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November 5, 2018


Military museum founder speaks Wednesday
at Veterans Day ceremony

photo of veterans event


Columbus State will salute staff and student veterans at its seventh annual ceremony to support the troops and military. The event will include the singing of the National Anthem and appreciation remarks. The Capital University Army ROTC will provide the Color Guard. Columbus State President David Harrison will welcome guests.

Warren Motts, founder of the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, will provide keynote remarks. A veteran himself, Motts attained the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6) before his retirement in 1968. He enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 1959. Following basic training, he completed the U.S. Army Signal School of Photography in New Jersey. Upon returning to Ohio he led the Photography Department for the 37th Infantry Division, State of Ohio.

In 1988, Motts founded the military museum. It houses an extensive collection of artifacts from all wars that America has been involved in.

The ceremony for all faculty, staff, and students will take place on Wednesday, November 7 at 12:05 p.m. in the courtyard in front of Franklin Hall. (Rain location: Nestor Hall Auditorium.)

A just-released annual ranking from the publication “Best for Vets 2019” shows that Columbus State is ranked 10th in the nation for support and services for veterans attending two-year colleges and career tech schools. Jay Favuzzi, James Gilchrist-Elliott, and Nichole Lyday each play a role in the operation of our Military & Veterans Affairs Department. (Pictured above: Veterans Day ceremony at Columbus State, November 8, 2017)


Election Day reminders

If you haven’t yet voted, the mid-term elections are tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6. Polls in Ohio are open from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. If you happen to have an absentee ballot that you didn’t get around to mailing, you can drop it off up in person until 7:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections in your county.

As in any election season, we have all witnessed election advertisements on television, radio, social media and in the mail. When WBNS-TV (10TV) recently aired a report to help sort out what’s factual and what’s not, they turned to Columbus State for an expert. Associate Professor Paul Carringer provided context. You can see the report here.


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.


Concert Band to celebrate anniversary

The Twentieth Anniversary Concert of the Columbus State Concert Band with a free performance. It will be under the direction of Thomas Lloyd and feature "Suite for Woodwind Quintet and Band," "Sax-Soliloquy," and "Concerto for Percussion Section and Band."

The concert will be held tomorrow, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., Columbus. (That is a new location from the original announcement.) For more information contact Thomas Lloyd.


Halloween Recap

Men’s basketball team pitches in at Beatty Recreation Center

The Columbus State Cougars basketball players provided assistance at the Beatty Recreation Center on Halloween night. They were featured as one part of an online photo feature in the Columbus Dispatch. You can see it here.

Disability Services provides a Halloween diversion

group photo
The objective of Where's Waldo is simple enough: comb through groups of people to find Waldo, who's always decked out in his trademark red and white striped sweater and glasses. For Halloween 2018, the Disability Services staff used that as a theme for the day.

Women in Trades, Technology and Engineering

group photo The women in Columbus State's Trades, Technology and Engineering dressed up for some Halloween fun.


 Bookstore Notes

Inventory and new raffle

The Bookstore will be closed for store inventory Wednesday through Friday, November 7 - 9.

A new raffle is underway at the Bookstore. You may register until November 16 to win a food gift basket along with a $100 Kroger gift card. The winner will be announced on November 19.


Around Columbus

Columbus Symphony to perform Handel’s “Messiah”

After a long hiatus, Handel’s masterpiece returns to the Columbus Symphony, featuring amazing soloists and the incredible Columbus Symphony Chorus. It will be held at the Ohio Theatre on November 9 and 10. Details and tickets are here.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events

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 8, 15, and 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)

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.


“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.


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.

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. 


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.



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.

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.




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 9:00 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.

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