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January 7, 2019

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The monthly First Wednesday meeting will actually be held on the “Second Wednesday” of the month, which is this week, January 9. Location: Union Cafe


Author, activist Michael Eric Dyson speaking at Columbus State Jan. 30

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Columbus State Community College will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at our 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration, featuring author and news personality Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as the keynote speaker.

Dyson, professor of sociology at Georgetown University, is an author, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, an MSNBC political analyst, a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an ordained Baptist minister for more than 30 years. He is the author of nearly 20 books, including most recently What Truth Sounds Like and Tears We Cannot Stop.

Columbus State has been proud to host many high-visibility speakers for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration. The College honors Dr. King near but not on the MLK Jr. holiday to maximize opportunities for students, faculty and staff participation on a date classes are in session. Past speakers have included Angela Davis, Donna Brazile, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Dick Gregory.

This is Dyson’s second appearance at Columbus State; he first spoke at the Day of Celebration event in 2012. He will conclude his appearance with a book signing. Copies of What Truth Sounds Like will be available for sale. (Columbus State is partnering with The Ohio State University to host the appearance; Dyson will also speak at Ohio State later on Jan. 30.)

The event featuring Dyson will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30 at Nestor Hall Auditorium. Tickets - free with registration- are available here.  



Columbus Dispatch profiles president and the College

President Harrison was featured in a Page One story in the Thursday, January 3 print edition of the Columbus Dispatch. (It was published online January 2.) Titled "Partner in progress," the profile highlights the important partnerships he has developed in Central Ohio. The story includes comments from Jack Hershey, president and CEO of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, and Kenny McDonald, Columbus 2020 CEO. You can read the story here.

The Dispatch followed up on Saturday, January 5 with an editorial favorably comparing Columbus State (and others) to struggling state and federal government entities. According to the editorial, Columbus State is among institutions that “just work.” On social media, the Dispatch provided a Tweet with a link to the article. Dr. Harrison retweeted while adding the comment, “@cscc_edu faculty and staff are the best around. They work every day to help students reach their goals and make the @CBUSRegion and Ohio stronger. Very fortunate to be on their team.”

You can read the editorial here.

2018 year in review

 As Columbus State ushers in 2019, we take a look back at a few highlights from 2018. Well-known speakers engaged us early on. Groundbreaking for a new building brought renewed attention to our award-winning Hospitality Program. Summertime included a visit by the Governor of Ohio and a record-setting Taste the Future, while Autumn Semester began with the unveiling of the renovated Union Cafe on the Columbus Campus. See the headlines and pictures here.

Career Services now available on Delaware Campus

Beginning this semester, Career Services will offer on-site programming, services, and resources on the Delaware Campus. This service will be available to all currently enrolled students and alumni up to one-year post-graduation.

A top priority of Career Services is to ensure that every Columbus State student is career-ready upon completion of their academic program. The goal is to equip all students with the knowledge and skills that will aid in increasing their awareness of self, bolstering their confidence, and enhancing their understanding of the financial implications of their career decision making.

The Career Services team is working diligently to connect with faculty, academic programs, and employers to ensure that our students benefit from profession-specific skills development through workshops, externships, mentorship, networking, and internship opportunities By providing a presence on the Delaware Campus, we are moving one step closer to our goal of helping all students become career-ready.

The following are just some of the services now available to Delaware Campus students:

In-person Career Advising
This service provides an opportunity for Delaware Campus students to work one-on-one with a career counselor who can assist interactively with career decision making and planning; job search correspondence including resumes, cover letters, CVs, and application assistance; interviewing skills and mock interviews; and professional development and etiquette.

Mock Interview Program
Students may submit a cover letter, resume, and job description of choice in preparation for a live interview with a career counselor.

Drop-in Advisement
Don't have an appointment? No need to worry. "Drop-Ins" provide a great opportunity for students to talk one-on-one with a career counselor, and serves as their first step in the counseling process.

Career Workshops
Career Services will hold career workshops such as effective resume writing, job search strategies by industry, and networking. Cougar Connect has a list of workshops for the Delaware Campus.

Career Quest
Career Quest is the Columbus State hub for job and internship listings.

On-Site Employer Visits and Informational Sessions
Career Services team members are working with employers in the Delaware area to bring students exposure to local employment opportunities.

For more information visit the Career Services website or call extension 2782.

New Hours for Delaware Campus Testing Center

The Delaware Campus Testing Center has new hours beginning on Monday, January 14.
Monday – Thursday:  10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Third Friday live on Columbus and Delaware campuses 

Save the Date: Friday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Join the next Third Friday where our conversation will be focused on our goal of increasing the percent of students completing college math and English gateway courses during year one. Completion is currently 18.9 percent. We want to increase it to 30 percent.

Learn what’s happening with our co-requisite courses and discuss with colleagues how we support our students during the first semester they are enrolled and in subsequent terms. Everyone is invited. We especially encourage faculty across disciplines, advisors, testing support, College Completion team members, Professional Development leaders, Student Support personnel, and regional learning center support staff. Register here on Cornerstone for a spot on the campus of your choice. Seating is limited.

Career Center Fire Service Program visits Columbus State

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High school students who are cadets in the Fire Service Program at the Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) ventured to the Columbus Campus on Thursday, December 13. Scott Gano, assistant professor, EMS Technology, and Doug Wright, program coordinator in Facilities Planning, Design, & Construction, hosted the 35 cadets for the field trip. While here, they experienced the 3D virtual cadaver lab and took a campus tour. President Harrison spoke to the group during their lunch in Union Cafe. More photos from the DACC field trip can be found here on their Facebook page.  .


Screening for film written, produced by recent graduate

Joseph Ponder, who received an associate degree in Sports and Exercise in 2015, has arranged a local screening of his new film “The Crossover that Won the Game.” The inspirational 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.

The screening will be held Sunday, January 13 at 4:00 p.m. at the Gateway Film Center, 1550 North High St., Columbus. Purchase tickets here. See the movie trailer here.

Ponder also has a New Year message of gratitude for the staff and faculty who helped him persevere as tragedy struck during his final semester at Columbus State:

“For three long years, I toiled working on my degree. Unfortunately, right before I was due to graduate, my son was brutally gunned down in Jacksonville, Florida. I was losing focus and was now flunking out. However, the staff and faculty in Sport & Exercise Studies pulled me to the side and said, ‘You are going to go to Florida and bury your son and then return to walk across that stage for the both of you.’ I have shed many of tears on the shoulders of the staff of the department. In the end, they pulled me across that stage. I owe my life to these people.”

Reminders ahead of the semester


Food Service Hours

January 7 – 10 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
January 11 – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closed January 12 and 13 (Saturday and Sunday)
Normal hours resume on Monday, January 14

Closed until January 14

Closed until January 14

Union Cafe and Starbucks
Closed until January 14

Help Desk Hours

This week: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Closed Saturday and Sunday)

Normal hours resume January 14





Self-review assistance

One-on-one assistance is available to complete self-reviews or manager reviews in the Professional Development and Retention conference room. Dates and times are listed below. If possible, send Rich James, HR Program Coordinator, an email in advance so that he knows that you will be stopping by. There are only a couple of workstations available at a time.

The conference room is located in the 366 N. Sixth St. building (formerly the SX building) on the far west side of the Columbus Campus. Enter the building from the parking lot side. You will need to ring a doorbell to be let into the hallway. Email Rich or call him at extension 2175.

Drop in Times
Monday, January 7, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 9, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Monday, January 14, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 16, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 17, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Important reminder:

The current review does not automatically import your 2018 goals. In each review section, you will see a button that says "Select Goals." Click “Select Goals” to see a list of all your approved items for that category. Check all the items, then click “Add.” This will add the goals or key responsibilities (KRs) to your review. Remember that only approved goals/KRs, and approved modifications will appear in the review.

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January Webinar

Don’t wait: get motivated now!
Do you find you’re always putting off your goals? Maybe you always tell yourself you’ll "start Monday." Today is the day to start! This webinar will discuss different types of motivation, tips for getting motivated, and how you can stay motivated and reach your goals. Presented on January 8 at 3:00 p.m. Register here. Username: matrix; password: matrix. 


January Matrix Monitor

Enthusiasm, empathy, and resolving relationship problems at work are all covered this month. Read more.


Blackboard training

Blackboard Fundamentals small group

Friday, January 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in CT 119

Are you new to using Blackboard? Do you want to better understand college policies and processes for designing and copying courses? Want to know how to get timely help with troubleshooting or content design? If you said "yes" to any of these questions then this Blackboard Fundamentals workshop is for you. Register.


Blackboard Grade Center small group

Friday, January 25 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in CT 119

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.

All College faculty are required to use the Grade Center in Blackboard. According to a resolution approved by Academic Council: In order to increase student success, the OAA Digital Learning Committee recommends that all Columbus State faculty employ the Blackboard Grade Center for students in a manner which allows students to determine, at any point during the term, their current grade in the course (e.g. a running average; running total, weighted or unweighted; other up-to-date benchmark that allows a student to compare their performance to that course’s overall standards of assessment).  Register.


Testing Center: Successful Test Preparation and Submission

Monday, January 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in CT 106

Faculty members, do you use the Testing Center? Have you had questions or concerns about the process? Forms and policies have undergone recent changes and we want to make it easier for you! This session will provide details on the best way for you to set up your test in Blackboard, submit it using the proper forms to the Testing Center, and go over how and when to give your tests to Disability Services. There will be three parts to this session, each led by a representative of the Faculty Assistance Center, College Testing Services, and Disability Services. Register.


Blackboard Features

Monday, February 4 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in CT 106

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! Register.


Blackboard Assignments

Friday, February 8 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. in CT 106.

This hands-on workshop covers creating, uploading, and grading assignments. You can also look at assignments from the student point of view. We will also show you how to effectively use drafts, rubrics, and Turnitin. Register.


Blackboard Tests and Quizzes

Friday, February 8 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in CT 106

Discover all the ways to create tests and quizzes in Blackboard in this hands-on workshop. We will go over test pools, random blocks, test exceptions, and feedback options. We will also cover how to extract a Blackboard test using Respondus and how to set up a test in Respondus Lockdown browser. Register.


Blackboard's Multimedia Tools

Wednesday, February 13 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in CT 106

This hands-on workshop offers best practices on adding video to your course and the related copyright and captioning issues. Learn tricks involving PowerPoint, adding graphics, how to make online interactive games with StudyMate, and more!  Register.


Introduction to SoftChalk

Friday, February 22 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. in CT 106

SoftChalk is an easy-to-use digital curriculum authoring solution that lets you take content you already have, combine it with resources from the web, and turn it into easy-to-navigate, professional-looking, interactive, web-based modules — perfect for online learning and integrated into Blackboard. Learn how to create a simple SoftChalk presentation in this workshop, led by Melissa Logue, Associate Professor of Spanish. Register.  





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 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. 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 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Wednesday edition of Campus Life. Campus Life headlines are sent to students via email each Wednesday during the semester.