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October 5, 2017


Staff Employee of the Month

Administrative assistant approaches his work with passion and creativity


Lucas Gorz is always seeking creative solutions to problems, even if it means learning a new skill. Gorz recently moved to work at the Delaware Campus, but before that he was part of the Dublin Regional Learning Center team. When the Delaware Campus and Regional Learning Center leadership team asked him to put together a series of videos for In-Service day, he took charge and made a plan to have the videos ready in less than two weeks. He recorded and edited multiple videos after visiting each location, and worked with staff to explain how each location helped students feel at home there. 

But he wasn’t satisfied stopping there. Gorz taught himself the software needed to turn the videos into a Jeopardy-style game complete with closed captioning. The interactive game was a hit and is just one example of how Gorz works with others to make every project a success. “He is continuously looking for ways to improve and develop himself as well as the department,” said Rachael Sanders, supervisor at the Dublin Regional Learning Center.

“Lucas does not know a stranger,” said Teresa Lister, coordinator at the Dublin Center, and the one who nominated Gorz for the award. “No matter who it is or where they are coming from, he has a way of making everyone feel like they belong here. He is a walking, talking, shouting advocate of Columbus State Community College.”



Part-time Staff Employee of the Month

Instructional designer tackles complex problems to create better learning experiences


Rini Saha, instructional designer in the Faculty Assistance Center, is motivated to tackle complex projects to help instructors deliver the best possible experience in hybrid and traditional courses. “Rini understands the end-goal of instruction, and has utilized that awareness in helping me to provide students with a positive learning experience,” said David Bader, adjunct faculty in Business Programs.

In one course, Bader wanted to develop an online performance appraisal and goal-setting form as part of a class role-play assignment. Saha recognized the technical difficulties of the project and took the initiative to brainstorm possible alternative steps to get the document online. She found a good solution and worked with Bader to accomplish the goal.

“Rini’s partnering and collaborative skills in working toward solving this problem underscored her awareness that the final outcome would advance the goal of providing students with a meaningful learning experience,” Bader added. “She is also efficient, dependable, and always projects a warm, cheerful attitude.”





Cougar ID system upgrades

An upgrade is coming to the student and staff Cougar ID card creation system. The upgrade is scheduled to occur Thursday, October 12 and Friday, October 13. The College will not be able to make student or staff IDs during this time.


Columbus State and The Columbus Dispatch hosting forum on workforce development

As part of The Columbus Dispatch’s ongoing CbusNEXT series exploring the future of Columbus, the College will host a free forum, “Educating the Central Ohio Workforce for Today and Tomorrow,” on Monday, October 16 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom. Featured presenters and panelists will include Columbus 2020 President and CEO Kenny McDonald, Amazon Web Services Educate executive Ken Eisner, economist Dr. Bill LaFayette of Regionomics, and President Harrison. Tickets are free and refreshments will be served. Join us! Visit to reserve your tickets.


Student clubs in need of advisors

Columbus State's student clubs and organizations are growing! Several new and returning clubs are in need of campus advisors. Advisor duties involve guiding and supervising club operations to ensure clubs follow college and program policies, and generally being an engaged leader. If you are interested in serving as an advisor to a student group, please email to let us know. 

Groups currently seeking an advisor are:

Muslim Student Association

Magic: The Gathering Card Playing club 



‘King of pesto’ to visit Columbus State

Roberto Panizza, considered by many as the “king of pesto,” will be visiting Columbus State on Friday, October 6. Genoa native, restaurateur, and self-styled ambassador of pesto, Panizza created the Genoa Pesto World Championship in 2007. Held every two years, it’s a competition to promote the product and teach the world how to make it properly in a mortar with a pestle. He will be in Eibling Hall 005 at 3:30 p.m. to speak with students and give a brief demo. If you have questions, contact Barry Young.



New gallery exhibition in the Library

The Library is pleased to welcome returning artist Cecilia Roman. Roman is formally trained in the field of audio-visual communications, and her artistic vision has evolved over twenty years to include oil paintings focusing upon abstractions. “Everyone should think about how we can brush with art,” Roman says. “This exhibition serves as a catalyst to explore the arts — to use its methods to communicate, create, and react to our surroundings. The exhibition is comprised of works that speak the language of expression.”

The artist’s work may be viewed in the Main Gallery on the second floor of the Library through the month of October.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Victim Advocacy is available on campus to provide resources and support to students, staff, and faculty impacted by intimate partner violence. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic or intimate partner violence, contact the Victim Advocate Hotline at 614-287-5979, or email Be heard.


Disability Services continues to celebrate Disability Awareness Month

Advisors from CASE, Health & Human Services, and Arts & Sciences will be in Disability Services during the week of October 9-13. Priority registration begins October 9th for students registered with Disability Services and advisors will meet with interested students to help them prepare for spring registration.

Accessibility: From A to Z will be October 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Delaware Campus. Learn about the different types of assistive technology and devices available to students. Sign up here.

There are still seats available for the introductory American Sign Language classes at the Delaware and Columbus campuses. Register here.

For a complete listing of events, along with other happenings around Central Ohio, download the flyer or visit the Disability Services home page.


Columbus State’s Careers in Student Affairs Month

Join Enrollment Management and Student Services in celebration of Columbus State’s first-ever Careers in Student Affairs Month! See list of events here. Share your experience with the hashtag #CScsam17


group photo

Pictured: Jesse Leonard, David McPheters, David Epps, Hannah Beeley, James Strait, William Banion, Ethan Johnson, Casey Hatfield, and Drew Anderson. Not Pictured: Jordan Benbow, Christopher Beaty, Assistant Professor William Highley, and ACF Arnold “Wes” Shinn

HVAC students give back through Heat the Town event

On Saturday, September 30, twelve Columbus State HVAC students and two of their instructors, participated in Heat the Town. The event was sponsored by the Air Conditioning Contractors of Central Ohio (ACCCO) along with the Breathing Association of Central Ohio. 

During Heat the Town, local heating contractors, wholesale supply houses, technicians, and students from local HVAC programs came together to help more than 160 low-income families, veterans, and senior citizens have safe, reliable heat for the coming winter. This is the sixth year Columbus State students have “paid it forward” to help the community and receive field experience.



Professor curates Columbus Cultural Arts exhibition

The Sight of Music, the current exhibition at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center, has a Columbus State connection. English professor and poet Steve Abbott curated the show, which opened September 29 and runs through November 4.

The show’s paintings, photographs, collages, and mixed-media pieces explore the central role of music in human experience and the multiple ways in which sense experiences can be interpreted artistically. Several of the show’s paintings employ technology that allows viewers to interact with the artwork. One allows visitors to create music by touching various parts of the painting.

“Collaborations between the arts open opportunities for artists to stretch beyond their specific mediums,” Abbott said. “The exhibition examines how art forms run parallel, intersect, overlap, merge, or diverge in ways that reveal the complexity of our sensory experience of the world.”

The month-long run of the show includes music performances, workshops, conversations with artists, and more. Learn more here.


Ohio Game Developer Expo recap

Columbus State Community College showed a strong presence at the Ohio Game Developer Expo (GDEX) last weekend. In addition to a Columbus State booth, much of the volunteer staff, and many of the companies showing games were filled by graduates of Video Game Art and Animation and Video Game Development programs at Columbus State. 

Assistant Professor Henry Bawden is on the board of the Ohio Game Developer’s Association, and helped plan and run the event. During the course of the expo, he also gave a workshop on level design, was part of an art mini-mentorship panel, and gave a talk on dehumanization.



Notes from the Discovery District

The Columbus Open Studio & Stage Artist Preview Exhibition is at Columbus Metropolitan Main Library in the Carnegie Gallery until this Sunday, October 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and it kicks off the Columbus Open Studio & Stage two-day event that is Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. Columbus Open Studio & Stage provides an opportunity to visit Columbus artists in their studios through a self-guided tour and to attend scheduled tours behind-the-scenes at Columbus’ performing arts venues. Learn more.

The Friends of the Library Big Book Sale returns to Main Library’s Auditorium October 12 through 15. The October 12 presale is open to Friends of the Library members, who receive 10-20 percent off during the sale. 

BalletMet’s Parallel Connections performance takes place October 20 and 21. Learn more. 

Thurber House presents Paula Poundstone on Thursday, October 19. Tickets are going fast. For more information or purchase tickets, click here.





October Manager’s Forum

The October Manager’s Forum will be held on Tuesday, October 10 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in WD 409. Lynda Anderson-Casey, executive director of Human Resources, will be presenting on Mental Illness in the Workplace.

Please register here.  

Also, please add these dates to your calendar for upcoming Manager’s Forums, all from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.:

Tuesday, November 14 – Employee Accommodations under the ADA

Tuesday, December 12 – myPLAN Performance Review

Cougar Paw Ice Cream Social

Recent Cougar Paw recipients from the Delaware Campus and RLCs are invited to the Cougar Paw Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, October 11 in Delaware Conference Room. Please join us between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. to celebrate you and everything you contribute to Columbus State!

RSVP by October 7 at this link.


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.