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November 16, 2017


Theatre Columbus State presents ‘Our Country’s Good’

Theatre Columbus State presents its autumn 2017 production "Our Country's Good" through November 18. It's a dark comedy based on actual events surrounding the colonization of Australia in 1788. The show runs nightly at 8 p.m. The show is free, and appears in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. (Advisory: strong language.) See a video trailer here:


Giving Tuesday: Light Up A Life

students having fun at event

Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday is a global day of philanthropy fueled by generosity and social media. On Tuesday, November 28, Columbus State students and employees will have an opportunity to give back through the gift of time, money, items or influence.

In addition to giving money, you can also donate items on Giving Tuesday. Employees and students are encouraged to donate items for this year’s Light Up a Life event in December. Light Up a Life is a holiday party for currently enrolled student single parents and their children. The families will enjoy a free holiday meal, children’s craft activities, family photographs, carnival games and more!

You can donate a whole basket or items that can help fill a basket, and all items can be dropped off at any of the giving stations located in Nestor Hall, the bookstore, the cafeteria, and Sips! cafe on November 28.

The following items are needed for these themed baskets

  • Arts and Craft basket: paint, paint brushes, markers, color pencils etc.
  • Movie Night basket: Popcorn, popcorn toppings, popcorn bowl, candy bars, candy boxes
  • Game Night basket: Board games, cards
  • Baking Night basket: Pan, Cake mix, cooking utensils etc.
  • Basket for mommy: pampering items, face masks, nail polish etc. 

If you want to share your time on Giving Tuesday, stop by Nestor Hall between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to help pack up goodie bags for the families at Light Up a Life.

There’s much more happening this year during Columbus State’s Giving Tuesday campaign. Check out the website to learn more about ways you can give back, including rounding up on purchases at the bookstore from now through November 28. And don’t forget to use your influence and spread the word on social media with the hashtags #GivingTuesday and #Give2CSCC. 


American Culinary Federation highlights the College’s culinary apprenticeship program

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week (November 13-19), the American Culinary Federation and its educational arm, the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation highlighted the value of culinary apprenticeships. As part of its blog coverage, the American Culinary Federation recognized Columbus State as one of the oldest culinary apprenticeship programs in the country and featured a Q&A with assistant professor and culinary apprentice coordinator Barry Young.


Math department represents College at national conference

Several members of the Mathematics Department attended the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) November 9-12, in San Diego.

Elizabeth Betzel received the AMATYC Teaching Excellence Award. Other faculty represented the department well through their presentations. Karen Starin and Andrew Kerr presented a session on Data Cleaning for Data Science. TJ Duda and Beth Barnett (Developmental Education Department) presented on Columbus State's experience with ALEKS placement. Duda serves as developer of the AMATYC Student Math Contest and helped present the student competition awards. Michelle Duda served as the association’s secretary. John Nedel represented Ohio at the Midwestern Region meeting as President of OhioMATYC.


Counseling Services trained in CAMS-Care

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Counseling Services is proud to announce that all clinical staff members have officially been trained in CAMS-Care. The CAMS (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality) approach is a clinical philosophy of care with a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of client suicide risk. The approach is flexible and can be used across the diverse theoretical orientations of our clinical staff, and is useful across a wide range of treatment settings and modalities.

Having noticed an increase in service utilization and clinical severity of the students served, Counseling Services sought CAMS-Care training as a means to help mitigate risk where possible for students experiencing suicidal thoughts. Each clinician participated in a six-hour online training, an eight-hour in-person role-play training with CAMS-Care consultants including Dr. David Jobes, clinical researcher and developer of the CAMS model, as well as engaged in ongoing consultation conference calls to explore efficacy in the delivering of the clinical approach. “We are excited to have completed this rigorous training process and appreciate being relied upon to be of more individualized support to our students,” said Director of Counseling Services Ameena Kemavor.

To seek help for yourself or someone else, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For the Veterans Crisis Line call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by dialing 1-800-799-4889. For crisis support text the keyword "4hope" to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained Crisis Counselor within five minutes.


Columbus State Chorus Autumn Concert

The Columbus State Chorus will perform its Autumn Concert on Monday, November 27. The concert will be held in the Technology and Learning (TL) building, room 123. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. and will run about 45 minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event! 


Columbus Campus Fitness Center closes tomorrow for renovation

The Columbus Campus Fitness Center will be closed for renovations starting tomorrow (November 17). Follow CSCC Fitness Center on Facebook to keep up with the progress and get a sneak peak of the changes. College Recreation and Wellness anticipates that the project will be done no later than January 16, 2018. Thank you for your patience and support!


Starfish update

On Saturday, November 18 from 12:15 to 8:15 a.m., Starfish will undergo a system upgrade to make the system more responsive to you and make it easier to use Starfish on a mobile device. Please know that during this upgrade time period, Starfish may be unavailable. 


Upcoming Employee Resource Group meetings

Columbus State’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group will meet on Monday, November 20 in Franklin Hall, room 229 (conference room inside of FR 223) from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome. If you have questions about the LGBTQ group, please contact Stephanie Albrecht or Sarah Baker.

The Young Professionals Employee Resource Group is hosting an end of the year wind-down gathering on Wednesday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. at Platform Beer Co. (408 N. 6th Street). This is a chance for young professionals at the College to connect with each other, help the resource group identify priorities and discuss ideas for future events. For more information, contact Charlie Boss or Tywan Banks.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background.  For more information about this and other ERGs, please visit the Employee Resource Group website.




College Knowledge: Administration Division

Whether you are a new or long-term employee, keeping up with changes and new faces can be a challenge. College Knowledge is designed to help employees connect to, and learn about, different college services, resources, and initiatives.

The next session features the Administration Division which includes Human Resources, the Police Department, Legal and Board Relations.  Join us this Friday, November 17 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. in WD 352.  Please register through myPlan for Learning by logging into Cornerstone and clicking on the Learning tab. Need help registering?  Take a quick look at the instructions.

We look forward to sharing the conversation with you. Please also share this note with a colleague. All are welcome!

Questions? Contact Barbara Allen, Coordinator in Professional Development & Retention at ext. 5297.


Columbus State congratulates the following Cougar Paw recipients for October

Alicia Croft, customer focus, professionalism
Allison Franz, customer focus
Aloysius Kienee, leadership
Amaal Shehabi, customer focus
Ameena Kemavor, managing people
Amy Hatfield, collaboration
Ann Wenger, collaboration
Ashley Abbott, customer focus, leadership
Barbara Smith-Allen, leadership
Bettina Batts, customer focus
Brenda Dembraski, leadership
Brett Hamilton, customer focus
Brian Seely, collaboration
Cassi Stewart, collaboration
Charles Depriest, professionalism
Chaylee Liberator, collaboration
Christopher Miller, customer focus
Cynthia Klimek, customer focus
Cynthia Meyers, customer focus
Dana Knott, collaboration
Darlene Roberson, leadership
Darryl Smith, managing work
David Metz, customer focus
Deborah Robinson, customer focus
Denise Flowers, leadership
Diane Schultz, professionalism, continuous
   improvement, managing work
Dixie Burkhart, collaboration
Elon Crosby, professionalism
Eric McMillon, customer focus
Erica Gladue, collaboration
Ethan Kaufman, customer focus
Faye Mock, managing work
Frank Bucy, collaboration
George Johnson, continuous improvement
Gillian Lustig-Shilts, customer focus
Gregory Goodhart, customer focus
Haneefah Lee, leadership
Heather Crites, managing work
Jaclyn Smith, collaboration
Janet McDermott, collaboration
Janice Crozier, collaboration
Jason Stover, collaboration
Jeffrey Francis, customer focus
Jennifer Casteen, professionalism
Jennifer Hart, collaboration
Jennifer Hendricks, customer focus
Jennifer Miller, collaboration
Jessica Tomasek, collaboration
Joanna McRae, customer focus
Johanna Pierce, customer focus
Julie Zaveloff, leadership
Karma Tsering, continuous improvement
Karol Parks, collaboration
Kathleen Frank, collaboration
Katina Fitch, collaboration
Keith Kipp, professionalism, customer focus, collaboration
Kimberly Connell, leadership
Kimberly Worman, managing work
Kristen Holland, collaboration
Kristine Kinzer, collaboration
Landau Murphy I, customer focus
Laura Contrucci, customer focus

Laura Shady, collaboration
Laura Ziegler, collaboration
Lisa Petersen, collaboration
Lori Brown, collaboration
Lori Gage, customer focus
Lori McCammon, leadership
Lorien Anderson, professionalism
Lynn Rausch, leadership, collaboration
Lynn Walker, leadership
Marcia Holleman, customer focus
Marcy Leeds, collaboration
Marsha Phillips, managing work
Mary Bond, collaboration
Mary Brown, collaboration, customer focus
Mary Olinski, customer focus
Merideth Sellars, professionalism
Michael Hoepf, collaboration
Michael Sayers, collaboration
Michelle Denune, customer focus
Michelle Teasley-Parks, leadership
Mike Bradley, customer focus
Mingxin Xu, professionalism
Misty Mahefkey, customer focus
MJ Willow, customer focus
Mya Jordan, customer focus
Nakisha Stewart, customer focus,
Nancy Kaler, continuous improvement
Nancy Stagg, customer focus
Nathan Cox, customer focus
Nicole Clark, collaboration
Patricia Gabrenya, customer focus
Paula Collier, collaboration
Rachel Fowler, collaboration
Rachel Steiner, managing work
Rachel Yoder, collaboration
Rhonda Williams, customer focus
Rini Saha, collaboration
Robert Crane, collaboration, customer focus
Robert Neutzling, managing work
Ryan Fuqua, collaboration
Ryan Moore, customer focus
Sana Ali, collaboration
Sandra Zeller, collaboration
Sarah Baker, leadership
Sarah Rainwater, collaboration
Shelby Hartzell, collaboration
Sheree Nash, managing work
Skip Stocksdale, customer focus
Stacey Lewandowski, continuous improvement
Stacie Odhner-Sibley, collaboration
Sue McLaren, collaboration
Susan K Ward, collaboration
Tanya Mifsud, collaboration
Tewodros Zeleke, leadership
Thomas Lewis, collaboration
Tina Pickering, collaboration, customer focus, leadership
Tonja Morgan, leadership
Toshi Pearson, customer focus
Treschelle Kendrick, leadership
Tuyet-Xuan Dang, collaboration
Veronica Gaines, managing work


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