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November 13, 2017



Blackboard Service Interruption

Blackboard will perform site maintenance on Saturday, November 18 between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 06:00 a.m. Blackboard will make every effort to minimize downtime during this maintenance window, but plan for intermittent availability during this time.


Crumpler and Miller

Columbus State student teams up with program coordinator to help restored citizens

Columbus State work-study student Stephen Crumpler and Program Coordinator in Student Conduct Rick Miller have been doing outreach work at Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections (DRC) sites around central Ohio. 

Crumpler, who is also a restored citizen and advocate, and Miller, former adjunct ethics professor at Columbus State, attend various DRC-sponsored re-entry fairs to connect with inmates with pending release dates and facilitate their reintegration into society.  “Our focus is on equipping restored citizens with the tools they need to succeed,” Miller said.

“It’s all about giving restored citizens the opportunity for a smoother and more productive transition into society,” Crumpler added.  “The feeling of walking on a college campus in comparison to walking on a level-three prison yard – it’s an incredible motivator.”


Attend a Step Up! training session

The Office of Equity and Compliance is offering the Step Up! Program in partnership with Professional Development and Retention. The Step Up! Program was developed by the University of Arizona along with national experts to help promote helping behaviors, and the Office of Equity and Compliance at Columbus State has modified to the program to better engage our community.

Please join us for “Step Up! Be a Leader, Make a Difference” part one of two on Wednesday, November 15 at the 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. session. During this interactive hour and a half presentation, faculty and staff (including part-time and student employees) will learn how to develop their skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns in their environment and how to ensure the well-being of themselves and others.

Register for part one at 10:00 a.m. here: 
Register for part one at 2:30 p.m. here:

For those employees who have completed Step Up! part one, please join us for part two, “Step Up! Effective Strategies for Addressing Discrimination” on Friday, November 17 at the 10:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. session. During this interactive hour and a half presentation, employees will learn about elements of discrimination and effective strategies/starting points for standing up to biased attitudes and discriminatory behavior. While some of the material discussed in this workshop will be sensitive in nature, we will explore this subject openly and sensitively with the intent to strengthen our community by creating an environment in which all people feel welcomed and valued. 

Register for part two at 10:00 a.m. here: 
Register for part two at 2:30 p.m. here:


Excel Pivot Table Training

Pivot tables are like driving a stick shift car—they can be intimidating to learn, but you can impress your colleagues with your skills. Institutional Effectiveness is offering a hands-on pivot table training class on December 18 at 10:00 a.m. (location is TBA). Participants will receive a step-by-step tutorial on pivot table capabilities, including some graph building and data visualizations.  This training is useful for faculty and staff interested in organizing, analyzing and interpreting data relevant to their department. For more information or to register, click on the link for the Employee Training Registration Site.


Professor shares expert advice on credit scores

Associate professor Jack Popovich was featured as an expert contributor on the personal finance website WalletHub. He offers insight for a piece on how to check your credit score. You can find it here


Survivors of Suicide Loss event

Join a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as we share stories of healing and hope. The event, which is sponsored by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, takes place on Saturday, November 18 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel Airport (1375 N. Cassidy Ave., Columbus 43219). If you have questions, contact Stephanie Hall or Angela Fry. An American Sign Language interpreter will be on-site.


Reminder: Caregivers Employee Resource Group meets Thursday

The Caregivers Employee Resource Group (ERG) is meeting on Thursday, November 16 from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. Employee Resource Groups allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background. The Caregivers ERG is specifically for individuals serving as family members or helpers who regularly looks after children, parents, or sick, elderly, or disabled persons. Please contact Melissa Lamar or Heather Thompson-Gillis with any questions.  

To see a full list of upcoming Employee Resource Group meetings, follow this link.




Health Rewards Program: Rally platform info session

On Thursday, November 16 at 9:00 a.m. in WD 206 there is an information session to review the Health Rewards Program web platform and troubleshoot any technical issues and questions. Any employee and spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight coins under the Health Rewards program to maintain the 20 percent payroll contribution. The cycle started July 1, 2017 and runs through June 30, 2018.

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

The Great American Smokeout is November 16

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is an opportunity to commit to healthy, tobacco-free lives not just for a day, but all year. Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Smoking causes 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. annually. Quitting tobacco is a process that requires a plan, so please reach out for support. See fact sheet.

Remember that Columbus State Community College is a tobacco free campus. Please help us remind people that we are tobacco free. We know that quitting is not easy and we want to support those employee who are interested in quitting. Please see the website for resources and the tobacco free policy. Tobacco Free Columbus State.

November Matrix Monitor

This month’s Matrix Monitor has stories on breast cancer awareness, managing stress, and more. Read the issue 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.