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July 21, 2014

Countdown to ‘Taste’

The Columbus State Foundation’s annual fundraiser, “Taste the Future,” is coming up quickly! This year's event will be held on Tuesday, August 12, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Columbus State Mallway. The night will be filled with good food, drink, and friends, all to benefit the students at Columbus State.  Last year's event hosted 1,000 people with more than 50 food and drink stations.

Taste attendees with ice
Guests at the 2013 Taste the Future keep their drinks cold on the carved Ice Bar.

NOTE: Some additional volunteers are still needed to work as “zone workers,” who help keep the chefs stations clean and organized. You can sign up here: is updated frequently.  You can check out who is participating, read about our 2014 Alumni Chef Honorees, and more. To purchase tickets, click here. Don’t miss it!

Also, read the Saturday issue of The Columbus Underground for a great article on the Columbus State Culinary program! The Next Generation of Columbus Chefs are in Training .



Massis is guest on ‘All Sides with Ann Fisher’

Columbus State’s new partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) was among the topics of discussion last week on All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU radio. Columbus State Library Director Bruce Massis joined CML CEO Pat Losinski and another guest on last week’s show. You can listen here:


Neubauer featured in OBOR video

A video produced by the Ohio Board of Regents and Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network, titled "Ohio Faculty: Committed to Transfer Student Success" has recently been released, in which faculty were interviewed about their dedication to make Ohio’s articulation and transfer programs stronger. Eric Neubauer, Ph.D., associate professor of Social Sciences, took part in the project and was interviewed last summer.

“The video does a nice job of highlighting Ohio’s articulation and transfer initiatives and faculty’s commitment and involvement in the process,” says Dr. Neubauer.

Reminder: First Wednesday scheduled for August 6

Mark your calendar for the August First Wednesday meeting, to be held Wednesday, August 6, in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  Hosted by President Harrison, First Wednesday features recognition of the Staff Employee of the Month, as well as an update of important news on campus.  For those unable to get away from their office, the meeting can be viewed on live stream by logging in with the password: cougars.



Di Pietro to perform August 7

A week-long exhibit of art work with music by Humanities adjunct faculty member Rocco DiPietro will take place August 4 through 8 at the OSU Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130, in the Historic Lazarus Building.  Rocco will also give a concert performance combining artwork and music on Thursday, August 7, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Read more here:

Staff Council elections coming soon

Are you interested in supporting the staff at Columbus State? Then you should consider running for a position on the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The online election will be held August 6 through 12. The nomination form is now available on the SAC website. Nomination forms will be accepted through Thursday, July 31. If you are a fulltime employee from one of the departments or divisions listed below and are interested in serving as a SAC representative, please complete and submit both an electronic and hard copy of the nomination form. Please note that each nomination requires signatures from 10 employees.

  • Academic Affairs: 3 open positions
  • Business and Administrative Services: 3 open positions
  • Enrollment Management and Student Services: 3 open positions
  • Information Technology: 1 open position


Join students in community service this week

Columbus State’s student-led service organization, Cougars for the Community, has three ways for you to have fun and serve the community this week!

On Wednesday, July 23, the group will host a Bake Sale from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Courtyard in front of the statue.  The rain location will be inside Nestor Hall. All proceeds of the bake sale will be donated to an at-risk youth program here in Columbus to purchase school supplies and materials for young people in need.

On Friday, July 25, student groups will volunteer from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Franklinton Gardens for the final time this summer. This is your chance to get your hands in some soil to help grow food for families in need. The meet-up location for this event is at Franklinton Gardens headquarters located at 909 West Rich Street.

Finally, on Saturday, July 26, Cougars for the Community will host the “Children’s Birthday Bash” at the YWCA Family Center located at 900 Harvey Court, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Children and their families who seek shelter at the YWCA Family Center deserve to have a birthday party, so the students are very excited to be able to provide one for them. This event is sponsored in part by Giant Eagle, who provides the cakes, cupcakes, snacks, drinks and utensils. Volunteers will help play games with the children, do face painting, pass out food and beverages, and just have fun!

To sign up for any of these events, visit the Upcoming Events page on the Cougars for the Community website. If you have any questions please email



Annual Reviews due July 31

Annual Reviews for full-time employees are due to Human Resources by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31.  All forms and information needed to complete the Annual Reviews can be found on the Annual Review Webpage. For additional information or assistance, please contact your HR Business Partner at ext. 2408.

Family Medical Leave and ADA training offered for managers

All Columbus State managers should register to attend one of two sessions being offered on Friday, July 25, from 10:00 and 11:30 a.m., or 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.

The purpose of the session is to provide you with information about Columbus State's transition to MetLife for managing FML-related leaves, and also to discuss what you as a supervisor need to know and do to comply with the legal aspects of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA/ADAAA).  A special panel of attorneys will be present for an interactive Q&A dialogue. 

Register today at  If you are unable to attend, contact Lori Thomas at ext. 3860 for access to the live stream or information about the video recording.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lynda Anderson, director of Employment Services, Professional Development and Retention at ext. 5078; Renee Fambro, director of Equity and Compliance at ext. 5519; or Deborah Robinson, director of Benefits and Compensation at ext. 2177.


Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

Career Decision Making Using the MBTI

– Tuesday, August 19, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The Myers Brigs Type Indicator (MBTI) can increase awareness of your personality style to help you better manage career decisions throughout the course of your career.  Your MBTI results can help you understand past careers and select a future career that better suits your personality.  Participants will complete the assessment prior to the class and receive their results during the session.

Discover Your True Calling

– Thursday, August 21, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question:  “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity?  Would you like to learn more about your vocational design?  If so, then this is the class for you.  Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan.

Seats are limited so register today!   Contact Barbara Allen, ext. 5297, for more information.