November 17, 2011
Delaware Campus students start food drive
“Sharkee,” the mascot for the OSU Marion Crimson Wave volleyball team, joins Clawdette Cougar at the Delaware Campus to kick off the annual food drive for People In Need, Inc. of Delaware County. Members of the OSUM homecoming court and volleyball team passed out candy to remind students about "The Power of Five to Feed 500 Lives!” campaign which runs through December 1. See more photos from the event on Facebook.
ITDL Webinar is today
The Other Side of Assessment Webinar
University of Phoenix will present a complimentary webinar on learning assessment in higher education, "The Other Side of Assessment." In this hour-long webcast, thought leaders from within the higher education community will talk about the challenges of assessing student performance and progress, and will raise several important questions: "Is it enough to measure cognitive abilities alone? What other factors play a role in student success in higher education programs?"
When: Thursday, November 17 (2-3 p.m.) - Register
Where: In-person at CT 107
Or Register to watch for FREE from your home/office computer
Woodwind Ensemble, Concert Band host fall concerts
The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will present its Autumn concert on Tuesday, November 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The performance will feature music ranging from Henry VIII to African-American William Grant Still.
Director Thomas Lloyd will narrate the 35-minute concert.
Also mark your calendar for the Columbus State Concert Band's concert on Tuesday, November 29, at 8:00 p.m. in the conference Center Ballroom WD-435. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundations of Excellence project concludes
Foundations of Excellence member Joanna Anderson rates action items at the wrap-up meeting using an electronic clicker.
The Transfer-Bound Student portion of Foundations of Excellence concluded with a wrap-up meeting on November 4. The nine dimension committees got together to discuss and vote on recommendations on how Columbus State can better help our students who want to transfer to four-year universities.
Ten action items came from the committees’ previous research into how we currently serve transfer-bound students. As a large group, the dimension committees rank-ordered these items, prioritizing what the college should focus on first.
The top three items, in order of priority were:
Doing a better job of connecting students to advising services by increasing the number of advisors and requiring students to attend advising sessions.
Creating a centralized “Transfer Center” where students can gather all of the information and services they need to prepare to transfer.
Requiring mandatory orientation for all new Columbus State students.
For the complete list of prioritized items, visit the Foundations of Excellence intranet site at http://intranet.cscc.edu/foundations.
The wrap up meeting ended with an address by President Harrison, who thanked the group for “setting aside the business of today to determine how we can get better for tomorrow’s students.” Dr. Harrison emphasized that focusing on preparing students to transfer to a four-year college or university is more important than ever. “College completion is becoming a national imperative and we are better positioned than any college to lead by example.” He cited Columbus State’s Preferred Pathway program with OSU, and partnerships with other colleges as critical in making sure there is a “liberal arts pathway” for students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Dr. Harrison closed by assuring the group that, while changes won’t happen overnight, “We will get there. Today’s infrastructure may not yet support what we need tomorrow, but the implementation process is already underway thanks, in part, to the work of the Foundations of Excellence committees.”
Commemorative bricks can be purchased now!
Do you need a great gift idea? Maybe you know someone who is retiring and you would like to commemorate their time at the college. Or you may just be looking for a gift for someone this holiday season. A brick with a special inscription installed in Columbus State’s historic walkway near Aquinas Hall is a great gift! To purchase a brick go to the Foundation website and complete the form. For more information, contact Cindy Hood in the Foundation Office at ext. 5421.
Papers in bins by Friday a.m.
The Iron Mountain secure shredding company will be on campus Friday morning, November 18 to empty the campus secure bins. If you have office paperwork that requires shredding, please make sure you place it in the nearest bin by Friday morning.
Security patches to begin Monday
Starting Monday, November 21, Information Technology will begin patching additional applications outside of the normal monthly Microsoft security patches. This is being done to ensure all applications on Columbus State-owned devices have the required security patches and program updates. Products being checked include Apple (iTunes, Apple Application Support, Quicktime), Java Runtime, Firefox web browser, and Adobe (Flash Player, Reader, Shockwave Player).
This is being done as a back-up as most of the applications noted above automatically prompt you to install new releases when they are available. If you have any questions, please call the Help Desk at ext. 5050.
Reminder: International Student Dinner still needs sponsors
Columbus State’s International Enrollment Services will host the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Tuesday, November 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event could still use some sponsors at all levels!
The annual event allows our international students and their families to enjoy a traditional American meal with family and friends of the college. Each year has seen increased participation, and this year the department expects more than 100 students to participate.
If you would like to attend the event as well, individual tickets can be purchased for $14 per person. Checks should be made payable to Columbus State Community College and sent to Amy Burrell, international student advisor, in Enrollment Services, MA 111.
Three sponsorship levels are available, as well as the option to attend the dinner:
The GOLD Sponsorship is$140, and provides tickets for 10 international students or covers other event costs.
The SILVER Sponsorship is$70 and provides tickets for 5 international students or covers other event costs.
The BRONZE Sponsorship is$30 and provides tickets for 2 international students or covers other event costs.
The Holiday Challenge--Maintain, Don’t Gain!
As the holidays approach, the cold weather makes it hard to stay motivated to maintain your fitness program. Almost every holiday gathering involves the consumption of high-calorie foods. This combination can cause people to gain weight during the holiday season. Columbus State wants to help you through this challenging time by having you participate in the first annual Holiday Challenge, to maintain your weight, not gain it!
Mt. Carmel representatives will weigh-in participants before the Thanksgiving holiday and again after the first of the year. Participants who do not gain more than one pound from the first weigh-in to the last will receive a Dicks’ Sporting Goods Store gift certificate! The contest is open to the first 100 employees (including Delaware Campus employees) who RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, ext. 3989 or email@example.com.
The first Weigh-In is Monday, November 21, from 3-5 p.m. in Rhodes Hall Room 114 or Tuesday, November 22, between 8-10 a.m. in RH 232.
The second Weigh-In will be on Wednesday, January 4, between 3-5 p.m. in RH 114 or Friday, January 6, between 8-10 a.m. in RH 114.
How does our food stack up?
Columbus State Food Services is taking part in a national survey about the food we offer on campus. Check your Columbus State email for your chance to tell us what you think about the type of food we offer, the quality of our food, and what kind of food you would like that we don't have. In return for your survey response, we'll give you...FOOD! You'll be emailed a coupon for a free bag of chips for completing and returning your survey before midnight on November 23.