May 29, 2014
First Wednesday to be held June 3
President Harrison’s town hall meeting, First Wednesday, will be held on Tuesday, June 3, at 8:00 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Or watch the live stream here: http://www.livestream.com/ColumbusState, and log in using the password cougars.
Open Enrollment deadline is Friday
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.
Barbara Allen, coordinator in Human Resources, was selected as this year’s “Pono Champion” at the group’s annual celebration last month. “Allen was selected by her peers because of her strong commitment to compassion and acceptance,” said Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion. “The Columbus State community as well as Global Diversity and Inclusion are very thankful for Barbara’s service and inclusiveness to our students, staff and faculty.”
In recognition of her award, Allen will have the honor of introducing the keynote speaker at the 2015 Martin Luther King Day Celebration.
The Pono Learning Community wants you!
In the Polynesian culture, the word “pono” describes the unconditional love and compassion for--and the spirit connections between--all things. In the Fall of 2014, Global Diversity and Inclusion will continue its fifth consecutive academic year of offering Pono Learning Communities.
Pono Learning Communities offer a place where you can collaborate with faculty, administrators, staff and student participants to discuss diversity- related topics, share your own experiences, and build relationships. A cohort will be offered in both the Autumn 2014 and Spring 2015 Semesters.
If you’re interested in more information on the group for personal development, or for a PERFORMs goal, contact Sarah A. Baker at ext. 2861 or visit http://www.cscc.edu/campus-life/diversity/involved.shtml .
The American Library Association formally announced a grant of $1,000 to the Columbus State Library in support of activities around “Banned Books Week,” September 21 through 27. The grant will allow the Library to involve students, faculty and staff in creating an online exhibit celebrating the freedom to read. The goal is for participants to “curate their own learning experience”—the project will involve a story recording booth, photo booth, mock trial, film festival and significant social media content. This is very exciting for the Library in that the college is only one of seven institutions receiving this national grant, and it is especially exciting for the two librarians who wrote the grant, Julie Zavaloff and Dana Knott. Congratulations!
Hours changed for SEaL Job and Family Services rep
The office for Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services in the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) Department office have been changed. Please visit the website for Christina Edwards’ new hours of service and additional information. A drop-box is also available in Nestor Hall 116 for students who wish to leave paperwork for Edwards, Monday- Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Information about the recent Blackboard upgrade can be obtained by any of the following methods:
Monday, June 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Register
Blackboard Upgrade Information Page:
This page has been setup for information seekers who want to review the new features without attending live review session. Blackboard Upgrade page.
Introduction to Blackboard (3 Hours)
Grade Center I (2 Hours)
(Prerequisite: training participants must have already taken Introduction to Blackboard)
Thursday, June 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Register
Blackboard - Online Self-Paced Offerings
ITI online courses can be taken completely online and do not require any face-to-face meetings. ITI online classes are now accessible via our new online course tracking portal system that will require you to login when taking our classes. The online tracking system will allow you to track the online courses you have taken, print your own certificates of completion, and even email proof of completion to anyone if the needed.
Current online Blackboard course offerings are:
ITIBB-0100-WEB: Introduction to Blackboard
ITIBB-0110-WEB: Grade Center I
ITIBB-0140-WEB: Discussion Boards
Click here to login and start taking ITI online courses
Humanities instructor publishes WWI book
Dr. Kevin Smith, long-time adjunct in the Humanities Department, has just published "Letters from the Front: The BEF (British Expeditionary Force) in Belgium and France, 1914-1918," just in time for the 100th Anniversary of the start of the First World War. WWI began July 28, 1914, England declared war on Germany in early August, and the BEF was dispatched to France only days later. Find out more about Smith’s book and this fascinating era in history online here.
George Takei, keynote at the 2014 Pride Brunch.
Celebrate Stonewall Columbus’ Annual Pride Weekend June 20 to 22, by claiming a seat at the 2014 Pride Brunch. Columbus State has reserved a table for this year’s Pride Brunch, to be held Sunday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Columbus Athenaeum. This year’s brunch will feature special guest speaker George Takei. Seats are limited so please contact Brett Welsh or call ext. 2426 to reserve your spot. To see a full listing of Pride Weekend events please visit http://www.columbuspride.org/.