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January 19, 2016


Spring Semester enrollments up for 2016

first day of semester

On the chilly first day of the semester, enrollments are up by nearly six percent, to 25,185 at the Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus and five regional learning centers. Traditionally, enrollment continues to creep up over the first week of the semester, after the first drop for non-payment of fees, which was on January 14. Total credit hours are also up by about four percent, but the average credit hours taken per student is down slightly to 8.58 credit hours.





Week of Welcome activities offered for students

The spring semester “Week of Welcome”is a series of events to help students begin or resume their journey at Columbus State. The week includes seminars, socials, previews and other programmed activities to expose students to all of the opportunities that exist outside of the classroom. All events are freeand sponsored by various campus departments and clubs. 

Activities include the Welcome Team information stations, the Resource Fair and Involvement Fair, a Basketball Team Pep Rally, and a coffeehouse social at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse on Thursday, Jan. 21.  You can see all of these events online here.


Take a ‘sneak peek’ at Student Central!

Employees are invited to take a sneak preview of the renovated first floor of Madison Hall, now to be called “Student Central,” a one-stop center for student services. The preview will be held Friday, January 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., hosted by the staff of the new area.

The updated area will allow Columbus State to serve students in a more holistic manner.  With the closure of the customer service areas in Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Admissions, Student Central will become the first step for accessing key resources at Columbus State.  The area features a larger computer lab, self-serve computer stations, and numerous offices for confidential student assistance.

Student Central officially opens for students next month.

Shortly after the first floor Student Central opens its doors, renovations will begin in the lower level of Madison Hall. This update will include creating an area for students to pick up Cougar ID cards and parking passes. This second phase of renovation will be completed in March.  During the second phase of renovation, access to the lower level of Madison Hall will be limited.


STEM Club hosts cyber security presentation


The Columbus State STEM Club will host a special cyber security presentation on Friday, January 22, at 1:00 p.m. in DE 121. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The speaker will be Jason Montgomery, Principal Security Researcher at Veracode, who will provide an overview of the field of cyber security. He will discuss his research on how common cellphone apps and the internet transfer data to third-party companies, and talk about his more than 15 years of experience in information and application security with the Department of Defense and other state and federal government agencies.



Share the Columbus State story through social media


In addition to Columbus State’s official college accounts, managed by Marketing and Communications, a number of campus departments and programs are also online on Facebook, YouTube, Linked in, Instagram and other social media. You can view a comprehensive list here. If your area has an account that is not represented on this page, please contact Angie Shear to be added to the directory. If you do not have an account and are interested in developing one, please refer to Marketing and Communications’ guidelines and best practices.


Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable nominates ‘The Diviners,’ Frank Barnhart

The Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable has released their 2016 award nominations, and Columbus State’s recent production of The Diviners received a total of six, including Best Director for Frank Barnhart.

Theatre Columbus State has now earned 27 nominations in the past four years. The Diviners was their Autumn Semester 2015 production. It is nominated for Best Play, Best Director Frank Barnhart, Best Actor David Vargo, Best Actor Samuel Price, Best Supporting Actress Maria Sagan, and Best Lighting Design by Kurt Mueller.

The Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards will be presented on Sunday, January 31, at the Jewish Community Center. Tickets are available online here.



McClain to present session at state conference

Tiffany McClain, director in Disability Services, will co-present at the Ohio ACT State Organization Conference on Wednesday, January 27 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The session, “Are we doing the best we can to get our students with disabilities ready for college?” will inform K-12 practitioners of the differences between accommodations on a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) versus the services available at the postsecondary level. In addition, the panel, which also includes directors from The Ohio State University and Muskingum University, will discuss the important role educators play as they prepare their students to be self-advocates, independent, and to navigate the many transitions that being away from home will bring.


Barrett and Pfeifer to present at regional conference

Brittany Barrett and Stephanie Pfeifer, advisors in the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE), have been selected to present on best practices for new student workshops, and how to increase registration beyond orientation, at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Great Lakes Region 5 Conference, to be held April 6 - 8, in Toronto.


Next ‘Courageous Conversation’ to be held Jan. 20

The fourth community event in the Courageous Conversations series—a Community Forum on Employment—will be held on Wednesday, January 20, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Downtown High School, 364 S. 4th Street.  Courageous Conversations are free and open to the public, and employees, students, and community members are encouraged to attend!


New permits to be displayed by Feb. 1

Do you have your new parking permit yet? The new Columbus State employee parking permits must be displayed on or before February 1. If you have not yet sent in your request for a new permit, go online here and fill out the application. If you have questions about the new permits, email for more information, or call ext. 2323.



‘College Knowledge’ session to feature Library

The next College Knowledge program, on Friday, January 22, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., will be an overview of Academic Affairs with a special focus on services and resources provided by the Columbus State Library.  Please register in advance and join us at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

Stay up to date and meet new and veteran employees at each of the monthly College Knowledge sessions, hosted by Human Resources. Mark your calendars for the dates below and register to participate:

Enrollment Management and Student Services - February 26
Marketing and Communications - March 25
Information Technology - April 29
General Counsel: Human Resources, Police Department, Legal and Board Relations - May 27

Reminder: Strengths workshops offered in January, February

“Put Your Strengths to Work” will be offered Wednesday, January 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. You will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy and learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team. Register today

“Win with Your Strengths” is an introduction to strengths-based language where you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others. The class is offered Thursday, February 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five “Signature Strengths.” Register here


Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

January 1 - Rachael Sanders, Supervisor at the Dublin Regional Learning Center
January 4 - Misty Mahefkey, Assistant Director of Student Central, the one-stop center
January 16 - Charmain Fields, Office Associate in Mathematics


Instructor of Mobile Application Development in Computer Science – Requisition No. 587
Instructor of Information Security in Computer Science - Requisition No. 588
Part-time Assistant in Construction Sciences and Engineering Tech– Requisition No. 603
Specialist in Student Engagement and Leadership – Requisition No. 606
Instructional Designer in Distance Education and Instructional Support – Requisition No. 635



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.