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February 5, 2018


First Wednesday is February 7 and will be held in Nestor Hall

First Wednesday will be held on Wednesday, February 7. Due to renovations in the Conference Center, First Wednesday will start at 8:15 a.m. in the Nestor Hall Auditorium (NH A100). The meeting will also be live-streamed online at where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars.


Upcoming Courageous Conversations event was a topic on WOSU


As the College prepares to launch this year’s Courageous Conversations series, the speaker for the first event was a featured guest last week on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher. Professor Judith Dann was interviewed live about Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president back 1872. Dann is one of the nation’s leading experts on the life of Woodhull. Her segment begins around the 35-minute mark in the program from January 31. Listen here.

Dann will present during the first Courageous Conversations event this Thursday.

The Courageous Voice of the first Woman to Run for President
February 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Columbus State Community College
Nestor Hall, Room 106 (Lounge)

Historian and Columbus State faculty member Judith Dann shares the inspiring (and surprising) story of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the United States in 1872.


In the evening on Thursday, Courageous Conversations is also hosting a conversation with former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown.

Follow Black Women: A Discussion of Women in Politics
February 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Nestor Hall 106 (Lounge)

Join us for a conversation with Yvette McGee Brown, Ohio's first African-American female Supreme Court Justice. As a former judge and a community and corporate leader who has worked to help improve the lives of children and families, McGee Brown brings a wealth of perspective to the discussion.


At a moment when women’s issues have captured national attention, Courageous Conversations Women’s Voices invites Central Ohioans to engage in a transformative, intersectional dialogue focused on empowering women. Students, employees, and the wider community are all invited to participate in this series of free events. For more information and to RSVP for events, visit



Join Columbus State’s first World Bazaar

Columbus State is busy planning its first-ever World Bazaar, where you can experience cultures around the world through international food, performances, fashion shows, family activities, exhibits and displays, and more. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard. Watch your Columbus State email and for more information in the coming months. All are invited to attend!

Want to share something from your culture? Join us to host a booth or an event, or as a volunteer! Sign up here. For additional information on how to participate, contact Brett Welsh at (614) 287-2426.




Guided Pathways outlines best practices to help students graduate

One of Columbus States newest student success initiatives is Guided Pathways, which will be implemented beginning Autumn 2018. But what is Guided Pathways?

Guided Pathways is a national, evidence-based project to build capacity for supporting student success, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Columbus State is one of 30 premiere institutions chosen by the AACC to implement Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways at Columbus State will include a variety of best practices that integrate career, academic and financial planning with faculty engagement and student support services, from the point of connection through the time of program completion and successful transition to a four-year college or the workforce.

Among some of the Guided Pathways components:

  • Structured onboarding processes to provide clear, actionable information to get students off to the right start;
  • Academic roadmaps that detail the scope and sequence of courses necessary for each degree and certificate program;
  • The organizing of Columbus State’s 200+ educational programs into eight areas of interest called Career and Academic Pathways;
  • Early alert systems aligned with interventions to help students stay on track and progress; and
  • Instructional support and co-curricular activities aligned with classroom learning and career interests.

Meanwhile, faculty and staff have already begun the intensive groundwork to implement Guided Pathways in time for the Autumn 2018 Semester.

Learn more about advances in student success at Columbus State in upcoming issues of Update, and if you have any questions, send them to



College psychology instructor co-authors chapter in new book

Psychology instructor John Donahue recently co-authored the chapter “False information in news stories,” in the new book “Misinformation and Mass Audiences.” A portion of the chapter reexamined a 2011 experiment Donahue co-authored for the journal Media Psychology.

In that study, some participants who read a newspaper article about a preteen drug user were told—after reading it—that the journalist fabricated the story. Other participants were not told about the deception. A control group simply gave their opinions about drug users. While the first group derogated the deceptive author, their views about drug users were equally swayed by the newspaper account compared to the readers who did not learn about any deception. Both groups had changed attitudes compared to a control group that did not read a story. The study suggested that even when lies in the press are exposed, people continue to be influenced by news stories containing false information. Additional Information about the book can be found here.


DEIS Faculty/Staff Training for February 2018

Digital Education & Instructional Services (DEIS) is offering the following training workshops this month. All sessions are free to all CSCCC employees and will be presented in CT-106, which is the DEIS Training Lab at 339 Cleveland Avenue. Space is limited, so register today!

Online Teaching Principles and Time-Saving Tips 
Friday, February 9, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Blackboard Grade Center for Beginners
Friday, February 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Blackboard Intermediate Grade Center
Friday, February 23, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Virtual Meetings and Office Hours with Cisco WebEx
Friday, February 9, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Using Video in Blackboard
Friday, February 9, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Blackboard Best Practices
Friday, February 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


Columbus State nursing course hosts career readiness event

Columbus State nursing students participated in a career readiness event on January 24. The event was offered to nursing students in their final semester and consisted of a Career Fair and a Career Readiness Seminar to prepare them for entry into the nursing profession. During the Career Fair portion of the event, community healthcare partners presented their organizations and students had the opportunity to discover, explore, and learn about various career options while actively engaging prospective employers.

During the Career Readiness Seminar, students rotated through a variety of learning stations designed to ensure career readiness. Columbus State’s Career Services was on-hand to review student resumes and provide immediate feedback on how each student could improve his/her resume. Career Services also provided a variety of tools and resources for students to reference regarding cover letters, resume writing, and interviewing. Eleven hiring managers from community health care organizations, including the Mount Carmel Health System, OhioHealth, and OSU Wexner Medical Center performed mock interviews and provided students with suggestions for improving their interview process. Eighty-four students attended.




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.