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December 4, 2017


Learn about Columbus State’s Employee Resource Groups

Columbus State recently relaunched Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background. In this video, Melissa Lamar, specialist in Business and Industry and co-liaison of the Caregiver ERG, discusses the benefits of ERGs and how employees can join.




Capture the Flag cybersecurity event

More than 50 students from Columbus State and several Central Ohio high schools took their first steps toward becoming cyber warriors at a Capture the Flag event sponsored by the Ohio National Guard and Columbus State. Students tackled a variety of cyberattack scenarios that assessed their problem-solving skills as well as their knowledge in programs like Python and Linux.

students in lab

The event was designed to inspire more students to pursue cybersecurity studies and careers. To date, Ohio has more than 6,700 jobs available in cybersecurity, with more than 2,600 in Columbus. Columbus State is part of the Ohio Cyber Collaboration Committee, which is committed to creating a cyber range – a virtual environment used for cybersecurity training and technology development.

Columbus State launched its cybersecurity technician pathway program this year. Funded through a National Science Foundation grant, the program prepares students for in-demand jobs in cybersecurity with stackable certificates and a two-year degree in applied science. Students can then transfer to Franklin University for their bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity.

“Our goal is to not just create individuals who know what they are doing (in this field) but help them understand that they are in a war and they will be cyber warriors,” said Larry McWherter, who teaches cybersecurity courses at Columbus State.

See ABC 6 coverage of the event.


students with frame

Giving Tuesday raises more than $3,500

On Giving Tuesday last week, the community raised $3,501.46 for the Columbus State Foundation. Each Giving Station on campus raised an average of $115.

Other fun facts:

  • The bookstore had over 260 customers participate in the “Round Up” campaign
  • Students and employees who donated time wrote over 50 notes of encouragement to fellow students or “thank you” cards to veterans
  • Students and employees who donated time filled more than 70 goody bags for the children who will attend the Light Up A Life holiday event hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership


Light Up A Life is December 9

Light Up a Life will be taking place on Saturday, December 9 and will be accepting basket donations until Thursday, December 7. This event is for currently enrolled student parents and their children. The families will enjoy a free holiday meal, children’s craft activities, family photographs, theater performance, crafts, games and more! You can help us by donating items for a gift basket that will be raffled to families. Our goal is to provide one raffle basket per family. The total value of the basket is recommended be approximately $20 and up. You can buy any basket items you like, just be sure the baskets are family-friendly. Some basket examples from last year include a movie night basket, pasta night basket, game night basket, arts and craft basket.

Do you, your office, department or family want to sponsor a gift basket? If so, please fill out a form. For more information about the Light Up a Life project, contact Katrina de Los Santos at ext. 2857 and Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event.



Women’s Connection winter coat drive

The Women’s Connection Leadership Program is running a winter coat and hygiene product drive. Clothing items needed include winter coats, gloves, scarves, and hats. Hygiene products include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, hand sanitizer, deodorant, scented body sprays, bar soap, wash clothes, combs and brushes. All donations will be given to a local women’s shelter and folks in need. Please bring donations to Franklin Hall 224 by December 15 or contact Sarah Baker, for scheduled pickup.


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Screening of National Geographic’s ‘Gender Revolution’

On Friday, December 8 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in WD 402, the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center presents “Gender Revolution, a documentary by National Geographic. Please join us as we close out this semester with a film that explores the diversity of gender identity. Afterwards, there will be a discussion. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP by clicking here!




Renee Hill

Incorporating student affairs into accreditation

A presentation proposal by Dean of Student Life Renee Hill has been accepted for the Higher Learning Commission Conference Accreditation Workshop. Jodi Koslow Martin, Vice President for Student Engagement at North Park University and Andy Chambers, Senior Vice President for Student Development and Associate Provost at Missouri Baptist University also contributed to the presentation, which will cover the role of student affairs in the accreditation process and encourage student affairs practitioners to consider becoming a peer reviewer.


group photo From left (back row) are Sarah Baker, Katina Fitch, Katrina De Los Santos, Holly Green, (front row) Julie Collet, Darla Vanhorn, Nancy Smith Not pictured: Chelsea Elliott, David Metz, and Marcus Jackson.

EMSS team members join Ohio Association of Community College’s cost of poverty simulation

A group of EMSS employees participated in the Ohio Association of Community College’s Cost of Poverty Experience Simulation (COPE). Forty-six million Americans live in poverty, including close to one-quarter of American children. The simulation explored of what the true cost of poverty is for Americans and specifically students in a community college setting.


Retirement reception for Les Helms
Les Helms of the Business Programs Department will be retiring on December 16.  Les started at Columbus State in 1992.  He is a beloved teacher who earned a Distinguished Teaching award in 1996.  His book “A Better World” was published in 2015.  A reception will be held in his honor on Thursday, December 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in DE 258.  All are welcome to come and celebrate Helms and his accomplishments. 


Retirement reception for Douglas Montanaro
The Humanities department would like to invite everyone to Douglas Montanaro’s retirement party. Come join us for cake and refreshments on Thursday, December 7 in TL 123 at between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.


Retirement reception for Jim Beidler
The reception will be held in the Library Multimedia Studio on Thursday, December 21 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please feel free to invite others who have worked with Jim in the past or who are currently working at Columbus State and want to wish him well.

At 5:00 p.m., Jim’s farewell party will continue at Platform Beer Company which is located at 408 North 6th Street. Please join us in celebrating Jim’s many years of service at Columbus State and in wishing him a wonderful retirement!


Job and Family Services Case Manager on campus Wednesday

Do you know a student who is struggling to make ends meet and could benefit from education, employment, training and supportive services? Student Advocacy encourages you to send these students to the Student Advocacy Center located in Aquinas Hall 116 on Wednesday, December 6 to meet with a Job and Family Services Case Manager who can help link them with the Achieve More and Prosper Program (AMP). AMP seeks to improve outcomes for enrolled youth and young adults by addressing obstacles to education, training, and long-term employment.

Appointments and walk-ins available on Wednesday, December 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Rachel Raines.



Health Rewards Program Rally Platform info session

Attend an information session to review the health rewards web platform and troubleshoot any technical issues/questions on Wednesday, December 6 at noon in DE 214. 

Any employee and spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight coins under the Health Rewards program to maintain your 20 percent payroll contribution. The cycle started July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover at x3989 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.