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July 12, 2018



Faculty member promoted to oversee hospitality operations


As construction continues on the new Mitchell Hall project, Curt Laird, Dean of Health and Human Services, has announced that Joshua Wickham has been hired as the Director of Hospitality Operations for the new School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. In that role, he will be working alongside Jim Taylor with the operational aspects of Mitchell Hall.

Wickham is a 2002 graduate of the Columbus State chef apprenticeship program and has been an annually contracted faculty member in the hospitality department for the last two years. He began as an adjunct professor in 2010. Wickham was previously the Executive Chef for Rocky Fork Hunt and Country and more recently an event chef and instructor at The Seasoned Farmhouse. He’s a certified executive chef and a certified executive pastry chef through the American Culinary Federation. He resides in Clintonville with his wife and daughter.  


Delaware team volunteers for Supplies for Scholars

group photo Pictured at the Supplies for Scholars event are, left to right, Averee Fields, Student Engagement Coordinator; Dayna Sherman, Student; Tina Diggs, Delaware Campus Director; Marcia Holleman, Student Services Specialist

Three Delaware Campus staff members and a student joined United Way to serve the community through the Supplies for Scholars Mobile Site. The Supplies for Scholars program provides a free shopping spree experience to fill a backpack with grade-appropriate school supplies. The program helps maximize academic potential for students in Delaware County ranging from Pre-K through grade 12.

The event was held July 9 at a Lewis Center church. Averee Fields, Student Engagement Coordinator says, “It was a truly rewarding experience to be a part of this event. It provides hope for parents through alleviating some of the financial strain of buying school supplies while empowering students to make choices about what they bring to school.” United Way will continue to serve Delaware County in this capacity throughout the month of July.


Workshop on hiring student workers

Career Services Student Employment has added sessions of “Student Employment: Job Posting and
Hiring Process” for autumn hiring. Campus hiring managers and interested staff are invited to attend a workshop that will review the process of posting and hiring for student jobs. After a general overview of the process, supervisors will be able to login to Cornerstone and submit Requisition Requests for autumn semester hiring. 

To register, log in to Cornerstone here and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event titled “Student Employment: Job Posting and Hiring Process” on one of the dates below. Select Request to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Sessions are scheduled for:
Wednesday, July 18 - 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Monday, July 23 - 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.


Upcoming faculty presentations and exhibits

Nursing Faculty Alison Romanowski, Patty Allen, and April Martin have been selected to present Educational Revolution: Integrating Concept Based Curriculum and Active Learning for Students in a Psychiatric Nursing Course at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 32nd Annual conference held October 24-27, 2018 in Columbus.

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Stacy Leeman's paintings, Self-Portrait D4 and Self-Portrait P10 will be on display in Douglasville, Georgia at the NOVAS exhibit sponsored by the Cultural Arts Council from September 6-27.






Important Payroll information

Full-time employees with benefits
Columbus State full-time employees with benefits will notice some changes in their pay advices. Due to the increase in medical premiums this year, please be advised of the following pay dates and adjustments:

July 13, 2018 - Adjustments for medical insurance premiums paid one month in advance

July 31, 2018 - New semi-monthly medical insurance premiums will be deducted

Information regarding the new benefit costs are available by accessing: and reviewing the “plan year monthly rates” under frequently requested forms.

Should you have questions, please contact Monessa Bradford, Benefit Specialist at ext. 2107.

Employee and supervisor payroll communication for July
For the July 15, 2018 pay period ending, July 31, 2018 pay date:

  • Employee web time entry is due by 11:00 p.m. on Monday July 16, 2018.
  • Supervisor Approval is due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 17, 2018.
  • All other payroll documents are due by noon 5:00 p.m. on Monday July 16, 2018.

A few general reminders for best practices for approving and submitting employee time entries:

  • Make sure that the employee has electronically signed the time entry by marking the complete box.
  • Review time entry detail page to verify appropriate detail for start time, stop time and lunch periods has been logged.
  • Review that the employee has logged the appropriate leave usage on the time entry form for any leave taken.
  • Time cards that need corrections should be rejected back for the employee to correct and re-submit.
  • Please submit time for all employees who worked by the published due dates to make sure employees are paid on time.


 July #SApro Lunchbox Talk to focus on Collaborative Leadership


Join, Barbara Allen in her upcoming #SApro lunchbox talk, “Giving Bolding and Receiving Gracefully: The Mindful Shift to A Collaborative Leadership Mindset.” It will be held Wednesday, July 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in CO 111, the Library Media Studio.

As Higher Education professionals, we are often pulled in many directions as we lead and serve.  We say YES to our students, activities, partnerships and endless commitments. These experience are often fast-paced, timely and full of joy, growth, success and ultimately results for our students, but sometimes challenging without time for personal reflection. There is a push for action. In this discussion, we invite the power of the pause to consider how you want to show up as a collaborative leader. For you, what does it mean to give boldy and receive gracefully---to pace, leverage, sustain, build trust and ultimately grow your leadership and commitment to Columbus State’s promise to put students first. Always. Come for an interactive discussion to share with others, hear their stories and learn from their examples, challenges, and strategies to strengthen your practice as an #SAPRO!

#SApro Lunchbox Talks are casual. All you have to do is show up! Everyone is welcome. Gain professional development hours while developing new connections on campus! Each workshop is open to all, bring a friend, a lunch and be prepared to enjoy yourself!

RSVP today by visiting the Lunchbox Talks OrgSync Portal:https://orgsyn


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Around the Discovery District
CoGo is on a “roll” this month! It is expanding and it’s their 5th birthday!The story is here. To celebrate, they are offering $55 Annual Memberships and $5 Day Passes for one day only, on Monday, July 23. Check their website that day here. This offer is open to the public so tell a friend, they can enjoy CoGo, too! Help them celebrate this milestone in style, on a CoGo bike.

Are you a fan of the light side or the dark side…of breakfast? Visit Columbus Museum of Art to celebrate the newest exhibition in their Open Gallery, The Force of Fandomwith a family breakfast on Saturday, July 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Which character from far, far away is your favorite? Come dressed as them and take a photo with some imperial special guests. (R2D2 will be back!). Advance tickets here




Around Columbus
Cultural Arts Center (CAC) Turns 40!
The Cultural Arts Center is turning 40 this summer. On Sunday, July 15 they’re throwing a party to celebrate and you're invited. Join them for food, artwork, demonstrations, performances and a community art project that will spread art all over town. All are welcome to attend this free event. More information is at this link.


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