March 28, 2013
First Wednesday scheduled for April 3
Join President Harrison for the April town hall meeting, First Wednesday, to be held April 3 starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD). All employees are welcome to attend this short meeting where we will recognize the April Staff Employee of the Month, and chat about current events at the college. First Wednesdays are also live streamed on a private channel for employees; log in at http://www.livestream.com/columbusstate using the password cougars.
Reminder: The Challenges and Triumphs of Women in the U.S. Military tomorrow
Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, first female adjutant general of the Ohio National Guard, will present a talk Friday, March 29, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD).
The FOCUS Early Alert System has been used by a number of faculty members already and has had great success in its pilot. Now it’s time to get more faculty and staff involved!
The FOCUS Early Alert System is a tool used to aid in the retention of students. Instructors can raise notices or concerns, send referrals to other departments, and give kudos to students based on the students' performance in their class. Once a notice is raised, staff members in the Title III Office work to connect that student to the appropriate support services.
The benefits of FOCUS and why you should learn more:
It provides timely communication to students (in a manner the student prefers to be notified) regarding course work.
It provides a user-friendly platform and syncs with various college resources such as Blackboard (and will soon sync with Datatel).
It stores the documentation of communication between the instructor and student.
It shares information with the right support staff to help the student and is FERPA compliant.
FOCUS training sessions, open to all faculty and staff, will be held on the following dates in Davidson Hall, 104:
Tuesday, April 2, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 25, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Students in anthropology class win essay contest
Three students in Stewart Jobrack’s Peoples and Cultures (ANTH 2202) class were winners in The Center for Public Anthropology’s North American Essay Contest involving more than 3,500 students from 24 schools. Students Mary Rechis, Georgije Zecevic, and Sierra Taynor wrote essays about ethics in research. You can read their award-winning essays online at http://www.publicanthropology.org/CAW/13-Spring/1-PACAP-JSCSCC.htm.
According to the Center’s website, “Prof. Jobrack has played an integral part in Public Anthropology’s online student community, showcasing the ability of Columbus State students to learn effective writing skills while being active global citizens. He demonstrates how combining technology with cultural concerns in academic courses positively engages students to participate in the broader world beyond their academic setting, while gaining the skills needed for a productive, active life after graduation.”
Jobrack is a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Anthropology at The Ohio State University, with his doctorate expected in 2013. In addition to teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State, he also teaches at OSU Lima, OU Lancaster, Wittenberg and Denison.
Think back to the last time you missed a meal. Remember the burning feeling in your stomach? How you thought about, and maybe gave voice to, your hunger pangs, saying, “I'm starving!" Now consider how many people in our community experience that burning feeling all the time, coupled with the stress of knowing that their children are hungry, too. Now is the time to take action and help those in our community.
Please give to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, which uses 100 percent of all donations to provide food to the needy. Register online for a one-time donation or to have a donation taken out of your pay check. Just $1.00 a pay period would provide three meals to an individual. A payroll deduction form is available on the Intranet.
You can donate directly to Mid-Ohio Food Bank online through the Operation Feed Virtual Food Drive. After selecting your donation level, you check out and indicate “CSCC” on the company menu. And of course, you can always donate canned goods and nonperishable food items the old-fashioned way—in the collection boxes found in offices around campus.
Upward Bound is a program funded through the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for students to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of post-secondary education.
To be selected as an Upward Bound participant, a student must be identified as a first-generation college student and/or a member of a low-income family in one following target schools: East, Linden McKinley, Mifflin, or West High School. The participant must show evidence of academic potential. Students can start in the Upward Bound program as early as the summer before their 9th grade school year.
Applications may be obtained from the Upward Bound office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in Franklin Hall 223. Prospective students or parents can also contact Meghan Volk, supervisor for Upward Bound at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, April 26. You may call ext. 5340 or 2494 for additional information.