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November 30, 2015


‘Giving Tuesday’ is tomorrow!


The Columbus State Foundation invites the college community—employees, alumni, students, and donors—to join together to launch a new tradition of philanthropy at Columbus State, called #GivingTuesday.

Giving Tuesday is a new national movement of philanthropy fueled by the power of social media and community collaboration. Giving Tuesday allows us all the opportunity to pay it forward on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Need more information about Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2015?  You’ll find Five Ways to Get Involved with #GivingTuesday online here. Or, go straight to the #GivingTuesday website and donate on December 1!


Reminder: First Wednesday is Dec. 2

Join your colleagues and President Harrison at the December First Wednesday, to be held December 2, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. We will celebrate the Staff Employee of the Month and hear updates on the latest news from around the college. As always, the event will be live streamed at where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


Last chance to donate to Light up a Life holiday party


Student Engagement and Leadership will join with Ohio State’s Access Collaborative program and Community Properties of Ohio on Saturday, December 5, when they will offer a special holiday party for student single parents and their children called “Light up a Life.”

The families will enjoy a free holiday meal, children’s craft activities, family photographs, carnival games and more. SEaL is asking for donations for gifts baskets that will be provided to each family, and volunteers to help put on the party.  

If you or your coworkers would like to sponsor a gift basket, please fill out this form If you would like to sign up to volunteer, please fill out this form:

If you have questions, please contact Student Engagement and Leadership at ext. 2637.



NetTutor begins this week

This week you will see an icon in Blackboard which will allow students to easily access Columbus State’s new online tutoring tool, “NetTutor.”


NetTutor will enhance, not replace, the current tutoring offerings. In addition to providing more access to more tutors—and in more languages—the NetTutor platform provides an improved online interface for current Columbus State online tutors to use when working with students.

The academic disciplines supported include accounting, economics, finance and business; English, reading and writing; humanities and social sciences; information technology and computer science; law; mathematics; nursing and allied health; sciences and world languages.

Please encourage your students to use this free resource, especially those with limited access to face-to-face tutoring. 




Gospel Ensemble to present musical ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble, under the direction of Emma L. Easton, will present its first-ever musical theater production, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" on Friday, December 4, at 7:30 Nestor Hall Auditorium. The play is free and open to the public.

The musical by Deborah Craig-Claar will feature music by Mark Hayes and original music by the Gospel Vocal Ensemble. The production is about family and hope during the Golden Days of Radio. The play is set in the week between Thanksgiving and December 8, 1941, in San Francisco, where a young wife and mother desires for her pilot mechanic husband to return home in the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Special guests include local professional actors Charlay Marie, David Holley and Joseph Franklin. The Ensemble will also use this occasion to recognize the contributions of a local gospel music legend, radio announcer and educator, Alvis Moore.



‘In My Own Words 9.0’ celebrates student writing

Students, families, faculty and staff gathered at the Delaware Campus last week to celebrate and showcase personal narratives created by Columbus State first-year composition students. First-year Composition 0190 and 1100 classes selected their two best personal narrative essays to be read for their family members, friends and classmates. 

The idea for “In My Own Words” was developed in 2012 during a joint meeting between English faculty from Columbus State and OSU-Marion on the Delaware Campus. Faculty members shared the experience of receiving “really good” personal narrative stories in each first-year composition class that deserved to be heard beyond the classroom and the project was initiated. 

Participating instructors select two student finalists from each of their classes and the essays are those that deserve to be heard beyond the classroom—either because they are so well-written or because the story is so compelling.  Whether it’s hilarious, suspenseful, or tearful, an essay is selected because of the student writer’s courage to share his or her story. Nancy Pine, Shawn Casey and Deb Bertsch coordinated the event and encouraged participation in the program. Students received a certificate as an In My Own Words writer and each student has the opportunity for his or her essay to be published in a special edition of the journal Et al.


Troop Care package drive runs through Dec. 18

soldier with gift

Military and Veterans Services will again coordinate a collection of items for holiday care packages for the troops. Last year more than $600 was donated as well as enough items for 250 care packages.

The donations help The Blue Star Mothers Chapter 9 “Buckeye Moms” who collect items for their 2015 Holiday care package push for troops deployed to Afghanistan. Troops are stationed in places where the nearest post exchange store is at least 40 minutes away, and requires a combat convoy or helicopter mission to make the trip. 

Drop boxes for the drive are located in various offices around the Columbus and Delaware campuses, and will be available through the last day of the semester, Dec. 18. You cans see a list of items needed on the Veterans Services website.This years’ service project is co-sponsored by the Columbus State Police Department, Staff Advisory Council and the Military and Veterans Services Department.


Dental Hygiene students protect athletes’ teeth

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Beth Vetter, second row far right, and Scott Gano, third row far right, got their dental hygiene and EMS classes together to share information about dental health.

Columbus State’s Dental Hygiene students recently worked with their faculty to complete a project fabricating sports mouth guards for the Columbus State Women’s Basketball team as part of their community service practicum. Interestingly, research has indicated that basketball players have the highest rate of facial and dental injuries in sports. Although the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) doesn’t mandate mouth guards for players, the Cougars are now safely protected.

Also recently, faculty member Beth Vetter’s Dental Hygiene students shared their dental knowledge with Scott Gano’s Emergency Medical Services students. The project was part of the dental hygiene community health service program to collaborate with other disciplines to promote well-rounded health care providers.


bookstore display

Bookstore’s Hill wins first in merchandising contest

Zachery Hill, Bookstore merchandising assistant, was awarded first prize in the 3rd annual Case Logic/Thule Backpack Display Contest. Hill’s display highlighted the company’s slogan “bringing your life outdoors” featuring Thule backpacks. Hill is a Columbus State graduate, presently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fashion and retail studies at Ohio State University.





Two will celebrate retirement Dec. 9

Nancy Nancy Cleland

Two long-time staff employees will celebrate their upcoming retirements at a reception to be held Wednesday, December 9, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., in the Pete Grimes Board Room in Franklin Hall. Nancy Cleland, Senior Designer and Advertising Coordinator in Marketing in Communications, started at Columbus Technical Institute (CTI) in 1986 as the college prepared to become a comprehensive community college. One of her very first tasks was to create the college’s new logo, and her iconic “CS” has represented Columbus State for nearly 30 years.

Candy Candy Mason

Candy Mason has been a familiar face on campus since 1984, when she joined the college working in Financial Aid. Since then, she has worked in departments including Social and Behavioral Sciences, Human Resources, the Telephone Information Center, Knowledge, Resources and Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness. She currently serves as Specialist in General Counsel Administrative Services. Join us to congratulate these two employees with more than 60 years of combined service!




Fee Waiver deadline is Dec. 11

The deadline for employee and dependent fee waivers for Spring Semester 2016 is Friday, December 11.  A Request for Fee Waiver form must be turned into the Human Resources Department by 4:30 p.m., to guarantee that fee waivers will be processed before the drop date for non-payment.

You may also pay your fees first and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt into Human Resources by Monday, February 15, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Darrylene Mason at ext. 2406.  



Woodwind Ensemble to perform tomorrow

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a 30-minute concert in the TL-123 music room on Tuesday, December 1, at 4:30 p.m. The program, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will include music of Handel, Beethoven, and William Grant Still.  The featured work will be the final movement from Anton Reicha’s monumental Quintet No. 6. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd.



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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.