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August 28, 2017


Staff, students pitch in to help first day of classes run smoothly

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As new and returning students descend on campus today for the first day of the autumn semester, employees and student workers are out to greet students, answer questions and give directions.  From left are Ramla Mohamed, a student member of the Cougar Crew, and on the right Thomas Giles, assistant director of Admissions, directs a student.


Additional parking spaces and Parking Ambassadors this semester

You may have noticed parking lot improvements being made over the summer. These changes are a result of the College trying to ease the congestion that occurs during the peak hours that students and employees look for parking spots.

In the parking lots that were resealed and then restriped over the summer, additional spaces were added. In student lots, where there’s the heaviest demand during the first weeks of the semester, 225 additional spaces were added. And in employee lots, 50 additional spaces were added.

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In the 12-S lot, some of the additional spaces that were added are along the entrances where students can now pull into newly added parallel spaces.

And for the first time, Columbus State is contracting with a company to provide parking assistance during the first four weeks of classes. The company, known as SP-Plus (SP+), will provide Parking Ambassadors who will help direct students to available parking spaces. Nine Ambassadors will be out in parking lots each day from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. They’ll be wearing bright green vests with “CSCC” printed on them.

Those same Ambassadors will also provide parking enforcement. If you’re parked in a spot you’re not supposed to be in, or if you don’t have a parking permit displayed, you will first receive a simple traffic warning to alert you that you’re in violation. However, after two warnings in a year, the Ambassadors have the option to issue a citation and a fine.

There’s an exception: If you’re parked in a fire lane or parked in a spot marked for handicapped vehicles without a handicap parking permit, those violations will carry a fine the first time.

The reason parking permits are required — and enforced — is to make sure anyone outside the College is not parking in our lots. With limited space, we don’t want others taking your spots.

We’ve also improved use of parking meters. In the past, parking meters could only be paid for with coins. Now, the College is partnering with Parkmobile, an app that allows you to pay for a parking meter on a mobile device. The app will ask you to enter your license plate number and your parking meter number at the space where you’re parked.

Here is a link to the Parkmobile app. It is in the AppStore, Google play and Windows Store. (Even though your meter will show there’s no time left on the meter, our Parking Ambassadors will have access to Parkmobile information which will show that you have paid through the app.)

If you have questions, please contact Parking Services at (614) 287-2323.


Register for Day of Service 2017

It is time to register for Columbus State’s fifth annual Day of Service, which will be held at both of our campus communities in Columbus and Delaware on Tuesday, September 19.

On that day, the campus community—including faculty, staff, and students—will get together to show our community the kind of big impact we can make in just one day.

Service opportunities will range from the physical to the philosophical, from weeding to reading, from planting to paperwork, and from cooking to conversation. There’s sure to be a service activity for everyone to join!

Read more about Day of Service FAQs online here.

Registration is now open on Hub, where you can sign up through Wednesday, September 15. 


New awareness campaign addresses stalking and intimate partner violence


The Office of Equity and Compliance is kicking off the Know It. Name It. STOP IT! awareness campaign about stalking and intimate partner violence on Thursday, August 31 at the Week of Welcome resource fair in the courtyard of the Columbus Campus. Visit the Equity and Compliance table for free giveaways, interactive tattoos and information about recognizing the behaviors of stalking and intimate partner violence (Know it), identifying those behaviors (Name it) and providing 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 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: Involves meeting with one student one time during either the Fall or Spring semesters for a brief, informational interview about your career field.

Mentorship: Involves regular check-ins between the staff member and student throughout the academic year in order to provide support and guidance 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


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Professor leads English program at one of China’s oldest universities

This summer, Garry Fourman, chair of the Modern Languages department, traveled to China with four other instructors from across the U.S. to pilot a new English program with 100 Chinese students at Hunan University in Changsha. The university was originally called the Yuelu Academy. Founded in 976 AD as one of the four academies of ancient Chinese, it is the only surviving one and one of the oldest continuous sites of learning in the world. The group later joined 16 other faculty for the English Program at Huazhong Agricultural University in Wuhan for another three-week program.


New Office Depot ordering platform

In November 2013, OfficeMax and Office Depot merged to form Office Depot, Inc. As a result of the merger, OfficeMax customers are required to migrate from the OfficeMax online ordering platform to the Office Depot online ordering platform. The college will be completing its transition to the Office Depot site with a “go live” date set for October 2, 2017.

The transition is being handled by the Procurement office. Additional information and training will be forthcoming. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Darrin Albaugh, or ext. 2641.



New CancerBridge program

CancerBridge, a new benefit for full-time employees, quickly and confidentially provides access to an expert to who will help you get answers when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. The service provides information specific to your cancer inquiry, expert cancer navigation and insights into treatment options. The CancerBridge service is available to full-time employees and their immediate family members — parents, parents-in-law, spouses, partners, children and siblings. CancerBridge helps provide some peace of mind for you and your family at a time when you have more questions than answers.

For your convenience, CancerBridge is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET) at 1-855-366-7700.

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989 or



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