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November 2, 2017



Staff Employee of the Month

Office associate keeps department running smoothly

Office Associate Jeff Curran is “the oil that keeps the machine going” in the department of Engineering and Transportation Technologies, according to his colleague Nicole Braun.

Braun, an academic advisor, appreciates the care Curran brings to his work every day. “He has great rapport with our faculty and staff and goes beyond the job description,” she said. “He gives extra to keep the Miami program (a university partner) running as smoothly as possible, and he keeps the advisors on track by greeting, scheduling and checking in our students.”

Dick Bickerstaff, recently retired chair of Engineering and Transportation Technologies, nominated Curran for the award after he went the extra mile to ensure a smooth transition for the partner program with Miami University when the operation moved from Eibling Hall to the Center for Workforce Development in the spring. “Without being asked, Jeff stayed late all week to ensure each Miami section launched as smoothly as possible. He solved many of the student’s issues, informed the IT staff of additional needs they were not aware of, and helped put this great partnership back on track.”

For Curran, no detail is too small to pay attention to — he’s well-known for bringing in fresh cut flowers to brighten the office, and everyone who leaves hears his signature goodbye, “Have the best day ever!”



Staff Employee of the Month

Office associate committed to student success

Nancy Kaler, office associate for TRIO and Special Projects, is described by her colleagues as tirelessly committed to students.

She will review every detail of a project to make sure students have the best experience at Columbus State. “Nancy was asked to be a part pf the Student Handbook Committee to make needed edits,” said Terrence Brooks, director of Student Conduct. “Although her time was limited, her effort was absolutely endless.” Brooks said she pored over the handbook to make sure everything was correct, took time to offer additional insight, and made a potentially tedious project fun to work on.

Lori Billenstein, director of TRIO and Special Projects, added that Kaler regularly demonstrates that same attention to detail in other projects. “She takes the time necessary to complete a project to her standards—standards that are above and beyond the normal duties of an office associate.”




Veterans Week events at Columbus State

The Military and Veterans’ Services Department would like to invite you to participate in our sixth annual Veterans’ Week.

The Veterans Resource Fair will be on Tuesday, November 7 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Delaware Hall. This event will provide vendors, including college departments, local business and nonprofit organizations, the opportunity to inform students, staff, and faculty members of the services they provide. It also gives veterans and military service members the opportunity to see the services that are available to them. This event is free to participants and attendees!

On Wednesday, November 8 please join Columbus State as we recognize past and present service members of the U.S. Armed Forces with a ceremony in observance of Veterans Day 2017. This year's guest speaker is Warren Motts, an Army veteran and founder of Motts Military Museum. This event will take place at the Columbus Campus in the courtyard near Franklin Hall. The ceremony will be held at noon, and if there is inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.

Immediately following the ceremony, the Columbus State Veterans Organization will be hosting a barbeque. The barbeque is free for veterans and currently serving service members. Donations are appreciated from all others. Register here.


Reminder: Open forums with Dean of Health and Human Services candidates 

Thursday, November 2, 2017: Dr. Penny Smith:
Open forum will be held from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall, Room 121

Friday, November 3, 2017: Dr. Curt Laird
Open forum will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in Delaware Hall, Room 121

After the forums, attendees can provide feedback on each candidate by following this link. Feedback is due by the end of business day on Monday, November 6.


‘We Are STEM’ event hosts 197 high school students

students in lab

Each year, Columbus State hosts the “We Are STEM” event for current high school students interested in STEM programs and career fields. Invitations are sent out to counselors, teachers, and administrators at select central Ohio high schools that emphasize a focus on STEM programs. The event usually provides a platform for between 85-120 students to participate, however, this year a total 197 students arrived ready to learn.

The event featured 20 different hands-on lab experiences hosted by faculty all over campus that highlighted a wide variety of topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medical and Health, and Skilled Trades. The College also hosted a panel featuring Columbus State students and alumni who are currently involved in STEM programs and career fields. The event’s keynote speaker was Dr. Richard D. Rosen, founder of Indigo Strategies LLC and IMPACT 445 LLC, and instructor in the Ed.D. Graduate Program at The Johns Hopkins University. Students ended the day hearing the many reasons why Columbus State should be their first choice for college such as affordability and scholarship opportunities.

The event takes a full year of planning and execution by the planning committee, students, staff, and faculty volunteers, and a wide variety of other helping hands. The 2017 We Are STEM Planning Committee consists of Kelly Hogan, Merideth Sellars, Thomas Capps, Sherry Minton, Kelly Fannin, Misty Mahefkey, Elizabeth Straub, Matthew Saelzler, Tara Sheffer, Bob Platt, and Larry McWherter.

If you are interested in providing support in some way for the 2018 We Are STEM event, please reach out to Thomas Capps.


employee with child trick or treater

Columbus State hosts Halloween festivities for young and old

On Thursday, October 26 the office of Student Engagement and Leadership hosted the annual Halloween Celebration. The evening began with Trick or Treating, inflatables and games for Columbus State student-parents and their kids, as well as employees and their families. The evening ended with a Halloween Bash for Columbus State students where they enjoyed music, dancing, food, games and a costume contest. If interested in attending future events hosted by Student Engagement and Leadership, check the Columbus State Hub at  


Library showcases Media and Technology student work this month

During the month of November, the Media Creation and Technology department is presenting a small student showcase, hosted in the Library (Columbus Hall on the first and second floors), from some of their creative degree programs, including:

Digital Graphics & Design

Digital Photography

Interactive Media

Media and technology impact every industry and profession. The interrelationship between media and technology is at the heart of the Media Creation & Technology Department at Columbus State Community College. Our focus is not just on careers that are anchored in technology or the digital arts but also in those where media convergence takes place.


Columbus State Concert Band autumn performance

Columbus State Concert Band will present its Autumn Concert on Tuesday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center ballroom (WD-435) on the fourth floor of the Workforce Development building. The free concert will feature guest soloist Gail Zugger performing the finale of Carl Maria von Weber’s Second Clarinet Concerto. The program will also include the local premiere of three commissioned works and a performance by the Columbus State Woodwind Ensemble.  For more information, contact Band Director Thomas Lloyd


Addictions curriculum receives endorsement

The Addiction Studies Certificate taught out of the Allied Health/Multi-skilled Health and the Advanced Addictions Studies Certificate taught out of the Social and Human Services Department both received curriculum endorsements by the Ohio Coalition of Associate Degree Human Service Educators at the state-wide work group this past weekend. These classes are primarily taken by students in Social and Human Services, Allied Health/Multi-skilled Health and Criminal Justice, however, the introductory classes are open to all students who are interested and recognize they need to know more about the opiate health crisis. Feel free to contact Dianne Fidelibus for more information at


Employee emcees event to raise awareness of domestic violence

group photo

First row: Joy Omslaer, Diona Clark, Emilia Sykes, and Darlene Hills-Clinksdale. Second row: Andrea C. Peeples, Bernadine Kent, Anthony Roberts, Denise Kontras, Vena Hill, Heike Robinson, and Ashanti Fletcher.

On October 21, financial aid advisor Vena Hill emceed at the second annual Speak Up, Speak Out Against Domestic Violence Conference sponsored by Diona Clark of LIV Out Loud Enterprises.  The event focused on educating the communities about the epidemic of domestic violence, and the effect it has on our communities. This event also allowed guests to learn about Ohio House Bill 1, which will create protection laws for victims of domestic violence, and how to help domestic violence victims.


Foster with award

Columbus State police officer receives STAR Award

Columbus State police officer Sean Foster received the Franklin County Law Enforcement STAR Award from Sheriff Dallas Baldwin last Thursday, October 26. Central Ohio law enforcement agencies joined together for the first annual S.T.A.R. Awards ceremony, which is aimed at recognizing officers who embody the tenants of selflessness, teamwork, accountability and respect.


Adjunct presents at annual SECAC conference

Gwynne Dilbeck, history of art adjunct for the Humanities Department, presented at the annual SECAC conference held in Columbus this year. SECAC is a national nonprofit organization devoted to education and research in the visual arts. Dilbeck’s presentation, part of a panel themed: Looking for the Joke with a Microscope, was entitled: "Moon over the Sistine: Michelangelo's Unconventional Representation of God's Butt."




Build your professional learning transcript in Cornerstone

You can now register for employee training and learning events from within the College’s Cornerstone platform. Through the new learning management system, called “myPLAN for Learning,” you can:

  • Explore and register for training opportunities provided by the College.
  • View training for which you are registered, open online training you have registered for and view the record of your completed training on your Transcript. 
  • Add training and learning activities to your Transcript that you have completed outside of the LMS such as conferences and other learning activities.

Go to and log in to “Cornerstone Production (Live).” Under the Learning tab, use “Learning Search” or the “Events Calendar” to search and register for training. Refer to the Help Resources Center tab for guides including this one on “How to Register for Training.”

Several offerings from Human Resources are available now and much more will be added in 2018. There are also 20 online courses from SkillSoft. Below are upcoming instructor-led sessions at the Columbus Campus. Delaware offerings are in development.

Introduction to myPLAN for Learning – Nov. 16 at 3:00 p.m.

myPLAN for Performance workshops
myPLAN for Performance-Competencies Discussion for all Employees – Nov. 8 at 1:00 p.m.
myPLAN for Performance: Competencies Discussion for Supervisors – Nov. 13 at 10:00 a.m.
myPLAN for Performance: Writing and Documenting Goals – Nov. 17 at 11:00 a.m.

Personal Development and Professional Skills
Discover Your True Calling - Nov. 8 at 9:00 a.m.
Hostmanship 2: Taking Hostmanship to the next level - Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Win With Your Strengths – Nov. 14 at 9:00 a.m.
Conflict Happens: An Introduction to Conflict Resolution Strategies – Nov. 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Put Your Strengths to Work! – Nov. 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Mobile Mammography Screening

mammography van

Thursday, November 30
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: visitor meter spaces in 11-S lot across from Nestor Hall

Call James Care Mammography Scheduling Department to make an appointment for the mobile mammography screening on November 30 at (614) 293-4455 or (800) 240-4477 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have any questions, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover at at ext. 3989 or



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