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September 8, 2016



Columbus State offers scholarships to displaced ITT and AST students

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As ITT Technical Institute and American School of Technology (AST) close their operations, Columbus State has invited those students to continue their education here. With many of the same programs as ITT Tech and AST, the invitation reminded the displaced students that Columbus State also provides more than 50 years of stability and the lowest tuition in the region. In addition, the college will offer individual $500 scholarships to aid ITT Tech and AST students making the transition to the college.

Columbus State advisors stand ready to work with the students to develop academic and financial plans that put them on a path to completion of a degree. Many similar programs are offered here including those in computer science, health and criminal justice fields.

Columbus State’s offer is currently in the news. See some of the articles and videos here:

Business First, The Columbus Dispatch, Community College Daily,NBC Channel 4, ABC Channel 6.


Transfer Fair to be largest in years

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A student talks to the Ohio Dominican University representative at last year’s Transfer Fair. ODU is one of our Preferred Pathway Partners offering guaranteed admission and seamless transfer to Columbus State students.

The annual Transfer Fair is always a favorite for Columbus State students because they are able to visit with dozens of regional colleges and universities vying for their transfer credits—on a single day in one place. 

But this year’s event, scheduled for Wednesday, September 14, promises to be the largest in five years, with up to 55 university representatives in attendance at the Fair, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the central courtyard on the Columbus Campus. In case of bad weather, the backup location for the Fair will be in the Nestor Hall student lounges. Lots more information about the 2016 Transfer Fair can be found online.



Employee Resource Groups to be ‘reimagined’

Employees are invited to attend an Employee Resource Group (ERG) information session on Friday, September 16, or Friday, September 30, in the Library Media Studio from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. The sessions will include a brief history of ERGs at Columbus State, a review of best practices, and a dialogue about how we should collectively move forward with the college’s Employee Resource Groups.


Guest speaker to discuss social media risks


 Special guest speaker Jan Lanier, Ohio State nurse educator, public speaker and health care consultant, will offer a presentation titled “Showing your face on Facebook: Professional risks and civil liabilities,” Tuesday, September 13, at 9:00 a.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

In her presentation, Lanier will describe how social media, including Facebook postings, can affect one’s professional credibility and create potential legal and licensure risks.

During her 50 years as a registered nurse, Lanier has worked in pediatric, intensive care, and public health settings.  Beginning in 1982, her career took her from the bedside to the health policy arena.   She worked as a legislative service commission intern for the Ohio Senate and then at both the Ohio Nurses Association and the Board of Nursing.  Along the way she earned a law degree from OSU and then worked as a health care attorney for Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.

While at the Board of Nursing, she developed rules that set out standards of safe care including rules addressing professional boundaries and helped enforce the laws governing nursing practice.  She returned to the Ohio Nurses Association in 2002 where she was the Director of Health Policy and the Deputy Executive Officer.

Upon her retirement from ONA in 2010, Jan began yet another phase of her career—nurse educator. She currently is teaching health policy to graduate students at the OSU College of Nursing.


painting in frame

“Summer Rush,” by Cecilia Román.

Art of Cecilia Román on display at Library

The Library welcomes returning artist, Cecilia Román to the Main Gallery on the second floor. Román is formally trained in the field of audio visual communications. Her artistic vision has evolved over twenty years to include oil paintings focusing on abstraction. Her style incorporates the valuable mentoring of community artists. Her works will be on exhibit until the end of September.




Desk-side recycling effort begins

In an effort continue the college’s recycling efforts, Facilities Management has acquired desk-side recycling containers for paper, cardboard, and empty plastic containers, aluminum cans, or glass containers. The recycling containers are the size of a small trash can about 12 inches tall. If employees are interested in a desk-side recycling container, please email Cindy Hayes, Grounds Supervisor.


Thomas earns Ed.D.

After more than nine years as an office associate in Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technologies, Shawndeia L. Thomas has completed her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Management. She will be leaving Columbus State to become assistant director of a K-6 Academy.


College Coaches out of office September 22-23

There will be no College Coach walk-in hours on Thursday and Friday, September 22 and 23, due to staff members attendance at a conference.



CREST Training Part 2 to launch this month

The Office of Equity and Compliance will launch Part 2 of the College Respect, Equity and Support Training (CREST) Initiative for this calendar year. As a reminder, CREST is a mandatory, online training program that delivers individual training modules on key topics such as Title IX, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA,) and preventing discrimination and harassment. During this month, faculty and staff who are required to take modules will receive invitations and instructions for taking the online training by email. Thank you in advance for doing your part to make our College a healthy place to work and study!

Health Rewards briefings offered

The next Health Rewards briefing sessions will be offered Wednesday, September 14, at 12:00 p.m. in WD 209 and Thursday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 206.

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. 

September is Cholesterol Awareness Month

In the September issue of Wellness Online newsletter from United HealthCare, you can read articles about cholesterol screening, short workouts for your heart, soluble fiber and more.


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.