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April 20, 2015


Foundation launches Employee Giving Campaign

The Columbus State Foundation invites you to be one of Columbus State’s Employee Philanthropists. By participating in the Employee Giving Campaign, you join your colleagues who are the bedrock of scholarship and program support at Columbus State. 

Employee Donation FormAs a member of the Columbus State family, you understand the many challenges faced by our students. By making a meaningful investment as an employee donor, you can take your work to another level and make a transformative difference in the life of a deserving student. 

Participating in the Employee Giving Campaign is easy and impactful.  The Columbus State Foundation website has everything you need to start investing today. Visit:

Thank you for everything you do for Columbus State and for the students and community we serve.


Diversity and Inclusion Survey online until May 8

Columbus State invites you to participate in the 2015 Diversity and Inclusion Survey. This survey seeks to gather perceptions and insights from students, staff and faculty on the diversity and cultural dynamics at Columbus State Community College.

Your responses to the survey will be anonymous and held in the strictest confidence. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and your answers will be extremely valuable to establishing the College’s strategy for embracing and cultivating a culturally inclusive institution. Please use the following link to take the survey:


Honors students compete and win at Mideast Conference

Honors students compete and win at Mideast ConferenceStudents and faculty from the Honors Program traveled to Kent State University April 11 to compete at the 37th Annual Mideast Honors Association Conference.  Ten students represented Columbus State, and were able to attend sessions throughout the weekend focused on student research being conducted at both two-year and four-year institutions. Eight students prepared poster presentations on topics they either researched in association with their honors courses, or with the help of their faculty mentor. Catherine Mendel was awarded one of three first place awards by the judges. In addition, Paul Kendrick was selected to serve as a student representative on next year’s MEHA Executive Committee for the 2016 annual conference in Richmond, Indiana.
Caption: Attending the conference were, from left: Meredith Kennedy, Kopano Marumo, Professor Rita Rice, Alexander Haberman, Nathan Smiley, Nicholas Blood, Nicholas Nastasi, Catherine Mendel, and Cynthia Engmann. Not pictured are faculty members Amy DeLorenzo and Raquel Pina.


Free dance class tomorrow

Crystal Michelle, a choreographer from DanceOhio, will visit the Columbus campus to lead a free dance class open to all, including beginners and non-dancers, on Tuesday, April 21, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall 158. She will share the choreography for her upcoming performance, The Descent of this Water.  The choreography explores the intersections between the identity of the body and the identity of a place.

For more information, contact Jenna Long.


SafeZone workshop offered tomorrow

SafeZone“SafeZone: The Importance of Bring An Ally” will be offered Tuesday, April 21, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in WD 404. The workshop takes a closer look at the wide range of challenges faced by members of the LGBT+ community and highlights ways allies can provide support, challenge systemic discrimination, and make Columbus State a safe place for everyone. If you would like to attend, please register here.



Faculty volunteers needed for graduation May 8
Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to read the names of graduates as they cross the stage to receive their diplomas during the Spring Semester Commencement, Friday, May 8, at the Celeste Center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.  The guest speaker this semester is Dr. Michael Drake, President of The Ohio State University.

Faculty readers are seated with the students during the ceremony, and when their section is brought to the stage, they read each name handed to them on index cards.  Please contact Suzanne May if you are interested in participating!



Mid-Year Action Project Report - Generation One Trailblazers

Action Projects are an annual part of AQIP, the college’s accreditation pathway. Selected by the Board of Trustees, the projects are examples of our continuous quality improvement culture and are formally reported to the Higher Learning Commission at year’s end.

With the year half over, 2015 is already a winner for the Generation One Trailblazers.  GOT is the faculty-driven effort aimed at supporting students who are the first in their families to attend college. With help from the Student Success Innovation Fund, GOT has added several new initiatives including:

Faculty Contacts. To date, 54 faculty contacts have volunteered to serve as guides.

Online Mentors. Fifty-eight students and 19 Mentors have joined the GOT Blackboard community.

Assessment. Data collection is a priority for 2015. A spring survey of 6700 students underlined the need for more connectivity.

Connectivity Events. More social mixers, film screenings and other events are on the agenda. 

Web Presence.  The GOT blog, Facebook, Blackboard and the Columbus State Hub will carry the GOT message.

Faculty Educational Event.  The first professional development workshop in February was a hit.  More are in the works and will include staff.

Along with Generation One Trailblazers, the other two 2015 Action Projects are Faculty Action Research and the Writing Center for Credit. To join the GOT movement, contact


Plan to eat BBQ on April 30!

AVI will host a “Smokin’ BBQ Day” and in the courtyard Thursday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with all kinds of goodies including beef brisket, brats, and barbequed chicken, so don’t miss it!



Chorus Columbus State performs at Museum May 3

The Chorus will hold its Spring Concert at the Columbus Museum of Art on Sunday, May 3, starting at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The Chorus will perform works including Schubert’s “Mass in G” with strings and soloists, American folksongs, folksongs by Brahms, and Benjamin Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia.” 

Support the NAMI Walk

Please join Team Columbus State at the 2015 NAMI WALK Franklin County, which will be held on Sunday, June 28, at Wolfe Park, 105 Park Drive, Columbus.
NAMI Walk NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Angela Fry and Jackie Teny-Miller, faculty in the MH/AS/DD program are once again co-captains of the team. Students and faculty are busy raising funds, recruiting walkers and collecting items to be raffled at the up-coming Spring Fling. NAMI is a valuable resource in our county that depends on gifts and contributions to support their important work.

Contact Angela Fry at ext. 5479 or Jackie Teny-Miller at ext. 2544, or follow the link below to learn more about the walk, donate, or register to walk on June 28.


COTA to host public meetings

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) will host two public discussions on bicycling, pedestrian and transit travel on Thursday, April 23, at COTA’s William Lhota building, 33 N. High St. The meetings are designed to gather public opinions on transportation issues. The first session is from noon to 2:00 p.m. and the second from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


New coffeehouse opens on Long Street

Roosevelt CoffeehouseThe Roosevelt Coffeehouse held its Grand Opening event this weekend, and is now open at 300 E. Long St., only a few minutes’ walk from Columbus State. Owner Kenny Sipes says “We are a coffee shop built to fight the injustices of unclean water, hunger, and human trafficking. Our profits will go to organizations fighting those injustices. We do this by serving the highest quality of product so we can make the greatest impact.” 

You can read more about the shop at their website.


Connect Columbus to send ‘Plan Van’ to Columbus State

Columbus ConnectThe City of Columbus is currently embarking on a long-range transportation plan, known as Connect Columbus. The plan will focus on enhancing equitable, healthy, and sustainable transportation access because a community that is more pedestrian, bicycle and transit friendly is a more livable community.

Connect Columbus will send the “Plan Van,” a mobile workshop, to the Columbus campus on Tuesday,April 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The mobile workshop is intended to get feedback from a greater audience and provide additional opportunities for people to engage with the project team and the process. Look for the Plan Van on campus April 28! seminar to be held at Columbus State

Ohio Means, the state's resume and job bank, invites you to attend an upcoming free session for Ohio businesses and workforce professionals to learn more about regional workforce trends. The session will be held on Wednesday, May 27, in the Center for Workforce Development. The morning will be devoted to Ohio businesses to learn more about how can help them find the skilled workers they need to succeed and grow. In the afternoon, prospective workers are invited to attend a career fair and learn more about how can help individuals in their job search.

To learn more or to register to attend, please visit

Tobacco Cessation Support Group formed
Tobacco use can be difficult to stop. Columbus State is committed to trying to help its employees adopt healthier lifestyles. If you are interested in joining an at-work support group that will meet Thursdays at 12:00 p.m. in NH 225beginning Thursday, April 30, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.

April professional development opportunities
Seats are still available in the following Professional Development and Retention workshops:

Put Your Strengths to Work- Thursday, April 23, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

As a follow up to "Win with Your Strengths,” this session will give you a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team.  Prerequisite:  Win with Your Strengths.  Register here:

Managing with Strengths -Wednesday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This workshop will explore ways managers can use their strengths and the strengths of their employees to impact employee loyalty and productivity.  The session will study managers who effectively use strengths to hire, focus, motivate, and develop employees and ultimately impact employee engagement and performance.   Participants will begin to develop strategies for managing employees using a strengths-based approach.  Prerequisite:  Have completed Win with Your Strengths and are currently a supervisor/manager/ administrator at Columbus State.   Register here:

Next ‘College Knowledge’ session is April 24
Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. To help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives, the Human Resources Department is launching a new onboarding and orientation program called the College Knowledge series.

The next session is Information Technology Friday, April 24, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in WD 409. Can’t make it that day? Each division will present twice per year. Mark your calendars now for the dates below and register to participate.  If you have any questions, please contact Lori Thomas, Assistant Director of Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.

Upcoming sessions:

Information Technology                             April 24
Human Resources                                       May 29
Business and Administrative Services    June 26
Academic Affairs                                          July 31
Enrollment Mgmt. and Student Services August 28
Marketing and Communications              September 25

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