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December 12, 2016



Diverse graduates to receive diplomas Friday at fall commencement

group of graduates

A rich cross-section of the college will earn associate degrees at Columbus State’s 193rd commencement ceremony on Friday, December 16.

Military veteran Megan Moore is among the graduating students who will receive diplomas following the summer and autumn semesters. An estimated 1,000 veterans take classes at the college annually. Moore, 27, enlisted in the Marines out of high school when friends said she couldn’t do it. She proved them wrong.

While serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a member of her unit committed suicide. The tragedy had such an impact that she decided to pursue social work to help veterans deal with issues such as suicide prevention, addiction and homelessness. With Neal’s associate degree in Social and Human Services she has transferred to Capital University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Oliver Flint, 27, is one of dozens of international students earning a degree. He is originally from England but has spent the last two years here at Columbus State pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Business Management.

Kelleher Kelly Kelleher, M.D. will deliver the commencement address.

The road to his degree is a long one. He spent months in intensive care with a brain injury after being run over by a car while living in France. After his release, and against the advice of his doctors, he enrolled at a university in the United Kingdom. Doctors told him he needed more recovery time. After failing more classes than he passed, he withdrew from school.

In 2014, with his recovery more complete, his path led to Ohio, and Columbus State. Flint buckled down and has earned a scholarship to Capital University where he will transfer to begin work on a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Some students are working adults who return to the classroom after many years. Victoria Marie Holden, 50, is among them. Just a year after enrolling in 2010 her husband was diagnosed with cancer. Then, in 2013, Victoria suffered a stroke. After her recovery, she hit the books again to achieve her personal goal of earning a college degree. She will take her associate degree in criminal justice and transfer to Ashland University to work on a bachelor’s degree in criminology.

 Nearly 1,300 students have petitioned to graduate for Columbus State’s summer and autumn semesters. The Commencement Address will be provided by Dr. Kelly Kelleher, Director of the Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The commencement starts at 10 a.m. at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus.


Changes to syllabi start spring 2017

The Academic Rules and Policies Committee of Academic Council recently reviewed and updated Policy 5-10 and Procedure 5-10 (A) and (B).  The Policy was approved by the Board of Trustees and is ready for use beginning Spring Semester 2017. 

These Policy and Procedure changes provide for certain standard statements to be removed from the course syllabus and replaced by a standard statement that will refer students to the Columbus State website to view the content.  Allowing students to access the content via the website makes it easier to maintain accuracy of the content and it will reduce the size of the course syllabus. Changes or updates to the standard statements will be submitted to Curriculum Management and then placed on the syllabus statement website.

The following items are included in the syllabus statement page and should be removed from your existing syllabi and replaced with the college syllabus statement:

  • Institutional Learning Goals – complete list
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy
  • Counseling Services
  • Title IX and Non-Discrimination
  • Tobacco Free College
  • Financial Aid Attendance Reporting
  • Audio/Video Recording of Class
  • Inclement Weather or other emergencies

Additionally, the following statement should be included in all syllabi when the above listed statements are removed:

Columbus State Community College-required College Syllabus Statements on College Policies and Student Support Services can be found at, or on the college website Quick Links “Syllabus Statements.”

Again, this change is being implemented for Spring Semester 2017 and beyond. If you have any questions feel free to contact Laurie Johns or one of the Academic Rules and Policies Committee co-chairs, Julie Cronk ext. 5087, or Patricia Allen ext. 5807.


Three to retire in IT

The IT Department invites everyone to attend a retirement reception for Susan Van Atta, Richard Penny and Bob Justus, who will retire at the end of the year after a combined 101 years of service to Columbus State! The reception will be held on Wednesday, December 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio on the first floor of the Library.


Most food service closed during break

The last day of service for the Union Hall food court will be Saturday, Dec 17,from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Service will resume on January 17. Catering Services remain available during the break by booking with AVI Catering. The Tortillas food truck will not be back in service until January 17. The last day of service for the DX Café will be Wednesday, December 14.The DX C-Store will continue to make coffee available during the break when campus is open.



Get ready for myPLAN Performance Reviews

The Employee Self-Review task in Cornerstone will be released this week to all participating employees, providing an opportunity to get the review process started before the winter break. Plan on attending either a formal training session or open lab time for tips on navigating the review process and conducting self-ratings. The self-review completion deadline will be in late January. See the current schedule and registration links below. Space is limited.
Review Training for Managers, Tuesday, Dec 13, 2:30 to 4 p.m. WD 209
Self-Review Training (all Employees), Thursday, Dec 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m., WD 310
Self-Review Training (all Employees), Monday, Dec 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., WD 209
Open Lab, Wednesday, December 21, 9 to 11 a.m. WD 209
Open Lab, Friday, December 23, 9 to 11 a.m. WD 209
Open Lab, Wednesday, January 4, 1 to 3 p.m., TL 114
Open Lab, Wednesday, January 13, 9 to 11 a.m., TL 114

‘College Knowledge’ features Business Services Thursday

Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. College Knowledge sessions are designed to help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives.

The next session features Business Services on Thursday, December 15, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.Each area within Business Services—the Vice President’s office, Procurement and College Services, the Office of the Controller, and Budget and Financial Planning—will take a turn highlighting their work and providing helpful tips. Please register in advance and join us in WD 407at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

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



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