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Team from Columbus State wins
Technology Impact Award

 tech award group (left to right): Jason LaMar, Supervisor, Instructional Technology Innovations; Don Bruce, Associate Professor, English; Nick Lakostik, Associate Professor, English; Rebecca Fleming, Associate Professor, English; Deb Bertsch, Professor, English                              

Each year, the Campus Technology Impact Awards honor exemplary colleges and universities that are making an extraordinary impact with technology on campus, doing important work in the service of teaching, learning, administration, and operations.
Columbus State has been selected for the 2018 Campus Technology Impact Award in the Teaching and Learning category for iComp: A Guide to First-Year Writing. This is an interactive Multi-Touch iBook and
e-course that offers students a low-cost textbook option for our first-year composition course, ENGL 1100. iComp contains dozens of multimedia lessons and activities that use video, audio, animation, touch, and text to create a rich learning experience for students. They, in turn, save money while engaging with course content in an innovative way.

The primary developers of iComp were English Department faculty members Deb Bertsch, Don Bruce, Rebecca Fleming, and Nick Lakostik and the Supervisor of Instructional Technology Innovations (Digital Education and Instructional Services), Jason LaMar.

The project is being featured in the October/November issue of Campus Technology magazine and in a forthcoming in-depth online profile. You can read the article here.

The official awards page is here.

Registration deadline looming for Day of Service

Time is running out time to register for Columbus State’s sixth annual Day of Service next Tuesday. The deadline to sign up is this Thursday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. You can register here.


Five things you need to know to prevent identity theft
and security breaches

With the new semester now underway, Information Security Officer Ben Dalton has new online security tips: A recent report by the Federal Trade Commission indicated that technology support scams are on the rise. Scammers are preying on people to pay for fake computer help with a goal of stealing your personal information. These scams can be very convincing and costly. Defend yourself against potential scammers by identifying these red flags:

1.    Technology companies don’t call you and ask to connect to your computer.
       - Hang Up if you get a call

2.    Only a scammer would ask for a password.
       - Never share your passwords

3.    Callers may try to persuade you that you have a technology problem.
        - Hang Up

4.    An on-screen pop-up message says you have a virus and you should call a number
       - Close out the screen immediately

5.    Watch out for ads when searching online. Scammers pose as legitimate ads.
       - Think before you click

If you do get caught

If you happen to get caught by one of these scams, take action to protect your information and college computing resources.

  • If you gave out Columbus State information, such as your password, or allowed access to your college-owned computer, change your password using the password page.
  • Report a suspected compromised Columbus State account immediately to the IT Support Center (ITSC) (, 614-287-5050).
  • If you gave out personal information, such as your credit card number, file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center and put a fraud alert or “hold” on your credit report.
  • Remember: Columbus State will not send you an email asking for your password.



Student Success workshops continue

When it comes to learning skills that will help students reach their goals, there’s no better place than Columbus State. In addition to our outstanding academics, we are committed to helping our students develop life skills that contribute to overall wellbeing and success.

Each semester, Student Success Workshops are offered free of charge to current students, covering a wide variety of topics. Additional workshops are added throughout the semester, so be sure to check the calendar often for the most up-to-date schedule of events. This calendar exists within a Student Success Series portal on CougarConnect, as well as in a listing on our webpage at

A new feature of the workshops includes a monetary incentive. Students who attend five workshops total, with two from our core list and three from our main list, will receive a $100 scholarship. Students who are already attending on a full-tuition scholarship may receive a bookstore credit in lieu of a scholarship. Students can sign up here.

If you would like to have your workshop featured on our listing, contact Chloe Faure at for more information.


New Version of Accuplacer Reading Placement Test
coming in September

An updated version of our current Reading Placement Test for students will be launched in mid- September. Accuplacer, our current test platform, is retiring the current Classic version in 2019. The new version, Next Generation Reading, will continue to be computer-adaptive allowing the students to be placed in the most appropriate level of coursework. 

New score ranges will be necessary for the updated version. These new ranges will be from 200 to 300. A score of 250 and above will indicate the student is not required to complete a reading course.

The upgrade will be seamless with no system downtime required. It will go live – and be shared with campus – once systems testing is complete.

Training for departments impacted by the update will be coordinated by Donna Keely of College Testing Services. If your office is interested in learning more about the update, contact Donna at



LGBTQ Employee Resource Group (ERG) sets next meeting

The LGBTQ ERG will be meeting on September 12 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Union Hall room 242. This meeting is open to all Columbus State employees who identify as part of the LGBTQ community or allies. This month, we will be getting to know each other as a community and discussing ways we can support our students in the LGBTQ community. Please email Stephanie Page or Nick Tice for questions or the calendar invite.

Job Fair to be held on the Delaware Campus Wednesday

The Delaware Campus will be the site of a job fair on Wednesday, September 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Details, including the nearly 20 employers who will be on hand, can be found here.

Graduate of Columbus State to unveil inspirational film Thursday

Joseph Ponder, who received an associate degree in Sports and Exercise in 2015, is hosting a sneak peak of his new film “The Crossover that Won the Game.” The inspirational-based drama, based loosely on actual events, was filmed over the past year in the area and includes one scene in the Columbus State gymnasium. Sports figures Clark Kellogg and James Buster Douglas are featured in the movie, which is based on a book written by Joseph and his brother Jamell.

Columbus State faculty and staff are invited to the event on Thursday, September 13, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. It will be in a conference room at Tequila Cowboy, 1069 Polaris Parkway, Columbus. RSVP to if interested. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. The preview will include about half of the 100-minute movie. It will premiere in several cities, including Columbus, later this year. See the movie trailer here.



Spots remain for the fall 2018 PONO Diversity Learning Community

PONO logo

PONO is a group open to employees and students that meets for eight weeks to discuss different diversity-related topics including race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, socio-economic status, and more. PONO provides opportunities to build community with others, share your story, and gain new perspectives. If you are interested in joining, please register on Global Diversity and Inclusion Center Cougar Connect portal.

Please apply here. If you are interested, or have questions, please contact Jasmine Marks, Specialist, GDIC at or extension 5319.



Library Notes

Digital art donation made to the Columbus State Library

group photo

Left to right: Assistant Library Director Tracy Kemp, Randy Jones, and Library Office Associate Shona Nicol.

Digital artist, poet and longtime exhibitor of his work in the Columbus State art galleries, Randy Jones, has donated two digital portfolios, one of his art and one of his poems, to the library’s permanent collection. Entitled, “Digital Dreams’, the works are now exhibited on the library’s website here.


OhioNET reports on Columbus State Library project

OhioNet, a non-profit organization serving libraries and information centers of all types and sizes throughout Ohio and two other states, recently published an article about a Columbus State Library project. Read the story below:

Culmination of a Busy Year: Community Collaboration Team Update: 
Partnership Strengthens Common Purpose and Community 
By Heidi Beke-Harrigan, MLS, CPL
Member Services Coordinator, OhioNET

On August 2, fifteen K-12 schools and the Columbus State Library celebrated the first year of their Building Bridges venture.  After a year of dialog and school visits, the event held at Columbus State featured a discussion of the issues that K-12 and college libraries face when supporting College Credit Plus students, a guest speaker from the Tutoring/Writing Center, as well as an introduction to the university databases that students are expected to use to complete their coursework.  

Everyone agreed that the partnership has been a success, especially for its collaborative exchange of ideas. Lorena Popelka, Reference and Instruction Librarian at Columbus State coordinated the initiative and shared that the "strong relationships allow academic and K-12 libraries to share programming ideas, cultivate instructor relationships and jointly advocate for student information literacy needs when policy decisions are made." 

Participants were also able to renew their Columbus State database access for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, as well as welcome two more partners. The group will be sharing their experiences and inviting broader discussion about expanding academic and K-12 partnerships at the upcoming two Library conferences.





New College Knowledge professional development options

Manager Forum: Employee Corrective Action: The first of a three-part series on just cause will focus on the fundamentals of Just Cause and why it is important to both employees and their supervisors.  During the session you will learn about the 7-tests typically used when measuring the appropriateness of corrective action and how to be aware of common mistakes when pursuing corrective action. Tuesday, September 11, 10:00 – 11:30 a.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, September 11, 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, September 13, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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. Monday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 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, September 26, 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 about your own strengths and learn more about others strengths. Friday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

College Knowledge: Marketing and Communications: In order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay abreast of organizational changes and initiatives, we have revived and redesigned college on-boarding meetings to feature twice-yearly conversations with each of the College’s divisions. This month we feature Marketing and Communications. Friday, September 28, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

If you’re 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 date listed above and select “request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)


Cougar Paw awards for August


Adam Hagar
Aisha McGrapth
Alexandra Bradley
Andrew Carter
Anessa Becton-Howard
Ardell Trotter
Barbara Smith-Allen
Benjamin Pugno
Bettina Batts
Brianne Wears
Carmelita Boyer
Charmain Fields
Cynthia Casebolt
Cynthia Klimek
Dayna Reid
Diane Schultz
Elizabeth Koppenhoefer
Erinbeth Dower
Felicia Smith
Frank Sugar
Holly Green
Ivy Lamb
Jasmine Marks
Jean Liddle
Jennifer Poullas
Jessica Plannick
Joan Cook
Joel Mathias
John Donahue
Karla Thornton
Kimberly Eckhart
Kirk Dickerson
Kristine Kinzer
Laura Ziegler
Laura Shady
Lawrence James
Leanna Buker
Lori Billenstein
Lori Gage
Lynda Anderson-Casey
Lynn Giese
Marcia Holleman
Mary Bantu
Matthew Brent-Manderick
Melissa Lamar
Michael Hicks
Mitchell Rausch
Nathell Grubbs
Nichole Bowman-Glover
Ojeanique Washington
Patricia Haaser
Patricia Gabrenya
Paul Rehg
Paula Teeter
Rachel Trump
Rhonda Williams
Richard James
Rita Krummen
Ryan Moore
Shelley Toale
Sherita Golden
Stacey Lewandowski
Susan Kaiser
Susan Judd
Tommy Tucker
Tonya Anderson-Russell
Tyneisha Harden
Vena Hill
Veronica Gaines

Continuous Improvement

Adam Hagar
Christopher Emswiler
Grace Edwards
Griffin Gulcher
Jaimie Allen
Jamel Chamberlain
Jeffrey Akers
Julie Klinger
Karen Riley
Pawel Luczkowiec
Rose Sanok
Wendy Caldwell


Customer Focus

Adam Hatheway
Alexander Stigler
Alexandra Bradley
Allison Franz
Anastasia Milakovic
Andrew Carter
Autumn Altizer
Barry Young
Britt Farrow
Bryan Butte
Cassi Stewart
Charles Skeen
Charles Braithwaite
Chloe Faure
Christopher Miller
Corey Apling
Danielle Smith
Darlene Roberson
David Wells
Debbie Strain
Deborah Plummer
Debra Lemak
Denise Cashon
Ed Dokes
Elizabeth Koppenhoefer
Erinbeth Dower
Frank Sugar
Gene Finkler
Genevieve Sharron
Gillian Lustig-Shilts
Grace Edwards
Jaclyn Smith
James Moehrman
James Engler
Janet McDermott
Jarrett Powers
Jasmine Marks
Jason Stover
Jason Stillion
Jason Apt
Jazmin Aguirre-Moreno
Jennifer Schleppi
Jessica Plannick
John Sherwood
Julie Dulaney
Justin Mulinex
Justin Manibog
Karen Krimmer
Karen Miller
Karen Miller
Kathleen Ellis
Katina Fitch
Katrina De Los Santos
Keith Kipp
Kimberly Eckhart
Krystal Hamilton
Lauren Merante
Leslie Hoffman
Lori Brown
Lynn Walker
Marcia Holleman
Mark Boll
Marsha Phillips
Mary Galentine
Megan Brewer
Michael Yuille
Mike Bradley
Mitchell Rausch
MJ Willow
Nancy Plassman
Nate Faubel-Ravely
Nathell Grubbs  
Noah Jones 
Patricia Gabrenya  
Paula Teeter 
Regina Randall 
Richard Miller 
Risa Owen
Robert Osgood 
Robert Neutzling 
Ryan Fissel 
Sandra Downing 
Sarah Skeen 
Stacey Peer 
Stacie Odhner-Sibley
Stephanie Warner
Stephanie Page
Stephanie Albrecht
Steven Zelenka
Tamara Ervin
Tamara Ervin
Tamara Ervin
Tamika Jenkins
Taylor Stewart
Teresa Lister
Thelma Bucy
Therese Davenport
Tiffany McClain
Timothy Birchfield
Traci Beddow
Tracy Anderson
Vanessa Lang
Vanessa Anderson
Vena Hill


Adam Hagar
Amaal Shehabi
Annie Clausen
Barbara Jackson
Betty Sugar
Danielle Smith
Dayna Reid
Debra Lemak
Dustin Iacovone
Edwynna Freeman
Elizabeth Straub
Erica Gladue
James Engler
Jessica Jones
Kevin Caldwell
Kirk Dickerson
Laurie Johns
Leanna Buker
Lenore Southerland
Lisa House
Lucas Gorz
Luke Robson
Marcus Jackson
Marcus Jackson
Michael Wise
Mya Jordan
Nathan Cox
Patricia Haaser
Paula Collier
Raheel Farooqui
Ronald Boisvert
Sheryl Killen
Taylor Slocum
Terrence Brooks
Terrence Lawrence
Terrence Brown
Tyneisha Harden

Managing People

Denise Cashon
Jazmin Aguirre-Moreno
Julie Barry

Managing Work

Betty Sugar
Bryan Butte
Darrin Albaugh
Debbie Strain
Elina Vayntraub
Gregory Phillips
Jason Stover
Jennifer Schleppi
Katie Kuhn
Kelly Fannin
Laura Ziegler
Lorraine Beckman
Melissa Lamar
Pete Hackman
Shelley Toale
Stephanie Albrecht


Averee Fields
Kristine Kinzer
Lindsey Gibson
Melissa Lamar
Robert Stockwell
Robert Osgood
Shaa Clayton
Steven Pond
Thelma Bucy





Around the Discovery District

Tuesday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.: Thurber House begins its Evenings with Authors fall season with Stephen Markley and his debut novel, Ohio. Set in the fictional northeast Ohio community of New Canaan, Ohio takes place on a single night in 2015. That’s when four former classmates return to their hometown, each with a mission, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories. Details of this event and other authors this season are here.





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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 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.

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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 noon for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.