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August 31, 2015


Semester begins with a smile

smiling friends

A lot of people are smiling this first day of fall semester, as enrollment is currently up by double digits to more than 26,000 students. The Welcome Team, along with various clubs, departments and community organizations will be busy welcoming new and returning students during the annual Week of Welcome (WOW) on the Columbus and Delaware campuses. Stop out and welcome our new students!


New employee parking permits coming soon

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New logo parking permits for employees will be distributed soon.  Be on the lookout for an email containing the link to a web form to request your new (free) parking permit. Your new permit will then be sent to you through campus mail.  After February 1, 2016, old employee parking permits will no longer be valid. You will receive an email containing the link to register for your new permit on Tuesday, September 1.


Student Success initiatives featured at day-long seminar for all

friends on campus

All Columbus State staff and faculty are invited to attend “Showcasing Student Success,” a day-long celebration of the many student success initiatives currently underway at the college. 

Come and learn about innovative projects designed to foster student connection, progress, completion, and workforce development such as Peer Mentoring, Placement Boot Camps, BluePrint workshops, Financial Aid TV, Early Alert, Speed Diversity Dialogue, Generation One Trailblazers, Moving to Scale, Writing Center for Credit, Online Tutoring, and College Credit Plus!

This special event will take place on Friday, September 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

President Harrison will provide an opening presentation beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by a student panel facilitated by Renee Hill. You may attend all day or drop in for specific sessions: Session schedule and registration.

We hope to see you on the 11th as Columbus State showcases student success!



Harris to retire

Chief of Police Sean Asbury invites all employees to celebrate with the retirement of Security Specialist Ralph Harris!  The celebration is today—Monday, August 31, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. in WD 404.


logoNew afternoon food option is down the street

The Roosevelt Coffeehouse, 300 E. Long Street, will be hosting the Aloha Streatery Food Truck on Mondays from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. in their parking lot. The Coffeehouse is within walking distance of Columbus State at the corner of Sixth and Long streets. Stop in for a delicious afternoon snack!



Busy time for cashiers

The Department of Cashiers and Student Accounting is busy taking in fee payments and selling parking passes to all the fall semester incoming students.  In addition to this, a couple of things that may interest you about the Cashier’s Office: You can buy a book of stamps as well as withdraw cash using your debit card (for employees only), pay for a massage, or pick up a reimbursement or payroll check at the cashiers’ windows!

Buy COTA passes at the Bookstore

Both students and employees can purchase a COTA buss pass at the Bookstore for only:

  • Daily pass ($4.50)
  • Local Monthly Crosstown pass ($62)
  • Express Monthly pass ($85)
  • Mainstream pass ($105)
  • Discount Monthly Crosstown pass with COTA Key ID (seniors, veterans, etc.) ($31)

No additional discounts apply and all COTA passes are non-refundable. More information about COTA rates is available online.      





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.

Submit your news to students in Campus Life

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.