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mastheadSeptember 17, 2018


Weather-delayed Week of Welcome wraps up

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Some Week of Welcome activities were moved from the second week of the semester to the third, due to weather concerns. The Engagement Fair was held Monday, September 10. Pictured above, Amy Popovich, left, Ema Davis, middle, and Abbey Billups, right, were among faculty and staff members who volunteered to judge Tuesday’s CS Has Talent show. Check out the Week of Welcome slide show here.


Day of Service notes

Check-in times tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18
Volunteers for Day of Service have the option of going straight to their worksites from home. If you decide to stop by campus first, there will be a continental breakfast available. The food will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Courtyard on the Columbus Campus and in Moller Hall rooms 111 and 112 on the Delaware Campus. (In the event of rain, food will be served in Union Cafe.) More FAQs are here.

Social Media for Day of Service
With hundreds of volunteers working on service projects all across the region during Day of Service, we’d like to make a footprint of our efforts on social media. When you are posting photos and videos to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, please tag Columbus State in your posts (@cscc_edu) and use the hashtag #CStateServes.

Food Service
All food service operations will be closed for the Day of Service.   


Sign up for next week’s Humanities Department symposium

The annual When East Meets West symposium will be held on Friday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Ohio State University Longaberger Alumni House. This year’s topic focuses on Health and Healing Across Global Cultures.

The symposium consists of a morning and afternoon session with two speakers followed by a moderated discussion. The symposium is inspired by the new History of Western Medicine class created by Columbus State’s Humanities’ faculty. It is specifically aimed at Health and Human Services students and professionals.

The symposium presents a professional development opportunity and fulfills 7.5 CEU hours.

Morning Session: Materia Medica. Afternoon Session: Colonialism and Public Health

More details and registration information can be found here. Questions? Contact Jennifer Nardone, Humanities professor at



Faculty needed for annual We Are STEM event – sign-up deadline is this Friday

We Are STEM is an exciting opportunity for current high school juniors to visit Columbus State and learn about high-growth STEM careers in Central Ohio and college pathways through Columbus State’s many degrees and programs. The event will include hands-on activities and a panel of alumni and current students involved in STEM. There will also be information about Columbus State’s admissions process and affordability initiatives, including scholarship opportunities.

The 2018 We Are STEM event in November will focus on the following STEM areas:

  • Skilled Trades(construction science, welding, fire science, etc.)
  • Science(chemistry, biology, physics, etc.)
  • Technology(computer science, cybersecurity, etc.)
  • Engineering(engineering, logistics, mathematics, etc.)
  • Medical & Health(nursing, vet tech, etc.)

The planning committee is searching for faculty who would like to host an engaging, hands-on lab experience for students. Faculty interested in hosting a lab session can sign up here. The sign-up deadline is Friday, September 21. (The event will be Friday, November 2.)

If you have any questions, please contact please contact Kelly Fannin

or Tara Sheffer


E. JonesStrong start for volleyball team: No. 3 national ranking with a Player of the Week

Columbus State head coach Jill Yocum began her fourth season with a new era of players as nine newcomers join two returners. The talented squad members all hail from Central Ohio. After a final-four appearance at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Div. III national tournament last season, the Cougars have their sights set on making a return appearance. Currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, their record is 11-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play. What’s more, freshman Edan Jones was named the division’s Defensive Player of the Week. Read the web post here.


Free speech at Columbus State

As a new term begins, it is important to remember that organizations will periodically choose to exercise their free speech rights in outdoor areas of the Columbus and Delaware campuses, which are public spaces. This may include content some find objectionable, but these rights are protected by the First Amendment. Entities using college grounds in this manner do not represent Columbus State, its views, or policies, and their presence does not constitute an endorsement by the college.

You may wish to avoid engagement and have the right to do so, including the right to walk away. Freedom of expression law also provides you the right to express yourself and your viewpoint. Toward that end, any student or student organization may seek to reserve the use of specific outdoor areas by contacting the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership at 614-287-2637.

Columbus State may restrict any event or activity that disrupts the ability of the college to effectively and peacefully teach students, provide client services, or conduct its other business and support operations. Examples include but are not limited to excessive noise, impeding vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and conduct otherwise unlawful. Potential violations can be reported to the Columbus State Police Department.

Full college policy can be viewed here. To learn more about free speech at Columbus State, visit


Mental health first aid training in October

Similar to first aid and CPR, mental health first aid teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises. Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, and substance use – are common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year.

Identified on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices, the training helps the public better identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses. Mental health first aid is being offered free of charge at Columbus State thanks to a grant from the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County. 

This training will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (A location has not been selected.) Individuals must commit to attending the entire eight-hour training.

Click here to register. If you have questions about this mental health first aid training please contact Ameena Kemavor at  



Awareness Day for “If you see something, say something” is September 25

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated September 25 as national “If You See Something, Say Something®” Awareness Day to further increase the public’s awareness of how to recognize and report suspicious activity throughout the year. “If You See Something, Say Something” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism-related crime, and the importance of reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement.

DHS encourages institutions of colleges and universities, community organizations, and citizens to play an active role on national Awareness Day. The link above includes all types of information and learning tools and answers questions such as “What is suspicious activity?”  Check them out.


Aspiring Leaders ERG group meets this week

The Aspiring Leaders Employee Resource Group (ERG) - formerly the Young Professionals - is hosting its first meeting of the 2018-19 school year. It will be Thursday, September 20 at noon in the Library Media Studio. This is your chance to weigh in on the leadership issues that matter to you. What leadership track would you like to pursue? Are you interested in an advanced degree? Do you want to learn more about the road to teaching as an adjunct? Do you want to hear from leaders in the college and in the city? Help us frame the work for the coming year. If you have questions, contact Charlie Boss at




Kudos and welcomes

Abdikhalif Awjama – Accountant, Grants Accounting and Reporting

Charvella McKaye – Instructor, Human Services

Felicia Smith – Instructor, Mathematics

Andy Woodmansee – Instructor, Modern Languages

Louis Ricciardi – Instructor, Human Services

Janette Beckley – Instructor, Nursing

Chelsea Elliott - Advisor, College Credit Plus Services

Royce Carpenter – Instructor, Human Services

Erin Kelly –Instructor, Vet, Imaging and Surgical Tech

Katelyn Zag – Instructor, Nursing

Terrell Wallace - Annually Contracted Faculty, Design, Construction, and Trades

Jennifer Ey - Annually Contracted Faculty, Human Services

Nicholas Hardin - Annually Contracted Faculty, Mathematics

Annie Pagura - Annually Contracted Faculty, Computer Science

Katie Zag - Annually Contracted Faculty, Nursing

Kimberly Stein - Annually Contracted Faculty, Nursing

Adam Hagar - Annually Contracted Faculty, Sports, Exercise Studies and Hospitality

Heidi Kinnamon - Annually Contracted Faculty, Human Services

Debra Johnson - Annually Contracted Faculty, Human Services

Brett Sipes - Annually Contracted Faculty, English

Wahida Hanel - Annually Contracted Faculty, BPS

Susan Ward - Payroll Specialist, Payroll

Maria Santiago - Specialist, CWD

Ryan Allen - Program Coordinator, IT

Cecil Jones - Project Manager, Institutional Effectiveness

George Simon - Specialist, Telephone Information Center

Carol-Lynn Manche - Manager, Academic Testing

Leslie Melton - Director, Career Services


New Opportunities

Req2124 – Groundskeeper, Grounds

Req2148 – Access Specialist, Disability Services

Req2174 – Specialist, Telephone Information Center

Req2180 – Instructional Designer, Faculty Assistance Center

Req2181- Annually Contracted Faculty, Nursing




Submit your news to Update

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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.