Have topic to share with the College? HCD can help you host an Ideas to Go! conversation. Session hosts provide a brief overview before moving to open conversation.
Participants are welcome to bring a lunch, cup of coffee, news to share and, especially,
your own curiosity and expertise.
Quick, conversational, impactful. That’s Ideas to Go. Contact Rich James in Human Capacity Development (x2175) to learn more.
Pre-registration is encouraged. View materials from past sessions.
"The danger of a single story"
December 16th, Noon to 1pm CO 111
In this the 2009 TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, she tells the story of how
she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story
about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. How do we slip
into holding a single narrative about the people we work with and for? Come watch
the TED Talk and join a discussion about what it means for us. Register
Past Ideas To Go:
Supporting Students Basic Needs
What is "Engagement?"
Can blue and white by "Green"
Rules of Successful Business Communication
Case Studies in Business Communication
“Meetings That Get Things Done.”
Do meetings, despite your best intentions, often fail to result in the outcome you
hoped for? Meetings are effective when they are designed to serve a specific purpose
and those who participate know how to prepare and contribute. Tony Mandator, Project
Administrator in IT, facilitated a conversation about principles and strategies for
effective meetings. See session handout (.pptx).
"Supporting Students' Basic Needs So They Can Learn"
Community college students face unique obstacles from from homelessness to lack of
transportation. The office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL), along with
the Columbus State C.A.R.E.S. committee, has been assessing the needs of Columbus
State students and creating programs to help. This is a campus wide issue that touches
everyone including staff and faculty. Judah Gartman, Ohio Benefits Bank Coordinator,
and Kim Ryhan, Director of SEAL, discussed how the college is developing and connecting
students to services and what resources will soon be available to faculty staff to
What is student engagement and why does it matter?
In late March and early April we will invite students to share their perception of
their own engagement with the College through the Community College Survey Student
Engagement (CCSSE) survey. What exactly is “engagement” and how does the survey measure
it? Does engagement influence student persistence and attainment? What did we learn
from the 2010 survey and how could this and the current survey connect to other college initiatives?
Bring a lunch and join the discussion. Rich James, Program Coordinator for Faculty
Development, will start the conversation.
Copy of Slides
CCSSE Benchmark Question clusters
CCSSE Validation Summary
Can blue and white be green? Defining sustainability at Columbus State.
As an institution, and for many of us as individuals, we value, support, and practice
sustainability. But what does it mean to be sustainable? Can our individual, departmental,
and institutional actions make a difference? How do we create a culture that encourages
sustainable behavior? We'll begin a conversation on these big issues at Ideas to Go on April 23rd. Reflecting on definitions provided by US and international agencies,
we'll discuss our understanding of sustainablity, whether it can be scaled to a college-wide
level, and the challenges and opportunities for doing so. We'll conclude with discussing
ideas for ongoing green networking, dialogue, and action. Nichole Braun, Academic
Advisor, and Hari Ruiz, Grants Program Coordinator, will lead the discussion.
Rules of Successful Business Communication
Have you ever received a memo or *Important* email message that left you scratching
your head and wondering what the sender meant? Or hit the Send button on a message
you copied the entire department with to moments later realize you left out critical
information? If so, join the ranks of us who have been either the victim or perpetrator
of poor business communication practices. This session will focus on the 5 C’s of
good business communication. Bring your lunch and your stories as we look at how to
apply the 5 C’s to communication at Columbus State. A checklist with the 5 C’s will
be given to each participant at the completion of Session 1.
Case Studies in Successful Business Communication
Can these policy statements really have been issued? Really? Because they are negative,
condescending, and unclear. In short, they are unprofessional. On July 30th, let’s review a number of errant communications and discuss ways they could have
been made more diplomatic, positive and clear. Have lunch, a few laughs (at the expense
of our sample unprofessional writers), and some lively discussion.