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April 8, 2019

Staff Employees of the Month 

A. FieldsFull-time: Averee Fields

Averee Fields, coordinator, was named the Staff Employee of the Month at last week’s First Wednesday. She was nominated by David Bader, adjunct faculty member, who says, “Fields has provided me with ongoing and valuable assistance in her role as a member of the Student Services Department at the Delaware Campus.

She is focused and clearly understands the end goal of student engagement programs in the academic process.” The nomination letter also points out that Fields has organized volunteer extra-curricular programs aimed at enriching the college experience for students.




S. BihonPart-time: Selam Bihon

Selam Bihon is a part-time lab technician at the Dublin Regional Learning Center. While this position can sometimes be overlooked, her nominator stressed the vital importance of her work.

Faculty member Ola Ali says, “Bihon made a big difference to the Dublin Center by helping all faculty organize the lab materials and models. She always assists with the lab exams and keeps them clean and organized for everyone to use.”





Plan Ahead for Student Employment Week

National Student Employment Week (April 15-19) is a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our student employees and to raise awareness of the student employment experience. If you have College Work-Study or Federal Work Study students in your area, consider catering lunch for them, taking them out for coffee, giving movie night gift bags with snacks and movie tickets, or holding a team potluck. Let them know you appreciate the work they do.

Career Services also has a series of events planned that are open to all College Work Study and Federal Work Study students. Students should Sign In and RSVP on CougarConnect.

Monday, April 15        Marketing your Student Job Experience – Resume Presentation & Lab
Tuesday, April 16       Marketing your Student Job Experience – Lunch & Learn (Delaware Campus)
Wednesday, April 17   Panel - From Student to Staff
Friday, April 19            Student Employment Awards Reception (by invitation)

Contact Amanda Perk at with any questions.



Last chance: Faculty Idea Exchange presentation proposals deadline is Wednesday, April 10

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 Central 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 Wednesday, 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.


March Madness was a hit

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The Career Services staff engaged with students on the Columbus and Delaware campuses recently for a special March Madness event. Students played a bracket game to learn more about the “sweet sixteen” transferrable skills for the workplace. They also had the opportunity to put their best smile forward for a LinkedIn photo headshot. Many received referrals for free interview attire through Dress for Success Columbus. Students who missed the event can still stop by Career Services in Nestor Hall 108 and 113 for a Dress for Success referral. They can also receive resume and cover letter reviews and job interview practice as they search for a job.


Black Student Union to host scholarship workshops for students

This workshop offers an opportunity for students to learn about current scholarships available, the awarding process, and how to easily apply for all Columbus State scholarships with one application. Financial Aid Advisors will be present in this workshop. Walk-ins are welcome!

Monday, April 8, Noon-1:00 p.m. in Student Central (Madison Hall Room 202)

Thursday, April 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in Student Central (Madison Hall Room 202)



in case you missed it

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.


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

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.

Napoleon Bell, Sr. Award nominations

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 Brett Welsh at extension 2426.


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 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.


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. 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 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 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:


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Open enrollment - part 2

What all full-time benefit eligible employees need to know
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.

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).
Open enrollment will take place May 1 - 31.
The platform will open on May 17.

Reminder: All Full-time Benefit Eligible employees must elect or waive coverage. All current benefits terminate on June 30. Benefit elections become effective on July 1, 2019. 


Eating Right to Live Healthy seminar

What we eat can have an impact on our weight and our physical health. We have many diet options to choose from. However, we need to keep in mind individual health conditions and personal goals. Come joins us for a seminar where we will discuss these types of issues.

Wednesday, April 10
Noon in WD-1094
Jan Van Horn, RD, professor, Sport Exercise Studies & Hospitality Programs

RSVP to Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator, at extension 3989 or by April 9.






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