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July 10, 2017


QPR trains College community in suicide prevention

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QPR Gatekeeper Instructors (from left) are police officer Laura Diamond, Director of Counseling Services Ameena Kemavor, Program Coordinator in Professional Development and Retention Barbara Allen, Program Coordinator in Student Engagement and Leadership Genevieve Sharon, and professor of Biological and Physical Sciences Sharon Stickley. Tracy Thornton, specialist in Purchasing and Accounts Payable, not pictured.

Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) is a proven suicide prevention gatekeeper course that reduces suicidal behaviors and saves lives by providing innovative and practical skills to trainees. Columbus State has Certified QPR Instructors offering monthly QPR Gatekeeper Trainings. Since Autumn Semester 2016, 69 students and 133 employees have become QPR Gatekeepers. “This training gives people the tools they need to feel comfortable and confident in addressing suicide,” said one participant. 

Registration is encouraged but not required. Interested participants can preregister via The Hub. Employees may also register through the Employee Training Website. Upcoming training dates are:

Wednesday, July 12
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in NH-027

Wednesday, August 16
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in NH- 027

Thursday, September 14
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (location TBA)

Friday, October 20
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (location TBA)

Monday, November 6
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (location TBA)

Wednesday, December 6
1:30 to 3:00 p.m. (location TBA)

If you have any questions regarding the QPR Gatekeeper Training, please contact Ameena Kemavor at To seek help for yourself, or if you are worried about someone who is experiencing distress and is at risk of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This lifeline is available 24/7. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by calling 1-800-799-4889.  The Veterans Crisis Line number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – PRESS 1. For anyone in need of immediate help, dial 911.


Job readiness program helps TRIO students

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In June, 30 TRIO Educational Talent Search students participated in the “Getting Ahead Professionally: Mentoring for Excellence in Employment” career exploration and job readiness program. Participants gained valuable employability skills throughout the two-week program, which included a team-building trip to Camp Mary Orton and a day of fun STEM activities on campus with a visit from COSI.

The students also spent an entire day sorting donated items at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Thanks to a generous grant provided by the Gap Foundation, the students learned valuable skills, had fun, and earned a $300 stipend for their participation in the program.

The program wrapped up with a visit to Gap, Inc., where students put their interviewing skills to the test and toured the facility.  These participants learned and practiced all the nuts and bolts that are essential to land—and keep—a job.


Diversity training opportunity

Speed Diversity Dialogue is a process that invites quick but meaningful conversation about how our diverse identities (including age, race, culture, etc.) shape our experiences. Given Columbus State’s high level of diversity in the classroom and workplace, finding a positive and effective way to increase empathy, understanding and cultural sensitivity skills is crucial. Speed Diversity Dialogue is a diversity training tool that strives to remove barriers to success and help faculty, staff, and students recognize the benefits of a diverse community. Participants will:

  • Enhance their awareness about the intersectionality of multiple identities
  • Find common ground and appreciation for each other’s experiences and differences
  • Break some stereotypes and assumptions about out-group members
  • Enhance their understanding and empathy toward diverse populations
  • Learn the roles of allies and become an agent of change

This event is also part of the College Resources for Advanced Faculty Training (CRAFT) curriculum whereby faculty can earn a certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching. Staff can earn a similar certificate.

The event takes place on Thursday, July 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Location TBD. Please register in advance.


Reminder: Workshop on hiring student workers

Career Services Student Employment invites campus hiring managers to attend a workshop that will review the process of posting and hiring for student jobs. After a general overview of the process, supervisors will be able to login to Cornerstone and submit Requisition Requests for autumn semester hiring.

To learn more about hiring students, please register to attend a “Student Employment: Job Posting and Hiring Process” session at this link: 

Remaining sessions are scheduled for:

•  Tuesday, July 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

•   Tuesday, July 18 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Professor to perform American premiere of “Hail Mary”

OSU Urban Arts Space is hosting a special, one-night only performance by musician and adjunct professor of humanities Rocco Di Pietro. Di Pietro will perform the American premiere of Julius Eastman's "Hail Mary" and will be joined by David Nelson Tomasacci, Romulo Vazquez, Larry Marotta, and Paul Strawser for performances of work by John Cage, Jean Paul Taylor, along with original compositions. Learn more.



Cougar Paw Ice Cream Social

The Human Resources department will host an ice cream social to recognize employees who have received a Cougar Paw kudo in April, May and June. This informal event will be held on Wednesday, July 12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the second floor Student Lounge of the WD building. Employees will enjoy several flavors of ice cream and toppings (including options for those requiring a dietary alternative). On behalf of Human Resources, thanks for all your hard work and congratulations to those who have recently received acknowledgements from their peers and co-workers. Enjoy this opportunity to socialize with fellow Cougars!

Please continue to recognize the good work of your colleagues and co-workers by sending them a Cougar Paw through the Cornerstone system. Instructions for sending Cougar Paws can be found here.


June 16 – Robert Neutzling, Specialist in the Bookstore

June 16 – Jason Stover, Residency Specialist, Office of the Registrar

June 16 – Sidney Carey, Groundskeeper I

July 3 – Tina Pickering, Transcript Evaluator, Office of the Registrar

July 3 – Michelle Schleppi, Specialist, Telephone Information Center

July 3 - Benjamin Dalton, Information Security Officer, IT Support Center

July 3 – Lori Gage, Operations Coordinator in the Conference Center

July 3 – Jessica Eberly, Specialist, Telephone Information Center

July 3 – Lenore Southerland, Supervisor, Veterinary, Imaging and Surgical Technology


Office Associate in Athletics – Requisition No. 1608

Specialist (part-time) in Financial Aid – Requisition No. 1606

Programmer/Analyst in Enterprise App Integration – Requisition No. 1602

Teaching Assistant in Human Services – Requisition No. 1595

Office Associate in Human Resources – Requisition No. 1586


July Matrix Monitor and upcoming webinars

In this month’s issue of Matrix Monitor, learn about reducing the risk of burglary when you’re on vacation, recognizing workplace bullying and more.

July Webinars

You can register for these webinars or view archived webinars through your member login at

Go to the Employee Resources tab, drop down to your company name and click on the “Work and Family Resources” link to register. Please note that webinar registration fills quickly.  However, you can always view webinars at a later time in the Webinar Archive. If you have any questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at


Simplify your life

Are you so busy with life that you miss out on what matters most? If so, you’re not alone. Most of us get stuck with physical and emotional clutter. Join us to discuss:

•  How modern life can create stress

•  Ways to focus on what’s important to you

•  Tips to de-clutter and simplify your life

Presented on Tuesday, July 11 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST 

All work and no play: Avoiding burnout

  • Are you exhausted all the time?
  • Do you find that most of your tasks either bore or overwhelm you?
  • Do you feel like nothing you do makes a difference or is appreciated?

You could be suffering from burnout—a state of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion. Attend this webinar to learn more about how to handle your needs and rekindle your energies.

Presented on Tuesday, July 18 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST

Navigating the ups and downs of long-term relationships

Join this webinar to learn more about what makes long-term relationships work and last. Consider questions like:

•  Should long-term relationships be hard work?

•  What role do expectations play?

•  What are some of the major deal-makers and deal-breakers?

•  What does love look like after years together?

Presented on Tuesday, July 25 at 3:00-4:00 p.m. EST



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