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November 29, 2018


Hidden from view, deteriorating tunnels will soon be reinforced

man inside tunnel Doug Wright points out areas that are deteriorating in the underground tunnel connecting Franklin and Aquinas halls. In the lower left corner, the same section is seen from above where wooden barricades are in place.


From the surface you would never know they existed: Underground tunnels connecting Aquinas, Rhodes, Eibling, Madison, and Franklin halls. Constructed more than 30 years ago, they are now in need of structural enhancements. The tunnels carry fiber optics, electric wiring, water pipes and more.

Most of the funding for the $1.5 million project will be provided by State capital allocation. At their November meeting, the Columbus State Board of Trustees approved the contract for initial design and pre-construction services.

Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction Program Coordinator Doug Wright is overseeing the project for the College. Wright is a first-generation college graduate who earned his associate degree in Construction Management at Columbus State in 2004. The extensive work may include structural repairs, installation of waterproofing systems and surface-mounted lighting, concrete repair, and piping support replacement. Wright says the tunnels do not require emergency action but some parts need limited repairs while other parts need extensive repairs. The restoration will preserve them for the coming decades.

Even though the tunnels themselves are invisible from above ground, wooden barricades between Aquinas and Franklin halls mark the path directly above a section needing the most urgent restoration. Construction on the various tunnels is scheduled to begin in February with completion expected in June of 2019.

Construction students tour Mitchell Hall project

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Students from Professor Margaret Owens’ Construction Methods class (CMGT 1115) recently toured the Mitchell Hall construction site. Lane Brubaker, Site Superintendent with Gilbane Building Company, points out various aspects of the work. Gilbane is the general contractor for the $33 million project which is expected to be completed next year.


Distinguished Teaching Award nominees announced

Students and colleagues have nominated 122 faculty members for the 2017-18 Distinguished Teaching Awards (DTA). Many eligible members of this group are continuing the review process that culminates with the naming of four winners during the Quality and Team Awards ceremony next year. The selection committee consists of the 2016-17 winners: Jeanette Ferguson, Eric Kenz, Angela Howard, Jeff Bates, and Curt Laird, Dean of Health and Human Services. Please join the DTA committee in congratulating each of the nominees. The full list is here. To learn more about the award and selection process visit the DTA web page.

Reminder: 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


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 on Friday, December 7 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in CT 119. Register


Support the Scholar Network program

The Scholar Network is a student success program at the college that provides holistic support for former foster youth, or those who were adopted, or in some way were 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.


safe zone logoSafeZone workshop next Tuesday

Join Global Diversity & Inclusion for a SafeZone 101 workshop on Tuesday, December 4 from 10:00 a.m. – noon in Nestor Hall 343.  SafeZone 101 is an interactive workshop aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQIA+ experiences and become more effective allies of this community. Click here to register. Contact Brett Welsh for more information.



Gospel Vocal Ensemble holiday concert Saturday

The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble (GVE), under the direction of Emma L. Easton, will present “1st Saturday: A 'State' of Holiday Praise!" The inspiring musical evening will feature songs and delicacies that originated in the states of New York, Illinois, and Ohio.

An energetic processional with GVE and accompanied by praise dancers will kick off the event. Attendees are invited to sit in the section of their native state or as a tourist of their favorite state. GVE members who have the largest populated state will win a prize! Following the program, state delicacies will be served in the lobby. The free event will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium.  


Police Leadership graduate

group photoColumbus State Police Lieutenant Gayle Kanz graduated from the Police Executive Leadership College. The graduates were awarded during an event on November 16 at the Crowne Plaza in Dublin. Pictured left to right: Jeffrey Scott, Notre Dame College Chief of Police; Lt. Kanz; and Barry Connell, City of Newark Chief of Police.

Victim Advocacy team members earn endorsements

Columbus State Victim Advocates Lyen Djakov and Corey Harris have received Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist endorsements through the National Advocate Credentialing Program. The program takes into account training, academic, and work experience in the field of victim services. The Victim Advocacy team provides education, resources, and support to members of the students, staff, and faculty at Columbus State who are survivors of crime or gender-based violence.



German publication reports on recent Columbus State visit

For more than a week in September, 10 students and two educators from Dresden, Germany visited Columbus State Community College. (Dresden is a Sister City of Columbus.) The on-site visit is part of a workforce development experience exchange program. While here, they took part in specialized labs with engineering, IT, and design faculty. “Dresden International” recently ran a story and photo on the visit. You can see the publication here. This is a translation:

Students and teachers of the BSZ for Electrical Engineering spent twelve days with students of the Columbus State Community College (CSCC) in Dresden’s sister city Columbus, Ohio. In the course of the daily exchanges, the Dresden students were able to use and expand their English language skills, and talk about life in both societies. When visiting various companies, the mutual interest was huge, as the students discovered that in the US the same machines and tools are used as in their training companies at home.

The students realized: They could work here, too. And the companies realized: we are urgently looking for trained professionals who bring exactly these skills and qualifications. Half serious, half-jokingly, therefore, more than once the question was raised: wouldn’t you be interested in working here? The Dresden students were clearly proud.  The U.S. students would like to visit Dresden in return next year. Without the program funding provided by the City of Dresden, most of the Dresden participants would probably never have traveled to the U.S. Some had negative prejudices.

The program not only changed them. All students have been giving enthusiastic presentations in their classrooms and raving about their experience in their companies and with their employers. The program is an important factor in the linguistic-cultural and professional competency-building and enhancement, as well as in the students’ political education.



Health Fair next week in Nestor Hall lounges

Join Nursing students who are planning their semi-annual health fair on the Columbus Campus. It will be held on Wednesday, December 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in both Nestor Hall lounges. Snacks and treats will be available. There will also be an opportunity to win prizes. Stop by. Read more here.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


Kickoff for Faculty Professional Development Initiative

A new faculty professional development initiative will be 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.

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


“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 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

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.


“Climb the stairs” informational meeting tomorrow

Here’s an opportunity to get in some steps. The American Lung Association’s annual “Fight for Air Climb” will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019. Join other Columbus State Community College employees for our 5th year participating in this event. It supports research, education, and patient programs that helps individuals impacted by asthma, lung cancer, air pollution, and other lung diseases. An informational meeting will be held tomorrow, Friday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. in Rhodes Hall room 114. For more information please contact Katina Fitch at extension 5508.

Around the Discovery District

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Trolly Hop

The annual Trolley Hop around the Discovery District is set for next Saturday, December 8 from noon – 4:00 p.m. This free event features 11 stops. You will find plenty of family-friendly activities as you discover festive sights and experience what’s available in the District. Donations of socks and gloves will be accepted at drop boxes on the route. More details including a map are here.


Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Disability Resource ERG meets Friday

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, November 30 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Stauf’s Coffee Roasters, 350 Mt. Vernon Ave. For more information, contact Michael Hicks or Jennifer Shah.

Faith in Parenting ERG meets December 18

Regina L. Randall and Debbie Strain invite all employees to the next Faith in Parenting ERG. It will be held on Tuesday, December 18 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in WD 353. Who we are: A unified community of professionals raising children with minimal support such as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, cousin, guardian, etc.  


Retirement celebration for three employees

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­In December, George Chatters, Jan Crozier, and Arlene Wilson will be retiring from Columbus State. Please join the Center for Advising, Support, & Exploration in celebrating the careers of these fine individuals along with their collective service to the College. A cake and punch reception will be held on Friday, December 7 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Christopher’s Restaurant in the lower level of Eibling Hall.  Details and RSVP here. Stop by to provide some well wishes to our retirees on their next adventure.




Hire student employees now for spring semester

Now is a great time to start the process of hiring a student for the spring semester! Hiring a student employee is a great way to help our students gain valuable work skills and experience, potentially at no cost to your department.

Federal Work-Study, a Federal Financial Aid program, allows eligible students to be hired to work part-time on campus and get paid – without using department funds. Positions can also be submitted as College Work Study (funded by the hiring department).

Requisition requests are submitted directly through Cornerstone. Departments that previously had a student posting in Cornerstone have the option to “copy” the prior position and update that information to submit the request.

To learn more about student employment, contact Amanda Perk, student employment coordinator at extension 2156. Detailed instructions on submitting a requisition request can also be found on the Career Services website.

Payroll for December

For the pay period ending November 30 with a pay date of December 14:
Employee time cards are due by 11:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3.

Supervisor approvals are due by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4.

All other payroll action is due in the payroll office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 3.

For the pay period ending December 15:
Employee time entry is due by noon on Wednesday, December 12.

Please enter the hours as you are scheduled for this pay period. Adjustments will be made on the first pay in January.

Supervisor approvals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12.



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.