February 2, 2012
A new look for the Library
At the Library open house on Monday, tour guide Kim Leggett, center, shows guests the new home of the permanent art collection, which includes works by Elijah Pierce, Aminah Robinson, Henry Cade Jr., and Kojo Kamau. Guests to the Library Open House were given tours of the completely renovated facility, highlighted by expanded instructional areas, a new silent study area, the relocated Writing Center, and much more. If you were unable to attend the open house and would like to take a guided self tour the Library, contact Leggett.
First Master Planning reports available online
The first two Master Plan reports from NBBJ are now online and available for review. During Phase I of the planning process, NBBJ conducted more than 100 interviews, focus groups and open forums to hear from campus and community stakeholders about the needs of Columbus State now and in the future. They also toured both campuses and all nine regional learning centers to study how our facilities are utilized. To find out what they learned, read the reports online here.
Deadline for Women Student Leadership Awards approaching
Don’t miss the February 10 deadline to nominate a woman student you know for the Women’s History Month leadership awards, coordinated by the Office of Student Activities and Athletics. Up to 10 students will be selected to receive the awards based on scholarship, leadership, community service and overcoming personal or professional obstacles. The awards will be presented at the annual Women’s History Month event on Tuesday, March 6 at noon in the Conference Center Ballroom. Nomination forms can be found online here.
Spring Street seeks submissions
Spring Street, Columbus State’s annual literary/visual arts journal, is currently accepting submissions from students, faculty, and staff.
Spring Street welcomes a diverse range of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, photography, and visual arts. The journal also accepts poetry written in foreign languages with an English translation.
Go online to the Spring Street website for more information and submission forms. You can make submissions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop them off in the Library or in Nestor Hall 420. The submission deadline is Friday, February 17.
Health Rewards Program briefings offered Feb. 9 and 22
Would you like to know more about the new Health Rewards Program offered though United Health Care, and the changes that went into effect September 1 for all covered employees?
Human Resources will offer two briefing sessions to fill you in on the program, and answer any questions you may have. The briefings will be offered:
Thursday, February 9, at 9:00 a.m. in CT 107
Wednesday, February 22, at 9:00 a.m. in CT 107
The sessions will be presented by Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator and Deborah Robinson, benefits administrator.
RSVP for either session to Nichole Bowman-Glover or call ext. 3989.
TRiO students need donated items for service project
As part of a TRiO Day celebration on Saturday, March 10, students in Columbus State's TRiO Programs (Student Support Services, Upward Bound, and Educational Talent Search) will be completing a service project to assemble hygiene packs to be donated to The Broad Street Food Pantry.
The students will collect the products to be included in the packs, and they are asking campus for donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and more. Donations can be dropped off in Franklin Hall Room 223.
Columbus State's three TRiO programs are federally funded college access and success programs that annually serve 729 middle school, high school, and current Columbus State students who are from low-income families or first-generation college students. TRiO programs provide the support, tools, and guidance that enable each student to set and achieve ambitious academic goals.
For questions about the TRiO service project email Stephanie Albrecht or call ext.5402.
HR offers newsletter The Partner
The Office of Human Resources is proud to present the first edition of their newsletter The Partner. Serving as your college partner for news and information for employee success, the monthly communication will give you the inside scoop on what you need to know as an employee as it relates to Benefits, Employment Services, Human Capacity Development, and Payroll. The Partner is also meant to be interactive with Columbus State employees, so if you have any questions about what's going on in Human Resources, feel free to contact one of the newsletter contributors and your answers may be featured in future publications! If you have any questions or comments, please contact Garren Cabral or call ext. 5075.
Christopher’s Restaurant is open today
Check out today’s menu for the student-run dining experience that is Christopher’s! You can dine today from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Eibling Hall Room 05. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and German chocolate cake sounds pretty decadent!
Cost Center Manager Training sessions are all new this year!
The Departments of Business and Campus Services, and Budget and Financial Planning invite you to an all-new session of Cost Center Manager Training. This session is intended to assist cost center managers, their assistants and others who work closely with cost center managers, to better understand some of the activities and processes in Business & Campus Services, relevant policies and procedures, and who to contact for common questions.
The session will not be Colleague training, but rather an overview of how the policies and procedures are carried out in practice every day. The training will cover financial and
administrative processes such as:
Purchasing, reimbursements and travel
General ledger reports
Friday, February 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – NH Room 013 or
Tuesday, February 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. – WD Room 409
Even if you have attended Cost Center Manager Training before …you will want to attend this session! Business & Campus Services has a lot of new information to share with you.
Space is limited; please sign up by contacting Beth Bates at ext. 2640 by Tuesday, February 14.
Future City Competition hosts Ohio middle school students
The National Engineers Week Future City Statewide Competition held at in the Columbus State Conference Center January 21 was a great success, with 44 middle school teams from across the state competing to qualify for the national event, which will be held this month in Washington, D.C.
Students from Immaculate Conception Academy in Cincinnati placed first with their future city model and presentation, and will now travel to the finals. Organizers praised the event’s first-time location in the Conference Center, saying that they heard “many, many positive comments from judges and teachers about the location--how much better they were able to hear in the judging rooms this year, and how nice it was to be in rooms with natural light and great views!”
After the competition, students and their families were given tours of Columbus State engineering labs and academic program information. Read more about Future Cities Competitions here.
Sitting on the VIP Judging Panel at the Future Cities Competition at far right is Dean Bortz, assistant professor in Construction Sciences, who joined Dr. Jeff Bates, professor in Environmental Safety and Health, in co-hosting the event. Conference Center Director Rita Bedritis and coordinator Paul Boaz handled all of the event logistics.