Foundations of Excellence Phase II wraps up
Results will be long lived
“The work we’ve done on Foundations of Excellence is really far-reaching,”
Columbus State employees who have worked diligently as a team on the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Program will meet as a whole for the final time November 4. They will review the results the Transfer Bound Dimension Committees have generated, and use them to create and prioritize a list of Action Items for the college.
The college has a lot of initiatives underway, including Foundations of Excellence, which are laying the groundwork for our broader focus on student success. Dr. Jan Rogers, who has served on the Foundations of Excellence steering committee throughout the project, said “It’s rewarding to see the assessment phase of this project come to a close, but it also means we have a lot more very important work ahead of us as a college, taking the recommendations and putting them into action."
With this week’s In-Service Day focusing on student success, much of the data and evidence that the FoE dimension committees have brought forward will be used in discussions throughout the day. The FoE committees also expect to use what is discussed at In Service to guide their decision-making on November 4.
“The work we’ve done on Foundations of Excellence is really far-reaching,” said David Tom, co-chair of the FoE Roles and Purposes Dimension Committee. “For example, committees for the Reaffirmation of Reaccreditation have just been formed and already we are drawing on what we learned in the FoE process to assist in the reaccreditation process.”
For more information on Foundations of Excellence, visit the Columbus State Intranet and click on Foundations of Excellence. Be sure to visit the Resources page for a look at all of the documents used by the committees in preparing their final FoE reports. (Reminder: The Intranet is not available off campus.)
Columbus State scores top-ten ranking in first preseason poll
Head Coach Pat Carlisle
As Columbus State’s men’s basketball coach Pat Carlisle returns for his sixth season at Columbus State, his Cougars are already making a mark.
The preseason National Coaches Poll has the team ranked at No.10 in Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). They finished last season with a 24-8 record and just missed an invitation to the national tourney.
Carlisle has high expectations for this year’s team, having taken two previous teams to the NJCAA national tournament. Carlisle says, “We have five returning players who will be joined by several experienced college players. We’ll need them as we play our toughest schedule in my six years at Columbus State.”
Columbus State’s home opener is Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m. against the University of Akron Wayne College.
Respiratory Care program to offer COPD screening
The Respiratory Care program at Columbus State has joined the DRIVE4COPD, a national health initiative that aims to raise awareness of and screening for the risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.
COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. COPD gradually limits breathing ability. It is estimated that half of the 24 million people in the United States who may have COPD remain undiagnosed. Because many of the symptoms, including shortness of breath, are confused with normal signs of aging, many people delay seeing a healthcare professional for diagnosis.
By the time people do get diagnosed, most have already lost more than 50 percent of their lung function.
Over time, COPD impacts a person’s ability to breathe, and therefore limits activities of daily living. It’s important for people to know if they have COPD so they can take steps to help manage it.
If you are a current or former smoker and age 35 or older, you may be at risk for COPD. The Respiratory Care department encourages all individuals to visit their booth in Nestor Hall on October 24 (today) and October 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to participate in a five-question screening questionnaire to see if you may be at risk. You can then discuss your results with your healthcare professional.
Recognize the symptoms of COPD early on and talk to your healthcare professional before critical lung function has been lost. Together, we can put the brakes on America’s fourth leading cause of death. For more information on the campaign, please visit DRIVE4COPD.COM.
Harvard University faculty member leads writing workshop
Nancy Sommers speaks with Nick Lakostik, instructor in the English Department, at the Oct. 13 workshop.
The Columbus State English Department was proud to host a professional development workshop Oct. 13 for writing instructors from the English, Developmental Education and Modern Languages Departments. Nancy Sommers, past director of Harvard University’s Expository Writing Program as the Sosland Chair, led the discussion. The workshop helped faculty members explore what it means to be a thoughtful reader of student writing and how to engage students in a dialogue about their writing.
The SPOKEN Word: What do our Students Have to SAY?
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about a variety of free tools such as Screenr, Jing, and Voice Thread, which can be used to orally capture students' thoughts and responses. These tools can also be used as a convenient and effective method for instructors to disseminate feedback and to deliver various announcements.
Who can use this software? Everyone! Foreign language instructors can use such technologies to capture oral exams. ESL instructors can use these tools to help students practice pronunciation and speaking. Nursing instructors can use these instruments to set up a practice activity to capture students' interactions with patients. Math instructors can record short videos on how to solve difficult equations that can then be embedded into Blackboard. Any instructor who has students doing oral presentations can use such software to encourage practice and to provide feedback. Web instructors are encouraged to incorporate these technologies in their online classes to build community and teacher-student presence. Anyone who wants to vocalize an announcement (vs. typing it) or wants to create short training videos will find this session helpful.
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106
Presented by: Melissa Logue, Modern Languages
Journey with the Latest Electronic Tools
Instruction is evolving, and so are the tools and channels to deliver it. Attend this half-day session with Instructional Technologies and Distance Learning to get a hands-on look at how you can take some of the latest digital and online tools to create your own "brand" of instruction. Explore compelling interactive multimedia, collaborative content sharing, amazing information resources, and more. Join us for the journey! This session will include uses of mobile devices in and out of the classroom.
When: Friday, October 28 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) -
Where: Innovation Center, CT 106
College headcount data now available online
The Delaware Campus at dusk.
The Autumn 2011 Headcount and FTE reports may now be accessed on the Intranet at: http://intranet.cscc.edu/ids/StudentdataAU11.shtml. Included in the reports are a College Overview, and Headcount and FTE reports for the Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus, Off-Campus Centers/Prisons/CEWD and Distance Learning. For more information, please contact Jim Hamberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 5643.
Brass and Gospel Ensembles perform at Santa Maria ceremony
The Columbus State Brass Ensemble, directed by Thomas Lloyd, and Gospel Vocal Ensemble, directed by Emma Easton, each performed Oct. 7 at the 20th Anniversary of the Santa Maria ship coming to Columbus. Brass Ensemble members, from left, are Chris Dent, Rick Dickerson, Thomas Lloyd, Ronda Hendershot, Chet Cady, and Phil Prentice. The groups performed patriotic songs and tributes to Columbus. The Santa Maria is a 98-foot, non-sailing replica of Columbus’ cargo ship. It was christened on Columbus Day in 1991. It is open to the public daily for tours and special events.
Pumpkin carving contest is going on NOW!
Don’t miss out on the annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at the Bookstore, which wraps up on Friday, October 28 with great prizes for the winners. Just find a pumpkin, decorate and/or carve it, and bring it to the Bookstore by Friday to be judged by a panel of student pumpkin experts! You could win Bookstore Gift Certificates up to $100.
Have your cake and eat it, too!
President Harrison serves cake to the members of the Switch2Semesters team, as Aletha Shipley, standing, recounts her “favorite memory” of the last year working on the project. The members of the S2S team were celebrating the countdown to the finish of the massive conversion process from academic quarters to semesters. The switch happens in Autumn 2012!