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September 3, 2015


Luck o’ the Irish in Dublin

Dublin with rainbow

On the first day of the semester, a rainbow appears at the new Dublin Regional Learning Center as if to assure the success of the brand-new facility. The Dublin Center is now located in the Integrated Education Center on the OU Dublin Campus, 6805 Bobcat Way. More than 1,000 students have registered for classes there this fall.


‘A Few Minutes With’ Ron Elizaga

A recent student success project at Columbus State continues to expand. The Generation One Trailblazers (GOT) program is a resource for students who are the first in their family to go to college. In this edition of “A Few Minutes,” Ron Elizaga, Ph.D., assistant professor in Psychology, provides an update.  


‘MyPLAN’ introduced at First Wednesday

As you might have heard at the President’s monthly meeting, First Wednesday, Columbus State will implement a new performance management process for non-faculty employees called “myPLAN.”

MyPLAN offers some exciting new features and benefits which you can explore by visiting  An open-comment period on the new process is available now through Wednesday, September 16.

If you have feedback, please email it to and watch for further announcements in Update.


Parking tight, but manageable for Columbus State Police

As was expected, Columbus State Police officers and security specialists have been busy this week keeping an eye on parking lots and helping students find open spaces when front lots filled up.

During peak times around 10:00 a.m. there are usually some spaces remaining in the parking garage and in the 28-S lot.  If you find yourself using the remote lot at 28-S, be careful to park only in the Columbus State marked spaces—turn right when entering the lot and you will be in the correct area.  The college leases this lot from a private owner, and a portion of the lot is not open to Columbus State permit holders. Parking there could result in your vehicle being towed.

Employees are also reminded to order their new parking stickers with a new Columbus State logo. These can be ordered online here, and will be delivered through interoffice mail to employees upon registration. You may register up to two vehicles and transfer your permit from one to the other when necessary. The old parking stickers will expire on February 1, 2016.


RiSE Open Forums offered tomorrow and Sept. 16

logoCome hear about the enhancements to processes that impact many of our lives across campus. The Records and Registration Department is transforming to improve student services. Join Dr. Regina L. Randall, Registrar, at one of two Re-Imagining the Student Experience (RiSE) Open Forums to learn about these exciting changes. She will share information on current enhancements underway, information regarding the department’s new location, and an overview of the team’s plan for the upcoming year. 

The forums will be held on Friday, September 4, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., and Wednesday, September 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., both in Franklin Hall Room 104.

For questions on these forums or the RiSE Initiative in general you may email or visit the RiSE website.


Sport and Exercise Studies hosting scholarship golf outing tomorrow!

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There is still time for last-minute entries into the Sport and Exercise Studies’ Scholarship Golf Outing, which will be held Friday, September 4, starting at 11:30 (lunch) at The Golf Depot, 789 Science Blvd., Columbus, 43230.

The cost for nine holes with a cart and lunch is $30, and there will be prizes for male and female winners, closest to the pin, and best putt. Bring a foursome or join one at the event…but come play and donate to the SES Scholarship Fund! For more information, contact Zach Scott or Eric Welch.


Suicide Prevention Day event planned

The Counseling Services Department will host a Suicide Prevention Awareness Event in observance of World Suicide Prevention Day on Thursday, September 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the north entrance ramp to Nestor Hall. Resources and community vendors will be available for staff and students.



book cover

Father, daughter pair write new book

David Meyers and Elise Meyers Walker have collaborated on a new book in their long series of Columbus-based themes. The book, “Wicked Columbus, Ohio,” is about the period in time when Columbus “teemed with crime bosses, rampant corruption and unpunished perversion.” The book details some of the city’s more salacious tales originating in the early days of the 20th century. Published by Acadia Publishing, the book will be available on Amazon next week.


‘Nosh for Knowledge’ to be held at Foodbank

As part of Hunger Action Month in September, Mid-Ohio Foodbank and its community partners will host guest speakers for a free, four-part lecture series called “Nosh For Knowledge.”

The lecture series will discuss the impact of hunger and food insecurity in often-overlooked communities. Starting on Wednesday, September 9, at 6:00 p.m., join the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to learn about the face of hunger in the veteran, LGBTQ, student and Latino communities. Lectures will continue each Wednesday throughout the month.

On Wednesday, September 23, Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership, and Maria Latschar, Connect2Complete coordinator, will serve on the panel and discuss “Hunger in the Student Community.” The Mid-Ohio Foodbank is located at 3960 Brookham Dr. in Grove City.





‘StrengthsFinder’ workshops available Sept. 9 and 17

Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success.  “Win with Your Strengths,” offered Wednesday, September 9, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., is an introduction to strengths-based language. You’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others. Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder Assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.” Register:

In “Put Your Strengths to Work” offered Thursday, September 17, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., you will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy and learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team. Register:

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

Tobacco cessation classes begin next week

The American Cancer Society’s Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Program is a four-week course being offered to all employees on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at a location to be determined. The next session starts Wednesday, September 9. Please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989 to sign up. 






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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.