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May 16, 2016


Pride and Processional

carrying the banners

Rick Miller, instructor in Humanities, leads the faculty and administration into the Celeste Center for the Spring 2016 Commencement May 13.The honor of leading the procession is given to the current year’s Distinguished Teaching Award winners. Leading the second line is Melissa Logue, associate professor of Modern Languages, who is behind the banner!


Campus road renovation begins today

Beginning today and continuing through the end of August, portions of Grove Street and Jefferson Avenue will be closed for at least one month at a time. Here’s what you can expect. (Dates are approximate and detours will be posted on campus.)

May 16 – June 16: Jefferson Avenue (in red) will be closed.

June 17 – August 27: Grove Street (in yellow) will be closed

May 16 – August 27: The middle section (in blue) connecting Grove Street and Jefferson Avenue will remain open during the entire construction period. However, it will be reduced to one lane with a flagger on each end allowing a few cars to pass through at a time.


The construction project is designed to allow access to all parking lots in some form or fashion. However, depending on the lot, you may have to use a more roundabout way to get there. Parking tip: If you want to avoid delays, consider using the big parking lots (11-S and 12-S) in front of campus, or the parking garage.





Rhyan to present at foster care conference

Kimberly Rhyan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership, will co-present a session at the 23rd Annual National Foster Care Conference, May 27 in Orlando. The conference explores best practices and innovations in foster care and adoption.  

The session, titled “Building a Pipeline for Education-Fostering Success through Strategic Priorities, Planning and Partnerships,” will be co-presented with William Murray IV, from Ohio Reach, and Mindy Hughes, from Job and Family Services. Participants will learn about the progress that has taken place in foster care in Ohio over the past few years, including the development of positive relationships between colleges and state agencies to support former foster youths’ success in college.


First Wednesday to be held June 1

The First Wednesday meeting for June will be held on June 1, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The meeting will be live streamed for those not able to attend in person. You will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.


Reminder: Open Enrollment session to be held May 18

An Open Enrollment meeting for full-time, benefit-eligible employees will be held Wednesday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m. in WD 409.

The Open Enrollment period ends on May 31, and all changes to your benefit elections must be received in Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. Any changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective on July 1, 2016.

Should you have questions or concerns, most information and forms can be accessed on the website: or contact Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.


Student Leadership Awards recognize individuals, groups

The Student Leadership and Service Awards, held April 29, recognized outstanding students, student organizations, and members of the campus community who significantly contributed to campus life at Columbus State in the past academic year. The recipients of the awards are the true embodiment of Columbus State’s values. The actions, dedication, compassion and resourcefulness of these distinguished students and organizations are not only commendable, but also inspirational. For the first time, departments across the college came together to host awards in the following categories:

Leadership Certificate Program and Serve Our Community Honor Roll
Rebecca Anderson (Gold), Michael Jarrett (Silver), Tamra Kennedy (Gold), Robert J. Newton (Gold), and MacRester Zacarias (Gold).

Student Ambassador Program

Student Ambassador Coordinators Alexis Burgett, Cecelia Glackin-Hunt, and Aayushi Shah
Student Support Coordinator Genesis Butler

Alternative Spring Break Participants
Aissatou Bah, Aissatou Balde, Kejdi Cenko, Shrushti Desai, Jibril Goodwin, Taylor Grindle, Jose Nieves- Diaz, Aayushi Shah, Sadik Sidow, Sultan Umar, and Leanghour Ly.

Clubs and Organizations - Three Star Clubs: African Descendants Union, Asian Student Association, Cougars for the Community, Model United Nations, and Phi Theta Kappa.

Four Star Clubs: Honors Student Advisory Council, STEM Association, Student Nurses Association, Student Paralegal Association, and Student American Dental Hygienist Association.

2016 Club of the Year: Student Paralegal Association
2016 Event of the Year: Model U.N. and Cougars for the Community, “Flint Water Drive”
2016 New Club of the Year: Robotics Club
2016 Club President of the Year: Tamra Kennedy
2016 Club Advisor of the Year: Catherine Ritterbusch

Outstanding Woman Leader Awards: Aissatou Bah, Cecelia Glackin-Hunt, Sarah-Jane Moen, Sabrina Niezgoda, Autumn Spitler, and Alexis Wilson.

Man of the Year Awards: Taylor Grindle, Kareem Harris, Gerald Jones, Shandon Mitchell, and Kenneth Thomas.

Diversity Peer Educators: Seniqua Carter, Taylor Davis, Chloe Faure, Umulkheyr Hassan
Shandon Mitchell, Neeharika Pesala, Hajar Saksaka, and Autumn Spitler.

Student Athletes: Abdi Bashir – Men’s Cross Country, Dominic Caminiti – Men’s Golf, Keyvona Davis – Women’s Basketball, Grant Dierksheide – Men’s Basketball, Rafaella Gioffre – Women’s Volleyball/Cheerleading, Kelsey Kremer – Women’s Cross Country, Champagne Moss –  Cheerleading, Brooke Pothast – Women’s Basketball, Sean Pusey - Women’s Golf, Hannah Wallace – Women’s Volleyball,  and Nic Williams – Men’s Basketball.

Cougar Crew: Brandon Bowe, Anje Cupani, Marcus Deloney, Neena Dumas, Angel Fernandes
Hannah Hayes, Angela Justice, Yomarlin Lizardo, Allison Medina, Autumn Spitler, Sherron Stevens, and Kamara Willoughby.

Student Representatives to the Student Conduct Hearing Board: Mary Costello, Cynthia Engmann, Chloe Faure, Paul Kendrick, Hajar Saksaka, Aayushi Shah, and Theodore Shirk.

Peer Advocates: Heidi Anderson, Aissatou Bah, Karen Castro, Afia Chrappah, Neena Dumas
Angela Justice, Rezvan Ngalla, Angela Justice, Hannah Steele, and Brandilyn Szpila.

Service-Learning Student Recognition: Codie Bowen, Robert Dodson, Joy Jackson, Erica Johnson, Ana McPeek, Sara-Jane Moen, Samantha Patuto, Shari Smith, Karen Unver, and
Mengling Yu.

Columbus State Leadership Society
Aissatou Bah, Michael Chen, Angeline Fernandes, Mandy Harris, Michael Jarrett, Stacey Little, Robert Newton, Jose Nieves-Diaz, and Carolina Reinoso.
Mentorship Program: Keyla Ayala, Chloe Faure, Taylor Grindle, and Neeharika Pesala. Advanced Experience: Mandy Harris, Angeline Fernandes, Stacey Little, Aissatou Bah, Aayushi Shah, Taylor Grindle, Michael Jarret, Robert Newton, William Cisneros, and Daniel Woodley.

Student Leadership and Service Legacy Awards: Christopher Bloomfield, Afia Chrappah, and
Jessica Eberly.



Important fiscal year end dates and deadlines

Friday, May 20 - Last day to submit technology requests for software and hardware to IT at, and last day to submit orders for custom products at the Bookstore for end-of-year delivery.

Wednesday, June 8 - Last day to create requisitions for FY 2016 budget.

Friday, June 10 - Last day to place orders with vendors. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member and Darrin Albaugh, Purchasing supervisor.

Friday, June 24 - Last day to place office supply orders with OfficeMax from FY 2016 budget.

Friday, June 30 - Date by which all goods and services must be received on campus in order to be charged to FY 2016 budget.

Friday, June 30 - Last day to complete and submit Bookstore requisitions for stock items in the Bookstore.

Friday, July 29 - Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid out of the FY 2016 budget.  Invoices received after July 31 will be charged to the FY 2017 budget.



Manager’s Forum scheduled for May 20

The May Managers Forum will be held on Friday, May 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in WD 435C. Deborah Robinson and Monessa Bradford from Benefits and Compensation will present information about open enrollment and changes to benefits.  Please register now at:

Also, please mark your calendars now to attend the monthly manager’s forums for the rest of the year. For the most part, the meetings will be held on the third Friday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Topics for upcoming meetings include: June 17 – Generational Differences in the Workplace, and July 15 – Mental Illness in the Workplace.


Columbus State congratulates the following promotions and new hires:

April 1 - Bobby Osborne, Instructional Designer 1 in Instructional Design and Innovation
May 2 - Donna Keely, Supervisor in Placement Testing  
May 16 - Lori Billenstein, Director in TRiO and Special Projects
May 16 - Bradyn Dronsfield, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities
May 16 - Michael Wise, Groundskeeper 1 in Facilities              


Specialist in Facilities Design and Construction – Requisition No. 959
Medical Imaging Clinical Coordinator- Radiography – Requisition No. 965
Police Sergeant - Police Department – Requisition No. 967
Functional Analyst –Enrollment Management and Student Services – Requisition No. 968
Program Coordinator, Recruitment and Outreach - Special Populations – Requisition No. 969
Supervisor- Library – Requisition No. 980


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