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September 14, 2015


Mayor appreciation

Mayor with Harrison

President Harrison presents outgoing Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman with a “display worthy” award of appreciation at the September 10 State of the College address. Mayor Coleman was recognized for his long-time partnership and support of Columbus State, and his personal friendship with Dr. Harrison. Coleman, Columbus’ longest-serving mayor after four consecutive terms, will leave the office in December. The painting was created by Gene Strickland, associate professor in Digital Photography.


College mourns loss of David Feeney


David Feeney, 72, passed away Thursday, September 10, at home surrounded by family after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. David, husband of Connie Feeney, graduated from Columbus State, and worked as an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Science Department for 14 years. He served as a Navy SeaBee in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos and retired from Ohio Cat in 2010 after working for Caterpillar as a heavy equipment mechanic for many years. Friends may call Saturday, September 19, from 2:00 p.m. until the time of a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. at the Tidd Family Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St. in Hilliard. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society or OhioHealth Hospice.


Office of the Registrar temporarily relocated

The Office of the Registrar (formerly the Records and Registration Department) customer service representatives have temporarily relocated to the lower level of Madison Hall.  The temporary relocation is necessary due to construction in the upper level of Madison Hall. Beginning Thursday, October 1, Madison Hall’s upper level will be closed for construction of the new One Stop Center. The Center is slated to open in late February 2016. 

The new One Stop Center is part of the Re-imagining the Student Experience (RiSE) Initiative in Enrollment Management and Student Services.

The temporary Customer Service location will be open during regular hours and provide the same services as currently offered. Other staff members from the Office of the Registrar will be temporarily moved to the WD Annex (formerly the Child Development Center) during construction.  Phone numbers for all staff members will remain the same. During this relocation faculty and staff are asked to refer students to the Madison Hall location for services.

Visit the Office of the Registrar website for further information.


Lots of recreation activities offered this fall

The Columbus State Fitness Center, in Delaware 082, is open Monday through Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Fridays from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A valid ID is required to use the Fitness Center.

The Conditioning Center, Delaware 083,  offers affordable personal training and Healthy Life Coaching. Please call ext. 3843 to schedule a fitness assessment to get started on the path to reach your health and wellness goals.

Wellness and recreation classes are free for Columbus State employees with ID. The following classes are in Delaware Hall 158:

  • Mondays at 12 p.m. – Kettlebell Conditioning
  • Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. – Yoga
  • Wednesdays at 12 p.m. – Pound
  • Thursdays at 5:15 p.m. – Bootcamp
  • Fridays at 11 a.m. - Total Body Conditioning
  • Fridays at 12  p.m. - Yoga

Thirty-minute self-defense classes will offer the basics in self-defense to help build your confidence and personal safety. The classes are offered at noon on September 16, on the lawn North of the Christopher Columbus statue; and at noon on October 6, in Delaware Hall 083.

Free “Walk and Learn” activities are offered every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. through October 30. These engaging and active walks will take place twice a week discussing a variety of wellness topics to enhance your knowledge and health. Walks meet at the WD east entrance facing Cleveland Avenue.


New Testing Center hours scheduled at Delaware Campus

The Delaware Campus Testing Center is now open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Services available at the Delaware Campus Testing Center include academic testing for distance learning, COMPASS/ESL placement, Language Institute Basic English placement, German, French and Spanish language placement, and community outreach proctored testing for students attending other colleges and universities.

Testing accommodations are also available for students registered with Disability Services.  For more information, please call (740) 203-8390 or email



Hostmanship workshop offered Sept. 23

Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome; where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in the person, the organization, or the place that invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives.  Please join us on September 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for “Introduction to Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed.” Register here: . For more information, contact Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention at ext. 5297. 

Reminder: Performance management tool ‘MyPLAN’ online now

Columbus State has implemented a new performance management process called myPLAN for non-faculty employees. MyPLAN offers some exciting new features and benefits that you can read about by visiting

Training will start in early October.  In the meantime, you are encouraged to log into Cornerstone at and begin filling out your own online Employee Profile.  Click here to access a quick how-to guide. In addition, continue working with your manager to finalize your goals. In October, myPLAN will be open for uploading the goals into the new system. Employees need to develop at least one goal in each category: Key Responsibilities, Operational, Professional Development and Service.

If you have any questions, please send an email to or reach out directly to your HR Business Partner.





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