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September 28, 2015


Friday Convocation shared student debt message

At Friday’s staff convocation, President Harrison shared details about an affordability campaign, which has been launched to inform the Central Ohio community on ways to minimize student debt. Watch and share this video and be sure to use hashtag #DebtFreeDegree.


Ng presents at criminal justice conference

Amy Ng, Ph.D., assistant professor in Social Sciences, presented research titled "The Risk Factors That Predict Felony Revocation" at the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association Conference in Chicago September 25. Dr. Ng provided an overview of her revalidation of the Ohio Risk Assessment System (ORAS). The quantitative, correlational design suggests antisocial attitudes and behaviors were the only significant variables within the ORAS when full revocation is used as the dependent variable. A link to the full abstract can be found here:


Kreger analyzes debate

Jonathan Kreger, assistant professor of Political Science, appeared on a segment of Good Day Columbus on WTTE-TV (FOX 28) last Thursday, September 17. Kreger provided context and perspective on the Republican presidential debate, which had aired the night before. See the segment here:


Madison Hall main level closed

The upper level of Madison Hall will be closed for construction starting Thursday, October 1.The area is being renovated into a new One Stop Center slated to open in late February 2016. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic. The Office of the Registrar will continue to serve students at the temporary location in the lower level of Madison Hall. 


Learn more about the Columbus State Hub


Have you seen the Columbus State Hub? Training is available for those who are curious about the Hub, or would like a refresher on what the Hub can do. We will cover how to log into the Hub, check out activities and get a quick look at many of the tools the Hub offers.

The Columbus State Hub is a web-based system built on the OrgSync platform which connects students with campus departments, clubs, and activities, and helps students keep track of their co-curricular activities while at Columbus State. With more than 35 powerful tools--from communication to surveys to event listings--there's always something new and exciting on campus!

Training is currently offered from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 1 , Wednesday, October 6, and Friday, October 9 in Delaware Hall 217. If these times do not fit your schedule, please contact Pierce Freshwater if you would like to make arrangements. Register.


Hierarchy changes to be announced

As part of the data governance process that began earlier this year, Columbus State’s new hierarchy levels were announced in July. Those levels include: Institution, Executive Office, School, Division, Department, Unit, and Subject*. Each Executive Office submitted their hierarchy levels and names for approval. 

Specific hierarchy changes, which have been approved through the Cabinet and President, will begin to be announced through Update and targeted emails to key stakeholders. As these changes are implemented in Colleague over the course of the next few months, you will see new hierarchy names in various other places such as reporting, department names in Outlook, and the Directory on the website. Department names on financial reports are not impacted by these changes.

Initial updates in Colleague will be completed by early 2016. You may continue to see some old names to allow for quality checks and other behind-the-scene data verification.

Questions regarding your individual assignment to a specific level should be directed to your manager. If you have general questions or need more information regarding the hierarchy levels or Data Governance, please contact Paul Rusinko, assistant director in Institutional Effectiveness, at ext. 3805.

* The definition and requirements related to “Subject” were approved through the Data Governance process. However, the selection and assignment of course subjects to a department is an academic matter and not under the purview of the Data Governance Working Team.


Attentive automotive audience

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Keith Halberg, Ford regional field technician, speaks to some of the record 1,600 junior and senior high school students who attended the 15th annual Youth Day at National Trail Raceway, hosted by the Automotive and Applied Technologies Department September 18. The annual event, co-sponsored by National Trail Raceway and the Central Ohio Ford Dealers, invited high school students from across the state to participate in the educational panel presentation about automotive career opportunities, and then enjoy the day taking in all of the sights and sounds of a major drag racing event. Students from the Ford ASSET Program served as ambassadors during the event, sharing their experiences at Columbus State with the high school students.


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Celebrating the Constitution

Assistant Professor of Humanities Benjamin Pugno and librarians Dana Knott, Julie Zavaloff and Kristine Kinzer celebrated Constitution Day at the Delaware Campus September 23, setting up a photo booth for students to pose with their favorite Constitutional right or election issue. Students decorated star cookies and received print copies of the U.S. Constitution as well as American flag pins. Members of the League of Women voters provided information and registered 42 people to vote.





Join the CMAX Conversation Online

photo of busIf you missed the public open house meeting held in early September for COTA’s CMAX Cleveland Avenue Bus Rapid Transit / Enhanced Bus Service project, there’s still time to participate online! COTA is currently hosting an online open house that is available 24 hours a day through September 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Join the conversation from the comfort of your home by visiting The convenient online open house provides the same information as presented at the in-person meeting including a video featuring COTA staff, opportunities to comment, and visuals of the exciting improvements involved with the enhanced service.



College Knowledge session is Sept. 30

What’s our brand? How do we tell our story to our community and to ourselves? At the next College Knowledge, Wednesday, September 30, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Allen Kraus, vice president for Marketing and Communications, will share the interrelationship between our work and our brand, and discuss how that contributes to attracting and producing successful students. Please register in advance and join us in WD 407 at 8:45 for coffee and conversation before the program.

You can stay up to date and meet new and veteran employees at the monthly College Knowledge sessions hosted by Human Resources. Register for additional upcoming programs including:

Information Technology - October 30 
General Counsel: Human Resources, Police Department, Legal and Board Relations - November 20
Business and Administrative Services - December 11

Questions? Contact Lori Thomas, Assistant Director of Professional Development & Retention at ext. 3860.





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.