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March 24, 2016


Employee donors ‘heart’ of Foundation’s work

As a member of the Columbus State family, you understand the many challenges faced by our students. By contributing to the annual Employee Giving Campaign, which runs now through May 1, you can take your work to another level and make a difference in the life of a deserving student.

Earlier this month, the Foundation recognized employee donors at a breakfast reception, where Sr. Vice President Terri Gehr shared her personal reasons for donating. 

Employees are the heart of college, and the efforts of our faculty and staff shape the lives of students, ensure the vitality of the college, and strengthen our community.

The Employee Giving Campaign is an opportunity for the Foundation to engage employees in the philanthropic work of the college. Foundation staff will soon be making visits to department staff meetings and to regional campuses to educate employees on how to participate, and talk about the impact their gifts are having on our students.

Employee Giving brochures and donor forms will be distributed to you through interoffice mail, and gifts can also be made online. Or enroll in payroll deduction—the easiest,  most convenient  way to make an impactful gift.

Remember, all gifts to the Columbus State Foundation are tax deductible, and all employee donors this year will be entered to win one of two special reserved parking spots during Autumn Semester 2016!

If you have questions about the 2016 Employee Giving Campaign or would like a presentation made to your department, contact Jesse Jones at ext. 5101.


Affordable Care Act 1095-C forms issued

Employees and family members will be receiving some forms in the upcoming week in connection with 2015 taxes. This document will provide proof of insurance, so that you can avoid paying any individual mandated penalties as a result of health care reform and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Since Columbus State’s medical plan is self-funded, you will receive form 1095-C. You will receive this form in one of two instances (in either case the form will come from the employer or the vendor that is responsible for providing the information):

  • You or a family member were a “fulltime employee” (as defined by the ACA) at any time during the year
  • You or a family member obtained your health insurance coverage from a large employer through a self-funded health plan

For questions or concerns that you may have regarding the information on the forms, you can visit for reporting codes and additional explanation regarding the forms.  

In the future, the 1095-C forms will be issued within the same time frame as your W-2, or no later than February 1.  However, this year, the IRS extended the deadline for reporting entities to issue the forms for the 2015 tax year to March 31, 2016.


Call for In-Service Day materials

Do you have materials or information you want included for In-Service Day 2016? The In-Service Day Committee will produce a single booklet that includes all printed materials. Please send your flyers, ads, artwork, etc. to In-Service Project Manager Drew Clausen no later than 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 28, for inclusion in the booklet.


Deadline extended for Quality Improvement Team Competition

The Columbus State Team Awards recognize groups that have had the most impact on the continuous improvement on the College and the students by incorporating the values and strategic goals set forth by the Board of Trustees. The awards will be made at the Quality Awards ceremony in June, and include cash awards for up to three winning teams.

Teams must include at least three members who can be faculty, staff or administrators. The application is online here. The deadline for completed applications has been extended to Friday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Human Resources to the attention of Carmelita Boyer.


Distinguished Teaching finalists announced

Congratulations to the following faculty who have been selected as finalists for this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award:
Melanie Adams, Early Childhood Development
Katie Boyd, Mathematics
Nicole Brandt, Psychology
Ron Elizaga, Psychology
Daniel Foor, Automotive Technology
Amy Hatfield, Mathematics
Jonathan Kreger, Political Science
Indra Sindhu, Biological and Physical Sciences
Heather Thompson-Gillis, English
Dawnne Wise, Biological and Physical Sciences

Faculty are nominated for the award by their students and colleagues. Nominees can submit teaching philosophy statements from which up to 25 semi-finalists are selected to submit portfolios. Following portfolio review, up to ten finalists are selected for classroom observation. Four winners will be announced at the Quality and Team Awards Ceremony in June. See the DTA page for more information.


logoBlood Drive is today

The Red Cross is holding a blood drive at Columbus State today, March 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall Student Lounge.  Walk-ins or appointments welcome! Give the gift of life and donate blood!


Service-Learning course proposals due March 28

All Columbus State faculty are encouraged to submit a Service-Learning (S-L) course proposal and join the growing number of faculty to receive an S-Designation on their course. Course proposals for this semester will be accepted through Monday, March 28. There are numerous “S” faculty and S-L committee members that are available to help you with the course proposal if you have questions. A list of committee members can be found online here.

Since autumn of 2014, more than 2,200 students have provided more than 17,500 service hours to 28 different community partners at over 70 different locations in S-L classes. Join this important work by submitting your course proposal! To obtain a Course Proposal form, please email


Autism Spectrum strategies series offered

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Strategies in Action, Autism Certification Series is an innovative, online video training program for those who interact with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The series provides practical information and skills, demonstrated with real-life examples, filmed in a variety of settings. ASD Strategies in Action fills critical gaps in the need for more trained service providers to meet a growing demand and the need for more consistent, broad-based community support for parents and families.  The series is free and can be found online here:


‘Restored Citizens’ team seeks volunteers

The Restored Citizen’s Host Team is looking for a few good community members to help out. This summer the team will host three major events focused on Restored Citizens: The Employment Expo on Wednesday, June 22; Empowerment Day, July 27; and the Restored Citizen's Summit, August 11.

If you are interested in joining us in making these events a collective success, please complete the registration form and plan to attend an interest meeting on Thursday, April 14, in WD 1094 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact Terrence Brooks for more information, at ext. 2815.


Nominate student employees for award

The 6th Annual Student Employee of the Year Reception will be held Friday, April 22, and you are invited to nominate a student employee that exceeds expectations and makes a difference on campus and in the community. All nominated student employees and their supervisors and/or nominators will be invited to the April 22 event to celebrate great student work! Send your nominations to: including the student’s name, your name, the department name, and a brief explanation of the student employee’s work.


Student Life announces Student Leadership and Service Awards

The Columbus State Office of Student Life is seeking nominations for outstanding achievement in co-curricular experiences. This is an opportunity for the Columbus State campus community to recognize the achievements of students, their organizations, and their club advisors. Award categories are:

Student Club of the Year
New Club of the Year
Event of the Year
Club President of the Year
Club Advisor(s) of the Year
Student Leadership and Service Legacy Award
Woman of the Year Award
Man of the Year Award
Take the Lead: Certificate Program and Serve Our Community Honor Roll

To be eligible for awards, students must be enrolled in the current semester, and be in good academic standing. Nominated clubs must be currently active, and recognized as three- or four-star clubs.

All nominations must be completed and returned to Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) by Monday, April 11. Nominees and nominators from each category will be invited to the awards ceremony and dessert reception on Friday, April 29, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. Submit Your Nominations Here



College Knowledge features Marketing Department

Join your colleagues to learn about the Marketing and Communications Department at the next College Knowledge session, Friday, March 25, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in WD 407. Creative Director Lisa Farina will detail the responsibilities of the department and give the inside scoop on how the team creates the work that builds Columbus State’s reputation and enrollment. Please register in advance and join us in WD 407 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

You can also register for upcoming College Knowledge programs including:

Information Technology - April 29
General Counsel: Human Resources, Police Department, Legal and Board Relations -May 27
Business and Administrative Services - June 24

For more information, contact Barbara Allen at ext. 5297.


Team Competitions open for Cougar Challenge 5K

logoThe Cougar Challenge 5K run/walk will be held Saturday, May 7, at the lower McCorkle Park in Gahanna. The Wellness Initiative has two different team challenges, open to full- and part-time employees: the Run/Walk Team Challenge, and the Department Participation Competition.

Walking Teams - A walking team can have four to six members. Choose a team captain, submit your team name, and all walking teams will be entered into a drawing for a team prize after the event.

Running Teams - Running teams can also have four to six members. Choose a team captain and submit each member’s predicted finish time. The team that is closest to their overall predicted finish time wins a prize.

The deadline to register teams for this competition is May 2, 2016. Submit your team name, captain and members to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, ext. 3989.

The Department Participation Competition - This competition has two different categories: departments with fulltime employees, and departments with both full- and part-time employees.

The Wellness Initiative will recognize the department with the highest percentage of employee participation, which includes walkers, runners, as well as volunteers! Participating departments should name a team captain who will make a list of all department employees, marking all who participated, and in what way. The list should then be submitted to Nichole Bowman-Glover, by Wednesday, May 13. When the participation is verified, a department will be recognized as the winner!

Registration for the Cougar Challenge 5K can be found online here!


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.