January 16, 2014
Office associate does job of three…and a half!
Ann Wenger does such an impressive job managing the biggest academic department on campus, that you could write a book about her.
And that’s exactly what faculty member Terri Kegley did when she nominated Wenger for Staff Employee of the Month!
Kegley shared her humorous and appreciative nomination with the attendees at January’s First Wednesday meeting, stating “Ann makes a difference every single day on the fourth floor of Davidson Hall, as she is the smiling face of one of the largest departments on campus. Her patience and kindness are absolutely remarkable.”
“She took on the Herculean task of being the only office associate serving the department at a time when we were in transition after two office staff and our chairperson left for new jobs.”
“Ann has been awesome during this transition period between chairs,” says interim Mathematics chair Greg Goodhart. “She helped me understand the prerequisite override process, helped me with Colleague, and kept faculty and students calm during the transition.”
“Because I have taught in two other departments, as well as on other campuses, I have comparative experience,” continued Kegley. “Ann is proactive in terms of what a faculty member needs for information and assistance. Her professionalism is not just a quantum leap above what I have experienced, it is an ionizing leap!”
Part-time employee is an interpreter, and more
Rebecca Morse is a terrific interpreter in the Disability Services Department, where she works part time. But she has additional skills that have become invaluable to the department in times of need, earning her the January Part-time Professional Employee of the Month award!
“She assisted our office with the production of alternate media, which is the conversion of textbooks into accessible formats,” says Christopher Keck, one of her nominators for the award. “Her knowledge of technology and media, and her ability, enthusiasm and motivation to learn, has helped our staff ensure students receive the materials they need. She has eased her coworkers’ workloads by being willing and able to take on new tasks,” says Keck.
“Becca was especially helpful in the (alternate media) conversion of mathematics,” says Tiffany McClain, director of Disability Services. “This allows our students to receive their materials in a timely manner, which is highly important. She is efficient, dedicated and detail oriented. She is also a great person to work with!”
This handy hint comes from Outlook expert Tim Malloy: With the system address book you can find any contact quickly in a new message by clicking the “Check Names” button.
It works like this. Open a new message. Type a first name, last name, or even a part of a name of someone in the system address book. Click the “Check Names” button.
One of two things will happen. If the system can only find one entry matching the name, it will complete the name. If there is more than one way to complete that name, then a box will pop up with names that match what you typed. Example, if you type the name “Tim,” the box might show “Jean Timmons,” “Tim Jones,” and “Timothy Williams,” etc.
Try this tip! It will end your frustration with the pesky “first-name search!”
At the start of the semester, it’s a great time to remind students to:
SEARCH the new Transfer Database to explore their transfer options. They can search by four-year school, Columbus State program, bachelor degree program, or career interest.
CONNECT with four-year institutions(s) of their choice, by joining an online learning community. Students can express their interest via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
VISIT the college’s partners without leaving Columbus State! “Destination Days” begin with The Ohio State University on February 18. View the schedule here.
College Testing Services has partnered with the Business Office Applications (BOA) Department to give their graduates an opportunity to obtain a valuable industry-recognized professional certification upon completion of their program.
Students completing the Business Office Applications Technology program will be given the opportunity to take the internet-based Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Exams at the Testing & Talent Assessment Center. These certifications, coupled with their degree, will demonstrate the computing skills employers are looking for as they transition to the workplace or advance their careers.
Many of these graduates may be performing the roles of information and communication specialists. Research by the U.S. Department of Labor and International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) reports that many employers seek candidates with professional designations. This pilot program initiated in November resulted in 39 percent of the graduating BOA class obtaining the valuable Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications.
The College Testing Services is proud to showcase its talent and assessment expertise and pleased to serve and support the Business Office Applications Program and Columbus State students.
We are looking forward to this program to continue to grow. Please contact Jim Kalna, assistant director of College Testing Services, ext. 5425, if you would like to discuss building relevant professional certifications in your academic program area.
If you are an employees who is exposed to--
blood or material likely to be contaminated by blood;
environments where noise levels exceed 90db;
hazardous chemicals (including flammable, carcinogenic, and corrosive substances);
electrical equipment capable of causing death or serious injury;
confined spaces that have restricted means of entry;
environments requiring personal protective equipment such as gloves, eyewear, hardhats, hearing protection, etc.;
--you are required to be trained in safety standards. Health & Safety Training 2014 is available online through Blackboard. Each module includes a presentation, additional resources including handouts, a discussion board and module quiz. You must earn a score of 70 percent on the quiz to successfully complete the module.
All employees should complete the Fire Extinguisher and Emergency Preparedness modules. Fire Extinguisher, Bloodborne Pathogens, Personal Protective Equipment and Hearing Conservation must be completed annually by employees in positions exposed to these issues. Initial (one-time) training in Hazard Communication, LockOut/TagOut, Confined Space Entry and Electrical Safety is required for employees in positions exposed to these issues. (Electrical Safety training will be available online soon.)
Safety Training modules should be completed by December 31, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor or Lori Thomas, program coordinator in Human Resources, ext. 3860.
The series that has something for everyone: Financial Wellness Seminar Series-“Retirewise.”
This is a retirement planning program for employees and their spouses (optional). It doesn’t matter where you are in your life—you should plan for retirement now. Retirewise is a four-part series offered by MetLife. Sessions will be held Thursday evenings February 6, 13, 20 and 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in WD 409. It is important to attend all sessions to obtain the full information. For additional questions contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.
To register, go online here www.metlifeplansmart.com and enter CSCC.
All fulltime employees with UHC coverage are invited to attend a briefing which will help you navigate the web portal and answer any questions you may have about the Health Rewards Program offered through United Health Care (UHC). The briefings will be held Thursday, January 23, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT) 107, and Tuesday, January 28, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 315.
Delaware Campus employees should RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover to attend a teleconference.
All employees, spouses or domestic partners covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight points in the Health Rewards program to maintain a 20 percent payroll contribution.
The Health Rewards website contains the information on the Health Rewards program and points. The deadline to achieve the eight points is June 30, 2014 for the 2015 year. Tutorials are available online here: http://welcometomyuhc.com/healthandwellness/tour/.