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September 2, 2014

Logo police in action

applying new logo

An employee of FastSigns carefully applies the new Columbus State logo to a campus Police car. The Police vehicles were among the first applications of the new logo, which will eventually appear on all exterior signs, buildings, vehicles, and printed publications!


Reminder: First Wednesday is Sept. 3

First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, September 3, at 8:15 a.m. 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 from your office by logging into the live stream and entering the password: cougars.


Columbus City High School graduates needed!

graduation cap

Columbus State is putting together a number of programs and initiatives directed toward our students who are graduates of Columbus City Schools. The Columbus City district provides our largest number of entering students each year and we want to do more to make sure they are retained and successful. 

We would like to put together a list of all current faculty and staff who are graduates of a CCS high school in hopes that we may call upon you to participate in some of our programs. Please email Mabel Freeman, Special Assistant to the President, with your name, your department, and the specific Columbus high school from which you graduated. Providing the graduation year is optional!


SafeZone workshops are back


The newly revised Columbus State SafeZone program kicks off on Friday, September 5. SafeZone is a series of interactive trainings aimed at helping employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. Four distinct training models will be offered this school year including SafeZone 101, Understanding Gender Variance, Understanding Sexual Identity, and The Importance of Being an Ally.

The first workshop, SafeZone 101, will be held on September 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in WD 407. Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate and an opportunity to take the SafeZone Pledge as a committed ally of the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about SafeZone and see the fall calendar of workshops please visit the Columbus State SafeZone page. Register for workshops here.


Second HR Forum is Sept. 5

The Human Resources Department will hold an Open Forum 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 Forum will be held in the Center for Workforce Development, Room 409 on Friday, September 5, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

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.



salad bar

Union Hall Food Court reopens with specials

The Food Court, located between Union and Delaware Halls, has reopened for Fall Semester and will offer some new selections. You will find healthier additions to the salad bar, grill station, and Fresh Grab ‘n Go selections; enjoy the new Smoothie bar; and find the Fresh Portable Fare offerings will be more varied and abundant. There is also new digital signage, menu boards and promotions.  Here are some of them:

Wake up (7:00– 9:30 a.m.)

· $5.50 Energy drink, breakfast sandwich and hash browns
· $5.50 Naked Juice and Greek yogurt
· $4.00 Oatmeal, whole fruit, and juice
· $3.00 Donut and juice 

$5 or Under Lunch Combos (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

· $4.75 Slice of pizza, chips and bottled water
· $5.00 Half sandwich, a side, and bottled water
· $5.00 Soup and Build-Your-Own small salad 

Happy Hour (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

· $3.50 Slice of pizza, chips, and fountain beverage
· $4.00 Chicken tenders, fries, and fountain beverage
· $4.00 Cheeseburger, fries, and fountain beverage


Fitness Center offers recreation and wellness classes

The Columbus State Fitness Center is located in Delaware Hall 082, and is open Monday through Thursday, from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Fitness Center is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Recreation Classes
All classes are free to Columbus State employees with a current Cougar ID. 
Mondays and Wednesdays - 6:30-7:15 a.m.  DE 083

Kickbox Circuit Training:
Tuesday and Thursday - 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.  DE 083

Spinning and Core:
Mondays - 3-4 p.m. DE Mezzanine

Wednesdays - 3-4 p.m.   DE Mezzanine

Tuesday - 5:30-6:30 p.m.  DE 158
Fridays - 12-1 p.m.  DE 158

Total Body Conditioning:
Fridays - 12-1 p.m.  DE 158

Open Gym and Intramurals
Delaware Hall Gymnasium
Monday – Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Badminton, basketball, dodge ball, floor hockey, soccer, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and more.
To participate, stop by the gym during the above times to speak with the gym attendant. A current Cougar ID is required. All recreation activities are coed and all skill levels are welcome.*
Bottled water and packaged snacks are permitted, but carry-out food or drinks are not allowed.
Exercise / gym clothes are required. No street clothes will be permitted.
* For tennis, a school, college, or club ranking is required.





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.