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January 21, 2016


First Wednesday scheduled for Feb. 3

After a month off for the winter break, First Wednesday returns on February 3, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. Join President Harrison, who will present the Staff Employees of the Month, and update participants on the latest news for spring semester. You can also view First Wednesday on a live stream, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.



Former CCAD president Denny Griffith dies at 63

Denny Griffith, a longtime president of the Columbus College of Art and Design, was remembered Monday as a visionary who united Columbus' arts scene with its economy and made both better.

Friends found it fitting that Griffith, who died of cancer early Monday, spent his last year and a half painting, and his final days sharing that work with the community.  Griffith delivered an inspiring Commencement Address to Columbus State graduates at the December 2014 ceremony.

Read the entire article by Mary Mogan Edwards in The Columbus Dispatch.







Barksdale writes about ‘myth busting’

Reuel Barksdale, professor in Business Management, recently had an article published in Ready Magazine, a quarterly online publication. Barskdale’s article “The Myth that Seeing is Believing” (page 9) centers around destroying myths. “I really believe that eyesight sometimes limits our abilities to see what is possible,” says Barksdale, “and in my classes at Columbus State, I try to get students to imagine what their ultimate success may look like. The article was a natural extension of my classroom message.”


New Franklin, Columbus State business cohort kicks off program

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The first group of students to enroll in the new EXACTTrack Business Cohort, a joint degree program with Columbus State and Franklin University, met to kick off their semester on January 5.

Columbus State’s new EXACTTrack Business Cohort kicked off January 5 with an event at the Delaware Campus. The EXACTTrack program allows students to earn an associate degree in Business Management from Columbus State and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University in less than four years through a combination of evening and online classes.

The highly structured program offers a convenient one-night-per-week format and no more than two classes in each eight-week term. Students make significant progress toward completion of their degrees in a short timeframe. Twenty of the 27 students admitted to the cohort were able to attend the kick-off event and shared their optimism and enthusiasm for the program with their colleagues, faculty, administrators and staff attending the event. A “mid-cohort” group, for those who have already completed associate degrees or are close, will begin with Franklin in late January. 

The next EXACTTrack Business Cohort will begin autumn semester.  For more information, contact Delaware Campus Student Services, or instructor Michell Ward.


‘Future Cities’ competition hosted by Construction Sciences January 16

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The team from Genoa Middle School captured the championship at the annual Future Cities Competition Jan. 16.

Columbus State recently hosted the Future City Ohio Regional Competition for middle school students with the theme “Waste Not, Want Not.” The program is part of National Engineers Week, and students from around the state came to campus to present their “city of the future.” 

The annual program involves the research of cutting-edge technologies, the writing of essays, the use of SimCity software, the building of a scale model, and presentation of the final project to engineers and scientists at the competition. This intense, competitive program gives students better insight into the fields of engineering and design. This year’s winner was the team from Genoa Middle School from the Westerville City School District, who will be going on to the National Competition in Washington D.C. next month.

Volunteering at the event were Dean Bortz, associate professor in Construction Management, who served as a final round judge; Dr. Margaret Owens, associate professor in Construction Management and Dr. Jeff Bates, professor in Environmental Science, Safety and Health, who both served as model/presentation judges; Sue McLaren, specialist in Records, who assisted throughout the day; and Paul Boaz, Patricia Gabrenya, Rita Bedritis and the team from the Columbus State Conference Center, who once again worked to coordinate this event.



New semester brings reminders about Tobacco Free policy

logoAs the spring semester begins, thousands of new students may not be aware of Columbus State’s Tobacco Free policy, which took effect July 1, 2015.  Signage is still up across campus, and all campus buildings and parking lots are labeled as tobacco free, however, if you see students using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, you may offer them a friendly reminder of the policy, since many new students may be unfamiliar with the change. Some printable resources are also available on the Tobacco Free website, including posters, signs and business-card-sized reminders.  

If you notice a particular spot on any campus where smokers can be seen gathering, and would like to report your observation to the committee, please go to the Tobacco Use Observation Form, and submit your report. 


Health insurance enrollment help offered for the uninsured

The fine for being uninsured in 2016 is $695 or 2.5 percent of a person’s income – whichever is greater. Columbus State is partnering with Enroll America to provide free, in-person assistance to help students—or anyone who is uninsured—to learn about healthcare insurance options and get enrolled. At the sessions, you can enroll in quality, affordable health coverage, get free, unbiased enrollmenthelp to choose a plan that’s right for you, and find out if you qualify for financial assistance. You can’t be denied because of pre-existing conditions.

Sessions are offered on the Columbus Campus on Tuesday, January 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and Thursday, January 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No appointment is needed - walk-ins are welcome to attend. Room locations for the sessions will be posted online here. If you can’t attend one of these sessions, you can schedule an appointment by calling (614) 636-0385 or visiting


Keep moving this semester with College Recreation and Wellness

The Columbus Campus Fitness Center is open Monday through Thursdays, from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Fridays, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The new Delaware Campus Fitness Center, in Moeller Hall 230, is open Mondays through Thursdays, from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Recreation classes run start on Monday, January 25, in Delaware Hall 158, and include:
Mondays - Dumbbell Burn at  12:00 p.m. 
Tuesdays- Yoga at 5:15 p.m. 
Wednesdays- Pound! (an aerobic fitness class choreographed with rhythmic drumming) at 12:00 p.m. 
Fridays – Total Body Conditioning at 11:00a.m. and Yoga at 12:00 p.m.

Intramurals are offered daily in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium from 9:00a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All activities and classes are free to employees with ID.




News from the Discovery District

Stop by The Hills Market Downtown on Friday, January 22, when local author Anna Beach will be on hand from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. with copies of her novel, “How to Fly with Rocks in Your Pocket.” A reading begins at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a 5-for-$5 wine tasting, with all wines inspired by characters from the novel.

Mark your calendar for next Wednesday, January 27, when Thurber House kicks off their 2016 Evenings with Authors series with Melanie Benjamin. She’ll be here with her latest novel, The Swans of Fifth Ave. For more information, check it out here:

Are you wondering how to save energy and reduce your costs this time of year? If so, join the GreenSpot for a free webinar to learn great ways to reduce high winter bills with local residential incentives and tactics on Friday, January 29, from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. moderated by David Celebrezze. Register here:




valentine craft

Bookstore offers “Create a Card”
Visit the Bookstore on Monday or Tuesday, February 8 or 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., when you can created a custom greeting card for that special someone for Valentine’s Day. All supplies will be provided, and participants will be entered to win a Valentine’s Day gift basket and a giant plush monkey!





Columbus State welcomes the following promotions and new hires:

January 1 – Kara Briscoe, Interim Assistant Director, in Admissions Operations and Systems
January 1 – Callie McIntur, Interim Systems Program Coordinator in Admissions




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.