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December 6, 2018

Staff Employee of the Month – John Sherwood


Partnerships and Programs Project Manager John Sherwood was named December Staff Employee of the Month (SEOM) at First Wednesday. Grants Office Manager Tara Sheffer, nominated him after John created and organized an Educator Bus Tour in late 2017.

Sheffer wrote, “John’s passion and ability to think big is best seen in his recent work on conceptualizing and implementing Columbus State’s 2017 Educator Bus Tour.” The full-day interactive bus tour for area high school educators provided an opportunity for decision-makers and influencers from K-12 to learn more about the growing fields of advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, logistics, and alternative energy automotive service/repair. Twenty-five K-12 educators participated in this day-long bus tour which featured Cardinal Health, City of Dublin Fleet Management, and Honda Manufacturing.

The Educator Bus Tour was later recognized with a national award at the High Impact Technology Exchange Conference held in Miami, Florida this year. See the Update story from August here. 

Sherwood has been with Columbus State for four years. Partnerships and Programs Director Scott Wegeng says, “The type of inclusive, strategic thinking that John brings to the table is such a benefit to our team. He is consistent in finding new and effective ways to engage with internal and external partners.”               


First Wednesday note

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


Franklin County will soon have caseworkers on the Columbus Campus

Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) will have staff on the Columbus Campus daily starting in January to assist students coping with barriers that otherwise might affect their education. The agency will send one full- time and one part-time case manager who can assist students with a variety of issues. While a specific office has not been selected, they will be located in the Student Central area.

FCDJFS assists more than 350,000 residents in Franklin County. To educate Columbus State staff about the types of benefits FCDJFS offers, and before case managers arrive on campus, a team from the agency recently visited the College to give an overview of the most common benefits. Here are some highlights from that presentation so you can be aware of the benefits and programs that could help our students:

  • Easier access to services. Ohio recently added a statewide phone line so that anyone can get information about their benefits any time of day. The number (844-640-6446) directs people to the appropriate county by requesting their zip code. Residents can also apply for many benefits online and check the status of their case at
  • Prevention, Retention, & Contingency. The agency has an emergency assistance grant that helps families in an emergency situation up to one time a year with housing, transportation, or utility expenses.  Families can receive up to $1,500 in the grant.
  • Achieve, More and Prosper (A.M.P.) M.P. is a program that helps youth from the age of 14 to 24 by assigning a personal advocate who helps them with financial management issues, limited job options, and/or unreliable transportation. The advocate helps them create personal success whether they are entering college or careers right out of high school.  
  • Building Futures is a pre-apprenticeship program offered by Franklin County and the Central Ohio Construction Trades. Students attend a 12-week course in the evenings while they earn a stipend. The program offers training in one of 14 types of construction trades along with math skills. It helps remove barriers that could prevent success. 
  • Building Health Care Futures is a program in partnership with The Ohio State University that has students attend training at night while earning a stipend to become a Community Health Workers. Once certified, the CHWs work in their neighborhood to improve quality care and break down cultural barriers, which ultimately are designed to help improve the area’s infant mortality rate.

General information on FCDJFS is here.


Student Engagement and Ambassadors host conference

group photo The Office of Student Engagement & Leadership (SEaL) and the Student Ambassador Leadership Program successfully hosted the 9th Annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO) last month. The theme, “Construction Zone: Building your Future Now,” was created because of the important construction projects on the Columbus Campus involving Mitchell Hall and the Conference Center.  


Connect with Student Engagement & Leadership

Did you know that campus engagement happens in big and small ways all over the college? At Columbus State, campus engagement includes many types of activities and outreach. It may involve emailing a student who missed class to check on them. It can include volunteering with students during Day of Service. Those are just two ways to celebrate being a Cougar.

We know that you and your work are a significant piece of the greater puzzle in connecting our community members to each other and to the College. Let us know how you #Engage in three words - or less - and join in the fun. Submit your three words on CougarConnect here to share in how you connect at Columbus State!


Electronic music concert Sunday evening

Humanities professor Rocco Di Pietro invites you to an electronic music concert this weekend with Guest artists David Reed and Jacob Moses. Student Soundscapes and Oral Walks: by Joe Butler, Faith Meacham, Dennis Maloney, Thomas Pine, and Landon Malone. The first performance of Rocco Di Pietro's "Six Hyper-real Pieces" completes the program. It will be held on Sunday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. in TL 123 (band room).

Year-end retirement celebrations

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Celebrate with George Chatters, Jan Crozier, and Arlene Wilson who will all be retiring. 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.

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. 



Mentors needed for Nationwide Children’s Hospital patients

Do you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)? You can make a difference by being a mentor for children and teens who need to manage IBD’s impact on their lives. IBD, also known as Crohn’s Disease, can make their lives challenging.

To be a mentor, you should have had IBD for at least one year and be managing it well by taking medications and going to GI appointments. After a screening and orientation, mentors are matched with a mentee and get together one or two times each month. That includes mentoring program group activities every other month for one year.  Mentors also complete questionnaires about the program to develop and improve it. If you have questions please contact Laura Macker at Nationwide Children’s Hospital at 614-722-4744 or email


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events



b.pitts“Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts to speak at Columbus State

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



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

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

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­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.


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.

Foundation Updates

Giving Tuesday was a success

The Columbus State Foundation sponsored the annual Giving Tuesday on November 27. It was a student-led event this year. Key highlights:

  • The Foundation raised almost $7,000
  • Students made 80 snack grab bags for the various food pantries around campus
  • Chief Sean Asbury matched giving stations up to $250
  • Student Ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa, other groups helped run the Giving Stations
  • See highlights from the day in a quick video here


Donate in honor of a graduating student

Is there a student graduating that you are especially proud of?

  • We want employees to know that they can donate in honor of a student and the Foundation will mail the student a letter letting them know a donation was made in their name by the employee.
  • A great way to give back at the end of the year, support our students as well as teach our most recent alumni about philanthropy.
  • Donations can be made here



trolly hop graphicAround the Discovery District

The annual Trolley Hop is this weekend

The annual Trolley Hop around the Discovery District is set for Saturday, December 8 from noon – 4:00 p.m. This free event features 11 stops. You will find plenty of family-friendly activities as you discover festive sights and experience what’s available in the District. Donations of socks and gloves will be accepted at drop boxes on the route. More details including a map are here.




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!


Matrix Monitor

This month’s Matrix Monitor includes tips on how to avoid holiday overspending, disability in the workplace, and research showing social media may cause depression. Read it here.

Webinars through Matrix are also available here.

On the drop-down box, click on Columbus State

Click “Work & Family Resources” in the lower left to register

December Webinars:

December 6 at 3:00 p.m. -Taking your zzz's seriously.

December 13 at 3:00 p.m. – Ready, set relax, Do you know how to calm yourself when you need all of your energy to cope?



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.