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April 1, 2019

Kim Hall honored with commendation

 photo president and Kim Hall

At Thursday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, President Harrison presented Kim Hall with a commendation recognizing her service and leadership to the College from 2012 until January this year. Hall, who was a senior vice president and general counsel, accepted a position in Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s cabinet as director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.


Cougar 5K Challenge quickly approaching – sign up now

The annual Cougar 5K Challenge is just one month away. If you haven’t done so, sign up so you can race your coworkers in this fun competition. If a more leisurely pace is your style, you have the option to walk the course. A 5K is just over three miles.

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. At press time, Asbury’s team was in the lead with 34 participants. Brooks’ team was a distant fifth with 14. 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.

Dresden, Germany partnership continues in the fall

Planning is underway for Columbus State faculty and students to head to Dresden, Germany as part of an ongoing exchange which began last year. At that time, faculty members from Berufliches Schulzentrum fur Elektrotechnik Dresden, a school known as BSZET, visited Columbus State. Some of our faculty spent time there last month to build a plan of study for an upcoming visit to Dresden for Columbus State students in September.

A German publication wrote about the visitors from our College. You can read it here. Pictured in the top left of the article is Paul Carringer and Charla Fraley, associate professors in Business Programs. Carringer is in the center. They were presenting a Columbus State pennant at the office of the Lord Mayor for the City of Dresden.

The exchange program is now seeking at least 10 Columbus State students and two Columbus State faculty members to return to Dresden. The trip will be September 5 - 17. In coming months, those selected will take part in training and preparation to learn German culture and language and to be ambassadors of Columbus and Columbus State.   

group photo

Columbus State faculty members representing manufacturing, engineering, business, and media creation technologies, met with BSZET school faculty and staff, in Dresden, Germany, the week of March 9. From the left: Charla Fraley, Columbus State; Robert Ridsdill, BSZET; Rita Maricocchi, BSZET; Henry Bawden, Columbus State; Paul Carringer, Columbus State; Bernd Petschke, BSZET;  and Shane Bendele, Columbus State.


Poet Sara Abou Rashed reading at Columbus State Library

In honor of National Poetry Month, Columbus-based poet Sara Abou Rashed will speak at the Library. Rashed escaped war-torn Syria with her family in 2013 before settling in Ohio. 

In 2015 she won the Columbus District Poetry Slam and the Ohio Poetry Association High School Contest. The following year she won the Denison University Book Award. Rashed has also given a TEDx Talk and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Last year, she debuted A Map of Myself, a one-woman theatrical production about her immigration experience.

Now studying International Relations and Creative Writing at Denison University, Rashed continues to write about immigration, war, and the meaning of home. She will perform on Thursday, April 11, at 4:00 p.m. in the Multimedia Studio in the lower level of the Library.

You may RSVP here. To learn more about Rashed, visit her website.


Healthy Relationships Week

Join Victim Advocacy and Counseling Services for Columbus State’s third annual Healthy Relationships Week now through April 5. The focus will include building healthy relationships and where to get help for yourself or a friend or relative.

Jill Davis, who is with the Sexual Assault Response Network of Central Ohio, will present “Lead the Change: End Sexual Violence in Your Community” on Tuesday, April 2 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio.

The Healthy Relationships Fair will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Nestor Hall West Lounge.  

The One Love Escalation Workshop will be held on Thursday, April 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. Participants will learn the signs of an abusive relationship and how to seek help.

A list of all events can be found here.



in case you missed it

Information session for OU higher education programs

Ohio University will return to the Columbus Campus to host an open session for their Higher Education and Student Affairs programs. Peter Mather and Laura Harrison, both from OU, will be on hand to talk about the university’s Masters in Higher Education and Executive Doctorate Higher Education programs. Stop by to learn more about the programs and curriculum.

The session will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from noon – 1:00 p.m. in WD 1094.


“Improv for Interviews” workshop for students

Career Services is offering an “Improv for Interviews” workshop. Led by Barbara Allen, Professional Development and Retention Department coordinator and experienced improvisational actress and director, students will learn the practical applications and connections between “improv” and leadership.

Improvisation - or improv - is a form of theater in which the plot, characters, and dialogue of a game, scene or story, are made up in the moment. The skills and mindset that come from learning improvisational techniques span far beyond the world of theater. It is being incorporated in professional development training across the country. This workshop will include fun, interactive activities that will help students be able to think quickly on their feet, recover from making a misstep, and see the interview process in a whole new light! 

The workshop for students will be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the media studio in the lower level of the Library. For more information on how to sign up, please go here.


Annual Writers Conference

The 16th annual Writers Conference sponsored by the English Department includes workshops on the craft of writing and a book fair featuring local presses and authors.

This year's keynote speaker is David Wanczyk, author of “Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind” in 2018 (Swallow Press).  He has also placed essays, poetry, and criticism in magazines such as SlateBoston Globe MagazineTexas Monthly, BrevityPank, and Woolf Studies Annual and is the editor of the literary journal New Ohio Review.

The Writers Conference, which is free and open to the public, includes a continental breakfast. It will be held on Saturday, April 6 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom on the fourth floor of WD.

Please see the Writers Conference website for the complete schedule of presenters. 

Faculty Idea Exchange accepting presentation proposals

The annual Faculty Idea Exchange (FIX) in June continues to accept presentation proposals for the Lost in Translation: Connecting with the Student Mind 2019 conference. This conference is open to all Ohio higher education faculty members and experts. Proposals should be based on instructional communication strategies and their link to student success.

There are two formats to choose from:
Traditional  - A 50-minute presentation including time for questions

PechaKucha (Lightning Talk) – a fast-paced 20-slide presentation, delivered in a six-minute and 40-second time slot.

Submit a proposal by Friday, April 10 at Examples include talks on motivation, effective study strategies, technology in the classroom, and teaching best practices. Conference representatives will contact you by April 15 with your status.

If you have questions please contact Columbus State faculty members Tracy Koski, Patricia May-Woods, or Ron Elizaga.

The FIX conference will be held on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Center for Workforce Development, 315 Cleveland Ave., Columbus.


Calling former Columbus State student employees

Did you get your start as a work-study student at Columbus State? Career Services is seeking former student employees to be on a panel for our Student Employment Week programming Wednesday, April 17. If you are open to sharing your experience on starting as a student employee and transitioning to a staff or faculty member at CSCC, please contact Amanda Perk at


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 information is here. If you have questions, email CRW at



W-2 information for 2018

Through ADP, our W-2 provider, employees are able to access W-2 forms around the clock.

 How to Register on ADP W-2 Services
Go to
2. Click “Register Now”
3. Enter the Registration Pass Code which is: 1COUGAR-TS  (case sensitive)
4. Enter your Name and select W-2 Services
5. The following information is required for validation purposes:

  • Full Social Security Number
  • Employee ID #   
  • Company Code from Box D   : VJC (case sensitive)
  • Employee Zip Code
  • Tax Year

You will be prompted to complete a registration process during which you will select a unique password.  Your password must contain between 8 to 20 characters and at least one alpha and one numeric character. Additionally, you will be assigned a system generated User ID.  Once you have completed the registration process, you should “Bookmark” or “Add to your Favorites” the new URL

If you need assistance accessing this website to retrieve your W-2, please contact Janiece Brunner in the payroll department at extension 5617. .


Assistance with tax returns

Business Programs Department Tax Practice students, along with faculty, will once again be providing free income tax return assistance. Tax preparation sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 – noon. The service starts this week and continues through April 13 in Delaware Hall room 212.

Appointments can be made by calling Hands-on-Columbus at 211.  This service is open to all Columbus State students and the surrounding community.  Contact Terrie Stolte if you have questions. Please note that this service will not be available during Spring Break in March.


IT training classes 

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.)

Timesavers for emailing in Outlook: Do you wish that you could send outgoing emails in Outlook more efficiently?  Join our session to learn about Outlook shortcuts and features. This hands-on training is designed for users who have mastered the basic features of the Outlook Desktop application. Topics include: drafting repetitive emails with ease and using Quick Steps to automate common tasks. Thursday, March 28 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall 310.

Introduction to WebEx: Does your department use WebEx for online meetings? Do you need to include external contacts or students in your meeting? Join this session to learn how to participate in audio/video conference calls through WebEx. You can have a discussion with teammates, choose a file or application to share, and record the meeting for future reference. Attend this session to learn more. Tuesday, April 2 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or Thursday, May 2 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in WD 206

If you have questions, contact Michelle Guendelsberger at extension 5899.

Achievement Analytics training for employees 

Achievement Analytics – Basics 
Friday, March 29 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in WD206

Participants will receive an overview of the Achievement Analytics website and learn how Achievement Analytics can help you make decisions with the use of consistent, transparent data. The site includes items such as information on enrollment, course sections, census day data elements, multiple student success metrics, and other academic program level data elements. Reports, such as a College Scorecard, and other benchmarking information are also available directly from Achievement Analytics. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.

Achievement Analytics – Reports 
Friday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m. - noon in WD206 

Participants will receive an overview of the Reports section of the Achievement Analytics website, which contains student-level data.  A basic overview of FERPA will be provided.  Achievement Analytics - Basics is a prerequisite to this course. Register on Cornerstone by going to the Events Calendar tab under Learning.


DEIS Blackboard Faculty Training Workshops

Blackboard and Interactive Learning
Are you ready to increase student engagement in your online courses? In this session, learn how to use Blackboard features that promote student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction. Interact with your students using video, audio, text, and real-time communication methods. Join us in the Digital Education and Instructional Services (DEIS) lab in the CT building for a technical and pedagogical overview of Blackboard's student engagement features. Note: Basic knowledge of Blackboard is required.


Blackboard’s Multimedia Tools
Friday, April 5
10:00-11:00 a.m.
CT 106

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Blackboard Tests & Quizzes
Monday, April 8
11:00 a.m.-noon
CT 106

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

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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:


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.