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October 30, 2017


Open forums with Dean of Health and Human Services candidates 

Correction: The times listed in the last issue of Update for the open forums with candidates for Dean of Health and Human Services are incorrect. See updated times below:

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.


Office of the Registrar will be closed November 3

The Office of the Registrar will be closed Friday, November 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a department retreat. The office will open at 3:00 p.m. to serve students and the college community. If assistance is needed for urgent matters during this time, please contact Regina Randall at


New IT support self-service portal

Columbus State is excited to offer a new 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service portal to our faculty, staff, and students. The Self-service portal will allow users to submit common requests, report issues, search the IT Knowledge base, and ask for assistance on issues they are unable to resolve on their own. Users will also be able to track the status of their requests, communicate and keep informed of updated information. 

Features include:

•  Submit, track, and update IT requests

•  Find answers and solutions to common IT issues with the IT Knowledge Base

•  Accessible from anywhere with an internet connection

•  Open 24/7

Access via the IT Support webpage at, and click on the “Go!” button. Contact IT Support at (614) 287-5050 with any questions


New two-tier patio being constructed on Columbus Campus

Work crews are constructing a two-tier patio on the Columbus Campus. It will be located behind the Library along the side of Delaware Hall.

Depending on the weather, construction is expected to take until Friday. The sidewalk will remain open between Delaware Hall and the Library, but the path will be narrower than usual. Traffic cones will block a portion of the walkway to allow for construction equipment.



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.


Social Sciences Brown Bag: The One Blackboard Trick That Will Blow Your Mind

lunch bagThe Social Sciences Brown Bag session on Friday, November 3 will cover how to embed documents in Blackboard so students can access the information quickly and easily. Please come to the session with a document (such as a syllabus or newspaper article), in PDF format that you would like to embed in your Blackboard course. During the brown bag, attendees will be introduced to the Blackboard Content Collection, and walk through the process of embedding the document into the appropriate place in your class. Embedding documents eases access for students and improves the look and flow of your course.  

Brown Bag Session
Friday, November 3
Noon – 1:00 p.m., TL 114


More than 250 Columbus State community members trained in suicide prevention

In 2016, the Suicide Prevention Taskforce brought QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper trainings to Columbus State to help community members learn about their role in suicide prevention. Since then, more than 250 employees and students from over 20 departments have been trained as QPR Gatekeepers.

If you want to learn more about preventing suicide, you can sign up for the next training on Monday, November 6 on the Hub. Registration is not required, but is appreciated. QPR is offered monthly and is open for all students and employees to attend. If you are interested in bringing a suicide prevention training to your department or student organization, please contact Ameena Kemavor at

To seek help for yourself or someone else, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255; For the Veterans Crisis Line call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. If you are hearing impaired, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline via TTY by dialing 1-800-799-4889. For crisis support text the keyword "4hope" to 741741 and expect a reply from a trained Crisis Counselor within five minutes.


Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services on campus November 1

Do you know a student who is struggling to succeed academically due to lack of resources and financial barriers? Encourage your students in need to visit with Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services representative Rachel Raines this Wednesday, November 1 in the Student Central lobby on the second floor of Madison Hall from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Raines will provide information on various programs, eligibility requirements, and instructions on how to go about accessing a number of community resources and programs through Franklin County Job & Family Services.


Make a Difference Day

Do you love animals or know a student seeking an opportunity to give back to their community? Encourage your students to join the Ameri-Corp College Completion Coaches today until 4:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard to help make a difference in the lives of some furry friends without homes! We will have materials available to craft cat or dog toys, which will be donated to the Columbus Humane Society and the Franklin County Dog Shelter.


Reducing the stigma of mental illness

During October, in recognition of Disability Awareness Month, Disability Services placed boxes where students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to complete this sentence: “To me, mental illness means…” The anonymous comments are collected on the Disability Services webpage and on posters around the campuses. In line with the mission of Disability Awareness Month, these posters are one way to inform the college community and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.


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Notes from the Discovery District

BalletMet’s family-friendly Dancing with the Nutcracker event will be held on Sunday, November 5 at their downtown studio. Enjoy a special holiday story time featuring dancers in costume, plus coloring and exclusive discounts on Nutcracker tickets. RSVP to reserve your spot. Entry is free, but they encourage you to bring a donation for The Center for Family Safety and Healing.

The Columbus Museum of Art is now showing Beyond Impressionism. Learn more and see a list of special events here.





Oral Health Seminar

"Rethink Your Drink: Sip, Chew, and Snack Smart!"

Tuesday, October 31 at noon in  NH 314

Come join us for a free seminar where you will learn about oral health, including the effect that different beverages and snacks can have on your teeth and gums.

Columbus State Community College Dental Hygiene Students

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



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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.

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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.