May 26, 2011
Reminder: 50th Columbus Arts Festival starts next week!
The 50th anniversary edition of the Columbus Arts Festival will kick off on Friday, June 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the Discovery District, bordering and including parts of the Columbus State campus. The event runs through Sunday evening, June 5 at 6 p.m.
Students and employees will find the 12-S parking lot closed at 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, for festival set up. The lot will remain closed through Sunday night.
Festival parking will be offered on the 11-S lot and in the parking garage from Friday-Sunday, but students and employees with current parking stickers will be able to park there with no fee on Friday. Arts Fest attendees will pay $5 for parking, which goes to the Columbus State Development Foundation for student scholarships. On Saturday or Sunday everyone must pay the $5 fee to park in the garage or in 11-S.
Some local road closures will affect traffic around campus, including Long Street, Cleveland Ave., Gay St., and Washington Ave. in an area roughly bordering CCAD, starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 2. See the map
International students visit Slate Run farm
Columbus State’s International Students Association (ISA) and their advisors enjoyed a picnic at Slate Run Metro Park and visited the Slate Run Living Historical Farm to learn how Ohio farmers and their families worked and lived during the 1880s. At the farm are: (back row from left) Jimmy Hernández, Tristan Phommarath, Advisor Michael Schumacher and Bosang Kwon. In front are Grace Campos, Advisor Lilia Bermúdez, Erika Santolalla, ISA President Samantha Swope, and Cintia Rodríguez. The International Student Association provides international, immigrant, refugee, and American students the opportunity to attend social activities, meet other students, interact with other student organizations, and learn about a variety of cultures.
Foundations of Excellence teams complete reports
The Foundations of Excellence (FoE) dimension teams have been hard at work the past few weeks conducting a review of current practices and suggesting action items for each dimension of the Foundations of Excellence study. All of the teams are on schedule, and initial reports were submitted to the FoE advisor Friday, May 20.
The purpose of the FoE self study is to assess the first-year experience of Columbus State students, and make recommendations to improve student learning and increase the number of students who stay in college and reach their education goals.
The study is broken into nine dimensions, to allow a more in-depth look at specific areas: Philosophy, Organization, Learning, Campus Culture, Transitions, All Students, Diversity, Roles and Purposes, and Improvement.
Each dimension has a committee of 8-10 members made up of staff, faculty and administrators, with two co-chairs to lead the process.
“The FoE process has been a wonderful way to tap into the knowledge and expertise that exists on this campus and to use it for continuous improvement,” said Mary Ellen Tancred, assistant professor in Medical Laboratory and co-chair of the Campus Culture dimension committee. “The process gives us a structured approach for sharing information and ideas from a variety of perspectives while requiring evidence to substantiate our conclusions.”
Steering Committee liaisons, as well as our advisor from the Foundations of Excellence Institute, will review each committee’s report and provide feedback this week. Final reports from the dimension teams will be compiled into a comprehensive final report that will be submitted FoE for feedback in June. Upon completion of this report, results and recommendations will be shared with the college and used to plan strategic initiatives that will carry forward the goal of improving our students’ first-year experience.
AQIP is now CQI
The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is now Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).
As the three AQIP accreditation Action Projects head into the 2011 homestretch (S2S, Declaring a Major and Using CCSSE Data), changes are underway for the AQIP steering committee. After six years, the name is changing to CQI - Continuous Quality Improvement.
"With Dr. Harrison's encouragement, the name change does a couple of things," said Bruce Massis, ERC Director. "First, it underscores that quality improvement at Columbus State is more than just the three required annual projects. And second, it will give a name and a location to all the quality work going on at the College."
Also on tap for the Steering Committee is the creation of a member succession plan. This will allow the committee to benefit from the ideas of more people from the college community.
AQIP's original website of 40 pages will be scaled back to a micro site including links for Accreditation, CQI, active AQIP Projects, CQI Projects, and the Quality Team Awards.
The Systems Portfolio, Columbus State's main accreditation document, now resides here, a site developed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for its members. Comments and ratings by the HLC Appraisal Team are on view. The Committee invites input and feedback for the Systems Portfolio update as well as news of other quality improvement activities around campus.
Train the Trainer fundraiser to be held
The annual Train the Trainer event—to be held Tuesday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Human Performance Center—will raise money for the Dr. Dave Litt Scholarship Fund. The event allows you to pick the trainer you want to train and really make them work!
This is how Train the Trainers works:
Each session will be 30 minutes
You choose the trainer you want to train
You can train as many trainers as you would like
You can train with the trainer you choose
You make a $10 minimum donation for each session
Trainers can help you create programs for this event, so that you can train your trainers properly.
Refreshments and snacks will be provided
Chair massages will be provided for those participating. You are welcome to stay or come early to support one another. Show your team spirit!
LaMar-Nickoli earns recognition
Tracy LaMar-Nickoli, program coordinator in the Center for Workforce Development, was awarded a certificate by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in recognition of the 100% passage rate for students taking the Senior Professional in Human Resource certification exam.
CEWD offers the SHRM Learning System PHR/SPHR Certification Preparation Course. The national pass rate for the certification exam is only 52%.
The most recent Professional in Human Resource exam pass rate of students from Columbus State was 71%, which is also much higher than the national rate of 57%.
The HR certifications provide public recognition of professional achievement. For many, achieving certification fulfills a personal career goal, serves as a way to test their knowledge and to measure it against one's peers, and increases opportunity for career advancement.
One-stop program helps young adults explore careers
Many people believe that out-of-school youths who are between the ages of 16 and 21 years old have limited opportunities. However, in the Transitional Workforce Department, young people have many resources available to them that will help them begin their new career.
One-Stop Youth Services helps young job seekers explore career opportunities in high-demand fields, and the three-day program helps them develop a career plan in that direction. The Youth Services team has dual roles that allow the participants to get more personalized attention when needed.
“In FY11 alone we’ve helped 225 youths find a career path that fits into their vocational interests,” said Patti Eastman, supervisor of Youth Services. “Since we began in May 2009 we’ve helped 934 youths access free training, educational opportunities, or job placement options within Franklin County.” The retention rate of 90% shows the Youth Services program is still going strong, even after budget cuts.
“I discovered strengths and weaknesses about myself which will help me through a job interview,” said one young participant in the program. “I now know what steps I need to take to begin my career. The career counselors were fabulous because they helped me understand my career goals and the challenges of a work environment.”
If you know someone who can benefit from this program, call the Columbus State Youth Services Help Line at (614) 287-5522to speak with a counselor or to schedule an appointment. Drop-ineligibility sessions are also offered every other Friday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. in WD 206.