The Word - 2006/07/31



The Word from CSEA

Columbus State Education Association Newsletter of July 31, 2006


Since the Board imposed its Last/Best/Final Offer in February, we have awaited a final version of those terms. Since April, members of the Bargaining Team have been reviewing drafts provided by the College. Although we have not received a final version with all the corrections, we expect to have it within the next few weeks. At that time, we will post a copy on the Association web site ( and make hard copies available to all full-time faculty.


The official letter from the CPA firm that conducted the no-confidence vote is posted on the CSEA web site. Marino & Company CPA tallied all votes received, including some that came in after the closing date for returns. Final results showed that, with 70% of full-time faculty voting, 85% expressed no confidence.


In an effort to improve communication between the administration and faculty, Dr. Moeller and CSEA President Steve Abbott have begun meeting on a monthly basis to discuss issues of common concern and explore ideas for addressing a range of issues. These include campus matters as well as state funding and related issues affecting state colleges and universities.

As a result of these discussions, CSEA will now be allowed to participate in new faculty orientation. Also, the College has joined most other state community colleges in contributing financial support to the Ohio Faculty Senate of Community and Technical Colleges. The Senate, made up of representatives from each institution, meets during the academic year to share information, conduct research, and serve as a two-year college faculty voice with the Ohio Board of Regents. We appreciate the President's support of the Ohio Faculty Senate.


The Association's Nominating Committee for the autumn elections is seeking candidates for all leadership positions, including the addition of 8 new Association Representative positions.

The Executive Committee appointed the committee last week. Treasurer Greg Goodhart, who has served 2 terms and will not seek re-election, will chair the committee of Beth McGrath (Computer Science), Beth Barnett (Developmental Education), and Dr. Charlie Gallucci (Biological & Physical Sciences).

To compile a slate of candidates, the committee will seek out interested members and take recommendations from current leadership, as well as accept self-nominations from Association members. Any member can be nominated by completing a nomination form signed by 5 other members.

The offices of President, Secretary, and Treasurer are scheduled for election this year. However, the offices of Vice President and Parliamentarian will also be up for election to 1-year terms due to the retirement of VP Karl Rieppel (Computer Science) and the appointment of Parliamentarian Darrell Minor to fill Rieppel's unexpired term, which leaves the office of Parliamentarian open.

Eight new Associations Representatives will also be elected. Members will also elect a Senior Association Representative, who will serve as a member of the Executive Committee.


Faculty have the opportunity to serve both CSEA and the College by participating in service to the Association.

You are CSEA, and your talents have a place in the ongoing work of building an Association that serves faculty through advocacy, communications, participation in local and state organizations, membership and social functions. We hope you'll consider contributing your skills and effort to activity in your Association.


Four members have accepted appointments to represent CSEA on the following governing bodies and committees:

Instructional Council: Kip Knott, Asst. Professor, Communications Skills, x5203
Instructional Support Council: Bill Cook, Asst. Professor, Humanities, x5364
Campus Safety Committee: John Nedel, Asst. Professor, Mathematics, x3857
AQIP (Accreditation Self-Study): Frankie Hale, Professor, Communication Skills x5184

Ingrid Emch, Instructor in Communication Skills, has accepted appointment as chair of the Association's Membership Committee.

The Word is produced by the Communications Committee of the Columbus State Education Association. We welcome your comments, news, and insights.

Steve Abbott, President / x5096
Darrell Minor, Vice President / x5310
Amy Brubaker, Secretary and Association Representative / x5068
Greg Goodhart, Treasurer / x5431
Dr. Jane McDowell, Association Representative / x2656 
Dave Busch, Association Representative / x5079
Susan Moran, Association Representative / x5453
Dr. Charlie Gallucci, Association Representative / x5499
Gil Feiertag, Association Representative / x5861 
Cindy Evans, Association Representative / x2435 
Leslie Smith, Association Representative / x5302
Dr. Wendy McCullen-Vermillion, Association Representative / x2693

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