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May 15, 2017


194th commencement in the books

happy graduates

Three thankful graduates celebrate outside the Celeste Center after graduation May 12.

A record class of 1,261 graduated last Friday on a beautiful spring day after hearing from commencement speaker Dr. Roderick McDavis, retired president of Ohio University. You can see some highlights of the day in this video produced by Mark Van Horn, Marketing and Communications.


Public has positive opinion of community colleges

Americans appear to have a strong positive view of community colleges in regards to their importance to the workforce, value and ability to prepare students for success, according to a new survey that New America released last week. New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age.

The inaugural higher education survey—which polled 1,600 Americans ages 18 and older—gauged views on higher education and economic mobility, and even broke data down by race, generation and social economics, among other segments.  The survey results were recently published in Community College DailyRead the full article here.


Edwards selected for Aspen Presidential Fellowship


Stacia Edwards, Dean of the Delaware Campus and Regional Learning Centers, has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a highly selective leadership program aimed at developing outstanding leaders capable of transforming student success at community colleges across the U.S.

The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, recently announced the 2017-2018 class of Aspen Presidential Fellows. Edwards and the 39 other Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a year-long fellowship in July.

Delivered in collaboration with the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative and top community college leaders, the program focuses on a new vision of leadership and aims to guide new and aspiring community college presidents to dramatically change student outcomes in four areas: learning, completion while in community college and of bachelor’s degrees after transfer, employment and earnings after graduation, and equitable access and success for underrepresented minority and low-income students. 

Edwards was selected through a rigorous process that considered her abilities to take strategic risks, lead strong teams and cultivate partnerships, and focus on results-oriented improvements in student success and access.

Other Aspen Presidential Fellows are from 24 states and 38 community colleges of varying sizes. For more information, visit:


Window replacement in Nestor Hall May 15-30

Windows will be replaced on the south side of Nestor Hall during the break between semesters, requiring the closing of the roadway in front of the building. Traffic will be routed through the parking lot adjacent to the road. 


Faculty needed for Orientation this summer

New Student Orientation staff members hope to expand the event by involving more faculty in their events this summer. At Orientation, faculty members provide a brief welcome and explain the expectations of the college classroom, as well as provide a “mock classroom” experience for parents and family members of new students. Prior feedback regarding faculty involvement at Orientation has been extremely positive, so the staff look forward to seeing both familiar faces, as well as new faculty participants this summer. If you are interested in participating in this opportunity please complete our Faculty Application so we can learn more about you and your interests. Contact Molly Ward for more information.


Important year-end information from Purchasing

In an effort to allow as much time as possible for the expenditure of Fiscal Year 2017 funds, the Purchasing Department will retain a June cut-off date for purchases.  The last day to purchase goods and services for the year ending June 30 is Friday, June 9. Additional year-end deadlines are as follows:

Friday, May 19 - Last day to submit technology requests software, hardware to IT at

Friday, May 19 - Last day to submit custom products requests at the Bookstore for end-of-year delivery.

Friday, June 9 - Last day to create requisitions.

Wednesday, June 14 - Last day to place orders with vendors. Exceptions must be approved by your Cabinet member and Darrin Albaugh, Purchasing Supervisor.

Friday, June 23 - Last day to place office supply orders with OfficeMax.

Friday, June 30 - Date by which all goods and services must be physically received in order to be charged to FY 2017 budget. Operating budgets do not carry into the next fiscal year so goods not received by June 30 will be applied to the FY 2018 budget.

Friday, June 30 - Last day to complete and submit Bookstore requisition for stock items in the Bookstore.

Friday, July 28 - Date by which invoices must be received in Accounts Payable to be paid from FY 2017.  Invoices received after July 31 will be charged to FY 2018.

Additional Year-End notes

Capital Equipment: For mission-critical capital equipment items that were approved but have not yet been ordered and are still essential, please contact Kim Eckhart, ext. 3419, in the Resource Planning and Analysis Office to confirm the budget and pertinent due dates for requisitions, payments and potential carryovers.

Technology Purchases: FY 2017 technology purchases must be submitted to IT ( by May 19.  Requests requiring a contract must have the executed contract packet submitted along with the request by the requisition deadline; please allow ample time for contract processing prior to the deadline. 

Grant Accounts: Grant accounts will follow the same deadline as the college. The only exception to the purchase order deadline is if the grant does not end on June 30.  Please contact your Grant Accounting representative if you have questions.

Payments: Please continue to approve for payment invoices received from vendors.  Do not hold invoices received during June or those received in July for goods received or services rendered on or before June 30 in anticipation that they will be paid from next year’s budget. 

Travel and Tuition Reimbursement: Travel related reimbursement requests must be submitted pursuant to College procedure within 30 days upon return from travel, or by July 28,if travel occurs in late June.  Tuition reimbursement payments are not subject to this deadline and can be processed per guidelines established by Human Resources.

Your full cooperation is essential, so please follow up with vendors to ensure goods and services will be received by June 30, 2017.  Please be prompt in receiving goods in Colleague.  This will allow the proper recording of expenses in the appropriate fiscal year and in the correct period for audit reporting purposes. 

Please contact the IT Asset Management Office at extension 2035 or if you need assistance with technology purchases.

Contact the Purchasing Office at extension 2641, 5600, or 2443 if you need assistance expediting the delivery of any goods or services ordered.


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‘BodPod’ testing offered Tuesday

College Recreation and Wellness will offer “BodPod” body composition testing for current clients and non-clients for one day only, Tuesday, May 16, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The BodPod has become the gold standard for helping individuals monitor their body fat percentage. Testing only takes 15-20 minutes. Spaces are limited so sign up today in DE 083 or call ext. 3843. Pre-test procedures are available here.

The costs for testing are:
Current Conditioning Center clients: $10
Students: $15
Employees: $25
Community Members: $30



‘Step Up’ leadership workshop offered
Join Human Resources for “Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference” Part 1 of 2, offered Wednesday, May 17, at 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. During this interactive presentation, faculty and staff will learn how to develop their skills when responding to problems in their environment, and learn how to ensure the well-being of themselves and others. This program was developed by the University of Arizona along with national leading experts and has been modified by the Office of Equity and Compliance at Columbus State to fit our community.
Register here for the 10:00 a.m. session.
Register here for the 2:30 p.m. session.

‘Step Up’ discrimination workshop is May 25
After completing Step Up Part 1, join HR for “Part 2: Discrimination” on Thursday, May 25, at 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. During this workshop, employees will learn about elements of discrimination and effective strategies for helping when they witness discrimination. While some of the material discussed in this workshop will be controversial or sensitive in nature, we will explore this subject openly with the intent to strengthen our community by creating an environment in which all people feel welcomed and valued.

Register here for the 10:00 a.m. session
Register here for the 2:30 p.m. session

Please make sure to bring your cell phone so that you can participate in anonymous real-time responses during the workshop.

Next ‘College Knowledge’ is May 19
In order to orient new employees, and help all employees keep up with organizational changes and initiatives, HR has redesigned the onboarding process to feature twice-yearly conversations with each of the College’s divisions.

During the Friday, May 19, College Knowledge session, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., in WD 402, we will hear from the Administration Division, including Human Resources, the Police Department, Legal and Board Relations, Facilities, and Equity and Compliance. Register to attend

 ‘Strengths at Work’ offered May 22
For those who have attended "Win with your Strengths," please join HR for the next session and put your strengths to work! "Win with Your Strengths" taught us that we will grow most in our areas of greatest strength. In this half-day class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths-based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team. This session will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 22, in WD 315.   Register.


SAC holding raffle
Staff Advisory Council (SAC) will sell tickets to their latest Employee Raffle from Tuesday, May 16, through Thursday, May 18.  You can purchase raffle tickets at the service counter in the Bookstore, and the drawing will be held Friday, May 19.  All winners will notified.



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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.