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December 7, 2017


December Staff Employee of the Month
Westerville Coordinator inspires others with his passion and dedication


After watching Jason Woltja deliver a single presentation to test proctors, Financial Aid Advisor Vena Hill could tell immediately the level of passion and dedication he brings to his work.

“I observed staff from Columbus State, elementary school teachers, and guidance counselors who were attentive, excited, and eager in assisting future college students in achieving academic excellence,” she said. “Jason delivered and gave more than expected in training. He planted positive seeds in encouraging our partners to become even more involved in inspiring more students to enroll in College Credit Plus and complete their degrees at Columbus State.”

Hill nominated Woltja for Staff Employee of the Month, and she isn’t the only one to notice his positive attitude and work ethic. He was recently promoted from Training and Operations Specialist in Testing Services to Coordinator for the Westerville Regional Learning Center. “Jason is like a sponge, he soaks up every opportunity to gain new information and skills,” said his former supervisor Michelle Teasley-Parks, Director of College Testing Services. “When he sees a deficit he takes it upon himself to learn what is needed and trains the person on how they can improve their workflow.”


Disability Services will be closed Wednesday, December 20

Disability Services will be closed for a staff retreat on Wednesday, December 20.  If assistance is needed for urgent matters during this time, please contact Tiffany McClain at


Change to accommodated test submission process

Starting Spring Semester 2018, all accommodated exams/quizzes should be submitted directly to the Disability Services office. This is a continuous improvement effort that applies to all accommodated tests regardless of the student’s testing location. All testing paperwork (DS Test Administration Request form, Blackboard Testing Information Sheet if necessary, and a copy of the test) should be sent via email to  A copy of the DS Test Administration Request form can be found online here. Upon receipt of the testing materials, Disability Services staff will process the test(s), and distribute them to the student’s testing location, as indicated on their Student Testing Agreement Request (STAR) form. If you have questions, please contact the Disability Services Testing Center at (614) 287-5089 or


Call for nominations: 2018 Society of the Compass Award

The Society of the Compass is a prestigious student award society established in honor of Columbus State’s 50th anniversary, with an annual induction ceremony every spring. The name of the award signifies that our students often find their life direction while in college, and the distinction allows faculty and staff to recognize graduating students who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement during their time at Columbus State. Acceptance to the Society of the Compass represents success in the four “compass points” that serve as the foundation of the Society’s creed: Nobility, Excellence, Service, and Wisdom.

Nominations are currently being accepted for students who embody these four fundamental values to be considered for the Society of the Compass award.

Nomination guidelines:

  • All faculty and staff are welcome to submit nominations, and nominations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 for this year’s induction.
  • Nominees must have completed at least 30 credit hours at Columbus State Community College.
  • Nominees must have graduated (or will graduate) from Columbus State since the previous Spring semester (in the Summer 2017, Autumn 2017 or Spring 2018 semesters).
  • Nominees must be students who, in your experience and professional opinion, have performed and behaved in a manner worthy of this exclusive group of students according to the Society of the Compass creed.

For more information, instructions, and the form for nominating students to the Society of the Compass click here.


Cookie bake sale today! 3 for $2, or 6 for $3

The Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC) is hosting a cookie bake sale today. Club members baked cookies in Eibling Hall's kitchen Tuesday night and will be selling fresh-baked peppermint blossoms, snickerdoodles, and gluten-free peanut butter cookies in Nestor Hall and the Center for Technology & Learning from 1:00 p.m. until all cookies are sold out. Proceeds from the sales go directly toward SNAC's events (industry speakers, tours, seminars, etc.) If you're not yet a SNAC member, show up, join, and have fun! For more information, visit SNAC on the Hub, or email


class at business

Students get a real-world look at operations management

Business Management students in Charla Fraley’s Operations Management course toured United Security Seals Inc., a 110-year-old business that is the largest manufacturer of lead and wire security seals in North America. Owner and manager Rob Sanders conducted the tour and discussed the company’s development and use of proprietary equipment and manufacturing processes. It was a great way to bring the course content full circle and give students a real-world view of operations management in action. 


Important reminders from Purchasing, Accounts Payable and Travel

As we near the end of the calendar year and holiday break, employees are encouraged to complete payables paperwork before the long break. Please submit invoices to Accounts Payable by Wednesday, December 20. Invoices received after this date will not be processed for payment until after the holiday break. P-Card users: please complete your reconciliation by Friday, December 15.

In addition, all employee reimbursement checks not picked up from the cashier’s windows by Thursday, December 21 will be mailed to the mailing address of record. Thank you and happy holidays!


Women’s Employee Resource Group meets Thursday, December 14

The next meeting of the Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) is scheduled for Thursday, December 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio on the lower level of the Library. Come celebrate women with a sweet treat and an ornament or another gift to exchange, and prepare yourself for a discussion on the cultural changes our nation is currently undergoing.  We will discuss the #MeToo Movement; the firing of Charlie Rose and Matt Lauer from early morning television; the entertainment scandals surrounding Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Russell Simmons; and political strongholds crumbling and persisting in the form of John Conyers, Al Franken, and Roy Moore.  We’ll discuss what’s happening in the world around us and what this means for women in a post-Clinton-loss climate.

For additional information, please contact Kelly Hogan or Crystal Clark.


Retirement party for Cindy Hood

Please join us on Tuesday, December 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio to extend best wishes to Cindy Hood, who is retiring from Columbus State on December 31. Cindy has been a cherished member of the college for over 43 years, and she will be greatly missed by the staff, faculty, and students. 


Update reader survey

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Upcoming professional development classes

See a list of upcoming professional development classes and other training opportunities.

Holiday wellness tips

You can stay healthy this holiday season by simply slowing down while you eat. Find more holiday wellness advice, including mental health information, in the December Matrix Monitor.


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.