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July 18, 2017


Theatre Columbus State summer play preview

This week, Theatre Columbus State presents “The Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage © 1959.” Set against the backdrop of the late 1950s and told in the style of the social guidance films of that era, the play follows two young couples from courtship to matrimony, and ultimately to what comes after. Performances will take place July 19 – 22 at 8:00 p.m. and at 3:00 p.m. on July 20. All shows are in Nestor Hall and free of charge.

Disability Services, in partnership with the Interpreter Education Program, will interpret Friday evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance. 


Columbus restaurant company and owner to be honored at Taste the Future

scene at Taste the Future

Columbus State’s 28th annual Taste the Future culinary showcase and fundraiser will honor a well-known restaurant group and its owner. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) was founded by Cameron Mitchell in 1993. Over the years, his company has built a diverse portfolio of varied concepts, ranging from multi-location upscale destinations to single neighborhood favorites.

Since its founding, CMR has had a long-standing relationship with Columbus State by hiring graduates who are starting their professional careers. In addition, several members of the CMR leadership team received their education from Columbus State. The knowledge and skills they gained at the college has been invaluable in mentoring other CMR associates. 

Company leaders, including CMR President David Miller and Rusty Bucket President Gary Callicoat are also members of the Columbus State Foundation Board. Cameron Mitchell is currently chairing a capital campaign to raise funds for a new home for Columbus State's School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts.

More than serving as the largest culinary event in Columbus, proceeds from Taste the Future support student success at Columbus State. Taste the Future has now grown to host over 1,300 people and 50 food stations.  And many of the participating establishments at the event feature graduates of the Columbus State Culinary Apprenticeship program, including Barcelona, Marcella’s, The Blackwell Inn, and Lindey’s.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit Taste the Future will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 6 - 9 p.m. on the Columbus Campus.


Fire Science has moved to new location at Bolton Field

As of Monday, July 17, the Fire Science Program offices and training complex have moved to the Southwest Center at Bolton Field. Find the Fire Program Office in Aviation Maintenance Room 130, or contact the department at and 614-287-2774. Construction on the fire training complex begins soon. Find more information here.


Nominate a student representative for the Board of Trustees

It’s time to nominate a student leader to participate in the application process to become the 2017-2018 Student Representative for the Board of Trustees. For more details about the expectations and responsibilities, please visit the following link: 

To nominate a candidate, send the following letter to an exceptional student leader on campus; they will need to complete the application process to be considered as the 2017-2018 student representative. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, July 26 at noon. Please do not send the application out to more than one interested student. This is a very thorough process and only the best candidates will be considered.

If you have any questions, you may contact Dean of Student Life Renee Hill or Director of Student Conduct Terrence Books. Finally, please send Terrence Brooks the name of the student that you are nominating.

Dear Student,

Congratulations: You have been nominated as a potential candidate for the 2017-2018 Student Representative for the Board of Trustees. Please review the expectations and requirements before completing your application.

Please visit the following link to complete your application:

If you have any questions about the application itself, students may contact Terrence Brooks at or (614)287-2815.


Takeaways from National Sexual Assault Conference

Columbus State’s victim advocates would like to share their takeaways from the National Sexual Assault Conference. A briefing on the information they gained and changes the College community might expect to see will be open to all interested on Wednesday, August 9 at 11:00 a.m. in WD 302. Please RSVP to Jessica Boor at if you would like to attend. If you would like to request a training related to victim advocacy or gender-based violence, please email


portrait of Mike

Help celebrate Mike Bateman’s retirement

Please join the Bookstore team in celebrating the retirement of Mike Bateman. Bateman joined the Bookstore team as a Retail Coordinator in 2006 and has consistently been a student-focused face on the front end of the operation. The Bookstore will be hosting a pot luck in his honor on Wednesday, July 26 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the DX third floor conference room. Stop by and wish Mike all the best as he starts his new adventure!




New year, fresh start!

The new fiscal year began on July 1, and it’s the perfect time to create blanket purchase orders (BPO) with suppliers that you plan to use multiple times during the year. BPO’s provide several advantages over traditional purchase orders. In addition to being able to place orders by phone or email, a blanket purchase order can be increased or decreased throughout the fiscal year without having to create a budget transfer or create a new BPO. When a BPO needs to be increased or decreased, signature protocol is still in effect and the cost center manager will need to email the approval of the adjustment to

Questions regarding BPO’s and PO’s can be sent to

Designate your backup approver

A reminder to Cost Center Managers: If you are going to be out of the office for more than a couple of days, please designate a backup approver in your absence. The backup approver could be responsible for approving Colleague requisitions, OfficeMax Supply orders, travel requests/expense, invoices and other financial forms. To designate a backup approver, send an email to Darrin Albaugh and include the designee name, start date, end date and any specific instructions.



Deadline for Employee/Dependent Fee Waiver

The priority deadline for the Autumn 2017 Semester’s Employee/Dependent Fee Waivers is Monday, August 14. A Request for Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on August 14 to guarantee that the fee waiver will be processed before late fees are assessed.

Employees and dependents who submit their fee waiver request after the start of the term will be required to first pay the fees and then be reimbursed. Fee waiver forms requesting reimbursement of fees must be submitted by September 25.

For information regarding eligibility and to obtain the fee waiver request form, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Trenton Edwards at ext. 2406 or


serving ice cream

HR recognizes employees at Cougar Paw Ice Cream Social

The Human Resources department hosted another successful Cougar Paw Ice Cream Social on July 12 to recognize employees who received Cougar Paw kudos in April, May and June. Not only do we encourage you to keep up the good work, but to continue to recognize one another for the accomplishments and contributions you make every day to Columbus State!

Instructions for sending Cougar Paws can be found here.



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.