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December 17, 2018

 Record number of graduates for summer
and autumn commencementGraduation event photo

The combined commencement for summer and autumn semesters was held Friday, December 14, at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds. A record 1,400 students combined from both terms petitioned to graduate. Terri Kegley, who has been a mathematics faculty member at the College for 21 years, was the Valedictorian. She earned two associate degrees in addition to her previous bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Over the past few years, Terri has been taking Columbus State classes and has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average with more than 90 credit hours.

Columbus State English professor Crystal Clark was the commencement speaker.

See video highlights here.

The day before commencement, the Columbus Dispatch reported on one of our students who overcame personal tragedy to earn his degree. You can read it here.

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Faculty member featured as a Smithsonian History Maker

Business Programs faculty member Iris Cooper is featured as a Smithsonian Institution History Maker. She has been teaching marketing classes since 2009. You can read her story here.


Hackathon with Manifest Solutions

To prepare Columbus State students for the workforce, and to provide early exposure to employers and real-work environments, Columbus State and Manifest Solutions hosted a one-day event earlier this month. Read more.


Secret Santa toy drive – with a twist

photo of toys and faculty-staff group
The biological and physical sciences department used the holiday season for a fun event and all for a good cause. The department had a Secret Santa toy drive, organized by Professor Julie Posey and office associate Samara Griggs. Faculty and staff bought toys for each other based on what they thought each would have loved as a child. We’re talking Barbie dolls, Nerf guns, Operation, chemistry sets, you name it. Then, after the exchange, all of the toys were donated to Franklin County Children’s Services so less fortunate children would receive some joy.


Template for out-of-office message

With the College closing for an extended period, here is a template you can use for your out-of-office messages on email or voice mail. You can customize it to fit your specific needs. If you work with students, you can remind them that online registration for Spring Semester 2019 will remain available during the closure.

Columbus State Community College will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Offices will reopen for business at 8:00 a.m. on January 2. If you have an emergency, our Police Department will be available around the clock during this time. You can reach them at 614-287-2525.

Third Friday live on Columbus and Delaware campuses

Save the Date: Friday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Join the next Third Friday where our conversation will be focused on our goal of increasing the percent of students completing college math and English gateway courses during year one. Completion is currently 18.9 percent. We want to increase it to 30 percent.

Learn what’s happening with our co-requisite courses and discuss with colleagues how we support our students during the first semester they are enrolled and in subsequent terms. Everyone is invited. We especially encourage faculty across disciplines, advisors, testing support, College Completion team members, Professional Development leaders, Student Support personnel, and regional learning center support staff. Register here on Cornerstone for a spot on the campus of your choice. Seating is limited.


First Wednesday note

In January 2019, First Wednesday falls on January 2, the first day back from winter break. Therefore, the monthly event will be held instead on the “Second Wednesday,” January 9. In addition, the location will be in Union Cafe.


Faith in Parenting ERG meeting canceled tomorrow

The Faith in Parenting Employee Resource Group meeting scheduled for tomorrow, December 18 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. has been canceled.



In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


Help Desk Hours

Week of December 17 – 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 21 – 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 22 – January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 12 – 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Closed weekends)


Fee waiver request deadline December 17

The priority deadline for spring semester’s employee/dependent fee waivers is Monday, December 17.  A “Request for a Fee Waiver” form must be submitted to Human Resources in SX 139 by 4:30 p.m. on December 17 to guarantee that the fee waiver will be processed before late fees are assessed. Submit it to Morgan Sayre at, Professional Development and Retention, SX 139.


New vendor for custodial services

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. 


Year-end retirement celebration

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. 


Job performance review assistance this month

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.

Professional Development sessions this month

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. 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.

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.)


Mail delivery address reminder

Mail and Distribution Services wants to remind faculty and staff that we need all campus departments to use the College's official address for the Columbus Campus delivery address. Do not use the individual building 911 addresses. (The individual building addresses, if you'll recall, were established for each structure on the Columbus Campus just over a year ago.)

  1. The delivery address for incoming mail is PO Box 1609, Columbus, OH 43216.
  2. The delivery address for incoming UPS shipments or FedEx shipments is 283 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43215.
  3. In addition to using the correct address, please include the department that the item needs to be delivered to.
  4. For freight shipments, please include the correct building and room number.

Using these addresses for your incoming mail or freight shipments will speed up delivery, and also save money for bad address surcharges.

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 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.


Closed until January 14

Union Café and Starbucks

Closed until January 14


Closed until January 14


December 17 – 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Updated change: Friday, December 21CLOSED
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.




Final pay period of the year - this Friday

Due to the College being closed at the end of the year, the final pay date will be earlier in the month. Direct deposits will be processed and dated Friday, December 21. Employees receiving paper pay checks may pick them up at the payroll office, 227 Rhodes Hall on Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Any check not picked up will be mailed to the employee address on file in Human Resources.

Earnings statements will be available to view online by Wednesday. Please review your earnings statement in CougarWeb for the pay period as soon as possible for accuracy. (An email will be sent to employees when they are available for view.) If you believe there is an error in your pay, please notify payroll by Thursday at noon. An attempt will be made to resolve the issue before the first of the year.

Managing stress during holiday get-togethers

Matrix has tips to help you handle holiday gatherings. Read 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 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.