June 23, 2014
Annual Quality Awards luncheon brings out the best
by Tom Lyons
President David Harrison said it best—the Quality Awards Luncheon is one of his favorite events of the year. And it’s easy to see why. One after another, teachers, full professors, full- and part-time staff members, teams large and small, each gave eloquent testimony as to why the college is the special place it has become.
Distinguished Teaching Award recipients are Theresa Kegley, Daniel Hare, Julie Posey and Mark Mitchell.
“It’s our students who inspire us,” said Theresa Kegley, recipient of a Distinguished Teaching award. “Truly, their stories, their hopes for a better future. They’re the ones who are distinguished.”
“To be honored by one’s peers,” noted Daniel Hare, “is humbling beyond belief.”
“I also realize that with this award comes one of the toughest tasks in my 20 years here,” admitted Mark Mitchell. “And that is to choose only four distinguished faculty members next year, because I feel our campus is full of distinguished professors, associate professors and instructors.”
From a list that began with 125 nominees, Kegley, Hare, Mitchell and Julie Posey were the gracious Distinguished Teaching winners. Jon Lundquist, professor in Integrated Media and Technology, and David Busch, professor in Construction Sciences, were named Distinguished Full Professors for their years of innovative and inspiring service.
Betty Richardson, Asset Management technician in IT, took home the Staff Employee of the Year honors. She was cited for her great work attitude and extra efforts on behalf of Staff Advisory Council’s charitable work, as well as her former work at the Help Desk. Testing Services’ Catherine Giles is the first recipient of the new Part-time Staff Employee of the Year award. Her willingness to work evenings and weekends in the Testing Center, and take on new projects such as Disability Services accommodations, were two reasons for her nomination.
The Generation One Trailblazers received the Gold Team Award for helping first-generation students navigate the college experience. Tracy Haynes and Ron Elizaga were co-leaders of the team that started as a grass-roots initiative in the Psychology Department and now involves more than 100 faculty, staff and administrators campus-wide. Brian Seeger led the Transient Student Team to a Silver Award. Their team helped boost “guest” student enrollment by 14 percent this summer. Denis Marketos, Lee Wayand and Leslie Smith also won a Silver Award for creating an interactive online Statistics course to promote student retention and increase success.
Dr. Harrison joins the Gold-Award-winning GOT team representatives, including co-leader Tracy Haynes, Nancy Ziminski and Irene Petten. Co-leader Ron Elizaga is not pictured.
For more photos and details about the 2014 Awards, plus videos of all the acceptance speeches, check the Quality Awards web page. They will be posted as soon as possible.
Two Tobacco-Free Campus forums will be held to discuss the Draft Summary of Findings and Recommendations for establishing a tobacco-free campus. The first is today, Monday, June 23, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. and the second is Friday, June 27, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Both sessions will be held in the Conference Center Ballroom (WD fourth floor).
Time to request Student Employment positions for Autumn Semester
Student Employment is now accepting job posting requests for Autumn Semester. For a department, student employment offers a flexible and affordable option to help you meet the needs of the campus. For a student, working part-time on campus is a convenient way to gain job skills and earn money, while connecting to the Columbus State community in new ways.
To request a Student Employment Position Request form or to get more information on student employment and the job posting and hiring process, please contact Amanda Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students (from left) James Boyd, Jacqueline Dulay, and Richard Irwin deliver refurbished computers to the TRiO program offices. Professor Deb Dyer’s PC Essentials class receives donated used computers, which they refurbish and restore to working condition. The computers were then donated to the TRiO Student Support Services program, where they are raffled off to deserving students. TRiO serves 152 first-generation and low-income students, and the program was thrilled to accept five donated computers at the end of Spring 2014 to distribute.
Nestled on the historic Oval between Mirror Lake and Orton Hall the Faculty Club is a private social club with membership open to University employees at all Central Ohio colleges and universities. The Club is your place for bringing colleagues, clients, friends and family for business or pleasure.
Other membership categories include alumni, graduate students, parents of current students, employees of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Battelle, Chemical Abstracts, local business leaders and University supporters. There are dining options, more than 60 member events, private event space, a lounge and library, and reciprocal privileges with more than 100 faculty clubs nationwide. For additional information on membership contact Sara Tennyson in the Membership Office at (614) 688-8592 or visit them online at www.ohio-statefacultyclub.com.
New FML program administrator announced
Effective July 1, Human Resources is pleased to announce a new partnership between Columbus State and MetLife Insurance for the administration of our Family Medical Leave Program (FML). MetLife will collaborate with the Human Resources Department and our employees to provide improved services while offering enhanced processes. This partnership will allow the College to better serve its employees and supervisors while maintaining compliance with the law. Future editions of the Update will contain more detailed information and outline training opportunities available.
State Teachers Retirement System member contribution rate to increase
Effective July 1, the STRS member contribution rate will increase to 12 percent on compensation earned on or after July 1. Member contributions will increase to 14 percent—phased in 1 percent per year—through July 1, 2016. For more information about this change, contact Twila Wiley, Retirement Coordinator at ext. 2422.
Health Rewards briefing offered this week
A Health Rewards Briefing will be offered on Tuesday, June 24, at 9:00 a.m. in CT107.
Any employee and spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State must reach the eight-point minimum by June 30, 2014 to maintain the 20 percent coverage rate. Learn more about the Health Rewards Program online here. A tutorial is also offered online.
For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, at ext. 3989.
Save a life. CPR classes available to employees
A “Heart Saver CPR and AED” class will be offered on Friday, August 1, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Delaware Campus. Learn Adult CPR and be ready to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. Participants will also learn how to operate the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED.) This class is available to all Columbus State employees.
“Recertification for Healthcare Providers” will be offered on Wednesday, July 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This course is based on the guidelines and standards set forth by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers. The course covers Adult and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Automated External Defibrillation, use of a bag valve mask, and care to relieve a foreign body airway obstruction, for the professional audience. Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care are presented and practiced by each student. The course fulfills the required CPR certification for healthcare providers.
Class size is limited, so register here: http://web.cscc.edu/is/employeetraining/courses-category.asp?C=22 Contact Lori Thomas at ext. 3860 for more information.
“Longterm Care; Planning for the future” is the subject of the June Brown Bag Lunch program, to be held Wednesday, June 25, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 011, on the lower level. The NY Life Companywill give you the opportunity to learn more about the financial aspects of long-term care. It’s never too early to plan.