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January 26, 2017


Shop and support the Columbus State Foundation

Did you know that when you are shopping for electronics, clothing, gifts and groceries, you can also support the Columbus State Foundation?

By signing up for AmazonSmile or Kroger Community Rewards programs, a donation can be made to the charitable organization of your choice!


When first visiting AmazonSmile, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization from almost one million eligible organizations. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization. You can sign up here:



Kroger Community Rewards
Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards.

To enroll, go to to sign in, or create an account using your Kroger Plus Card.

Once signed in you can enroll or update your Community Rewards under your Account Settings (Look for Columbus State Community College Foundation, Organization Number 72383).

Then, just shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! Kroger makes quarterly donations to charity, based on the number of shoppers who have selected each organization.


College effort pays off; ‘Phishing’ attack not successful

Columbus State’s effort to educate staff and faculty on dangerous “phishing” emails paid off this week. There was a significant phishing attack launched against the college Tuesday. More than 1,500 people received the same “web mail alert” phishing message. 

“Only one person on campus was fooled by the message,” said Jim Beidler, Chief Technology Officer.  “It appears that awareness and diligence are paying off. Just a few months ago we had 56 people fooled by a similar message masquerading as ‘Blackboard Alert.’”

For more information or guidance on potential phishing attacks, visit this IT webpage:, Columbus State will never ask for your user name and password by email.

If you’re wondering, Tuesday’s phishing email looked like below: (note the unknown email, poor spelling, grammar, and anonymous terminology.)

From: Admin []
Sent: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 8:04 PM
Subject: Update Your Details

Your Webmail Account Certificate expired on the 1-25-2017, This may interrupt your email delivery configuration, and account POP settings, page error when sending message.

To re-new your Webmail account Certificate Details, Please take a second to update your records by link below or copy and paste link Update Your Details.


Society of the Compass nominations requested by Feb. 13

logoFaculty and staff nominations for the annual Society of the Compass student award are due by midnight Monday, February 13, to be considered for this year’s induction.

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.

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate students who meet the following criteria:

  • They have completed at least 30 credit hours at Columbus State.
  • They have graduated, or will graduate from Columbus State in the summer 2016, autumn 2016 or spring 2017 semesters.
  • They are students who have performed and behaved in a manner worthy of the Society of the Compass creed.

For more information, instructions, and the form for nominating students to the Society of the Compass, please visit: Society of the Compass.


GED candidates surveyed to assist in future enrollment

Columbus State’s College Testing Services has partnered with Admissions, Recruitment and Outreach to survey the GED candidates who test in Columbus, Dublin and Reynoldsburg testing centers.

GED students who take tests at the Community and Professional Testing Center, and at the two Regional Learning Centers, will be surveyed to gather demographic, career interest, and college interest information while they are taking the GED Exam. 

This is an excellent population to consider as prospective Columbus State student and determine how the college can support them. Testing Services will provide the GED candidate information to Admissions, so they can help strengthen their connection, career path awareness and enrollment at Columbus State.  Admissions will also track this population’s enrollment data.


Elevator inspections scheduled for Feb. 3

Elevator inspections are scheduled for Friday, February 3, in Delaware Hall, Columbus Hall, and the parking garage. Each elevator in these buildings will be out of service for approximately one hour for a state inspection that will include smoke tests and alarms. The schedule is as follows:

Columbus Hall -7:30-8:30 a.m.
Delaware Hall - 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Parking garage - 9:30-10:30 a.m.


Dann to give presentation on Woodhull Feb. 12

Judith Dann Ph.D., professor in Humanities, will make a presentation at Kelton House on Sunday, February 12, titled “Victoria Woodhull: Queen Victoria or Mrs. Satan?” Dann will explore the life of Victoria Woodhull and the adversity she overcame to be the first woman U.S. Presidential candidate in 1872. Reservations are recommended and are $5 per person. Call Kelton House at (614)464-2022 or email



Teaching diversity workshop offered Jan. 27

A workshop titled “Teaching and Learning Diversity in Times of Adversity” will be offered for faculty on Friday, January 27, (TOMORROW) in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD

The workshop will explore how current events influence teaching and learning, and offer ways to build a safer, stronger community for ourselves and our students. 

There will be repeat sessions in the morning and afternoon, with a panel discussion in between sessions.
Session I:  9:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.
“Classroom Management and Safety” – Office of Student Conduct, Public Safety, and Title IX/Compliance

“Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom” – Dr. Mary Lewis, assistant professor, Psychology

Faculty Panel Discussion

Session II:  12:00 – 2:50 p.m.
Agenda repeats

Resource booths will be available, light refreshments will be served, and adjunct faculty will be paid to attend. Register

College Knowledge session offered Jan. 27 on ‘Grants 101’

At the next College Knowledge session, Friday, January 27, (TOMORROW) from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. John Paul Vandermark, program coordinator from the Grants Office will share  a “Grants 101” presentation to introduce us to the great work they are doing to support Columbus State’s mission. Please register in advance and join us at 8:45 a.m. for coffee and conversation before the program. For more information, contact Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention, at ext. 3860.





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