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October 23, 2017


Don’t let cyber threats spook you – know what to look for

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Halloween is just around the corner, but there’s something that’s almost as scary: Cybersecurity threats including malware that can lock up your personal computers at home or work. 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and Columbus State is participating. NCSAM is an opportunity to educate and engage stakeholders in the public and private sectors and the American public on cybersecurity issues.

People are spending more time online than ever before. Americans enjoy the conveniences of their digital lives, but these benefits are not without risks. As more people take advantage of online shopping, banking, and social networks to communicate with friends and family, they also expose themselves to cyber threats and vulnerabilities that are inherent in many technologies.

Here at Columbus State, there have been ongoing malicious phishing attacks attempting to get the personal passwords faculty and staff for their College accounts. Remember, Columbus State will never ask for your username and password by email.

For more information or guidance on potential phishing attacks, visit the IT page on phishing.


Financial Wellness: Protecting Your Personal Information

Are you concerned about cybersecurity and identity theft? Join this seminar to hear from experts about how to secure your financial information. Refreshments, giveaways will be available. 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, October 25
10:00–11:30 a.m. | WD building, Room 407
Register Here

6:00–7:30 p.m. | WD building, Room 352
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Media, Gender, Sexuality and Healthy Intimacy

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Office of Equity and Compliance is excited to offer a presentation on “Media, Gender, Sexuality and Healthy Intimacy” on October 30 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall, Room 218. This is part of our Know It. Name It. STOP IT! stalking and intimate partner violence awareness campaign and will be presented by the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio (SARNCO). SARNCO will share information about the role of media in perpetuating sexual stereotypes and offer skill-building strategies to move past these stereotypes to create opportunities for safe and healthy relationships. Please join us for free snacks and learn more about this important topic!


Real Estate Career Night helps students network with potential employers

On October 17, the Columbus State Real Estate Program held another “Career Night” in the Center for Workforce Development. The event was a great success, with a record 11 Real Estate Brokerage firms represented and 92 current students in attendance. The goal of the event is to allow students to network with brokers in the real estate field. Students can become Ohio licensed real estate agents by passing four classes here at Columbus State, and then passing the Ohio Real Estate Licensing Exam. The networking opportunity provided by these events is invaluable to students.


in the classroom

Psychology professor to deliver keynote at the Ohio Association for Developmental Education

The Ohio Association for Developmental Education (OADE) is hosting its annual Fall Conference on Friday, November 3 at the Grand Event Center in Grandview Heights. The theme is "Overcoming Obstacles" and the keynote speaker is Ron Elizaga, assistant professor of psychology. Please join us at this educational conference. Sign up here.



Restored Citizen Summit is October 26

The sixth annual Restored Citizen Summit will be hosted in the Columbus State Center for Workforce Development on Thursday, October 26. This event will feature resource assistance, workshops, and dynamic speakers addressing empowerment for those who have been incarcerated, on probation, or on parole. Lunch will be provided and attendees are eligible to receive a number of prizes throughout the event.

If you need to request a sign language interpreter for this event, please contact Michael Hicks at If you need to request any other ADA accommodations, please contact Michael at or via telephone at 614-287-2883.


Join an Employee Resource Group

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background. These employee-led groups are designed to meet the unique needs of each affinity or identity, and aid in fostering a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with the college’s mission and values. Currently, the ERGs consist of Caregivers, African American, Women, LGBTQ, Disabilities, Young Professionals, and Single Parent/Guardians. 

Joining an ERG is easy! All you have to do is attend a meeting. Meeting dates, times and locations can be found here.


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.