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December 5, 2016



Thanks for #Giving!

students on giving tuesday

Last Tuesday kicked off the year-end giving season with almost $60,000 raised through #Giving Tuesday activities spurred on by the President’s Philanthropy Challenge. 

At the #Giving Tuesday Happy Hour, Hills Market coordinators reported that Columbus State had the highest “tip jar” of the year. And at the Giving Tuesday “Service on the Go” stations, students and employees filled more than 70 goody bags for the children attending the upcoming Light Up A Life holiday party. They also wrote about 90 holiday cards to service members, veterans and military families.  Finally, all the Student Ambassadors and Social Media Ambassadors took to the campus courtyard to help spread the word and take lots of #UnSelfies with fellow students.

The Columbus State Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated—by talking about the Foundation, attending the Happy Hour, or Service on the Go, by liking and sharing on social media, and of course by supporting our students through their gifts!

Even if you missed #Giving Tuesday, tax deductible donations can be made any time to the Foundation, online or through payroll deduction, so visit for more information.


Reminder: First Wednesday is 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


Library catalog undergoing maintenance this week

The Columbus State Library catalog will undergo maintenance on Wednesday, December 7, to improve and upgrade the system. During the maintenance period you will be able to:

  • Check out books and other materials
  • Access all library research databases
  • Search the OhioLINK catalog

You will not be able to:

  • Search the Columbus State Library catalog
  • Access your library account
  • Request OhioLINK items.

If you need assistance, please contact the Library by emailing, or calling (614) 287-2460 (Columbus) or (740) 203-8183 (Delaware).


Bookstore needs seasonal employees

The Columbus State Bookstore is hiring now for seasonal associates for the Spring Semester peak period.  A Job Fair will be held Thursday, December 8, from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m., in the Bookstore. Morning, afternoon and evening shifts are available, and the pay is $9 per hour. Interested candidates can apply online before attending the job fair, at and search “sales associate.”


Free legal clinic offered Dec. 13

The Office of Student Conduct will host a special legal clinic Tuesday, December 13, at 5:15 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The event, held in partnership with the Legal Aid Society of Central Ohio, offers assistance with legal issues such as having criminal records sealed, and obtaining a Certificate of Qualification for Employability (CQE) to assist in removing barriers during an individual’s job search. Options for participation include in-person assistance, or by phone during the clinic.

Pre-registration is required and can be completed online at or by phone at (614)241-2001 (toll-free, 1(888)246-4420) between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This event is free and open to the public.


Essay contest for students announced

By writing an essay about social justice or civil rights, students can win the opportunity to introduce Dr. Angela Davis at the 27th Annual Columbus State Martin Luther King Day Celebration, to be held Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Students can go to The Hub to answer one of the posted essay questions listed in 250-400 words, by December 23, and they could win the opportunity to introduce Dr. Davis, attend the book signing and fireside chat, and get a signed poster, so tell your students about this opportunity!


Robin with artwork

Buser’s needle art on display in Library

The Library welcomes the needle art of Robin Buser to the Main Gallery on the second floor.  Her exhibition, “The Stitcher’s Art”, showcases several of the pieces that she has created with needle and thread over the past 25 years.  Buser is one of the librarians at Columbus State and has been stitching since she was a young girl.  The exhibit will be on display until campus closes after Finals Week.



Troop Care Package and Winter Clothing Drive continues

soldiers with packages

The Support Our Troops drive sponsored by Military and Veteran Services, Staff Advisory Council and Columbus State Police will continue through Saturday, December 17. Collected items will be sent to the local Blue Star Mother’s Chapter in Worthington and prepared for shipment to troops deployed to Afghanistan.  

Needed are 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. Also being collected are non-perishable snack items and personal hygiene products. The drop-off location is Delaware Hall 156, or look for collection boxes in various buildings. For more information contact Military and Veteran Services (614) 287-2814.




Fee waiver deadline is Dec. 12

The deadline for Employee and Dependent Fee Waivers for Spring Semester 2017 is Monday, December 12.  A Request for Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. to guarantee that the fee waiver will be processed before late fees are assessed.

You may also pay your fees first and be reimbursed within 30 days from the start of the term by completing the Request for Fee Waiver form and submitting an official payment receipt to Human Resources by Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Plummer at ext. 5075.

Health Rewards program briefing offered Thurs.
The next Health Rewards briefing session will be offered Thursday, December 8, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 310.

The briefings will introduce the new platform called “Rally” which can help you get healthier, one step at a time, with personalized health and wellness recommendations.  In this briefing, attendees will go through the new web portal at and see the changes for Health Rewards.

As a reminder, all employees and spouse or domestic partners covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State must accumulate eight points in the Health Rewards Program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. We are currently enrolled in the cycle that runs through June 30, 2017.  

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator at ext. 3989.  You can also get technical assistance with Rally by calling 1(866)868-5484.

December Matrix Monitor available
In the December issue of Matrix’s newsletter, Monitor, you will find articles about dealing with holiday overeating, dhow pessimism is bad for your heart, and more.  Read it here.

Active Bystander Intervention training offered Dec. 16
A session on Active Bystander Intervention will provide an introduction to victim advocacy on campus. We will discuss the influence of power and privilege on behaviors, including an overview of gender-based violence, with a focus on assertiveness and bystander intervention techniques.  The session also teaches how you can help yourself and others in the face of adverse circumstances.  The session will be held Friday, December 16, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.  Register here.



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