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May 26, 2016



Construction underway on Jefferson Ave. at Spring St.


Heavy equipment is on site and pavement is being removed on the southeast side of campus on Jefferson Avenue, as the campus roadway renovation project begins. It is extremely dangerous to try to drive through this area by circumventing the barricades, so campus police will be monitoring the construction area throughout the day, especially when students return on May 31. For a map with detailed construction closures—which continue all summer—check out this link:

NOTE: Because it is not possible to exit campus onto Spring Street or go south on Cleveland Avenue while this portion of the construction is underway, it is suggested that  those who need to do so, park temporarily in either the parking garage, or in lots bordering Spring Street. 



First Wednesday to be held June 1

First Wednesday will be held Wednesday, June 1, at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, and as always, will be livestreamed here: You will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


2:00 p.m.
Michael Babb

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10:00 a.m. -
Adam Frumkin

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Candidate Forums to be held June 7

Open forums to meet the candidates for vice president of Information Technology will be offered on Tuesday, June 7, in WD 407.

Note: Candidate forums for the vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Services are being scheduled for the week of June 13.  More information will be announced soon.




Correction: ‘Employment Day’ to be held June 22

The Office of Student Conduct will co-sponsor 2016 Employment Day, Wednesday, June 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The event was incorrectly listed as “Empowerment Day,” which is a different event to be held on July 27.

Employment Day offers community resources, child support assistance, legal guidance and a job fair with some employers hiring on the spot. The event is free and open to the public. Students are invited to attend dressed for interviews and with copies of their resume. Registration for the event and a list of attending employers and resources are on The Hub here: 

More information about Employment Day is available from the Office of Student Conduct, at ext. 2104.


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Cummings presents and writes on customer service

The month of May has been a busy one for Vanessa Cummings, supervisor of Facilities Access. She recently returned from the International Parking Institute’s (IPI) Annual Conference in Nashville where she presented on May 18. Her one-hour program was “Teamwork and Getting the Job Done: Know What Makes Your Team Tick.” She also served as a presenter for “Bringing the BEAST to Customer Service.” In addition, Cummings wrote an article, “Hiring the Right People,” that was published in the May issue of The Parking Professional, a trade publication for the parking industry. Cummings serves on an advisory council and two committees for the IPI.



The University Transfer Database – Your feedback is needed

As part of the Title III - Strengthening Institutions grant, the college created a University Transfer and Articulation Database.  This summer, Title III staff will work to improve and update the database, based on thoughts, feedback, and suggestions from the college community.   

A survey has been created to gather input and feedback from Columbus State advisors, staff, faculty and college leadership. The survey should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete. Please let us know what we can to do to improve this important tool.  And please pass it along to your teams. Their input is so appreciated. The survey is online here:


Building Bridges bilingually

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Columbus State students Sabrina Niezgoda, far left, and Yomarlin Lizardo, back, pose with students from the Columbus Bilingual Academy North and West campuses, who visited Columbus State recently to celebrate the completion of the 2015-2016 Building Bridges program. Building Bridges is an outreach seminar series on Latin American cultures offered by Dr. Raquel Pina, instructor in Modern Languages. During their visit the students heard from President Harrison, participated in a certificate award ceremony, attended faculty and staff-led presentations, and had lunch with Clawdette Cougar.



News from the Discovery District

To celebrate the start of summer, the Discovery District has created a list of ongoing or season-long summer events.  

The Discovery Beach sand volleyball court is officially open. For more information,

Thurber House’sannual summer Literary Picnics are back in full force.There is an author for everyone this summer, so check out the lineup and get your tickets today: 

Topiary Park is open for a night under the stars and a movie on the screen. Check out their summer movie lineup:


Pablo Picasso, Harlequin Musician, 1924

 Columbus Museum of Art has Picasso starting June 10: Don’t miss their ongoing summer programs too, including Yoga with Replenish: the spa co-op every Thursday from 6:00-7:30 p.m.; Think Like an Artist Thursdays:; Wednesdays @2 once a month:; and don’t forget Free Sundays!

Columbus Main Library is almost open for business. Don’t miss all of their Grand Opening festivities, sign-up for the Summer Reading Club (adults have one too!), check out your local branch programs, and stay involved this summer:

Don’t forget all of our great local eateries, shops, and museums this summer:The Hills Market (, Replenish: the spa co-op(, Roosevelt Coffeehouse (, and Kelton House(

And finally, grab a CoGo Bike (, pack your picnic blanket, local District map and head out! There are 1,000 things to do!



‘College Knowledge’ session is tomorrow!

The next College Knowledge session highlights the General Counsel Division, which includes Human Resources, the Police Department, and Legal and Board Relations. Featured topics will include the Legal Request Intake Form for requesting legal consultation and review, opportunities for active shooter and emergency preparedness training through the Police Department, and CREST, the annual training initiative on topics such as Title IX, FERPA and anti-harassment.  Join us this Friday, May 27, from 9:00 to 10:30am in WD 402.Please register in advance.  

For more information contact Barbara Allen, program coordinator in Professional Development and Retention, ext. 5297.


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.