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August 10, 2017


Weekend closure for two employee lots

Repairs and restriping will take place this Saturday in parking lots 3-E and 6-E behind Franklin and Delaware halls. Both lots will be closed during the work and will reopen by Monday morning. 



Scott Nichols to serve on new NJCAA national committee

Intercollegiate Athletics Director Scott Nichols has been selected to serve on a special committee formed by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The new committee has been organized to better define the role and purpose of Division III athletics. It will also attempt to strength the bond between the three divisions: I, II and III.

Nichols will have some unique perspectives for the committee. He’s been with the college since 2002, first as a head coach of our volleyball team before being named Athletics Director in 2009. During that time, Columbus State has been in two divisions with the NJCAA. The college participated in DIII until the summer of 2007 when we moved to DII. Then, in the 2015-2016 academic year, the college transitioned back to DIII.

Scott will bring knowledge and experience from both divisions as both a coach and an administrator. The work of the committee will be presented at a national NJCAA conference.


Dr. Harrison to speak at National Council on Student Development conference

The NCSD National Conference, which takes place at Cuyahoga Community College in October, is the premier professional development experience for those involved with student development in the community college environment. The conference highlights promising student development research and practices at community and technical colleges. This year’s conference theme, “The New Normal: Student Affairs’ Role in Guided Pathways,” reflects a national movement toward increased efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability. President Harrison will be a keynote speaker during the event.

For registration, visit 


Know It. Name it. STOP IT!

The Office of Equity and Compliance is launching the Know It. Name It. STOP IT! campaign during August 2017 Week of Welcome. This campaign focuses on student and employee engagement in raising awareness and prevention of gender-based stalking and intimate partner violence. Throughout the upcoming academic year, you’ll see this campaign represented at interactive tabling events, on social media, with sign and ribbon displays, on banners and posters and with a pledge drive where we will ask members of our college community to sign a pledge agreeing to take positive and constructive action to end sexual violence. 

Our goal is to help students and employees recognize the behaviors of stalking and intimate partner violence (know it), identify those behaviors (name it), and provide tools and resources for safe and effective intervention in those situations (stop it). Stay tuned for ways to become involved! 


Staff encouraged to register for Mentorship and Externship programs

Think back to when you were a student planning your career. You might remember speaking with professionals who informed you about your career field and gave you tips on what to do to enter your profession. Now, you have an opportunity to offer the same guidance to our students! Consider signing up to be a Mentor or Externship Host for the 2017-2018 academic year. Here’s a quick overview of both programs:

Externship. This program involves an informational interview or a brief job shadow with a student, allowing the student to experience an industry they are interested in learning more about. Staff can participate in either the fall or spring semesters.

Mentorship. This program runs for the full academic year and involves a regular check-in between the staff member and student (ideally once per month) in order to provide support and advice to assist with career planning.

Use the following quick links to complete your online registration. Note: the deadline to register is September 18, 2017. Once registered, you will be contacted by mid-October regarding your student match and important details.

Externship Program registration 
Mentorship Program registration  

If you have any questions, contact Amy Brown (Externship program) at or Taylor Slocum (Mentorship program) at


PONO Diversity Learning Community honors its Champions

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PONO Diversity Learning Community would like to celebrate MJ Willow, instructional designer in the Faculty Assistance Center, and Chavon Harris, office associate in Admissions, for being awarded the PONO Champion award. Each semester, the cohort collectively recognizes a PONO champion. The PONO Champion is someone who consistently embodies values such as growth, understanding, compassion, transformation, community, and ally-like behaviors. 

“I thank my PONO friends for allowing me into their lives by sharing their stories and views,” said Willow, the Fall 2016 PONO Champion. “It was interesting to see how experiences shape us all into the people we are, and are becoming.”

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Harris, the Spring 2017 PONO Champion did not know what to expect from PONO in the beginning. “I enjoyed PONO because it gave me a way to open up and express my opinions on diverse and at times controversial topics, with individuals who I did not know and normally wouldn’t have discussed these issues with outside of my friends and family,” she said. “PONO also taught me to open my eyes and be empathetic to the issues going on within different communities I don’t personally identify with. I would definitely participate in PONO again!”

The PONO Diversity Learning Community is open to faculty, staff and students. Fall and Spring cohorts meet for 8 weeks to discuss various diversity related topics. Discussion topics include: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and more. PONO provides all with authentic opportunities to build community, share perspectives, and gain understanding.

The application for the 2017-2018 PONO Diversity Learning Community is now available. Please apply here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jasmine Marks at or (614) 287-5319.


Columbus State communication instructor provides insight into "vocal fry"

A trend by some in the younger generation— who speak in the lowest register of their voice — has a name. It's called vocal fry. ABC 6 this week turned to Columbus State business communication instructor Elycia Taylor who's studied the trend. See the report.




July 17 – Manykhone Chanthavong, Functional Analyst, Financial Aid
July 24 – Stafford Williams, Programmer/Analyst, Enterprise Applications
August 1 – James Henestofel, Programmer/Analyst, Enterprise Applications
August 1 – Adam Polen, Assistant, Bookstore
August 1 – Allison Franz, Retail Specialist, Bookstore
August 1 – Corey Terry, Groundskeeper 1, Grounds
August 1 – John Bland, Material Handler II, Procurement and College Services
August 7 – James Mike Bradley, System Administrator, Server Engineering



Annually Contracted Faculty in Nursing – Requisition No. 1651
Technician in Nursing– Requisition No. 1658
Part Time Kennel Assistant in Vet Tech – Requisition No. 1659
Office Associate in Human Resources – Requisition No. 1661


myPLAN Open Lab

Professional Development and Retention will host a series of trainings to continue our support of the myPLAN performance management process. 

The first part of the session will cover updating goal progress, goal revision, goal canceling, creating new goals, strategies for documenting your own work and supervisors’ responsibilities for goal approval and preparing for the cumulative rating in January. The latter part of the session will be reserved for individual support for those who desire it.


August 15, 9:00-10:30 a.m. in WD 209
Click here to register

August 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon in WD 206
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For more information, contact Phyllis Gorman, assistant director for Professional Development and Retention, at ext. 3860.


myPLAN Competencies Discussion Group

It’s midway into the third quarter of this myPLAN review cycle — are you developing a clearer strategy for tracking and documenting competencies? Please join Professional Development and Retention Assistant Director Dr. Phyl for an informal discussion of best practices for documenting your performance related to competencies and how managers can support employees who seek to demonstrate “exemplary” levels. Still learning about what our competency model is all about? This is the place for you. 

August 25, 11:00 a.m.-noon in WD 1094
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For more information, contact Phyllis Gorman, assistant director for Professional Development and Retention at ext. 3860


Community Mental Health Resources from National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Franklin County

Family-to-Family Begins August 24!

NAMI Franklin County Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session, evidence-based educational program for families, friends, and significant others of people living with mental illness. The topics covered in each session will significantly improve the coping and problem-solving abilities you need to care for your loved one. You'll not only learn valuable information and strategies for taking care of your loved one and yourself-which is vital-but you'll find out you are not alone in this journey. And, more than likely, you can help others through sharing your own experiences.

The next 12-week session begins on Thursday, August 24. We will also have a six-week session starting Sunday, October 8. Family-to-Family is free; registration is required.  Check under Classes on our website for registration information. We look forward to meeting you!

Ending the Silence Program

NAMI Franklin County is recruiting for the volunteer positions of Lead Presenter and Young Adult Presenter for, Ending the Silence, a 50- minute mental health awareness program for middle and high school aged youth.  Teens learn how to recognize the early warning signs of mental illness and what to do if they or someone they know is exhibiting these signs. Ending the Silence instills a message of hope and recovery and encourages teens to reduce stigma and end the silence surrounding mental illness.  If you are living with a mental health condition (a person with lived experience), love helping teens, are in recovery, and are available during the school day, we want to train you as a presenter.

If you are serious about volunteering, click here to complete the application.  Return your completed form via email; fax, 614-501-6267; or, by mail to NAMI Franklin County, c/o Laurita Barber, 1225 Dublin Rd., Suite 110, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Peer-to-Peer Fall Session Begins August 29!

NAMI Franklin County is accepting applications for the Peer- to- Peer session which begins on August 29, 2017.  Peer-to-Peer is a free, 10-session educational program for adults with mental illness who are looking to better understand their condition and journey toward recovery. Taught by a trained team of people who've been there, the program includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Everything is confidential, and NAMI Franklin County never recommends a specific medical therapy or treatment approach. Click here to download an application.  Return your completed application via email; fax, 614-501-6267; or, by mail to NAMI Franklin County, c/o Laurita Barber, 1225 Dublin Rd., Suite 110, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

NAMI Franklin County Mentor Program

Do you love someone who has a mental health condition? If you answered "Yes" then you know that often, that can be a difficult position to be in.  Maybe you've thought things like:  No one understands what I'm going through...not even family members; I don't know what to do; I don't know who to reach out to; and, I'm exhausted!

These are perfectly normal reactions. You're not alone. NAMI Franklin County has a Mentor Program that can match you with someone who has been in your shoes...has traveled the road you're on and can listen when you need an ear; make suggestions when you're stuck; can be a coach or a sounding board when you need one. We will have information sessions in August, September, and October (dates to be announced soon). If you are interested, please send an email to or call us at: 614-501-6264. Remember, you are not alone. We are here to help.


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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.

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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.