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December 1, 2014


Board approves Tobacco Free policy

At its November 20 meeting, the Columbus State Board of Trustees approved a policy that establishes July 1, 2015 as the date that the College will become tobacco free. From that date forward, the use of all tobacco products will be prohibited on all College-owned properties including parking lots, garages, and all outside areas.The College is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and workplace environment and will support administrators, faculty, staff, and students in their efforts to reduce or discontinue the use of tobacco products. 

Our approach to implementation will be to communicate the policy to all community members and guests in a simple and respectful manner.The policy is intended to eliminate tobacco use on all College property; decisions about cessation are obviously left to the individual. 

In the coming months, you will see increased activity and communication that will focus on four primary goals: 

1.       Raising awareness among key audiences of the College’s new tobacco free initiative.

2.       Clearly articulating the details of the policy and expectations for adherence.

3.       Highlighting health risks and dangers of tobacco use, including secondhand smoke.

4.       Positioning Columbus State as a college that is committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle and workplace environment.

The Tobacco Free Implementation Committee will be increasingly visible in coming months and will share more about implementation plans and cessation resources; the committee also welcomes suggestions and feedback from staff, faculty, and students as we move toward July 1, 2015, and the new tobacco free policy. 


First Wednesday to be held Dec. 3

President Harrison’s First Wednesday meeting will be held Wednesday, December 3, at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The event will also be live streamed at, where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.


First graduates of city-funded FastPath jobs initiative graduate

cooking labChef Adam Hagar instructs FastPath students working to earn their ServSafe certification in food service. The students graduated November 24.

Just nine months after the City of Columbus approved $1.5 million for the FastPath jobs initiative, the first graduates of the program have earned their certificates. Some of the graduates live in zip codes near Nationwide Children’s Hospital and have spent the past four to five weeks (depending on career track) working toward a certificate of completion. The program was designed for in-demand jobs, with the hospital helping design curriculum.

After completing the program, the graduates are qualified to work in the patient care field as certified nursing assistants, in food services certified by ServSafe, and in building services now certified through OSHA. Training included mock interviews with employers to prepare them for fulltime jobs in their new fields at various area job sites.

FastPath is a partnership between the City of Columbus, Columbus State, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and COWIC (Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation). It’s designed to bridge the gap between unemployed or underemployed working-age adults and the workforce needs of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which is the pilot employer for FastPath.


Last chance to ‘Light up a Life’ at The Scholar House this holiday


The Columbus Scholar House provides subsidized housing for fulltime students who are parents, and are enrolled in an Ohio-accredited institution of higher education, maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA. Currently, there are eight OSU and two Columbus State students living at the Scholar House. 

Columbus State’s Department of Student Engagement and Leadership collaborates each year with Community Properties of Ohio to help the students living at the Scholar House through the “Light up a Life” program. If your office, department, or family members would like to help fulfill the “wish list” of a family, please contact Michelle Weiser, assistant in SEaL, by Friday, December 5, and she will provide you with information for a family at the Scholar House! There are 18 individual wish lists available for the children of students living in the Scholar House. The donations will be collected and sent to the Scholar House on December 15.  Contact Michelle this week!



Holiday concert tomorrow!

The Columbus State Concert Band will present an informal Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will include Auld Lang Syne, Winter Wonderland, Coventry Carol, African Noel, Chanukah Festival Overture, and Fresh Aire Christmas. Seating is limited. For more information contact band director Thomas Lloyd.


Kim and AmaalKimberly Rhyan, right, and Student Ambassador Amaal Shehabi also presented "Cultivate Creativity Everyday" at the Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio on November 15.

Rhyan presents session on creativity

Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement, co-presented “Cultivate Creativity Everyday”  at the 2014 NASPA IV-East Conference. The conference was designed to inspire student affairs professionals to see their work in a new light and seek new paths to achieve their goals. Rhyan and co-presenter Martise Cooks, an OrgSync consultant, have similar backgrounds in fine arts, graphic design and creative arts therapy counseling. The session included experiential activities and opportunities to explore innovation through art and play. Rhyan will present the workshop at Columbus State as a professional development opportunity on Monday, December 15, and Wednesday, December 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. each day in WD 409. Register online here.


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Graves releases CD

Howard Graves, adjunct faculty member and tutor in the Writing Center, has released his sixth CD of original songs through Tate Music Group. His songs are a blend of pop, rock, and folk music, and for this CD, he played all of the instruments and recorded it himself in his home studio! It is available on iTunes, Spotify, and through his website.




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HIMT students and instructors attend fall conference

Health Information Management students and their instructor Ashley Borgemenke, (far right)attended the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) Fall Coding Seminar November 7, where they sat in on several case study presentations and roundtables. Columbus State adjunct instructor Krystal Phillips partnered with Dr. John Weigand for a case study presentation following a geriatric patient throughout the system - from their initial encounter in the office or Emergency Department setting, the inpatient stay, and discharge to a nursing home facility or home health care.


Thurber House Birthday Gala is Dec. 4

In honor of James Thurber's would-be 120th birthday, The Thurber Housewillhost a birthday gala with food, raffle items, birthday cake, and lots of humor on Thursday, December 4, from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Westin Columbus, 310 South High Street.

Special guest of the evening, Dan Zevin, is the 2013 Thurber Prize for American Humor winner and will have you laughing all the way through! Tickets are still available. For more information or to order tickets, go online here:


Mail Service not available during holiday break


Mail Services will be closed during the Holiday Break December 25, 2014 through January 1, 2015. No mail or packages will be delivered to campus departments during this time. The Purchasing office is notifying vendors that product deliveries will not be accepted during the break. Mail and package delivery will resume on January 2, 2015. If you need assistance with expediting a delivery, please contact Darrin Albaugh at ext. 2641.

The Bookstore no longer offers package shipping services but does sell first class postage stamps in Customer Care. Employees are not permitted to have personal packages or mail sent to the college, however, outgoing stamped personal letter mail will be picked up by Mail Services and taken to the post office. If you have questions regarding mail services or need information on USPS holiday shipping cutoff dates, please contact Steve Eldridge at ext. 2783 or Eric Johnson at ext. 2568.




No time to drop off a test to Disability Services?

Did you know that Disability Services accepts tests and quizzes via email? Tests and quizzes must be received by Disability Services 48 hours prior to the student’s available testing date, but sometimes instructors may not be on campus to drop it off in time. This can cause delays for both the student and the instructor.  To email a test or quiz, fill out the Test Administration Request Form then attach the form and an electronic copy of the test in an email. Send it to and the test/quiz will be printed and filed for the student!


Office of Student Conduct moves to EB203

The Office of Student Conduct is available for consultation concerning potential violations to the Code of Student Conduct as well as a resource to advocate for students on campus. Please be aware that the office recently changed its campus location. You may visit them in Eibling Hall 203; phone numbers and emails remain the same.

To report concerning behaviors and/or misconduct, please use the online reporting form which can be accessed at:


Successful international dinner thanks sponsors

Thursday, November 20, marked the 7th annual International Student Thanksgiving Dinner at Columbus State, hosted by International Enrollment Services and coordinated by Amy Bullock. More than 100 attendees enjoyed a traditional thanksgiving meal, live music, storytelling, and improvisational entertainment. Jim Flannigan, a national award winning storyteller, author, performer, and former Columbus State advisor provided a "History of Thanksgiving" for the guests. Columbus Unscripted Improv also performed throughout the evening including Columbus State’s own Barbara Allen. Thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors for making this event successful and helping to share a holiday tradition with our international students:  Admissions, Dr. Eric Neubauer,
Julie Barry, Terri Gehr, Edward Lau, Pat Fabrisi, Nome Stillwell, Bradley Farmer, Mabel G. Freeman, Dr. Marlinda Iyer, Jessica Allen, Staff Advisory Council, Social Sciences, The Foundation Office, Business and Administrative Services Division, Immigration Lawyer, Delaware Campus, Financial Aid, Office Services, and the President's Office.


Employees invited to respond to food services survey

Columbus State would appreciate you taking part in a survey about the Columbus Campus food service.  Your responses are anonymous and will only be reported in aggregate. The input you provide will be used to examine and improve food services at Columbus State: Food Services Survey. Thank you for your participation!






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