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January 22, 2015


Innovation Fund proposals due Jan. 30

The Student Success Innovation Fund includes $200,000 that has been set aside for exploratory student success projects.

The Student Success Council has announced the call for preliminary proposals
for the second round of Student Success Innovation Fund Projects. The Student Success Innovation Fund includes $200,000 that has been set aside for exploratory student success projects. This is one-time money that can be used to begin or to explore new processes that improve student success.

Any current Columbus State Community College employee (administrators, faculty and staff) can apply for funding. The first step in the process is completion of the Preliminary Proposal Form. The preliminary proposal deadline is Friday, January 30, at noon. 

Preference will be given to projects that fit into one of the following categories: 
1. Academic Support - Providing support for student learning and achievement both inside and outside of the classroom.
2. Faculty Development - Developing and delivering training and professional development for faculty.
3. Program Enhancement - Enhancement of new services, systems or processes that can be added to an existing program.
4. Student Development - Helping students develop skills that positively impact their ability to persist and successfully complete their courses and programs. 
5. Civic Engagement - Helping students to explore, connect and engage with external and internal communities.

The members of the Student Success Council hope that you will consider submitting your idea or ongoing student success projects for funding.  If you have questions concerning the process, please contact Tracy Little or Desiree Polk-Bland for more information.


Students volunteer on MLK Service Day

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Twenty-five students, including club members from Cougars for the Community and the African Descendants Union, volunteered at the annual MLK Open House at the King Arts Complex January 19, doing hands-on art activities for children and families.

Columbus State also partnered with the City of Columbus and Community Relations Commission and volunteered during the annual MLK March. Columbus State sponsored a “Pledge of Nonviolence” banner at the march, which was signed by more than 500 participants. The activities were planned by Student Engagement and Leadership, Cougars for the Community, and the African Descendants Union.


photo of wheel boot

Police to enforce handicap parking rules with “boots”

The Columbus State Police Department recently purchased vehicle immobilization devices, commonly called boots, to be used on vehicles that are improperly parked in handicap parking spaces. 

In the past, police would tow these vehicles and ticket the offender. By utilizing the boot, the driver will have to contact the college police to remove the device. This practice will save the offender time and money for impound and towing fees. The boot will also serve as a visible reminder that handicap parking is being enforced. The new procedure is outlined on the Police Department website.




The Rave Guardian mobile phone app enhances safety on campus through real-time interactive features

Campus safety enhanced using Rave Guardian

Did you know that the Rave Mobile Safety system we have on campus includes a feature that helps users stay safe? The Rave Guardian mobile phone app enhances safety on campus through real-time interactive features that create a virtual safety network of friends, family, and Campus Police.

Students and employees can identify Campus Police, friends, and family as “Guardians” when setting their Rave Guardian Safety Timer on their mobile phone. During a timer session, guardians can check the status of the student. If the safety timer is not deactivated before it expires, the Police Department is automatically provided with the user’s Rave Guardian profile to identify and check in on the individual. You can sign up for the free Rave Mobile Safety system at Columbus State online here.



Reminder: Annual Disclosures and Acknowledgments Form due Feb. 20
College Policy and Procedure requires employees to annually disclose potential conflicts of interest, and the Legal Office reviews the disclosures in order ensure compliance with the Ohio Ethics Law.  On or before February 20, employees should complete and submit the Annual Disclosures and Acknowledgments Form located here:

You may view your completed form at under the “My Account” tab. 




meeting scene

First Wednesday set for Feb. 4

The President’s monthly meeting, First Wednesday, will be held February 4, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The Staff Employee of the Month for February will be announced, and we will hear some updates on work underway around the college. The event will be live streamed for those not able to attend in person, at Log in with the password: cougars.




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.