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November 15, 2018

Staff Employees of the Month 

Full-time Staff Employee of the Month – Stacey Peer      

S. PeerDuring First Wednesday on November 7, Stacey Peer, System Analyst in Enterprise Applications Support, was named the Staff Employee of the Month. In nominating her, Supervisor Annetta Keller said, “When the Functional Analyst in the Cashiers and Student Accounting office resigned leaving a large gap in knowledge, Stacey volunteered to help fill in the holes by assisting with complicated processes, training others, and looking for ways to improve our business processes and increase efficiency.

Supervisor Jamie Allen said, “Stacey’s knowledge, skills, and determination have helped many departments and she is continually thinking of ways to improve the way Columbus State does business.”





Part-time Staff Employee of the Month – Lindsey Gibson

L. GibsonLibrarian Lindsey Gibson was nominated by her colleague at the Delaware Campus Learning Center, Coordinator Kristine Kinzer. Kinzer said, “Lindsey’s work ethic, creativity, and high professional standards were essential for planning this year’s information literacy program for the Day of College field trip for Delaware area fourth graders.

Only a few weeks into her arrival at the Campus, Lindsey revamped the library’s “finding Bigfoot” information literacy presentation and put her own unique stamp on it as well.”






New partnership with Franklin County Job and Family Services

Columbus State is now a partner with Franklin County in an agreement that places a caseworker and case unit from the Department of Job and Family Services on the Columbus Campus. Executive Vice President Rebecca Butler spoke at the County Commissioners meeting Tuesday when the agreement was approved. Read the Columbus Dispatch story here.

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Pictured, left to right: Franklin County Administrator Ken Wilson, Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services Director Joy Bivens, Rebecca Butler, Franklin County Board of Commissioners President Kevin Boyce and Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady.



“Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts to speak at Columbus State

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ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts will speak about his professional and personal journey in a talk hosted by Columbus State President David Harrison. Pitts, author of the memoir “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges,” is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has co-anchored “Nightline” since 2014.

Pitts overcame functional illiteracy and a debilitating stutter to become a successful journalist. He has covered national news stories and in-depth features across ABC News programming during his time with the network. Prior to joining ABC News, Pitts spent 15 years at CBS News where he served as Chief National Correspondent for The CBS Evening News. He won an Emmy for his coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2002. Read more.

Pitts will conclude his appearance with a book signing. Copies of his book, “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges” will be available for sale. The event will be held on Friday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium, 488 Mt. Vernon Ave., Columbus. Tickets are free with registration, available at


Columbus State was primary backup site for Secretary of State’s office

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Staff members from the Office of the Secretary of State test out equipment in Student Central on November 2 as Martin Barry and Bart Prickett, right, look on.

Weeks before the mid-term elections in Ohio, Columbus State was stepping up to provide alternative space behind the scenes for the Office of the Ohio Secretary of State to ensure business continuity on Election Day and night. 

As Ohio’s chief elections officer, Secretary of State Jon Husted oversees the elections process in each of the state’s 88 counties. In order to guarantee the process would still be carried out in the event of an emergency or unexpected event, Secretary Husted’s staff contacted Columbus State in mid-September. They needed a location nearby should their headquarters lose electricity or be evacuated for any reason, or should an unexpected event occur. It was a tall order that had to happen quickly.

President Harrison approved the request. Steve Schemine, Deputy Police Chief, Bart Prickett, IT Director, and Mark Dudgeon, Facilities Director, were three point-persons at the College. They worked closely with Laura Pietenpol, an IT Manager with the Secretary’s office, and her team. The Columbus State Police Department helped develop an official Alternate Location Plan. Marketing and Communications worked with the Secretary’s Communication team for media purposes, should Columbus State’s site be needed.

Space was required for at least 60 staff members with access to individual computers, phone lines, and several printers. Additional rooms were made available for meetings and extra workspace for the Secretary’s staff. Student Central was chosen as the location. For media, Nestor Lounge West was selected for media representatives who would converge here from around the state.

Following several onsite meetings at the College, IT and Elections staff from the Secretary’s office tested equipment in Student Central the Friday before the election. Everything was in place and ready to go. In the end, the election came and went with no issues at the main headquarters downtown. But many hours of diligent work went into a plan that would’ve found Columbus State playing a pivotal role to make election night seamless for the state. An official memorandum of understanding (MOU) was drawn up by Jackie DeGenova, Deputy General Counsel, and her staff. The MOU will be used as a template should the College be needed again as an alternate site.

In addition to those mentioned, these staff members provided support or played some role in the process: Stephanie Albrecht, Corey Apling, Jason Armintrout, Sean Asbury, Martin Barry, Richard Brown, Erinbeth Dower, Todd Finney, Angelo Frole, Pete Hackman, Richard Hatcher, Micah Jenkins, Mya Jordan, Tim Kennedy, Nick Malpezzi, Dayna Reid, Travis Stewart, Christina Stillion, Brian Van Horn, Billy Williams, David Wayne, and Brent Wilder.

lounge Nestor Hall West Lounge was set up for media should the Secretary of State need to hold a news conference. It was set up the day before by Juan Chamochumbi, Greg Fossitt, Emmett McCoy, John McCoy, Tony Owensby, Vince Sperrazza, and Greg Stepp.


Record 16 nominations for Theatre Columbus State

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                                                                               The cast of “The Cradle Will Rock

Theatre Columbus State has received a record 16 nominations for the Broadway World Regional Awards for the 2017-18 season. There are eight nominations for “The Cradle Will Rock,” seven nominations for “It Can’t Happen Here” including Frank A. Barnhart as Director, and one nomination for “Our Country’s Good.” The full list of nominations is here.



Autumn semester theatre production continues through Saturday

“She Kills Monsters” is a dramatic comedy by Qui Nguyen that follows the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio after the death of her teenage sister Tilly. She then finds Tilly’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook. See a video preview here.

Show times are today, November 15 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 p.m.  All performances are free and will be presented in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.


Autumn recital set for Friday evening

Humanities professor Rocco Di Pietro has scheduled a recital for his music and art students. He will be assisted by violinist Devin Copfer and pianist Paul Strawser in a recital of short works from 1881-2018. The students will be able to trace the development of art music from Late Romanticism to Post Modernism. Works by Stravinsky, Bartok, Schumann, Liszt, Cage, and others will be included. The recital is free and open to the public. It will be held on Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the band room - CT room 123. 



Graduate of Columbus State to unveil film Thanksgiving night

Joseph Ponder, who received an associate degree in Sports and Exercise in 2015, has arranged a premiere screening of his new film “The Crossover that Won the Game.” The inspirational-based drama, based loosely on actual events, was filmed over the past year in the area and includes one scene in the Columbus State gymnasium. Sports figures Clark Kellogg and James Buster Douglas are featured in the movie, which is based on a book written by Joseph and his brother Jamell.

The screening will be held Thursday, November 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Studio 35 Cinema, 3055 Indianola Ave., Columbus. See the movie trailer here.


Conversations That Matter: Rethinking the Christopher Columbus Statue

For the past several years, controversies over memorials and statues in the United States have become a focal point for heated debate. Christopher Columbus, long celebrated for his supposed "discovery of the New World," is one of the most controversial figures represented in American public art.

All are welcome to join Dr. Dea Boster, Associate Professor Humanities, and the Service Learning committee for coffee and conversation surrounding the Columbus statue's place and meaning on our own campus on Monday, November 19 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall 121. 

Email with questions about this event.


College Recreation and Wellness weekly podcast

For your health and wellness information this week, check out the latest Guidance with Grace podcast. This week has tips for improving your plank. Listen here.  

Check Your Blind Spot mobile exhibit

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Members of the Nationwide Insurance leadership took a break last week from curriculum discussions and explored the Check Your Blind Spots tour. The mobile exhibit, which helps users learn about unconscious bias, was on the Columbus Campus on November 9. Pictured with the Nationwide contingent were three Columbus State representatives: Doug House, in the back, second from left, Jeff Spain, third from right, and Traci Beddow, second from right.

Below, students view some of the interactive elements inside the Check Your Blind Spots mobile unit.
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Chinese faculty member leads grad students at conference

group photo Pictured, left to right: Graduate students Kelsey Toyoda and Ziva Shackar and Columbus State's JoYin Tang.

Earlier this month, JoYin Tang led a team of two graduate students from Miami University and won a case study competition at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Region VI 2018 conference in Columbus. NAFSA is the world's largest association of professionals committed exclusively to advancing international higher education.  NAFSA has nearly 10,000 members at 3,500 institutions worldwide, representing more than 150 countries.

JoYin is a supervisor of International Student Services and a Chinese adjunct faculty in the Modern Language Department. As Principal Designated School Official (PDSO), the College’s point-person for the F-1 international student program, she has devoted her professional career to international education and is an advocate for international and immigrant students. Pictured, left to right: Graduate students Kelsey Toyoda and Ziva Shackar and JoYin Tang.


Around the Discovery District

BalletMet’s The Nutcracker tickets are now on sale. The annual show runs December 7 – 23 at the Ohio Theatre. Tickets and information are here. 



Foundation Notes

The Columbus State Foundation is partnering again this year with Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) to promote Giving Tuesday events on the Columbus and Delaware campuses. It will be a student-led and student-centered campaign on Tuesday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  There will be volunteer activities for students in Nestor Hall and “giving stations” in four locations where students can donate on the Columbus Campus: Nestor Hall, Sips, Union Cafe, and the Bookstore. On the Delaware Campus: Moeller Hall.

The long-term goal is to interact with students now so that they will be aware of, and hopefully engaged with, the Foundation after graduation. In the process, the Foundation wants students to know that no gift is too small and that all gifts make a difference. Giving Tuesday website



In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


Faculty presentation today: War Changes Everything

Join a panel of faculty presenters for “War Changes Everything: The Cultural Aftermath of World War I at its Centennial.”  It will be held Today, November 15 from 11:00 a.m. – Noon in Franklin Hall 106. Presenters:

  • Peter “Bo” Riley—Introduction to Historical Context
  • Eric Neubauer— “The Past is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past.”: A Brief Summary on Palestine, Israel, and the Consequences of World War I on the Geopolitics of the Middle East 
  • Zachary Dillbeck—Verses in Mud: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fantastic Response to the Great War 
  • Aaron Petten—Dada and Its Impacts: The Counter-Enlightenment Impulses in Modern Art after World War I
  • Jennifer Nardone—America, 1919: Migration, Unrest, the Aftermath of War

Legal Assistance for Students

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 November 29. They can sign up for future appointments here. 

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)


Fee waiver request deadline December 17 

The priority deadline for spring semester’s employee/dependent fee waivers is Monday, December 17.  A “Request for a Fee Waiver” form must be submitted to Human Resources in SX 139 by 4:30 p.m. on December 17 to guarantee that the fee waiver will be processed before late fees are assessed. Submit it to Morgan Sayre at, Professional Development and Retention, SX 139.


Help support 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.

Your Invitation to Third Friday on 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. 



Blackboard Training


Introduction to Blackboard Content Collection

The Blackboard Content Collection is a file repository that allows users to store, manage, and share content. File and document management is easy when a file resides in the Content Collection. Friday, November 16 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in CT 106. Register here.

Grade Center small group

Do you need to brush up on your grade center skills? This workshop will introduce you to the main grade center features. Participants can also schedule additional one-on-one help with the Faculty Assistance Center following the workshop. Friday, December 7 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. in CT 119. Register

Mt. Vernon Road closure and map

A permanent road closure on the Columbus Campus will occur during the Thanksgiving break. One section of Mt. Vernon Avenue will close between the entrance to the 11-S parking lot and Cleveland Avenue. See the map here 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.



Mobile mammography screening set for November 28

Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover has arranged for a mobile mammography screening lab to be on the Columbus Campus this month. The screening will be available on Wednesday, November 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  The mobile unit will be parked in the metered visitor spaces in the 11-S lot across from Nestor Hall. To make an appointment, please call the James Care Mammography Scheduling Department at 614-293-4455 or 800-240-4477 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover if you have questions.


Support the Scholar Network

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.

Microsoft and QuickBooks certifications available

The Community and Professional Testing Center in WD 223 offers a way for faculty and staff to obtain Microsoft Office Specialist and/or Intuit QuickBooks Online certifications. Details are here. If you have questions, contact Maurice Anderson at extension 5794.




Welcomes, promotions and job opening

Kudos and welcomes

Kyrem Massey - Specialist, Admissions
Allison Hendricks - Coordinator Sports, Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs
Ardell Trotter - Specialist, Admissions
Gary Bullock II - Integrated Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Operations
Zea'Annah Slack - Office Associate, Admissions
Brysan Lipscomb - Integrated Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Operations
Edwardo Carino - Technician, IT Frontliners
Marya DeBlasi - Integrated Processing Specialist, Enrollment Services Operations
Shawn Craft - Manager, IT
Nora Metzker - Specialist, Grants Accounting and Reporting
Kevin Rooney - Supervisor, Grants Office

New Opportunities
Req2271- Project Specialist, Office of the President
Req2267 - Benefits Program Coordinator, Benefits and Compensation
Req2268 – Office Associate, Business Programs




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 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. 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 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.