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October 13, 2016


Ambassadors on the move

ambassador photo

Student Ambassadors Brooklyn Grace, Raymond Ning, and Maimuna Jarju walk to a meeting on a recent beautiful fall day. The crisp, cool weather patterns will soon turn our campus from summer’s green, to autumn’s red, orange and gold!


Foundation execs present CASE session

Pam and Julie at conference

Pam Bishop, Executive Director of the Columbus State Foundation, and Julie Barry, Major Gifts officer, recently presented a session at the Council for Advancement and the Support of Education (CASE) Conference for advancement professionals.  Their topic was “A Template for a Foundation Turnaround,” detailing the three-year plan that the Foundation developed in 2013. The plan engaged our College and Board leadership in fundraising, aligned fundraising with the strategic priorities of Columbus State, elevated awareness of the Foundation on and off campus, and diversified revenue to ensure a sustainable business model while investing in the greatest needs of our students. Bishop and Barry encouraged attendees to follow their template in their own efforts to boost Foundation effectiveness. 




Feedback form now available for Director II candidate

A form is online for those who wish to give feedback on the candidate for Director II, Advising and Student Support, Dr. Diana Ridgwell. You can find it online here. Please give your feedback by Monday, October 17.


Attend a session on ‘Power Blackboarding’ Oct. 28

Mary Reiter, professor in Social Sciences, will present a session titled Power Blackboarding, Friday, October 28, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in CT 1080. The session is intended for participants with some Blackboard experience, and is a step beyond the traditional use.  The seminar will cover ways to make your Blackboard more efficient, faster and prettier—with some very light HTML coding. The session will have an interactive structure, and participants will be invited to share their own tips. There will also be demonstrations of free online tools and sites that can make your Blackboard even better!  Register here:


Inaugural ‘East Meets West’ symposium successful

The Humanities Department hosted the inaugural “When East Meets West” symposium September 30, with attendees from several local high schools, College Credit Plus teachers, faculty and staff from the College, and from OSU, Dennison, Kent State, University of Toledo and Ohio Wesleyan. “We were especially pleased to have the high school teachers participate in the symposium,” said Jennifer Nardone, associate professor in Humanities. “Seventeen teachers earned 7.50 hours of CEU credits for attending, something we want to expand for future symposia.”

The symposium focused on great thinkers in ancient civilizations, with a particular focus on the role of the citizen and in the state. The morning session included Dr. Christopher Brown, lecturer in the OSU Classics department who focused on Socrates, followed by Dr. Patricia Sieber, associate professor in the OSU East Asian Language and Literature department, who spoke about Confucius. The afternoon session featured Dr. Don Lateiner, professor emeritus of Classics at Ohio Wesleyan University speaking about Herodotus, and Dr. Shao-yun Yang, assistant professor of History at Dennison University, who spoke about Sima Qian. An engaging discussion session with the symposium participants followed both sessions.

During the lunch hour, The Honorable Kathleen Clyde from the Ohio House of Representatives, spoke about voting rights of incarcerated individuals. “We were very lucky to have Representative Clyde speak at the symposium,” said Sandy Drakatos, professor of Humanities. “She made important connections for us between current issues regarding citizenships rights and the main focus on classical political philosophy.”

The Humanities department plans to host a symposium every fall with a different specific focus within the When East Meets West theme. The symposia serve as an excellent professional development opportunity for CC+ and high school teachers in the region, and all are welcome to attend. Information about the 2017 event will be available spring semester.


Achievement analytics training offered at Delaware Campus

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will offer three Achievement Analytics training sessions at the Delaware Campus on Friday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Achievement Analytics website was designed for transparent delivery of valuable, decision-making information to the staff, faculty and administrators who need it. These sessions will introduce Achievement Analytics as a self-service tool, with data related to student success at Columbus State from the time a student applies, right through to their graduation. For more information, or to register, please visit the Institutional Effectiveness page in Employee Training.  For more information, contact Alicia Croft



Changes coming to campus foodservice


An artist’s rendering of the Sips at Davidson (Hall) coffee kiosk.

Attend a Food Services Information Session, Friday, October 28, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio, to find out more about some changes to food venues coming soon. You’ll hear  about the new “Sips at Davidson” coffee kiosk, and the new Subway restaurant planned for the Bookstore, along with new conceptual drawings of the renovation being planned for the Union Hall Food Court. Beverages and snacks will be served, of course!

Bookstore to close for inventory

The Columbus State Bookstore will be closed on Friday, October 28, for the annual autumn inventory. 


Social and Human Services offers opiate addiction training

As a part of the John S. Riley II Memorial Training Series, the Social and Human Services Program will host a session detailing the treatment resources available for individuals who have an opiate addiction.  All proceeds support the John S. Riley, II Memorial Scholarship Fund at Columbus State. The fund supports students who have been touched by addiction and desire to work in the human services profession.

The event will be held Friday, October 21, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD. The cost is $40 for professionals in the human services field, and $10 for students and other interested employees. Three CEUs will be awarded. Registration can be completed on the


News from the Discovery District


BalletMet is back at it this month with Night and Day: a Short Collection of Ballets ranging from classical Balanchine, to a modern take on the twilight flight patterns of starlings, to the high-energy dances from Western Africa. There is something to amaze and inspire everyone in this work. For more, go online here.

Thurber House is excited to bring back Jodi Picoult, author of My Sister’s Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, and dozens more, for a special luncheon on Monday, October 24. She will have a conversation with acclaimed author Katrina Kittle during which they will discuss her latest book, Small Great Things. For more information or to buy tickets, go online here. 

There’s no rest for readers! Thurber House brings author Glen Weldon and his loved of the Caped Crusader to the Columbus Museum of Art on Wednesday, October 26, for the next installment of Evenings with Authors. Weldon is the author of The Caped Crusader: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture and can’t wait to talk about his witty and insightful book about Batman’s 78-year history and why it resonates so much with us. For more information go here.




October Matrix Monitor online now

In the October issue of the Matrix Monitor, you will find an article about how talking politics at work can cause undue stress, and lots more.  Read it here.

Flu shots to be given October 19, 20

The College will offer free flu shots to all fulltime employees on Wednesday, October 19, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in WD 205. You can register for an appointment here:

Flu shots will be given at the Delaware Campus on Thursday, October 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Administration Building room 134. You can register for your appointment here:
If you have additional questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.

Mentor Commons video features low-stakes grading


This week’s Mentor Commons video is “How Can I Use Low-stakes Quizzing to Enhance Learning?” A frequent, low-stakes (FLS) grading strategy, when used correctly, can decrease your workload while increasing student motivation and confidence.  As an added benefit, it helps ensure students arrive to class prepared and ready to learn. The idea behind FLS is simple: you give many grades with lower weights.  Learn how this technique can benefit your classroom in this 20-Minute Mentor video.

Go here to read the instructions on how to create your own account and use the College’s Authorization Code (CSCC257RJ) to enable access to the video.

To discuss the video with others, go to Yammer and find the discussion thread for the current video. Read about how to access Yammer through Office 365. Questions? Contact Rich James. 


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.