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January 18, 2018


Facilities team works around the clock to clear snow and ice

After a blast of wintry weather dumped several inches of snow on Central Ohio, the Columbus State facilities team jumped into action to clear the Columbus and Delaware campuses, Bolton Field, and the Reynoldsburg and Westerville regional learning centers.

employee with snow blower

“Our staff spent hundreds of hours clearing snow from Friday night,” said Director of Facilities Operations Mark Dudgeon. “This included shoveling, plowing, and sometimes hand scraping every parking lot, step, ramp, entrance, and crosswalk.” The team also applied thousands of pounds of ice melt, and arrived at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning to ensure all locations were ready for the start of classes.

The weekend’s efforts went beyond snow removal. The facilities team also responded to an unexpected building flood Friday night, and a major transformer failure in Columbus Hall in the early hours Saturday morning. “The team pulled together on Saturday to work with the City of Columbus Division of Power to get a brand new transformer installed and the building back in operation by Saturday evening,” Dudgeon said. They also implemented a backup plan to get backup heat in the building just in case the repair was not successful.

“When you factor in planning (and worrying!), I know it’s been an around-the-clock effort for many days and nights,” said President Harrison of the snow removal efforts. “Facilities literally cleared the path for students to achieve their goals – a great illustration of the college’s values. I’m personally grateful.”


Rally for Your Rights series looks at free speech on campus


In collaboration with the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center, Student Conduct presents a new campus initiative called Rally for your Rights. This is a campus-wide initiative to promote community learning, collaboration, effective dialogue, and the celebration of free speech and expression. 

Please RSVP for events at the links below:

Kickoff meeting on Thursday, Jan 25 
Film Screening on Thursday, Feb 22
Debate on Thursday, March 8 
Rally on Wednesday, April 18


Women's Wealth and Wellness Expo

Get the information and inspiration to stretch your money and improve your health. Investing in yourself will be the best investment that you will ever make. Join the expo for a day of inspiration, education and fun, with more than 20 wellness, financial and business sessions to choose from. Attendees also get access to fitness sessions from top instructors and a vendor marketplace.

Date: Saturday, January 27 
Time: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 
Where: Columbus State Conference Center
Cost: $20-$55. Tickets are FREE for the first 75 students using the special code: CSCCFREE. Also, admission is 50% off for additional students, faculty and staff using code CSCCEXPO online and at the door with a valid Columbus State ID. 

For additional information, visit the 2018 Women's Wealth and Wellness Expo website or contact Student Engagement and Leadership at or (614) 287-2637.


W-2 forms are now available online for the 2017 tax year

Through ADP, employees are able to access W-2 forms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Upon registration, you will be able to access your W-2 statement.

How to Register on ADP W-2 Services

Go to
Click “Register Now” 
Enter the registration passcode 1COUGAR-TS (case sensitive) 
Enter your name and select W-2 Services 

The following information is required for validation purposes:

Full Social Security Number 
Employee ID #
Company Code: VJC (case sensitive) 
Employee Zip Code 
Tax Year

You will be prompted to complete a registration process during which you will select a unique password. Your password must contain between 8 to 20 characters and at least one alpha and one numeric character. Additionally, you will be assigned a system generated User ID. Once you have completed the registration process, you should “Bookmark” or “Add to your Favorites” the new URL,


MLK Celebration to be live-streamed at RLCs

Columbus State’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration featuring celebrated African-American poet Nikki Giovanni takes place Monday, January 29 at 10:00 a.m in the Conference Center fourth floor ballroom. In addition, the event will be live-streamed at some of the Regional Learning Centers and the Delaware Campus. Viewing locations are listed below:

Dublin- Room 332

Westerville- Room 102

Reynoldsburg- Room 130


Library workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER)

Employees are invited to attend the Library’s workshop series on Open Educational Resources (OER).  If you are interested in finding out more about OER, the Introduction to Open Educational Resources workshop is for you. The Search and Selection workshop provides a time for you to do some searching in the richest OER repositories. The OER Adoption Process workshop offers a step-by-step guide for finding, revising, and using OER in your course. Finally, a new workshop, Understanding Open Licenses, is for those who want to know more about how Creative Commons licenses work.

You may register for any of the workshops here.


Columbus State Theatre Department earns nominations for Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Awards

Congratulations to Sonda Rose Staley, an adjunct in Communications who is nominated for a Central Ohio Theatre Roundtable Award for Excellence in Directing for Columbus State’s production of “Our Country's Good.” The entire cast and crew of “Our Country's Good” was nominated for Best Play of the Year. Travis Daniel Williams was nominated for Excellence in Acting as a lead actor in “A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage.”

In addition, theatre professors Frank Barnhart and Sonda Rose Staley are also nominated for their performances in “A Perfect Arrangement” at Evolution Theatre. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 28. For tickets, visit Theatre Roundtable.


Caregivers Employee Resource Group meeting times

The Caregivers Employee Resource Group’s next meeting is on Wednesday, January 31 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Library Multimedia Studio. Meetings will be held on February 28, March 28, and April 25 at the same time and place.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) allow members to connect with other employees who share similar interests and a common bond or background. The Caregivers ERG is specifically for individuals serving as family members or helpers who regularly look after children, parents, or sick, elderly, or disabled persons. Please contact Melissa Lamar ( or Heather Thompson-Gillis ( with any questions.




CougarPaw Social
To show appreciation to employees who have been recognized through the CougarPaw program for their outstanding contributions serving our Columbus State community, Human Resources is hosting a Hot Cocoa Celebration on Wednesday, January 24 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in second-floor lounge of WD.

CougarPaw recipients please check your e-mail for your invitation to register. Look for more CougarPaw celebrations all throughout the year to celebrate the stories and good work of Columbus State employees!   


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.