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August 28, 2014

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A banner year

A banner featuring Staff Employee of the Year Betty Richardson welcomes students to the second day of the semester August 26. The new addition to Union Hall, completed last year, provides a backdrop. Banners on the Columbus and Delaware campuses were installed in August, featuring students, Distinguished Teachers of the year, Distinguished Full Professors, and staff award winners.
















Celebrate ‘Banned Books Week’ with the Library

What is your favorite banned or challenged book? Do you have an experience to tell about censorship or intellectual freedom? Share your story with the Library! To celebrate Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, the Library will record participants’ stories and virtual readings, and share them through YouTube and social media. The end result will be an online exhibit of students, faculty, and staff showing their support of the freedom to read movement. 

Want to participate? Read a passage from a favorite banned book or comic. Share your thoughts or experiences on censorship or intellectual freedom. Schedule a recording session by contacting librarian Julie Zaveloff at ext. 2462.  

Need inspiration? Watch our librarian Bree Miller talk about her experience with censorship. For more information about the story booth, audio-only recordings, or additional Banned Books Week events, please visit our Banned Books Week page.


Engineering faculty from Shanghai visit Aug. 21

on tour with Bickerstaff

Engineering Technologies Chair Dick Bickerstaff leads a tour of the materials testing labs in Eibling Hall for faculty from Shanghai.

A group of teachers and principals from Shanghai Materials Engineering School in China recently spent the afternoon visiting Columbus State as part of a two-week stay in central Ohio. The group visited Columbus through a partnership with The Ohio State University.

While the group was on campus they learned about our high school partnership programs, toured engineering labs, and spoke with college administrators. They also met with officials from the Ohio Department of Education, and toured Eastland Career Center, Tolles Technical Center, and OSU’s Center for Automotive Research.






Anniversary Annual Reports available

If you’d like a printed memento of 50th Anniversary activities at the college, pick up a copy of the 2013 Annual Report to the Community. “Making History Every Day” contains a special 50th Anniversary photo section and a section on the Columbus State Master Plan, in addition to the more traditional report information. The warehouse staff is currently delivering copies of the full-color publication to program offices and administrative departments across the college. If you need additional copies in your area, please contact Jennifer Watkins, or call ext. 5714.



Part-Time Employee Annual Reviews due Aug. 29
Annual Reviews for part-time employees are due to Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29.  All the information needed to complete the Part-Time Annual Reviews can be found on the Annual Review Webpage: 

For additional information, or assistance, please contact your HR Business Partner.

First Wednesday to be held September 3
Please mark your calendar to attend First Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 3, in the Conference Center ballroom, where we will recognize the Staff Employee of the Month, and hear college news and updates from President Harrison. You can watch First Wednesday by live stream as well by logging into live stream and entering the password: cougars.


Notice and comment period opens for HR Policies-HR to host forums
The Human Resources Department will hold Open Forums to update employees on changes to college policies necessitated by recent action at the federal level pertaining to Title IX, the Clery Act, the Violence against Women Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Open Forums will be held in the Center for Workforce Development, Room 409 on Friday, August 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Friday, September 5, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. The forums will also be live streamed, where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.

You may review a draft of the proposed amendments to the following policies online:  

Policy 3-43, Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment

Policy 3-44, Sexual Misconduct

Policy 3-46, Family and Medical Leave Act

If you have questions or comments, please submit them to on or before Thursday, September 11.






logoActivities to enjoy in the Discovery District

The Columbus Main Branch Library is displaying a juried collection of abstract artwork from central Ohio artists until September 19, in their Carnegie Gallery.  While you’re there, check out some of the Emmy nominated shows in their media department, and peruse their newly released Top 10 books for September. You can find it all on their site:

It’s time to start your entry to the Columbus Museum of Art’s Lego Competition. This crowd-favorite exhibit is back and the deadline to submit is October 17. Find our more here:

The Discovery District’s favorite radio station, WCBE, is hosting their last concert in their Americana Whiskey Wednesday series. Join them on Wednesday, September 3, at the Park Street Patio, 533 Park St., for a free concert featuring Jelly Bread. Come out for one last patio party and support our friends at WCBE! Click here for more information.


Heart of the City Walk is September 14


Join the Columbus State team to participate in the 2014 Heart of the City Walk – a tour of beautiful places – on Sunday, September 14, starting at 4:00 p.m.  The walk starts and finishes at Broad Street United Methodist Church, and travels around the downtown area touring Columbus’ most beautiful places! 

The Walk benefits the Heart of the City Foundation, an organization that provides funding and support for outreach programs that feed, counsel and shelter the underserved in our downtown community.

You can register to participate here. 

Your $28 participation fee will go toward helping the 30,000 persons affected by homelessness, hunger, poverty, HIV/AIDS, addiction, or incarceration in downtown Columbus with free, compassionate supportive services through several community programs.





Submit your news to Update

Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State?  Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees.  Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at noon for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at noon for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

Have news for students?
Are you hosting a special event for students, starting a new class next semester, offering a workshop or seminar of interest, or would you like to share a special student success story?  Send your news to Campus Life, the weekly online publication for Columbus State students. Send student news to by Tuesday at noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.