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April 28, 2016


Shared Governance Election to be held May 3 and 4

Don’t forget to vote online in the Shared Governance Election on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4. Sample ballots for both Policy and Academic Councils are available on the Shared Governance Website.  Employees will receive final ballots via email next week.

On the Academic Council, the following faculty have been nominated and will appear on the ballot, which will be emailed to all fulltime, tenure-track faculty for online voting:   

Nicole Brandt, Instructor, Psychology 
Rachel Brooks-Pannell, Assistant Professor, English
Dianne Fidelibus, Associate Professor, Social and Human Services
Susan Flatt, Assistant Professor, English
Brent Funderburk, Assistant Professor, Social Sciences
Lydia Gilmore, Associate Professor, Business Programs
Daniel Hare, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Nicholas Lakostik, Assistant Professor, English
Tammy Montgomery, Professor, Nursing
Gene Sprang, Associate Professor, Aviation Maintenance Technology 

If you have questions about Academic Council, please contact Judy Anderson, Faculty Fellow for Academic Council.


Reminder: Student Central Grand Opening is Friday

Join Student Central for a celebration to see our newly renovated space, devoted to serving our students. The Student Central Grand Opening will be held in Madison Hall, Friday, April 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


Parking garage becomes training site for rope rescue class

student rappelling

One of the more unique requirements for any Columbus State class is the ability to rappel down a structure. That’s what students must do in the Fire Science Rope Rescue Technician course. Normally they use a tower at the State Fire Training Academy. However, that site was not available for one scheduled session. So instead, they turned to the Columbus State Parking Garage.

One by one, on April 22, students took turns going over the edge while under the watchful eyes of Fire Science Coordinator Jack McCoy and instructor Jamie Miller. “The hardest part is having to trust the equipment,” said Joey Garitson, EMS/Fire Science student. “In the past they’ve had us go hands-free a few times and that was really nerve-wracking.”

Because the Fire Science program helps prepare the next generation of firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, the Rope Rescue Technician course is vital. “It’s a prerequisite for all rescue classes at Columbus State,” said McCoy. “Fire departments always need people to be specialized in all sorts of rescue situations.”

Seven students took part in the five-hour rappelling session at the garage.


Inventory of IT equipment to begin on Columbus Campus

As this fiscal year begins to draw to a close, the IT asset management team will begin taking inventory across the Columbus Campus. It will begin on Friday, April 29, and continue each Friday for several weeks through to fall.

The team would like you to be aware of dates that they may be in your area taking inventory. While the full schedule is not complete, the initial dates are set.

April 29: WD first floor
May 6: WD second floor
May 13: WD third floor
May 20: WD fourth floor
May 27: Bookstore
June 3: Electrical Shop, 275 N. Grant Ave., 389 N. Grant Ave., Grounds – 400 Grove St.
June 10: 356 Grant Ave., 356 Grant Ave., 366 Grant Ave., 164 N. Grant Ave., Vet Tech
June 17: 407 N. Grant Ave., 730 East Long St.

Note: The IT team will make every effort to be non-disruptive. However, some disruption is unavoidable in order to scan serial numbers on some equipment.


Columbus State wins Innovative Project award

Columbus State was awarded an Innovative Project Honorable Mention for the Insurance Industry Resource Council Program submitted by Jim Kalna, assistant director, College Testing Services. The program was formed in collaboration with 13 leading Ohio-based Insurance companies to address the unprecedented talent gap to fill an estimated 16,000 available jobs by 2020. 

The Ohio Board of Regents funded the workforce grant, and area Workforce Investment Boards and Ohio Jobs & Family Services helped create awareness of career opportunities in insurance.  Columbus State created a one-year Foundations of Insurance Certificate program and graduates were guaranteed interviews with the participating companies for employment.

Columbus State’s College Testing Services supported the project through its consulting, securing, and administering the Candidate Screening Assessment for the program.  The assessments helped to determine candidate and program fit, as well as student retention and completion of the program. 


Habegger inducted into WVU Hall of Fame


Dr. Tom Habegger, Dean, Health and Human Services, has been selected for induction into West Virginia University’s College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS) Hall of Fame. The Hall was initiated in 1988 and has several notable members including Jerry West (NBA), Bobby Huggins and Chuck Howley (NFL).

The WVU-CPASS Visiting Committee finalizes the selection of inductees by the process outlined by the CPASS Hall of Fame Committee spearheaded by the CPASS Dean’s Office. 

Habegger is a 1986 graduate of WVU-CPASS with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Sport Management major. He was a scholarship athlete on the diving team and was also a member of the WVU cheerleading squad. 

Habegger says, “It’s a humbling honor for me as many of my professional mentors and professors have been inducted, and to join them in this way does not seem possible.”

The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, October 28, on the campus of West Virginia University, in Morgantown.


Woodwinds to perform May 3

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will perform a half-hour concert on Tuesday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the TL 123 music room.  The program will includes the works of Handel, Beethoven, Grieg, and William Grant Still. For more information on the free concert contact Ensemble Director Thomas Lloyd .


Suicide Prevention program offered May 4

“Suicide Prevention: With help, there’s hope” Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and is a serious public health problem around the world. Columbus State will host the first of many upcoming suicide prevention programs Wednesday, May 4,from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio (ground floor).  The session will help the campus community learn more about risk factors associated with suicidal thoughts, and most importantly, how to respond and receive support.

The session will include a film screening of “The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories about Depression in College,followed by a brief presentation from Rick Baumann, assistant coordinator for Suicide Prevention Services Program at North Central Mental Health Services, and a discussion with expert panelists.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1(800)273-TALK (8255) or the Veterans Crisis Line at 1(800) 273-8255, then press 1. For immediate assistance, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.


Knapke with class

Green teaching

Debra Knapke, right,instructor in Landscape Design and Management, took advantage of the natural beauty and innovative storm water management system at Grange Insurance Audubon Center April 15, to reinforce topics covered in Columbus State’s Green Infrastructure Workforce Development certificate program with her students. 











Volunteers needed for Cougar Challenge 5K

Twenty or more volunteers are still needed to help get ready and assist with the annual Cougar Challenge 5K run/walk to be held Saturday, May 7, at Lower McCorkle Park, Gahanna, 425 Olde Ridenour Rd., in Gahanna. Volunteers are needed from 7:00 to 11:00 a.m to assist with the race, and beforehand to prep materials for the race. If you would like to volunteer, contact Sherita Golden, at ext. 5988.  


running marathon

Ng finishes first marathon

Amy Ng, instructor in Sociology and Criminology, completed her first full marathon in the Glass City Marathon, April 23 in Toledo. Ng worked hard throughout the winter to achieve her goal, finishing with a time of 4 hours, 24 minutes, 59 seconds!









Lewis runs marathon for ‘buddy’

Lewis with friend

Mary Lewis, instructor in Psychology, finished her first full marathon April 16 in Indiana, running on behalf of the organization “I Run for Michaels,” in which runners are paired with someone who does not have the ability to run. Lewis’ buddy Kiera resides in Nebraska and made the 10-hour drive to meet her for the first time in person and to cheer her on. Lewis finished in 4:52:28. She’s now joined the less than one percent of people in the world who have run a full marathon!



Departments Closed for Retreat May 6

Several Business and College Services departments will be closed Friday, May 6, for a retreat:

  • Bookstore Retail Sales and Textbooks
  • Procurement and College Services: Conference Center, DX Café, Mail Services, Shipping/Receiving and Warehouse, Print Services, Purchasing, Accounts Payable and Travel

All departments will resume regular business hours Monday, May 9.


‘Empowerment Day’ planned for July

The Office of Student Conduct will cohost the 2016 Empowerment Day Resource and Job Fair, Wednesday, July 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center.

The event provides Franklin County residents with information about job opportunities, education and training options, parenting resources and community programs. The event is free and open to the public. In 2015 more than 500 people attended Empowerment Day, and many more are expected to attend this year. Additional information can be found at


Fidelibus provides Senate testimony

Dianne Fidelibus, associate professor in Social and Human Services gave proponent testimony to the Ohio Senate Health and Aging sub-committee April 27 in support of House Bill 230. The bill has already passed the House and will provide the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board greater authority to adjust certification and licensure requirements for addictions professionals. It will also give Certified Prevention Professionals an enhanced scope of practice to provide a greater array of prevention services.




What Would Socrates Ask
socrates bust … if Socrates were teaching your students? To have engaged and deep discussion in the classroom we sometimes need to ask the right questions. This session will provide participants the opportunity to practice a handful of simple yet powerful logic-powered “Socrates” questions that, when applied a certain way, can

  • help reduce the time and stress of responding to stressed student emails—especially

the kind that come in toward the end of the semester,

  • manage challenging and high-stakes discussions in the classroom,
  • build logic-powered reasoning skills (students’ and your own), and
  • create a robust question-asking culture in the classroom, and beyond.

The class is led by Karla Pierce, instructor in Humanities, and will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 29, and again Friday, May 6. Register in advance.

College Knowledge session tomorrow!
How do I identify a phishing attempt or other security threat on my computer? Where do I call for different types of technical support? How can I take full advantage of Microsoft 365? At the next College Knowledge, on Friday, April 29, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Bart Pricket, director of IT Support Services, will cover what is new in IT and answer your questions. Please register in advance and join us in WD 407 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

Questions? Contact Barbara Allen, in 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.