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February 8, 2018


Columbus State’s Aviation Maintenance Technology program receives award

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On Monday, February 5, Mark Harden, Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team Program Manager, presented the Gold Award of Excellence to Associate Professors Gene Sprang and Jeff Gruber. The award is for Aviation Maintenance Technology's participation in the Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Awards Program.

Sprang and Gruber also received Individual Bronze Awards for participation in the AMT Awards Program.







Career and Academic Pathways offer clearly defined options

If you work closely with prospective students, you know how overwhelmed students can feel trying to sort through and choose from among Columbus State’s 200-plus degree and certificate programs. Career and Academic Pathways are designed to help streamline this process.

While Columbus State degree and certificate programs have not changed, the way we present the College’s academic offerings to students has. We’ve now organized our 200-plus programs into these eight areas of interest, called Career and Academic Pathways. They are:

  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Biological, Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Business and Hospitality Services
  • Computer Science, Information Technology and Design
  • Construction and Skilled Trades
  • Education, Human Services, and Public Safety
  • Engineering, Manufacturing, and Engineering Technology
  • Health Sciences

As of mid-December 2017, all Autumn 2018 incoming degree- or certificate-seeking students select their Career and Academic Pathway and major on the application. College Credit Plus students will also select a Career and Academic Pathway, but will not be required to select a major at the point of application. You also see the new Career and Academic Pathways on the homepage of the new Columbus State website.

The Career and Academic Pathways are part of the newly implemented Guided Pathways model. Guided Pathways is a set of best practices that integrate career and academic planning with faculty engagement and student support services, from the time a student first connects with Columbus State through graduation and successful transition to a four-year institution or to the workforce.

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


Aviation Maintenance Technology students receive scholarship

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Nine AMT students received the 2018 Central Ohio Professional Aviation Maintenance Association scholarship. Applicants are evaluated on application essays, instructor ratings, and GPA. This scholarship money is used toward paying for the Federal Aviation Administration Airframe and Powerplant certification testing.


Back row from left: Ian Bennett, Alexander Houston,  Anthony Digiannantoni, Grant Smith.
Front row from left: Ashley Jones, Eric Coots, Justin Topping, Benjamin Butler  


Register for an upcoming SafeZone Workshop

SafeZone is a series of interactive workshops aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. In each SafeZone training, participants are challenged to listen, share, and grow. SafeZone includes three distinct training opportunities: 101, 102, and 103. Those who are interested in completing the SafeZone program are encouraged to start by attending SafeZone 101, and then complete the additional workshops in any order. Special Topics workshops will be offered periodically to continue engaging allies who have completed all three workshops. Participants will receive a completion certificate for each workshop.logo

Upcoming Dates:

Tuesday, February 13, 10:00 a.m.-noon – SafeZone 101 
Wednesday, March 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m. – SafeZone 102 
Tuesday, March 27, 10:00 a.m.-noon – SafeZone 101 
Wednesday, April 11, 10:00 a.m.-noon – SafeZone 102 
Wednesday, April 25, 2:00-4:00 p.m. – SafeZone 103

Register today by clicking here!


Workshop on addressing microaggressions

What are microaggressions? Want to learn more? Join Global Diversity and Inclusion, Counseling Services, and Victim Advocacy in the Library Multimedia Studio (CO 111) Wednesday, February 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. We will discuss how to address unintentional thoughts and actions impacting those around us. Explore your beliefs, values, responses, and create an action plan to address microaggressions in your everyday life. For more information contact Corey Harris at  


Joint exhibition in Library by Vivian Pitman and Barbara Thomas

In the art galleries of Columbus Hall, the Library welcomes works by mother and daughter Barbara Thomas and Vivian Pitman. Pitman, a self-taught folk artist, has displayed her works in the Library galleries on numerous occasions. She has also held shows at Lindsay Gallery, the King Arts complex, and the Aladdin Shrine Temple, to name a few. Thomas, a retired self-taught artist who has also exhibited in the Library, makes life-size dolls. You will also be able to view these works during this exhibition, entitled “Another Person’s Trash is Someone’s Treasures.”

Stop by the Library in Columbus Hall to view this exhibition during the month of February in its first and second-floor galleries.


Small Business Development Center client publishes book

The Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College has been privileged to support our client, Alexia Winfield, who moved to Columbus in 2010. Determined to make Columbus her home, Winfield undertook an earnest exploration of our city.  She was so inspired by what she found that she cashed in a portion of her 401(k) and assembled a team of Columbus’ best creative talent to create a two-volume book series entitled “Columbus: A Book Project.” “The Columbus Book Project brings Columbus into the forefront of art and style with its thoughtful editorials, bold fashion spreads, rich color, textures, and cultural diversity,” Winfield said. “We are proud of our city and want to celebrate its growing businesses, art, and culture.”

Winfield has given the Small Business Development Center a set of her books, and Columbus State staff are invited to stop by and explore them.

Stacy Leeman to exhibit work in the 2018 Heartland Exhibit

Adjunct humanities instructor Stacy Leeman will have two paintings — "self-portrait P1" and "Upstream P8" — on display at the 2018 Heartland Exhibit at the Tim Murphy Art Gallery in Merriam, Kansas from March 3-31.


Employee Resource Group meeting

Staff and faculty are invited to attend the next Young Professionals Employee Resource Group meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at Platform Beer (408 N. 6th St., next to the SX building) from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.



UHC Health Rewards Program platform review

An information session to review the health rewards web platform and troubleshoot any technical issues/questions will be held Tuesday, February 13 at noon in CT 106.

Any employee and spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight coins under the Health Rewards program to maintain your 20 percent payroll contribution. The cycle started July 1, 2017, and runs through June 30, 2018.

If you have any questions, contact Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover at x3989 or


February is “Heart Health Month”

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk, follow these guidelines from

Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Watch your weight.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Control your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get active and eat healthy.

For more healthy diet and lifestyle tips, visit the American Heart Association website.



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.