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January 19, 2017


Testing Center reminders for spring semester

Columbus State’s Testing Services has made great strides to improve our students’ experience when they report to take tests for their courses. The faculty have partnered with the Testing Centers and made adjustments to their exam schedule and protocol, in order to accomplish these improvements.  Below are a few reminders as we prepare to serve Spring Semester 2017 students:

Traditional classroom make-up tests:
1)  Must be electronically submitted to the Center’s email:
2)  Are no longer accepted hand-delivered.
3)  Require the student to make an appointment before reporting for their tests.

Exam Deadline Dates
Faculty are encouraged to use Monday through Friday as deadline dates and avoid scheduling the last day to test on a Saturday.

Final Exams
Faculty are encouraged to schedule Final Exams only during Finals Week, and not use that week for make-up exams or other tests.

If you have questions about Testing Center procedures, please call ext. 5219 and a member of the Testing Center team will gladly assist you.


Join PONO this spring


There are still a few openings to join the Spring 2017 PONO Diversity Learning Community.

PONO is a group for employees and students that meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and socio-economic status. PONO provides great opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register on The Hub under the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center. Please contact Jasmine Marks if you have any questions about PONO.



2016 W-2s available online

ADP, Columbus State’s W-2 provider, offers access to employee W-2 forms online, 24 hours a day. To access your W-2 statement online, you are required to register:  

* Go to
* Click “Register Now”
* Enter the Registration Pass Code which is: 1COUGAR-TS (case sensitive)
* Enter your name and select W-2 Services as the Service

The following information is required for validation purposes:

* Full Social Security Number
* Employee ID number
* Company Code: VJC (case sensitive)
* Employee Zip Code
* Tax Year

You will be prompted to complete a registration process during which you will select a unique password.  Your password must contain between 8 and 20 characters, with at least one alpha and one numeric character. Additionally, you will be assigned a system-generated User ID.  Once you have completed the registration process, you should bookmark the URL or add it to your favorites.



News from the Discovery District

The Tipping Point Theatre Company will present a staged reading of
The Women by Clare Boothe Luce. The event will be held in Nestor Hall Auditorium at Columbus State this Sunday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted. The production will be followed by a discussion with tea and cookies. The Tipping Point Theatre Company is dedicated to productions that promote equality in all of its forms, including, but not limited to: racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism and ableism.

Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, is the guest speaker for Metro High School’s “State of STEM” conference Monday, January 30. Dr. Jemison served six years as a NASA astronaut. She leads 100 Year Starship, a global initiative to ensure that the capabilities for human travel beyond our solar system exist within the next 100 years.  There are still tickets available:

Indulge your inner child and check out Thurber House’s “A Night with the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew” on Thursday, February 2. Learn all about the hidden authors behind your favorite characters. Learn more here:



Health Rewards briefing offered next week

The next Health Rewards briefing session will be offered Tuesday, January 24, at 9:00 a.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.



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.