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March 2, 2015


First Wednesday is March 4

First Wednesday will be held March 4, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The Staff Employee of the Month for March 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.



SafeZone workshop offered Wednesday

A workshop called “SafeZone: Understanding Gender Variation” will be offered onWednesday, March 4, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in WD 407.Those who have previously participated in a SafeZone training at Columbus State are invited to attend this special focus workshop which includes conversation and activities focusing on gender identity, expression, biological sex, and the trans community. To register please click here:


Even more events for March 4!

Woodwind and Jazz Ensembles to perform

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform their Winter Concert on Wednesday, March 4, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The program will feature Saint-Seans "The Carnival of the Animals" arranged by Thomas Lloyd for woodwinds and two pianos.  Faculty member Rose Zuber is one of the piano soloists. Humanities Chair Doug Montanaro will narrate. The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Rick Brunetto, will play six selections in the second half of the concert. Contact Thomas Lloyd for more information.


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‘Strengthening your Core’ workshop offered

Columbus State’s College Recreation and Wellness Department will offer a free wellness workshop called “Strengthening your Core” on Wednesday, March 4, at noon in the Bookstore Lounge.



Film screening, discussion kicks off Women’s History Month

Join the Women’s “Her-Story” Committee for a special screening of the film “Miss Representation” on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.


Columbus State to host NJCAA District tournament this weekend

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For the second year in a row, Columbus State is set to host the NJCAA Men’s Basketball District 11 and Women’s Basketball District 1 tournaments at Ohio Christian University in Circleville.

The 2015 Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) men's and women's basketball tournament will come to the Maxwell Center on OCU’s campus March 6-7.

The tournament showcases the conference’s best men's and women's basketball teams with semifinal matchups on Friday, March 6 and the championship finals on Saturday, March 7.  

Columbus State’s women’s team (20-4, 11-3 OCCAC) is currently ranked No. 18 in the nation among NCJAA Division 2 women’s teams. They are seeded No. 2 at the District Tournament behind Owens Community College, and will receive a bye in the quarterfinals.

The district semifinals will feature two afternoon women's games at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and two evening men's contests at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The finals will feature the women's championship game at 1:00 p.m. and the men's championship game at 4:30 p.m. 

Brackets for the tournaments are posted on the conference website. Parking is free for the tournament. Ticket admission is free for all students with a current college I.D. and $5.00 for everyone else. For a map and directions, please visit:


Students behaving badly?

Learn to redirect classroom annoyances and disruptions in an interactive workshop titled “Dealing with Difficult Students,” which focuses on both prevention and interventions for the most frequently encountered behavioral difficulties. Come share your stories and learn effective response strategies. David Tom, associate professor of Psychology, will lead the discussion. Register for the session taking place Friday, March 6, at 9:30am. (Note: The previously advertised Thursday session has been canceled).






March issue of Matrix Monitor now online

Learn how to be an active listener, improve your creativity, get more vitamin D, and much more in the March 2015 issue of Matrix Monitor.




Deadline to nominate women leaders is March 6

March is Women’s History Month, and the annual Outstanding Woman Leader Awards will be given at Columbus State on March 25, at a ceremony hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership and Global Diversity and Inclusion Departments. 

The awards are given each year to students who have served as role models and provide leadership on campus, exemplify service above self through civic and community engagement, and demonstrate Columbus State values.  Up to 15 students may be selected to win the award. Nominate a student for consideration using the form online here. The deadline to nominate a student is Friday, March 6.

Nominations are also sought for the Legacy in Leadership Award, given each year to a woman employee who “exhibits a strong ability to recognize the talents, potential, and emerging abilities of those she leads and interacts with on a daily basis.” The nominee should also demonstrate trustworthy, caring, compassionate, efficient, and effective leadership qualities in her approach to people and her profession. Nominations for this award can be made using this online form, by Friday, March 6.




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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.

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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.