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December 1, 2016



Resources are available for employees

As recently expressed by Dr. Rebecca Butler, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services, Columbus State’s diverse community is among our biggest strengths.

Columbus State is committed to ensuring that each member of our community feels valued and supported, including all college employees. The resources listed here are just some of the ways Columbus State provides that support.



‘A Few Minutes With’ video discusses placement tests

The longtime Compass Placement Test for new students is now history. In the latest video edition of "A Few Minutes," we learn about the new placement testing at Columbus State, and how a Placement Boot Camp helped launch it.


First Wednesday scheduled for Dec. 7

President Harrison’s monthly meeting, First Wednesday, will be held on December 7, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The meeting will also be live streamed on


Changes coming to food service

The last day of service for the DX Café in the Bookstore will be Wednesday, December 14. A new coffee kiosk called “Sips @ Davidson” will open next semester on the first floor of Davidson
Hall.  Sips will serve the same great Crimson Cup coffee products that are currently available at DX, as well as grab-and-go snacks. You will also be able to get coffee in the Bookstore during the time that the college is open between the semesters.

You can learn more about the exciting changes to campus food services by attending an information session on Thursday, December 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the Library multimedia room.

AVI will detail plans for the new Subway restaurant in the Bookstore, coming spring semester, as well as the concept drawings for the renovation of the Union Hall Food Court. Beverages and snacks will be served.


Lots of donation drives underway!

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Across campus this holiday season there are many different donation drives to benefit various organizations.  Check out the list below to see what is needed and how you can help!

The Student Parent Gift Drive
Sponsored by Student Engagement and Leadership

Donations needed: Gift Baskets (Themes: Movie Night, Game Night, Baking Night, etc.) and $5 gift cards. To learn more, please visit: Deadline to donate is December 2. Drop-off Location is Nestor Hall 116. For more information, contact Student Engagement and Leadership (614)287-2637 or email Katrina de los Santos.

The Flint, Michigan Donation Drive
Sponsored by Athletics

Donations needed: bottled water, water filters, school supplies, gift cards. Deadline is December 2. Drop-off Location is Student Central in Madison Hall. For more information, contact Athletics (614)287-5092 or email at Stacey Little .

Former Foster Youth Care Package Drive
Sponsored by Scholar Network via Student Engagement and Leadership

Donations needed: $5 gift cards, snacks, Gatorade, granola bars, fresh fruit, candy, index cards, highlighters, instant foods (oatmeal, noodles, etc.). Deadline is December 9. Drop-off location is Nestor Hall 116. For more information contact Student Engagement and Leadership (614)287-2637 or email Sada Geiger-King

Support Our Troops Care Package and Winter Clothing Drive
Sponsored by Military and Veteran Services, Staff Advisory Council and Columbus State Police

Donations needed: New and gently used warm clothing, including long pants, long-sleeve shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, mittens, scarves, boots, shoes, warm socks, winter pajamas, long underwear, blankets, etc. Deadline is December 17. Drop-off location is Delaware Hall 156 or look for boxes in various buildings. For more information contact Military and Veteran Services (614) 287-2814.

Student employees can be hired through Cornerstone

Are you interested in hiring student employees for spring semester? Hiring a student employee is a great way to help our students gain valuable work skills and experience, at no cost to your department.

Columbus State departments may submit student employment requisition requests directly through Cornerstone. Departments that previously had a student posting in Cornerstone have the option to copy the prior position and use that information to submit their request.

To learn more about student employment, contact Amanda Perk, Student Employment coordinator. Detailed instructions on submitting a requisition request can be found on the Career Services website.


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La Mar-Nickoli nominated to Seniors Board

Tracy La Mar-Nickoli, Recruitment and Selection supervisor in Employment Services has been nominated to serve on the 2017 Board of Trustees of Employment for Seniors. The organization was founded in 1972 to link mature adults with employment opportunities.  Central Ohio job seekers over the age of 50 can register for services with no eligibility requirements, and no fees to clients or employers.




Sidewalks closed Dec. 3

A crane will be used to lift equipment to the roofs of Nestor Hall and Eibling Hall on Saturday, December 3, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The sidewalk between the two buildings, as well as the road and sidewalk around Nestor Hall will be blocked off and closed for safety.



Professional development offered in December
Ideas To Go: ‘Danger of the Single Story’
When we hear just a single story about a person, people or country, we risk critical misunderstanding.  Gather with other staff, faculty and students to view the 2009 TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she tells how she found her authentic cultural voice, and warns of the dangers of hearing a single story. Come watch the TED Talk and join the discussion about what it means for us here at Columbus State. The session is offered on Thursday, December 8, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Have topic to share with employees? 
Professional Development and Retention can help you host an “Ideas to Go! Conversation.” Session hosts provide a brief overview before moving to open conversation. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch, cup of coffee, news to share and, especially, your own curiosity and expertise.  Quick, conversational, impactful. That’s Ideas to Go. Contact Rich James, Barbara Allen or Dr. Phyllis Gorman in Professional Development and Retention to learn more.

Win with Your Strengths
Win with Your Strengths, offered Tuesday, December 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., is an introduction to strengths-based language where 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




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.