June 26, 2014
Allysen Todd starts as Dean of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Allysen Todd began her role as Dean of Arts and Sciences June 16 bringing extensive experience and a background in education that make her ideal for this leadership role.
She most recently served as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. During her tenure there, Todd also served as an Interim Vice President, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Head of the English Department and Professor of English.
As the Dean of Arts and Sciences she will collaborate with faculty and staff to implement articulation agreements and faculty relationships with four-year institutions. Todd will also continue to align courses in the Arts and Science’s division with shifting technology and delivery methods that promote student success.
“During her tenure at CCAC, Allysen led important student success initiatives in developmental education, workforce collaboration, articulation, and retention, and was a member of CCAC's Achieving the Dream team,” said President Harrison in an earlier announcement to campus.
Todd has a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bethany College. She now resides in Hilliard.
Office 365 Phase 2 arrives July 1
Microsoft OneDrive for Business will be released to Columbus State employees on July 1 giving staff and faculty the ability to easily share documents with co-workers. Employees will be able to access their files anywhere and anytime across multiple devices with ease, and collaborate with others in real time. Employees should plan to familiarize themselves with the security ramifications of “cloud-based” file storage and read through Columbus State’s guidelines to secure information before placing sensitive information in their OneDrive for Business accounts.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Columbus State Office 365 website (www.cscc.edu/365) and online training in Blackboard will be available beginning July 1. This training will include How-To instructions along with information on college security guidelines. Quick Reference cards will be available in the IT Support Center, Room 104, Columbus Hall, on August 1.
Microsoft OneDrive for Business will be released to Columbus State students on July 15.
The second of two open forums will be held Friday, June 27, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The forum will discuss the Draft Summary of Findings and Recommendations for establishing a tobacco-free campus. The forum will also be live streamed at www.LiveStream.com/ColumbusState. You will be prompted to enter a password, which is: cscc2014. You can also ask questions via the chat feature which will be enabled on the live stream.
First Wednesday, President Harrison’s town-hall style meeting open to the campus community, will be held Wednesday, July 2, at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The meeting will also be live streamed at www.LiveStream.com/ColumbusState, where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.
Do not respond to phishing!
Recently at Columbus State, a number of employees responded with their username and password to a compromised account at the National University of Singapore. According to Jim Beidler, director in Information Technology, those compromised Columbus State accounts were in turn used to do an email blast to more than 50,000 spam emails before they were disabled. “Phishing” is when email purporting to be from a legitimate source attempts to trick you into volunteering your personal or credential-related information. These messages vary in content, but all claim to be from legitimate sources such as eBay, your bank, PayPal, or a college group. If you receive such a message, you should treat is as spam and simply delete it.
Discovery District event this weekend
Thurber House will welcome four Young Adult novelists for an “Afternoon with the Authors,” Saturday, June 28, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Kristen Kittscher, Suzanne Goldsmith, Mindy McGinnis and Katrina Kittle will all read from their works as well as answer questions and sign books at Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Ave. The cost is only $5 and children 5 and under are free. Check this link for more information: http://www.thurberhouse.org/special-event-afternoon-with-the-authors.html. Make it a whole afternoon and check out the new picture book exhibit at the Columbus Museum of Art, take a picnic to the Topiary Park, and stop by the library and sign up for the Summer Reading Club!
Volunteer at Franklinton Gardens tomorrow
The Cougars for the Community student service club, the Student Engagement and Leadership Department, and the Connect-2-Complete Program members will team up to do some volunteering at the Franklinton Gardens on Friday, June 27, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Franklinton Gardens, 909 W. Rich St., is a nonprofit urban farm program located in Franklinton, a historic neighborhood on the west side of Columbus. They are dedicated to growing and sharing healthy food, creating beauty in abandoned places, promoting nutrition and active living, and building community. Volunteers will be planting, mulching and anything that will help to make the Community Garden the best that it can be for our community. If you would like to join the fun, please go to Cougars for the Community’s website www.cscforthecommunity.org and register. This service event is open to all who wish to participate!
Columbus State employees, students, and their guests celebrated Columbus’ Pride Weekend at the Annual Pride Brunch June 22 at the Columbus Athenaeum. Members of the Columbus State community also participated in other weekend events including the Pride Festival and Parade, which drew a record crowd of 450,000 attendees to downtown Columbus.
Leading up to Pride Weekend, the Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Columbus Urban Pride event entitled “At the Intersection: LGBT and the Black Church” June 19. Approximately 100 guests attended the event, including members of the Columbus Community Relations Commission.
Twenty-three Columbus State students, faculty and family members participated in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk June 14. The NAMI Walk is the largest and most successful mental health awareness and fundraising event in America. The NAMI Walks' public, active display of support for people affected by mental illness are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness. This ensures that help and hope are available for those in need. The Columbus State team, led by co-captains Angela Fry, (kneeling at right) and Jackie Teny-Miller, (kneeling left), and joined by faculty member Jorie Schwartz (back row second from right) and a host of students, raised $700 for NAMI of Franklin County. Thanks to all who participated and supported the Columbus State team!