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February 19, 2015


New video feature premieres

Welcome to a new occasional video feature for faculty and staff, called: "A Few Minutes with…"

Once or twice each semester we'll highlight a campus leader or faculty member who can update us on their latest news or projects. For the premiere, we offer A Few Minutes with Steve Dackin, superintendent of School and Community Partnerships. 


More cold weather on the way—be prepared

car hood with snow
Um, no. Not good.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory through noon on Friday, February 20. Actual air temperatures tonight are expected to drop below zero again. The high temperature today will remain in the single digits. Wind chills through this entire period could easily drop to 10 or 20 degrees below zero.

You can find more outdoor safety measures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online here. It includes tips on how best to dress warmly and stay dry in the extreme cold.
While we’re talking about the winter weather upon us, please do not forget to clean your headlights on a regular basis. Snow, ice, salt and dirt from the road can build up quickly on the front of any car, truck or SUV. According to the Motor Vehicle Lighting Council, dirty headlights can reduce efficiency by as much as 90 percent. And remember, it’s the law that you must turn your headlights ON in any driving conditions that require the use of your windshield wipers, night or day.  


Say ‘Yes’ to the ‘S’—Service-Learning!

Do you want to incorporate service learning into your teaching?  If so, join the growing list of “S” faculty by applying for an S-designation for your Spring or Summer Semester 2016 classes. 

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning process, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. 

Please visit the Service-Learning website and select “instructors” for more information and to download the proposal form. To submit your S-Designation application for approval, please scan and email the completed proposal form to

The deadline to submit an S-designation course proposal for Spring and/or Summer Semester 2016 classes is April 17. Any faculty member serving on the College’s Service-Learning Committee or any Division Service-Learning Committee member can provide you with assistance in planning your S-course or completing the proposal.

All S-designation requests are handled through the Office of Academic Affairs Service-Learning Committee.  If you have any questions, please contact the committee co-chairs Lisa Briggs ( and Nancy Pine.


Columbus State mentioned in NJCAA Review

In a recent issue of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) magazine, Columbus State was included in a feature article about college athletes and their service projects in the community.  To see the feature, go to page 19 in the online publication NJCAA Review.


Brother’s Keeper Panel last event for Black History Month

The 7th annual Brother’s Keeper Panel, hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion, will be held Thursday, February 26, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The Brother’s Keeper Panel addresses a wide variety of topics pertaining to people of color in higher education as well as our community, examining the challenges students face and the resulting successes.

This year’s panel theme is “Everyday Superheroes.” Panelists will include: Stefphanie Harper (City of Columbus), Nino Bradley (Otterbein University), Colby Taylor (The Ohio State University), Maritza Nelson (MSN LLC Law Office), Richard Duarte Brown (Art in the House, Transit Arts), Tobias Spears (Bowling Green State University), Stefan Thomas (Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter), and Feivel Strauss (The Ohio State University). All are welcome to attend.


photo of medallions

Time running out for Society of the Compass nominations

The Society of the Compass is a prestigious student recognition award created in honor of Columbus State’s 50th Anniversary in 2013.  Deserving students can only be nominated by faculty and staff. 

Consider nominating a student who, in your professional experience and knowledge, properly embodies the four fundamental values of the Society of the Compass: Nobility, Excellence, Service, and Wisdom. The committee is currently accepting nominations. The deadline for the Spring Semester 2015 nomination process is Friday, February 27. Please also note that The Society of the Compass is not an honors program or solely defined by GPA requirements. 

You can read much more about The Society of the Compass, or nominate a deserving student, on the Society of the Compass website.



Nominations due for 2015 Distinguished Full Professor Awards

two teachersThe 2014 Distinguished Full Professors were Jon Lundquist, Integrated Media, and David Busch, Construction Sciences.

Each year, Columbus State recognizes faculty members who have achieved the rank of professor and who continue to perform in an exemplary manner through service, scholarship, innovation, leadership, and other professorial achievements. The Distinguished Full Professor Award is intended both to recognize those professors whom faculty should emulate, and to reward professors who show outstanding leadership at the college. The Guidelines and Nomination instructions are posted on the Human Resources page under “Quick links” in a Word document.

To nominate a candidate for the 2015 Distinguished Full Professor Award, please send the full name and department of the professor you wish to nominate to Lakesha Williamsin Human Resources by Friday, February 27.


“College Knowledge” sessions open to all

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 part of our onboarding and orientation program called the College Knowledge Series.

College Knowledge sessions will highlight a different college division every month and will be an opportunity for anyone, but particularly new-to-the-college employees, to come and listen, learn, ask questions and talk about how we can collaboratively support that division’s work to ensure student success.

The next session is Enrollment Management and Student Services on Friday, February 27, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in CT 107. 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.

Enrollment Management and Student Services - February 27 and August 28

Marketing and Communications - March 27 and September 25

Information Technology - April 24 and October 30

Human Resources - May 29 and November 20

Business and Administrative Services - June 26 and December 11

Academic Affairs- July 31


Ohio Lottery film crew on campus next Tues.

A professional film crew hired by the Ohio Lottery will be on the Columbus Campus Tuesday, February 24. It’s one of several sites in the state they are using to produce web videos designed to address and prevent gambling addiction.

The various script concepts were submitted by Ohio residents who entered a contest that “challenged” them to develop humorous videos that will help identify or prevent problem gambling. The finalized video will be posted on the Ohio Lottery website in a few months.




Teaching conference to be held in April at UC Clermont

The Faculty Entry, Training, and Professional Development Committee would like to make faculty aware of an in-state conference opportunity at the University of Cincinnati - Clermont College two-year branch campus. The Fourth Annual 3T Conference: “Teaching, Techniques and Technology” will be held Saturday, April 11.  The conference offers educators the opportunity to share a broad range of innovative teaching practices and technology applications in the classroom.

This year’s keynote presentations are being given by Dr. Shannon LaCount, on Assessment, and Dr. Luis Perez, an Apple Distinguished Educator. 

Additional speakers include Dr. Perry Samson of Michigan, one of the drivers behind ECHO360 and Jonathan Bergmann, credited for pioneering the flipped classroom.

For more information and to pre-register go online here.

Contact your department’s Faculty Professional Development Committee Representative regarding the process for approval and reimbursement of conference travel related costs.


Cougars have new website

Columbus State Athletics has partnered with PrestoSports to create a user-friendly website for Cougar fans. features a clean, crisp look with improved navigation to access information about Cougar athletics. A link can also be found on Columbus State’s home page under the Campus Life tab.

"An athletic website often serves as the front door to a college and we feel this website is a wonderful reflection of Cougar athletics,” said director of Athletics Scott Nichols. “The new design and layout of the website took quite a bit of work and I'm thankful for the hard work and dedication Julie Collins in the Athletics Office put in to getting this going."

Social media plays a much more prominent role on the updated site with easy access to our Twitter and Facebook pages.




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.