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April 29, 2019

Open Enrollment registration link now available

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With significant changes requiring everyone to actively enroll or re-enroll for health care benefits, Human Resources has set up multiple dates in May for information and training sessions. If you do nothing, you will lose health care benefits for you and your dependents.

Complete details about the new system, along with registration links, are located here.


Earth Day at Columbus State

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 Earth Day 2019 did not go unnoticed at Columbus State. Many members of the Facilities Operations met outside between Eibling and Madison halls on April 22 to plant a dogwood tree. They were assisted by students in a Landscape Management class.


Distinguished Teaching Award finalists

Ten faculty members were selected as finalists for the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award. Out of 122 nominations submitted between November 1, 2017, to October 31, 2018, 25 were selected to submit portfolios. The 10 selected finalists are being observed this semester. All finalists and the four winners will be recognized at the Employee Recognition Awards on June 26. Please congratulate these 10 Finalists:

Cathy Bill
Daniel Chaney
Charla Fraley
Marc Lord
Jennifer Mauck
Margaret Owens
Karen Rippe
Felicia Smith
Leslie Smith
Sharon Stickley


New directors for Financial Aid and Admissions

Jerry Wade, who has been a senior analyst in The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, has been named Columbus State’s new Financial Aid Director following the retirement of Dave Metz. As a longtime financial aid professional with experience at Ohio State, Capital, Wittenberg, and Butler universities, Wade brings a combination of skills and experiences ideal for the role of director. Wade made the transition to his new position last week.

Justin Grote will be the new Director of Admissions beginning May 16. He currently serves in that role at DeVry University in Columbus. Allen Kraus, vice president, Marketing Communications and Enrollment Management, says, “Justin’s strategic student recruitment experience and his commitment to building and supporting strong teams made a positive impression on many who met him during the interview process.”   

Career Services celebrates Student Employment Awards

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Pictured, left to right: Amber Herron, Ousmane Sorgho, Jinell Williams, Brittany Barrett, Maria Palatsky, and Mohamed Fofana.

The Student Employment Awards reception is the culmination of Student Employment Week activities. On April 19, three teams of student employees, 11 individual student employees, and two student employment supervisors were recognized.

Brittany Barret, supervisor in the Center for Advising Support & Exploration, was named the inaugural Student Employment Supervisor of the Year. Her nominator shared, “She encompasses the exact mission of Columbus State Community College. She educates, inspires and provides opportunities for students to reach their goals - goals that some didn’t realize were possible before.”

Santiago Pinto, Diversity Peer Educator in Global Diversity and Inclusion, was named the Student Employee of the Year for his leadership, desire to improve and grow, and modeling of positive behaviors to all students, all while maintaining a high focus on academics.


Students present work at science conference

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Columbus State was represented at a recent conference when students Cassady Croy and Cody Null presented their research at the Ohio Academy of Science annual meeting on April 13 in Columbus. They are students of Anjali Gupta, assistant professor of biological and physical sciences. Croy, a chemistry major, presented “The Effects of O I Contamination on Suzaku Data.” Null, a physics major, presented “Missing Baryons and the Warm-Hot Circum-Galactic Medium of Late Tpe Galaxy NGC3221.” The meeting was held at the Columbus State Conference Center in WD. Pictured, left to right, Crow, Gupta, and Null.



IT training class

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. Thursday, May 2 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in WD 206

If you are interested, 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.)


5K countdown: It's not too late to register

The countdown is on as the annual Cougar 5K Challenge is less than two weeks away. 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.

Still Needed: 5K volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help prior to and on the day of the event. If you’re available sometime before Saturday, May 4, or on the actual day of the race from 8:00 a.m. - noon, contact Sherita Golden at extension 5988. 


Therapy dog on Columbus Campus

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Pepper the therapy dog is coming to the Library to rescue students (and faculty and staff) from the stress of finals! Pepper will be on the Library's first floor on today, April 29 from noon - 2:00 p.m. and on the second floor on Monday, May 6 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Stop by..

Foundation fundraiser tomorrow

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Stop by Platform Beer Co. tomorrow, April 30 from 3:00 p.m. to midnight. One dollar from each beer sold will be donated to the Columbus State Foundation. Platform Beer Co. is located at 408 N. 6th St., Columbus. Click here for the Facebook event page and to invite others.

Workshop on housing and evictions

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Columbus State and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus are sponsoring a free workshop this week on housing and eviction. It will be held Thursday, May 2 from 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. in the Library Media Studio. More information is here.






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Columbus Modern Dance Company

The Columbus Modern (CoMo) Dance Company is taking over the Topiary Park for a special Mother’s Day family-friendly event among the topiaries. "Mother's Day Tea in the Garden" is CoMo's seventh annual outdoor springtime performance. Follow modern dancers on a journey through the garden with site-specific dance works.  It will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Topiary Park, 480 East Town St., Columbus. There is no charge but registering online is recommended. More information, including registration, is located here.



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Spring Concert Tuesday night

The Columbus State Concert Band and Woodwind Ensemble’s Spring Concert will feature the local premiere of three pieces which the band participated in commissioning. The guest artist is Columbus Symphony violinist Olev Viro who will perform the “Theme from Schindler’s List” by John Williams.

Band Director Thomas Lloyd will present a video presentation on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Concert Band. The Woodwind Ensemble will perform works by J.C. Bach, Blas Maria Colomer, Florence Price, and Alexey Koslenko. For more information contact Thomas Lloyd. The concert is free of charge and will be held Tuesday, April 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the WD fourth floor Ballroom. It can also be viewed live, or watched later, at

Retirement and estate planning seminar

Presenters from Manning & Napier Inc. are Kyle Ryan, vice president and client consultant, and Tom Lesko, senior wealth management consultant.

The retirement and estate planning seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 30 from noon - 1:00 p.m. in the Media Studio in the lower level of the Library. Lunch is provided. Seats are limited so you must RSVP here. Family members of employees are invited.


Nursing Students to hold campus Health Fair 

Graduating nursing students will host a campus Health Fair next week. They have prepared educational offerings covering a wide variety of health topics affecting our community. They range from nutrition, emergency preparedness, physical fitness, human trafficking, substance abuse, and organ donation to name a few. Additional issues include mental health, domestic violence, family planning, cancer, and smoking cessation.

The Health Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 1 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the courtyard outside Nestor Hall. (Rain location: Nestor Hall study lounges.) The Health Fair is open to the entire College. Students will engage participants by offering activities, games, popcorn, cotton candy, and raffle prizes.

On May 2 and 4, students will again present their topics and educational offerings at the United Methodist Free Store on Parsons Avenue.

Here’s how you can assist: Students are requesting that you drop off personal hygiene donations such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant at the Health Fair. Those items will then be donated to the Free Store.

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
Tuesday, April 30
1:00-2:00 p.m.
CT 119
Register here:



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