September 12, 2013
Last chance to register for Day of Service
Registration for the Columbus State Day of Service in recognition of the college’s 50th anniversary will end tomorrow, September 13 at the end of the day. Day of Service is Thursday, September 26, when the Columbus State community will get together to perform volunteer service activities across central Ohio and also in Delaware County. Register here.
A number of opportunities are still available, especially for department groups who wish to volunteer together as a team. There are several locations that require 7-10 people to come as a group to complete the activity, such as Habitat for Humanity, which offers the opportunity to work on a building site reserved exclusively for Columbus State on our Day of Service. If your group or department has a special request to work together but needs additional information or assistance signing up, please contact Barb Smith-Allen immediately.
Individuals can also still register for volunteer opportunities as well by checking the registration page for an organization or project that appeals to you!
On September 26, we will meet on campus for a pep rally prior to heading out to job sites. Remember, if you picked up an anniversary t-shirt for the big group photo August 30, you should bring that with you for Day of Service, as we will be wearing the same shirts. You can get your 50th anniversary photo poster when you arrive as well. Lunches, information packets and supplies will be available at the registration tables.
Student photo bloggers want to visit you!
In conjunction with our 50th anniversary celebration, several Columbus State student photographers are capturing the images of “A Year in the Life of Columbus State.” These talented student photographers have been all over campus at special events, sporting events, and in classrooms and labs, photographing the people and moments that make our college special.
The images are used in a Photo of the Week on the web, and can also be seen on the photo blog on the 50th anniversary site. At the close of our anniversary year, the best of the best will be published in a book or calendar.
Do you have a classroom or laboratory setting that you can offer as a photo assignment for our photographers? Let us hear about it at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to have the photo bloggers visit your class! We want to capture student participation, interesting laboratory experiences, active classrooms, and especially the great teaching that happens every day at Columbus State!
Cheerleading tryouts by student photographer LaRae Scheurell.
As in 2012, the Columbus State Board of Trustees has authorized the use of Personal Business Leave (PBL) in 2013 to allow full-time employees to use these days as holiday leave days on any or all of the following days: December 26, 27, 30 and 31, 2013. (Columbus State is closed on December 25 and January 1, 2014.)
During this period in 2013, to minimize expenses, the College will not offer student services in person or by phone during the designated holiday week. Students will be able to register and pay fees online through CougarWeb as well as access other web-based resources during this period. Implementation plans are underway and additional information will be forthcoming.
Fire alarms to be tested Sunday
Columbus State’s fire alarm contractor will test fire alarm horns and strobes on campus Sunday, September 15, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The alarms will sound for only a matter of minutes and announcements will be made on the public address system to advise the occupants prior to, and following each test.
The Information Technology Support Center (ITSC) and Telecommunications are pleased to announce a new dedicated Classroom Technology Help Line. The number is (614)287-HELP (4357) or simply ext. 4357.
This new number can be used by instructors or facilitators who need support for urgent technical issues occurring while a class or meeting is in progress. The goal is to reduce the loss of technology-dependent instruction.
This line is designed for immediate response needs only. Response times are resource dependent; calls to this number for non-urgent support will reduce our resource availability for urgent calls.
All other issues should still be reported by calling the ITSC at ext. 5050, by submitting a Help Request, or by using the “GO” button at http://www.cscc.edu/services/itsc/.
The Classroom Technology Help Line will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Ext. 5050 is still the primary call number for IT Support. The 287-HELP line is another option when you have an urgent need for support in an active classroom!
Local high school students can find out why at Columbus State's Visit Day for High School Seniors, Friday, October 18, on the Columbus Campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Prospects will be able to explore degree programs, meet faculty, staff and students, tour the campus, find out about financial aid options and scholarship opportunities, and discover why so many of our students graduate with no college debt!
Please continue to refer prospective students and new applicants to this event:
High School Senior Visit Day. You can also download the PDF schedule from this link, print it and distribute it at schools or when meeting with prospective students.
Beginning this semester, students can earn a new type of recognition by attending an Advising Services BLUEprint Success Workshop. Not only will they get extra help on success topics, but now they will also earn a non-credit notation on their student record in Colleague after completing a workshop. In addition, students who would like their own documentation after completing a workshop can request a Certificate of Completion by emailing their name, their Cougar ID#, and workshop information to email@example.com.
Many competitive programs at four-year colleges, as well as graduate programs, require students to be involved during their studies. These certificates will be a great way for students to keep track of their academic and extracurricular involvement while at Columbus State.
Please spread the word to students and encourage them to attend at least one new workshop each semester. Workshops cover a variety of topics such as Library services, money and time management, transfer planning, student services, and more.
For information about upcoming workshops, visit: http://www.cscc.edu/services/advising/blueprint.shtml or view the BLUEprint offerings on the Autumn Class Schedule under “Non-Credit Offerings.”
BLUEprint expands to help busy students
BLUEprint has expanded services to meet the needs of our busy students who cannot attend a full workshop due to their school, work, and family schedules. This month, BLUEprint Success Series is piloting the “Table-Top Info-Stop.” These information tables are designed for students who are unaware of BLUEprint and what it has to offer, students who cannot attend a full workshop, or students who want a little more information about a certain success topic.
At the Table-Top Info-Stop, BLUEprint workshop presenters will be on hand to share their expertise on the topic for the week. Students can learn how to manage their time and balance their workload, learn about the importance of DARS and how to run their Degree Audit, and learn about how Advising Services can assist them outside of Aquinas Hall 116.
The information table for September is located under the covered walkway outside of Aquinas Hall from 10:00 a.m. to noon, every Friday this month.
Please refer your students to stop by to pick up some helpful handouts or to chat with an expert about ways to succeed in college. See the schedule below for the remaining Table-Top Info-Stop dates: Friday, September 13 – “Time” Manage Your Semester; Friday, September 20 – DARS: The Tool for Mapping Your Path to Graduation; and Friday, September 27 – Advising Outside of the Box.
Security Tip of the Day: Be skeptical when you read your email
When you read your emails, keep asking yourself "Why should I believe that?" It is important to remember that you can't trust the "from" address on email from outside the organization. If you didn't expect a message, link, or attachment from someone, ask yourself why you should trust that it really came from the apparent sender, and whether it's safe. When in doubt, it's a good idea to call and verify that they sent you the message.
Also, if it's too good to be true, it probably is! An example is receiving notification via email that you won an overseas lottery. Never respond with the information they are asking of you so they can "release your winnings."
As a reminder, Columbus State will never call or email you asking for your login name, password, or Social Security Number. If you receive a phone call or email asking for this information, do not provide it and immediately call the Help Desk at ext. 5050.
If you have any IT security questions, call Rob Clifford at ext. 3686.