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September 18, 2014

First Wednesday scheduled for Oct.1

First Wednesday, the monthly employee meeting with President Harrison, will take place promptly on the first day of the month, Wednesday, October 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. As always, employees not able to attend in person may watch the livestream at, entering the password cougars when prompted.


Volunteers needed for robotics competition in December


Columbus State will once again host the Regional FIRST Lego League Robotic Competition, to be held on the Columbus Campus December 13. This year’s competition, “World Class Learning Unleashed,” will offer teams of 3 to 10 children, ages 9-14, the chance to build and program a robot to complete a number of tasks on a competition table in a 2.5 minute robot round. Teams compete in a sports-like environment where spectators cheer their successes. The annual competition is a multi-disciplinary program that combines engineering, computer programming, problem-solving, researching, presenting and teamwork into an intense eight-week period.

Many volunteers are needed for the event to be successful, but no experience is necessary to volunteer! A training session for contest judges and referees will be held on Saturday, November 1. If you would like more information about the event or volunteering, email Gene Sprang.


Library hosts Banned Books Open Mic next week


Are you interested in reading your own work, or a passage from a banned or challenged book?  Do you have a poem that explores intellectual freedom or censorship? The Columbus State Library will host a Banned Books-themed reading and open mic event on Friday, September 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio on the first floor. Come and read your favorites! Ann Palazzo, associate professor in English, will serve as master of ceremonies. Light refreshments will be served, and you will have a last chance to enter the Banned Books Week raffle! For more information, go online here.


Name and program changes for healthcare programs

In order to meet the changing landscape of healthcare, Health Dental Programs has become: Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies.

These technologies represent Veterinary Technology, Imaging, Surgical Technology and Sterile Processing.  According to Chair Terrence Brown, Ph.D., in addition to the name change, the department has undergone a number of programmatic revisions.

This year, the Radiography program was renamed “Imaging,” and will use the IMAG alpha for all courses beginning AU 2015.  Autumn 2015 will also mark the transition of the Nuclear Technology Degree to the “Molecular Imaging Certificate.” The 29-hour certificate will become an elective within the Imaging Degree.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Terrence A. Brown Chairperson at ext. 3446.


Thirty-seven faculty and staff CCS graduates and still counting!


Thanks to the 37 faculty and staff who have responded to let us know they are graduates of the Columbus City Schools and are interested in helping the current CCS graduates who are students today at Columbus State. 

Eastmoor High School (Eastmoor Academy) graduates are leading the way with 9 of the 37 volunteers, followed by West High School and Northland High School.  Among those who shared their graduation year, we have graduates from the `60s, `70s, `80s, `90s, and even 2008. If we have not heard from you and you are interested in joining this initiative, please contact Mabel Freeman in the President’s Office soon!


Parking lot closed for “Air Raid Tour” at Bookstore


The 15-E parking lot across from the Bookstore will be closed next week on Thursday, September 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Skullcandy Air Raid Tour—a large trailer with music, games, giveaways and chances to win Skullcandy Air Raid speakers.  A food truck and photo booth will also be there for the festivities.  Join the students for some fun next Thursday, and you can also get 30 percent off Skullcandy purchases in the Bookstore!



Cougar named Player of the Week for second week in a row

Stephanie Ruffing, a sophomore outside hitter on Columbus State’s volleyball team, has been named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) player of the week. Last week, teammate Ellie Cain, a freshman setter, was Player of the Week.

"Stephanie has elite skills and a powerful attack from the outside enabling her to take complete control of a match offensively," said Columbus State head women's volleyball coach Jaclyn Yocum. "She posts a solid block and covers a lot of space in the back court - making her not only an asset offensively, but defensively as well."

Columbus State is currently 9-0 overall, 5-0 in OCCAC play, and ranked No. 14 nationally in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) rankings.


Final ‘Major Fair’ offered for students Oct. 1

The Office of Career Services will host its final Major Fair—for Engineering Programs—on Wednesday, October 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge. The Major Fairs were a great opportunity for Columbus State students to speak directly with faculty and staff about their career goals, interests, and the programs of study offered in the different divisions.  Earlier in the semester Career Services held Major Fairs for Health Programs, Business Programs and Information Technology/Computer majors.


MetLife ‘Retirewise’ series offered

One of the biggest financial challenges people face is planning and saving for retirement. To help Columbus State employees address this challenge, we are pleased to offer Retirewise®, a free workshop series that can help you and your spouse or domestic partner achieve your retirement goals. Regardless of your age, you can get the information you need from a local MetLife Retirewise representative who will help you put all the pieces together. 

With this series, you have the opportunity to:  

  • Attend a four-part complimentary workshop series that covers a range of important financial and retirement topics.
  • Receive a comprehensive workbook that provides resources you can reference during and after the workshop.
  • Schedule an optional one-on-one consultation with the same Retirewise representative who delivered the workshop.
  • Attend an additional session on October 30 to discuss Long Term Care. This is offered by New York Life representatives.
  • Please register online here:, and enter the code: CSCC


Columbus State congratulates new hires and promotions:

August 16 - Felicia Smith, annually contracted faculty, Mathematics
September 9 - Lucie Harkless, specialist in Academic Affairs



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