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November 19, 2018


Leaf recycling saves money while providing earth-friendly results

raking leaves Groundkeepers Jarrett Powers (orange vest) and Jon Powers rake leaves in the foreground as a videographer from ABC 6 captures the scene last week behind the Bookstore. Additional team members in the background spread out compost created by last year’s leaves.)


pile of leaves The pile of leaves turning to compost at a College lot on N. Grant Avenue.

An environmentally friendly program started by Facilities Management three years ago is racking up savings for the College. Each fall, as leaves are collected on the Columbus Campus, they are stored in a large pile so they can gradually transform into compost. That compost is then returned to the campus and put in landscape beds. 

There are an estimated 3,000 trees on campus. Facilities Operations Director Mark Dudgeon says, “This sustainable effort is made even better by 300 different varieties of trees. That wide variety creates an extremely rich compost.”

There are multiple savings in the process. There is no longer a cost to haul the leaves to a landfill off campus. There has also been a vast reduction in the amount of fertilizer and compost purchased by the College. Dudgeon estimates the savings total $27,000 annually.



Large Columbus State contingent at annual NSF ATE conference

A team of 19 Columbus State faculty, staff, and a current student traveled to Washington, D.C. in October to attend the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technical Education Principal Investigator’s (NSF ATE PI) Conference. The ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology and STEM fields that drive our nation's economy.

There are currently 10 active projects at Columbus State, focusing on a variety of topics including additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), advanced manufacturing, alternative energy automotive, cloud computing, construction sciences, cybersecurity, data analytics, mobile design and development, and logistics engineering. Columbus State leads nine current projects, more than any other college in the country.

This year, President Harrison attended the event and was part of an October 26 panel celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ATE grants.  Dr. Harrison was one of the first ATE Center Principal Investigators while at Sinclair Community College earlier in his career. 

Read the full Columbus State debrief 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 Dea Boster, Associate Professor of Humanities, and the Service Learning committee for coffee and conversation surrounding the Christopher Columbus statue’s place and meaning today, November 19 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Delaware Hall 121. 

Email with questions about this event.


Host a resource table at November Open House

The next Open House will take place on Friday, November 30. Throughout the day, future students will have an opportunity to hear all about what Columbus State offers, experience a self-selected Academic and Career Pathways Break-Out Session, and take a guided walking tour of campus. One key portion of the event is the Campus Resource Fair featuring information about student support departments and academic programs. The Campus Resource Fair will take place from 11:00 a.m. – noon in theNestor Hall West Lounge. If you are interested in hosting a resource table at the November Open House, please contact Thomas Capps-Harshaw, Program Coordinator of Future Student Experience, Events, and Programs.


Kickoff for Faculty Professional Development Initiative

Professional Development for faculty has been identified as a top priority for the college.

Student success is rooted in active and collaborative learning environments where students gather knowledge from both their instructors and fellow learners. To this end, we are excited to introduce a new faculty professional development initiative led by Faculty Fellow for Academic Council Judith Anderson, Dean of Digital Learning & Instructional Support Tom Erney, and Faculty Fellows Elizabeth Hammond, Reuel Barksdale, Yvette Johnson, Lydia Gilmore, Jane Roberts, and Ann Palazzo.

The initiative will focus on the principles and practices of active and collaborative learning and concentrate on four major areas of instruction: critical thinking, contextualized writing across the curriculum, diversity and equity, and leveraging learning with technology. The initiative will be housed in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT), and soon we will be enhancing the Faculty Professional Development website to create an interactive learning environment to support this effort.

A kickoff event will be held at The Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT) on Friday, November 30 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  If you have questions, email the Faculty Professional Development Initiative at


Faculty poster presenters at STEM conference

faculty at conference

Three Columbus State faculty members presented posters at the Association of American Colleges & Universities Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference. It was held in Atlanta November 8 - 10. The posters were entitled “Connecting STEM Summer Bridge Program with the First Year Experience and Student Engagement,” “STEM Club: Connecting Students in Academic and Career Pathways,” and “Partnerships and Opportunities for Undergraduate Research on a Community College Campus.” Pictured, left to right: Merideth Sellars, Adam Keller, and Laura Shady. Jefferson and Allysen Todd also attended the conference.


Students needed for new leadership program

Admissions and International Student Services has launched a new student leadership position and would like help in identifying qualified candidates who might be interested. Admissions Student Leaders is a student leadership program where students would have an opportunity to learn about the admissions process including recruitment strategy and tracking. They will also assist with programs and events such as Open Houses, College Fairs, and International Orientation. The students will also help provide guidance and service to future students as they begin their college search journey. If you know of any candidates who might be interested, please share this opportunity with them.

Students interested in working with Admissions can find the job description and application here.

Students interested in working with International Student Services can find the job description and application here.


Blackboard updates

Blackboard will be unavailable for maintenance for two hours on Wednesday, November 21 at 10:00 p.m. until just past midnight.

Vital Blackboard developmental shell clean-up underway
In an effort to keep storage costs down, DEIS is working with IT to clean out unused Blackboard shells. Faculty and staff have until December 3 to submit a response about their usage of each of their Blackboard shells. To submit a response:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in to the website using your normal Blackboard credentials
  3. A list of developmental shells will display. For each one:
  • Click Keep if you are using this shell
  • Click Delete if you are no longer using this shell

Shells without responses will be automatically archived and deleted from Blackboard after December 3. If you have questions, contact the Faculty Assistance Center at


How to avoid holiday gift-card scams

With the holiday-shopping season upon us, Information Security Officer Ben Dalton has some important tips. He says scammers sometimes pretend to be a school official or suggest they are with a government agency. They attempt to scare people into sending money or gift cards.

In the process, they trick people into believing they need immediate help completing a task or that they owe taxes to the IRS. Scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation, or loss of a business or driver’s license.

Some messages start out asking: “Are you busy?” or “Can you get something done for me?”  Scammers create a sense of urgency and ask victims to go to a store to purchase gift cards or send a money transfer. The requests will sometimes come from someone impersonating a C-Suite executive such as a Chief Executive Officer or Chief Financial Officer.

Dalton’s tips to protect yourself and College data:

  1. Be suspicious and ask questions.
  2. Review the “Reply To” email address.
  3. Look out for immediate requests.
  4. Never send personal information or credit card information

Columbus State will not ask you to buy gift cards or submit a payment using a pre-paid gift card or money transfer. If you receive a request to purchase gift cards or wire money, report these suspicious emails to or call the Help Desk at extension 5050.


Weigh-in today or tomorrow and be entered into a prize drawing

feet on scale

Holiday gatherings with high-calorie and high-fat foods make it nearly impossible to “not” gain weight. We are here to help motivate you to stay healthy during the holidays.

Wellness Coordinator Nichole Bowman-Glover has arranged a weigh-in this week for full-time and part-time employees to encourage weight management from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Just drop into one of these weigh-in sessions. All participants will be entered into a drawing for various prizes. All participants will be entered into a drawing for various prizes after a follow-up weigh-in after the first of the year.

Columbus Campus
Monday, November 19 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in SX 132

Monday, November 19 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in SX 132

Tuesday, November 20 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in SX 132

Delaware Campus
Tuesday, November 20 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Moeller Hall 111

RSVP via email or phone to Nichole Bowman-Glover at extension 3989. 


Reminder: Mt. Vernon Avenue road closure next week


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.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


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.


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


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.


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 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)


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

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 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


Blackboard training

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


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, Professional Development and Retention, SX 139.


Support 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.


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. 





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