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June 28, 2018


Columbus State celebrates Mitchell Hall groundbreaking

On Tuesday, Columbus State Community College announced that it has raised more than $5 million in private philanthropy toward a $10 million fundraising goal for Mitchell Hall, the College’s planned 2019 new Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts building.

Joining previously announced $2.5 million building name sponsor Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, major donors include:
American Electric Power Foundation
Bundy Baking Solutions
The Columbus Foundation
Columbus Hospitality Management
Crane Group
Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Keith and Donica Key
Wasserstrom Family

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) CEO and founder Cameron Mitchell and CMR President David Miller joined President David Harrison in celebration of the fundraising milestone at a groundbreaking event at the 250 Cleveland Avenue construction site.

In addition to $10 million in private philanthropy, the $33 million Mitchell Hall project will be funded by $10 million in state capital funding, and project financing secured by the College. The City of Columbus has also designated more than $7 million on aligned streetscape, utilities and parking improvements in support of the project and surrounding neighborhood. The College will also be working with partners such as the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to develop innovative solutions to address food insecurity and student wellness. Read more here.


First Wednesday is Monday, July 2

Thanks to the July 4 holiday, the First Wednesday event will be held on Monday, July 2, starting at 8:15 a.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom, fourth floor WD. The meeting will also be live-streamed online at where you will be prompted to enter the password: cougars


College offices to close early on July 3

On Tuesday, July 3, College offices will close at 4:00 p.m. on the Columbus Campus, Delaware Campus, and Regional Learning Centers. Faculty teaching evening classes have the option to cancel classes scheduled after 4:00 p.m. on July 3.

In addition, the 32-S parking lot will be closed all day on July 3 to allow the Columbus State Police Department to stage for Red, White, and Boom!


Parking garage closed for maintenance

The Columbus State Parking Garage, which opened 20 years ago, is now due for some extensive maintenance inside and out. As a result, the Garage is closed for several weeks.

During the closure, painting on the pedestrian bridge linking the garage to Davidson Hall will also begin. That work will continue until August 1. The pedestrian bridge will be closed for the duration of the painting project.     



Photo of Amy BullockRetirement celebration for Amy Bullock

Come celebrate Amy Bullock’s retirement from the College on Friday, June 29 at a drop-in reception between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. in Madison Hall 103. Amy will be leaving the college after 33 years of service in the International Student Office! Contact with any questions.




Conditioning Center Client of the Semester, Spring 2018

Julie Barry, Major Gifts Officer at the Columbus State Foundation, is the Condition Center’s “Client of the Semester” for Spring 2018. Julie has been training in the Conditioning Center since the Summer Semester of 2016. Since she began, Julie has always had a positive presence and is always willing to push herself during her workouts.

Julie balances a busy schedule and still manages to attend nearly every single session. She is very supportive of our department’s mission to promote health and wellness by continuously encouraging other people to get more involved with the wellness opportunities that we offer. Julie is accountable, kind-hearted, supportive, fearless, and gives 100 percent.


Disability ERG meeting June 29

The Disability Resource Group 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 our gathering on Friday, June 29 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at The Roosevelt Coffeehouse (300 E Long St, Columbus, OH 43215).

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




HR Notes

Cougar Paw recipients for May


Amber Spiegel
Barbara Allen
Carole James
Chelsea Francis
Cynthia Klimek
Donna Fuller
Elon Crosby
Hillary Jones
Jean Liddle
Jennifer Schleppi
Jessica Eberly
Joel Mathias
Johanna Pierce
Julie Zaveloff
Kristine Kinzer
Laura Contrucci
Lindsey Gibson
Lonie Smith
Lucas Hissong
Lynn Giese
Lynn McNish
Manykhone Chanthavong
Marchem Pfeiffer
Marcus Jackson
Mark Bragg
Marsha Phillips
Megan Hatton
Megan Barr
Michael Hoepf
Michelle Denune
Nakisha Stewart
Nathan Gjerstad
Nicole Rencher
Noah Jones
Patricia Malloy
Paula Collier
Rachel Yoder
Ruey Bruce
Ryan Allen
Shawn Rinehart
Tamara Daniels
Tara Narcross
Taylor Slocum
Thomas Capps
Todd McCoy
Toni Rygg

Continuous Improvement

Amanda Jurden
Jaimie Allen
Jessica Plannick
Jessica Tomasek
Justin Manibog
Lindsey Gibson
Rachel Steiner
Steve Fox
Tina Diggs

Customer Focus

Anthony Polito
Brian Seely
Bryan Butte
Deborah Robinson
Ellen Neutzling
Ethan Kaufman
Frank Bucy
Hillary Jones
Jaimie Allen
Jason Stover
Jeffrey Akers
Jennifer Schleppi
Jessica Tomasek
Karen Fabritius
Karma Tsering
Laura Shady
Leanna Buker
Lynn McNish
Michael Womer
Mingxin Xu
Misty Mahefkey
Nathan Gjerstad
Nathan Cox
Nichole Bowman-Glover
Richard Tepper
Robert Crane
Robert Cowles
Robin Buser
Rodney Harris
Sheree Nash
Skip Stocksdale
Steven Zelenka
Susan Judd
Teresa Lister
Thelma Bucy
Veronica Gains


Charlie Boss
Christina Stillion
Christopher Miller
Diane Jones
Jennifer Miller
Josephine Newman
Kristine Kinzer
Mary Whitt
Michele Wade
Rhonda Williams
Richard Greely
Sandra Downing
Susan Downing
Tina Diggs


Managing People

Marcy Leeds
Maurice Anderson


Managing Work

Brett Welsh
Darla Vanhorn
Elina Vayntraub
Hydy Cates
Jennifer Schleppi
MJ Willow
Mustafe Ali
Nancy Stagg
Rini Saha
Robert Crane
Sheree Nash


Aloysius Kienee
Anthony Owensby
Bryan Butte
Evan Jablonka
James Engler
Jamie Powell
Lawrence James
Leslie Hoffman
Megan Hatton
Morgan Sayre
Sarah Baker
Shannon Rondo
Tracy La Mar-Nickoli
Twila Wiley
Wendy Caldwell

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