Skip to main content


September 29, 2016



Courageous Conversations ‘in Action’ offered Oct. 19

 Courageous Conversations in Action is the newest event in the Courageous Conversations series. It will be held Wednesday, October 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.

The evening will feature an inspiring conversation between Richard Duarte Brown, Donte Woods-Spikes and President Harrison. Brown is a local artist, community leader, and Columbus State alumnus. Woods-Spikes is a current Columbus State student, community volunteer and youth mentor. The two community advocates will reveal how they have each used their own special talents to impact social justice in their community.

Duarte Richard Duarte Brown
Donte Donte Woods-Spikes

After the discussion, there will be a Q&A session and “Pass the Brush” activity, where participants consider how to become involved in social justice issues in their own communities. Original art by Duarte Brown will also be on display.

You can find more information about Courageous Conversations in Action online here.



First Wednesday is October 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.


Reminder: Day of Service survey still open

A very successful Day of Service 2016 has been completed, with nearly 800 students and employees taking part this year. Please take a moment to complete the survey, to help us plan and improve next year’s event. The survey is online here: .

The survey will close on Friday, October 7.


Veterans Services hosts statewide workshop

The Military and Veteran Services Department recently hosted a statewide workshop for school certifying officials on behalf of the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs. The 2016 conference had record attendance with more than 200 attendees representing institutions of higher education throughout the state of Ohio. The workshop was conducted by the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs. During the workshop, Columbus State’s Military and Veteran Services Department was recognized for their compliance efforts and for the support the college provides to student veterans pursuing their educational goals.


Miller and Fry at conference

Presenting in Las Vegas


Jackie Teny-Miller, (left) associate professor, and Angela Fry, assistant professor in Social and Human Services, recently presented at the National Association of Forensic Counselors annual conference in Las Vegas. Their session, titled “Trauma and the Offender,” focused on understanding the prevalence of trauma and criminal behavior, the impact of trauma on the person, and trauma-informed interventions for correctional settings. The session was attended by individuals working in correction systems across the country. Research shows a clear link between a history of trauma and criminal behavior. Many interesting discussions were generated from the presentation!





Make a Difference grant to fund Linden-area garden

PHoto of artwork

Student Engagement and Leadership has received a $1,000 “Make a Difference Day” grant from Serve Ohio to fund the installation of a children’s outdoor library, seating area, tree, signage, and stepping stones at the Linden Pollinator Garden. The project will be done in collaboration with the Linden Garden Association and a local Greater Linden artist, Ashley Voss.  The stepping stones for the garden were painted by students on the 2016 Day of Service.

The installation of the outdoor library will be done on Friday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you are interested in helping out with the project, contact Katrina De Los Santos at or sign up on the Columbus State Hub.


Barb receives award

Foodbank recognizes Columbus State efforts

At the recent Mid Ohio Foodbank free produce market hosted on the Columbus Campus, Barb Smith-Allen, Community and Civic Engagement,accepted two awards from Tiffany Priest, manager of Corporate Engagement, Operation Feed. The college community donated the equivalent of 2,516 meals to Operation Feed in 2016, and also was named an Online Super Star for monetary donations made on the web.





DiGiannantoni joins Veterans Services


The Military and Veterans Services Department has added licensed social worker Jason DiGiannantoni to their team in partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center Outreach Program. He will be available on campus on a weekly basis to work with Columbus State veteran and military students.




CoGo celebrates Women’s Bike Month

Women account for only 34 percent of bike share members in the U.S. That's why Motivate and CoGo Bike Share is launching its first-ever Women’s Bike Month in October. The goal is to get more women biking by providing the resources and support they need to get started.You can visit their website  to view the resources available and upcoming events. October is an ideal month to ride. The weather is cooler and the scenery is beautiful. Biking is a fun way to get around the city, while adding in exercise and fresh air to your busy day. So get out there on two wheels and encourage all the women in your life to bike!



‘College Knowledge’ to feature Marketing/Communications

At the next College Knowledge session, offered Friday, September 30, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in WD 402,join us to learn all about Marketing and Communications at Columbus State. Our Creative Director, Lisa Farina, will share the many responsibilities of Marketing and Communications, and give the inside scoop on how the team creates the communications that build the College’s reputation. Please register in advance and join us at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program. Questions? Contact Barbara Allen at ext. 5297.

myPLAN GOALS training now available

The first myPLAN cumulative rating period ends December 31, 2016.

The Professional Development and Retention team will be hosting a series of training sessions to continue support of the myPLAN performance management process.  The first four sessions—to be held October 7, 12, 14 and 18—will focus on creating and managing GOALS.  Register now for one of these dates.

The first part of the session will cover updating goal progress, goal revision, goal canceling and creating new goals.  Strategies for documenting your own work and supervisor’s responsibilities for goal approval and preparing for the cumulative rating will also be reinforced.

The second part is an option for hands-on assistance in a computer lab. For more information, contact Phyllis Gorman, assistant director for Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860.



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.