August 22, 2013
Autumn Semester begins
If you hadn’t yet heard, in honor of Columbus State’s 50th anniversary, our Fall In-Service Day will become the 50th Anniversary Columbus State Day of Service.
Classes will not be held during the day on Thursday, September 26, and all Columbus State employees on both the Columbus and Delaware Campuses will fan out through the community to perform volunteerism of all types.
Some departments might sign up together to perform physical tasks like painting, cleaning, planting or building. Others might enjoy a quieter activity like reading to children or serving meals. Some individuals might go to their favorite charity on the list to continue the work they already do to help out. Others will find something new and different like working with the handicapped or delivering Meals on Wheels. It will be up to you to choose!
The 50th Anniversary Day of Service Committee is currently working to put a sign-up page online, which will list all volunteer opportunities that have been set up for our Day of Service. Columbus State employees will be able to browse the opportunities, learn more about each charity, and select a project that suits them. Each volunteer project will have a Team Leader helping coordinate the day at that location, so employee groups can sign up together if they like, or individuals can join any team project that interests them.
Lots more logistical details, an online sign-up page, and a page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be available next week.
Together, we can use one short day to make one BIG impact on our community!
50th Anniversary group photo is August 30
Here's another update that you may not have heard about if you were off campus during the summer semester or during the break. The 50th Anniversary Group Photo will be taken on Friday, August 30, outside by the statue at 1:00 p.m. We will also hand out 50th anniversary t-shirts prior to the actual photograph, so please try to arrive a little early to get your shirt before we snap the photo! We will start handing out shirts at noon, and by 1:00 p.m. we hope to have everyone standing in position for the photograph itself, which will be shot from the roof of Union Hall, in the large outline of a “5-0.” You don’t want to miss out on this photo! We are making a 50th anniversary souvenir poster from the image, and you will be sad if you don’t have one.
Columbus State’s 50th anniversary gift to the community will be Columbus State Day, to be held Saturday, October 12, on the Columbus Campus. Columbus State Day, offered in conjunction with the city’s idUS celebration of creativity and innovation, features a day of fun and learning, free to participants of all ages.
Our faculty and staff experts at Columbus State will offer more than 80 different 45-minute classes, plus demos for children, how-to presentations, health screenings, safety tips and brain-bending activities! The day will conclude with a very special keynote speech by Dr. Shane Lopez, the world’s leading expert on hope—how to create it, use it and share it. Dr. Lopez specializes in the science of human motivation. His latest book, “Making Hope Happen,” relies on a combination of cutting edge research and inspiring stories to explore practical strategies for achieving goals in life.
The Columbus State Day schedule will begin with check-in at 8:00 a.m., continue with classes and demonstrations until 2:45, and conclude with the keynote speaker, Shane Lopez.
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Disability Services begins new procedure for instructors
For Fall Semester, Disability Services will introduce a new Student Testing Agreement Request (STAR) form, which is designed to ensure optimal communication between students, instructors and the Disability Services Department. At the beginning of the semester, students who are registered with Disability Services should discuss the accommodations they need for tests and quizzes throughout the semester. At that time they should provide you with a copy of their Letter of Accommodation from Disability Services and fill out a STAR form for you to sign.
After your initial discussion with the student, please sign the STAR form. The student is responsible for returning the signed, completed form to Disability Services. Please retain the Letter of Accommodation for your records.
Students are responsible for communicating with you throughout the semester regarding acceptable test and quiz schedules, including any schedule changes and deadlines.
For each test/quiz which will be taken with accommodations, you will need to fill out a Test Administration Request Form and submit it with the assessment to Disability Services.
All assessments must arrive in Disability Services 48 hours (two business days) before the scheduled assessment to provide sufficient processing time. If a test/quiz is not received by DS two business days prior to the scheduled test, students will not be able to take their assessment at the scheduled time, and will need to reschedule.
If a student chooses to take quizzes/tests in your classroom without using accommodations, there is no need to fill out and send a Test Administration Request Form.
Disability Services appreciates your assistance in this collaborative effort to ensure that our students receive appropriate accommodations. If you have any questions about how to best serve our students, please feel free to contact the staff at ext. 2570.
Beginning this Semester, the college will change when and how faculty report class attendance/participation for financial aid students (as required of Columbus State by the U.S. Department of Education).
The number of semester reports (2) will remain the same in most instances, but the timing and process will change slightly. The first reporting period starts 20 days into the semester, and every instructor will receive a reminder when it opens.
The early semester timing of the report and the simple, new software for the process will help minimize debt assumption by students and financial loss to the college by confirming student attendance and participation prior to issuing credit balance disbursements. For all of the information, faculty should consult Blackboard. All faculty members have been enrolled as members of an Attendance Reporting organization in Blackboard. Columbus State employees who wish to know more about the procedures can visit http://intranet.cscc.edu/finaidchanges/index.htm.
Career Pathing Workshop offered Aug. 29
Seats are still available in the Career Pathing workshop scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 29. “Career Pathing” is a process used by an employee to chart a course within an organization for career development. Join us for an interactive session on self-assessments, exploring opportunities and creating an action plan for your career path! Register today at http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/course.asp?C=428. For more information, contact Lori Thomas.
Columbus State’s Sport & Exercise Studies program and Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Myelomeningocele (Spina Bifida) Annual Summer Camp.
Dr. Tom Habegger,( front row, second from left,) with the participants and counselors from the 2013 Spina Bifida Summer Camp on its 25th anniversary.
The students, alumni, faculty and associates of the SES program have provided all of the counselors and programming to the Myelo Clinic Staff in support of this special annual summer program for the past 21 years. SES Teaching Assistant Johnna Kay heads up the camp staff by managing the programming and teaching of the Adaptive Physical Education class that prepares students for the service learning experience. “This is not just an event,” says Kay. “It is a passion. Annually it is a reminder of the role that sport plays in making dreams and opportunity a reality for so many young people regardless of ability.”
SES Professor Dr. Tom Habegger has been running the program since taking a call in 1993 from the clinic asking for some volunteers. “For more than two decades, Columbus State SES and Children’s Hospital have demonstrated collaboration at its best,” says Habegger. “We provide expertise in sport programming and recreation services, and allow the hospital medical team to provide the best of care, allowing for a comprehensive and meaningful annual event for young folks living with Spina Bifida. This camp is a reminder of just how important it is to provide programming to all community members not just those who are apparently healthy.”
At the 2013 Camp, more than 40 Myelo Clinic patients between the ages of 7 and 18 and their families were served. According to Habegger, planning for the 2014 camp is already underway as “the 25th Anniversary is merely a beginning for the next 25 years of service. “
The Fitness Center, in Delaware Hall 082, will offer new hours and classes for Fall Semester.
Hours are: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday; and closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Fitness classes are free to all Columbus State students and employees, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A Cougar ID is required to participate.
The classes will begin next week:
Circuit Training / Aerobics
Garry Fourman, left, joins his son Nathan, who is a recent Ohio State graduate now working in Chengdu, China, and Minru Li, a faculty member from OSU at the WUSIEP Conference in Wuhan, China.
In March, Dr. Garry Fourman, chair of Modern Languages, was one of 30 faculty from all over the U.S. selected to participate in the 2013 Wuhan University Summer Intensive English Program (WUSIEP). Fourman taught English at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China for three weeks in July. The students were mostly first- or second-year university students. In addition to teaching three language classes a day, he presented a paper “Structure and Communication” at the 7th Annual WUSIEP Conference and Workshop on July 20 at Wuhan University. He also presented information on Columbus State at a college fair at the university the previous weekend and distributed information to interested students.
awards they received at a recent Law Enforcement Bike Association training class.
Two Columbus State Police Officers were recently given special awards for outstanding performance at a week-long training course for bicycle officers.
Tracy Anderson and Jeff Dodge earned the award that was given to a single class attendee who exemplified the core motto of the Police Bike certification organization (LEBA or Law Enforcement Bike Association), which is "Never give up, Never Stop Trying." The award is voted on by class attendees, and “what really made it special was that Tracy and I attended different sessions of the training, and were each voted for this award!” said Dodge.
“It was a very grueling 40-hour week of training,” said Dodge. “It was great just to make it to the end and know that both Tracy and I would be able to provide more diverse patrol abilities to our campus, to enhance the safety of all. To also be given this award by my peers was a VERY special moment in my police career.”
All Columbus State employees, their friends and families, are invited to A Night Out at Crew Stadium, for the special price of only $10 on Wednesday, September 4. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., the Columbus Crew will take on the Houston Dynamo. Seating will be in a reserved section located in the upper sideline section on the west side of the stadium. Kids two years old and younger are free. Best of all, its $1-a- bratwurst night, presented by Bob Evans!
To purchase your tickets, please click here and use promo code: cscc1
Did you spend a lot of time at summer cookouts, fairs, and festivals, eating in a not-so-healthy way this summer? Let Weight Watchers help you get back on track!
In our summer session, one dedicated member lost 30 lbs. and another lost 20 lbs. in only 10 weeks!
Come to an open session on Tuesday, August 27 at 12:00 p.m. in the DX conference room (3rd floor) to get started. The next Weight Watchers at Work program session will officially start Tuesday, September 3, at the noon in the DX conference room. We will need a minimum of 20 participants in order to keep this opportunity for our employees. If you are interested in joining Weight Watchers at Work, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at email@example.com by Tuesday, August 27!