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mastheadOctober 11, 2018


Annual Central Ohio Compact meeting

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President Harrison discusses “The Path Forward” at the Central Ohio Compact on October 9 at the Fawcett Center with Kenny McDonald, President and Chief Economic Officer of Columbus 2020, center, and Doug Kridler, President and CEO of The Columbus Foundation, right.

crowd imageNearly 300 area educators and business leaders converged at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University for the 10th Central Ohio Compact summit. Columbus State organized the collaboration of K-12, higher education, and civic and industry leaders in 2011 to improve college access and attainment.

With the Lumina Foundation’s goal as a benchmark, the Compact has adopted an ambitious goal of having 65 percent of Central Ohio adults earning a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2025.

Representatives from the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) provided updates on policy matters and programs in the state. Candice Grant, Director of the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways, talked about the need to help students move seamlessly from an associate degree program to a bachelor’s degree program. “We want student success to stay at the center of the initiatives,” she said.

Stephanie Davidson, Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, shared statistics on the percentage of students from various ethnic groups taking part in the College Credit Plus program. While some races are well represented, she said, “Only about half of the number of African-American students are participating in relation to their percent of the population.” ODHE plans to grant more waivers so that additional under-represented students can take part in College Credit Plus.

Representatives from The United Way and the Mid-Ohio Food Bank discussed how poverty leads to educational disadvantages and how we can improve economic mobility in the region. Student success is one of several priorities for the United Way.

“Income inequality is an issue that must be addressed,” said Kenny McDonald, President and CEO of Columbus 2020. He provided figures which show that Columbus has been number one in job growth in the private sector in the Midwest for the past seven years. For continued growth, educational alignment is critical. And, he said, “Global connectivity must increase. We must become more global going forward.”

The Compact is funded from a Straight A grant from the Ohio Department of Education and a $2.5 million grant from JPMorgan Chase. Next year’s Compact meeting is expected to return to the Columbus State Conference Center, which is currently closed for renovations.

YMCA survey for potential branch on the Columbus Campus

YMCA logoOne of the many exciting things happening on the Columbus Campus is planning for new on-campus health and recreation opportunities. The College has partnered with Triangle2 Research to gather data that will help us decide what will best meet the needs of the College community. One possibility is partnering with the YMCA to offer on-campus facilities, programs, and services. This would also give our students, faculty, and staff the ability to use other YMCA locations. We also are gathering more information on housing and transportation needs.

Please take a few moments to give us your thoughts and opinions about this important opportunity for the College by taking this short survey.



FAFSA 2019-20 application is now open

Beat the deadlines for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). An early submission will also help students maximize the amount of aid they may be eligible for. You can download the application here.


Volleyball team jumps to No. 2 in latest national poll

Action photoThe Columbus State Community College volleyball team rose to No. 2 in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. III poll released this week. The second-ranked Cougars move up one spot after previously being positioned in third for the past month.

The ranking represents the highest Div. III ranking in program history since they were tabbed No. 2 in 2004. The shift up in the rankings comes after Columbus State came home with four road victories in the past week. That included a win over No. 7 Rock Valley College in Illinois.

The Cougars currently stand at 22-2 overall and 11-1 in conference play, having dropped one league match to top-ranked Owens earlier this season. For more information on the Cougar volleyball program, visit


2018 Veterans Day Commemoration Luncheon  

Please join the Military & Veterans Services Department as they recognize our past and present service members of the U.S. Armed Forces in observance of Veterans Day 2018. This year, they will host a luncheon for students, staff, faculty, and administrators who are veterans, or who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their invited guests.

The luncheon will be held in Christopher’s Restaurant, Eibling Hall room 005, on Thursday, November 8 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.  Reservations are required and can be obtained by registering here.

For further information, please contact the Military & Veteran Services Department at or extension 2644.


Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program news

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Pictured left to right: Emily Keiderling, assistant professor William Highley, Dustin Mock, Anthony Smith

Three Columbus State HVAC students and their instructor participated in Heat the Town on September 29. The event was sponsored by the Air Conditioning Contractors of Central Ohio and the Breathing Association of Central Ohio.

Heat the Town is an annual all-volunteer event in which technicians and office personnel from various local HVAC companies, and students from Columbus State, donate their time to service and fix furnaces of homeowners in our area who are less fortunate. Proceeds from the event will help more than 160 low-income families, veterans, and senior citizens have safe and reliable heat for the coming winter. It’s the seventh year that Columbus State students have “paid it forward” to help the community while receiving field experience.  


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Pictured left to right: Students Aliaksander Niakhaichyk, Galina Nikolaeva, Yuba Chhetri, Pasang Tamang

The first HVAC class offered at the Amazon fulfillment center in Etna is underway. The students are working toward the Residential/Light Commercial certificate offered through the HVAC Technology program in the Design, Construction and Trades Department. 

Design, Construction & Trades hosts high school students and instructors

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On Friday, September 14, the Design, Construction & Trades Department, with funding from the Ohio ISA Education Grant, brought together industry experts in the arboriculture field and high school students. They gathered for the “Columbus State Arboriculture Expansion and Tree Care Academy Project.” Forty- seven students and instructors from five school districts in the region participated. Interactive stations allowed students and instructors to learn best practices directly from industry experts. They also learned about related degree and certificate programs available at Columbus State.


Advisor needed for nondenominational student group

Cru is a nondenominational Christian organization hoping to dive deeper into the Bible and create fellowship among people who share similar beliefs. This student group would hold one weekly Bible study meeting at Columbus State. It would be a chapter under The Ohio State University (OSU) Cru and will meet with that chapter on Sunday nights at the Newport for Real Life service. The group will be included with the OSU Cru retreats and an annual Winter Conference where many Cru organizations from the Great Lakes area will meet in Indianapolis.

For an advisor, the student group would prefer for that person to be a Christian, but it is not required. They would be in contact with OSU advisor and professor Scott Lacrosse for guidance and questions. The advisor can be involved as much or as little as they choose. If you are interested, email the Student Engagement and Leadership department at


Pursuing a higher education graduate degree? Meet Ohio University faculty

If you’re a staff or faculty member considering a master’s or doctoral degree in Higher Education, you are invited to attend a Student Information Meeting to meet the faculty from Ohio University. The M.A. degree is an online program. The Ph.D. degree is a cohort/traditional program.

The meetings will be held in TL 115 on Friday, October 19: 3:00 p.m. for prospective M.A. students and 4:00 p.m. for prospective Ph.D. Students. For more information, contact Ohio University Professor Lijing Yang at 740-597-1930. You may also join the meeting online at this link.


Reception for Luke Robson

Join the Bookstore staff as they host a reception for Luke Robson who is departing for a new position at Case Western Reserve University. Luke has been with Columbus State for six years as the Retail Sales Supervisor at the Bookstore. Stop by for cake and provide well wishes today, October 11 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Bookstore Conference Room 306.


Columbus State’s youngest graduate profiled by ABC 6

You may recall that 15-year-old David Hamad earned his associate degree during Spring Semester Commencement. The aspiring heart surgeon is believed to be Columbus State’s youngest graduate, but only by a few months. His 15-year-old sister graduated with her Columbus State associate degree last year. WSYX-TV (ABC 6) recently profiled David as he continues his academic career at Capital University. You can watch it here.


 In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


Annual Staff Convocation

Staff Convocation will be held on Friday, October 12 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. Link to the live stream here. If prompted, cougars is the password.


Support the Career Services Mentorship Program on October 17

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Columbus State employees, friends, and family are invited to attend a happy hour fundraiser in support of the Career Services Mentorship Program. It will be held at Land Grant Brewing, 424 W. Town St., on
 Wednesday, October 17 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Chelsea Francis at extension 5279


Retirement Planning Workshop

A Medicare and Retirement Planning workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in WD 241. RSVP to by October 15.


Free flu shots on both campuses

Cold and flu season is arriving and Columbus State’s Wellness Coordinator has announced that free flu shots will once again be available to all full-time employees. You will need to fill out a consent form and show your health insurance card – if you have one - on site.

Columbus Campus: Wednesday, October 17 from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Davidson Hall room 201. Register here.

Delaware Campus: Wednesday, October 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 134 of the Administration Building. Register here.

If you have questions, contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at extension 3989.


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. 

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.


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.


Disability Awareness Month at Columbus State

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

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.



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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.