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March 26, 2015


Miss America inspires Women Leaders

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Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, was the keynote speaker at yesterday’s Women’s History Month Celebration. Davuluri made her own history last year as the first Indian American to win the Miss America pageant. Born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Indian immigrants, Davuluri beat out 52 contestants for the 2014 title with a Bollywood-inspired dance performance and a platform of Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency. Davuluri told the audience “to know who you are, love who you are, and stand up for who you are.”



First Wednesday to be held April 1

The monthly meeting with the president, First Wednesday, will be held Wednesday, April 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, WD fourth floor.  We will recognize the Staff and Part-time Staff Employees of the Month, and hear updates on college news.  A live stream broadcast will be available at Log in with the password: cougars.



Umoja Karamu event is April 2

As part of African Celebration Week, March 30 through April 3, Columbus State will host its first Umoja Karamu Unity Feast on Thursday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center ballroom, fourth floor WD. Come and be a part of this cultural celebration of African American heritage, song, dance, and symbolic foods! Performers will include Leap of Faith Dance Studio, CFM Angel Youth Choir, and the Umoja Freedom Choir. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.


New security software coming

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In order to promote information security and to prevent the unintentional installation of viruses and malware, an additional piece of security software is being applied to all college office computers.

How does this affect you? When an application or plugin is being installed that requires administrative rights to run, a message similar to the following example will appear:

When prompted, if you are sure that you want to run and install the requested application, click “OK” and the installation will proceed as usual. This prompt will also appear when attempting to change certain operating system settings.

If you are actively installing an application or making a change to your settings, you can safely click OK. If this prompt is appearing without performing these actions, please contact the IT Support Center at ext.5050.


Boots ready to use by Police Department

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All members of the Columbus State Police Department have been trained in the use of the vehicle immobilization devices known as the “boot” and will begin using the device immediately. The boots will be used on vehicles that are improperly parked in handicap accessible 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.




Deadline to nominate your Quality Improvement Team project is April 3

The Quality Team Awards recognize groups that have had the most impact or continuous improvement on the College and the students by incorporating the values and strategic goals set forth by the Board of Trustees. Teams are encouraged to think outside the box and showcase the best that Columbus State has to offer. The top three winning teams receive cash awards. Submit your team project nomination online by Friday, April 3, to be considered for these awards. This year’s Continuous Quality Improvement Awards luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30.

Nominate a student employee today!
If you supervise or work with a student employee, please take a moment to recognize their efforts and consider nominating them as our 2015 Student Employee of the Year.  The winner and all nominees will be recognized in April at the Student Employee of the Year Reception. For a nomination form, contact Amanda Jennings at ext. 2156.

All student employees will also be invited to attend one of two Student Employee Appreciation Events on Monday, April 13, or Tuesday, April 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 



Columbus State alum, TRiO grad, wins ‘Excellence for Children’ award


Columbus State graduate Lamar Graham, an alumnus of foster care and a former TRiO programs student at the college, has been awarded the 2015 Casey Excellence for Children Award, which recognize outstanding individuals whose distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication has improved the child welfare system.

The honorees are selected in two categories: constituents (birth parents, alumni of foster care, foster parents and kinship caregivers) and child welfare leaders.

Graham is director of the Heart to Heart Food Pantry for First Community Church. There, he has greatly increased volunteers at the food pantry as well as local business donations. In addition, he has created a welcoming atmosphere – with music, recipes and cooking demonstrations. Graham has also worked on initiatives to support foster youth in higher education and is a highly regarded and inspiring foster alumni trainer for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program.

In his spare time, Graham works at a recreation center, organizing basketball and volleyball and movie nights for local youth. He also teaches Sunday school and mentors other youth, including his foster brothers. You can view Lamar Graham’s video tribute online here.


HIM Tech exhibitors

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The Health Information Management Technology Department, in conjunction with Workforce Development, hosted a booth at the 35th Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA) Annual Meeting and Trade Show last week in Columbus. Conference attendees learned about credit and non-credit opportunities and previewed some of the digital learning objects that have been incorporated into the HIMT curriculum. Faculty members shown staffing the exhibit are, from left, Janessa Piedra-Hackett, Ashley Borgemenke, Jane Roberts, Melissa Helpman, and Lisa Cerrato.



Self Defense class offered April 15

The Department of Recreation and Wellness will offer a self-defense class that teaches the basics of keeping safe, how to be aware in your environment, and techniques to help fight back when it is necessary. The session will be held Wednesday, April 15, at 12:00 p.m. in The Conditioning Center (DE 083). Spots are limited, so reserve yours today by contacting Mandi Cecil at


Personal training available this summer

Are you interested in bettering your health, looking for some new ideas to incorporate into your fitness routine, or trying to find a way to have more fun with exercise? Then look no further than personal training conveniently right here on campus with the Department of College Recreation and Wellness.  Summer Semester 2015 Personal Training scheduling will begin on Monday, April 13, so make sure to contact the DCRW (ext. 3843) to schedule your assessment today so you can schedule and start your summer off on the right foot!


Are you doing some spring cleaning?

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Columbus State will again host the Goodwill Columbus donation drive that includes clothing and household items, as well as electronics recycling on Thursday, April 16, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. (In-Service Day). Goodwill Columbus accepts donations that can be sold in their stores or recycled. These donated items fund valuable programs and services which help build independence, quality of life, and work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers.

Donors will receive donation receipts on site. Goodwill works with R-2 certified vendors to ensure that the intellectual privacy from computers is protected and all non-working electronic devices are recycled in an environmentally friendly fashion. To see what types of donations are accepted, and what kind of electronics can be taken for recycling, go to the Columbus State Hub to view a flyer:


Hill presents at conference

HillRenee Hill, dean of Student Life, was a keynote speaker at the Prevail-Respect Conference held at OSU and Columbus State last weekend. The conference theme was “Working While Black III: Developmental, Demanding, & Defining.”  According to Hill, “the purpose of the two-day conference was to address the history and trends of African Americans work, challenges, achievements, trajectories and opportunities, and to educate about the educational gaps in the preparation of youth.”


Rhunette C. Diggs, Ph.D., adjunct faculty member in Communications, and associate director of the Prevail-Respect Conference, makes a presentation to Renee Hill after her keynote address.


Give@TheOffice campaign is underway!

Did you know that through Columbus State’s Combined Charitable Giving Campaign, you can support the same agencies where we volunteer on the Day of Service? Not only can you volunteer your time and talents, but your monetary donations are very much needed and appreciated.

Please consider donating today. You can find the list of agencies and their donation codes in the Donor Resource Guide online. (Document on the intranet, and not available off campus). After you have selected a charity, you can find the Employee Pledge Form online, fill it out, print the form and send it with your check or payroll deduction information to Barbara Smith-Allen, coordinator for Community and Civic Engagement, WD 345.

This year you may also donate online using Columbus State’s Give @ the Office page. Simply create an account and donate to the organization of your choice.

The federations and their member agencies thank you for participating in the 2015 Columbus State Combined Charitable Campaign!


Graduating student to experience ‘Year in Japan’

WormanJack Worman and his CASE advisor, Dr. Jan Rogers.

The Center for Advising, Support and Exploration (CASE) is celebrating an accomplishment of one of their Columbus State students. Charles “Jack” Worman has recently been accepted into the University of Illinois “Year in Japan” Study Abroad Program for 2015/2016. Worman will graduate May 8 with his Associate of Arts. He is planning to transfer to OSU to study anthropology, and will then work toward a Ph.D., in order to pursue a career in higher education.

According to Dr. Jan Rogers, advisor in CASE, “Jack has a deep love for the Japanese language and culture, and has always aspired to travel to Japan. This program is an exciting next step in his educational journey on the way to a career that he feels passionate about, and that has inspired him to work hard academically this past year at Columbus State.”

Worman says that he is grateful for the help and guidance of Columbus State faculty and staff, in particular Professor Rebecca Mobley, whose anthropology class he absolutely loved, and Rogers, whom he met last summer as he transitioned back into school. Worman will depart for Japan on September 9 and will return in May 2016. You can read more about the Year in Japan program here.




Yammer" is one way to remain connected to colleagues - and the college

If you haven't checked out Yammer at Columbus State you may be missing out. It's a social networking site that was launched in 2008. Yammer is used for private communication within organizations. Access to a Yammer network is determined by a user's Internet domain so that only individuals with appropriate email addresses may join their respective networks

Columbus State has a small but active Yammer group. Kim Hachet, TIC supervisor, has been a member since 2011. "Yammer has been a great way to connect across campus, hear about unique opportunities, and enjoy the expertise of others," says Hachet.  "I personally have found answers to questions, communicated with others that I would not have otherwise have had the opportunity to come in contact with, and received helpful information that I use daily.  

My favorite and most memorable experience with Yammer is when I received some information in regards to a post that I was shortly thereafter able to give to a student who had given up on graduating from Columbus State; in turn, she graduated."  

Another Yammer user is Tonja Morgan, project manager in Institutional Effectiveness. “Yammer is a place to post or read thought-provoking articles about matters of interest to those who work here," says Morgan. "It might be something about Columbus State.  It might be something related to higher education or it might even be something about what’s going on in the greater Columbus area.  If you have something worth sharing about your work, your department or even something of personal interest that would benefit the Columbus State community, post it to Yammer.”

Check out Yammer yourself at

Judges needed for high school Bioscience Competition April 24

bioscience stuff

The Gahanna Lincoln Bioscience Competition will be held on campus Friday, April 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center. Students from Bioscience programs from central and southwestern Ohio, mostly seniors in high school, will compete. Judges are needed to help evaluate the projects—no experience is necessary in judging, but a science background is helpful.

The students’ posters demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have gained in their Biotechnology classes. The students worked on a research project which involved finding a problem, developing a hypothesis and designing an experiment. The posters highlight their seven months of work and the analysis of their results.

If you are interested in volunteering to judge projects, contact Kelly Lewis, coordinating instructor, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools, at (614)342-0322, or Liz Wyles, in Admissions.


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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.

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.