July 14, 2011
Here's your chance to get the information you need to make the Switch to Semesters easily—and to help students do the same!
Faculty, staff, and administrators who would like to learn more about Switch2Semesters are invited to attend courses that will be presented during Summer Quarter. The informational sessions cover different aspects of the semester conversion from a general overview to detailed advising considerations. Most sessions are designed to build upon each other but may be attended individually or in the order that best fits your schedule.
Department of Education funds “Talent Search” program though 2012
The Office of TRiO Programs, which offers Upward Bound, Student Support Services and Educational Talent Search, recently received notification from Senator Sherrod Brown’s office that the U.S. Department of Education will fund the Educational Talent Search program through August 2012 with a $230,000 grant.
The grant allows Columbus State to continue effectively partnering with Columbus City Schools, the community, and the families of low-income and potential first-generation college students, assisting a new generation of students to access college and find success. The grant is expected to continue for five years for a total of $1.15 million.
“This TRiO program focuses on getting middle school students from low-income families and under represented groups into the college pipeline,” said Dr. Jan Rogers, vice president for Student Affairs. Some of the services offered include academic, financial, career, or personal counseling; career exploration and aptitude assessment; tutoring; exposure to the college campus; financial aid information; assistance in preparing for college entrance exams; mentoring programs; special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders; and workshops for the families of participants.
The grant was written by Renée Hampton and Stephanie Albrecht with the assistance of the Grants Office.
Leadership Institute 2011/2012 accepting applications
The Columbus State Leadership Institute is a nine-month leadership development experience designed to develop personal leadership and competencies related to leading change. Participation in the 2011/ 2012 Leadership Institute is by application only and limited to 24 selected participants. Selection will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s readiness to engage in the leadership learning experience, and the applicant’s commitment to the time and attention required. All full-time Columbus State Community College staff, faculty, and administrators may apply. A total of 24 applications will be selected in proportional staff, faculty, and administrator categories.
The deadline to apply for the 2011/2012 Leadership Institute is Friday, August 19. Applications can be found on the Human Capacity Development web page at http://www.cscc.edu/hr/hcd/HCDleadership.shtml.
“Dress for Success” clothes are needed for summer interns
Columbus State is participating in the Leadership & Career Institute
Summer Internship Program, and we would like for the interns to
end the program with clothes to wear to their future interviews.
Your donation of any of these new or gently used items will
be truly appreciated. The interns are busy learning a lot this
summer, and are getting ready to embark on professional
If you have some of the items listed below, please
drop them off starting this Thursday, July 14,
through Tuesday, July 19, in WD Room 1096.
Lisa Biggum and Douglas House are
coordinating the clothing drive.
Men’s shirts (medium - 2X), pants (medium - 2X) and
suit coats, medium (32-34) - 2XL (44-48).
Women’s blouses, pants, dresses, skirts, blazers/jackets in sizes
small (6-8) through XL (14-16) and women’s
plus sizes (1X –3X, 18-24).
July 13-15, the Columbus State Bookstore will offer 20% off all summer apparel! Get it while it’s hot!
IRS increases business mileage rate
Columbus State’s travel procedure 9-06(A) ties mileage reimbursement rates to the IRS guidelines. The Internal Revenue Service recently announced that business mileage rates are being increased from 51 cents per mile to 55.5 cents per mile. Columbus State will make this change effective July 15, 2011.
Travel forms are available on the Intranet and will be updated to reflect the new rates. Reimbursement forms that are in-transit will have the mileage rate adjusted by the Travel Office for travel that occurs on or after July 15, 2011. Questions regarding the new rates should be addressed to Betty Sugar in the Travel Office at extension 2421.
Leeman exhibits in California
Adjunct faculty member in Humanities Stacy Leeman will have her pastel, Drawing #26 at the Brand Library Art Galleries in Glendale, California, September 17 through October 28.
Computer repair classes get new name
Deborah Dyer, right, demonstrates refurbished computers that were donated last year to The Fisher House.
This Summer Quarter, Assistant Professor Deborah Dyer’s PC Technician classes will work under a new name: Cougar Geeks! They were formerly called FreeGeeks of CSCC.
“We decided to change the name to better identify who we are and what we are about,” said Dyer. “Many people were confusing us with FreeGeeks of Columbus or the Geek Squad.”
The Cougar Geeks classes (ITST 143 and 266) combine traditional class with hands-on experience and community service. The students refurbish PC equipment and give them to nonprofit organizations as well as provide PCs for Columbus State students through raffles.
“The Cougar Geeks are working very hard this quarter to refurbish as many donated PCs as possible due to an anticipated influx of donated PCs from a new partner,” said Dyer. “They will be working with the local YMCA/YWCA and veteran associations to provide them with desktop PCs as well as offering a student raffle later in Summer Quarter,” she said.
HPC offers session on healthy grilling today
Join the Sport and Exercise Studies Human Performance Center (HPC) for a fun seminar on “Healthy Grilling” TODAY, July 14, at noon on the north lawn of Delaware Hall (outside the gym entrance). You’ll learn the benefits of grilling out, get some great new recipes for healthy options and even taste some delicious foods straight from the grill! If it rains, the seminar will be held in the HPC, Delaware Hall 083. Space is limited. Contact Mandi Cecil to see if there’s still room.
Ohio Heart Walk to be held August 27
The American Heart Association’s major fundraising event, the Heart Walk, is a heart-health experience. The walk aims to build community among participants, generate passion for the cause, and raise awareness of the importance of taking action against our nation’s No.1 killer: heart disease. The Central Ohio Heart Walk, a non-competitive walk, will feature a one-mile walk and a three-mile walk. It is free to participate and there is free parking. The walk will be held Saturday, August 27 at 9 a.m. starting at Huntington Park in the Arena District.
If you are interested in being part of the Columbus State Central Ohio Heart Walk Team, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 by Friday, July 29.
Summer Wellness Challenge X starts July 25
The Columbus State Wellness Initiative is looking for employees who are up for a challenge this summer! As usual, the Wellness Challenge will work on a point system. For every 30 minutes of a wellness activity that you participate in, you will earn wellness points. Tracking sheets and step log sheets will be distributed to each team captain. The competition runs July 25-September 6.
Interested employees should form a team of ten people and designate one member as the captain who will coordinate the efforts for your group. Prizes will be awarded to the highest scoring team. For more details, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989. The deadline to sign up your team is Friday, July 22 by 4 p.m. please!
New Colleague interface roll out continues in July
Columbus State began rolling out the Colleague Web User Interface (WebUI) to the college on July 5. Human Resources was first to start using the new interface. Records and Registration, Student Admissions and Student Financials started the week of July 11.
IT is currently completing testing on an update to WebUI which will be available on Monday, July 18.
The new web-based user interface provides a number of new features and enhancements over the desktop user interface. The transition team has provided several helpful training videos as well as quick tips to help everyone through the transition.
Please bookmark the Colleague Web UI site (on the Intranet – not available off campus) as we will continue to post updates, as well as future in-person training sessions as needed in late June and early July.
“How to Manage Your Millennials (aka Gen Y)” Webinar
With younger workers Facebooking and Tweeting their way through your office, companies are more confused than ever about how to manage their Millennials (aka Gen Y). And the expectations they bring to the workplace (about compensation, career tracks, flexible schedules, company loyalty, etc.) are totally foreign to many bosses over 40. But the smartest companies have discovered new ways to relate to them, harness their technology skills, reduce their entitlement, and ultimately turn them into some of their most valuable and productive workers. In this webinar and teleconference, we'll show you the latest techniques and technologies for bridging the generation gap with Millennials and managing them into high performers.
When: Monday, July 18 - (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) - Register
Where: CT 107 or at your desk
“iPad and mobile computing CSCC User Group”
You are invited to attend this initial organizing meeting to kick off a user group for people using mobile computing technology at Columbus State. Right now we are envisioning a short brown bag meeting where someone gives a brief talk about their use of mobile computing technology at the college. We can talk and share various tricks and tips. The meeting will also include people helping mobile computer owners set up their machines. Our first guest speaker: James Stewart, associate professor, Social Sciences
When and where: Thursday, July 21 (12:00 - 1:00 p.m.) in CT 107 View event flyer
“Using Second Life for Assessment and Office Hours”
Are you interested in learning how to use the popular online virtual world, Second Life, as an assessment tool or a platform for office hours? During this hands-on workshop, participants will discover how Second Life can be used to support course content and to build community amongst students. Additionally, attendees will create their own AVATARS, learn basic movements, get important resources and will be given access to Columbus State Island.
When and Where: Wednesday, July 27 (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) in CT 106 - Register
Presented by: Melissa Logue, Modern Languages