Skip to main content


July 14, 2016



Server engineer helped get Student Central up and running

with the President

Jason Armintrout worked many evening and weekend hours to get the computers ready for the opening of Student Central, giving the staff access to the sites and software they needed, and responding to all the urgent requests for such things as printers to be networked and “thin clients” to be installed in labs.

“When Student Central was coming online, there was much work to be done in the lab, the self-serve area and the staff offices,” said Stephanie Albrecht, Student Central director.  Albrecht nominated Armintrout for Staff Employee of the Month for his efforts, which he was awarded at the recent July First Wednesday meeting.

“Jason listened to what we needed and wanted, and did his best to accommodate us or find a work-around when the setup didn’t allow what we needed immediately. He was incredibly communicative about where we were in the process and what we could expect.  Jason helped me keep my sanity in a very stressful time!”

“There were many unknowns and unplanned changes when implementing the technology for this area,” said Chris Scanlon, Armintrout’s supervisor.  “Jason worked closely with the department to understand their needs and make adjustments to ensure a smooth opening, and provide a high level of service to our students.”


July Part-time SEOM

Delaware Campus librarian ‘someone you should meet’

with the President

Reference and Instruction Librarian Kristine Kinzer has the talent and savvy to provide reference assistance in a multitude of subject areas to students who come to the Delaware Campus Learning Center. She can troubleshoot library technology issues, develop webpages and author research guides, and create innovative workshops such as “Finding Bigfoot,” and “Discovering Your Digital Footprint.”

“If you’re lucky enough to find yourself at the Delaware Campus, one person you absolutely must meet is Kristine Kinzer,” says supervisor Brianne Miller. “Kristine cultivates strong connections to students, faculty and staff, working in partnership successfully with others. She continues to develop new skills to support our library’s needs and she is always ready to rise to any challenge.”

Kinzer was nominated for the employee award by student Dorota Luczkowiec, who writes, “I am a foreign student and English is my second language. Kristine spent many hours helping me during the last three semesters.  She motivates me in every possible way. Her incredible knowledge bank and her passion for educating and motivating other people is amazing. Her motto to us is ‘You can do it!’ Her support makes me feel that I really can do it!”


Group works to streamline pathways to teaching careers

teacher in class

Until recently, students who want to be teachers had to navigate numerous degree options in two different divisions at Columbus State without clear guidance between divisions. 

Columbus State Education Association (CSEA) representatives Heather Johnston and Christine Creagh have helped to change this by meeting with Bree Frick, assistant professor in Psychology, and Melanie Adams, associate professor in Early Childhood Development and Education. The group addressed the lack of cross-divisional faculty interaction and addressed the uncertainty that exists about proposals for new program and certificate options, and how they fit into already extensive course offerings between divisions.

The meeting helped establish a continuous communication structure between faculty and advising through a new cross-divisional Education Advisory Committee. The Committee will create easy-to-use guides to help students select and complete the correct program and certificate options based on their particular career and educational objectives.


Join PONO for fall or spring semesters

logoPONO is a learning community that provides opportunities for students and employees to learn about different identities and experiences through an eight-week cohort experience. Applications are now being accepted for the autumn 2016 and spring 2017 PONO cohorts. Topics for the groups include race and ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, religion and faith, and more. This is a great chance to connect with and learn more about others at Columbus State. The autumn cohort begins September 16. Apply online here. For more information please contact Sarah Baker.


Disability Services Testing hours change for July 28 only

The Disability Services Testing Center will have limited hours on Thursday, July 28, due to the annual Columbus American’s with Disabilities Act Celebration.  Accommodated testing will only be available by appointment from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.  All other testing-related services such as student scheduling, instructor test drop-off and pick-up, will be available as usual from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Contact the DS Testing Center staff at ext. 5089 for more information.


Business cards now printed in campus Print Shop

Columbus State business cards can be ordered by completing this form on the Marketing and Communications website under Resources: Business Card Order Form.

The Columbus State Print Shop will be printing business cards in a cost-saving and time-saving switch from Office Max. Be careful not to use paper forms or old links to Office Max to order business cards in the future.   


Wellness workshops offered

College Recreation and Wellness will offer the following free one-hour workshops for students and employees on the Columbus Campus and Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center. Mark these dates on your calendar today:

Functional Circuit Training Workshop: Find out why functional training is essential for living a healthy life. You will see how easy it is to functionally train through the exercises we will introduce in this workshop, and get ideas to build your own training circuit.
Columbus Campus, Delaware Hall 158 - Wednesday, July 27, at 12:00 p.m.
Reynoldsburg RLC - Wednesday, August 10, at 12:00 p.m.

Self-Defense Workshop: This workshop is open to anyone to offer a perspective on environmental awareness as well as basic self-defense strategies and skills to empower and build confidence in your ability to stay safe. It is offered at the Reynoldsburg RLC beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20.


Empowerment Day needs volunteers

Columbus State will host Empowerment Day, Wednesday, July 27, and organizers need your help. The event provides Franklin County residents with information about job opportunities, education and training options, parenting resources and community programs. The event is free and open to the public. In 2015 more than 500 people attended Empowerment Day, and many more are expected to attend this year. Additional information can be found at

The event will be held in the Center for Workforce Development from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to volunteer at the event, visit The Hub to read more and register: You will receive a confirmation email with your time and volunteer area for the event. Additionally, there will be a brief volunteer meeting scheduled to ensure all volunteers are well prepared for the event. If you have questions, please contact Terrence Brooks at ext. 2815.


hr notes

Health Rewards briefing offered July 21

The next Health Rewards briefing session on Thursday, July 21, will introduce a new platform called “Rally” which can help you get healthier, one step at a time, with personalized health and wellness recommendations.  In this briefing, we will go through the new web portal and see the exciting changes for Health Rewards. The session will be held at 9:00 a.m. in WD 206.

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. 



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.