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February 25, 2016


‘Visit Day’ brings 300+ to campus

Father and daughter Participants at the Spring High School Visit Day prepare to hear all about Columbus State.

Columbus State’s Admissions team recently hosted the college’s annual Spring Visit Day for high  school seniors, juniors and their families and guests. More than 300 attendees enjoyed a breakfast and resource fair, followed by a welcome from Director of Admissions Gina Hiser. The students and their guests heard a presentation about Columbus State and a panel discussion with students and faculty, led by college coach John Sherwood. Participants then chose break-out sessions to learn more about programs of study, tips to reduce college debt, Student Engagement and Leadership, Diversity Services, Athletics and Wellness, and transfer resources.  The event concluded with prizes and next steps provided by Thomas Giles, assistant director of Admissions, followed by a campus tour and an application workshop.


Open Forums offered to discuss Intranet

Employees are invited to attend an open forum about the future of the Columbus State Intranet.

The college’s existing Intranet has grown organically over the last 15 years and is long overdue for a redesign. Many employee resources are located on rather than the Intranet. You are invited to discuss how a redeveloped Intranet could serve as a single place for all resources related to employees. Forums are offered:

Tuesday, March 8, at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin 311
Wednesday, March 9, at 9:00 a.m. in Franklin 312
Tuesday, March 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin 311

Some of the issues to be discussed include: What features should a revised Intranet have? What employee resources should be housed there? What internal resources are particularly easy or difficult to find?

If you cannot attend a session, please send your feedback or suggestions to Tony Goins, web content coordinator, in Marketing and Communications.


Women’s History Month 2016
‘Discover Your Inner Champion’ March 9


March is Women’s History Month and Columbus State will recognize students, faculty and staff, as well as community members who provide leadership and exemplify service above self through civic and community engagement.

The Women’s “Herstory” Month Awards Celebration will be held Wednesday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.


In addition to celebrating exceptional women leaders in our community, join us for an inspirational keynote address from mental toughness specialist, Tricia Downing. Downing survived a near-fatal cycling accident which left her paralyzed but didn’t keep her down. Tricia emerged as a competitive world-class athlete, author, speaker, and mentor who teaches others how to overcome setbacks and “Discover Your Inner Champion.”

Reminder: Nominations for the Outstanding Woman Leader Award for faculty, staff and community members are being accepted through February 29. You can submit a nomination online here.


Reminder: Nominate a Distinguished Full Professor by Feb. 29

Distinguished Full Professors are recognized for their continuing contributions to Columbus State in areas of community service, scholarship, teaching innovation, leadership, and other professorial achievements. Candidates for the award may be self-nominated or nominated by colleagues, students, or members of the community. To see the full qualifications for the award, view the nomination form online here. To nominate a candidate for the 2016 Distinguished Full Professor Award, please send the full name and department of the professor you wish to nominate to Deborah Plummer in Human Resources by Monday, February 29.


climbers Columbus State Climbers ( from left) Kim Hachet, Debbie Strain, Katina Finch and Valentine Cabell raised money for lung disease research by climbing up the Rhodes Tower. Not pictured are team members Tim Malloy and Jill Gaydos.

Climbers scale Rhodes Tower for Lung Association

Six Columbus State employees participated in the American Lung Association's “Fight for Air” stair climb on February 20, raising more than $1,250. Team Captain Katina Fitch, Valentine Cabell, Jill Gaydos, Kim Hachet, Tim Malloy and Debbie Strain named their team the “Columbus State Climbers,” and each successfully climbed the 40 flights of stairs in Rhodes Tower. Gaydos also attempted the “Vertical Mile Challenge,” and ended up climbing just over half a vertical mile, ascending 232 flights!  The team is still accepting donations to the American Lung Association through the team webpage.





Testing Services to pilot new makeup exam process

College Testing Services is working to improve its Classroom Makeup testing service on the Columbus Campus by piloting a new process for the submission and delivery of makeup exams.
Testing Services is looking for faculty members to join the pilot initiative, which is called “Register Blast.”

Through this pilot, participating faculty will no longer be required to hand-deliver makeup test materials. Instead, materials will be submitted electronically through email. The student making up an exam will be required to schedule an appointment to take the exam, which will be available at the Community and Professional Testing Center in WD 223. Completed exam materials will be held for pick-up at the Aquinas Hall Testing Center, or returned via campus mail.

Testing Services’ goal is to improve the experience for faculty (electronic submission from anywhere, anytime), students (a designated testing appointment time), and staff (no longer preparing materials for no-shows). If you would like to participate, please email us at for more information.



Panera now offered on Columbus Campus

Panera Catering is one of Columbus State’s approved caterers, but until recently has only been available at the Delaware Campus. Panera is now serving the Columbus campus as well. To see the list of approved caterers, please visit the Columbus State catering page.  It is important to note that the Panera menu offerings for the Delaware and Columbus campuses are slightly different. If you have questions about catering, please contact food services supervisor Pete Hackman at ext. 3913.


Blood drive to be held March 7

logoThe Red Cross will hold their next blood drive at Columbus State on Monday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Lounge. To schedule an appointment call 1(800) RED-CROSS, visit, or register on the Hub.

“RapidPass” allows donors to complete pre-reading and donation questions online from the comfort of their home or office, reducing the time they spend at the blood drive by up to 15 minutes. Donors must complete the steps to redeem their pass on the day they donate, print the pass or email it to themselves. RapidPass does not take the place of scheduling an appointment. Visit Donate March 7 and enter to win a Kroger gift card!


Meals-on-Wheels needs your help!

Meals-on-Wheels "Adopt-A-Route" is in need of volunteers to deliver meals! This is a unique opportunity open to faculty, staff and students. LifeCare Alliance will bring the meals to one location, typically a senior housing facility. The meals are then delivered by volunteers to the residents’ rooms between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Columbus State has been offered the opportunity to “adopt-a-route” in a nearby neighborhood. For the Columbus Campus, this would be in the King-Lincoln District at the Mt. Vernon Avenue Senior Plaza, located at 1035 Atcheson Street.

Employees or departments can work in teams of two or more and alternate during the week, using their lunch hour. For more information, please contact Barb Smith-Allen.


Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble to perform March 1

The Columbus State Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble will perform their Winter Concert on Tuesday, March 1, at 8:00 p.m. in Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The free concert will feature the Concert Band, directed by Thomas Lloyd, and the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Rick Brunetto. The concert will conclude with both groups performing the “Concerto for Drum Set and Concert Band” with Rick Brunetto as soloist. For more information contact Tom Lloyd.


College Goal Sunday offers FAFSA assistance to community


Columbus State hosted College Goal Sunday February 14 at both the Columbus and Delaware campuses. Sponsored by the Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the eventprovides an opportunity for students and their families to receive free assistance to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Volunteers at College Goal Sunday included Michele Wade, Jerry Wade (OSU), David Gelo, Marcia Holleman, Dana Knott, and Pat Fabrisi at the Delaware Campus, and Julie Stanich, Moalim Farida (OSU), Samantha Bates (OSU), Lauren Heatherly (OSU),  Sarah Katz, Stephanie Albrecht, and Marcus Jackson on the Columbus Campus. There were 133 total participants at both campuses.


Central District Science Day needs volunteers, judges

science display

The Central District Science Fair will take place Saturday, March 19, at Columbus State in partnership with the Ohio Junior Academy of Sciences. The college will host 350 middle and high school students, and their families, as they present their science projects. Columbus State needs your help to make this day a success and to help showcase the college by judging or volunteering during the Fair. Volunteers are needed to judge the projects and to assist in the smooth operation of the activities. If you have never judged before, don’t worry. An orientation session will assist you. All judging is done in pairs and any inexperienced judge will be paired with an experienced judge. Learn more about the event and register online or contact Sharon Stickley about judging and Julie Posey to volunteer.


SafeZone 101 offered tomorrow

A SafeZone 101 workshop will be offered Friday, February 26, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in WD 435. Sign up by completing registration on the Hub


Auto Tech students overcome power outage to host competition

group photo

Students in the Automotive Technology gave up their Saturday morning Feb. 20 to volunteer, set up, and judge the 2016 Skills USA Ohio Regional competition. The competition recognizes the best local automotive high school students and is hosted annually by the Columbus State Automotive Department.

A power outage on campus just before the competition was to begin threatened to cancel the event, but hard work by volunteers, combined with a warm sunny day, allowed the competition to continue, partly outdoors! The students who worked the competition were, from left: Bradley Plessis, Dyssigha Blanchard, Dunsin Ogoji, Richard Clark, Denise Smith, Brett Lawson, Tyler Milisits, Joi Cain, Chad Wipperman, and Gabriel McNulty. Not pictured are Shane Hawkins and Deryl Johnson.


Bookstore announces ‘Call for Authors’ for April 6 event

author at signing event

 The Columbus State Bookstore will host a book author signing event April 6 in partnership with the Library, and is issuing a “Call for Authors” to submit their works by Friday, March 11. The signing and Meet the Authors event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Bookstore, and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Library.  For more information and to submit a proposal, email, or Gillian Lustig-Shilts for more details. 




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