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June 16, 2016


High on Delaware

shot from above

Professional photographer Larry Hamill sent a drone high above the Delaware Campus for some unique video footage Monday.  A still photo from the shoot proves that Moeller Hall is out standing in its field!


First Wednesday to be held July 6

The July meeting of First Wednesday will be held July 6, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The meeting will also be live streamed where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.


Road construction continues, student parking lot reopens


As the major road reconstruction project on Grove Street and Jefferson Avenue continues on the east end of the Columbus Campus, some planned changes are beginning to occur. The first change happened this week. The 5-S lot for students reopened for parking. However, as of right now, it can only be accessed by entering from Cleveland Avenue at Grove Street (in yellow on the map below). The entrance off of Spring Street (in red) remains closed.

You will also note the preliminary closing dates for the sections in red and yellow. Those are approximate dates which were set when the project was announced. Those dates could change slightly. Once we have a firm date on when the red section (Jefferson Avenue at Spring Street) will reopen, and when the yellow section (Grove Street at Cleveland Avenue) will close, an advisory will be sent out to faculty, staff and students.

Keep in mind, the blue section in the middle will sometimes be reduced to just one lane throughout the summer as a sidewalk is added and repaving on the road surface begins.


Victim advocacy is available

Columbus State is proud to offer victim advocacy services to any student, faculty or staff member who has been the victim of a crime. The program is staffed with trained advocates who are designated by the office of the Dean of Student Life to provide victim services on campus. Columbus State Advocates provide non-confidential services, however, if confidential services are needed, the college has licensed counselors on staff who are able to provide those services to students. Fulltime faculty and staff can access the College’s Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) through Matrix. 

Columbus State advocates can provide a number of types of services. These include:

  • Providing information on reporting procedures to both on- and off-campus departments and agencies;
  • Providing information on Columbus State educational support resources;
  • Providing information on victim resources available on and off campus;
  • Processing reactions to the crime and listening to feelings and concerns;
  • Addressing specific issues related to personal safety on and off campus
  • Attending appointments or hearing meetings with the victim; and
  • Contacting others on behalf of the victim with their permission.

An advocate may be contacted through the victim advocate hotline (614)287-5979 or by contacting Columbus State Police. You may also contact an advocate by emailing


‘National Week of Making’ Library events to be held

The White House has announced it will celebrate a “National Week of Making” June 17-23. As part of this celebration, the Columbus State Library and Delaware Campus Learning Center (will offer a number of fun and interactive workshops for students, including:

Make Great Looking Designs with CanvaTues., June 21, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Delaware Campus MO 241
Learn how to use Canva, a free online program, to create eye-catching designs for handouts and class presentations.

Make Dynamic Resumes with WixTues., June 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Delaware Campus MO 241
Transform your paper resume into a standout online resume with Wix, a free website builder.

Make 3D-Printed Name Tag - Wednesday, June 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Library Multimedia Lab
Learn about 3D printing and use Tinkercad, a free 3D design program, to create your own nametag, which will be printed by the 3D printer.

Make Cool MagnetsWed., June 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Delaware Campus Learning Center
Create adorable magnets with glass pebbles and recycled magazines.

Make 3D-Printed Name Tag - Thursday, June 23, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Delaware Campus MO 245, Learn about 3D printing and use Tinkercad, a free 3D design program, to create your own nametag, which will be printed by the Learning Center’s 3D printer. Name tags can be picked up at the Learning Center (MO 149) when ready.

In addition to workshops, there will be iPad kiosks located on the Library’s second floor and at the Delaware Campus Learning Center equipped with 3D modeling software available for use throughout the week. Students will not be able to print items created at these kiosks but are welcome to explore the software, use tutorials, and save their created files.



AT&T ‘Virtual Reality Tour’ about texting and driving offered

It can be hard for anyone, whether teen or adult, to resist the urge to respond quickly to a text. An AT&T Commuter Survey showed that nearly half of adult commuters admitted to texting while driving despite knowing the risks. That’s why AT&T is bringing the “It Can Wait” message to the Columbus Campus on Tuesday, June 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard. This 3-D simulator experience allows you to safely experience the dangers of texting behind the wheel. Come learn about the dangers of texting while driving and take the pledge to never text behind the wheel. All students, staff, faculty, and visitors are welcome! Read more on the Hub.


Employment Expo volunteers needed

Columbus State will host Employment Expo 2016 on Wednesday, June 22, and volunteers are needed. The event will be held in the Center for Workforce Development from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the first floor. Volunteers are needed for one-hour shifts in parking, registration, and event support. Please indicate your preference and availability on the form available on the Hub. You will receive a confirmation email with the time and volunteer area for the event.



Service Award listings now available

Employee listings have been posted on the Intranet for those who have reached service anniversaries with the college as of December 31, 2015. The awards lists are posted on the Intranet, which requires you to log in to access. If you have reached an anniversary of five, ten, 15 years, etc., please check the list to confirm the spelling of your name, and accuracy of the lists. Contact with any corrections or questions.

Wondering about FY2017 holidays?

The following is a list of approved holiday closures for the FY 2017 calendar at Columbus State: Monday, July 4, 2016 - Independence Day
Monday, September 5, 2016 - Labor Day
Friday, November 11, 2016 - Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - Columbus Day observed
November 24 – 27, 2016 – Thanksgiving holiday
Monday, December 26, 2016 - Christmas Day observed
December 27-31, 2016 - Winter Break
Monday, January 2, 2017 - New Year’s Day observed
Monday, January 16, 2017  - Martin Luther King Day
Friday, February 17, 2017 - President’s Day observed
Sunday, April 16, 2017 - Easter
Monday, May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day

Two summer discussion series on book and videos offered

The “Small Teaching Book Club” is a series of discussions based on chapters of the book Small Teaching by James Lang. Lang, who is the keynote speaker at the Faculty Idea Exchange taking place Friday, explains small but effective ways to integrate lessons from research on learning into classroom practice. Book Club discussions take place Fridays at 1:00 p.m. on June 24, July 8-29, and Thursday, August 4.  Read about the schedule of chapters and register. Contact Rich James for more information.

The “Magna Mentor Video Discussion Series” is based on videos in the Magna 20-Minute Mentor Commons, an on-demand digital library of targeted faculty development that offers solutions to common classroom challenges. Several videos have been selected for discussions on Wednesdays at 11:45 a.m. on June 29, July 6-27, and August 3. Topics include student feedback, learning and memory, analogies, student responsibility, growth mindset, and meaningful assignments. Read more and register. These and dozens of other videos can be viewed on your own. Contact Rich James for an access key to create your account.

‘Understanding Conflict’ offered Monday

Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment. In the workshop “Understanding Conflict,” we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas Kilman Conflict module to understand our own go-to style, and explore healthy resolution strategies. The class is offered Monday, June 20, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Please register today.




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