April 11, 2013
Notes for tomorrow’s In-Service Day
The Spring In-Service Day will be held Friday, April 12, beginning with a General Session at 9:00 a.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. An updated program schedule has been posted on the In-Service website, and each division’s schedule for the rest of the day is outlined on a chart.
Donations of gently used clothing and household items for Goodwill Columbus will be taken from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in front of Davidson Hall, and again from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The donations are part of a program coordinated by Student Engagement and Leadership, and our donations will result in clothing vouchers from Goodwill to needy members of the Columbus State community.
The Wellness Fair in the lower level of Nestor Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. will include lots of demonstrations including guided meditation, line dancing, Tai Chi and Zumba dancing. Raffle tickets will be given for visiting the vendor tables or participating in demos, for prizes including mountain bikes, gym memberships, heart rate monitors, fitness equipment and more. You increase your chances to win the more you participate!
The Staff Advisory Council is collecting donations of canned and non-perishable food items for Operation Feed, at their table in the Wellness Fair. If you bring in a canned good or a $2.00 donation you will be eligible for a raffle ticket; sign up to donate through payroll deduction and receive five raffle tickets. The raffle will include prizes such as Christopher’s and Cheesecake Factory gift certificates. SAC members will also be taking registrations for the Cougar Challenge 5K during the Wellness Fair.
Finally, be sure to remember a jacket on Friday, because our temporary summer-like weather is predicted to disappear and return to temperatures in the mid-50s. Lunch will be served in the Parking Garage, so dress for the cooler temperatures!
The Quality Awards will be held in June, and recognize up to two Silver Team Awards and one Gold Team Award with cash awards divided between team members: $4,000 for the Gold and $2,000 for each Silver Team. Teams must be made up of at least three individuals who may be from the same department or different departments of the college.
Information about the Quality Team Awards, a Team Award Rubric, and the Nomination Form can be found online here. Completed Quality Team Award Nominations are due Friday, April 19 and should be sent to Carmelita Boyer in Human Resources, or emailed to email@example.com.
Nominations for the Men of the Year Awards, sponsored by the M.A.N. Initiative, are due by Friday, April 12 to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact ext. 2426 with the name(s) of a great Columbus State man (student or employee) you would like to nominate for recognition. Please also include your name, email address and contact number so that we may follow up with you for additional information. Read more about the Men of the Year Awards.
Coming financial aid timing changes are geared toward student success
Starting Autumn Semester 2013, changes in the timing of several financial aid procedures will enhance overall accountability and student success. The coming changes are not complicated, but being aware of them and planning for them is important for everyone.
An informational campaign for employees and students will begin soon explaining the modifications—which are mostly related to timing—and the rationale behind them.
The changes will:
Add an earlier faculty reporting period (3rd week of semester) to track the meaningful progress of financial aid recipients in their courses. This will be done electronically.
Result in a later release of financial aid refunds to eligible students, beginning between the fifth and sixth weeks of the semester. This refund will happen after the student’s progress is confirmed by the first faculty report. The delay also will align the timing of all student financial aid refund disbursements.
While students initially may feel inconvenienced by the changes, the changes will ultimately benefit all of us. Careful budgeting for the new timing of refunds and participating fully in class work are behaviors that contribute to student success. Evaluating early academic participation and attendance will increase chances for academic success for students who remain enrolled. Also, early identification of students who can’t or don’t continue their studies decreases accumulation of student debt.
Watch future issues of Update and your college email for more information about the modifications and for related materials as they become available. Additional materials have been placed on the Intranet (not available off campus), including: FAQs, Timing Changes: The Basics, and What will/won’t be modified Autumn Semester 2013.
Feel free to email questions to email@example.com.
The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a free concert on Tuesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will feature the works of four women composers: Hildegard von Bingen from the Middle Ages, Renaissance composer Maddalena Casulan (the first European woman to have her music published), Francesca Caccini, a Baroque composer from Venice, and 19th century American Amy Beach. Also on the program are works by two African-American composers: Scott Joplin and William Grant Still. The concert will last 40 minutes and will be narrated by director Thomas Lloyd. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Social Sciences Department will sponsor the 2013 Culture Jam Festival on Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Student Lounge. The Culture Jam Festival will feature students presenting their artwork, poetry, music and essays on issues concerning consumerism, media literacy, community and inequality. Faculty member Becky Mobley's study abroad group will present their Mobile Global Gallery. North Dakota artist Michael Strand will make a presentation through video conferencing. Guest speaker David Pigg will present on nutrition and media literacy. Finally, faculty member Don Ricker will talk about his research in the community with Project Cease Fire. Culture Jam Festival 2013 is free and open to the public.
How do we engage students in thinking critically, conducting better online research, using sources appropriately, and doing work that reflects their original thought?
Find out April 22 through 26 during Plagiarism Education Week, presented by Turnitin.com. Throughout the week, Turnitin.com is partnering with The International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), The School for Ethical Education (SEE), and Plagiarism Today to present a series of free, live webcasts that delve into key issues. Attendees will also receive additional resources to help continue the dialogue in their classrooms and at their institutions. The schedule is:
Monday, April 22 - Causes of Plagiarism
Tuesday, April 23 - Types of Plagiarism
Wednesday, April 24 - Responses to Plagiarism
Thursday, April 25 - Approaches to Plagiarism
Friday, April 26 - Originality and Creativity
To register for the free webcasts, visit http://turnitin.com/en_us/resources/plagiarism-education-week.
For more information on academic integrity at Columbus State, please visit the Office of Student Conduct webpage at www.cscc.edu/campus-life/student-conduct.
Anne Cooper-Chen, Professor Emerita, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, will give a presentation titled "Anime Goes Global: Fans from Around the World," on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. in Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The first 25 attendees will receive a copy of Dr. Cooper-Chen's latest book. Japanese-themed snacks will be served.
According to Dr. Cooper-Chen, “the talk about Japanese animation, the un-Disney, draws on original interviews that the author conducted for her book Cartoon Cultures. The fans represent both genders and a broad range of cultures and media systems; they come from Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Tunisia and Taiwan. The author found that anime responds to more human needs than even a fan's domestic media.
Dr. Anne Cooper-Chen, a professor emerita in Ohio University's EW Scripps School of Journalism, received her M.A. in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has more than 10 years' full-time media experience, beginning with her first job out of college at an English-language daily newspaper in Tokyo. Cooper-Chen is the author of Cartoon Cultures (2010), Mass Communication in Japan (1997) and three other books. She was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Japan in 1992-93 and a visiting professor at Musashi University, Tokyo, in 2009.
This event is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. For more information, contact: Michelle Attias-Goldstein at 614-247-6839, or email email@example.com.
Thank you for your voice and interest in Columbus State's Employee Resource Group (ERG) Program. To show our appreciation, Columbus State will celebrate our ERG camaraderie at the Second Annual Spring ERC Reception, Tuesday, April 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave.
Get to know members from all 11 Employee Resource Groups and have a great conversation with President Harrison and other college leaders about your employee experiences at the college. All new and returning members of current ERGs are invited to attend.
Columbus State offers the following Employee Resource Groups and liaisons:
Women’s ERG - Suzanne Schaefer, firstname.lastname@example.org and Robyn Lyons-Robinson, email@example.com
Men’s ERG - Jonathan Baker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sankofa Minority ERG- Trever Thomas, email@example.com and Reuel Barksdale, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spectrum LGBT ERG - Terrence Brooks, email@example.com and Amy Delorenzo, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Professionals ERG- Elise Meyers, email@example.com
International Affairs ERG - Lilia Bermudez, firstname.lastname@example.org and Edgar Velez, email@example.com
Veterans ERG - Jay Favuzzi, firstname.lastname@example.org and Dan Watrous, email@example.com
Interfaith ERG - Judah Gartman-Brush, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caregivers ERG - Lori Thomas, email@example.com
Grad Students ERG - Mary Francis McLaughlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Delaware ERG - Ellen Neutzling, email@example.com
Stop by the Nestor Hall West Lounge on Monday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. to hear a short presentation by staff in the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) Office, who led students in an Alternative Spring Break “Stay-cation” this past March.
You can hear what the students and SEaL staff did with their Community Garden project, their Boys & Girls Clubs of America project, and their project with The House. Find out how you can get involved with future community service projects from SEaL!