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April 27, 2017



Employee Giving Campaign ends May 1

The 2017 Employee Giving Campaign will conclude Monday, May 1, but there’s still time to donate and be included in the raffle to win a VIP parking spot of your choice for the fall or spring semesters.

The Foundation Employee Giving Campaign is a special opportunity for Columbus State employees to directly contribute to scholarships that help our students. Employees who make a one-time donation or sign up for payroll deduction by May 1 will be entered in the parking spot raffle. Click Here To Give Now, or Click Here To Sign Up For Payroll Deduction.


Former student writes book, featured in Dispatch


During the 14 months he spent in prison, Tanner Blakeman visualized what he would do the day he got out – visit a nearby Asian restaurant, then go see his friends.

That’s not exactly how it ended up. 

Read the Columbus Dispatch article about this former Columbus State student and how he persevered to earn college degrees, a good job, and a new lease on life.  He’s written a book titled ““Grit: How to Get a Job and Build a Career With a Criminal Record.” Read the full article.


Engineering instructor fires up school audiences with ‘blistering’ guitar

Aagard with guitarErik Aagard talks to students at Dublin Coffman High School about guitar technology.

The Engineering Technology and Transportation department is reaching out to local middle and high schools to educate and excite students about pathways in technology.

Instructor Erik Aagard grabs students’ attention though five minutes of blistering guitar, then takes students through a “how it works” presentation on the guitar’s components.

He shows them how engineering technologists like Leo Fender and Les Paul created the electric guitar industry that we know today by answering a single problem: “how to amplify the sound of the guitar?”  

Aagard’s “Tech Talk Tour” is rolling out to a number of high schools and middle schools in the Columbus area and has been received with wild enthusiasm.


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Pictured at the All Ohio Academic Team luncheon, from left, are: Macrester Zacarias, Meaghan Marbry, Honors Coordinator Becky Mobley; Aissatou Bah, Ryan Cannell, and Phi Theta Kappa Advisors Bo Riley and Renee Deveaux.

Four named to All Ohio Academic Team

Four Columbus State students were honored April 20 when they were named to the 2017 All-Ohio Academic Team, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. Students are selected for their academic achievement, college and community service, and leadership activities. Those named to the team receive commemorative medallions and cash scholarships.






Respiratory program wins national success award

The Respiratory Care Program has been given the Distinguished Credentialing Success Award by CoARC, the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. 

The commission views the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential as a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations.

To be selected for the award, programs were required to:

  • have three or more years of outcomes data;
  • hold accreditation without a progress report;
  • document RRT credentialing success of 90 percent or above;
  • meet or exceed established CoARC thresholds for CRT credentialing success, attrition, and positive job placement.

The Respiratory Care faculty are dedicated to preparing each student to succeed on their national board examinations at the RRT level prior to graduation. All students who graduated this past autumn semester have achieved the RRT licensure and are employed at local hospitals.

The award will be presented to the program coordinator, Andrea Pifher, and clinical coordinator, Kendra Barker-Poirier, on June 25 in Tucson, Ariz. at the CoARC Summer Forum Reception. 


Knapke with volunteers

Earth Day environmentalists

Debra Knapke discusses planting plans with her students at Clintonville’s Sharon Meadows wetland on Earth Day, April 22. Knapke and her Green Infrastructure Training Program class planted 3,810 plants in the constructed wetland; Doug House, chair of Design, Construction and Trades, and Nancy Case, executive director, Community and Civic Engagement, also volunteered to help out. Community partner FLOW brought a team of volunteers, the Clintonville Fire Department sprayed 750 gallons of water on the wetland, and Brickman Landscaping employees worked with the students and volunteers to coordinate!



COTA launching new bus routes May 1

Bus service throughout the region will be enhanced when the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) launches a redesigned bus network on May 1. The redesign is a complete overhaul of the COTA network that will provide simplified routes, increased frequency, connections to more places, reduced bus congestion downtown, and service to more jobs. Explore the new routes at

And to celebrate the launch, ease the transition for current COTA customers, and encourage riders to try the new system, COTA service will be free May 1-7!


Union Hall Food Court closed summer semester

The Union Hall Food Court will be closed this summer to allow for a complete renovation of the kitchen. The last day of service in the Food Court is Friday, May 12. During summer semester, you will be able to eat at the new Subway restaurant in the Bookstore, at Sips@Davidson coffee bar, and at Tortilla food truck. AVI will continue to provide catering for events, and campus vending will also be available. The renovations will be completed at the start of fall semester. 


Gresson named Outstanding Mentor

Columbus State alumnus and Chairperson of the Justice, Safety and Legal Studies Department, Dale A. Gresson has been named the 2017 Outstanding Simba Mentor of the Year by Franklin County Children Services. Simba matches African American male youths with African American men from the community to act as role models and give friendship, support, and guidance to the young men. Mentors are assigned for a minimum of six months. Gresson has served as a board member of the Volunteer Services Council and mentor since 2014.


Faculty Digital Showcase is tomorrow!

Find out what Columbus State faculty are doing in the areas of digital teaching and learning at the Faculty Digital Showcase, Friday, April 28, from 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. in the Innovation Center, CT 108.    

Discover and discuss innovative approaches to pedagogy created by faculty using animations, interactive assessments, video and multi-touch books.  Register


Woodwinds to perform May 2

The Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble will present its spring mini-concert on Tuesday, May 2, at 5:00 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The 30-minute program will include works from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Romantic, and 20th century.  The concert will be narrated by director Thomas Lloyd. For more information contact



Laird elected chair for sport commission

Curt Laird, Ph.D., has been voted to serve as the 2017-2019 National Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation located in Arlington, Virginia.  This is Dr. Laird’s second elected term on the board, and first as chairman. 




Student Employee of Year selected

receiving certificate Student Employee of the Year Josh Wernick, left, is congratulated by his nominator, Dr. Terry Olive.

A student employee in the Veterinary Technology program, Josh Wernick, was named Student Employee of the Year at a reception held April 14.

Eighteen student employees were nominated for the award from a variety of campus departments and community organization partners. Honorable Mentions were given to Luis Jiménez Reynoso, from ESL Afterschool Communities, and Yomarlin Lizardo, from Student Advocacy.

“Josh has work responsibilities at our reception area and in the kennel and cat ward providing cleaning, feeding, exercise, and general support for our patient animals,” said Terry Olive, DVM, who nominated Wernick for the award.  “He always has a helpful, pleasant, even-keeled attitude. He is prompt and reliable in his work and his work ethic is beyond reproach. He has qualities that I wish for any colleague.”




Reminder: Men of Year Awards are May 3

The Men of the Year Awards will be held Wednesday, May 3, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. The event includes a dinner and the awards ceremony. Family and friends are welcome to attend. For more information contact Brett Welsh, at ext. 6296.



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No Colleague—No Problem!

Members of the Arts and Sciences Advising Team found a good way to use their time while Colleague was down during the SQL migration—volunteer at the Mid Ohio Food Bank! The group worked to serve 162 families in three and half hours. From left are: Amanda Jurden, Kristen Holland, Mary Whitt, Nicole Clark, Michael Hoepf, and Sue Judd.





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Positive Vibes Café to be held May 1

Students in the Business of Music class will present the “Positive Vibes Café,” an evening of relaxing live music and spoken word poetry.  The event will be held Monday, May 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.

The Positive Vibes Café offers live music performances by fellow students, an opportunity for students to learn more about overcoming stress during finals week, and increased awareness about college students facing mental health issues.

Marco’s Pizza will provide food and beverages for the event. The Columbus State Counseling Department will give a presentation on relaxation and information on services offered to students.  A percentage of donations for music sales and raffles will benefit National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  Prizes will also be available. For more information, email


Cougar Paws get ice cream!

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The Human Resources department invites all employees who have received a Cougar Paw Kudo to attend the first-ever Ice Cream Recognition Social! This informal event will be held on Friday, May 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the second floor student lounge in WD.

Lots of ice cream and toppings will be served, so come to enjoy fun and friendship with your fellow Cougars. Please select one of the sessions offered by registering here

Ice cream socials will be held every semester, so don’t feel sad if you can’t make it this time. But please continue to recognize fellow Cougars who go above and beyond their job descriptions, by sending them a Cougar Paw Kudo through the Cornerstone system!

Cougar Paw Kudo instructions can be found online here.   

Cougar Paw recipients for March named
Columbus State congratulates the following staff members who received Cougar Paw recognitions during the month of March: (and yes, you get ice cream!)

Ashley Abbott - Counseling Services, for collaboration
Barbara Allen - Professional Development and Retention, for collaboration
Jaimie Allen - Enterprise App Support, for customer focus
Maurice Anderson - Community and Professional Testing, for leadership
Tracy Anderson - Police Department, for leadership
Sean Asbury - Police Department, for leadership
Mary Ashley - Marketing and Communications, for customer focus
Sarah Baker - Diversity Student Services, for collaboration
Mary Bantu - Disability Services, for professionalism
Mary Bond - Business, Engineering and Technologies, for collaboration
Jessica Boor - Student Life, for continuous improvement
Nichole Braun - Business, Engineering and Technologies, for collaboration
Matthew Brent - Student Life, for customer focus and managing work
Kara Briscoe – Admissions, for managing work
Mary Brown - Records, for managing work
Pamela Bullock – Admissions, for managing work
Rebecca Butler - Enrollment Mgmt. and Student Services, for leadership and managing people
Andrew Carter - Police Department, for collaboration and customer focus
Crystal Ceballos – Systems, for collaboration and customer focus
Amanda Cecil - College Recreation and Wellness, for leadership
Vincent Cocozza - Allied Health, for collaboration
Julie Collet - Career Services, for leadership
Paula Collier - Office of the Registrar, for collaboration
Jason Connelly - Instructional Design and Innovation, for collaboration
Robert Crane - Payroll , for customer focus
Vanessa Cummings - Parking Services, for customer focus
Tina Davis – Payroll, for customer focus
Allison Deverteuil - Business, Engineering and Technologies, for customer focus
Laura Diamond – Police Department, for managing people
Sharon Dixson - Non-Credit Registration Office, for customer focus
Jeff Dodge – Police Department, for managing people
Erinbeth Dower - Academic Affairs, for customer focus
Susan Downing - Office of the Registrar, for collaboration
Julie Dulaney -  Library Circulation, for customer focus
Jessica Eberly - Student Central, for leadership
Trenton Edwards - Professional Development and Retention, for professionalism
Kathryn Eichenberger – Nursing, for customer focus
Jennifer Evans - Delaware Campus Testing Center, for customer focus
Renee  Fambro - Equity and Compliance, for leadership
David Gelo - Student Central, for customer focus
Lisa Gibbs - Media Creation, for leadership
Erica Gladue - Business and Industry, for collaboration, customer focus, and management work
Sarah Goff - Business, Engineering and Technologies, for collaboration
Tony Goins - Marketing and Communications, for customer focus
Teresa Green - Community and Professional Testing, for continuous improvement
Kimberly Hall – Administration, for collaboration and leadership
Sheri Harrington - Business, Engineering and Technologies, for collaboration
Corey Harris - Student Life, for continuous improvement
Jennifer Hart - Business and College Services, for professionalism
Abdinasir Hassan – Financial Aid Awarding, for collaboration and customer focus
Ryan Hawthorne -  Resource Planning and Analysis, for professionalism
Angela Hill - Academic Testing, for collaboration and managing work
Leslie Hoffman - Facilities Operations, for customer focus
Jared Holland - Server Engineering, for customer focus
Marcus Jackson - Financial Aid Advising, for collaboration
Mya Jordan - Student Engagement and Leadership, for leadership
Donna Keely - Placement Testing, for collaboration
Aloysius Kienee - IT Frontliners, for customer focus and collaboration
Dana Knott – Library Reference and Instruction, for professionalism
Michelle Kohar - Financial Aid Advising, for  collaboration and customer focus
Chaylee Liberator - Non-Credit Reg. Office, for customer focus and continuous improvement
Teresa Lister - Dublin Center, for professionalism
Misty Mahefkey - Student Central, for managing people, customer focus, and leadership
Patricia Malloy - Enterprise Application Integration, for continuous improvement
Damian Marburger - Student Central, for managing work
Tiffany McClain - Disability Services, for collaboration
Cynthia Meyers - Media Creation, for customer focus
Karen Miller - Purchasing and Accounts Payable, for customer focus and collaboration
Sherry Minton - Dual Credit, for customer focus
Catherine Mohr – Nursing, for customer focus
Paul Owens - Digital Education and Instructional Services, for managing work
Stacey Peer - Enterprise Application Support, for continuous improvement
Desiree Polk-Bland - Advising and Student Support, for leadership
Sarah Rainwater - Center for Advising Support and Exploration, for professionalism
Rini Saha - Faculty Assistance Center, for leadership
Diane Schultz - Student Central, for customer focus
Darryl  Smith - Non-Credit Registration Office, for customer focus
Megan Speakman - Early Alert, for customer focus
Nancy  Stagg - Faculty Assistance Center, for customer focus and leadership
Robert Stailey - Enterprise Application Services, for customer focus
Julie Stanich - Financial Aid Advising, for leadership and collaboration
Leanna Stansell – Admissions, for professionalism
Rachel Steiner - Cashiers and Student Accounting, for continuous improvement
Skip Stocksdale - Enterprise Application Services, for customer focus
Betty Sugar - Media Creation, for collaboration
Frank Sugar – Police Department, for collaboration
Samantha Thorne – Library Circulation, for customer focus
Pamela Thornton – Financial Aid Awarding, for collaboration and customer focus
David Tom - Psychology, for leadership
Elina Vayntraub - Instructional Design and Innovation, for collaboration
David Wells - Business, Engineering and Technologies, for collaboration and leadership
Brett Welsh - Global Diversity and Inclusion Center, for leadership and managing people
Loretta Wicks – Psychology, for leadership
Rhonda Williams -Student Central, for leadership
Diana Wisse - Advising and Student Support, for continuous improvement
Jason Woltja - College Testing Services, for collaboration, customer focus and professionalism
Daniel Wood - IT Support Center, for continuous improvement
Mingxin Xu - Enterprise Application Services, for customer focus
Tewodros Zeleke - IT Frontliners, for customer focus



Open enrollment offered during May

Open Enrollment for insurance plans will be offered from May 1 through 31. Open Enrollment is your opportunity to elect, terminate or modify your benefit choices for the upcoming plan year for medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and flexible spending accounts (FSAs). The deadline to elect changes is Wednesday, May 31, at 4:00 p.m. Please remember to complete the appropriate forms for your enrollment. Working spouse premium affidavits and flexible spending forms must be completed annually.

Details regarding meeting times and plan changes are forthcoming. Additional benefit information and forms are located on the website:  or contact Benefit Program Coordinator Monessa Bradford at ext. 2107.

Animals on Campus Policy reminder
The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, a federally mandated committee, would like to remind everyone that a policy and procedure exists for bringing animals on campus, which includes both campuses and the regional learning centers. The Policy is found online here: The policy for service animals on campus is addressed in this section. 

If you have any additional questions about the Animals on Campus Policy, please contact Kelly Fannin, program coordinator, at (614) 287-5135.

Strengths workshop offered May 4

Join us for “Win with Your Strengths” Thursday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in WD 1094. Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success. In this course you will be introduced to strengths-based language, learn more about your own strengths, and the strengths of others. Register

Conflict resolution workshop is May 9

“Conflict Happens: An Introduction to Conflict Resolution Strategies” will be offered Tuesday, May 9, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. in WD 1094. Conflict happens every day whether we realize it or not. This sessions explores the effectiveness and practical application of negotiation as means for conflict resolution. We will identify and discuss negotiation strategies within the context of workplace interactions and discover ways to work through conflict to create mediated and powerful outcomes. Register

Discover your calling May 11
“Discover Your True Calling”will be held Thursday, May 11, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in WD 1094. Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan. Register





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