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December 10, 2018

Health Careers Opportunity Program formally announces $3.1 million grant

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Friday was the kickoff for the $3.1 million Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) grant awarded to Columbus State by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The event was held for partners and educators at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Educational Center. The grant is designed to increase the number of economically disadvantaged Central Ohio students entering healthcare-related fields. 

The College’s HCOP has a goal within the next five years to place 1,125 students into allied health care education pathways serving students from three local school districts as well as undergraduates. Allied health disciplines include such fields as dental hygiene, emergency medical services, medical assisting, surgical technology and veterinary technology.

Grant partners include The Ohio State University’s Department of Neuroscience, Otterbein University, Ohio University, YWCA Columbus, Faith Mission, Columbus City Schools, Whitehall City Schools, and South-Western City Schools. Nationwide Children’s Hospital is an additional partner. Pictured: Chairperson Terrence Brown addressed high school students, parents, and educators at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center Friday, December 7.



Columbus State in the news

Sign Language students featured in 10TV story

Students in Columbus State’s Theatrical American Sign Language class will interpret some Holiday Hoopla shows at Shadowbox Live. WBNS-TV (10TV) aired a report on the class last week as they prepared for the live shows. See the story here.
The Sign Language students will be performing in the Shadowbox Live show on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at 614-416-7625.



The Chronicle of Philanthropy

photo of people playing soccer downtown
President Harrison
was among community leaders providing context to a story in a recent edition of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article examines how “homegrown corporate leaders are helping turn (Columbus) into an Ohio hot spot.” Read the story here.


Commencement News

Record number of graduates for Friday’s commencement

The combined commencement for summer and autumn semesters will be held this Friday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus. A record 1,400 students combined from both terms have petitioned to graduate

The Commencement speaker is Dr. Crystal Clark, Professor of English. She has taught composition, creative writing, and literature at Columbus State for more than a quarter century. Clark holds a Master of Arts in English from The Ohio State University, a Master of Theological Studies from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Toledo—the most recent degree focusing on the experiences of women in community college leadership.

A live stream of the event will be available at:

Foundation holds Cap Decorating Party

For the first time, a Cap Decorating Party was held for soon-to-be graduates. The event was sponsored by the Foundation and held in conjunction with the Bookstore. The Foundation wanted a way for our students to get excited about graduation as they become alumni of the College. Connecting with them now will help forge an ongoing relationship with them as they advance in their careers. You can see photos here.

New custodial services vendor

During the upcoming break, Facilities Management will be transitioning to a new janitorial vendor downtown. Beginning on December 17, our new vendor will be ABM Industries. During this transition, we will be working with ABM on cleaning and floor care schedules, stocking equipment and supplies, and getting them settled and ready to serve our customers. We are working to make this transition as seamless as possible. However, there may be delays in accomplishing some of the normal work done during the break. If you have specific requests during this time please contact the Work Order Desk at extension 5444. We appreciate your patience as we begin this new partnership.  


Hot water being shut off in Eibling Hall

Eibling Hall has aging hot water tanks that must be replaced. This project will take several weeks. Therefore, the hot water in the building will be shut off from December 13 through January 11. The building will still have cold water during this time. If you have questions, contact Bill Griffith, Maintenance Supervisor at extension 5933.


Food service hours in December

With Finals Week upon us, hours for food service will be reduced.


December 10 – 11, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Closed December 12 – January 13

Union Café and Starbucks

December 10 – 11 – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
December 12 – 13 – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 14 – 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Closed December 15 – January 13


December 10 – 11, 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
December 12 – 13 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Closed December 14 – January 13


December 10 – 11 – 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m
December 12 – 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 13 – 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
December 14 – 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 17 – 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 21 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Closed December 22 – January 6
January 7 – 10 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
January 11 – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events



Fee waiver request deadline December 17

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 on Friday, December 7 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in CT 119. Register


Hire student employees now for Spring Semester

Federal Work-Study, a Federal Financial Aid program, allows eligible students to be hired to work part-time on campus and get paid – without using department funds. Positions can also be submitted as College Work Study (funded by the hiring department).

Requisition requests are submitted directly through Cornerstone. Departments that previously had a student posting in Cornerstone have the option to “copy” the prior position and update that information to submit the request.

To learn more about student employment, contact Amanda Perk, student employment coordinator at extension 2156. Detailed instructions on submitting a requisition request can also be found on the Career Services website.





Job performance review assistance

If you are in need of some brief, personal assistance as you prepare for your annual review you can come to one of several help labs scheduled over the next couple of weeks. These sessions are organized like flu shot registration: HR has created half-hour sections for up to three people in each. You can go here to register for a time.


Payment processing deadlines

Due to the college being closed from December 22 through January 1, we are asking that all invoices be approved and returned to Accounts Payable by Friday, December 14 in order for them to be processed and mailed to our vendors prior to the break.

We are also asking all associates who are requesting a travel or tuition reimbursement to please submit those documents by Friday, December 14. If you have been notified that a check is available in the cashier’s office, if is not picked up by Wednesday, December 19 it will be mailed to the address of record. Thank you for your attention and Happy Holidays!


For the pay period ending December 15:
Employee time entry is due by noon on Wednesday, December 12.

Please enter the hours as you are scheduled for this pay period. Adjustments will be made on the first pay in January.

Supervisor approvals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12.



New employee recruitment brochure and passive resume database

The Human Resources department is pleased to share Columbus State's new recruiting brochure. See it here.

Creating the employee value proposition was a tremendous collaborative effort between faculty, staff, administration, Human Resources, and Marketing and Communications. The brochure will be featured on the website, at job fairs, and embedded into the emails that candidates receive from the Cornerstone system when interviews are confirmed. The next phase of development planned will include one-page supplemental inserts that will feature specific content for targeted audiences, such as faculty, adjuncts, and IT professionals. There are a limited number of printed brochures that can be obtained from HR by request.

Also, there is a new feature on the webpage for candidates who are interested in working for the college, but for whom there is no current position open to apply to. Applicants can now upload their resume for storage into a passive candidate database to be considered at a future date when a position becomes available.

Feel free to share the digital version of the recruiting brochure and the new ability to upload a resume for future positions with your network and on social media.


Year-end retirement celebrations

The Justice, Safety, and Legal Studies Department announces the retirement of Professor Hakim Adjoua from the Paralegal Studies program. Please join us for refreshments on Wednesday, December 12, at 11:00 a.m. in Franklin Hall 206 to wish him well.

Come and celebrate the retirement of Jim Hamberg from Columbus State. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will host a cake and punch drop-in reception in the Library’s Multimedia Room (CO 111) on Friday, December 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Please stop by to join us to celebrate Jim’s 29+ years of service and wish him well. 


Professional Development sessions in December

College Knowledge
In order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay abreast of organizational changes and initiatives, we hold twice-yearly conversations with each of the College’s divisions: Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Student Services, Marketing & Communications, Informational Technology, General Counsel, and Business Administration. Thursday, December 13 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Successful, Inclusive Hiring
We’ll be taking a deep dive into our new training materials for managers and hiring committee members in this course on Successful, Inclusive Hiring. We will look at an overview of the hiring process and a closer look at the necessary steps to plan and implement fair and equitable hiring. Monday, December 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, December 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Hostmanship - Part 2
In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding developing practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our “customers.” Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests.  We become engaged, present and active building connection, satisfaction and engagement. Wednesday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Managers Forum
Police Department: Emergency Management. Our Emergency Preparedness presentation is designed to help the campus community identify, understand, and define roles and responsibilities during any campus emergency.

  • College Emergency Action Plan (CEAP) developing a “division specific” Emergency Action Plan
  • College Emergency Action Plan (Video)
  • The role of managers during an emergency
  • The role of staff during an emergency (Emergency Representatives)
  • Identifying Mission Essential positions
  • Emergency evacuation assembly point Instructions

Tuesday, December 11 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

If you are interested in any of the classes, please register by logging in to Cornerstone then go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the date listed above and Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Looking ahead to 2019

Mail rates to increase

John Bowler, Mail Shipping Supervisor, reminds us that the U.S. Postal Service has announced the following price changes effective January 27.

* First-Class Mail letters (metered 1 ounce): 47 cents (current), 50 cents (proposed)

* First-Class Mail domestic postcard stamps: 35 cents (no change from current price)

* Priority Mail small flat-rate box: $7.20 (current), $7.90 (proposed)

* Priority Mail medium flat-rate box: $13.65 (current), $14.35 (proposed)

* Priority Mail large flat-rate box: $18.90 (current), $19.95 (proposed)

* Priority Mail regular flat-rate envelope: $6.70 (current), $7.35 (proposed)

 If you have any questions to contact Mail Services at extension 2568.


Blackboard training for 2019

Blackboard Fundamentals small group

Friday, January 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in CT 119

Are you new to using Blackboard? Do you want to better understand college policies and processes for designing and copying courses? Want to know how to get timely help with troubleshooting or content design? If you said "yes" to any of these questions then this Blackboard Fundamentals workshop is for you. Register.


Blackboard Grade Center small group

Friday, January 25 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in CT 119

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.

All College faculty are required to use the Grade Center in Blackboard. According to a resolution approved by Academic Council: In order to increase student success, the OAA Digital Learning Committee recommends that all Columbus State faculty employ the Blackboard Grade Center for students in a manner which allows students to determine, at any point during the term, their current grade in the course (e.g. a running average; running total, weighted or unweighted; other up-to-date benchmark that allows a student to compare their performance to that course’s overall standards of assessment).  Register.


Testing Center: Successful Test Preparation and Submission

Monday, January 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in CT 106

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, submit it using the proper forms to the Testing Center, and 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. Register.


Blackboard Features

Monday, February 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in CT 106

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! Register.


Blackboard Assignments

Friday, February 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in CT 106.

This hands-on workshop covers creating, uploading, and grading assignments. You can also look at assignments from the student point of view. We will also show you how to effectively use drafts, rubrics, and Turnitin. Register.


Blackboard Tests and Quizzes

Friday, February 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in CT 106

Discover all the ways to create tests and quizzes in Blackboard in this hands-on workshop. We will go over test pools, random blocks, test exceptions, and feedback options. We will also cover how to extract a Blackboard test using Respondus and how to set up a test in Respondus Lockdown browser. Register.


Blackboard's Multimedia Tools

Wednesday, February 13 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in CT 106

This hands-on workshop offers best practices on adding video to your course and the related copyright and captioning issues. Learn tricks involving PowerPoint, adding graphics, how to make online interactive games with StudyMate, and more!  Register.


Introduction to SoftChalk

Friday, February 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in CT 106

SoftChalk is an easy-to-use digital curriculum authoring solution that lets you take content you already have, combine it with resources from the web, and turn it into easy-to-navigate, professional-looking, interactive, web-based modules — perfect for online learning and integrated into Blackboard. Learn how to create a simple SoftChalk presentation in this workshop, led by Melissa Logue, Associate Professor of Spanish. Register.  


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 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. 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 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.