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August 27, 2018


Final figures from Taste the Future set records

The final tallies are in. Columbus State’s 30th annual Taste the Future Culinary Showcase raised a record-setting $253,000. In addition, more than 1,500 people attended the event on the Columbus Campus August 14. See some of the highlights in the video.


Registration for Day of Service 2018 Is Now Open!


It is time to register for Columbus State’s sixth annual Day of Service, which will be held at both of our campus communities in Columbus and Delaware on Tuesday, September 18.

On that day, the campus community—including faculty, staff, and students—will get together to show our community the kind of big impact we can make in just one day.

Service opportunities will range from the physical to the philosophical, from weeding to reading, from planting to paperwork, and from cooking to conversation. There’s sure to be a service activity for everyone to join!

Read more about Day of Service FAQs online here.


The Big Table will be held on Wednesday, August 29

Would you like to participate in a community discussion? The Big Table community event facilitated by the Columbus Foundation may be right for you. It will be held on Wednesday, August 29 throughout the day and across the region.

In its third year, the foundation’s annual event engages local organizations like Columbus State to encourage conversations by individuals across the community. You can learn much more about The Big Table here. Or reach out to with questions.


Successful “Taste of Campus” offered samples of food and programs

staff touring CT building

Staff and faculty visit the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation, one of eight stops on the first Taste of Campus-Your Passport to Student Success. The combination progressive meal and open house allowed staff and faculty to tour renovated spaces on the Columbus Campus. Kelly Hogan, Executive Director of the Office of College Completion, designed Taste of Campus to spotlight active and collaborative learning spaces both inside and outside the classroom. President Harrison said, “It’s an opportunity to celebrate the great work being done at Columbus State, to launch another great academic year with colleagues, and to experience some impressive space innovations underway or recently completed.” Hogan says she would like to thank Dayna Reid, Sarah Baker and the many faculty and staff who made the event possible.


Fully renovated cafeteria is open for business as the new Union Cafe

employees touring new cafeteria

The food court, which has been closed since March for a major improvement project, is now open as the Union Cafe. It features a modern look and feel, upgraded food options, meeting spaces, and Wi-Fi. AVI Food Systems partnered with the College and provided a portion of the $2.2 million funding for these upgrades. Union Cafe has seating for 250 people and with multiple styles of furniture to accommodate changing customer needs. A 70” television is also in place to view daily news. 



First Wednesday is just over a week away. It will be held September 5 in Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus at 8:15 a.m. It will also be livestreamed at and the password is cougars.


Counseling Services walk-in hours for autumn semester

For autumn semester, Counseling Services will accept walk-ins during the first four Wednesdays of the semester (August 29 and September 5, 12 and 19) from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Outside of those times, students seeking to meet with a counselor should call (614) 287-2818 or stop in Counseling Services in Nestor Hall Room 010 (lower level) to schedule an appointment.


A parking first: Shuttle Bus for students

Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) was recently approved to offer a Karaoke Shuttle Bus for the first week of classes to support students with potential parking challenges. Due to the  construction of Mitchell Hall, and to increase awareness of additional parking spaces at a distance on the Columbus Campus, the Shuttle Bus will make the hike a bit easier for students using some of the outer lots during the first week of classes.


Help SEaL identify Student Ambassadors for upcoming reunion

Were you a Student Ambassador at Columbus State? Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) is planning a Student Ambassador Reunion for its 30th anniversary next year. In an effort to invite everyone, SEaL is compiling a list of past ambassadors. If you were in the Ambassador Program at Columbus State, or know someone who was, please reach out to Danielle Sanborn at or Amaal Shehabi at


Public meeting for streetscape improvements along Cleveland Avenue

Planning NEXT, the project team responsible for streetscape designs along Cleveland Avenue, will be holding a public meeting to present their proposals to businesses, property owners and others who work along the corridor. This meeting will focus on roadway improvements. The project will incorporate Mitchell Hall, Columbus State’s new culinary building under construction at the corner of Cleveland and Mt. Vernon avenues. The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 30 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in TL room 108.


Disabilities Employee Resource Group (ERG) cancels next meeting

Due to the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Disabilities ERG will not be meeting as scheduled on August 31.The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters (350 Mt. Vernon Avenue).

Please consider joining in conversations during the autumn semester.  If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks at or Tiffany McClain at




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.