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March 23, 2017


Data migration from Oracle to SQL happens in April, student data offline for short period

A system upgrade to migrate student data from the Oracle platform to the SQL platform will take student information systems offline for a short period, affecting several processes, including Summer Semester 2017 registration.

The following services will be unavailable from Wednesday, April 19, at 8:00 p.m., to Monday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m.

  • Summer Semester 2017 registration
  • Fee payment
  • Degree audit reports
  • Placement testing
  • Parking permit requests
  • Cougar IDs
  • New hire/new student account creation

Systems affected by the migration include: Colleague, Degree Audit, Web Advisor (CougarWeb), Self-Service, Parking Permit Generator, ALEKS PPL for math placement, Credentials, and ATC XML Transcript. (ALEKS courseware used in math classes will not be affected.)

All services will resume on Monday, April 24, at 8:00 a.m. except Summer Semester 2017 web registration, which will become available on Wednesday, April 26, at 8:00 a.m. Student will be able to register for Summer Semester 2017 in person and by phone only, on April 24.

Blackboard, Hobson’s Radius, academic testing, email, and the college website will remain available during the system upgrade.

Please note: All Columbus State offices are closed for In-Service Day on Thursday, April 20.  Offices reopen on Friday, April 21, but will not be able to process requests for the above services, due to the unavailability of student data.

Also due to the system upgrade, Autumn Semester 2017 priority registration has been adjusted to begin on Monday, May 1, and regular registration will begin on Monday, May 8.

To see more information and some Frequently Asked Questions, go online here


‘Gender Revolution’ film to be shown today

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Join the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center for a film screening of National Geographic’s “Gender Revolution” TODAY, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. This documentary takes viewers across the U.S. and to other parts of the world to explore the evolving concept of gender. Former Today Show anchor Katie Couric narrates the film and provides the audience with a newcomer's lens to the complex—and at times polarizing—topic.

"Every day we are reading new headlines about gender and about gender-nonconforming people," Couric says. "People are afraid of what they don't understand. If they understand it better, they will have more tolerance for people that are different."


Third session added as demand for self-defense training grows

What started out as a free twice-a-week self-defense class for students, staff and faculty has been so popular a thirdsession is being added each Friday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.  You can see the class in action in this recent video taken in the class:


Faculty and staff honored for their ‘CRAFT’

Twelve faculty and two staff members have earned completion certificates for CRAFT workshops. They recently gathered to celebrate their accomplishments.
“CRAFT is important because it provides faculty and staff a framework for professional development in a variety of different areas, all with the common goal of student success,” says Ron Elizaga.

“I enjoy leading my workshop since I see it as an opportunity to help new instructors who may face behavioral challenges in class,” says David Tom. “It's a great way to give back to the Columbus State community. Brett Welsh adds, “Witnessing others grow and engage in important conversations is a something I’ve enjoyed about the CRAFT workshop series.”

New workshops on Student Mental Health, Gender Inclusivity and more will be offered before the end of spring semester. See the CRAFT web page, or contact Rich James, for the classes, schedule and program details.

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Earning their CRAFT certificates and leading workshops are, front row from left:  Amy Williams, Martha Crone, Kelli Nowlin, Vena Hill, Anjali Gupta, and Elycia Taylor. Back row, from left are: Melanie Adams, Ron Elizaga, April Magoteaux, Angela Howard, Judy Anderson, Tom Moffit, Terrence Brooks, Rich James, and Felicia Smith.

Not pictured are participants Jorie Schwartz, Peggy Williams, Nancy Ziminski, and Nate Sainsbury; and workshop leaders Liz Betzel, Amy Delorenzo, Liz Hammond, Amy Hatfield, Mary Lewis, Joan Petrusky, Andrea Pifher, Karen Rippe, Jackie Teny, David Tom and Brett Welsh.


‘Quality Matters’ rubric workshop offered April 7 

Join the Innovation Center, Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CT 108 to learn about the Quality Matters Rubric for best practices in online and blended course design. This is a hands-on training, so bring your own laptop if possible. Registration is free but seats are limited to the first 15 registrants: Register here. For more information, contact Suzanne Patzer, ext.5748.


SEaL recruiting next year’s Student Ambassadors

Do you know a student who would make a great Columbus State Student Ambassador? Student Engagement and Leadership is currently recruiting for the 2017-2018 Student Ambassador Leadership Program. Share the application with students who you would recommend for the position:

Students can also stop into Nestor Hall 116 to sign up for one of the information sessions offered, or they can sign up online on The Columbus State Hub. For more information about the Student Ambassador program, email Amaal Shehabi at or call ext. 2841.


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Reminder: ‘Natural Hair’ workshop offered March 29

Are you interested in learning more about natural hair, including your own hair type? If so, come for a fun and informative natural hair workshop, Wednesday, March 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library media studio. All hair types welcome!

You’ll learn about the chemistry of natural hair products, the history behind the natural hair revolution, how to properly take care of different hair types, and styling tips from the experts.

There will also be door prizes, raffles, giveaways and refreshments. Register on The Hub.  For more information, please contactJasmine Marks or call (614) 287-5319.  


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Work study student featured at Historical Society

As a part of Columbus State’s Federal Work Study program, the college partners with local organizations and nonprofits to provide job opportunities to students. One partner, the Columbus Historical Society, hosts several students each year. Florence Ogola joined them in a work-study position  in 2016, and is featured in their March newsletter:





MY Project USA to host youth conference April 1

The organization MY Project USA will host its second annual youth conference “Uplifting our Neighborhoods: Organizing our Communities” on Saturday, April 1, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Columbus State Conference Center.  The event is free and open to Columbus State students and employees.

President Harrison will open the conference with welcoming remarks, followed by 12 guest speakers and breakout sessions. The day wraps up with a concert and spoken word event starting at 8:30 p.m. titled “Narratives of Resilience” featuring Naeem Muhammad of Native Deen, and other local artists.

MY Project USA aims to protect and empower American youth. The group is committed to addressing the issues of drugs, gangs, sex trafficking, bullying, drinking, violence, radicalization and others that are faced by youth in contemporary American society. It also aims to empower youth by creating opportunities for them to become productive citizens and strong community leaders of the United States of America. 

More details and tickets to the conference can be found online at


Columbus State sergeant to bike in annual ‘Road to Hope’

Sergeant Laura Diamond of the Columbus State Police Department is gearing up for a fundraising bicycle ride with proceeds going to support Law Enforcement United, Inc. (LEU).

The three-day, 250-mile Road to Hope ride at the end of May begins in Reading, Pennsylvania and ends in Washington, D.C.  Diamond will be riding with Team Columbus of the Columbus Division of Police.

Proceeds from the ride go directly to LEU, which provides funding for a number of organizations, including the Officer Down Memorial Page, and C.O.P.S., which is a survivor organization that helps the families of fallen officers.You can contribute to Sergeant Diamond’s ride online here


Women’s Summit scheduled for April 22


The third annual Columbus State Women's Leadership Summit will take place Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 .m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center, fourth floor WD.

The Summit is designed to provide meaningful intergenerational connections and focus on leadership development, and personal and intellectual growth. This year's theme, “building an intersectional future,” will connect the breakout sessions and keynote presentation. Intersectionality is the idea that multiple identities “intersect” to create a whole person different from the component identities. These identities include gender, race, social class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion, age, and more. Participants will have an opportunity to identify their own intersections in addition to obtaining an enriched understanding of the intersections other women possess.

Dr. Phylis Gorman, assistant director of Professional Development and Retention will give the keynote address. 

Registration is free and open to Columbus State employees, students and community members. Contact Sarah Baker for more information.  Register here or visit


Real Estate holds ‘Career Night’

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Real Estate students meet with brokers from several companies at the March 7 Career Night, held in the Center for Workforce Development.

The Real Estate Program held a Career Night  last week, with a good number of real estate brokerage firms represented including the Alt Company, Key Realty, eMerge Real Estate, Carleton Realty, Eden Regento, Keller Williams, Coldwell Banker King Thompson, HER Realtors, Vision Realty, and Capital City Brokerage Group. 

More than 40 current Real Estate students attended to network with the professionals representing these firms. Students can become Ohio-licensed real estate agents by passing four classes here at Columbus State and then passing a state-certified exam, so many students were hoping to meet with employers who could hire them within a few months. 

After a hiatus of several years, Career Night has been revived and is now taking place every semester.  “Both the brokers and the students seem to love the event,” said Andrew Show, adjunct faculty member and a Columbus real estate veteran.  “The faculty agrees that this type of event gives Columbus State students lots of choices as to where they want to work when they become agents, and can inspire them to have a long and successful career.”



Health Rewards briefing offered March 29

The next Health Rewards briefing session will be offered Wednesday, March 29, at 9:00 a.m. in WD 206.

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, contactNichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.  You can also get technical assistance with Rally by calling 1(866)868-5484.



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