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April 4, 2019

Courageous Conversations: Women’s Voices wins award

photo of A. Shipley accepting award

Aletha Shipley, vice president and CFO, left, and Lori Gage, Conference Center coordinator, accept the award at the conference in Pittsburgh.

Columbus State is the recipient of a prestigious award from The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors – International (ACCED-I). At its conference on March 24 - 27 in Pittsburgh, the ACCED-I presented the College with the “Outstanding Institutional Achievement Award for a Single Event” for “Courageous Conversations: Women’s Voices.”

The award recognizes Columbus State’s demonstration of both campus and community-wide collaboration with signification innovation in the delivery of an event. The Courageous Conversation committee organized six events over three months. Committee members were: Karina Brown (chair), Sarah Baker (co-chair), Laura Contrucci, Judith Dann, Desiree Polk-Bland, Crystal Clark, Mary Lewis, Marilyn Howard, Judith Anderson, Terrence Brooks, Amaal Shehabi, Julie Zaveloff, Jasmine Marks, Renee Fambro, Luke Robson, Yolando Zenteno, Tracy Lamar-Nicoli, Dianne Fidelibus, Jan Rogers, Barbara Smith-Allen, Annie Clausen, Tracy Lamar-Nicoli, Rebecca Butler, and Kim Hall.


Of the 12 higher education nominees, Columbus State was the only community college. Other nominees included such collegiate powerhouses as the University of Notre Dame, California State University Maritime Academy, and the University of Tennessee.



Dental Hygiene program featured on front page

Columbus State’s Dental Hygiene program was featured in a front-page story in the Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday. It outlines a partnership with Stowe Mission of Central Ohio, which allows economically challenged residents to receive free dental care. Read the full story here.


CityScene Magazine

There are two Columbus State connections are nominated for the CityScene Magazine “Best of the 'Bus 2019 Awards.” Taste the Future is nominated as one of the Best Charitable Galas (No. 28 on the list). And Jennifer McCord, Business Programs instructor, is nominated as one of the “Best Local Social Media Influencers” (No. 68). Vote for both now at this link. You can read about the awards here.


Open enrollment is changing

Changes in open enrollment will impact all full-time, benefit-eligible employees. This year, all employees must re-enroll or waive coverage. All current benefits terminate on June 30, 2019.

Benefit elections made during the active open enrollment period from May 1 - 31 will be effective on July 1.

Also new: There will be a Columbus State online portal – BenefitFocus – which will allow users to monitor their coverage, dependents, and more. BenefitFocus will go live beginning on May 17.

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.

Additional information about open enrollment and the changes will be posted in upcoming Update editions.


Ohio mathematics service award

L. Wayand acepts award
Wayand, left, with John Nedel, president of OhioMATYC. 

Lee Wayand
, associate professor, has received the 2019 Ohio Mathematics Association of Two-Year Colleges (OhioMATYC) Distinguished Service Award. His Ohio Department of Higher Education and Ohio Transfer Module leadership has allowed Columbus State to be at the forefront of mathematics pathway development.

The new Quantitative Reasoning course (Math 1123), which Wayand developed with colleagues Julia Shew and Sherry Crawford-Eyen, is one of the first of its kind in Ohio. The course was designed to promote critical thinking and reasoning skills, making it the best choice for Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree-seeking students. 

In addition, Lee has collaborated with Ohio State University mathematics faculty and the Ohio Mathematics Initiative. He’s currently leading a team of more than 20 full-time Columbus State mathematics faculty developing a new STEM pathway to fully prepare students for calculus.

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Attending the OhioMATYC conference March 29 - 30 at Mohican State Park were, front row: Jennifer Dragoo, Evelyn Kirschner, Karen Starin, Sara Hardin, Liz Betzel, and Kris Montgomery. Back row: Phil MacLean, John Nedel, Scott Thompson, Rita Ralph, and Nick Hardin.


Napoleon Bell, Sr. Award nominations

Photo of N. Bell

The 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


Students can apply to be a Diversity Peer Educator

The Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion is now hiring 2019-2020 Diversity Peer Educators. Diversity Peer Educators are paid student leaders who help coordinate different campus life programs focused on building an inclusive and supportive community. This is a great opportunity to be a part of a dynamic team and develop hands-on leadership skills. Three information sessions will be offered next week: April 8, April 9, April 10. Contact Brett Welsh for more information about the Diversity Peer Educator program. More information is here.

Busy time at Testing Centers

As finals week approaches each semester, the Testing Centers at the College begin to see more and more students taking those end-of-semester exams. If students are prepared and able to take a test before the final days of the semester, encourage them to do so. The waiting time to get in and take the test will be reduced. And the wait times are generally less at the Delaware Campus and the regional sites.  Hours for the Testing Centers are here.


Wonder School enrollment openings

Wonder School, the Early Childhood Development and Education program's lab school, is currently enrolling children between the ages of 3 and 5 years old for the 2019-2020 school year. Wonder School is a partnership between Columbus State, the Columbus Museum of Art, and The Childhood League Center. Children attend three mornings a week at our classroom at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center campus and one morning a week at the Columbus Museum of Art. There are three spots open for next school year. Contact Melanie Adams at extension 5411 for more information.


Supporting Students: Tracy Kemp

photo of Tracy Kemp

“We asked Tracy Kemp, Library assistant director, how does supporting students through the Foundation make you feel? Kemp says, “I am helping to meet a need.”                        

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.  Don’t forget that 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! There is no gift too small and all gifts matter.  Click here for more information or to give today.

When you donate outright to the Columbus Foundation, your dollars allow us to respond to areas with the greatest needs, such as supporting campus programs like the Restored Citizens Summit. A portion of your donation will also support student emergency needs. To donate today, click here.


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.

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.  


“Round up” to support Staff Advisory Council fundraising

Staff Advisory Council (SAC) is raising funds to support student scholarships for their textbooks and course supplies. This month, you can “round up” your Bookstore purchase total at the register to the next dollar amount. The “round up” continues through April 30. This fundraiser is in addition to the Cougar 5K Challenge next month, which is also sponsored by SAC.


Discounts on QuickBooks certifications

The Community & Professional Testing Center (WD 223) has an opportunity for all staff and faculty to obtain Microsoft Office Specialist and Intuit QuickBooks Online certifications.
You can find details here. For more information contact Maurice Anderson at extension 5794


Employee provides new exhibit in Library

photo of painting
Vernon Lewis
, accountant in the Cashier and Student Accounting Office, is the Library artist for April. His exhibit is “Appropriating Nature, Religion and Surrealism.”

Lewis uses a painting technique known as “start with a broom, finish with a needle.” All work is completed in acrylic on canvas. His art appropriates rudiments of nature or religious iconography in a surrealist manner. Lewis says, “Robert Henri, of the Ashcan School, taught that painters should paint ideas that consciously and unconsciously develop to reveal rolling, pattern-infused landscapes, spheres, figurative forms, and movement.”

When starting work, Lewis says his own ideas are broad, vague, and rarely fixed with determined vision, so paintings evolve by chance, usually conveying what is or is not working along the way.

His exhibit will be on display in the Library’s second-floor main gallery through April 30


Healthy Relationships Week

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

The One Love Escalation Workshop will be held on today, 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. Free swag included. A list of all events can be found here.


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

There will be two QPR training sessions offered during In-Service on April 18. 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.

College association president visits campus

Photo of Lynn Pasquerella

Columbus State recently welcomed Lynn Pasquerella, President of the American Association of Colleges and Universities to our College on January 20. Her presentation on the Columbus Campus was titled Critics and Skeptics and Trolls, Oh My! Championing the Value of Liberal Education in a Post-Truth Era. It was sponsored by the Arts and Sciences Lecture Series committee. Pasquerella focused on the recent decline in public trust regarding the value of higher education and how the skills at the center of a liberal education are more important than ever in preparing students for work, citizenship, and life.

If you would like to view her presentation, you can find the video here. If you would like a transcript of her talk, contact Elycia Taylor at extension 3680.



in case you missed it

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.

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.


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.


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.

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

Register here:

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

Register here:

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:




Cougar Paw awards

Awards for March are here.


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.


Women's ERG meeting next week

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 Thursday, 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.




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.