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mastheadOctober 18, 2018


Beam placed in Mitchell Hall

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The ceremonial construction beam that was recently signed by Cameron Mitchell, President Harrison, and other donors and supporters of Mitchell Hall, was placed inside the project this week. The $33 million, 80,000-square-foot building for Hospitality Management and Culinary programs will open next year. Private philanthropy is providing $10 million toward the project. Mitchell, CEO and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, has pledged $2.5 million.


Thanksgiving imageGive 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.


Three high schools take part in National Manufacturing Day

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Students from Canal Winchester High School visited Nifco in Canal Winchester on October 5.

To celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 5, Columbus State’s Business, Engineering & Technology Department sponsored tours to four manufacturing companies. More than 100 students from three area high schools took part. Northland High School students visited Pharmaforce, West High School students visited Advanced CNC, and Canal Winchester High School students visited Amazon and Nifco.

As part of the program, the students also learned about Columbus State's Engineering Technology Work Study programs, which are supported by the National Science Foundation.

Learn more about Logistics Engineering Technology and Modern Manufacturing Work Study.



STAR Award presented to Columbus State officer

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Columbus State Police Officer Megan Hale received the Franklin County STAR Award October 12 at the Villa Milano Banquet and Conference Center in Columbus. Pictured, left to right: Chief Sean Asbury, Officer Megan Hale, Deputy Chief Steve Schemine.

The award recognizes an officer from each police department in Franklin County for outstanding Selflessness, Teamwork, Accountability, and Respect in their duties. Hale was nominated for her tremendous work organizing many of the community outreach programs at Columbus State including Student Resource fairs, New Student Orientation, Mental Health Fair, and Cops and Kids Day. When you see her out and about, please congratulate her on this honor.


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New Ways for Future Students to Experience Columbus State

We’ve made exciting changes in Admissions to the ways that prospective students are introduced to the college. New Future Student Events & Programs are now being offered in an updated and streamlined way for future students to experience Columbus State:

Open Houses (replaces Visit Days)
We’re opening our doors to future students and their families to showcase everything Columbus State offers. Open Houses provide:

  • Columbus State overview presentations covering Admission, Financial Aid, and Placement in addition to information about College Credit Plus, Honors and STEM programs, and transfer options
  • An up-close look at the students’ choice of Career and Academic Pathways, majors, and the careers they can lead to
  • A walking tour of campus
  • Personal assistance in applying to Columbus State
  • A Resource Fair where students can peruse our academic programs, student services, clubs, sports and other campus services

    (Columbus State departments and programs interested in hosting a table at Open House Resource Fairs should contact Tom Capps-Harshaw, ( Program Coordinator of Future Student Experience, Events, and Programs Management)

During autumn semester our Conference Center is closed for renovation, and Open Houses will be held in smaller campus venues. Capacity is limited, so we are asking that these events be reserved for only high school seniors and one guest. The first Open House was hosted in September and additional Open Houses will be held October 19 and November 30 to help accommodate all interested high school seniors. We look forward to returning to the Conference Center to host larger groups and all high school grade levels in spring semester!

Previews (replaces Discover Your Way)
Just as the name suggests, these events give future students a preview of the Columbus State experience. Future students and their guests will enjoy a campus tour, attend a Columbus State overview information session, and receive hands-on assistance from Admissions Representatives in applying and completing the steps for admission to Columbus State. These are held daily at the Columbus campus and monthly at the Delaware campus.

The Group Visit Program
This program helps to accommodate larger groups from schools or community organizations that want to visit Columbus State, and are tailored to the specific needs of the group to provide the information their members want to know about Columbus State.

To view all of these future student events and programs, visit

Requesting Admissions reps at School & Community Events
We’ve created a program for requesting Admissions presence at school or community events. This program will include the capability for off-campus partners to request representatives from areas of campus such as Admissions, Financial Aid and College Credit Plus. The new online request form lets requesters provide the date and timeframe of the event, along with a brief description, so we can respond quickly and provide the necessary resources. Find the request form either on the Contact Admissions page  or the updated School Counselor page.

Meet the Admissions Team
Click here to meet the current Admissions Representatives (previously called Admissions Specialists/Admissions Coaches) and other members of the current Admissions team. Be sure to check back soon for new faces that will be joining the Admissions Team in the near future!


Survey for Columbus State facilities improvement plan

As Columbus State develops a comprehensive facilities improvement plan to optimize our resources, we are asking faculty, staff, and students to take part in an anonymous online survey on or before Friday, October 26.

Your feedback is critical to this process and will help us better understand your thoughts regarding the impact of our current facilities. You can take the survey here. Thank you for supporting these efforts and providing feedback.


Help Desk note from Student Academic Success Team

The Student Academic Success Team reminds us that if you have any issues, or have changes or updates to Starfish, TutorTrac, Net Tutor, and Course Evaluations, please submit a ticket to the help desk at By doing so, your issue can be handled quickly and receive regular updates on the progress. Thank you for assistance as the Help Desk finds a new way to serve you better.


Facilities Management Update

Facilities Management is in the process of securing a new janitorial agreement for the Columbus Campus. In order to allow vendors to properly prepare accurate bids and proposals for the work, we want to give them an opportunity to review the space and become familiar with the required specifications. As a result, we will provide tours throughout the campus over the next 60 days beginning Monday, October 22. These brief tours should not create any disruption. If you have any questions, contact Facilities Management at extension 2424.


One 11-S parking lot entrance will close for one week

Starting on Monday, October 22, the entrance/exit to the 11-S parking lot on Mt. Vernon Avenue will be CLOSED for one week. The 11-S is the large student lot where Mitchell Hall is being constructed. For next week only, students will need to enter and exit off of Spring Street.


Bookstore Notes

Donate to support U.S. troops

Needed items include travel toiletries, new or gently-used board games, DVDs, and general reading books. Items will be donated to the United Services Organization. The drop-off location is on the first floor of the Bookstore. Donations will be accepted through October 31.

Tasty Tuesday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Stop by the Campus Market located inside the Bookstore for a FREE delightful treat.

Not a trick, but a treat

Through the end of October receive $5.00 off on any purchase of $20 or more, and $10 off any purchase of $40 or more. Coupon.


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.


 In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events 


Free flu shots at Delaware Campus

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.

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.


Join Third Friday tomorrow to learn about student success

Third Friday is a chance for employees 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.  

The next interactive session is Friday, October 19 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in CT 108. 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 October 19, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Conversations That Matter: Free Speech On Our Campuses

Service-Learning is hosting “Conversations That Matter” 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 share information and answer your questions. The Conversation will be held Friday, October 19 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in Nestor Hall 011. Join Service-Learning for conversation and coffee. Email with questions. 



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.


logNext SafeZone October 23

Join 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+ 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!



Around the Discovery District

Local speaker performing show October 20, November 7 and 10
Poet Sara Abou Rashed, who has spoken at Columbus State, will be performing her one-woman, one-hour show “A Map of Myself” at two local venues. Marian Wright Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund says, “Sara Abou Rashed is a powerful voice, an inspiration.”

Saturday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater. Tickets.
Wednesday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Tickets.
Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Columbus Museum of Art. Tickets.


Columbus Museum of Art celebrates The Harlem Renaissance

2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, an intellectual, social and artistic explosion of African American culture that erupted in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and spread across cities of the Midwest, including Columbus, from 1918 to the 1950s.

Organized by the Columbus Museum of Art with guest curator Wil Haygood, the exhibition I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100 offers a fresh look at the visual art and material culture of this groundbreaking moment in American cultural history, and serves as an anchor in a citywide celebration of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition is on view October 19 - January 20, 2019. Read more.


Disability Awareness Month

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.


Maurice Clarett to provide keynote at Restored Citizen’s Summit

mcThe 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.


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.



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.