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December 3, 2018

Interpreting students volunteer during Thanksgiving week

three peoplePictured, left to right: Interpreting students Larissa Tominaga, Teanna Hrinko, and Amanda Ainger

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 18, Columbus State’s American Sign Language (ASL) students volunteered at Columbus Colony Elderly Care Nursing Home.

It was the third year in a row they’ve done so. It’s a day that families come to visit deaf relatives living at the nursing home. The students arrive early and decorate tables then sign and interpret for family members.

This year, one student donated all of the new decorations! In the afternoon, students served a special Thanksgiving meal to everyone attending. Human Services faculty member Heidi Kinnamon says, “It's a great tradition that we love attending.”



group photo On November 20, ASL students went to The Hills Market for a "Silent Brunch." It’s an event where they only use American Sign Language to communicate which is an important way to practice skills and share them with others. First row, left to right: Lizzie Kulcsar, Grace Joseph, Avery Smith, Jessica McCollum, and Jamie Trauwein. Second row: Max Moore, Heidi Kinnamon (instructor), Amanda Brown, Jay Walker, and Nate Strong. In the back, Randall, a Hills Market employee,
holds a sign.



Reminder: "Nightline" co-anchor Byron Pitts speaks at Columbus State Friday

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ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts will speak about his professional and personal journey in a talk hosted by Columbus State President David Harrison. Pitts, author of the memoir “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges,” is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has co-anchored “Nightline” since 2014.

Pitts will conclude his appearance with a book signing. Copies of his book, “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges” will be available for sale. The event will be held on Friday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium, 488 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus. Tickets are free with registration, available at

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) scholarships

The HCOP National Ambassador Program is providing annual scholarships of $5,500 and academic and professional support to current Columbus State students in 13 programs.

Students in these programs are eligible for the HCOP National Ambassador Scholarship:

Dental Hygiene
Dietetic Technician
Medical Assisting
Medical Laboratory Technology
Mental Health/Addiction Studies
Multi-Skilled Health
Medical Imaging
Respiratory Care
Sport & Exercise Studies
Sterile Processing Technology
Surgical Technology
Veterinary Technology
Emergency Medical Services

The National Ambassador Program scholarship will provide financial support for tuition, fees, and books. It will help an estimated 35 academically promising but financially disadvantaged students who are pursuing health and related professions. For more information please contact program facilitator Jamie Minor at extension 3925. 


College Recreation and Wellness weekly podcast

For your health and wellness information this week, check out the latest Guidance with Grace podcast. This week’s topic: What are the differences between lifting more weight versus higher repetitions, with lighter weights? Learn the science behind these training styles and the benefits of each so that you can make your workouts right for your goals. Listen to it here.

Promoting nursing programs to military veterans

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Nursing faculty member Patty Allen presented options for consideration for veterans to have advanced standing in associate and bachelor’s nursing programs at the Ohio Department of Higher Education Nursing Gathering - Military Credit Meeting. It was held on November 29 at the Northside Columbus Library.  Columbus State Community College and Wright State University have implemented transition courses awarding military medic veterans advance standing into nursing programs after touring the Medical Education and Training Campus for the Military in San Antonio.


Concert Band holiday show Tuesday evening

Stop by to enjoy the music of the season as the Columbus State Concert Band presents its annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the TL-123 music room. The program will feature selections from "The Nutcracker," traditional carols, and a medley of Jewish folk songs entitled "Shalom!" The concert is free and will last less than one hour. For more information contact Band Director Thomas Lloyd.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


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SafeZone workshop Tuesday

Join Global Diversity & Inclusion for a SafeZone 101 workshop on Tuesday, December 4 from 10:00 a.m. – noon in Nestor Hall 343.  SafeZone 101 is an interactive workshop aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQIA+ experiences and become more effective allies of this community. Click here to register. Contact Brett Welsh for more information.



First Wednesday

First Wednesday will be held this week, December 5 at 8:15 a.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. It will also be live-streamed at The password is cougars.

Health Fair in Nestor Hall lounges

Join Nursing students who are planning their semi-annual health fair on the Columbus Campus. It will be held on Wednesday, December 5 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in both Nestor Hall lounges. Snacks and treats will be available. There will also be an opportunity to win prizes. Stop by. Read more here.

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

Retirement celebration for three employees

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­In December, George Chatters, Jan Crozier, and Arlene Wilson will be retiring from Columbus State. A cake and punch reception will be held on Friday, December 7 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Christopher’s Restaurant in the lower level of Eibling Hall. Details and RSVP here.


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.



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.


Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

logoFaith in Parenting ERG meets December 18

Regina L. Randall and Debbie Strain invite all employees to the next Faith in Parenting ERG. It will be held on Tuesday, December 18 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in WD 353. Who we are: A unified community of professionals raising children with minimal support such as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, guardian, etc.  



Women’s ERG meets next in 2019 

The next Women’s ERG gathering will be held on Thursday, January 10 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio in the lower level of the Library. ERG leaders Crystal Clark and Kelly Hogan say, “Whether December is the time you celebrate Hanukkah, St. Nicholas Day, the Solstice, Christmas, or Kwanzaa, we hope you take time to appreciate the joys, memories, and fellowship of colleagues, friends, and family that are far and near. We wish all of you a blessed holiday season filled with peace, love, and hope.”




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