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October 27, 2016


Courageous Conversations continue with new format

When Columbus State unveiled its year-long Courageous Conversations series last year, it brought community-wide discussions to one table. Over the course of eight months, residents of many ethnicities sought to understand one another on how race impacts issues such as law enforcement, health care and education.

The discussion expanded this year with a new event: “A Courageous Conversation in Action.”

Held last week, it featured Richard “Duarte” Brown and Donte Woods-Spikes. Brown is a local artist, community leader and former Columbus State student who uses his artistic talents to help young people in the city. Woods-Spikes is a Columbus State student who is immersed in social work in his eastside city neighborhood. President Harrison served as moderator.

Portions of this powerful conversation are included in this video overview.


HVAC students ‘Heat the Town’

student group photo

Getting ready to Heat the Town last weekend are, from left: Students Roger Sunday, Sean Lee, Taylen Brown, Assistant Professor William Highley, student Jose Vargas-Espinoza, faculty member Arnold “Wes” Shinn, and students Stephen Chapman, Raymond Chammas, Zach Murphy, David Epps, Ethan Johnson, Jesse Howard II, Stacy Gibson, Johnathon Hastings, and Russell Garrod.

Thirteen Columbus State HVAC students and two of their instructors participated in the annual charity event, “Heat the Town,” October 22. The event is sponsored by the Air Conditioning Contractors of Central Ohio and the Breathing Association of Central Ohio.

During the event, local heating contractors, wholesale supply houses, and more than 60 HVAC technicians and students helped 180 low-income families, veterans, and senior citizens with their homes furnace systems, making sure they have safe reliable heat for the coming winter.

It’s the fifth year in a row that Columbus State’s HVAC students have participated in Heat the Town, where they are able to help the community, receive valuable field experience, and network with industry professionals.


Veterans Day celebration planned for Nov. 9

Join Columbus State’s Military and Veterans Services to recognize our past and present service members of the U.S. Armed Forces on Wednesday, November 9, at 12:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus, in the central courtyard. The rain location will be in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.

The guest speaker will be Chancellor John Carey, Ohio Department of Higher Education. After the ceremony, a lunch will be provided for students and employees who have served in the Armed Forces.  Please RSVP here and be sure to include your Cougar ID. Tickets are limited. As a reminder, the college is closed in observance of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11.

Other Veterans Day activities include a “Boots to Business” training event for veterans on Thursday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center.  A Veterans Resource Fair will be held Monday, November 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Delaware Hall.  The VA Mobile Healthcare Outreach vehicle will on hand, as well as other VA support organizations. 



Anderson-Casey featured in alumni publication

Lynda Anderson-Casey was recently featured in her alma mater Arizona State University’s alumni publication, talking about her career and the benefits she realized from earning her Master of Legal Studies from the Sandra Day O’Conner School of Law at ASU.





Children's book donations needed

The Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio, to be held November 4 and 5 at Columbus State, will include a community service project and book drive. This year, the student project supports the Ohio chapter of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Reach Out and Read program. The program prepares Central Ohio’s youngest children to succeed in school by collaborating with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. On a national level, Reach Out and Read serves nearly 4.5 million children and their families annually.Please donate new or gently used children's books by dropping them off at the SEaL Department in Nestor Hall 116 by Friday, November 4. If you have any questions please contact the SEaL Department at (614) 287-2637 or email Katrina de los Santos.


New traveling exhibition in Library opens Nov. 7

calligraphy art

A traveling exhibition entitled, “The Genesis of Chinese Writing and the Art of Chinese Calligraphy” will open in the Library starting Monday, November 7.

 The exhibit of 12 large panels (6x3 feet) was created to trace the very long evolution of Chinese writing from its origin in ancient times some three millennia ago, to this day. It offers explanations on how the characters are constructed syntactically and how their meanings are developed semantically. Lastly it puts Chinese writing in global context among other ancient writing systems and concludes with an expose on why the characters matter then and now.

Dr. SuiWah Chan of the University of Michigan, author of this exhibit writes, “Chinese writing presents a vivid visual experience that is more than meets the eye. The very construction of the characters carries clues to the intended meaning of words that are grounded in cultural context.”

Several of the images in the exhibition have had augmented reality added to them to enhance the viewer’s experience.  With the Aurasma app downloaded to the viewer’s handheld device, an added layer of picture sound can be experienced on selected panels.

Along with the exhibition, Dr. Chan himself will be presenting a lecture on Thursday, November 10, at 2:00 p.m. in the Library’s Multimedia Studio. The exhibition will be on display through November 30.

The exhibition is co-supported by the Library, the Office of International Student Services and The Confucius Institute of the University of Toledo. Sponsorship is provided by the Midwest Institute for International and Intercultural Education.


Info Security instructor promotes Cyber Security Month


Larry McWherter, Information Security instructor at Columbus State, reports that Columbus State has become a “Champion” for National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2016. Columbus State will join a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Recognized every October, NCSAM was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure all digital citizens have the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting their personal information.As an official Champion, Columbus State recognizes its commitment to cybersecurity, online safety and privacy.

You can read lots more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month online here.


Make a Difference Day volunteers work in the rain

students at work site

Twenty Columbus State students and employees didn’t let a little rain stop them from “making a difference” October 21, when they worked on the Linden Garden Association’s butterfly garden. For the service project, the volunteers created signage, placed 35 painted stepping stones in the garden, planted a tree, and assembled a seating area for the free Little Library. The Serve Our Community project was made possible through the Make a Difference Day Project Grant by ServeOhio.





Di Pietro publishes book, performs at Wexner Center

Rocco Di Pietro, adjunct faculty in the Humanities, has a new book titled “Rajas for John Cage” that will be sold and promoted at The Wexner Center Bookstore during the Fall Exhibition "Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957." Leap Before You Look chronicles how, over a relatively brief period of time, the rural college became a crucial incubator and gathering place for future giants of the midcentury avant-garde. Di Pietro will also be performing at the Wexner Center during “The Piano Music of John Cage,” on Thursday, November 3, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the main gallery space. Find out more about the performances online here.


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Business Programs promotes active learning in the classroom

During  a class in Operations Management, Business students Debra Magwood and Andrew Frison collaborate to develop and apply the House of Quality Tool evaluating quality dimensions for various brands of potato chips. Delaware Hall 107 was re-configured to accommodate round tables for better collaboration in business classes this fall.  With the new configuration, active learning techniques are being integrated into several business courses where students can work together in teams on simulated business projects.








posing with award

An award for the RiSE journey

Desiree Polk-Bland, executive dean of Student Affairs, and Stephanie Albrecht, director of Student Central, recently presented the “Re-imagining the Student Experience (RiSE) Journey” at the 2016 National Council on Student Development Conference.  At the conference, Columbus State was selected as the Bronze recipient of the 2016 Terry O’Banion Shared Journey Exemplary Practice Award.

Albrecht and Polk-Bland described how RiSE has transformed the student experience from first point of contact, to connection and completion, by making student services more accessible, intuitive, and easier to navigate.  According to Polk-Bland, the recognition speaks to the ongoing institution-wide efforts to transform the student experience, enhance student services, and increase student completion.







Students assist with ‘Out of Darkness’ event

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Sixteen service-learning students in Dr. Mary Lewis’ Psy2340: Human Growth and Development Across the Life-Span class participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the Darkness” event, October 9.

The students spent hours researching, designing, creating, and organizing prior to the event, and then ran the entire children’s area during the four-hour event. Activities included self-esteem chains, strength stones, face painting, bead bracelets, and pumpkin decorating. There were more than 1,770 participants and the walk raised close to $100,000, with half of that money staying in Central Ohio for suicide prevention efforts.


Payroll due dates for November and December:
For the pay period ending November 15, 2016, and the pay day of November 30, 2016:

  • Employee web time entry is due Wednesday, November 16, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Thursday, November 17, at 5:00 p.m.
  • All payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Wednesday, November 16, at 5:00 p.m.

For the pay period ending November 30, 2016, and the pay day of December 15, 2016:

  • Employee web time entry is due Thursday, December 1, at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Friday, December 2, at 5:00 p.m.
  • All payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Thursday, December 1, at 5:00 p.m.

For the pay period ending December 15, 2016, and the pay day of December 24, 2016:

  • Employee web time entry is due Thursday December 15, 2016 at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisory web time approval is due Friday December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Due to the short processing time for this pay period, all other payroll information is due in the Payroll Office by Thursday December 15, at 5:00 p.m.  Anything received after this time will be posted to the first payroll of 2017.



College Knowledge features General Counsel Division
Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. “College Knowledge” sessions are designed to help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives.  The next session features the General Counsel Division which includes Human Resources, the Police Department, Legal and Board Relations. Join us this Friday, October 28, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.Please register in advance and join us in WD 352 at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program.

Questions? Contact Barbara Allen in Professional Development and Retention at ext. 5297.

MyPLAN Goals training continues Friday
Did you miss myPLAN Goals Training? Another session will take place on the Columbus campus this Friday, October 28, at 1:00 p.m. in DE 109. If you are concerned about having correctly written and documented goals, this session will give you guidance so you are prepared for the annual performance review. Please register in advance.

Webinar offered on Learning Assessment Techniques 
On Thursday, October 27, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in WD 242, Elizabeth Barkley, Ph.D., one of the authors of Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty, will present techniques that will help improve your teaching and your students’ ability to learn more effectively. Inthe webinar, “How to Integrate New Activities that Gauge What and How Well Students Learn,” she’ll provide a framework you can use to better identify goals for your students, along with strategies to help them achieve those goals. The handouts for this session include a comprehensive list of 50 learning assessment techniques that can be integrated into your teaching processes and allow you to achieve results in a very efficient manner. Dr. Barkley will go in-depth into three of these—a contemporary issues journal, a digital story project, and a personal learning environment—to provide you with a complete picture of how these activities can be used for any discipline and in any course. Register.

20-Minute Mentor video focuses on veteran student success
Each week, Professional Development and Retention will feature a video from “Magna 20- Minute Mentor,” anon-demand digital library of teaching and student support solutions. This week’s video is “What Learning Activities Help Student Veterans Succeed?” Learn practical techniques you can implement immediately to help student veterans succeed. Techniques include understanding the differences between military and academic decision making as well as how to teach student veterans how to reflect and write for an academic environment.

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.