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October 29, 2018


Anatomy Professor, DEIS Instructional Designer win international award

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Two Columbus State employees were recipients of a prestigious award this year from an international organization.

Eric J. Kenz, Associate Professor of Anatomy, submitted his iBook, Introduction to Human Anatomy, to the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) Annual Salon, an online showcase of exceptional medical illustration work from around the world. Ron Boisvert, a medical illustrator and Instructional Designer II in Digital Education & Instructional Services (DEIS), and an AMI member, contributed medical art for the project.

Professor Kenz’s iBook and Ron Boisvert’s medical illustrations received an Award of Merit, one of only two issued in a field that included other iBook projects from the University of Georgia, Augusta University, McMaster University, and Emory University.

More information about this project is available here.

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Help raise awareness about domestic violence

On Tuesday, October 30, you can join Student Central in a “Purple Out” to raise awareness of domestic violence. Wear your favorite piece of purple clothing, and stop into Student Central between 10:00 a.m. and noon, where Victim Advocacy will have information about interpersonal violence and resources available both on campus and in the community. Come to learn or help spread the word by handing out information to students, faculty and staff while you wear your favorite purple outfit! For more information, contact Victim Advocacy at 614-287-5979.

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Business Programs hosts successful Real Estate Career Night

The Business Programs Department held its Autumn Semester Real Estate Career Night on Tuesday, October 23. Brokers in the Central Ohio area came to introduce their brokerages to our Real Estate students. The Career Night is a way to bring together brokers and the potential agents. It also assists our students in learning the functions of a brokerage, and gives them the opportunity to introduce themselves to potential employers.

James Leickly, Real Estate Law adjunct said, “This Career Night was one of best ever attended.” Approximately 60 students attended, and more than 12 area brokerages were represented. Columbus Realtors was in attendance as well as event sponsor US Bank.



You still have a chance to enroll in Blackboard training this semester

Overview of SoftChalk, Studymate, Respondus, Turnitin

Learn about four products integrated with Blackboard that can enhance your teaching, whether you use Blackboard for your classroom, online or in blended courses. The Faculty Assistance Center will show you the benefits of using Respondus to create Blackboard tests and quizzes, Studymate to create online self-graded games and interactive activities, SoftChalk to create multimedia lessons, and Turnitin to check student work for plagiarism. See demonstrations of each product. If you're interested, we will help you enable these tools in your Blackboard course.

Monday, October 29: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

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Blackboard's New Features

Learn how to use Blackboard features that will make your life easier. Some are brand new to Blackboard and some are just new to you. Due Date Management, Video/Audio Feedback, Grade Center tips and more!

Wednesday, November 7: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

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Introduction to Blackboard Content Collection

The Blackboard Content Collection is a file repository that allows users to store, manage, and share content. File and document management is easy when a file resides in the Content Collection.

Friday, November 16: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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Grade Center Small Group

Do you need to brush up on your grade center skills? This workshop will introduce you to the main grade center features. Participants can also schedule additional one-on-one help with the Faculty Assistance Center following the workshop.

Friday, December 7: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

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In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events

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.


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.


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.


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.



Payroll Due dates for November       

For the pay period ending October 31, 2018, pay date November 15, 2018:

  • Employee web time entry is due by 11:00 p.m on Thursday, November 1.
  • Supervisor Approval is due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2.

All other payroll documents are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 2.

For the pay period ending November 15, 2018, pay date November 30, 2018:

  • Employee web time entry is due by 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15.
  • Supervisor Approval is due by noon on Friday, November 16.
  • All other payroll documents are due by noon on Friday, November 16.
  • Staff should report Monday, November 12, Veterans Day (Observed) as holiday hours.

A few general reminders for best practices for approving and submitting employee time entries:

  • Make sure that the employee has electronically signed the time entry by marking the complete box.
  • Review time entry detail page to verify appropriate detail for start time, stop time and lunch periods has been logged.
  • Review that the employee has logged the appropriate leave usage on the time entry form for any leave taken.
  • Time cards that need corrections should be rejected back for the employee to correct and re-submit.


Professional Development & Retention

Professional Development & Retention (PDR) will be holding a series of instructor-led classes for anyone who would be interested in building their capacity as a Columbus State employee. 

Successful, Inclusive Hiring: We’ll be taking a deep dive into our new training materials for managers and hiring committee members in this course on Successful, Inclusive Hiring. We will look at an overview of the hiring process and a closer look at the necessary steps to plan and implement fair and equitable hiring.

Tuesday, October 30: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Monday, November 5: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.       

Wednesday, November 14: 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Monday, November 19: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, December 3: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, December 10: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 19: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Successful, Inclusive Hiring Lab: This is an open lab for any hiring manager who needs guidance on developing job descriptions, rubrics, job postings, or needs time uploading paperwork and notes into a job requisition, and is able to meet with a member from the Human Resource’s Recruitment team.

Monday, November 5: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 15: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.


Understanding Conflict: Believe it or not, conflict can be a healthy and productive part of the workplace environment.  In Understanding Conflict, we will examine the different conflict styles of the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Instrument to understand our own “go to” style and explore healthy resolution strategies.

Thursday, November 29: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Conflict Happens: Conflict happens every day whether we realize it or not.  Some avoid conflict hoping it will go away and others confront it head on with mixed results.  This session explores the effectiveness and practical application of negotiation as means for conflict resolution.  We will identify and discuss negotiation strategies within the context of workplace interactions.  We will discover ways to communicate better and work through conflict to create mediated and powerful outcomes.  

Thursday, November 29: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 4: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Win with Your Strengths: Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success. In this course you learn:

Introduction to strengths based language, learn more about your own strengths, and learn more about others strengths

Wednesday, November 14: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 11: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Put Your Strengths to Work:

Now that you know your top five Strengths, what's next? "Win with Your Strengths" taught us that we will grow most in our areas of greatest strength. In this Put Your Strengths to Work! class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Strengths-based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team.

Tuesday, November 27: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Hostmanship part 1: "Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome.  Meetings where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in that person, that organization or that place that has invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives." Jan Gunnarsson, a hospitality industry veteran from Sweden in his book Hostmanship co-authored with Olle Blohm, challenges individuals to reframe their views of customer service and leadership.  At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host.  This shift transforms the interaction creating a "welcoming attitude" where we are able to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction. In this introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth.

Thursday, December 6: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Hostmanship part 2: In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding developing practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our “customers.” Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests.  We become engaged, present and active building connection, satisfaction and engagement.

Wednesday, December 19: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


From Boss to Host: The Art of Welcoming Leadership: As a companion book to Jan Gunnarson and Olle Blohm's Hostmanship, Boss to Host defines leadership simply as "guiding others to a better place".  Through a Hostmanship perspective, leaders are invited to consider "the art of welcoming leadership" focusing on how welcoming leadership can play a decisive role in successful organizations.

Friday, November 2: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Discover Your True Calling: Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: What do you want to be when you grow up? Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan. 

Thursday, November 8: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


College Knowledge: 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.

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

Business Administration:
Thursday, December 13: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Managers Forum:

Just Cause: Conducting Solid Investigations
Friday, October 9: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Just Cause: Pre-disciplinary meetings
Tuesday, November 13: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Emergency Management
Tuesday, December 11: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

If you are interested in any of these 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.)


September Cougar Paw awards

Managing Work

Debbie Strain
Deborah Robinson
Gregory Gibbs
Gregory Fossitt
Jacqueline Wilson
Jason Stover
Melanie Watts
Rose Sanok
Sherry Minton
Vanessa Anderson

Continous Improvement

Carla Mayers Bletsch
Chris Spackman
DeLynn MacQueen
Heather Crites
Hillary Rehm
Jason Stover
Joshua Burlile
Karen Riley
Nate Faubel-Ravely
Roman Lavochnik


Managing People

John Langhirt
Traci Beddow



Debbie Strain
Deborah Robinson
Gregory Gibbs
Gregory Fossitt
Jacqueline Wilson
Jason Stover
Melanie Watts
Rose Sanok
Sherry Minton
Vanessa Anderson



Amaal Shehabi
Amanda Cecil
Amanda Perk
Amy Williams
Ann Helfrich
Anne Rundle
Arlene Wilson
Augustine Munobe
Barbara Smith-Allen
Billy Williams
Brett Welsh
Bryan Butte
Carla Burnett
Cassandra Hape
Catherine Giles
Chelsea Francis
Christine Wears
Danielle Sanborn
Dave Ewans
David Wayne
David Gelo
David Wells
Denise Cashon
Diane Schultz
Don Laubenthal
Donna Keely
Elizabeth Straub
Ellen Neutzling
Erica Gladue
Erinbeth Dower
Ethan Kaufman
Frank Neutzling
Frank Barnhart
Gene Finkler
Hakim Adjoua
James Hamberg
Janet McDermott
Jasmine Marks
Jason Stover
Jason Woltja
Jean Liddle
Jeffrey Akers
Jennifer Hart
Jessica Lickeri
Jill Anderson
John Riggs
John Eldridge
Jordan Wilson
Juanita Benton
Julie Collet
Julie Barnickle
Justin Manibog
Karen Miller
Karen Fabritius
Karen Starin
Kathleen Frank
Katina Fitch
Katrina De Los Santos
Keith Coates
Kelly Byrnes
Kevin Hammond
Korie Jenkins
Kristen Holland
Kristine Kinzer
Laura Baisden
Lauren Jones
Lauren Merante
Laurie Needles
Leanna Buker
Lisa Phillips
Lucas Gorz
Lynn McNish
Lynn Walker
Lynn Rausch
Marcia Holleman
Marcus Jackson
Marilyn Thomas
Marjorie Schwartz
Mary Galentine
Maurice Anderson
Meaghan Torres
Melanie Watts
Melissa Paskievitch
Melissa Sullivan
Melissa Crohen
Melissa Cumberbatch
Michael Hicks
Michael Hoepf
Michele Wade
Michell Ward
Michelle Duda
Monica Badurina
Morgan Sayre
Nancy Driggs
Nancy Kaler
Nancy Smith
Neil Morrison
Nikki Pearce
Pamela Bullock
Pamela Thornton
Patricia Malloy
Patricia Malloy
Patricia Fabrisi
Paula Collier
Philip Maclean
Rebecca Clarridge
Renee Fambro
Renee Haro
Rhonda Williams
Richard Turski
Ryan Johnson
Sana Ali
Sarah Lutz
Scotty Thompson
Sean O'Neill 
Shannon Magill
Shannon Bookout
Sheri Harrington
Sherita Golden
Stacey Rogers
Stacie Odhner-Sibley
Stephanie Albrecht
Stephanie Farris
Summre Jones
Susan Downing
Susan K Ward
Tara Narcross
Tari Blaney
Taylor Slocum
Teresa Lister
Terrence Brooks
Terrie Stolte
Thomas Capps
Timothy Davis
Todd McCoy
Tonee Keating
Tori Sims
Tuyet-Xuan Dang
Vena Hill
Veronica Gaines
Zachary Rost


Customer Focus

Abbey Billups
Amanda Perk
Amy Popovich
Anne Rundle
Augustine Munobe
Beth Stanley
Bettina Batts
Carie Davis
Carla Burnett
Carmelita Boyer
Chavon Harris
Chaylee Liberator
Courtney Martin
Darrin Albaugh
Darryl Smith
David Slater
Debra Hitch
Diane Massey
Edwynna Freeman
Ema Davis
Emmett McCoy
Evan Jablonka
Gregory Gibbs
Gregory Fossitt
Hydy Cates
Jacqueline Jenkins
Janet McDermott
Jason Clever
Jessica Plannick
John McCoy
John Bland
Juan Chamochumbi
Justin Mulinex
Leon'Dra Hicks
Lynn Giese
Lynn McNish
Marcy Leeds
Mark Boll
Marsha Phillips
Mary Galentine
Mary Ashley
Mary Brown
Mike Bradley
Misty Mahefkey
Monessa Bradford
Morgan Sayre
Ojeanique Washington
Pamela Thornton
Paula Collier
Phillip Sanders
Rachel Steiner
Richard Tepper
Risa Owen
Robert Neutzling
Robert Stailey
Robert Stailey
Roberta Winch
Skip Stocksdale
Steven Zelenka
Sue McLaren
Susan Downing
Susan K Ward
Wendy Caldwell



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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.

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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 9:00 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life.