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Awards and recognition for Columbus State

Dr Harrison receiving award

September 27 was a big day for awards and recognition for a number of Columbus State faculty and staff. During the regular Board of Trustees meeting that afternoon, nine people were awarded Emeritus Status. Three faculty members were recognized for being given tenure. And that evening, President Harrison was among a number of business and civic leaders who were recognized by Columbus Business First as one of the Most Admired Executives in Central Ohio, and awarded a C-Suite Award.

For the 2018 C-Suite Awards, Business First asked the region's business leaders to tell who inspires and encourages them. They accepted nominations for top CEOs, COOs, CFOs, and others, then turned the voting over to the nominees to find “the cream of the crop” in several categories, including for-profit companies, institutions, and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Harrison was honored in the category of CEO: Institutions. In his profile, asked about his No. 1 priority, he said, in part: “Helping more and more students achieve their dreams. Our priority is always to meet them where they are, and use the full resources of the college and our community to help them reach their goals.”

On the best part of his job: “Seeing students accomplish more than they thought was possible. The growth many of our students undergo is a remarkable process, and I'm grateful to be a part of it. They know their lives have changed, as well as the trajectory of their family.” You can read the full profile here.

Emeritus status granted to retirees

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Left to right: Bob Evenson, standing in for Christine Evenson, Terry Rockwell, Jan  Rogers, Connie Feeney, Linda Shinn, Rita Bova, James Beidler, Jacqueline Walli. Missing but also granted Emeritus Status: Doug Montanaro and Frankie Hale.


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Tenured faculty recognized

Five faculty members were recognized for their recent tenure appointments. Pictured, left to right: Mandi Mauck, Nursing; Tara Rohr, Nursing; Nicole Brandt, Psychology and Education. Not shown: Ian Andrews, Engineering and Transportation Technologies and Peggy Williams, Veterinary Imaging and Surgical Technology.






Save time, skip the 9. You no longer have to dial “9” on outgoing calls

For years, we’ve grown accustomed to dialing a “9” ahead of external phone numbers on College phones along with a “1” on long-distance numbers outside the 614 area code.

That has changed. You are no longer required to dial the “9” first, or the “1” when making calls. This process change was implemented to avoid accidental calls to 911, which has happened when callers dialed the “9” and then inadvertently hit the “1” twice. As you can imagine, it has caused some problems.

Therefore, our College Network Engineering Operations has changed the procedure so you no longer need to dial a “9” or the “1.” Since this is a long-standing habit, if you do happen to dial the “9” and “1” first, you can still complete the call as before. In the meantime, try to get in the habit of dialing your calls directly. “Save time, skip the 9!”

If you have questions, or if your phone does not complete the call, please contact the Help Desk at extension 5050.


Be more efficient with your time, attend a free time-management workshop

The Center for Advising Support and Exploration and the Student Academic Success Office are teaming up to offer Time Management Workshops to provide you with resources, information, and skills to help you be successful. 

Workshops will address the importance of good time management. They include an interactive presentation and tools you use to keep organized and on time. You see how to set up an electronic calendar using whatever tools you’re most comfortable with such as Yahoo, Outlook, Gmail, and more.

The first two 90-minute sessions will be held on Monday, October 15 at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m. They will meet in in WD 206. The third session will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 9:30 a.m. in WD 209.

You can sign up for the workshops here. Contact Stacie Odhner-Sible at the Center for Advising Support and Exploration if you have questions.


Disability Services events to mark Disability Awareness Month in October

Several events for faculty, staff, and students are scheduled including free, one-hour introductory American Sign Language classes at the Delaware and Columbus campuses. They begin Monday, October 1. Class registration is available on CougarConnect.

Share Boxes are located around the campuses for you to complete this sentence: “To me, having a learning disability means …” Please write your thoughts on the provided strips of paper and place them in the boxes. Disability Services will post the responses to help raise awareness in our Columbus State community.

Mary Bantu will host “There’s an App for That!” on Tuesday, October 23 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in Moeller Hall 129. Everyone is invited to learn about apps and websites that help students with disabilities improve skills and develop habits that lead to academic success.

More information is available on the Disability Services webpage.


Free depression screenings for Mental Illness Awareness Week

To kick-off Mental Illness Awareness Week, Counseling Services will be hosting free depression screenings in the Nestor Hall West Lounge on Thursday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Mental Health America of Franklin County will be on hand to provide information about community resources. Everyone is welcome to stop by and learn more about depression and how to help a friend in need. The Mental Illness Awareness Week activities will culminate with the Mental Health Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10. You can also follow @CounselingCSCC on Twitter for more updates.


Food pantries for students: How you can help

Hunger, or food instability, definitely has an impact on student success in the classroom.  To help solve this problem, faculty and staff have launched numerous food pantries and snack stops across campus.  

 “I believe Columbus State staff and faculty have an obligation to the holistic student development and to care about our students as people,” says Amanda Jurden, ASC Advising Services. “What may typically be considered ‘beyond the classroom needs’ should be reframed as ‘classroom needs’ or ‘student needs.’ Everything a student experiences on a daily basis affects how they perform in school. A hungry student, a student experiencing homelessness, a student suffering depression, a student whose parents are going through a divorce, or any other crisis,  will have a more difficult time concentrating on academics and we should do what we can, when we can, to support them.”

Food Pantries and Snack Stops can be found at these locations: Delaware Hall, 2nd floor; Davidson Hall, 4th floor; Union Hall 045K; Aquinas Hall, 2ndfloor; Nestor Hall, 4th floor.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help with food or monetary donations, contact Terrie Stolte You can see their video here.


Women’s ERG collaborates with Student Affairs for next meeting 

The Women’s Employee Resource Group invites college employees who identify as women to join us for a collaborative event on Thursday, October 11 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the media studio in the lower level of the Library.

We encourage you to Magnify Your Lens and learn about professional opportunities for women as we celebrate Careers in Student Affairs month. Visit tables to speak with the passionate women leading work on campus, learn about these departments, and understand the paths folks have taken to shape their careers. Bring your lunch and a friend, join the discussion tables, and participate in the raffle. If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, please contact liaisons Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.


Friday Conversations with the President

You are invited to join President Harrison on Friday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. - Noon in the Franklin Hall Board Room. He will discuss ideas to support prospective students before they get to Columbus State. Part of the focus will be opportunity youth and K-12 students. Friday Conversations are informal sessions designed to provide opportunities to share ideas and observations and learn from each other.


Distracted driving in the news

While distracted driving is a secondary offense in the State of Ohio (meaning you must be pulled over for another violation first) it is a primary offense in Columbus. A College staff member contacted Update to say he was surprised to find that out while watching a recent news report. He not only wants to make sure his colleagues drive safely, but that they are aware that a distracted driving violation in Columbus comes with a steep $192 ticket. The Columbus Dispatch recently profiled a city police officer who has cracked down on texting and driving and other similar offenses. You can read the story here.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month workshop Thursday

Victim Advocacy and Counseling Services will be facilitating a 90-minute workshop about the subtle, and not-so-subtle, signs of an unhealthy relationship. It features a film and discussion about red flags and warning signs of unhealthy relationships that may lead to violence.

You will explore ways to engage those you are concerned about in supportive, non-threatening conversations and how to counter myths about relationships. It will be held on Thursday, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio (lower level of Columbus Hall). Contact Victim Advocacy at (614) 287-5979 or for more details.


Rally For Your Rights event Thursday

The Office of Student Conduct and Global Diversity and Inclusion are holding a Rally For Your Rights kickoff on Thursday, October 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Madison Hall 103. This kickoff will include facilitators sharing about the Rally for your Rights initiative, addressing student concerns surrounding free speech, clarifications of Columbus State’s free-speech policies, and mock scenarios where participants can apply skills learned. For more information contact Richard Miller, Student Conduct coordinator, at


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through mid-October

Global Diversity and Inclusion is sponsoring various events, displays, and workshops through October 17 to spotlight Hispanic Heritage Month. All events are listed here.  


Franklin County offering free flu shots on October 3

Franklin County Public Health is hosting a mass flu shot clinic. Flu shots will be free to anyone six months of age and older. No appointment is needed. It will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Westland Community Center, 146 Galloway Rd. Galloway. For additional information click here or call 614-525-3719.


First Wednesday is this week

October’s First Wednesday event will be held on Wednesday, October 3 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m., in the Nestor Hall Auditorium.


Hold the date - October 12

The annual Staff Convocation will be held on Friday, October 12 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium.





October Professional Development & Retention Classes

If interested in any of the classes, please register by, logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the date listed above and Select Request to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Managers Forum: Conducting Solid Investigations: The second of a 3-part series on Just Cause will focus on how supervisors can best prepare and conduct effective employment investigations.  During the session, you will receive tips on interviewing witnesses, collecting supporting evidence, as well as understanding when an investigation should be conducted by an outside party. Just Cause: Conducting Solid Investigations, Tuesday, October 9, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Successful, Inclusive HiringWe’ll be taking a deep dive into our new training materials for managers and hiring committee members in this course on Successful, Inclusive Hiring. We will look at an overview of the hiring process and a closer look at the necessary steps to plan and implement fair and equitable hiring. If you are a hiring manager and have not yet participated in Successful, Inclusive Hiring training, please choose a training date soon. Classes will continue to be offered through the January 2019 deadline for completing this mandatory component of the College’s Essentials of Supervision professional development curriculum. 

Friday, October 5 from 10:00 – noon
Thursday, October 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, October 30 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Successful, Inclusive Hiring LabThis is an open lab for any hiring manager who needs guidance on developing job descriptions, rubrics, job postings, or needs time uploading paperwork and notes into a job requisition, and is able to meet with a member from the Human Resource’s Recruitment team.

Wednesday, October 3 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Leading in PlaceThe concept of “leading in place” as recently popularized by Wergin and Shapiro. Shapiro (2005) states, “Leadership is an action, not a title, and the ability to lead can be found in every person. Each of us must claim our authority to lead at the right time and in the right place.”  In this session, we explore what it means to take ownership to make a difference daily for ourselves, our students and colleagues as well as the larger Columbus State community.  We will consider how we show up and engage in our work and what we can do right now to contribute.

Tuesday, October 2 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Conflict Happens: Conflict happens every day whether we realize it or not. Some avoid conflict hoping it will go away and others confront it head-on with mixed results. This session explores the effectiveness and practical application of negotiation as a means for conflict resolution.  We will identify and discuss negotiation strategies within the context of workplace interactions.  We will discover ways to communicate better and work through conflict to create mediated and powerful outcomes.  

Wednesday, October 17 from 9:00 a.m. - noon

Understanding ConflictBelieve it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment.  In Understanding Conflict, we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Instrument to understand our own “go to” style and explore healthy resolution strategies.

Thursday, October 4 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Put Your Strengths to WorkNow that you know your top five Strengths, what's next? "Win with Your Strengths" taught us that we will grow most in our areas of greatest strength. In this Put Your Strengths to Work! class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Strengths-based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team.

Wednesday, October 10 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hostmanship part 1"Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome.  Meetings where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in that person, that organization or that place that has invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives." Jan Gunnarsson, a hospitality industry veteran from Sweden in his book Hostmanship co-authored with Olle Blohm, challenges individuals to reframe their views of customer service and leadership.  At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host.  This shift transforms the interaction creating a "welcoming attitude" where we are able to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction. In this introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth.

Friday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. - noon

Hostmanship part 2In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding developing practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our “customers.” Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests.  We become engaged, present and active building connection, satisfaction and engagement.

Tuesday, October 23 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Identifying and Developing Competencies through Your myPLAN Goals (all employees) Employees get rated once a year on our workplace behavior related to the Columbus State “Competencies” but what does this mean for how I perform my daily work? This workshop will be hands-on and designed to help staff connect their key responsibilities and project work to the five core competencies – professionalism, managing work, continuous improvement, student/employee focus and collaboration.  We will take a deep dive into how employees can use myPLAN for Performance to document their good work and earn the ratings you deserve.

Tuesday, October 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m

Discover Your True CallingAre you still struggling to find an answer to the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan. 

Thursday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. - noon

College KnowledgeIn order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay abreast of organizational changes and initiatives, we hold twice-yearly conversations with each of the College’s divisions: Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Student Services, Marketing & Communications, Informational Technology, General Counsel, and Business Administration.

Information Technology, Friday, October 26 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
General Counsel, Friday, November 2 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Business Administration, Thursday, December 13 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.



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.