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November 7, 2016


Open house to target adult students

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Roughly half of Columbus State students are working adults, 24 to 40 years old. The college’s evening and online classes attract many working adults who are in the midst of raising a family. Because the process of enrolling in college can be intimidating for those who’ve been out of the classroom for years, Columbus State will offer an Adult Student Open House on Tuesday, November 15.

The event will offer hands-on assistance with the college application, financial aid, scholarships, and placement testing. It’s designed to expedite the process for adults with busy lives. Students will be able to enroll for spring semester, which begins January 17. The Open House will be held Nov. 15 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Student Central.


Employee Resource Groups need your vote

Columbus State’s Employee Resource Groups (ERG)  are “voluntary, employee-led groups that serve as a resource for members and organizations by fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organizational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives.” 

The college needs your input to move the ERG initiative from idea to action and here’s how you can help. Suggestions for ERGs were collected at information sessions in September. You are invited to vote for your choices using this online poll.

You may vote for more than one group.  Please note that only the top four most voted-for groups will be launched in the 2016/2017 academic year. Groups included in the poll are: African American; Employees with Disabilities; LGBTQ; Single Parents/Guardians; Women; and Young Professionals ERGs.

The top four groups will be announced at the end of this semester. For more information on Employee Resource Groups, or to share additional questions and comments, please contact Kimberly Brazwell at ext. 7226.


Supply Chain student accepted to export internship program

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China, France and Germany may be a world away from Columbus, but those countries had companies that were connections for a Columbus State student during a unique internship initiative in Ohio. The Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) was created to increase exports from the Buckeye state to other countries.

Jeffrey Tsai finished up his Columbus State degree in International Commerce under the Supply Chain Management Program by being accepted into ultra-competitive OEIP. His professor, Lee Blyth, helped mentor Tsai and provided a strong recommendation in the application process.

Combined with Tsai’s impressive grades and work ethic, he became the only community college student accepted into the program, working alongside MBA and bachelor degree-seeking students from other state universities.  Read the rest of the story here.


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Culinary students earn medals at competition

Columbus State chef apprentice students won top prizes at the recent American Culinary Federation, Columbus Chapter sanctioned Hot Food Competition held October 22 and 23 at La Chatelain. From left are Lindsay Veil, Silver Medal; Shawn Klingel, Bronze Medal; and Dustin Cannon, Silver Medal. Not pictured is Nate Zito, Bronze Medal.





Delaware Campus helps People in Need organization

The Delaware Campus community has begun its annual People In Need, Inc. (PIN) of Delaware County Food and Toy Drive, which started October 31 and will run through Thursday, December 8. 

The PIN organization provides new toys, clothing, gift certificates and food to Delaware County families with children and senior or disabled homebound residents.  In 2016, the annual community program will celebrate its 62nd anniversary of serving the residents of Delaware County. Its success is attributed to the hundreds of people who donate the food and gifts and volunteer their time each year to help those who are less fortunate.

Members of the Columbus State Delaware Campus community will collect food items, new toys and outerwear, as well as monetary donations, in Moeller Hall and the Administration Building.  Their goal is to collect 2,000 items this year. And for every $1.00 donated, PIN is able to purchase eight food items from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  Members of this year’s Drive Committee are Rick Bartlett, Ruey Bruce, Abu Farah, Marcia Holleman, Kristine Kinzer, Natalie Kopp, and Jennifer Schleppi.


Contingent travels to DC for technical education conference

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Danny Foor, Automotive Technology, speaks with conference attendees at the ATE Showcase.

Twenty Columbus State faculty and staff recently traveled to Washington, DC for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advanced Technical Education Principle Investigator’s Conference.

The Advanced Technical Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology and STEM fields that drive our nation's economy. There are currently five active projects funded at Columbus State, including modern manufacturing, logistics engineering technology, cybersecurity, alternative energy automotive, and construction management.

The annual conference provides an opportunity to share best practices and develop partnerships with like-minded schools, projects, and faculty. Each Columbus State project participated in a showcase session presenting their progress and achievements, as well as networking with potential partners from other colleges. The Grants Office presented a demonstration session on “Job Skills Analysis with Compression Planning” that was developed and refined through ATE projects. The presentation was led by Shane Kirby, director of the Grant’s Office, Gary Clark, assistant professor in Computer Science, and Scott Wegeng, supervisor of grant projects in the Business, Engineering, and Technology Division.

Also attending the conference were Jeff Spain, Dick Bickerstaff, Trevor Warfield, Anna Patterson, Nick Tice, Tara Sheffer, John Paul Vandermark, Jeremy Banta, Monique Carney, Larry McWherter, Steve Levin, Daniel Foor, John Sherwood, Kevin Rooney, Dean Bortz, and Margaret Owens.



Reminder: Library lecture on Chinese calligraphy is Thursday

Dr. SuiWah Chan will present a lecture "The Genesis of Chinese Writing," on Thursday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. In this lecture, the exhibit images and more will be used to lead the audience through the evolution of Chinese writing from its vibrant ancient roots to its continued and ever-adaptive form used today, 3,500 years later. For more information, please visit the Library website designed to support the lecture and exhibition at:





Health Rewards program briefings offered

The next Health Rewards briefing sessions will be offered Thursday, November 10, at 12:00 p.m., in WD 310, and Tuesday, November 15, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 206.

The briefings will introduce the new platform called “Rally” which can help you get healthier, one step at a time, with personalized health and wellness recommendations.  In this briefing, attendees will go through the new web portal at and see the changes for Health Rewards.

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.  You can also get technical assistance with Rally by calling 1(866)868-5484.

November issue of Wellness Online discusses diabetes

In the latest issue of United Healthcare’s newsletter Wellness Online, you will find several articles about living with diabetes.

Strengths workshop is Nov. 16

Win with Your Strengths will be held Wednesday, November 16, from 1:30-4:30 p.m.  This workshop is an introduction to strengths-based language and you’ll learn more about your own strengths and the strengths of others.  Prior to the class, you will take the online StrengthsFinder assessment and determine your top five Signature Strengths. Register here.

Hostmanship workshop is Nov. 18

Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome.  It is found in meetings where genuine hospitality is present, and has its origin in the person, the organization, or the place that has invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives.  Please join us on Friday, November 18, from, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in WD 305 for Introduction to Hostmanship: The Art of Serving Others.  Register here.


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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.

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