May 27, 2014
First Wednesday to be held June 3
President Harrison’s town hall-style meeting, First Wednesday, will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. All employees are invited to attend the meeting, during which the June Staff Employee of the Month will be recognized, and President Harrison will update employees on the latest campus news. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the live stream here: http://www.livestream.com/ColumbusState, and log in using the password cougars. A chat feature will be enabled for questions, and the session will be archived for later viewing as well.
While the final touches are being made to the nearly three-year Columbus Crossroads project on I-71 and I-670, one portion that provides a big benefit for the Columbus Campus is the completion of the crosswalk signal at Cleveland Avenue and Grove Street. Faculty, staff and students should no longer have to step onto Cleveland Avenue “just hoping” that drivers will yield.
“I’m relieved to see the traffic light,” said John Nestor, director of Planning and Asset Management in Facilities Management. “This improves pedestrian safety and provides continuity across campus. Part of the credit goes to the strong working relationship we have with the City of Columbus.” Nestor spent several years as Director of Public Safety where he requested a pedestrian signal for the busy crosswalk.
The massive road construction and improvements connected to the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Columbus Crossroads project provided a timely window for the city to upgrade the intersection. The upgrade also includes an important left turn lane on southbound Cleveland Avenue for vehicles turning into campus. The signal went fully operational on May 21.
The Open Enrollment period for full-time benefit-eligible employees ends on Friday, May 30. All requested changes to your benefit elections must be received in Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. It is recommended that any modifications are hand-delivered or emailed directly to the Human Resources Department to ensure their receipt.
If you were unable to attend the Open Enrollment information sessions, please feel free to view the recording via: http://cscc.edu/itdl/open-enroll/.
The Open Enrollment period is for medical, dental, vision, life and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2014. If you have any changes that need to be made, Enrollment Modification Forms are also available by accessing the above link. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective on July 1, 2014. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Deborah Robinson at ext. 2177 or Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.
The Columbus State Library now has a freshly revamped and user-friendly website, complete with a “Find It Fast!” feature that lets you search for high-quality sources, whether you or your students need articles, books, eBooks, or textbooks.
Hot items like citation guides and the Library’s latest social media posts and events are also featured on the opening screen, and the “About Us” FAQ page tackles several must-know library topics. Librarians recommend updating any bookmarks or links in Blackboard, although the old URLs will still redirect to the new site.
“This is a very exciting development in providing greater student access to the library’s many offerings in a welcoming online environment,” said Director of Libraries, Bruce Massis. Web Content Coordinator Tony Goins, whose team partnered with the library in this development, noted that "Our librarians did what they do best—marshalled and organized a great deal of information so it's accessible to students. The new site is a huge improvement for student learning."
DREAM workshop helps undocumented students
The Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resource Team recently hosted the first DREAM Network workshop at Columbus State.
(DACA applies to students who immigrated to the U.S. with their parents before their 16th birthday, deferring action against those who qualify, in two-year increments.)
The workshop featured brief presentations on a variety of topics related to undocumented students participating in the DACA program, ranging from state residency requirements to scholarship opportunities. Staff from several areas on campus were involved in the workshop including Advising Services, Academic Affairs, Financial Aid, Admissions, and Global Diversity and Inclusion.
The 40 people in attendance at the workshop included current students, employees, parents, members of Dream Activist Ohio, and representatives from other colleges and universities. Starting in September, Columbus State will host monthly DREAM Network Workshops on different DACA topics. All are welcome to attend.
For more information about The DREAM Network, please contact Brett Welsh in Global Diversity and Inclusion.
The Library will air Walter Isaacson’s lecture, “The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences” from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the week of June 2 through 6 in the Media Studio. Isaacson will highlight the careers of noted scholars and scientists including Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs in an attempt to examine how modern scholars and educators can strengthen the link between the humanities and sciences, and form a symbiotic relationship between humanity and the technology we use in our everyday lives. The lecture was originally presented as a Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professional development opportunities offered
The Office of Professional Development and Retention will offer the following workshops to Columbus State employees in June. Space is limited, so register today! For more information, contact Barbara Allen.
From Boss to Host: The Art of Welcoming Leadership,Friday, June 13, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
As a companion book to Jan Gunnarson and Olle Blohm's Hostmanship, Boss to Host defines leadership simply as "guiding others to a better place." Through a Hostmanship perspective, leaders are invited to consider "the art of welcoming leadership" focusing on how welcoming leadership can play a decisive role in successful organizations. Prerequisite: Hostmanship
An Introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI),
Thursday, June 19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment measures psychological preferences to how people perceive the world and make decisions. Participants will discover their individual types as determined by the MBTI assessment, then work to understand its implications, uses, and applications for personal and professional growth.
Introduction to Hostmanship—Customer Service and Leadership Reframed: The Art of Serving Others,
Friday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome. Meetings where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in the person, the organization, or the place that has invited you. Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives. At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience, seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host. This shift transforms the interaction, creating a "welcoming attitude" where we are able to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction. In this Introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth.