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October 22, 2018


Students to prepare special feast for veterans

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With a special Commemoration Luncheon set for veterans at the College, staff and students in our Hospitality program are stepping up to prepare and serve at the November 8 event.

Diane Souza, Restaurant and Foodservice Management Instructor, says the students who are participating are taking the Hospitality Department’s Basic Food Production course this semester. Those students are in one of four Hospitality programs: Restaurant and Foodservice Management, Baking and Pastry Arts, Nutrition and Dietetics Technicians, and Culinary Apprenticeship. The students will be assisting in the preparation and execution of the event.

The lunch buffet menu includes vegetable lasagna, beef lasagna, deli salads, and cookies.

This luncheon was organized by the Military & Veterans Services Department to recognize our past and present service members of the U.S. Armed Forces in observance of Veterans Day 2018. The luncheon is for all 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, so please sign up now.

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


President Harrison provides op-ed in Columbus Dispatch

President Harrison’s Sunday op-ed highlights the need for increased access and new models of housing assistance to help keep more students in school. Read the op-ed.


Energy-bite bake sale Tuesday

The Student Nutrition Advisory Council (SNAC) is hosting an energy-bite bake sale on Tuesday, October 23 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Courtyard of the Columbus Campus.

Energy bites will be sale priced at two for 50 cents or four for one dollar. Stop by Tuesday and have a snack to support SNAC.


Upcoming First Wednesday

It will be held on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall Auditorium.


Business Programs sponsoring workshops for financial aid and scholarships

There will be two sessions held on Wednesday, October, 24 in Aquinas Hall 317. A drawing will be held for students who attend, with one of them winning a $200 scholarship. Find out more and register here.


Employee Resource Groups

The Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites college employees who identify as an individual with a disability, or as a caretaker for someone whose disability substantially affects a person's life, to our gathering on Friday, October 26  from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Stauf’s, 350 Mt Vernon Ave.

Additionally, the next meeting will be on Friday, November 30 – same time and place. Due to the holidays, there will not be a December meeting.

Please consider joining in conversations. If you have questions about the ERG, please contact liaison Michael Hicks or Tiffany McClain

In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events

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.

Next SafeZone 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+ 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!

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.


Flu shots on 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.

Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at extension 3989.

Maurice Clarett to provide keynote at Restored Citizens Summit

The Office of Student Conduct and Conference Services will partner with community agencies to host the 7th annual Restored Citizens 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.


Help support and give 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.




Around the Discovery District

BalletMet’s fall performance

BalletMet presents its fall performance, “Lineage: A Collection of Short Ballets” featuring American folk dancing with George Balanchine’s Square Dance, Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain, and more. Two grand pianos provide the backdrop. Friday, October 26 through Saturday, November 3. Various times. Times and tickets are here.

Tribute to Muhammad Ali Boxing Showcase at Franklin Park

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department is hosting the third annual Tribute to Muhammad Ali Boxing Showcase on Saturday, October 27 at the Franklin Park Adventure Center, 1755 E. Broad St. Columbus. Proceeds benefit the department’s boxing program. More information is here.

Kelton House presenting one-act play “Heartless Conduct”

Set in 1876, “Heartless Conduct” is an imagined encounter between Mary Todd Lincoln and her only surviving son, Robert Lincoln. The one-act play is followed by an audience talkback and a tour of the Kelton House, 586 E. Town Street, Columbus. It will be presented November 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Read more.




Mental Health Awareness

Mental Illness is a serious issue that impacts millions of Americans. It is critical to combat the stigma associated with mental illness. As we work to create a culture of wellbeing, it is important to be aware of the facts.

Prevalence of Mental Illness
Approximately one in five adults in the U.S. (43.8 million, or 18.5%) experiences mental illness in a given year. Mental illness includes: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, and others.

Social Stats
Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. African Americans and Hispanic Americans each use mental health services at about half the rate of Caucasian Americans.

Consequences of Lack of Treatment
Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for youth and for adults aged 18–44.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.


Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among Adults. (n.d.).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Department of Health & Human Services. (2009). HCUP Facts and Figures: Statistics on Hospital-based Care in the United States, 2009

Suicide Facts at a Glance 2015 (n.d.).

Reminder: Matrix (Employee Assistance Program-EAP) is available to full-time and part-time employees. Call 614-475-9500 or visit Read the October Matrix 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 9:00 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. 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 9:00 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.