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October 5, 2015


First ‘Courageous Conversation’ held Sept. 30

student with mic

A participant takes the mic at Columbus State's first Courageous Conversations event held September 30. The meeting attracted a diverse group from both the community and the college at Columbus Downtown High School. The first topic was “Myth Busters.” Additional topics will be featured in the next five Conversation events through March 2016.


Reminder: First Wednesday is Oct. 7

The monthly meeting First Wednesday will be held Wednesday, October 7, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The meeting will also be live streamed for those unable to attend at using the password cougars.


Briggs and DiBlasi present session on service learning

Lisa Briggs and Amy DiBlasi, faculty members in the Business Office Administration program, presented on the topic of service learning at the Association for Business Technology Educators Annual Conference last week at Miami University. 

Participants who attended the session learned the difference between community service and service learning, and how service learning and “Pay It Forward” projects positively impact all partners involved—the community, the students, and the institution.  The design of the Business Office Administration program’s service-learning course was introduced and described, including the process DiBlasi followed to receive the service-learning designation for the capstone course.

At the annual conference, DiBlasi was elected to serve as secretary of the association.  The conference will be held at Columbus State in 2016.

If you are interested in adding a service-learning designation to your course, the autumn deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 16.  Please submit proposals to


Ft. Hayes overflow parking closed

Now that the first rush of the semester is over, the overflow parking area shared with Ft. Hayes High School is no longer needed and will be closed, starting this week. Lot 28-S and the numerous city meter parking spots will be used for overflow parking for the rest of the semester.



‘Understanding Conflict’ offered Oct. 6

Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment. In Understanding Conflict, we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas Kilman Conflict module to understand our own “go-to” style, and explore healthy resolution strategies. The class is offered Tuesday, October 6, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., location TBA.  Register

‘Hostmanship’ seminar held Oct. 8

Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome. Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives.  Register for Introduction to Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed: The Art of Serving Others offered Thursday, October 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.   Register

For more information, contact Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention, at ext. 5297.

Flu shots to be given Oct. 21

Fulltime employees will be able to register for free flu shots to be given at both Columbus and Delaware Campuses, on Wednesday, October 21. Part-time employees are able to obtain a flu shot as well with an insurance card or by paying the full cost ($26) at the time of the appointment.

The sign-up forms will be available soon.

Mobile mammography screening offered Nov. 12

The James Care Mammography mobile screening vehicle will come to Columbus State on Thursday, November 12, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the 11-S lot across from Nestor Hall.  To make an appointment for screening, call the James Care Mammography scheduling department at (614) 293-4455 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

cover October issue of Matrix Monitor available online

In the new issue of Matrix Monitor, you can read articles about Microaggression, Living with Someone with Chronic Pain, Crowdfunding for College, and more. 

Matrix offers webinars on variety of topics

The Matrix Employee Assistance Program offers free webinars on various topics such as Social Anxiety, Bully-proofing your Child, and Money and Relationships. You can register for these webinars or view archived webinars through your member login at

To log in, go to the resources page, drop down to “Columbus State” and click on the “Work and Family Resources” link, where you will find upcoming webinars.  Webinar registration fills quickly however, you can view webinars at a later time in the Webinar Archive. 

Training materials for myPLAN available

Columbus State is implementing a new performance management process called myPLAN for non-faculty employees, both full- and part-time.  This process will be managed in the new online system called Cornerstone.

Prior to completing your planning guide in Cornerstone, visit the myPLAN website and click on the “Goal Planning” link on the right-hand side of the page. Complete your Planning Guide in Cornerstone beginning this week.  Please note you will receive an email from to initiate the process.  The deadline for completing your Planning Guide is Friday, November 13, 2015.

Managers will be able to review and approve submitted Planning Guide(s) by Friday, December 11, 2015.

Remember to check the myPLAN website frequently as Human Resources will continue to publish updated content. You can also find a list of FAQs on the site.  If you need individualized support after reading the Quick Guides and watching the videos, you can register for an open lab by clicking here.  In the meantime if you have any questions, please send an email to or contact your HR Business Partner.




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.