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April 11, 2019

What’s good for the goose…

photo of bird nesting
The arrival of spring means baby geese will soon be hatching in the area. One goose made her nest outside Franklin Hall and the Marketing and Communications staff have been watching Mother Goose oversee her eggs. Experts say the number of Canadian Geese in Ohio has been growing. Brenda Johnson, professor and attending veterinarian in the Veterinary Technology Program says, “They can be very aggressive when protecting their nests, and it is illegal to relocate a nest once eggs are in it.” If you know of a nest that you are concerned about, Johnson recommends calling the Ohio Wildlife Center at 614-734-9453 for advice on what can be done. 

Read more here about the Canada Goose (its official name) from the National Audubon Society.


Columbus State joins alliance to strengthen opioid prevention

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Central Ohio has been hard hit by the opioid crisis in recent years, with more than 500 overdose deaths in 2017 in Franklin County alone. Research shows that public awareness of the issue is high. Sixty-six percent of Americans know there is an opioid crisis. However, only 19 percent are concerned the crisis will impact their family.

That’s why Columbus State has joined the Opioid Education Alliance. With nearly 50 members, the Alliance will help spread opioid misuse education and prevention messages through the Denial, OH campaign. Denial, OH public service announcements (PSAs) are set in the fictional town of Denial, Ohio, where residents are “in denial” that their children could become addicted to opioids.

Please check out the PSAs and educate your peers, family, and friends about the proper use and disposal of prescription opioids, and how to safely secure prescriptions. To watch the Alliance’s PSAs, or to learn more about the Alliance, visit:


Supporting Students: “I am an investor.”

photo of Chris EmswilerWe asked Chris Emswiler: “How does it make you feel supporting students through the Foundation?” He says, “I am an investor.”

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 our through payroll deduction. 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.

With the lowest tuition in the region, your dollars go farther at Columbus State. And with students applying for more scholarships than ever before, your donations ensure that our scholarships can continue to be offered each semester and help our hardworking 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.

Team attends Higher Learning Commission Conference

A team representing Columbus State attended the annual Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conference in Chicago April 5 - 9. HLC is the College’s regional accrediting body. While there, Greg Goodhart, Renee Hill, Bruce Massis, and Diana Wisse received recertification as Peer Reviewers to review colleges and universities in a 19-state region. Those Peer Reviewers can now serve on teams evaluating institutions accredited under the two remaining accreditation pathways offered by the HLC: Standard and Open. 

The pathway that Columbus State has been following since 2006 was the third pathway: Academic Quality Improvement Process (AQIP). It will be officially dissolved next year.

After Columbus State’s upcoming Comprehensive Quality Review visit by a team of HLC Peer Reviewers from October 28 - 30, the College will transition into either the Standard Pathway or the Open Pathway.

Additional team members attending the conference in Chicago included David Tom, Laurie Johns, and Teddi Lewis-Hotopp.


Ohio Space Grants

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The Ohio Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) under the auspices of NASA, held their annual Symposium and Scholarship Award event April 5 at the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI) in Brookpark, Ohio. Columbus State students from the Engineering Technology, Construction Management, and Environmental Science programs presented their research projects consisting of abstract, poster, and presentation components. The students were each presented with $1,000 scholarships. 

Pictured left to right: Engineering Technology faculty Adele Wright, students Barbara Watkins (Construction Management), Samantha Arthurs (Environmental Science Safety & Health), Andrew Cain (Engineering Technology), and Malia Mast (Construction Management)


Campus Cupboards

As part of its “Food for Thought” campaign, Staff Advisory Council will be partnering with Student Advocacy to college donations during the Wellness fair on In-Service Day on April 18.

Campus Cupboards have been set up across the College to fuel student success by making sure food is available for those in need. Donation boxes for non-perishable foods (see a list of needed items here) will remain in the following locations until April 19:

DE 037
EB 136
FR 116
FR 206
NH 022
RH 115
RH Student Central
SX office suite
TL 120
UN 531
Facilities Management breakroom


Students can apply now for health career scholarships

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On March 27, the National Ambassador Scholarship students from the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) had lunch with Curt Laird, dean of Health and Human Services. 
Each National Ambassador is eligible to receive an annual scholarship award of $5,500. Each scholar is majoring in a health academic program. To become a scholar you must meet the requirements identified here. The deadline is June 23 to apply for autumn semester.

Pictured, front row, left to right: students Taylor Lauer, Sydney Poehler, Fraol Tulema, Sydney Hoehn and Shawna Hunt. Students who were not able to attend:  Ramah Arinaga, Kevida Bowry, Teresa Coffey, Ashlee Irvin, and Julia Scott.

Back row, left to right, HCOP staff Curt Laird, Maia Randle, Terrence Brown, Crystal Bugg, Jamie Minor, and Rodger Stinson.


Nursing students participate in disaster drill

Nurses take on a variety of roles and responsibilities in the event of a disaster. Knowledge and practice managing disaster situations are important to ensure readiness when a disaster occurs. In fact, curriculum in their final semester includes emergency preparedness and disaster management.  

On April 2, 100 Columbus State nursing students participated in The Central Ohio Healthcare Preparedness Coalition’s annual full-scale exercise. It involved a mass casualty incident from a mock riot. The annual event helps Franklin County hospitals test their response capabilities to large-scale events. Several Central Ohio health systems and hospitals participated.

For Columbus State students, the exercise provided active and collaborative learning and service to the community.


Reminder: Poet Sara Abou Rashed reading at Columbus State today

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. 

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 today, 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.


Finalizing Union Cafe

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While the majority of the Union Cafe renovations took place last year, a few final touches were recently completed creating a new seating “nook” adjacent to Starbucks. What used to be a restroom is now much-needed seating for students.


What the employee needs to enroll in coverage

Full legal name of all dependents
Social Security number for all dependents
Date of birth for all dependents

Eligibility verification documents: birth certificates, adoption certificate, placement papers, tax documents (if married more than one year), marriage certificate (if married less than one year), domestic partner affidavit, working or non-working spouse affidavit (if the spouse is on the plan), Evidence of Insurability (EOI) if electing additional supplemental life or dependent supplemental life (if not elected as a newly hired employee).

To learn more about the active open enrollment and the portal, you can attend one of two informational sessions at In-Service on Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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New Website for the District

The Discovery District now has its own website operated by the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. Check it out:


Water conservation challenge

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, GreenSpot, and the Wyland Foundation have teamed up for the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. You can take steps to save water and be eligible for prizes. There are two steps. First, become a GreenSpot member at this link. Then, take the “My Water Pledge” at this link.  Help save at least 10 million gallons for the month of April. Prizes you could win include free utilities paid for a year, eco-friendly home cleaning products, e-gift card to a home improvement store, water-efficient showerhead, home water system retrofit, and more.



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Preview and RSVP for In-Service sessions

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. In order 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.


Preview and RSVP for In-Service sessions

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


Call for Volunteers

If you would like to serve as an In-Service Ambassador, please fill out this form (it will ask you to log in with your Columbus State credentials) with your preferred time slots, so we can begin to create the volunteer schedule.

If you have questions, please email

Legal Assistance available for students

A representative from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus will be on campus on Thursday, April 11 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. hosting a resource table and answering general questions in the Davidson Hall lobby. For additional dates, check CougarConnect.:

  • Benefits (Medicaid/Medicare, food stamps, Ohio Works First, SSI/SSDI, disability assistance, Title XX Child Care, unemployment compensation, and medical debt)
  • Family (Divorce, civil protection order, custody, spousal/child support)
  • Wills/advanced directives
  • Housing (Evictions, conditions problems, subsidy terminations)
  • Consumer (Foreclosure, credit card debt, consumer scams, repossessions)
  • Tax (Disputes with both the IRS and the State of Ohio)
  • Reentry (Record sealing, CQE)

Women's ERG meeting

The Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites college employees who identify as women to join us as we continue our women and workplace conversations around equity and policy. Feel free to bring your lunch and invite a colleague to join the conversation. The next meeting is today, April 11 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the multimedia studio in the lower level of the library. If you have questions about the Women’s ERG, please contact liaison Crystal Clark or Kelly Hogan.

Napoleon Bell, Sr. Award nominations

he Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion is taking nominations for the 2019 Napoleon Bell, Sr. Award. Each year, we recognize a male Central Ohio community member who demonstrates ambition, persistence, integrity, and support of Columbus State values. Those values are qualities embodied by the award's namesake.

The Bell Award was created in honor of Napoleon Arthur Bell, Sr., who was not only a prestigious attorney and a giving community leader, but also served on the Board of Trustees for many years and was its chairperson from 1992-1994. This year’s Bell Award winner will be recognized at the final MAN Initiative meeting on April 26. Nominations are due by Friday, April 12.  Click here to submit your nomination for the Bell Award. For more information, please contact Brett Welsh at extension 2426.


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.  

Quality Team Award nominations being accepted
Quality Team Award nominations will be accepted until Friday, April 26th. 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.


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. 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.



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


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.


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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Matrix for April

This month’s issue includes tips on working under pressure, being an “inclusive” role model, and spotting symptoms of mental illness in family members. Read the April issue here.


Open enrollment

Changes in open enrollment will impact all full-time, benefit-eligible employees.


Part 3 (of 4) What You Need To Know

  • All current benefits will terminate on June 30
  • The new enrollment period will begin on May 1 and end on May 31
  • A new portal - BenefitFocus – will open on May 17 and close on May 31
  • The effective date for all benefits will begin on July 1
  • NOTE: if you do not choose new benefits by May 31 you will not have coverage




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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 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.

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