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November 1, 2018


Military veterans with Columbus State connections win custom-tailored suits

photo of veterans

Each year, Hunter and Lords, a Columbus-based custom tailor, sponsors a Suits for Soldiers contest. The program was created by owner Jim Reiser as a way to thank deserving soldiers for their service and to support their return to the civilian workforce. Nominators had to submit a 500-word essay about why their nominee was the most deserving.

Eight of more than 100 entries were selected as winners this year, and three have Columbus State connections. One is Lynda Anderson-Casey’s husband John, a U.S. Army retiree graduating from Ohio State University next semester. Former Columbus State students John Howard and John Hargrove were also selected as winners. The custom-made suits, shirts, and shoes are valued at several thousand dollars.

WBNS-TV (10TV) was at the store when the men were measured in September. You can see that story here. Pictured, left to right: John Howard, John Hargrove, and John Casey.

Columbus State’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 7 at 12:05 p.m. Details will be in Monday’s Update.


Check your blind spots to learn about unconscious bias

Columbus State will host a unique, interactive event next month when the “Check Your Blind Spots” tour stops on the Columbus Campus for a day.                        

“Blind spots” are our brains on autopilot. Experts say that an unconscious mind makes the majority of our decisions. It creates blind spots, unconscious biases that can narrow our vision and potentially influence our behaviors. Having grown up more aware of diversity issues than previous generations, many college students today might not think they have blind spots, but they may actually be quite surprised.

The “Check Your Blind Spots” event aims to give students the opportunity to learn about unconscious bias, discover some of their own, and become aware of companies doing the same. During the self-guided tour, you will be exposed to the nuances of unconscious bias. You will also learn about CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ and which companies are committed to affecting change toward a more inclusive society.

The free tour will empower you with the knowledge and resources needed to strip yourself of preexisting biases. You will better understand the role that you can play in advancing diversity and inclusion within our community and in your current and future workplaces.

“Check Your Blind Spots” will be set up in front of Nestor Hall on Friday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  A sample of what you will see is in this two-minute video.

cssn logoSupport the Scholar Network program

Help support students in the Columbus State Scholar Network program. Scholar Network is a student success program at the college that provides holistic support for former foster youth, or those who were adopted, or were in some way separated from their biological family. The goal is to support a group of students with a particular shared experience or similar challenges. 

To provide some encouragement and tangible support going into winter break, we are collecting donations for care packages. We are seeking the following donations from departments, groups, or individuals:

  • Hats, gloves, scarves
  • Non-perishable snacks and drinks
  • School supplies
  • Gift cards
  • Anything encouraging or thoughtful

Items can be dropped off in Student Engagement (Nestor Hall 116) or Global Diversity & Inclusion (Franklin Hall 223). For more information contact Brett Welsh

Nursing faculty present at annual conference

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Nursing Program faculty members Alison Romanowski, Patty Allen, and April Martin presented “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 at the Ohio Convention Center in Columbus.


Your Invitation to Third Friday November 16

Third Friday is a chance for employees of the college to engage in discussion to better understand the challenges that impede student success and credential attainment.  This session is an opportunity to address our persistence metric: “How can we increase the percent of students who persist from Year 1 to Year 2 from 45 percent to 55 percent?”  We will review data that shows where we lose students and who we lose, discuss the strategies we are piloting and scaling to improve persistence, and better understand the “how” and the “why” of our work at the college within this context. 

Please join the next interactive session on Friday, November 16 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the multi-media room in the Library. Seating is limited. To register, log in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on “Third Fridays” listed on November 16. Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.) Upcoming events will be posted in Cornerstone if this date is not convenient.


English as a Second Language program receives award

The Ohio Department of Education-Center for Continuous Improvement recognized Columbus State’s English as a Second Language Afterschool Communities (ESLAsC) 21st Century Community Learning Center. The recognition was part of the department’s Summit on Education and Enrichment on October 19 during the 2018 Outstanding Positive Youth Development Program. Jamie Carlisle, site specialist for ESLAsC program at Stiles Elementary School, accepted the award. Carlisle has been instrumental in bringing Responsive Classroom strategies to all ESLAsC sites. Her enthusiasm and dedication to the ESLAsC students and professionalism to proper implementation led to this recognition by the Ohio Department of Education.

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Pictured: Shannon Teague, an assistant director with the Ohio Department of Education, left, congratulates Jamie Carlisle.


Legal assistance for students this month

Remind students about free legal aid. Are they in need of legal assistance? A representative from Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on campus today, November 1 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Student Central Lobby (upper level of Madison Hall). They can stop by or sign up for future appointments here. Upcoming dates include November 8, 15, and 29.

Topics they may be able to provide guidance on include:

  • Benefits including Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, Ohio Works First, SSI/SSDI, disability financial assistance, Title XX Child Care, and unemployment compensation.
  • Family (divorce, civil protection order, custody, and spousal/child support)
  • Housing (evictions, conditions problems, and subsidy terminations)


 Bookstore Notes


“Grow a Mo Save a Bro” Movember raffle November 1 – 30

Visit to sign up to raise funds and awareness for all the dads, brothers, sons and friends in your life. Together, you can make a difference in men’s health. The Bookstore is holding its own event. Enter to win a basket of men’s grooming products and a $50 Bookstore Gift Card by doing one of the following: Follow @cscc_bookstore on Instagram, fill out a raffle ticket at the bookstore, or email with your contact info. Winner will be announced December 3.

Bookstore supports book and initiative

book initiative photo

The Bookstore recently supported the “Venture Smarter and the Smart Regions Initiative” at the Hyatt Regency downtown. Speaker André Corrêa d'Almeida’s book, “Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate” is available through the Bookstore. Pictured, left to right: Adam Polen, Jennifer Hart, Sandra Zeller, Allison Franz, and Zach Koteles.


Around the Discovery District

Thurber House hosting astronaut Scott Kelly tonight

Thurber House is hosting a special event with astronaut and author Scott Kelly. He will talk about his year in space and his NY Times bestseller “Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.” The book will be available on site, or you can take your own copy to be signed. Tonight, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Capital University in Mees Auditorium. Tickets, information and a map are here.  

Local speaker performing show November 7 and 10

Poet Sara Abou Rashed, who has spoken at Columbus State, will be performing her one-woman, one-hour show “A Map of Myself” at two local venues. Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund says, “Sara Abou Rashed is a powerful voice, an inspiration.”

Wednesday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Tickets.
Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Tickets.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events

First Wednesday

First Wednesday will be held next week, November 7 at 8:15 a.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium. It will also be livestreamed at The password is cougars.



2018 Veterans Day Commemoration Luncheon

Please join the Military & Veterans Services Department as they recognize our past and present service members of the U.S. Armed Forces in observance of Veterans Day 2018. This year, they will host a luncheon for students, staff, faculty, and administrators who are veterans, or who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their invited guests.

The luncheon will be held in Christopher’s Restaurant, Eibling Hall room 005, on Thursday, November 8 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Register here. Reservations are required.

For further information, please contact the Military & Veteran Services Department at or extension 2644.

Women’s ERG Discussion: Top Issues Facing Women on Campus

The Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites college employees who identify as women to join us on Thursday, November 8, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Media Studio in the lower level of the Library. We encourage you to share your thoughts regarding the top issues facing women on campus as well as your recommendations as to how we can address these concerns. Bring your lunch and a friend, and enjoy a thoughtful discussion with your peers. If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, please contact liaisons Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.



Tax reform and charitable giving luncheon

The Columbus State Foundation invites you to a luncheon to learn more about how you may be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. in the Library (Columbus Hall). Reservations are required, seating is limited. Contact Julie Barry at extension 5028 if you would like to attend.


Help support and give thanks by donating toward the International Thanksgiving Dinner

The Global Diversity and Inclusion Center invites you to attend and support Columbus State Community College’s 33rd Annual International Thanksgiving Dinner. It will be held this year on Thursday, November 15 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge.

Each year we invite our international students and their families to join us in this special American tradition of fellowship and giving thanks. This event is made possible by generous donations of faculty, staff, and community members. Please contact Jasmine Marks at extension 5319 if you would like to make a donation or purchase tickets ($15 each).  


Platinum Level Sponsorship: $300 - Provides tickets for 15 students and five guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs.

Gold Level Sponsorship: $225 - Provides tickets for 12 students and three guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs.

Silver Level Sponsorship: $150 - Provides tickets for eight students and two guests from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs.

Bronze Level Sponsorship: $75 - Provides tickets for four students and one guest from your organization/department or to cover dinner and other costs.

Please feel free to give what you can. Our students appreciate your generosity.


Mt. Vernon Avenue road closure begins November 26

mt. vernon map

A permanent road closure on the Columbus Campus will occur during the Thanksgiving break. A section of Mt. Vernon Avenue will close between the entrance to the 11-S parking lot and Cleveland Avenue. See the map above with the green arrows showing the new traffic patterns.

When classes resume on Monday, November 26, the road will stop at the 11-S parking lot. You will not be able to drive down to Cleveland Avenue. You will be required to turn into that parking lot. And since Mt. Vernon Avenue is a one-way street, you will have to exit onto East Spring Street on the other side.

The 10-H lot for handicapped-accessible parking will remain open. So will the drop-off loop in front of Nestor Hall. However, once drivers exit from the 10-H lot or the drop-off loop, they will be forced to meander back onto Mt. Vernon Avenue, then through the 11-S parking lot, finally exiting onto East Spring Street.

Free IT training classes for November

Information Technology is hosting training sessions open to faculty and staff. If you are interested in any of the classes, please register by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the appropriate date and select “Request” to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Introduction to Skype for Business: Skype for Business can help you to easily connect with your coworkers at Columbus State. You can have conversations or hold meetings using IM, voice, or video calls. See when your contacts are available online. Share your screen during a presentation or give control to others. Come to this interactive training to learn more about what Skype can do for you. This one-hour session will be followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned. Wednesday, November 7 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Outlook for Beginners: This training is designed for users who are new to Outlook. It details the essential skills that an employee might need to complete their daily tasks. Learn how to send and receive email, organize with folders, complete a basic search, manage your contact list, and schedule appointments and meetings. This one-hour session is followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned. This training focuses on the Desktop application of Outlook. Tuesday, November 13 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.


Outlook Email Management: This Intermediate level training is designed for users who have mastered the basics of Outlook, but want to learn more about their options for email management. Learn how to customize the appearance of your inbox, organize your incoming emails, use shortcuts for common tasks, and draft repetitive emails with ease. This one-hour session is followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned. This training focuses on the Desktop application of Outlook. Wednesday, November 14 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Outlook Calendar Management: This Intermediate level training is designed for users who have mastered the basics of Outlook, but want to learn more about their options for calendar management. Learn how to customize your calendar, create calendar events, create/manage/share calendars, and visually organize your events and invites. This one-hour session will be followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned.   This training focuses on the Desktop application of Outlook. Monday, November 5 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 29 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Guendelsberger at 614-287-5899.




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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 9:00 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

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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 9:00 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life.