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October 3, 2016


Staff Convocation is Oct. 25

Staff Convocation will be held on Tuesday, October 25, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.

The Convocation will provide an opportunity for staff members to be updated on the state of the College.  All fulltime and part-time, non-faculty employees who normally work during these hours should plan to attend unless your supervisor has asked you to remain at your work station to provide critical campus and student services. Campus is not closed and classes will be in session. Departments that plan to close should use appropriate signage and provide advance notice to students wherever possible.


Reminder: First Wednesday is Oct. 5

President Harrison’s monthly meeting for employees, First Wednesday, will be held on Wednesday, October 5, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. If you are unable to attend in person, the meeting will be live streamed here, where you will be prompted to enter the password cougars.


$597,000 grant to fund alternative fuels coursework

As the number of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles expands, so too does the need for qualified professional technicians who can diagnose and repair them. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, there were roughly three million such vehicles sold in 2015. The agency projects that number will more than triple to nearly 10 million by 2025.

Ethanol, natural gas, electricity and biodiesel are the most well-known types of alternative fuels. However, hydrogen and propane are additional options that could someday become more widely available.

A new $597,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will help Columbus State prepare the technical coursework needed to prepare students with the skills needed to meet employer demand in the region. With high-tech engines now the norm, automotive technicians need college-level math skills often associated with STEM degree-seeking students.

The grant will also fund the purchase of several alternative fuel vehicles and the refurbishing of a compressed natural gas filling station on the Columbus State campus last used in the 1990s.

Additional specifics of the grant will be unveiled to stakeholders, including automobile dealers, on Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00 a.m., in the DE 146 automotive lab. The event will include a close-up look at the natural gas filling station.


Last chance for Day of Service survey

Please take a moment to complete the Day of Service survey to help us plan and improve next year’s event. The survey is online here:

The survey will close on Friday, October 7.


Hispanic Heritage Month events continue

Two special events will be held this week during the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration:

On Wednesday, October 5, the Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series II “Tracing Latin American Migration to the U.S.” will be held in FR 106 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The discussion will be led by Dr. G. Raquel Pina, Modern Languages.

On Thursday, October 6, a Latin Dance Workshop led by Ballet Met will be held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.


Sponsors needed for International Thanksgiving Dinner

dinner in WD

In the spirit of sharing American traditions with our international student population, Columbus State’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center will host the annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 17.  This event allows international students and their families to enjoy a traditional meal with family and friends of the college, and more than 100 students are expected to participate this year.

Your help and support are needed to make this event a success. Your contribution will be used to provide dinner tickets for international students and their families and to help cover event expenses. 
Donor options are:
GOLD Sponsorship: $200 - Provides tickets for 10 international students and 3 guests from your department to cover dinner and other event costs.

SILVER Sponsorship: $110 - Provides tickets for 5 international students and 2 guests from your department.

BRONZE Sponsorship: $50- Provides tickets for 2 international students and 1 guest from your department.

If you would like to attend the event, individual tickets can be purchased for an additional $15 per person. Checks can be made payable to Columbus State Community College and sent to Jasmine Marks, Specialist in Global Diversity and Inclusion, MA 109.  Thank you again for your generosity during this giving season!


Sternberg presents at grants professionals conference

Ruth Sternberg, Grant Development coordinator in the Grants Office, was a breakout session speaker at the first Ohio regional Grant Professionals Association conference, “Roadways to Relationships.” She presented tips for organizing a grant proposal and convening a project team. The conference drew several hundred people to the Quest Conference Center near Polaris.


Mental Health Fair is Oct. 5

Join Counseling Services and the Wellness Initiative at the 4th Annual Mental Health and Wellness Fair, Wednesday, October 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall, East and West Lounges. Social and Human Services, Victim’s Advocates, College Recreation and Wellness, and the Wellness Advisory Committee will present an interactive fair that features a “Relax and Learn” series including stress ball making, guided meditation, therapeutic laughter, suicide prevention, Zumba and healthy relationships. Multiple community agencies and campus departments will share resources available for both students and employees.


Collegiate Leadership Conference seeks presenters

Student Engagement and Leadership invites you to serve as a presenter for the seventh annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio, Friday and Saturday, November 4 and 5, in the Columbus State Conference Center.

The 2016 conference’s goal is to inspire students to be “Everyday Heroes: From Ordinary to Extraordinary.” The focus will be on everyday actions that inspire change. Presentations should aspire students to become extraordinary leaders who make a lasting impact.

If you are interested in making a presentation, please visit this link to register. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 11.  

Columbus State students are also invited to attend the conference for only $25 by registering on The Hub.


OADE conference call for proposals, registration open

The Ohio Association for Developmental Education (OADE) will host the 2016 Conference themed “Attention on Retention,” Friday, November 11, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center.  More great talks are needed for breakout sessions at the conference. You can submit your proposal online here: Call for Proposals

The conference will feature round-table sessions based on your questions entered when registering, plus a raffle to benefit the scholarship fund, with prizes from COSI, Roosters, Graeter’s, African Safari Wildlife Park, Shadowbox Theater, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more. Registration is now open online here: Register


OU offers master’s program in higher ed

logoThe Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Ohio University will begin the next Masters in Higher Education cohort at Columbus State beginning Spring Semester 2017. Applications for Admission are being accepted through March 1, 2017. 

The Master’s in Higher Education program is designed for individuals who wish to advance their knowledge and skills while working within higher education settings. The program provides participants with a broad knowledge of the history, purposes and contexts of higher education; leadership; organizational dynamics; the learning environment; and research concepts and methods. The program is a two-year, cohort-based program. Students will complete their coursework face-to-face and online. Face-to-face class meetings will take place during the fall terms at Columbus State, and online during the spring terms. Classes will meet five to six times each fall term on Fridays from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, go online here.


See SRO Theatre’s “Dracula” with discount

As the autumn season creeps toward the chills and thrills of Halloween, Standing Room Only (SRO) Theatre presents Steven Dietz’s chilling take on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It will be staged at the Columbus Performing Arts Center’s Shedd Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave.

Show times: 8 p.m. Friday, October 7; 8 p.m. Saturday, October 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, October 9; 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, October 14; 8 p.m. Saturday, October 15; 2 p.m. Sunday, October 16.

Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $12 students at

Columbus State faculty and staff can receive a $3.00 per ticket discount by entering CSCC in the promotional code box when ordering online. See a short video here!



Health Rewards briefings offered

The next Health Rewards briefing sessions will be offered Tuesday, October 4, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 206 and Wednesday, October 19, at 12:00 p.m. in DE 215.

The briefings will introduce a 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 exciting 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.

Flu shots coming soon

Registration will be opening soon for fulltime employees to get their annual free flu shots on Wednesday, October 19. Watch Update newsletter for more information.



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.

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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.