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June 22, 2017


Construction for COTA’s new Bus Rapid Transit line begins on Columbus Campus

photo of bus

Construction began yesterday on two new Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) bus stops next to the Columbus Campus. The current shelters in front of the TL building and the Bookstore will be torn down. Temporary ones will be installed while the new shelters are built. COTA busses will continue to drop off and pick up passengers near the corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon avenues as they do now.

This project will take several weeks. During that time, traffic on Cleveland Avenue will occasionally be reduced to one lane in each direction. Barricades will be set up when crews are working on the sidewalk areas.

Once complete, the new shelters will serve COTA’s first Bus Rapid Transit line known as CMAX. That line will connect customers to major destinations along Cleveland Avenue between downtown Columbus and Polaris Parkway. The limited-stop CMAX service will complement regular COTA service along Cleveland Avenue, its second-busiest route. Testing of the new CMAX line will begin late this year. Regular service is set to begin in January.

Click here for more information on CMAX.


Business Services hosting retirement celebration

Margaret Margaret Power
Linda Linda Kaufman
Paul Paul Boaz

Business Services will be hosting a retirement celebration for Linda Kaufman, Paul Boaz, and Margaret Power on Friday, June 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the fourth floor WD Ballroom.

Please join us in celebrating these three tremendous employees as they start a new journey! Light refreshments will be served. 

Margaret Power began her career at Columbus State as a seasonal Bookstore employee in 2008. Since then, Margaret has advanced to her present role as Customer Care Retail Specialist. Margaret is presently serving as SAC Treasurer and was named 2015 Staff Employee of the Year.

Paul Boaz, Conference Center coordinator, has been with Columbus State for 11 years. If you have visited the conference center, you probably know Paul. He greets all guests with a smile and his hospitality is memorable. 

Linda Kauffman, office assistant in Conference Services, has been at Columbus State for 20 years. She started as an office associate in the Business and Industry Training Department, and moved to the Conference Center in 2007. Linda has been a member and continues to support the Staff Advisory Council. 


Columbus State professor interviewed for local television news story

When FOX 28 News decided to report this month on the still-growing trend of adult children moving back home, they turned to Columbus State for an expert on this issue.

Sociology professor Shauna Sowga provided context for the story. Watch the segment here.


Faculty attend teaching professor conference in St. Louis

The Faculty Entry, Training and Professional Development Committee sponsored a multi-disciplinary group of new and tenured faculty to collaborate at the Teaching Professor Conference in St. Louis. Watch for an early autumn semester round table session for the participants to share their experiences and new teaching insights.

group photo

From left are (back row) Lydia Gilmore, Yvette Johnson, Kendra Barker Poirier, Jeremy Banta, Ruey Bruce, (middle row) Charla Fraley, Jennifer Dragoo, Jessica Wohlgamuth-Benedum, Ellen Stadler, (front row) Jeanette Ferguson, Melissa Logue, Angela Howard and Elizabeth Hammond.


Disability Services and College Credit Plus

Disability Services is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities enrolled in College Credit Plus have access to college-appropriate accommodations. You can find important information for students, families, high schools and instructors here, including comparisons between high school and college accommodation requirements.


Nominate those working with justice system

Do you know someone who is doing great work on behalf of justice-involved individuals—people with a criminal background, who have been previously incarcerated, or those who have had interactions with court system?

As a part of the 2017 Restored Citizen’s Summit, Columbus State is seeking nominations to recognize community leaders in three categories: The Supportive Individual or Organization, the Justice-Involved Individual, and the Youth Award.

Criteria for each award are listed in a nomination packet available from Terrence Brooks, director of the Office of Student Conduct, interim director of Student Engagement and Leadership. Submissions are due by Friday, July 14.



Health Rewards points deadline is June 30

The deadline to have activities completed for the Health Rewards Program is June 30, 2017. Employees and their spouses or domestic partners covered under either of Columbus State’s UnitedHealthcare (UHC) plans must earn eight points in the Health Rewards program to maintain their 20 percent payroll contribution. The cycle started July 1, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2017.

Informational Briefing to review new Health Rewards platform

The Health Rewards page of  has a new face. The new platform is called Rally, and it’s designed to be simple, fun and motivational. The briefing on Tuesday, June 27 in WD 209 at 9:00 a.m. is a great opportunity to review the new web portal and see the changes to Health Rewards Program.        

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at ext. 3989 or




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