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October 25, 2018


Cybersecurity training available for
Columbus State employees

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With the rising threat of cybercriminals stealing personal information, hacking into computer networks, or spreading malware and viruses, being vigilant about cybersecurity has never been more important. To foster a greater understanding of the threats, Columbus State’s Information Security Office, Cybersecurity Academic Program Faculty and Digital Education and Instructional Services staff partnered on a project made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

Early this year, Jason LaMar, Ben Dalton, Lawrence McWherter, and Monique Carney used NSF funds to begin developing an online cybersecurity training program. The program contains a series of interactive activities, each of them includes a short video followed by a brief quiz with review and explanation. A downloadable PDF activity study guide is also available at the conclusion of each activity. Users will be able to work at their own pace.

The training will initially be available for the Columbus State community. Once development of all video activities is complete, the training may be placed fully online so that it will also be available to the public.

Since October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Ben Dalton, Information Security Officer, wants to provide a preview for Columbus State employees. The first interactive activity is available here.

Check it out. If you have questions, contact Jason LaMar at extension 5630.



Tax reform and charitable giving luncheon

The Columbus State Foundation invites you to a luncheon to learn more about how you may be impacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 13 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. in the Library (Columbus Hall). Reservations are required, seating is limited. Contact Julie Barry at extension 5028 if you would like to attend.



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Legal assistance for students today

Do you know a student in need of legal assistance? A representative from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on campus today, October 25 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Eibling Hall 201. Encourage students in need to stop by. (Additional sessions will be scheduled in coming weeks.)

Topics they may be able to provide guidance on include:

  • Benefits including Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, Ohio Works First, SSI/SSDI, disability financial assistance, Title XX Child Care, and unemployment compensation
  • Family (divorce, civil protection order, custody, and spousal/child support)
  • Wills or advanced directives
  • Housing (evictions, conditions problems, and subsidy terminations)
  • Consumer (foreclosures, credit-card debt, consumer scams, and repossessions)
  • Tax (disputes with the IRS or the State of Ohio)
  • Reentry (record sealing, CQE)



Delaware Campus volunteers needed

Columbus State’s Delaware Campus is partnering with a non-profit organization called SHARE to make sleeping bags to give to those who are struggling with homelessness. It is as simple as tying a knot! You are invited to come and join this great cause. It will be held on Tuesday, October 30 from noon until 2:00 p.m. in the Moeller Hall Cyber Cafe.

They will also accept donations of neckties to help with the assembly of the sleeping bags.



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Last chance to submit your original artwork for Union Cafe!

The newly renovated Union Cafe is now open, and we want to celebrate our diverse culture by displaying original artwork by our talented students, faculty, and staff.

If you have created an original painting, illustration, graphic design, digital art, drawing, or photograph, please submit your item for consideration. If your art is chosen to be displayed, you could win a gift card to the Columbus State Bookstore - along with the pride of having your artwork in a gallery! Artwork must be submitted by Thursday, November 15. Guidelines and submission details are here.


College Recreation and Wellness weekly podcast

For your health and wellness information this week, check out the latest Guidance with Grace podcast. Listen to it here.


Cougar Volleyball prepares for post-season play

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- After one of the most successful regular seasons in Columbus State history, the No. 3 Cougar volleyball squad will start the postseason with the regional championship on Saturday, October 27 in Perrysburg, Ohio. The Cougars finished the regular season as OCCAC Runner-Up behind No. 1 Owens Community College. They go into the postseason with a 28-4 overall record and 13-3 in conference action.

The Region XII DIII Championship will kick off at 2:00 p.m. with the Cougars facing Lorain County. The winner of the first match will play host Owens for the championship at 4:00 p.m. Both teams competing for the championship will then move on to compete for a district title the following weekend. Location and teams will be announced on Monday, October 29.

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.


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


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.



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

Social Justice Park opening set for Sunday

The Washington Gladden Social Justice Park is about to open. Located at the corner of Broad Street and Cleveland Avenue, the purpose of the park is to bring Columbus together by building a path to a better future through art, education, and dialogue. The opening will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. (If it rains, the official opening will be held in the nearby First Congregational LCC, 444 E. Broad St.) Read more or contact





College Knowledge sessions

In 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.

There are two sessions coming up:

Information Technology: Friday, October 26 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

General Counsel: Friday, November 2 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

If you are interested in either of these two sessions, please register by, logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the same date that is listed above and Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)



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.