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April 24, 2017



SQL migration completed as designed

The migration of student data from the Oracle platform to the SQL platform has been completed over the weekend, and Colleague processes are back online. Summer semester registration was halted for several days during the migration, but is now available to students in person or by phone. Web registration for summer semester will be restored at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26.


Writers Conference coming May 6

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The 14th Annual Writers Conference, hosted by the English Department, will be held Saturday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center, fourth floor WD.  The conference is free and open to the public.

The keynote presentation will be given by Columbus native Maggie Smith, author of Weep Up (Tupelo Press, September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press); Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press); and three prizewinning chapter books. Smith is a freelance writer and editor, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

In addition to the keynote, the Writers Conference will offer a diverse selection of workshops with other accomplished writers, and a book fair with university and independent presses, writers, and writing groups. Visit the Writers Conference website for a complete listing of sessions. Register online here 


First Wednesday moved to Monday

President Harrison’s monthly meeting First Wednesday will be held on Monday, May 1, due to a scheduling conflict. The meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD.  You may watch it online by accessing the live stream here: and entering the password cougars.


Bookstore to launch improved website May 1

The Columbus State Bookstore will launch a new website on Monday, May 1. The rollout of will provide a secure and enhanced shopping experience for the Columbus State community by offering more capabilities for working directly with Columbus State students, faculty, and staff. The upgrade will provide improved service to on-campus, off-campus, and College Credit Plus students by allowing optimized shopping from all electronic devices, encouraging easy access to required textbooks and educational resources. In preparation for the new website migration, the present Bookstore site will be disabled on Friday, April 28, at midnight.


Strickland judges state photography contest

Gene at contest

Gene Strickland, associate professor of Digital Photography, completed his 10th consecutive year judging at the SKILLS USA State Photography Contest. He partnered with professors from Ohio University, Athens, and Antonelli College, Cincinnati, to judge the finalists to see who moves to the nationals to represent the state of Ohio.

Because he is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop, Strickland created the Photoshop portion of the contest. There are only four certified experts in the state, and fewer than 300 in the nation.

“I think it is important to be integrated into the photography community to let more people know the exciting opportunities here at Columbus State,” said Strickland. “I love to share photography as a means of personal expression as well as viable employment skills needed in today’s creative economy.”


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Volunteers needed for Cougar Challenge

Employee volunteers are needed to help out with the annual Cougar Challenge 5K run to be held Saturday, May 6, at the Delaware Campus cross country course. Approximately 20 volunteers are needed to do various tasks starting at 7:00 a.m. through the race wrap-up at about 11:00 a.m. Additional volunteers are needed to help prep for the race prior to May 6. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Sherita Golden at ext. 5988.


Deadline extended for Team Award nominations

Deadline for nominations for the annual Quality Team Awards has been extended to Wednesday, April 26.   A Gold Team Award and two Silver Team Awards will be selected from those submitted. Cash awards of $4,000 (one gold) and $2,000 (two silver) are also made to the winning teams. The awards will be given at the annual luncheon on Tuesday, June 13. The application can be found online here.


Computer Science Professor Fogle mourns loss of son

Ty Fogle, professor in Computer Science, lost his son Samuel “Sam” Fogle, 24, on April 19. Sam was a 2011 graduate and honor student of St. Charles Preparatory and a 2015 honors graduate of Miami University, with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. He was an auditor for Grant Thornton LLP. Friends may visit on Monday, April 24, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. (prayer service 7:45 p.m.) at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 3730 Broadway in Grove City. Memorial donations may be mailed to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital  P.O. Box 5202 Cincinnati, Ohio 45201-5202, in note section indicate Sarcoma Research, or online at The online guestbook can be found at


Electronic music class to perform May 5

Rocco Di Pietro’s electronic music class will perform a spring concert on Friday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. in  TL 123.  The concert is free and open to the public.


College Testing to provide logistics credentialing tests

College Testing Services has partnered with the Grants Office to provide the supply chain management certification testing for the SCPro™ Fundamentals program beginning next month. The certifications are offered by the Council for Supply Chain Professionals.

Columbus State has been part of the 12-college consortium working on the logistics training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for the past two years. SCPro™ Fundamentals are industry-recognized credentials that provide important career achievement for entry-level logistics professionals.


Adjunct Conference needs volunteers

The Adjunct Training Committee is in need of volunteers for the Adjunct Faculty Training Conference to be held Saturday, April 29. 

On the day of the event organizers need fulltime faculty members to help at the registration tables and as ushers for the President’s talk in the gymnasium. You can sign up to help at either the morning session (9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.), the afternoon session (12:15 - 4:45 p.m.), or both. Organizers are asking volunteers to come 15 minutes before the start of the session so that everything is set up when participants arrive.  

There is a significantly larger crowd coming in the morning and only a few volunteers have signed up. Help in the morning session will be greatly appreciated.   

Lunch will be provided for those who volunteer. If you are interested in helping out please let Liz Hammond ( know.

Help is also needed spreading the word about the conference to adjunct faculty. Please encourage the adjuncts in your program or department to attend. They will receive a stipend of $100 for attending either session.  They can register for the conference here:


Malloys perform in 911 skit

Trish and Tim Malloy are members of the Citizen’s Police Academy for the Columbus Division of Police, and were recently asked to participate in a skit that aired on ABC6 news, showing how precious time could be wasted if important information isn’t provided when calling 911. Watch it online here:


Faculty photo models needed!

The Marketing and Communications department is seeking faculty members to appear in various photos for the Columbus State website.

The first photo shoot will be held on Wednesday, May 3, but additional photo shoots will be held throughout the summer. We are seeking faculty from all disciplines and departments. If you are interested in participating, please email



Hostmanship 2 workshop offered tomorrow

Join Professional Development and Retention for “Hostmanship 2:  Taking Hostmanship to the next level” Tuesday, April 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in WD 415. Hostmanship invites us to re-think our definition of customer service, and to see every encounter not merely a transactional experience, but one to genuinely connect with others.

In “Hostmanship 2,” you will build upon this understanding by developing practical applications into your daily practice with our customers. Register

‘College Knowledge’ session features IT April 28

Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with department changes and new faces can be a challenge. “College Knowledge” is designed to help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources and initiatives. The next session features theInformation Technology Division. Featured topics will include the information security and the dangers of “phishing.” The division will also share recent organizational changes and introduce their new Help Desk Supervisor, Christina Stillion.

Join HR on Friday, April 28, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.Please register in advance.

Questions? Contact Trenton Edwards, Specialist in Professional Development and Retention at ext. 2406.

Columbus State congratulates the following new hires and promotions:

April 17 – Kara Seigh – Specialist in the Dual Credit program
April 17 – Teresa Berry – Office associate in Design, Construction and Trades
April 17 – Robert Cowles – Supervisor at the Delaware Campus
April 24 – Hunter Reid – Police Officer


System Specialist in the Office of the Registrar – Requisition No. 1440
Residency Specialist the Office of the Registrar - Requisition No. 1442
Advisor at the Dublin RLC – Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration - Requisition No. 1449



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