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May 21, 2015


Drop the ‘T’ removing old letters from building

Sign company employees removed the lighted lettering from the top edges of Union Hall during summer break. The remaining shadows will be power sprayed away before the semester begins May 26 and the metal will be recycled.


Business First article details LINCS program

at the Logistics fair Lisabeth Warncke, center, LINCS Grant Participant Specialist, speaks with prospective students at the job fair.

Columbus State will offer new courses in logistics and supply chain management after receiving a $1.4 million federal grant earmarked for addressing the industry’s talent shortfall. We are one of 12 colleges nationally to receive a share of the $25 million U.S. Department of Labor grant, called LINCS - Leveraging, Integrating, Networking, and Coordinating Supplies.

Read the entire article in Business First

Columbus State also hosted the Columbus Region Logistics Council Logistics Job Fair May 19, when 40 employers, including ODW, LBrands and Cardinal Health, brought job opportunities to attendees interested in working in the industry. 


Employees complete SafeZone training series

The Department of Global Diversity and Inclusion recently recognized the participants in the SafeZone training series who have completed all four of the workshops, including SafeZone 101, Understanding Gender Variation, Understanding Sexual Identity, and The Importance of Being an Ally during the 2014/2015 academic year.

If you or your department has interest in participating in an upcoming SafeZone workshop please contact Brett Welsh, director of Global Diversity and Inclusion or visit the department website  for more information about upcoming events.  

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SafeZone graduates, from left, Brandon Price, Kamara Willoughby, Thomas Capps, Lynn Rausch, Sarah Rainwater and Lisa Tolliver display their certificates.  Not pictured are Autumn Spitler, Zachary Koteles and Eric Small.


BX Foundation awards eight scholarships to Columbus State students

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Pictured at the BX Foundation Scholarship Awards are, from left: Dr. Margaret Owens, assistant professor in Construction Management; students Michelle Weber, Shawn Johnson, Matthew Puhlick, Lori Medina, Ketki Sohoni, and Dean Bortz, associate professor in Construction Management.

The Builders’ Exchange of Central Ohio Foundation Scholarship Trustees recently awarded $70,000 in scholarships to 39 area high school and college students for the upcoming academic year. The awards were made based upon academic achievement, financial need and impact potential on the Central Ohio design-build community. The BX Foundation has awarded more than $1.2 million in scholarships since 1959.

Current Columbus State students Lori Medina, Construction Management; Mathew Puhlick, Construction Management; Arshed Shafeek, HVAC Technology; Ketki Sohoni, Construction Management; Michelle Weber, Construction Management; and Christen Wilcox, Landscape Design and Management each received awards. 

Two new students starting Autumn Semester 2015 also received scholarships:  Shawn Johnson, from Southeastern High School, who will study Construction Management; and Seth Roberts, from Logan-Elm High School, also enrolled in Construction Management.



SAC Brown Bag Lunch is May 28

Staff Advisory Council will host their monthly Brown Bag Lunch on Thursday, May 28, in the Bookstore first-floor lounge at noon.  The subject this month is “Budgeting, Money Management and Vacation Fund Panning” presented by Education First Credit Union.


Summer is almost here—get ready with Weight Watchers


Columbus State’s Weight Watchers at Work program is a great way to get ready for summer! The meetings are held conveniently at lunch time. The cost can be deducted from your pay check and the free e-tools include a smart phone app that allows you to track your progress throughout the program. And if you are a fulltime employee and attend nine of the 12 meetings you will be reimbursed half of the cost following the completion of the program! 

Columbus State’s next Weight Watchers at Work session will start Tuesday, June 2, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 202, but we need you to sign up by Tuesday, May 26. If you are interested in joining Weight Watchers at Work this summer, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator.

Health Rewards Program briefings offered

All fulltime employees with UHC coverage are invited to attend a briefing about the Health Rewards Program. At the briefings, you will have an opportunity to go through the Health Rewards web portal and ask questions about the program. You should bring your UHC insurance card if you have never logged onto the site before.

The briefings will be held:

Thursday, May 28, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 209, and
Wednesday, June 3, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 209

Employees and their spouses or domestic partners covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State are required to accumulate eight points per year under the Health Rewards Program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. You can access your current point totals by logging on to

For information on the Wellness Program and points accumulated between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, go online here.

For a tutorial on the program, go online here:

For more information, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at ext. 3989.



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