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July 6, 2015


Academic advisor has passion for those needing extra support

Sarah giving thumbs up

Sarah Rainwater has been with Columbus State for less than one year, but has already distinguished herself as an academic advisor with a unique approach.

“Sarah’s greatest asset as an advisor is her genuine passion for the work. She continually strives to create an environment that removes barriers for students,” said Marisa Vernon, assistant director in the Center for Advising, Support and Exploration (CASE).

Vernon nominated Rainwater for Staff Employee of the Month, which was awarded July 1 at First Wednesday.

“Recently she assisted a student who returned to Columbus State after a traumatic brain injury and memory loss. Sarah worked with this student to help him learn new ways to study and organize his coursework, helping him through a period of self-doubt, and helping him refocus on his academic goals and degree completion,” Vernon said. 

“I immediately thought of Sarah when a student arrived who was deaf and needed other support services,” said Desiree Polk-Bland, Dean of Advising and Student Support. “Sarah not only provided the student the steps in the enrollment process, options for degree programs, and assisted her in completing the admissions application--she also discovered that the student was new to the Columbus area and was homeless. She took the time to connect the student housing and other community-based resources. Sarah practices holistic advising and understands that some students come with more than just academic concerns. She supports the whole student.”


Part-time advisor streamlines 100 math questions


We all know that mathematics can be time-consuming and very complex … but even before a student has entered the classroom, negotiating the prerequisites can be even worse, according to Greg Goodhart, Mathematics chair.

Goodhart nominated Sue Judd for Part-Time Staff Employee of the Month because she managed to boil down the litany of student prerequisite concerns into 100 concise questions and answers, which helped the Math Department to save a lot of time, according to Goodhart.

“Sue created a Google document to centralize a location where students could get their questions answered,” said Goodhart. “This helped organize over 100 student questions during registration season. She researched the (prerequisite) situations, and condensed the concerns down to several sentences that answered each.”

“I had the pleasure of welcoming Sue to the Arts and Sciences Division as an advisor in 2014,” said Lisa Schneider, associate dean. “She provides us with answers and resources that the whole division needs.”

“Because she was integral to the Switch to Semesters, she knows every detail necessary to get students the most credit for the classes they have taken,” continued Schneider. “She is an expert in Transferology, Colleague and DARS. Sue is very genuine, no-nonsense and never has an unpleasant word about anyone.  The only negative thing I can say about Sue is that she doesn’t work fulltime!”


Paralegal program partners with Kent State for BA


Columbus State students can earn a bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies with a new 3+1 program between Columbus State and Kent State University. All classes for the bachelor’s degree will be offered in Columbus. 

The partners will host an information session on Wednesday, July 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Franklin Hall 104. More information about the new program is online here.


Happy (Fiscal) New Year!

Happy Fiscal New Year from Business and Administrative Services (BAS). BAS includes the departments of Business and College Services, Budget and Financial Planning, and Facilities Management. 

A new fiscal year is a chance to start fresh, so here are a few helpful tips for staying “fiscally fit:”

  • Create requisitions for Purchase Orders (POs) and Blanket Purchase Orders (BPOs). 
  • Review your FY15 POs and BPOs and make sure to forward any outstanding invoices from last year to Purchasing and Accounts Payable on or before Friday, July 31.

Call Darrin Albaugh, supervisor of Purchasing and Accounts Payable, if you have questions about purchasing, how to requisition funds, or anything else related to staying fiscally fit.  He can be reached at ext. 2641 or by email at



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