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February 20, 2017


Stand and deliver

girl standiing in audience At today’s High School Visit Day, a student in the audience stands up to indicate what high school district she attends. Hundreds of high school students and their parents attended Columbus State’s Visit Day to hear speakers and take tours on their President’s Day off from school!


Reminder: Brother’s Keeper Panel is Feb. 22, Poets in Black Feb. 23

The campus community is invited to attend the 2017 Brother’s Keeper Panel on Wednesday, February 22, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.

The annual “Poets in Black” poetry and spoken word event will be held Thursday, February 23, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.


First Wednesday is March 1

First Wednesday, the president’s monthly update of college news, will be held on Wednesday, March 1, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The meeting will also be live streamed for those unable to attend.


Pair to present on grant sustainability

Scott Wegeng and Tara Sheffer, grant coordinators in Business and Engineering Technologies, have been invited to present a session February 28 at the Sustainability Virtual Institute, sponsored by the nonprofit organization “Jobs for the Future” and the American Association of Community Colleges, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor.

The Sustainability Institute provides grant recipients with a series of individualized coaching and webinar sessions where they can receive expert advice to help them sustain key program innovations.

Columbus State’s supply chain management grants team—the LINCS and SCPro™ Fundamentals programs—participated in the Institute this past autumn semester to begin the sustainability planning process for the eight certification courses that were created through the grant.

The institute proved valuable for these two grant programs, and will also be used to sustain the Ohio TechNet grant. You can find out more information about Columbus State’s LINCS and SCPro™ Fundamentals projects online here.  


Reception to be held for Westerville coordinator

After serving the college for more than 10 years, Yaizmen Fayne, coordinator for the Westerville Regional Learning Center is leaving Columbus State for new opportunities. Fayne worked in Public Safety, the Telephone Information Center, and the Regional Learning Centers, and her knowledge of Columbus State will be missed, said Jeff Akers, director of Regional Learning Centers. A farewell reception will be held for Fayne on Tuesday, February 28, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in WD 353.


Christopher’s now serving dinner

Christopher's will begin dinner service for this semester on Thursday, February 23. Dinner will be service from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., with lunch service at 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Christopher’s is served in Eibling Hall 05.  To view the menus for each week, visit the Christopher’s website.


Tax prep program offered

Federal and state income tax returns will be prepared free of charge by IRS-certified accounting students, now through April 8. The program is coordinated by Terrie Stolte, assistant professor in Business Programs.

The tax preparation is done as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The services will be offered to qualified individuals on Thursdays, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.

Interested individuals are asked to schedule an appointmentwith Hands-on-Columbus, at 211 locally, or (614)221-2255, when calling from outside the 614 area code.

Free online tax preparation assistance is also offered through the Ohio Benefit Bank self-serve website. For more information contactTerrie Stolte, ext. 2798.



Disclosure statements to be emailed

The annual Columbus State employee Disclosures and Acknowledgments questionnaire will be sent to all employees later this month. The questionnaire, required by College Policy, includes information regarding the Ohio Ethics Law requirements, as well as important employment acknowledgements. Watch your email for this form during the last week of February. Employees are required to submit the completed form no later than Friday, March 31.

Health Rewards briefing offered this week

The next Health Rewards briefing session will be offered Thursday, February 23, at 12:00 p.m. in DE 109.

The briefing will introduce the new platform called “Rally” which can help you get healthier, one step at a time, with personalized health and wellness recommendations.  In this briefing, attendees will go through the new web portal at and see the changes for Health Rewards.

As a reminder, all employees and spouse or domestic partners covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State must accumulate eight points in the Health Rewards Program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. We are currently enrolled in the cycle that runs through June 30, 2017.  

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.  You can also get technical assistance with Rally by calling 1(866)868-5484.


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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.