April 29, 2013
Employees, students and community members head out on the 2nd annual Cougar Challenge 5K April 27 at Bridgeview Golf Course. Clawdette Cougar offers encouragement. The weather was sunny and fine for the race this year, contrasting with 2012’s race that began with sleet and snow! The Cougar Challenge 5K raises money for book scholarships at Columbus State. Race results and total money raised will soon be available.
Gospel Vocal Ensemble performs at Lincoln Theatre tonight
In the last performance of the Lincoln Theatre Performing Arts Series, the Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, directed by Emma Easton, will present “Choir Mania: A Historic Flashback of Great Gospel Choirs,” tonight, April 29 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the theater, 769 E. Long Street. In addition to the Gospel Vocal Ensemble, singers from the community will perform, including the Mania Youth Choir (ages 4-14), The Columbus Metro Mass Choir, The Lincoln Park Baptist Church Choir, The New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church Choir, and several other special performances. The concert is free and open to the public. Don’t miss this inspiring performance set in the historic Lincoln Theatre!
The Columbus State Concert Band, directed by Thomas Lloyd, will present their spring concert on Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor of WD.
The band and woodwind ensemble will present the music of fifteen women composers including Florence Price, the first African-American woman to write a symphony. The guest artist will be composer Amy Dunker from Iowa who will conduct the band in two of her own compositions. The music will range from Hildegard von Bingen of the Middle Ages to 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd at email@example.com.
Time is winding down to achieve the minimum eight health and wellness points for your United Health Care (UHC) coverage to remain at its current rate of 20 percent. Employees may maintain that rate or regain the rate by achieving these points. The points are tallied between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013.
Additional information sessions have been set for Tuesday, April 30, at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday May 15, at 12:00 p.m., and Tuesday May 21, at 9:00 a.m.—each session will be held in CT-107. (Delaware Campus employees should RSVP with Nichole Bowman-Glover). If you have questions, please contact Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989.
If you need a refresher course on how to navigate the UCH website, check out this web video http://welcometomyuhc.com/healthandwellness/tour/. A pull-down menu in the upper right side called “Jump to Topic” will allow you to select specific areas that you wish to view.
Budget forums will be held in May to discuss the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2013. The forums have been scheduled for Thursday, May 16, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Friday, May 24, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., both in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD).
You do not need to preregister to attend one of the forums. Everyone is welcome to attend, and each forum will conclude with a question-and-answer session.
The forums will be live streamed on the website and posted on the website for anyone who cannot attend in person.
Voluntary Cash Separation Incentive explained
The Board of Trustees has approved Year Three of the Voluntary Cash Separation Incentive for full-time employees. Eligibility for voluntary separation is based on retirement eligibility in accordance with the following Ohio public retirement systems: ( STRS; SERS; or ARP)
Thirty years of public service at any age
Twenty-five years of public service with a minimum age of 55
Five years of public service with a minimum age of 60
If you think you meet one of the above eligibility requirements to take advantage of this opportunity, or you have questions about whether you meet them, please plan on attending one of the following meetings:
Tuesday, May 7, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in CT-107 with video conference to Delaware campus, Room DA-129, or
Tuesday, June 4, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in CT-107
The meetings will detail the procedure to sign up for the Incentive, what paperwork you will need for certification, how the Incentive will work, and next steps to take. If you have any questions, please contact Twila Wiley at ext. 2422.
Roman Lavochnik, programmer analyst in the Data Center, and Summre Jones, systems specialist in Records and Registration, recently presented their work on the Articulation Transfer Project at the Articulation & Transfer Clearinghouse (ATC) Summit. The ATC facilitates electronic exchange of student transcripts among Ohio, state-assisted higher education institutions. The Summit was hosted by the Ohio Board of Regents in cooperation with Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network and the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.
Because of Lavochnik and Jones’ hard work, Columbus State is one of only four other colleges in Ohio that can send, receive, and import transcripts into our Student Information System/Enterprise Resource and Planning System. These systems help the institution run more efficiently using computer systems to handle the day-to-day transactions.
Welcome Team Summer Semester forming
Summer Semester is just around the corner and the Welcome Team hopes you will have some time to volunteer to help students. Welcome Team Summer 2013 will be held May 20 and 21, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Team counts on your support and hope you will be able to join in the fun as they welcome new and returning students to our Columbus State campus.
Your service is vital, appreciated and has a direct impact on student success at Columbus State. Your enthusiasm creates an excitement that makes Welcome Team a valuable experience for all! RSVP to Barbara Allen, by calling ext. 5297 with the times and days you are able to work. She will send you a confirmation within 24 hours.
Columbus State’s American Sign Language (ASL) Club and their advisor, Lori Trent, recently were given awards at the inaugural Club and Leadership Awards, hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL).
The ASL Club won “New Club of the Year” and Trent was given the award for Club Advisor of the Year. SEaL recognized the ASL Club for serving as a role model to other new organizations, planning and participating in campus events, and promoting the opportunity for students to get involved in the campus community.
Trent was recognized for exhibiting outstanding leadership and support for the ASL Club through role modeling, mentoring and coaching. The ASL Club began in January 2013. Trent, an interpreter in Disability Services and an adjunct instructor in the Interpreter Education Program, has worked at Columbus State since 1997.
President’s Office - 2 Representatives
Business Services: -1 representative
Library - 1 Representative
Arts & Sciences - 1 representative
Career and Technical Programs - 2 representatives
CEWD - 2 representatives
Distance Education & Instructional Support - 1 representative
Records & Registration- 1 representative
Financial Aid and Veteran Services - 1 representative
Disability Services/SEaL/Athletics/ Counseling Services/Diversity and Study Abroad/ Student Conduct/Career Services -2 representatives
Delaware Campus -1 Representative
Public Safety and Facilities Service - 1 representative
Communications Tech &PC Services- 1 representative
Advising Services/ Student Support and TRIO- 2 representatives
Any eligible staff member in the work area may initiate a petition to fill an open or vacant position. The petition must be signed by a majority of the members of the departments represented.
If an eligible staff member wishes to become a member of the Staff Advisory Council but has no vacancies in his/her department as a Representative, that staff member may petition for another department. The petition must be signed by a simple majority of the staff members from that department. The successful petitioner may represent that department until the next regularly scheduled election occurs. If you would like to run for a position in your area, please contact Ruvenita Hill or call ext. 5547.
Valerie Middleton, a second-year Medical Laboratory Technology student, is the recipient of a $1,000 Siemens-American Society for Clinical Pathology Scholarship. This is the 10th year that Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and ASCP have offered this scholarship program, aimed at helping the nation’s shortage of qualified medical laboratory professionals through promotion of the profession and by assisting worthy students with their higher education costs.
Construction Sciences exhibit at Design Columbus 2013
The Construction Sciences Engineering Technologies Department recently exhibited at Design Columbus 2013, co-sponsored by The Columbus Chapters of the Construction Specifications Institute and U.S. Green Building Council. The event was held at COSI.
Guests attended a day-long series of seminars and educational sessions on case studies and current industry challenges, including new energy standards, integrated project design, and building integration modeling (BIM). Over three dozen vendors showed off their latest products and services, including the CSET Department, which featured the BIM Certificate program, updated curricula, and opportunities for credentialing in the department. Dr. Jeff Bates, Environmental Science Safety & Health, Dr. Margaret Owens, David Busch and Dean Bortz, Construction Management, joined students from the CSI Chapter in sharing the opportunities available at Columbus State.
Conrade C. Hines, AIA, adjunct instructor in Architecture and Construction Management, has just published his second book focusing on local history. “Columbus and the Great Flood of 1913” provides a local retrospect on the centennial anniversary of this tragic event. Hinds’ newest book follows last year’s “The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908,” which highlighted the leading role Columbus played as the first city in the world to apply scientific principles to water treatment, eliminating cholera and typhoid from the city’s water supply. Both books are available in the Columbus State Bookstore and online.