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November 6, 2017

Parking notice: As the underground utility construction on Jefferson Avenue continues behind the Columbus Campus, please be aware that city crews will be closing the entrance/exit to the 8-S lot off of Jefferson on Tuesday and Wednesday. You will still be able to access the 8-S lot off of Spring Street by entering and exiting through the 9-E lot behind Rhodes Hall.


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New director of College Credit Plus Services Office

Enrollment Management and Student Services is pleased to announce that Keith Coates will begin serving as the Director of the College Credit Plus Services Office and Diane Jones will lead transition advising within this new department. Both Keith and Diane share not only a wealth of knowledge about Columbus State and College Credit Plus, but share an earnest passion for student success. Please join us in welcoming them into their new roles in this new department for the college.



Information session on new College Credit Plus advisor positions

Enrollment Management and Student Services will be hiring five new advisor positions within the College Credit Plus Services. If you are interested in learning more about the College Credit Plus Services Department and the new positions, you are welcome to attend an information session next Thursday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m. in Madison Hall, room 103. There will be a review of the advisor positions, the types of individuals needed for these roles, and the timeline for hiring.


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.


Actor Sean Berdy to visit Columbus State

actor Sean Berdy

The Interpreting Education Program is proud to announce that actor Sean Berdy is coming to Columbus State on Tuesday, November 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Center ballroom in WD. Berdy is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Emmett in ABC Family's Peabody Award-winning drama Switched at Birth. Sean's brilliant depiction of Emmett, cast as a "Deaf James Dean," has earned him legions of fans as well as a nomination for TV Breakout Star by the Teen Choice Awards. 

Tickets are already on sale and cost $29 each. No tickets will be sold at the door. If you have any questions please email Wendy Sabino.


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Columbus State Foundation gears up for Giving Tuesday

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day to give back. Giving Tuesday is a global day of philanthropy fueled by generosity and social media. On Tuesday, November 28, the Columbus State Foundation is hosting a variety of activities to engage the entire Columbus State community in support of students of Columbus State. You can donate time, treasure, or influence, and no gift is too small to make a difference. Learn more at


Thanksgiving at Union Hall Food Court

AVI will prepare its seasonal meal Thursday, November 9. This “Thanksgiving Dinner” will be available at the Union Hall Food Court from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (while supplies last). For $7.99, diners will get oven-roasted turkey and a choice of three sides (mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, sautéed green beans, cornbread stuffing) as well as sweet potato pie or other choice desserts.


Job and Family Services Case Manager on campus Thursday

Do you know a student who is struggling to make ends meet and could benefit from education, employment, training and supportive services? Student Advocacy encourages you to send these students to the Student Advocacy Center located in Aquinas Hall, room 116 on Thursday, November 9 to meet with a Job and Family Services Case Manager who can help link them with the Achieve More & Prosper Program (AMP). AMP seeks to improve outcomes for enrolled youth and young adults by addressing obstacles to education, training, and long term employment. Appointments and walk-ins available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Financial Wellness: Holiday Cooking, Spending, and Security

Don’t let holiday spending get away from you. Join this seminar to hear from experts about how to save money and keep your financial information secure this holiday season. Student attendees will also be eligible for a three-credit-hour tuition scholarship for next semester! Invite your students, and feel free to attend yourself. The event will also be filmed so it can be viewed later.

Wednesday, November 15
10:00–11:30 a.m. | WD building, Room 409
6:00–7:30 p.m. | WD building, Room 409

RSVP here. (Walk-ins welcome, too.)


Submit feedback on Dean of Health and Human Services candidates

If you attended one or both open forums with the candidates for Dean of Health and Human Services, feedback is due by close of business today. Provide feedback on each candidate by following this link.


Upcoming Employee Resource Group meetings

The Women’s Employee Resource Group invites all employees who identify as women to our next meeting on Thursday, November 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio in the lower level of the Library. Our focus: Women as Allies in the Workplace. Please bring your lunch, a pen, and a willing spirit of participation.  If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, please contact liaison Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.

The Caregivers Employee Resource Group 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.



Marketing instructor recognized with Legend Award

Iris Cooper, instructor of marketing in Columbus State's business division, received the Legend award and recognition for being the founder of Glory Foods at the Champions of Diversity event on November 2, hosted by WCMH anchor Mike Jackson.



International Thanksgiving Dinner

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to invite you to attend and support Columbus State Community College’s 32nd annual International Thanksgiving Dinner on Wednesday, November 15. Each year we invite our international students and their families to join us in this special American tradition of fellowship and giving thanks. This event is made possible by generous donations of faculty, staff, and community members. Please contact Jasmine Marks if you would like to make a donation or purchase an event ticket for $15.   


Platinum Level Sponsorship: $300 (Provides tickets for 15 students and 5 guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Gold Level Sponsorship: $225 (Provides tickets for 12 students and 3 guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Silver Level Sponsorship: $150 (Provides tickets for 8 students and 2 guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Bronze Level Sponsorship: $75 (Provides tickets for 4 students and 1 guest from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs)

Please feel free to give what you can. Our students appreciate your generosity.


Unity feast celebrates African-American history

Join the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center and Crazy Faith Ministries on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. for the third annual Umoja Karamu event. This “unity feast” celebrates African-American history through song, dance, symbolic foods, and selected readings. This event is free and is open to all. Register here or contact with any questions.




Upcoming professional development classes

See a list of upcoming professional development classes, plus instructions for registering in Cornerstone.


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.