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November 9, 2017


Columbus State joins mayor's equal pay initiative 

Ginther signing pledge

Columbus State is pleased to announce that it has joined 60 other early adopters to celebrate the launch of Mayor Andrew and first lady Shannon Ginther’s Achieving Pay Equity Pledge. The Pledge is a key component of the campaign by the Columbus Women’s Commission to remedy inequitable pay gaps. When he signed the pledge, Dr. Harrison said, “This is an important issue for us as an employer and in our role preparing our students – the majority of whom are women – to lead the way going forward.” Dr. Harrison has asked human resources to conduct a holistic review of Columbus State’s pay and classification systems, policies and processes during 2018. 

HR Executive Director Lynda Anderson-Casey was a part of a community focus group that helped develop the contents of the pledge. The Commission’s report can be found here. Channel 10 news covered the event and the Mayor signing the pledge. If you are interested in learning more or participating in the campaign, follow this link.


Military museum founder speaks at annual Columbus State Veterans Day ceremony

at the podium

Columbus State saluted staff and student veterans Wednesday at its sixth annual ceremony to support the troops and military. Nearly 1,200 active and retired veterans take classes, teach or work at Columbus State.

Warren Motts, founder of the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, was the keynote speaker. Motts is not only a veteran himself, he is also a former Columbus State adjunct photography professor.   

Motts enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 1959 and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) before his retirement in 1968. Following basic training, he completed the U.S. Army Signal School of Photography in New Jersey. Upon returning to Ohio he led the Photography Department for the 37th Infantry Division, State of Ohio. In 1988, Motts founded the military museum. It houses an extensive collection of artifacts from all the wars that America has been involved in. See NBC 4 coverage about Motts, the museum and his speech at Columbus State.


EMSS concludes inaugural Careers in Student Affairs Month

Throughout October, the division of Enrollment Management and Student Services marked its inaugural Careers in Student Affairs Month by exploring the idea of “What’s Your Why?” to focus on the why behind the work we do on our campus. In honor of the first Careers in Student Affairs celebration, Executive Dean of Student Affairs Desiree Polk-Bland and Specialist to Diversity Services Sarah Baker collaborated on a blog post titled “Evoking Confident Belonging in #SApros at Community Colleges” for NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators student affairs collective blog series, you can check it out here!

If you are interested in creating and imagining new #SApro (student affairs professionals) movements at Columbus State, please email Sarah Baker for more information. If you are interested in job shadowing opportunities within student affairs, please email Terrence Brooks.


Lunchbox Talk: What makes you come alive?


Join November’s #SApro Lunchbox Talk for a micro-professional development opportunity. Pack a lunch and prepare to explore, “What makes you come alive,” hosted by Dr. Rebecca Butler and Amaal Shehabi on Wednesday, November 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. RSVP here! Come prepared with one word (written on a post-it) that represents what makes you come alive. During this session you will explore the intersections of your family, career, community and self. Please feel free to forward this invite to your colleagues!

#SApro Lunchbox Talks are a monthly micro-professional development series. While #SApro stands for “student affairs professional” everyone is welcome to join. Learning and exploration doesn’t stop at a certain age, intergenerational experiences enrich our daily work! Please bring your lunch or plan to purchase from the current food truck or the cafeteria. Each month there is a different topic and a different host. We hope you will join in on this exciting new adventure, where we will learn and grow together!


Columbus State showcases its success at the NSF ATE PI Conference

group photo

Last month a team of 20 Columbus State faculty and staff traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technical Education Principal Investigator’s (NSF ATE PI) Conference. The ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the STEM fields that drive our nation's economy. There are currently nine active projects at Columbus State, focusing on a variety of topics including modern manufacturing, logistics engineering technology, cybersecurity, alternative energy automotive, construction management, mobile design and development, data analytics, and additive manufacturing. Eight of these projects are led by Columbus State — that’s more currently funded NSF ATE grants than any other college in the country.

The annual ATE conference is an opportunity to share best practices and develop partnerships with likeminded schools, project teams, and faculty. Seven project teams created exhibits for showcase sessions, presenting their progress and achievements as well as networking with potential partners from other colleges. Additionally, Columbus State faculty and staff presented five conference sessions, panel discussions, and roundtables.


Columbus State adjunct receives Adjunct Faculty of the Year award

The Ohio Association of Two Year Colleges (OATYC) has named Tom Moffitt the 2016-2017 Adjunct of the Year Award Recipient. The OATYC confers this award each year from a pool of nominees representing two-year institutions all across Ohio.

Moffitt began teaching at Columbus State in 2007. Since then, he has been teaching a variety of Business Program courses. He continues to learn and grow as an adjunct instructor by attending training classes provided by the College, and incorporates new knowledge gained from the workshops into his classes.



International Education Week

Monday, November 13 through Friday, November 17, Columbus State will be celebrating the many benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This week is full of fun events that also help us learning about others and exchange experiences. See the full list of events here, and please share pictures and videos on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram using the hashtag #IEW2017_CSCC.


Conversations That Matter: Creating a more trans-inclusive campus environment

Some basic changes to our everyday work practices have the potential to make Columbus State a safer, more welcoming community for transgender and gender non-conforming students and employees. Join our conversation, led by Assistant Professor Amy DeLorenzo, about identifying opportunities for these changes and standardizing trans-inclusive practices on campus. The coffee break will be held Tuesday, November 21 in DE 108 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email


Disability Employee Resource Group meeting December 8

The Disability Resource Group invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability or as a caretaker for someone whose disability substantially affects a person's life to attend the next gathering on Friday, December 8 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E. Long Street).

If you have questions about the Disability ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain.


SmallBiz Community supports aspiring entrepreneurs

During the fall semester, SmallBiz Community held weekly meetings to support the network of entrepreneurs and business owners at Columbus State. Students have had the opportunity to develop their own businesses, network and troubleshoot with others, and learn about topics such as Facebook Advertising and Airbnb's 11 Star Experience.

SmallBiz Community invites students, faculty and staff to come to two upcoming events. The first will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, and will focus on four student business plan presentations. Concepts range from salons to pet services. Learn more about what our students have been able to achieve. 

On Wednesday, December 6 from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m., we will hold a live workshop and panel with several small business owners from the Central Ohio area. This will be a time to listen and ask questions to professionals that already have a relationship with Columbus State. Both events will be held in Delaware Hall, room 107.

The SmallBiz Community meets every Wednesday during the semester. You can follow along on Twitter @CSCCSmallBiz, join the CSCC SmallBiz Community on The Hub, or fill out your information on this link.


DEIS Friday Training Reminder

Digital Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) continues to offer training sessions on Fridays this semester in CT-106, which is the DEIS Training Lab at 339 Cleveland Avenue. All sessions are free to all Columbus State employees. Space is limited, so register today.

Friday, November 17 
Introduction to SoftChalk, 9:00-10:00 a.m. 

Using Video in Blackboard, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Introduction to Blackboard Content Collection, 1:00-2:00 p.m. 

Introduction to Apple Keynote, 2:30-3:30 p.m. 

Friday, December 1 
Online Teaching Principles and Time-Saving Tips, 1:00-2:00 p.m.


SAC Brown Bag Lunch: Enhancing Your Memory

On Wednesday, November 15, this free seminar will share information about how the memory works, normal memory loss, causes of dementia, latest memory research and what you can do to prevent memory loss. The session will start at noon in WD 1094, and will feature Senior Star Program Staff from Dublin Assisted Living & Memory Support.

RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at ext. 3989 or


Ways to donate to Light Up A Life

On Saturday, December 2, Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) will be hosting Light Up A Life, 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 help us by donating items for a gift basket that will be raffled to families. Our goal is to provide one raffle basket per family. The total recommended value of the basket is roughly $20 and up. While each basket needs to be family friendly, you can use your imagination picking items! Some basket examples from last year are a movie night basket, pasta night basket, game night basket and an arts and craft basket.

Do you, your office, department or family want to sponsor a gift basket? If so, please fill out a form here

For more information about the Light Up a Life project, contact Katrina de Los Santos at ext. 2857 and Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event.




Health Rewards Program: Rally platform info session

On Thursday, November 16, 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


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.