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August 30, 2018


New academic year underway at Columbus State Community College

students playing UNO

Above-average summertime temperatures greeted students returning for autumn semester this week. The hot weather didn't deter this group of students from playing a friendly game of Uno on the Columbus Campus during lunchtime Monday.


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.


grounds crew picking up trash

Sprucing up the Columbus Campus for the new semester

The week before students arrived for classes, all of Facilities Management spent the day on August 23 sprucing up. Work included picking up trash, cleaning trash cans, and organizing classrooms. Pictured: Starlene Link, left, and Jarrett Powers.





First Wednesday: On the road to the Delaware Campus

Don’t forget: First Wednesday is next week, September 5. With the Labor Day holiday weekend there will be no Update on Monday morning with the usual reminder. The event this month will be held on the Delaware Campus in Moeller Hall rooms 111/112 at 8:15 a.m. It will also be livestreamed at and the password is cougars.


Student Engagement and Leadership events rescheduled

Due to concerns about the weather forecast this week, the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) office wanted to prioritize everyone’s safety. Therefore, SEaL rescheduled the Week of Welcome Engagement Fair and the CS Has Talent and Connect Fair. The WOW Engagement Fair will now be held on Monday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  The following day – Tuesday, September 11 - the Talent and Connect Fair will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. If you are a volunteer, or if your department is registered to participate during these days, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns at


Best-selling author and journalist Wil Haygood to speak at Columbus State next month


Award-winning author and journalist Wil Haygood will speak on the Columbus State Community College campus about his new book “Tigerland 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing.” The book, from Penguin Random House, will be released on Sept. 18.

Tickets are free but required. They are available here on a first-come, first-served basis.

This will be Columbus native Haygood’s third visit to the Columbus Campus. He was a featured speaker in 2013 during the college’s 50th anniversary celebration. He spoke again in 2015 during the launch of his previous book examining the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

His latest non-fiction project is centered in Columbus. The publisher’s narrative says it’s “an emotional, inspiring story of two teams from a poor, black, segregated high school in Ohio, who, in the midst of the racial turbulence of 1968-1969, win the Ohio state baseball and basketball championships in the same year.”

Haygood will speak Friday, Sept. 21 at noon in the Nestor Hall Auditorium. A book signing will follow his presentation.


German educators and students to visit Columbus State next month

For more than a week, 10 students and two educators from Dresden, Germany will be visiting Columbus State Community College. The on-site visit is part of a workforce development experience exchange program. In addition to some cultural experiences, they will be taking part in some specialized labs with engineering, IT, and design faculty. They will also visit with business partners Hirschvogel, Worthington Industries, and Expedient. The September 6 – 15 visit is being developed in conjunction with Columbus Sister Cities.

The program aims to give students and faculty insight into career and workforce development practices in their chosen STEM career fields and to provide a work-based learning opportunity that increases global skills and international understanding. The City of Dresden, Germany, is funding this portion of the program. Columbus State faculty and students will be traveling to Dresden next year in this shared experience.


Conference Center refresh begins next week

The Columbus State Conference Center, which opened in 2006, is about to undergo a total facilities refresh. This will allow the College to continue to provide high-quality experiences that exceed the expectations of our customers. The changes will also allow for upgrades to better meet the needs of New Student Orientation sessions.

The Conference Center will close next week through mid-January 2019. Work has already taken place to relocate or reschedule events that had been reserved in the Conference Center during this period. Central Scheduling and Conference Center staff will continue with this effort for remaining events requiring relocation. Every effort will be made to relocate events to other available space on campus now that space requirements have been met for autumn semester classes. 

If you have an event planned between now and January, but have not yet secured space on campus, please submit your request to Central Scheduling as soon as possible. You can submit it online here (It’s listed under Space and Services). If your event had already been reserved in the Conference Center but you’re not sure where it has been relocated, please contact Central Scheduling at extension 2537 or 5946.  

We appreciate your understanding and flexibility in scheduling and hosting events in alternate locations during this period. While this renovation work is underway, the Conference Center staff is being relocated.  We look forward to welcoming you back in 2019!


Requisitions note from Procurement and College Services

In order to help expedite package deliveries, Procurement and College Services is asking that individuals who create requisitions in Colleague to please note thebuilding name, room number, contact person, email address, and phone extension in the “comments” section of the Colleague requisition. This information will allow for faster and more accurate delivery of packages. If you have any questions please contact Darrin Albaugh at extension 2641 or John Bowler at extension 2783.


Student employment options remain available

Student employment hiring is off to a great start for autumn but there are still many positions to fill. If you know a student looking for a job, encourage them to consider student employment.

More than 40 postings are listed at in the “Student Employment” category. In addition to campus departments, several positions are in the community with local organizations including the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Equitas Health, and Life Skills High School.

Positions are either Federal Work Study (funded by the student’s financial aid award) or College Work Study (funded by the hiring department). All jobs are part-time and are typically flexible with a student’s schedule. If you have questions contact Amanda Perk at


Promotion and Tenure (P&T) portfolio workshops for autumn semester

P&T Portfolio Workshop – Learn portfolio requirements for both hard copy and digital portfolios
Wednesday, September 5, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. DH 301

Digital Portfolio Workshop – Find out what’s involved in constructing a digital portfolio
Friday, September 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. DH 301

Teaching Philosophy Workshop  Learn tips for writing a teaching philosophy
Wednesday, September 12, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  DH 201

Open Labs for Digital Portfolio questions – Receive personalized help with your digital
questions in a computer lab
Friday, September 21, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. DH 314
Thursday, September 27, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. DH 313

If you have questions contact Leslie Smith at or Tom Shanahan at


Spots remain if you would like to join the Fall 2018 PONO Diversity Learning Community


PONO is a group open to employees and students that meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and more. PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register on Global Diversity and Inclusion Center Cougar Connect portal.

Please apply here. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Jasmine Marks, Specialist, GDIC at or extension 5319.


Dual Admission Program with Otterbein underway

The new Dual Admission Program (DAP) partnership between Columbus State and Otterbein University has nearly 40 student enrolled.

First-year communication student Noah Martin says he knew that DAP was the direction he wanted to take out of high school. “Right now I want to get into college and I want to learn,” he says. “Starting at Columbus State and finishing at Otterbein made the most sense to me.”

Through DAP, students earn both an associate degree from Columbus State and a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein at less than half the cost compared to earning the bachelor’s degree from a public four-year institution.

DAP students have access to campus life at both schools and are considered a student at both locations and have access to resources including the Library, computer labs and fitness centers.

The incoming DAP students are comprised of 10 business, five communication, 12 education, two engineering and 10 health and sport science majors. They represent at least seven school districts in Central Ohio including Columbus City Schools.


Public meeting today 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 today, Thursday, August 30 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation Building (CT), room 108.




Payroll due dates for September

For the August 31 pay period ending September 14 pay date:

  • Employee web time entry is due by 11:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31.
  • Supervisor Approval is due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

All other payroll documents are due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

For the pay period ending September 15 pay date September 28:

  • Employee web time entry is due by 11:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14.

(They should put in all scheduled hours through September 15. Adjustments will be made on the next payroll.)

  • Supervisor approval is due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17.
  • All other payroll documents are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17.


Changes in the Family Medical Leave process

Columbus State has ended its contract with MetLife to administer the Family and Medical Leave Act (FML) process. Instead, HR has obtained a secure, cloud-based leave management tool to aid Treschelle Kendrick, Leaves Coordinator, in managing FML internally. Some of the benefits of administering FML in-house are:

  • Employees no longer need to call MetLife to initiate or report claims (employees do need to still contact their supervisors and complete leave forms)
  • Clear and concise communications will be sent in real time via email to employees
  • Supervisors will be copied in real time on necessary information via email
  • Hard copy paperwork will no longer need to be mailed to employees’ home addresses

The Human Resources department has updated the FML webpages to include new information, revised instructions and updated forms. The new website is located here.

The revised Leave Form is located on the Forms page within the Intranet, or here. (Please replace previous versions with the new form.)

If you have questions or concerns, or need assistance, please contact Treschelle Kendrick at extension 5755.


A note from Nichole Bowman-Glover

As we continue to address serious issues in our communities, such as the recent tragic shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, wants to provide information and resources to faculty and staff. A link can be found here. 



Around the Discovery District

Columbus College of Art & Design will welcome Dushko Petrovich, artist, writer, and Graduate Director of New Arts Journalism at the Art Institute of Chicago, to a special event on its campus. Petrovich is launching The Daily Gentrifier Flyover Flyer, a publication featuring pieces about art and gentrification in Columbus by local artists and writers, including Daniel Marcus and Liz Roberts. The event will include readings from the publication. It will be held Saturday, September 8 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Beeler Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. It is free and open to the public. Details are here.




Register now for Blackboard Faculty Training for Autumn 2018 semester

Testing Center: Successful Test Preparation and Submission

Faculty members - do you use the Testing Center? Have you had questions or concerns about the process? Forms and policies have undergone recent changes and we want to make it easier for you! This session will provide details on the best way for you to set up your test in Blackboard and submit it using the proper forms to the Testing Center. We will also go over how and when to give your tests to Disability Services. There will be three parts to this session, each led by a representative of the Faculty Assistance Center, College Testing Services, and Disability Services.

Friday, Sept 7 – 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  CT 106
Register here

Tuesday, Oct 16 – 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  CT 106 
Register here

Grade Center small group

Do you need to brush up on your grade center skills? This workshop will introduce you to the main grade center features. Participants can also schedule additional one-on-one help with the Faculty Assistance Center following the workshop.

Monday, Sept 10 – 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.  CT 119
Register here

Friday, Oct 26 – 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  CT 119
Register here 

Friday, Dec 7 – 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  CT 119
Register here

Overview of SoftChalk, Studymate, Respondus, Turnitin

Learn about four products integrated with Blackboard that can enhance your teaching, whether you use Blackboard for your classroom, online or in blended courses. The Faculty Assistance Center will show you the benefits of using Respondus to create Blackboard tests and quizzes, Studymate to create online self-graded games and interactive activities, SoftChalk to create multimedia lessons, and Turnitin to check student work for plagiarism. If you're interested, we will help you enable these tools in your Blackboard course.

Friday, Sept 21 – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  CT 106
Register here

Monday, Oct 29 – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  CT 106 
Register here

Introduction to Blackboard Content Collection

The Blackboard Content Collection is a file repository that allows users to store, manage, and share content. File and document management is easy when a file resides in the Content Collection.

Friday, Nov 16 – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT 106
Register here

Monitoring and Retaining Students in Blackboard online webconference

This workshop is provided by Blackboard via webconference specifically for Columbus State faculty. Only 15 seats available. The workshop will teach you how to compare and identify tools available to enable the monitoring of learner performance through the Performance Dashboard, Retention Center, tracking Content Access via Course Statistics, and using the Student and Course Activity Reports.

You will receive an email with a link to access the webconference on your computer.

Friday, September 7, 12-2pm

Blackboard Assignments & Rubrics online webconference

This online webconference with a Blackboard trainer is specific for Columbus State faculty. Only 15 seats available. You will review the stages of the assessment cycle, distinguish between formative and summative assessment methods and relate these to good practice in course design. Identify use cases for rubrics in grading and activity design. Topics covered include: How to Create, Manage, and Grade Assignments; Individual and Group Assignments; Inline Grading; Create and Link Rubrics; Grading with Rubrics.

You will receive an email with a link to access the webconference on your computer.

Friday, September 14, 12-2pm

Blackboard's New Features

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more!

Friday, Sept 28 10-11am  Register . CT 106
Wednesday, Nov 7 1-2pm Register   CT 106



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.