April 8, 2013
Dedication, diligence and enthusiasm mark Public Safety coordinator
Not only is Frank Sugar the best-dressed Public Safety employee on the beat, he is also “conscientious, friendly, hard-working, and accountable,” according to Babette Money, the recently retired Supervisor of Safety & Security.
Frank Sugar, center, soaks up the praise of his coworkers Babette Money, Lt. Kevin Smith, Vanessa Cummings and John Nestor, after receiving the Staff Employee of the Month award April 3.
Money nominated Sugar for Staff Employee of the Month, which he was given at the April First Wednesday meeting in the Conference Center Ballroom April 3.
Twenty-four-year employee Sugar is well known for his sharp dressing in a wide selection of pastel button-down shirts, but his daily work consists of making sure all “customers” of the Public Safety Department receive a quality experience when planning special events, including parking, signage, directions, and security.
Sugar has worked at Columbus State since 1989, serving in a number of positions ranging from police officer to lieutenant and interim director of Public Safety. Sugar graduated from Columbus State with a degree in Business and a minor in Law Enforcement in 1994. He also earned his Ohio Peace Officer Instructor certification, and has been a reserve Deputy Sheriff for Madison County for more than 10 years.
“Frank has balanced the department budget for the past several years,” Money wrote. “Through his diligence and good planning, he has made sound judgments and recommendations for improvement in the department, and serves as a role model for other staff.”
“Frank is my role model too,” said John Nestor, Director of Public Safety, at the SEOM ceremony.
“He is graceful and tactful when under pressure,” continued Money. “Frank can be depended upon to solve any problem, follow up with the customer, and inform his supervisor when the issue is resolved. Frank brings the college spirit to work every day!”
The annual Spring In-Service Day for all fulltime employees will be held Friday, April 12 starting at 9:00 a.m. with a General Session by Dr. Harrison in the Gymnasium.
The day will begin with the opportunity to donate to a great cause: Goodwill Industries of Columbus. From 7:30 to 9:00 a.m., and again from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., a truck from Goodwill will be parked in front of Davidson Hall to collect our donations of clothing and small household items. Goodwill uses 82 percent of the revenues from its thrift stores to fund employment and training programs for the disabled. In return for our donations, the college will receive clothing vouchers that can be used by eligible Columbus State students and employees.
From 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., employees will also be able to attend a Wellness Resource Fair in the lower level of Nestor Hall. Stop in and visit with representatives from campus and community groups who will offer information from organizations such as UHC, American Diabetes Association, and Punch Fitness. See demonstrations of Zumba and line dancing, meditation and Tai Chi. And register to win door prizes including a mountain bike!
After Division meetings from 11:00 to 12:00 noon, trek on over to the Parking Garage where lunch will be served until 1:30 p.m. by our very own Hospitality Management students and faculty. The menu includes salad, penne pasta with grilled veggies, chicken parmesan, roast beef, side dishes, breads, beverages, and a yummy dessert of some kind—you’ll have to wait and see!
At 1:30 p.m., Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and College Support departments will attend break-out sessions ranging from several sessions on Achieving the Dream data collection and analysis; to Active Shooter Training for faculty, led by Chief of Police Sean Asbury. A full chart of sessions can be found on the program page for In-Service Day. The department meetings and breakout sessions will conclude at 4:50 p.m.
Columbus State’s Spring Semester Graduation Ceremony will take place at a new location—the cavernous Celeste Center on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center, on 17th Avenue in Columbus.
A view of the Celeste Center set up for commencement for Westerville Central High School last year.
When Columbus State switched to semesters from quarters, the number of graduations was reduced from four to two ceremonies per year in May and December. The size of each ceremony was therefore predicted to increase, and the availability and size of Veterans Memorial was called into question.
So on Friday, May 10 , more than 900 graduates will earn their degrees in the Celeste Center, with room for all guests and dignitaries, as well as some ceremony improvements such as closed captioning, live video on big screens, a video livestream with interpreting to the web, and $5 parking in the expansive fairgrounds parking lots. Procedures and ceremonial details such as processional line-up, marching and stage set-up will remain very similar to all past graduations.
The guest speaker at Spring Commencement will be Tanny Crane, President and CEO of Crane Group. Crane joined the Crane Plastics Company in 1987 as director of Human Resources, and was promoted to vice president of Sales and Marketing in 1993. She became the president of Crane Plastics in 1996. In January, 2003, she succeeded Jameson Crane to her current position. She is chair of the Board of Directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and director on the Board of Wendy's International. She is also a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, sits on the Board of the United Way of Central Ohio, is a member of the Columbus Partnership and the Columbus Foundation, and sits on the Board of the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
If you have any questions about the upcoming May 10 Commencement Ceremony, please contact Suzanne May, in Marketing & Communications.
The new College Catalog for the 2013/2014 academic year is now online for viewing in PDF format. The printed version will soon be available.
Columbus State’s Bookstore has been named one of 17 college stores on the National Association of College Stores (NACS) Honor Roll. The organization gives a Retailer of the Year award to the one store that demonstrates the highest level of collegiate retailing excellence based on six criteria: campus connection, academic support, customer commitment, shopping experience, workplace culture, and profitability. This year’s winner was The Forty-Niner Shops Bookstore, California State University, Long Beach. But because of the overall high quality of entries this year, the award selection committee named 17 additional stores to the CROY Honor Roll, including 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 the next Ideas to Go, Tuesday, April 23, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 1094.
Reflecting on definitions provided by U.S. and international agencies, we'll discuss our understanding of sustainability. We’ll discuss 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. Register in advance.
Chief Sean Asbury
Columbus State Chief of Police Sean Asbury was invited to give a presentation to the Columbus Rotary Club April 1 in one of his areas of specialty: "Responding to a Critical Incident - Active Shooter." Asbury has taught the course around central Ohio, and will give a similar talk to Columbus State faculty on In-Service Day, April 12.
Asbury’s seminar includes information about what an individual should do if an active shooter enters their workplace. He teaches simple but highly effective strategies that will increase survivability during a crisis.
Asbury has 19 years of municipal and college law enforcement experience. He has worked for Columbus State for 4½ years, and prior to joining the college he was Deputy Chief of Police with the Riverside, Ohio Police Department.
Chief Asbury is a certified instructor through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) and has taught at several Police Academies throughout Ohio.
High school seniors from Lancaster work in teams
on a renovation estimating project.
Senior high school students from Lancaster High School attended a special session on engineering programs March 27, where they had a chance to experience classroom and lab activities, compete in an estimating contest, test concrete strength, tour campus and more.
The Construction Sciences and Engineering Technologies Department hosted the students from Lancaster’s Carpentry and Building Services program, as well as their faculty members. Chair Dick Bickerstaff and Associate Professor Dean Bortz led a campus tour, Amy Barends shared information from Admissions, Civil Engineering faculty Al Jenkins led a laboratory exercise, and Construction Management faculty Dr. Margaret Owens gave the group a renovation estimating project, with prizes for the winning team! Bortz hopes to arrange similar experiences for other high school groups in the future, so for more information, contact him at email@example.com, or ext. 5033.
Stacy Leeman, adjunct faculty member in Humanities, will have three of her paintings on display at the 34th Annual Mini Works on Paper, May 2 through 30, at Jacksonville State University, Ala.
Vessel #2 by Stacy Leeman
Getting Started with Blackboard
This seminar will introduce the Blackboard 9.1 course management system. The goal of this seminar is to provide a solid foundation of Blackboard 9.1's essential know-how topics so participants will be better prepared for further Blackboard 9.1 sessions.
Who Should Attend? All faculty/staff who do not know anything about how to use Blackboard 9.1 or anyone interested in learning the very basics of how to use Blackboard 9.1.
Date: Wednesday, April 17
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. Click here to register
Blackboard Lunchtime Power Hour - Student Sign-up List Tool
Ever use a sign-up list for your class for office hours, topics for assignments, or for some other reason? Here is a tool that can be used in Blackboard to eliminate the paper and pencil version you are currently using. The Student Sign-up List Tool can help if you want students to sign-up for office hours, if you want students to join an online group, and even a way to take attendance directly in Blackboard. During this session you will learn how to turn on the tool, create your sign-up list, how you can control the entries, and use it in the classroom to take attendance.
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Click here to register
This seminar will introduce participants to Blackboard's Discussion Board tool. The Discussion Board is one of the most powerful tools for creating community in an online classroom. During this seminar we will explore how to technically use Blackboard, as well as review ideas on how it's used for both online and face-to-face teaching. Please join us in learning about one of the most popular tools used on Blackboard.
Prerequisites for this session: BB9 101 Introduction to Blackboard and BB9 160 Beginning Grade Center
Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Click here to register
Screencasting in the Classroom and Beyond
Learn about the ease of creating a screencast and how it can be used to capture essential classroom presentations or tutorials that package more substance than a PowerPoint into student friendly online video that can extend the reach of your teaching and instruction.
Date: Friday, April 19
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Click here to register
Cougar Challenge 5K is three weeks away
Staff Advisory Council needs your help! They are looking for runners, walkers and volunteers on Saturday, April 27, for the second annual Cougar Challenge 5K at Bridgeview Golf Course. Register at www.cougarchallenge.eventbrite.com or volunteer by contacting Yaizmen Fayne at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5131. The first 150 runners/walkers to register will receive a race t-shirt! Sign up in advance for $25 or register on the day of the race for only $35. All proceeds go to support book scholarships for students at Columbus State.