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September 7, 2017


September Staff Employee of the Month

CASE advisor embodies Columbus State’s spirit of service

portrait of Munobe

Formerly incarcerated students often face an uphill battle when it comes to getting an education and starting a career. Augustine Munobe, an advisor in the Center for Advising, Support, and Exploration (CASE), is determined to remove as many barriers as possible for those students.

“Augustine has exhibited time and time again what it means to be a change agent in the lives of our restored citizen student community,” said Anessa Becton-Howard, supervisor for Advising and Student Support. “She goes the extra mile to make sure these students, who are looking for a second, maybe even a third chance, have the same advising experience as every other student who comes through the doors of CASE.”

Becton-Howard noted that Munobe dedicates many hours to helping these students because she always follows up to make sure each student is receiving the support he or she needs. “They know that in her they not only have a friend, but also an advocate on their side,” Becton-Howard added.

Terrence Brooks, Director of Student Conduct, nominated Munobe for employee of the month after observing the ways she goes above and beyond, such as jumping in to help events run smoothly, referring students to valuable resources, and creating “college success bags” filled with school supplies for her students. Munobe recently created a system to track the individual goals and progress of students referred by the Office of Student Conduct, plus an incentive program to provide additional encouragement and motivation.

“Augustine is serious about the business of student success and makes it her personal goal to do all that she can to inspire students to believe in their abilities, all while reassuring them that they are not alone in this journey,” Brooks said.


Get a preview of the new Columbus State website

The Marketing and Communications department has been hard at work revamping the Columbus State website, and we’re excited to share it with everyone soon. Ahead of the October launch, faculty and staff can see a preview here.

The new website features several vital upgrades and improvements. The new website will be mobile friendly and improves the user experience through streamlined navigation and elevated design, content, and photography. Basically, we’ve rethought every aspect of the College website in order to create an engaging interactive experience for prospective and current students, community partners, and of course, employees.

To help ease the transition, Marketing and Communications will host information sessions for employees. The upcoming College Knowledge session on Friday, September 22 will be entirely dedicated to the website transition. Keep an eye on future issues of Update, or check back at the website link above, for the days and times of additional information sessions.


portrait of Lucy

College mourns Lucie Harkless

Lucie Harkless, who served the College as Project Specialist in Student Academic Support Services, passed away on August 27 after a long illness. She began her tenure with Columbus State in 2009 as an office associate in the Career & Technical Division, and moved to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office in 2012. She will be remembered for her industriousness and generosity, and is survived by her two sons, Ezrah and Joshua Harkless, as well as family and friends.




Encourage students to attend Major Fair on September 20

The Major Fair gives students a chance to speak directly to faculty and advisors to learn more about Columbus State programs of study, career pathways, and degree requirements. Staff and faculty are encouraged to invite students to this free event. Students who attend and complete a survey can enter a raffle for a chance to win a $50 Columbus State Bookstore gift card!

When: Wednesday, September 20 from 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Where: Campus Courtyard (Rain Location:  Nestor Hall Lounges)
Who should attend:  Undecided students, COLS 1100 students, and any student who could benefit from hearing more about CSCC programs of study.
Questions? Contact Amy Brown at


When East Meets West: Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road

The Humanities Department will host the second annual When East Meets West symposium on Friday, September 29. This year’s conference focuses on cultural, commercial, and religious exchange along the Silk Road, with particular emphasis on connections between Byzantium and China. The program includes a morning and afternoon session; each session will feature two scholarly presentations followed by a moderated discussion session with the audience and presenters. 

Several distinguished scholars will present on specific topics related to the Silk Road. The morning session includes a presentation about the commercial history of the Silk Road by Scott Levi, associate professor of History at the Ohio State University, and Christina Burke Mathison, lecturer in the department of Art History at Ohio State. Professor of Humanities Patrice Ross will lead discussion following the presentations.

The afternoon session features professor of Humanities Sandy Drakatos, who will present about the centrality of the silk trade itself, and instructor Conrad Robinson, who will discuss the influence of Buddhism on the cultural exchange along the Silk Road. The afternoon discussion will be moderated by English professor Steve Kaczmarek.

The symposium is 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend. A continental breakfast and buffet lunch will be provided. Please email Jennifer Nardone, assistant professor of Humanities, to register for the event at


Tips from the Teaching Professors

Join the Teaching Professor Conference faculty for a fast paced, round robin of quick ideas to implement in your classes this fall! Sessions will run concurrently every 20 minutes. Participants can attend up to four sessions or can stop in for just one. 

20 minute round robin topics will include:


Identity Puzzles

Grit and Growth Mindset

Warning! Graphic Content

Tech for Collaboration & Feedback

Teaching Tricks

Building Social Capital

Brain Friendly Learning

Plickers and More

Meet your Magna Mentor


Date: Friday, September 15
Time:  9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Place:  WD 404


Library now offering The Columbus Dispatch online

The Library is now offering the Dispatch Online through the NewsBank platform. The full-text database has archived articles from 1985 to the present. It also offers full image scans of the present print edition moving forward. Both online collections are full-text searchable at: The Library still has print copies of The Columbus Dispatch available in its periodicals section on the third floor (today’s issue and the past two months). For historical research, the Library holds The Columbus Dispatch on microfilm from 1980 through 2017. For more information or assistance with these resources, call Library Reference at extension 2460 at the Columbus Campus or extension 8183 at the Delaware Learning Center.


Faculty earn CRAFT Professional Development Certificates

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From left are Tamer KhadreAngela Howard, Rich James, Cynthia Boulton, Amy Bullock, Lori Gage, Deana Froelich, and Tywan Banks. Not pictured: Melissa Cumberbatch, Charmain Fields, Sean O’Neill, Elycia Taylor, Sacha Tadros, and Haizhi Tong.

A second group of faculty and staff have earned completion certificates for completing curricula in the College Resources for Advanced Faculty Training (CRAFT) program. Requirements for certificates are: participating in a minimum number of workshops, writing brief action plans after each workshop that identify opportunities to apply what was learned, and an implementation report at the end reflecting on at least one attempted application. Workshop leaders provide feedback on the action plans. CRAFT affords faculty and staff deeper and sustained engagement with workshop themes and a tangible product to document their learning and development suitable for portfolios, vitas and performance documentation.


New exhibition spotlights Columbus State librarian

The Library welcomes artist and Columbus State librarian Daryl Brown to the second floor Main Gallery. “I have been learning to paint with oil paints and have taken several classes with talented local artist and teacher, Joseph Lombardo,” Brown said. “His influence shows up in the series of small portraits of people I meet that are looser in style and colorful.” You can find Brown at the reference desk on the second floor of Columbus Hall. Her works will be on exhibition through the month of September.


portrait of Devin

Graduate accepts position as Delaware County Sheriff

Columbus State alumni and 2017 Police Academy graduate, Devin Doundna, received his appointment to become a Delaware County Sheriff. He began his new position in late August.




Starfish message changes

Student Academic Success is revising the Starfish messages in a spirit of continuous improvement. The Early Alert Implementation Committee is working with professionals utilizing the Positive and Behavioral Growth Mindset model. The Starfish emailed notification for faculty members will be available September 7-September 13, and the new non-attendance messages can be found here:  non-attendance face-to-face and non-attendance web.


Payroll guidance for Day of Service

Tuesday, September 19 is Columbus State’s autumn Day of Service. Hourly employees should record hours for the day on their electronic time card as Campus Closing under the Other Time Types. Please contact Tina Davis at (614) 287-5288 with any questions.



September Managers Forum

The September Managers Forum will be held on Tuesday, September 12 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m in WD 409. The Professional Development & Retention team will introduce our newly purchased Cornerstone Learning Management System (LMS) module. We will demonstrate the system’s capacity to:

  • Create an employee training transcript
  • Document external training activities
  • Manage instructor-led course registration, materials and attendance

We will also demo how the LMS will be used later this fall to launch, track and record compliance with our annual mandatory CREST online training.  Please register to attend at:

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

Tuesday, October 10 – Mental Illness in the Workplace

Tuesday, November 14 – Employee Accommodations under the ADA

Tuesday, December 12 –myPLAN Performance Review 

Managers Forums during July and August featured the Step Up! presentation by the Office of Equity & Compliance. Due to the sensitive nature of the subject, no video was recorded. If you would like to receive the training for yourself or your team, please contact Joan Cook at

September Matrix Monitor

In this month’s issue of Matrix Monitor, learn about recognizing subtle signs of depression, self-diagnosing alcoholism, mindful communication and more.



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.