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mastheadOctober 15, 2018


Student Residency application now online

There is a new online residency application available to students to apply for residency reclassification. A team comprised of Enterprise App Support, IT, Enrollment Service Operations, and Residency staff members began work in March. The goal was to create a beneficial product to make our students’ lives easier. 

The original method was paper intensive and required students to print out documents to submit to the residency department, where they would then be scanned to an electronic version. The new online application eliminates unnecessary steps for students and staff. It is also mobile-friendly so students can apply for residency and upload required documents right from their phones or mobile devices. The new application link can be found on the Residency Department's webpage under “Useful Links."

For more information contact a Residency Officer at extension 5533 or


Join Third Friday on October 19 to learn about student success

How can we get more than 30% of new students to earn 15 college credits in their first year? Third Friday is a chance for employees of the college to engage in discussion so that we better understand the challenges that impede student success and credential attainment. The next session is an opportunity to look at data that shows where we lose students, who we lose, discuss strategies we are piloting, and scaling to improve retention and success rates. It’s a way to better understand the “how” and the “why” of our work at the college within this context. 

Please join us for the next interactive session on Friday, October 19 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in CT 108. Seating is limited, so sign up soon! To register, log in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on Third Fridays listed on October 19, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 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. 



New Course Previews from Business Programs

Business Programs has created a series of audio segments called Course Previews involving interviews with faculty about courses they’ve designed. There are currently nine courses ranging from accounting and business management to business office administration, finance, marketing, and real estate.

The audio segments were created to help students gain a better understanding of each course, how it is structured, how grades are determined, why it matters, and more. With this information, students will be better prepared to decide what courses are right for them, what to expect, and how to succeed. Listen to Business Course Previews on SoundCloud and follow them on Facebook.

Please contact Business Management Instructor Jennifer McCord if you have questions.


Scholarships applications available for students

You may now encourage students to sign up for scholarships ahead of Spring Semester. You can link to the scholarship page here. The deadline is November 18th.


Next SafeZone set for October 23  

safe zone logoJoin Global Diversity & Inclusion for a SafeZone 101 workshop on Tuesday, October 23 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+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual) experiences and become more effective allies of this community.

Click here to register. Contact for more information. Other workshop dates are available on Cougar Connect!


mauriceMaurice Clarett to provide keynote at Restored Citizen’s Summit October 25

The Office of Student Conduct and Conference Services will partner with community agencies to host the 7th annual Restored Citizen’s Summit. Former Ohio State football player Maurice Clarett will provide a keynote address with the goal of empowering and equipping community members and families who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. The event features vending tables from community agencies, and interactive and informative workshops.

The Summit will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m at New Salem Baptist Church, 2956 Cleveland Ave., Columbus. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Details are here.

Interested in Open Educational Resources?

“Open Texts” at Columbus State is a college initiative which supports faculty in their efforts to adopt, adapt, or create Open Educational Resources (OER). Participating faculty will be provided with reassigned time, a dedicated OER librarian and DEIS support. They will also have an assigned OER Faculty Fellow to guide them through the process.


Faculty intention forms for the first round of the initiative are due by November 9. Forms and information can be found here. Contact Rachel Dilley, OER Librarian if you have questions.


Important tips during National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and Columbus State is joining with the Department of Homeland Security to raise cybersecurity awareness. The theme for NCSAM is Cyber security is our shared responsibility. Everyone shares the responsibility for cybersecurity, not just governments, companies, groups, or individuals.  

Ben Dalton, Information Security Officer at Columbus State, provides simple safety tips:

  • Make your passwords strong: Use complex passwords with a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters.
  • Keep a clean machine: Update the security software, operating system, and web browser on all of your Internet-connected devices.
  • When in doubt, throw it out: Links in email and online posts are often the way cybercriminals compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious (even if you know the source), delete it.
  • Share with care: Limit the amount of personal information you share online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
  • Secure your Wi-Fi network: Your home’s wireless router can be an entrance for cybercriminals to access all of your connected devices. Secure your Wi-Fi network, and your digital devices, by changing the factory-set default password and username.

Read more Cybersecurity Awareness Month and how to protect yourself from threats online.



Big game, big cause this Friday: No. 2 Columbus State vs. No. 3 Owens

When Columbus State’s volleyball team takes on Owens Community College this week, everyone can be a winner. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds will be donated to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer research. The Athletic Department wants students, staff and faculty to help “pack the house in pink” for the match-up by wearing pink clothing. Both teams are ranked near the top of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Div. III poll. Our Cougars are No. 2 while Owen’s is No. 3.

The game will he held on Friday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.


CAP Day bringing high school seniors to campus

The Division of Health and Human Services is hosting high school seniors from multiple career centers on October 26. CAP Day (Career Action Planning) allows career center students to visit the Columbus Campus and explore potential Health and Human Services majors at the College. We will have more than 400 students attending this year’s CAP Day – a record amount. The event includes an opening session, major-specific demonstrations, hands-on activities, and information sessions. Students will visit a number of areas including the Med Lab, Respiratory Care, Pharmacy Technician, and Phlebotomy.

If you have questions contact Sherry Minton or Vincent Cocozza.


Conversations That Matter: Free Speech On Our Campuses

Service-Learning is hosting a Conversations That Matter event to discuss what you need to know about free speech and the first amendment on our campuses. Rick Miller, Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Conduct, will be available to share information and answer your questions. 

The Conversation will held Friday, October 19 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 011. Join Service-Learning for conversation and coffee. Email with questions. 


 In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


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.


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.



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.


Pursuing a higher education graduate degree? Meet Ohio University faculty

If you’re 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. You may also join the meeting online at this link.


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.


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. Register here. Reservations are required.

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


YMCA survey for potential branch on the Columbus Campus

One 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. 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.


Notice to Employees Regarding Political Activity

Please take this opportunity to refresh your understanding of your rights and responsibilities as citizens, public servants and as employees of a state higher education institution. Columbus State encourages employees as citizens to exercise their right to vote and to express their personal opinions about candidates or issues. College Policy No. 13-12 promotes the free exchange of ideas, speech and assembly. While political activity and speech are guaranteed by the First Amendment, both federal and Ohio law establish limitations on political speech that could suggest the College has endorsed a particular candidate or cause. While not exhaustive, the lists provided below are meant to provide guidance to employees.

All Employees

The following are examples of permitted political activities for all employees:

  • Registration and voting; signing nominating petitions in support of individuals
  • Expression of opinions as a citizen, related to a political, social or public concern
  • Voluntary financial contributions to political candidates or organizations
  • Circulation of nonpartisan petitions or petitions stating views on legislation
  • Attendance at political rallies, activities
  • Display of political materials at employee's home or on employee's property/vehicle
  • Serving as a precinct election official under Revised Code 3501.22


The following are examples of restricted political activities for all employees:

  • Using the College’s name in any form that suggests the College’s endorsement
  • Examples include, but aren’t limited to:
    • Using the College’s name, logo, letterhead, marks in any report, advertisement, correspondence or publication in connection with personal or unofficial activities
    • Clarifying that your position or affiliation with the College does not imply College approval/disapproval or endorsement of a candidate, issue or viewpoint. (For example, clarify when participating in a political meeting, speaking on behalf of an issue, or writing a letter)



  • Serving in an appointed or elected position when it is physically or professionally impossible for the employee to discharge the duties of both positions, or there would be a conflict of interest for the College, or a constitutional or statutory bar prohibits the employee from serving both positions
  • Using College facilities and/or resources to participate in political activities or to solicit the participation of others in political activities during working hours or at any time when using College facilities and/or resources. Examples include:
  • Sending/forwarding e-mails at any time using College computing equipment, staff, or using College communication system or equipment
  • Using College facilities, vehicles or assets
  • Using College mail service, equipment or supplies
    • Employees with government relations responsibilities may be exempted with VP approval
    • Using College communications is permitted to announce open political forums, and for discussions sponsored by registered College organizations and advisors of such organizations, but should not be used in support of a particular candidate


Staff Employees, Non-credit Instructors, Student Workers

Under Ohio law, additional restrictions on political activities are placed on some employees – including Columbus State full-time and part-time staff, non-credit instructors and student workers (See: Policy No. 3-01 and Procedure 3-01 F). Such employees are prohibited from engaging in these additional activities:

  • Candidacy for public office in a partisan election
  • Candidacy for public office in a nonpartisan general election if the nomination to candidacy was obtained in a partisan primary or through the circulation of nominating petitions identified with a political party
  • Filing of petitions under statutory requirements for partisan candidacy to elective office
  • Circulation of official nominating petitions for a candidate participating in a partisan election
  • Service in an elected or appointed office in any partisan political organization
  • Accepting a party-sponsored appointment to an office normally filled by partisan election
  • Campaigning by writing for publications, by distributing political material, or by writing or making speeches on behalf of a candidate for partisan elective office, when such activities are directed toward party success
  • Solicitation, either directly or indirectly, of any assessment, contribution or subscription, either monetary or in-kind, for any political party or political candidate
  • Solicitation of the sale, or actual sale, of political party tickets
  • Partisan activities at the election polls, such as solicitation of votes for other than nonpartisan candidates and nonpartisan issues
  • Participation in political caucuses or committees of a partisan nature
  • Participation in a political action committee which supports partisan activity


  • For a complete list of applicable rules regarding political activity affecting the above employees, see Ohio Administrative Code §123:1-46-02.

Please contact the Legal Office at 614-287-5939 or if you have questions about this memorandum and engaging in political activity at the College.

To learn more about free speech at Columbus State, visit


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.