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November 8, 2018

 Military museum founder provides keynote at Veterans Day ceremony

Veterans Day event

Warren Motts, founder of the Motts Military Museum in Groveport, provided the keynote remarks at the seventh annual Columbus State Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony outside Franklin Hall on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.


Check your blind spots this Friday to learn about
unconscious bias

Columbus State will host a unique, interactive event this week 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.


Watch parties for the new Columbus State television commercials

The five new television commercials were unveiled yesterday at First Wednesday. So that all staff and faculty have a chance to see them, Allen Kraus, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, has arranged two watch parties: Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall 104 and Thursday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. in Franklin Hall 110. You’re invited. Stop by and see how Columbus State is “making us stronger.”



International Education Week November 12 - 16

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This week supports the concept of preparing Americans for a global environment while learning about others and exchanging experiences.
Week-long activities include an International Menu in Union Café, student cultural presentations displayed across campus and a flag display across campus.
Individual events through the week include Interfaith Day Passive Programming, Latin Series Film Screening, Cultural Extravaganza, and the International Thanksgiving Dinner. If you have any questions, please contact Jasmine Marks, Specialist at the Global Diversity and Inclusion Center if you have any questions at extension 5319.
A link to all activities is here.


Autumn semester theatre production November 14 – 17

Poster for play

“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.

Show times are 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 14; 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15; 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 16 and 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 17.  All performances to this stage play are free and will be presented in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.


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.


photo of specialistSpecialist receives regional recognition

Tracy Thornton, specialist in Purchasing, Accounts Payable, and Travel, has been selected as the 2018 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Ohio Chapter, Region 5 Associate Student of the Year.

Thornton was selected for the award by local social workers who recognize outstanding contributions to the Region 5 community. She will be recognized in March at the 2019 Social Work Month Celebration Gala in Columbus.



Victim Advocacy scholarships

Columbus State’s Victim Advocacy has now assisted two students in obtaining scholarships from Women’s Independence Scholarship Program. The scholarships are each in the amount of $2,000 per semester.  The program is aimed at promoting educational success for women who are survivors of intimate partner abuse.  Students must remain in contact with their advocate at the College throughout the program, and the scholarship is transferable to four-year institutions. If you know of a student who would benefit from this program, contact”



Police Department taking part in No-Shave November

If you’ve noticed a few officers have been looking a little scruffy in recent days, there’s a good reason! Some members of the Columbus State Police Department are not shaving during the month of November. As a team, they’ll be donating the money saved by not shaving to raise awareness of colon cancer. It’s part of a growing, national No-Shave November for that worthy cause. More information on the Police team is here. If you have questions, contact Officer Andrew Carter at extension 2525.


Faculty presentation next Thursday: 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 Thursday, 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


Nelson Reinhardt Art Exhibit in Library

 The Columbus State Library welcomes Cincinnati artist Nelson Reinhardt to its gallery. Paraphrasing Reinhardt’s artist statement, “Changes are always right in front of you. The changes you will make are not always big ones. All it takes is a turn to forever to change the way you look at the world. That will have an impact on your art. I envision changes. This is the path which moves you as an artist.

By being courageous and bold, you take chances with the subject you are tackling with great feeling and you let the work be the work. Seize the moment, expressing a great deal of feeling through the use of bold, forceful strokes shaping the image, and breaking through to the surface and looking at the changes as they devolve onto a path. You slowly let the colors build up as the texture comes together with great depth, giving it even more feeling. You feel more confidently as the images become bolder. You look at the subject with cleaner focus—the important image is coming together. The painting grows with determination, with an unique point of view. Colors become bolder, shapes are stronger as they fill the space with abstraction. You let the painting take on the image.

The exhibit will be displayed in the library through the month of November.


Next LGBTQ Employee Resource Group is November 14

The LGBTQ Employee Resource Group (ERG) will be meeting on Wednesday, November 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Union Hall 242. This meeting is open to all Columbus State faculty and staff who identify as part of the LGBTQ community or allies. This month, we will be continuing to discuss ways we can support our students in the LGBTQ community, specifically students who identify as transgender. Please email Stephanie Page or Nick Tice with questions or for a calendar invite. All are welcome!

Preventing suicide: QPR Gatekeeper Training tomorrow

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  At this training, you will learn how to recognize someone at risk for suicide, demonstrate increased knowledge of intervention skills, and describe knowledge of referral sources and how to refer someone on to receiving help. We will also share Myths and Facts about Suicide, Tips for Asking the Suicide Question, the QPR Approach, the Wall of Resistance, and the importance of a Detection Network.      Please join us and the thousands of other Americans every year that are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. It will be held on Friday, November 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Nestor Hall 219. Register on CougarConnect Employee Training, or just stop by at 11:30 a.m. The instr


Bookstore Notes

The Bookstore is closed for store inventory today and tomorrow, November 8 and 9.  

Roundup event to support at team from the Columbus State Honors Program

When the Bookstore reopens Tuesday, it will help support the Columbus State Honors Program. Students in the Honors Program have registered a team in the BuckeyeThon dance marathon early next semester.

They need your help to meet their fundraising goal to be able to participate in this annual event which provides all proceeds to help fight pediatric cancer. Find out more about the BuckeyeThon event here. If you have questions, contact Rebecca Mobley.

roundup event photo


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.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


Women's ERG

The Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites college employees who identify as women to join us on today, 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

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 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)


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 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 Road closure and 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.



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.




Matrix webinar

It’s all relative: Understanding family dynamics; Learning the art of small talk; Understanding Alzheimer’s. Read More.

Health Rewards information session

Human Resources will hold an information session to review the web platform and troubleshoot any technical issues or questions you may have. It will be held on Wednesday, November 14 at Noon in Delaware Hall 109.

Any employee and spouse or domestic partner covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State must reach 8 coins (formerly known as points) under the Health Rewards program to maintain a 20% payroll contribution. The cycle started July 1, 2018, and runs through June 30, 2019. If you have questions contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at extension 3989.


Cougar Paw celebration

cougarpaw group photo

We were so grateful to spend the afternoon with members of both basketball teams during Columbus State's Cougar Paw Social in October, which celebrated more than 800 employees for their good work putting our students first. Employees, students from SEaL, Man Initiative, Scholar Network, and Women's Connection shared smiles, conversations and ice cream sundaes. In the process, they learned more about the basketball teams from Rebecca Butler, Executive Vice President, and they viewed several Cougar Paw celebration videos highlighting employee stories of contributions.  Please watch the Update for the next Cougar Paw Social in early 2019!  All are welcome. 

Please take some time to cheer on our athletes at a home basketball game and show your Cougar pride.  Check out the schedule here. 




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