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September 22, 2016


Day of Service grows to serve even more in 2016

The fourth annual Columbus State Day of Service on September 20 was quite a success, with more than 800 employees and students performing community service projects at 53 charitable organizations across Central Ohio.  A record number of 267 students participated this year, along with 123 faculty members and 428 staff members. The weather was perfect for outdoor projects, and the variety of locations and types of service offered something for everyone. NBC4 aired a nice news story featuring our very own Community Service Superman Thomas Capps, which you can view here. From the Mid-Ohio Foodbank where we helped prepare food items, to Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition where we helped developmentally disabled adults kayak, it was a busy day for the college. In this video produced by David Wayne and Mark Van Horn, Marketing and Communications, you can get an overall taste of the day’s events.

Important: If you participated in this year’s Day of Service, please take a moment to complete the 2016 Day of Service Survey, so we may plan ahead to improve the event again in 2017!


Email ‘phishing’ causing big problems on campus

You may have noticed receiving several warnings recently about “phishing” attempts being made through employee email accounts. Phishing is when an outside individual sends a phony or misleading email containing a link they ask you to open.  When the link is opened, it is often a fake login page, requiring your user name and password. Your credentials are then used to access college information, create more phony accounts, send spam, and even worse—steal your personal information or the information of others.

Recent phishing attempts have been made using fake “Blackboard Administrator” language, and have been opened by several users on campus. When these hackers obtain enough information to get into college accounts, they can cause severe damage to servers, and shut down access for hours while the damage is repaired. 

Columbus State IT will never send you an email request for your credentials (login, username or password).  If you receive such a request by email, even if it appears to be coming from a legitimate sender, do not open links or submit any information.

Just as you would never give your bank account or credit card numbers to an outside caller on the phone, you should never give any of your password or account information to an email coming from an unknown source.  Spammers have become quite sophisticated in making emails appear legitimate, so it is of utmost importance that you recognize these tactics and refuse to respond.

Call the IT Help Center at (614) 287-5050 to report questionable emails, or for further information about phishing. 


Pearson VUE to offer testing at Reynoldsburg RLC

College Testing Services will provide the community the added convenience of GED and high-stakes professional licensure and certification testing at its Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Testing Center beginning next week.  

The new testing services offer the convenience of having evening hours as well as a regional location closer to workplaces and residences.

Pearson VUE will offer the following professional testing and licensure exams at Reynoldsburg:

  • IT Certification in over 1,500 exams for Novell, Cisco, CompTIA, Citrix, HP, Adobe, SAP, Infosys, Symantec, and many other clients
  • Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) exams for candidates seeking an Ohio educator license or adding a new licensure area
  • GED Exams
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Medical Technologists
  • CDA Exam Council
  • AHIMA – Registered Health Information Technician
  • The American College – Financial and Insurance Industries

Candidates for any of these exams must begin the registration, payment and scheduling process at and can select the Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Testing Center location to take these exams, offered Mondays from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Christopher’s Restaurant starts service next week

Christopher’s, the student-run dining experience from the Hospitality Management Department, will begin offering lunch and dinner every Thursday, starting September 29. Christopher’s is held in Eibling Hall 03 and 05, and opens for lunch at 11:15 a.m. and for dinner at 6:00 p.m. You can view next Thursday’s menu online here.


students at competition

Volunteers needed for robotics competition

This year, Columbus State will again host the Regional First Lego League Robotic Competition, Saturday, December 17, on the Columbus Campus.  This year’s contest is themed “Animal Allies.” At the First Lego League Robotics Competition, high-school-aged students compete head-to-head on a special playing field using robots they have designed, built, and programmed. Many volunteers are needed for a successful event; training for judges and referees will be held on Saturday, October 8.  If you are interested in volunteering at this great STEM event, please contact Chuck Kassor for more information. You can also read lots more about it on their Facebook page.






Reminder: Asset inventory continues

The IT asset management team will be continuing to take inventory across the college each Friday through the fall.

The team may be in your area in these buildings on a Friday during these months: 

Late September: Madison and Aquinas halls

October: Franklin Hall, CT building and the TIC

November: Delaware Hall

The IT team will make every effort to be non-disruptive. However, some disruption is unavoidable in order to scan serial numbers on some equipment.


Advanced Interpreting students go on location to learn

group photo Students in the Advanced Interpreting class pose at the screen printing company after their tour.

As part of learning how to become a working Sign Language Interpreter for the Deaf, students in Heidi Kinnamon’s Advanced Interpreting class go to outside locations, take tours, and interpret the presentations. The students set up all the speakers and tours to practice how to explain what they do and how to professionally ask for information. During the presentations and tours, two students take turns interpreting the presentation into American Sign Language. Two other students wear earbuds and use a white-noise app on their phones to simulate being the Deaf client. In the end, all the students give feedback in a respectful and honest manner.

The evening class went to tour a screen printing shop and saw how they use a large press to print T-shirts. The morning class took a tour of a neighborhood garden where their owner had used the entire property to create an edible yard, including a chicken coop.

These tours were the first time this semester that the students stepped out of their comfort zones and left the classroom to leap into a real-world experience. They learn by doing and by trial and error.


Recreation and Wellness workshops offered

The Department of College Recreation and Wellness is offering following workshops free for employees and students on the Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus, and at Reynoldsburg Regional Learning Center.

Making Healthy Eating Convenient
Wednesday, September 28, at 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Reynoldsburg RLC

This interactive workshop explores various ways to make eating healthier easier at home, in your neighborhood, and on campus. This is a free class.

Alcohol and Drug Awareness Workshop
This workshop discusses the serious topic of alcohol and other drug use and abuse.  Discussions will be centered on what role alcohol and drug use plays on the body, signs of abuse, and when to take appropriate measures for professional help. This is a free class. This one-hour workshop is offered:

  • Wednesday, October 5, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Delaware Campus
  • Wednesday, October 12, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Columbus Campus, WD 1094
  • Wednesday, October 26, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Reynoldsburg RLC

Self-Defense Workshop
This free workshop is open to all employees and students to offer a perspective on environmental awareness, as well as basic self-defense strategies and skills to empower and build confidence in your ability to stay safe. The workshop is offered:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus, WD 1094
  • Tuesday, October 25, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus, WD 1094
  • Wednesday, November 2, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. on the Delaware Campus

Healthy Behaviors for the Holidays
Devise strategies to approach the craziness of the holidays with a “well” mindset.  We will explore habits, behavior-change tactics, and share recipes to set you up for healthy holidays that will make you glow! This is a free class. This one-hour workshop will be held:

  • Wednesday, November 2, 12:00- 1:00 p.m. at the Reynoldsburg RLC
  • Wednesday, November 9, 12:00 -1:00 p.m. at the Delaware Campus
  • Wednesday, November 16, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Columbus Campus, WD 1094



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