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August 14, 2017


IT group helping to keep 'front door' of Columbus State a welcoming site

flower bed

This summer marks the fifth year that the Frontliners in IT have adopted the gardening space at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Long Street. “I love it when people love working outdoors as much as I do and I want to thank this group for all the great work they do,” said Grounds Supervisor Cindy Hayes. The IT Frontliners who’ve worked regularly on this project include Rhonda Gurio, Shaa Clayton, Aloysius Kienee, Teddy Zeleke, Christopher Miller, Mustafe Ali and Steven Pond.


Kickoff for Columbus State grant program centered on 3D technology

press conference photo

Columbus State and a host of partners this morning officially launched a new program to prepare high school and college students for 3D manufacturing careers. Officially known as “additive manufacturing” jobs, these positions master the technologies needed to build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material, whether the material is plastic, metal or concrete.

With statistics showing that manufacturing comprises nearly 17 percent of Ohio’s economy, preparing students for those careers today is vital. The $815,000 National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education grant has multiple goals including:

  • Develop an Additive Manufacturing Institute for high school students
  • Provide those students with the opportunity to explore related careers
  • Prepare teachers to design a rigorous additive manufacturing curriculum
  • Develop a pathway between the Institute and Columbus State manufacturing courses
  • Develop an immersive summer program to prepare high school juniors and seniors

The grant includes three annual phases, starting with a pilot program during the first year. Seven 3D printers will be purchased to be used at the college and at the summer program. Partners in the project include the PAST Foundation, the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University, Metro Early College High School, Tolles Career and Technical Center, Battelle Memorial Labs, EWI, and other industry partners.


Reminder: Taste the Future is tomorrow

Columbus State’s annual culinary showcase and fundraiser is Tuesday, August 15 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Taste the Future attendees will enjoy hundreds of incredible flavors from more than 50 Central Ohio restaurants, clubs and caterers. Tickets are $100 each, and proceeds from the event support student success at Columbus State. You can purchase tickets online or at the door. Learn more.


Employee Appreciation Day just around the corner

The annual Employee Appreciation Day, hosted by the Staff Advisory Council, brings employees together for lunch and fellowship at the Delaware Campus on Wednesday, August 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the east patio of Moeller Hall, and at the Columbus Campus on Thursday, August 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the courtyard near Nestor Hall. Please bring your appetite (and your coworkers!) to join us in celebrating our accomplishments and saying “thank you” to everyone that makes Columbus State an exceptional place to work.


College Success Express helps students transition from high school to college

This summer’s College Success Express program helped transition recent high school graduates to college-level coursework and expectations. Alumni from Columbus City Schools and other Central Ohio partner districts enrolled in a two-week College Success Skills (COLS 1101) class, while also strengthening their reading, writing, and mathematics skills before retaking placement tests. As a result, all 49 participants passed COLS 1101, earning their first college credit, and 71 percent of these students are now eligible for a higher-level class than their initial placement scores indicated. This fall semester, these students are registered for 542 semester hours and counting! Many thanks to the College Success Express team members who have these students set up for success.


Peer Advocate office hours during semester break

Peer Advocates provide extra support to help students be successful at Columbus State. Peer Advocates are student employees in the Student Advocacy Department who provide individual support to students. They can:

  • Assist with problem solving and action planning to address barriers and challenges
  • Connect students to college and community resources and student engagement opportunities
  • Help students navigate college processes
  • Refer students to appropriate departments for further assistance
  • Provide tools and tips for success
  • Link students to community resources for housing (emergency and apartment/house hunting), food pantries, and health care, among other areas
  • Peer Advocates are trained Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors and can assist students in completing applications for state assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  

A Peer Advocate will be in Aquinas Hall 116 AC during the following times: 

  • Wednesday, August 16 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 17 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 18 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 21 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 22 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 23 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 24 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, August 25 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Students can walk-in or schedule an appointment by emailing or calling (614) 287-5192. Schedule subject to change, call ahead to confirm.


Librarian earns certification as Professional Resume Writer

Last week, Columbus State librarian Lorena Popelka was awarded the Certified Professional Resume Writer credential. She joins staff members of Career Services in this distinction, and will be helping students with resume development. Her recent certification results in a 100 percent pass rate for the Columbus State staff members who took the exam.

The Resume Writer credential, developed by the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches in 1991, is the industry standard for professional resume writers. The exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of resume writing best practices, including the latest industry trends. 


Adjunct publishes article on women Airforce pilots during WWII

Jenny Sage, volunteer adjunct College Credit Plus teacher at New Albany High School, will have an article published in the forthcoming edition of Ohio History. The article is titled "Ladies of Lockbourne: Women Airforce Service Pilots and the Mighty B-17 Flying Fortress" and covers the history of the World War II training program at what is now Rickenbacker airport.


Save the Date

Faculty Convocation
August 25, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Center, WD Ballroom




Start earning coins to be entered to win wireless speakers

Employees, spouses, and partners covered on Columbus State’s United Health Care plan are encouraged to earn eight coins each under the Health Rewards program to avoid the premium surcharge. The new year to earn Health Rewards coins is underway — July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Start earning coins and get entered in a drawing for wireless speakers! All you have to do is complete your Health Survey at Go to “Visit Rally Health & Wellness.” Complete your Health Survey by August 31 to be eligible. Once completed, you will automatically be entered into the drawing for the home wireless speakers.

 If you have already completed your health survey for the year starting July 1, 2017, your name will be automatically entered. The winner will be notified by the end of September. If you have any questions, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 or


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.