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November 30, 2017


Colleague and Cougarweb System Maintenance
Thursday, November 30 from 10:00-11:00 p.m.
During this maintenance window, Colleague and Cougarweb, uAchieve (Degree Audit) connectivity will be unavailable.


Blackboard maintenance
Blackboard will perform emergency break/fix maintenance Friday, December 1 from 2:00-6:00 a.m.


Columbus State ranks in Military Times Best Colleges

Military Times recently announced its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets. Columbus State ranked number 10 in career and technical colleges. In their eighth year, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.


Columbus State supports education and advocacy on the value of community colleges

In September, approximately 40 members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) convened in Washington D.C. to discuss new initiatives, including efforts to help institutions communicate the value of higher education. Aletha Shipley, vice president of Business Services, CFO and treasurer for Columbus State, is one of 12 chief business officers for NACUBO’s 2017-18 Community College Council. As a council member, she supports NACUBO’s programming, services and advocacy efforts on behalf of community colleges. During the recent trip to Washington D.C. she met with staffers from Senator Rob Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown’s offices.  Read more about the trip here.



Artist exhibit and presentation on Filipino history and culture

The Columbus State Library, in partnership with the Global Diversity & Inclusion Center, will exhibit Telling Our Story by Lewanda Lim. Telling Our Storyis a visual narrative and powerful commentary on the history of the Philippines and Filipino immigration to America. The exhibit will be featured Friday, December 1 through Friday, December 15 in the Library’s second floor gallery. A presentation from the artist will take place on Monday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Library Multimedia Studio, with a reception to follow.


Students bring together music and fashion in one event

On Friday, December 1, the students in the Business of Music Class will present "December Live!" in Nestor Auditorium. "December Live!" is a music and fashion event with performances by Kontrolled Element Entertainment, RADATTACK, and The Kozmics. Fashion designer Alexandria Jay from Columbus College of Art & Design will be showcasing her latest designs. The event benefits Faith Mission and the Stan Ross Music Scholarship Foundation. Show time is 7:00 p.m., doors open at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free.


Hire student employees for spring semester

Now is a great time to start the process of hiring a student worker for the spring semester! Department hiring managers can submit a requisition request directly through Cornerstone for review and posting. Positions can be submitted as Federal Work Study (funded through a student’s FWS financial aid award) or College Work Study (funded by the hiring department). Check the Career Services website for more details about student employment. Contact Amanda Perk, Student Employment Coordinator, with questions.


Bake sale to raise funds for Student Nutrition Advisory Council

One of Columbus State’s newest student clubs, the Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC), is hosting its December membership meeting in the Eibling Hall kitchen Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m., where members will enjoy a holiday cookie bake. December's membership activity is a holiday cookie fundraiser: the cookies baked on Tuesday will be sold on campus Wednesday and Thursday to help raise funds for the clubs’ events (industry speakers, tours, seminars, etc.). All supplies and equipment will be provided. If you're not yet a SNAC member, show up, join, and bake! For more information, visit SNAC on the Hub, or email


Columbus State Concert Band holiday performance

Columbus State Concert Band presents its annual holiday concert on Tuesday, December 5 at 6:15 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The informal concert will feature seasonal favorites including "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "I Saw Three Ships," and "Chanukah Medley." Guest artist James Smith will narrate "The Polar Express." For more information contact band director Thomas Lloyd 


group photo From left are Jon Claggett, Brooklyn Grace, Kennedi Jones

Students and staff represent the College at Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit

Three students and two administrators from Columbus State recently participated in the Propel Ohio Collegiate Leadership Summit at the University of Akron. This year’s conference, which is part of a larger initiative to promote civic engagement, focused on addressing childhood poverty, food insecurity, education inequities, and homelessness in Ohio. Executive Director of Community & Civic Engagement Nancy Case served as a panelist for the session entitled Supporting College Students Experiencing Poverty.



Business faculty member publishes book on managing layoffs

Tracy Shroyer, an adjunct faculty member in the Business Programs department, published "Managing Layoffs: 24 Tips to Downsize with Dignity" in November.  This book begins to fill the existing gap, and provides insight into a manager's involvement with layoffs through stories based on evidence Shroyer obtained from the experiences of past research participants. She then took her research and applied it to fictional situations to provide readers with an enhanced comprehension of the provided management tips. It embraces all levels of management, from front-line managers up through the senior executive ranks, regardless of industry.



Barry Young appointed to National Apprenticeship Committee

Assistant professor and culinary apprentice coordinator Barry Young was asked by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation to serve as a member of the National Apprenticeship Committee (NAC). The NAC functions as an autonomous body beside the Accreditation Commission and serves as the decision maker for apprenticeship programs. Committee members are tasked with the responsibility and oversight of all ACFEF apprenticeship and education assurance programs. Young becomes the latest Columbus State representative to be appointed to this important committee. James Taylor, Carol Kizer and David Wolf have all previously served.


December payroll information

For the pay period ending November 30, pay date December 15, 2017:

  • Employee web time entry is due by 11 PM on December 1, 2017
  • Supervisor Approval is due by 5 PM on December 4, 2017
  • All other payroll documents are due by 5 PM on December 1, 2017
  • November 22, 23 and 24, Columbus State was closed in observance of Thanksgiving. Full time hourly employees should record their scheduled hours as “Other Time Hours” choosing the time type of “Holiday” from the drop down menu.

For the pay period ending December 15, 2017:

For calendar year ending December 31, 2017 the last scheduled working day prior to the winter closure is December 22 so that will be the final pay day for 2017.

Payroll will need to be processed early to be able to transmit the direct deposit file to the bank by 

December 20 for the December 22 pay date. 

Here are the adjusted cut off times and dates:

  • Employee cut off for web time entry December 13 at 11:00 p.m.
  • Supervisor Approvals due by December 14 at noon.
  • Police and Facilities time sheets due by December 14 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Employees will be asked to record their scheduled time through December 15, with any adjustments being made on the January 15, 2018 pay date.


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Notes from the Discovery District

State Auto's Christmas Corner, including its historic life-sized Nativity display, returns to 518 E. Broad St. in December. Official lighting of the display is on Tuesday, December 5 at 5:30 p.m., featuring a performance by the Columbus Children’s Choir. The display is lighted daily until January 2 and is free and open to the public. Choirs perform on Friday and Saturday evenings in December until Christmas. Check out the lineup here.

BalletMet is kicking off the Nutcracker season December 8-December 24. Performances vary on day and time, get your tickets here

Check out what the Discovery District has to offer for the holiday season on Saturday, December 9 for the Discovery District Holiday Trolley Hop. Free trolleys will run continuously from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. through the District with fun stops for activities, crafts, tours and shopping. Tour stops include the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Hills Market Downtown, the Columbus Museum of Art, State Auto’s Nativity display, the Kelton House, Thurber House, and much more. Santa will make an appearance too!


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