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Staff Employees of the Month

T. Berry

Full-Time Staff Employee of the Month – Teresa Berry

During First Wednesday, Teresa Berry, Office Associate in Design, Construction and Trades, was named Staff Employee of the Month for October. Her customer service skills and enthusiasm for the job were key factors in her nomination.

Professor Dean Bortz said, “Teresa is unlike any office associate I have had the pleasure to work with. Her steadfast pursuit of excellence is exceptional and she takes on crises as an opportunity to solve problems.” Her supervisor, Chairperson Doug House, said, “Teresa, who was hired last year, already knows more about the setup and maintenance of class sections that some office associates who have worked at the college for years.”



R. GreenePart-Time Staff Employee of the Month – Rick Greene

Rick Greene, Specialist, who has returned to the College after his retirement two years ago to assist during summer rush, was named the Part-time Staff Employee of the Month.

His supervisor at the Center for Advising Support, and Exploration, Anessa Becton-Howard said, “Rick has graciously lent a hand during one of the busiest advising times of the year. He willingly took on the conversion to SharePoint as one of his summer assignments and did it while juggling other duties without missing a beat.





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More than $1 million in NSF grants at work at Columbus State

Work is underway connected to two grants awarded to Columbus State Community College by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education program (ATE). Collectively, they total just over $1 million. Columbus State currently has more NSF grants than any other community college in the nation.

The first grant of $549,730 is designed to increase the supply of qualified advanced manufacturing technicians. Estimates show that by 2026, more than half of 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled. The Manufacturing Experimental Advancement Readiness Network (EARN) Project will increase the supply of qualified technicians for those jobs.

Columbus State is partnering with Lorain County Community College in Ohio and will work with other partners in industry, higher education and K-12 districts to recruit students to increase the pipeline of students participating in “earn and learn models” as they progress through advanced manufacturing pathways.

The second grant of $569,998 will expand career pathways for logistics engineering technicians through a collaborative project with Sinclair Community College in Ohio and Oakton Community College in Illinois.

The Collaboration Of Midwest Professionals for Logistics Engineering Technology Education (COMPLETE) Project will develop the education to support increasingly complex technology needs of the supply chain sector. There are 21 additional partners on the grant including the Columbus Regional Logistics Council, Boar’s Head, Honda Logistics North America, and the National Center for Supply Chain Automation.


Free flu shots this month on both campuses

flu shot imageCold 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.




Successful partnership for annual Young Men of Color in STEM

STEM event image         Young Men of Color in STEM at COSI, September 21, 2018

Columbus State and COSI partnered for the 4th annual “Young Men of Color in STEM” Career Conference held September 21 at COSI. Nearly 250 young men from 19 middle school buildings in Columbus City Schools attended the day-long event.

Educators and professionals from across Central Ohio facilitated 10 workshops so the young men had the opportunity to explore STEM career options in multiple STEM disciplines. The workshops included using virtual reality to explore civil engineering and architecture, solving programming puzzles using microcomputers, conducting experiments to access acidity and basicity, and assembling a modular craft to use in a racing competition through the backdrop of Wakanda (from Marvel’s Black Panther).

The students were also inspired by Keynote Speaker Jay Flores, who is an engineer and a global STEM ambassador. Flores got the students excited about the power of STEM and urged them to learn to look around and see the real-life application of STEM in their daily lives.

This event was sponsored by the American Electric Power Foundation Credits CountSM program. Additional assistance was provided by a number of cross-campus partners as well as more than 20 volunteers from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program and the Columbus State STEM Club.

More information can be found here.


Library spotlights returning artist for October

For the Artist of the Month, the Columbus State Library welcomes returning artist Cecilia Roman. The exhibit “Discovery, 2018” celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month as we recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American communities.

“Discovery” focuses on emotions, imagination, and mystery influenced by the art movement of Romanticism (abstraction, pure line, disembodied color and fluid atmospheric landscapes). The landscape of loose brushstrokes showcases the power of nature and the energy of movement. With each stroke loaded with pigment, the artist has tested the relationship and the wonder of colors. Discover the nostalgic emotions in the landscape, human experiences of judgment, wonder, and natures’ drama, as we discover ourselves and each other.

The exhibition is on display until October 31 in the Library’s first and second-floor galleries.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events


Free assistance from Legal Aid Society

Do you need help navigating some legal issues? Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC) may be able to help. Check in with a representative on campus today, October 4 from 11:00 a.m. – noon at an open resource table in the lobby of Student Central in Madison Hall. You may send students their way to learn more about ways that LASC may be able to help.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month workshop today

Victim Advocacy and Counseling Services will be facilitating a 90-minute workshop about the subtle, and not-so-subtle, signs of an unhealthy relationship. It features a film and discussion about red flags and warning signs of unhealthy relationships that may lead to violence.

You will explore ways to engage those you are concerned about in supportive, non-threatening conversations and how to counter myths about relationships. It will be held today, October 4 at 1:00 p.m. in the Library Media Studio (lower level of Columbus Hall). Contact Victim Advocacy at (614) 287-5979 or for more details.


Rally For Your Rights event today

The Office of Student Conduct and Global Diversity and Inclusion are holding a Rally For Your Rights kickoff on today, October 4 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Madison Hall 103. This kickoff will include facilitators sharing about the Rally for your Rights initiative, addressing student concerns surrounding free speech, clarifications of Columbus State’s free-speech policies, and mock scenarios where participants can apply skills learned. For more information contact Richard Miller, Student Conduct coordinator.



Friday Conversations
with the President

You are invited to join President Harrison on Friday, October 5 from 11:00 a.m. - noon in the Franklin Hall Board Room. He will discuss ideas to support prospective students before they get to Columbus State. Part of the focus will be opportunity youth and K-12 students. Friday Conversations are informal sessions designed to provide opportunities to share ideas and observations and learn from each other.



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.

You can sign up for the workshops here. Contact Stacie Odhner-Sible at the Center for Advising Support and Exploration if you have questions.


Free depression screenings for Mental Illness Awareness Week

The Mental Illness Awareness Week activities will culminate with the Mental Health Fair, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10. You can also follow @CounselingCSCC on Twitter for more updates.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month through mid-October

Global Diversity and Inclusion is sponsoring various events, displays, and workshops through October 17 to spotlight Hispanic Heritage Month. All events are listed here.


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.


Women’s ERG collaborates with Student Affairs for next meeting

The Women’s Employee Resource Group invites college employees who identify as women to join us for a collaborative event on Thursday, October 11 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. in the media studio in the lower level of the Library.

Bring your lunch and a friend, join the discussion tables, and participate in the raffle. If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, please contact liaisons Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.


Hold the date - October 12

The annual Staff Convocation will be held on Friday, October 12 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium.



Free IT training classes for October and November

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Information Technology is hosting training sessions open to faculty and staff. If you are interested in any of the classes, please register by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the appropriate date and select “Request” to register. (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Introduction to Skype for Business: Skype for Business can help you to easily connect with your coworkers at Columbus State. You can have conversations or hold meetings using IM, voice, or video calls. See when your contacts are available online. Share your screen during a presentation or give control to others. Come to this interactive training to learn more about what Skype can do for you. This one-hour session will be followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned. Tuesday, October 16 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, October 17 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Outlook for Beginners: This training is designed for users who are new to Outlook. It details the essential skills that an employee might need to complete their daily tasks. Learn how to send and receive email, organize with folders, complete a basic search, manage your contact list, and schedule appointments and meetings. This one-hour session is followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned. This training focuses on the Desktop application of Outlook. Thursday, October 18 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday, October 23 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Outlook Email Management: This Intermediate level training is designed for users who have mastered the basics of Outlook, but want to learn more about their options for email management. Learn how to customize the appearance of your inbox, organize your incoming emails, use shortcuts for common tasks, and draft repetitive emails with ease. This one-hour session is followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned. This training focuses on the Desktop application of Outlook. Wednesday, October 24 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 14 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Outlook Calendar Management: This Intermediate level training is designed for users who have mastered the basics of Outlook, but want to learn more about their options for calendar management. Learn how to customize your calendar, create calendar events, create/manage/share calendars, and visually organize your events and invites. This one-hour session will be followed by an optional 30-minute open lab so you can practice what you learned.   This training focuses on the Desktop application of Outlook. Monday, November 5 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, November 29 from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Guendelsberger at 614-287-5899.


Around the Discovery District

The Hills Market Downtown (95 N. Grant Ave.) hosts $15 Fridays on the first Friday night of each month. The next is tomorrow, Friday, October 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Individual $15.00 tickets include tastings of ten wines, beers, or cocktails. Cheese and appetizers are included.

This Friday is their popular “Sip & Spa.” In addition to the usual assortment of food and drinks, the tastings will have local health and beauty vendors for you to mix and mingle with. Eve from Addicted2Cute will have her new fall line of Vegan Nail Polish. Lindsey from Young Living will provide a lesson in Essential Oils and a little project to take home with you, and Nurter the Salon will provide health and beauty tricks and tips. You can purchase tickets 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 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.