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April 15, 2019

Mitchell Hall progress

 group touring building

Members of the Columbus State Foundation toured Mitchell Hall last week to get a firsthand look at the progress of the $33 million project. The facility is scheduled to open in August and will be the new home of the Hospitality Management and Culinary programs. In addition to offices, classrooms, and kitchen labs, Mitchell Hall will have a restaurant and a bakery open to the public.


Quality Team Award nominations being accepted

Get your nominations in for the annual Quality Team Awards. They will be accepted until Friday, April 26. The purpose of the team awards is to recognize groups that have used cross-division teams to improve College processes or values; have implemented innovative teaching and learning programs; and have worked collaboratively to improve student success. Projects must have been completed by March 31, 2019, to be eligible.

Team leaders should go to and download and complete the Quality Team Award application. They must also solicit a letter of support from the project’s director, chair, or cabinet member. The rubric used to score applications is also available at the link above.


In-Service Day is this week

The annual In-Service Day conference provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to learn about college resources and strategies to improve student success. Please join us on Thursday, April 18 for a day of professional development and community building.

Session Schedule
Go here to view session schedules and sign up for lunch. To see all of the breakout sessions, you will need to log into the conference webpage with your Columbus State credentials. (You are encouraged to RSVP for individual sessions.)

You will see the schedule overview at the very top. Scroll down below the FAQs to see “All Events.” Then choose “View More Events on the far right side of the page. That will connect you to the more than 50 breakout sessions. Locations for each will be announced soon.

If you have questions, please email


Volunteers needed for Cougar 5K Challenge

The annual event is just weeks away, and volunteers are needed to help prior to and on the day of the event, Saturday, May 4. If you’re available before Saturday, or on the day of the race from 8:00 a.m. – noon, contact Sherita Golden at extension 5988. 

And if you haven’t signed up for the 5K yet:

You can take part as an independent runner, or be a member on one of five teams: Rebecca Butler’s Cougar Corps, Sean Asbury’s Cougar Proud, Tina Diggs’ Cougar Striders, Terrence Brooks’ Spirited Sprinters, and Curt Laird’s Wellness Warriors. You can see all five teams and the number of members on this link.

The Cougar 5K Challenge will be held Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 a.m. on the Delaware Campus. Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, all proceeds support book scholarships for students. Register and get more information here.


Supporting Students: “It’s empowering”

D. WrightWe asked Doug Wright, “how does it make you feel supporting students through the Foundation?” He says, “It’s empowering.”

At Columbus State, helping students is at the center of everything we do. Giving to the Foundation is yet another way for every employee to support students by funding scholarships, programs, and student emergency needs. The 2019 Employee Giving Campaign runs through May 1. All donations are tax-deductible. You can donate one time or spread your gift out through payroll deductions. For example, donating $5 per paycheck turns into $120 at the end of the year! But ultimately, there is no gift too small and all gifts matter. Click here for more information or to give today.

Student Emergency Needs: We know that some of our students are one flat tire, one bus pass or one emergency away from not coming to class this semester. When you donate to “Area of Greatest Need” a portion of your dollar will fund our student emergency need program. There we can begin to meet the out-of-the-classroom needs of our students. Click here for more information or to give.

As a bonus, any employee who has donated in the past year up until May 1 will be entered into a drawing for a reserved parking space on the Columbus Campus. If you have questions or would like for a member of the Foundation to speak with your staff or a group on campus, contact Jesse Jones, annual fund officer, at extension 5101.  


SafeZone 102 workshop this week

safezone logoJoin Global Diversity & Inclusion for an open SafeZone 102 workshop on Friday, April 19 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in TL 215. Everyone who has participated in a SafeZone 101 workshop is encouraged to attend. SafeZone is a series of workshops aimed at developing informed and effective allies of the LGTBQ+ community. SafeZone 102 specifically focuses on transgender and non-binary experiences. Register for the workshop here. For more information please contact Brett Welsh.


Be part of the next Campus Resource Fair

Columbus State’s Open House for prospective high school students is coming up. Throughout the day, future students will have an opportunity to hear what Columbus State offers. They will experience a self-selected academic and career pathways break-out session, take a guided walking tour of campus, and much more. 

One key portion of the event is the Campus Resource Fair. It features information about student support departments and academic programs. The Campus Resource Fair will be held on Friday, April 26 from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall west student lounge. (Orginally scheduled for 30 minutes, the Resource Fair will now be held for 45 minutes.)

If you are interested in hosting a resource table featuring your department or program at the Open House, please contact Jessica Bagby, assistant for Future Student Experience, Events, and Programs.


Sweets for the soul bake sale

On the menu: banana pudding, sweet potato pie, red velvet cake, and brownies. The bake sale will be held on
Tuesday, April 16
in the Davidson Hall lounge and on Wednesday, April 17 outside of Nestor Hall. The hours on both days will be 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The funds will go toward promoting leadership and student engagement on campus. More information is here.


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photo of violinPaganini’s violin coming to Columbus

Considered by many to be the most famous violin in the world, Niccolò Paganini’s “Cannone” violin will be traveling to Columbus for the first time. It will be on display May 11 - 19 at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 East Broad St., Columbus. The Greater Columbus Sister Cities International is among the sponsors for this violin exchange program. The violin will also be part of a public performance by the Columbus Symphony on May 15 at the Ohio Theater. Details for both events are here.


At the Movies

Ahead of Earth Day on Monday, April 22, Disneynature - the film production arm of Disney - will release “Penguins.” The wide-release film opens Wednesday, April 17. The G-rated movie is a documentary-style film following a penguin in the Antarctic. The trailer and information are here.



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Become a QPR Instructor

Question. Persuade. Refer. (QPR) is a proven suicide prevention gatekeeper course that reduces suicidal behaviors and saves lives by providing innovative and practical skills to trainees. Instructors are trained and certified by the QPR Institute, to offer college-wide evidence-based suicide prevention training.

We are actively looking for new QPR Instructors to join our team. Becoming a QPR Instructor is a great way to develop essential leadership skills and community relationships. Do you have a sincere interest in saving lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training to colleagues and students? If so, please complete the online application no later than April 19. Applications will be reviewed and a brief in-person meet-and-greet session will be offered to finalists.

For technical questions about the online QPR Instructor application, contact Genevieve Sharron, Student Engagement & Leadership at extension 2824.

For questions about being a QPR instructor contact Ameena Kemavor, senior director, Counseling Services, at extension 2818

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of harm to self or others, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. You may also contact Netcare Access at 614-276-2273 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or contact the national crisis text line at #741741.     


Fundraiser for Honors Program

The Columbus State Community College Honors Program is teaming up with Chipotle for a fundraiser. It will allow one-third of proceeds at the event to go directly back into the program. Here’s how it works: When checking out, show the fundraising flyer on your phone or print it out. (You can find the brochure here.) Or, you can also tell the cashier you are there for the Columbus State Honors Program fundraiser. Proceeds will allow the program to offer more academic activities, bring in speakers, and give back to the community.  

The fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Chipotle at 1000 North High Street, Columbus.

Here’s how it works: When checking out, show the fundraising flyer on your phone or print it out. (You can find the brochure here.) Or, you can also tell the cashier you are there for the Columbus State Honors Program fundraiser. Proceeds will allow the program to offer more academic activities, bring in speakers, and give back to the community.   


Department of College Recreation & Wellness (CRW) offerings

Group classes

H.I.T.T. at noon
Roll and stretch at 12:30 p.m.

Yoga at 5:30 p.m.

Kettlebell express at 11:00 a.m.
Roll and stretch at 11:30 a.m.

Total body conditioning at 11:00 a.m.
Yoga at noon

Group classes are held in Delaware Hall room 158.

Self-Defense Program
This empowering self-defense training for men and women combines fitness training and martial arts. It is taught by experienced instructors on the Columbus Campus. All classes are provided free of charge. 

You can take a few classes, or progress through four levels of training where you will learn valuable techniques to keep yourself and others safe. 

Mondays at 5:00 p.m., Thursdays at 10:00 a.m., and Fridays at noon.

All self-defense classes are held in the Columbus State Police Department Training Room in Delaware Hall room 047

CRW Podcast
The health and wellness podcast, Guidance with Grace, can be heard on SoundCloud. It is updated regularly throughout the year. It is also available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Spotify.

More department information is here. If you have questions, email


DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops

Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Wednesday, April 24
9:00-10:00 a.m.
CT 119
Register here:


Testing Center: Successful Test Preparation and Submission
Friday, April 19
10:00-11:00 a.m.
CT 106
Register here:


Blackboard Grade Center Small Group
Tuesday, April 30
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 119
Register here:


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College Knowledge

In order to orient new employees to the College, and help all employees stay abreast of organizational changes and initiatives, we Human Resources holds twice-yearly “College Knowledge” conversations with each of the College's divisions: Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Student Services, Marketing & Communications, Informational Technology, General Counsel, and Business Administration. This month, join the Information Technology (IT) department for an interactive session where you can learn helpful tips that benefit students and employees at Columbus State. It will be held on Friday, April 26 at 9:00 a.m.

If you’re interested in any of the classes, please register by logging in to Cornerstone and under the “Learning” tab go to the “Events Calendar.” Click on the event listed under the date listed above and Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)




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