They were voted the “Student Favorite” presenters at the retreat!
Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities for employees
Dealing With Grouches, Grumps and Grudges: What's Customer Service Got To Do With It?
Learn how to deal with unrealistic expectations of customers and have them (and you) to feel good about the encounter. Explore practical and easily-applied techniques to make every interaction with customers productive and satisfying. Learn how to deal with challenging internal customers – meeting their needs and our own. April 20, 1-5 p.m. For additional information or to register click here: http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/OfferingsByCategory.asp?CID=293#42011
Communicating with Impact
This course provides individuals with a powerful set of interaction skills that enables them to communicate more effectively with colleagues and customers and, in the process, build trust, strengthen partnerships, and achieve desired results. This course is 4 hours and is offered on various dates. For additional information or to register click here: http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/OfferingsByCategory.asp?CID=310#42011
LEADERSHIP SERIES FOR SUPERVISORS
Essentials of Leadership (Online Course) This course teaches leaders how to get results through people. Participants attain a set of essential skills to meet both practical business needs and people's personal needs. Learners acquire a set of proven interaction skills, and discover seven leadership imperatives for meeting today's challenges. This course is a pre-requisite for most other courses in the Leadership Series. To register contact Tracy Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Setting Performance Expectations This course teaches leaders the skills required to be effective at driving performance and accountability by helping people understand what is expected of them and gaining their commitment to achieving it. April 21, 8 a.m.-noon. For additional information or to register click here: http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/OfferingsByCategory.asp?CID=305#42011
Delegating for Results Leaders learn skills for successfully matching people, responsibility, and authority. This allows them to maximize individual involvement, productivity, growth, and motivation. May 17, 8 a.m.-noon. For additional information or to register click here: http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/viewRoster.asp?CID=307&detailKey=1687