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July 26, 2018



Andrews holding award certificate

Automotive Teacher wins International Teaching Award

Ian Andrews, an instructor in The Automotive Technology program, has been given the New Teacher of the Year award by the North American Council of Automotive Teachers. The award was presented last week at the annual training conference at Penn College of Technology. Each year, the award is presented to an automotive teacher from just one public institution in the U.S. or Canada with less than five years of service who teaches a secondary or post-secondary automotive program. The recipient is a teacher who has demonstrated a strong commitment and desire to succeed in the profession. Congratulations Ian!





Columbus State team forming for Heart Walk

Columbus State has a proud legacy of support for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Help prepare for a journey to the 2018 Heart Walk.

By raising heart rates and funds, the team is fueling a mission that helps more of our students, friends, and family experience life's precious moments.

Please consider walking with the Columbus State Team on Saturday, August 25 at McFerson Commons, 218 West St., Columbus.Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. If interested, please contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, or extension 3989.


Logistics Engineering Technology Early College Experience

group photo

Columbus State welcomed 35 high school students last week as they gathered for a three-day “summer camp” to learn more about Logistics Engineering Technology (LET). The camp was funded by a National Science Foundation-Advanced Technological Education grant. LET is a Columbus State degree program combining Supply Chain Management, Engineering Technology, and Computer Science. All students were awarded a certificate and a stipend for their attendance.


Open House for Digitization Showcase and Digital Education & Instructional Service (DEIS)

You’re invited to the Faculty Digitization Showcase tomorrow, Friday, July 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT building).

See how faculty members have enhanced their courses with new pedagogical approaches, video, interactive digital assets, and multimedia learning objects. 

Hear from faculty teaching Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Digital Photography, Health & Information Technology, Multi-competency Health, and Social and Human Services

The DEIS Open House will begin at the same time and continue until 12:30 p.m. The Open House will feature:

  • Demonstrations of instructional technology innovations
  • New learning glass demonstrations at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Professional headshot photos will be offered

Please RSVP to Faye Mock,


Medical Assisting hiring event

Allied Health is sponsoring a hiring event for Medical Assisting graduates. Alumni will be able to explore employment options and connect with local employers. Students graduating this semester may also attend. The event will be held Monday, August 6 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall 106. Contact Betty Baltes at 614-915-5008 if you have questions. (This is a different day and time from the previous announcement.)


President and HR executives featured in two articles in Business Officer magazine

President Harrison is included in a Business Officer article which examines the need for partnerships and how Dr. Harrison helped form the Central Ohio Compact. Read More.

Lynda Anderson-Casey, executive director of human resources and Phyllis Gorman, assistant director of professional development and retention, spoke to Business Officer as part of an article on the importance of employee resource groups. Read More.


Disability Employee Resource group (ERG) meets tomorrow

The Disability ERG invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability, or as a caretaker for someone whose disability substantially affects a person's life, to their gathering on Friday, July 27 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Stauf’s, 350 Mt. Vernon Ave. (on the ground floor of the View on Grant apartment building).

Please consider joining in conversations. If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain

New name for young professionals group

The Young Professionals ERG has been renamed the Aspiring Leaders ERG! If you are interested in mentoring and training opportunities, how to grow in your career, or connecting with others about leadership development, join them for their first meeting at noon on Thursday, September 20 in the Library Media Studio.


Concert to honor peace activists, former faculty member

Humanities professor Rocco Di Pietro has announced a "Hiroshima Peace Concert." It is in memoriam of Columbus peace activists Margaret Stansbury and Samir Gharbo who have passed away this year. Gharbo once taught Chemistry at Columbus State.

The concert, to be directed by Di Pietro, will be Monday, July 30 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the WD Ballroom.  




Important Changes:
New Request for Adjustment of Position/Personnel/Pay (RAPPP) Process
Human Resources and Resource Planning & Analysis have been working over the last several weeks on streamlining the RAPPP process. Beginning Monday, August 13, there will be significant changes to the process using DocuSign as the means to route RAPPPs through the approval process. We will be conducting training sessions on August 6 and 7 to discuss the form as well as the new routing process. If you are an administrator with supervisory and/or budgetary responsibilities, it is important that you attend one of these sessions. Please register using one of the following links:

  • Monday, August 6, 2018 from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. training:

  • Monday, August 6, 2018 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. training:

  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. training 

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please contact your Human Resources Business Partner.


Payroll/health insurance update
Columbus State full-time employees with benefits will notice a change in their pay advices. Due to the increase in medical premiums this year, please be advised that the July 31 advice will reflect the new semi-monthly medical insurance premiums being 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.

For the July 31, 2018 pay period ending August 15, 2018 pay date:

  • Employee web-time entry is due by 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 1.
  • Supervisor Approval is due by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 2.
  • All other payroll documents are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 1.


First Wednesday – mark your calendars
As July quickly winds down, don’t forget next week’s monthly First Wednesday meeting for staff and faculty on August 1 at 8:15 a.m. in the WD Ballroom.

Once the Conference Center closes (see related story below), First Wednesday events will be held in other locations including Nestor and Moeller halls.


Conference Center closing soon
The Columbus State Conference Center will be closed for major facility upgrades from September 1 until January 15, 2019.

During that time, it will be off-line for major facility upgrades. Central Scheduling will continue to find rooms as they receive requests. However, keep in mind that space will be limited without the Conference Center. If you need a room for an event, get your request in as early as possible.


Weekend power outages for maintenance work in two buildings

Electricity will be turned off on the third floor of Aquinas Hall and the third floor of WD briefly this Saturday, July 28. There are no events or classes scheduled in either location that day. The power will be out from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the WD and from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. in Aquinas Hall.


Around the Discovery District
The Summer Movie Series at Topiary Park continues Saturday, July 28, at 7:15 p.m.  Don’t miss watching Howl’s Moving Castle under the stars with free popcorn, food trucks, and more.


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