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Thursday, August 1, 2019


New Cougar Logo and Paw
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Columbus State’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is preparing to unveil its new Cougar logo to students. It’s been in the works for more than a year with assistance from the Marketing & Communications team. Focus groups provided feedback. The new Cougar brand strives to represent the soul of our student body: a student who has determination and grit, as well as a desire to achieve academic goals. The new art will begin to show up on college athletics apparel. And look for clothing with the new Cougar in the Bookstore in the near future. The Athletics Department will show the new look at their booth during Week of Welcome.


photo of danger signTunnel construction update

Many of the barriers that blocked access between Aquinas, Rhodes, Eibling, Madison, and Franklin halls have been removed as construction on the underground tunnels between them continues. The tunnels carry fiber optics, electric wiring, water pipes and more. The aging structures are undergoing a $1.5 million renovation. Some of the barriers may be reinstalled during portions of the ongoing work, which will continue into autumn semester. In the next few weeks, cement will be removed from portions of the sidewalks. This will create noisy conditions as powerful saws cut the cement before it’s removed so new concrete can be poured. Pictured: current construction underway.

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Dresden-bound group addresses Columbus City Council

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Paul Carringer addresses City Council on Monday.

As final preparations continue for the Dresden-Columbus State Sister City Exchange Program, students and faculty members who will be departing for Dresden, Germany addressed Columbus City Council Monday, July 29. This inaugural trip is uniquely funded by businesses, nonprofits, Columbus State, and the City of Columbus. It’s designed to enhance international experiences for our students. Ten students from Engineering, Computer Science, and Business Programs will travel to Dresden, Germany from September 4-15. While there, they will learn about German manufacturing processes, attend classes, and experience German culture.

On Monday at City Hall, Paul Carringer, associate professor of Marketing, addressed Council for the group. He said, “Columbus State Community College is committed to providing the globally competent and competitive workers that attract international businesses to our region and support the competitiveness of our local and homegrown businesses. Whether as a customer, employer, or employee, the need for intercultural and global competence has become increasingly important in American society.”

The programs’ Faculty Mentors are Charla Fraley and Shane Bendele. Other faculty members who will be making the trek with Carringer are Adele Wright, Jeremy Banta, and Andy Woodmansee.  Watch the address here.

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Faculty and students at City Hall Monday for the Columbus City Council meeting.

Top award - again - for College department

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Jeff Bates, professor, Environmental Science, Safety & Health, demonstrates to three fairgoers how river water is treated to create drinking water.

For the seventh time in eight years, Columbus State’s Design, Construction & Trades Department exhibit received a top award. It received the Ohio Technology and Engineering Educators' Association (OTEEA) Technology Showcase's Best Technology Display and People's Choice for Best Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair on July 28.

Fairgoers were treated to interactive exhibits for water treatment, simulating welding, 3D design and rendering, air conditioning, hand tools, and home construction. The Q&A Wheel attracted visitors to win prizes by answering questions about the department programs. Eight full-time faculty and the department Chair talked with more than 2,000 exhibit visitors, promoting the department and Columbus State as the ultimate destination for career advancement, employment, education, and training. 

Pictured: Jeff Bates, professor, Environmental Science, Safety & Health, demonstrates to three fairgoers how river water is treated to create drinking water.


Mentors needed

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The Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion is looking for a few good mentors. Click here to complete a brief application to become a mentor for the MAN Initiative program or click here to become a mentor for the Women’s Connection program. Both programs require a minimal time commitment and provide an opportunity to leave a lasting impact on a Columbus State student. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Brett Welsh (MAN Initiative) or Katrina De Los Santos (Women’s Connection).


Counseling Services program for students

Counseling Services will be offering an alcohol awareness and harm reduction program for students known as CHOICES. The program incorporates personal reflections on alcohol use, facts, risks, and harm reduction strategies for students who choose to drink alcohol. In some instances, it might also qualify as class credit for their attendance in CHOICES.

If you know a student who may benefit from the two-hour program held on select Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. please advise them of this free service. They have multiple dates to choose from: September 4 and 25, October 16, November 6, and December 4. (Once locations have been determined, each date will be posted on Cougar Connect and can be found by going to “CHOICES About Alcohol.”)

Students will receive a $5.00 Subway gift card for completing the course and will take home an interactive journal of the information discussed. Interested students can contact Shelby Delp, specialist, at, or Counseling Services at extension 2818.  

For more information, contact Charles DePriest, counselor, at extension 5638.


Work-study program featured at conference

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Columbus State’s Modern Manufacturing Work Study program was highlighted during the 2019 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) July 22-25 in St. Louis. Scot McLemore of Honda North America Inc., won the Industry Recognition Award for his instrumental role in developing the work-study program. Over the past few years, it has placed more than 100 students with many Central Ohio employers. Jeff Spain, supervisor of Workforce Innovation, and Shane Kirby, director of the Grants Office, gave presentations during the conference. Pictured: Jeff Spain speaking during a HI-TEC presentation.

Hiroshima Peace concert

Rocco Di Pietro will direct the Hiroshima Peace Concert featuring works by Stravinsky, Di Pietro, Oliveros, and Barber, and sung by faculty members Elizabeth Scinto, David Nelson Tomasacci, and performed by Rose Zuber, Larry Marotta, and Paul Strawser. The concert will be held on Sunday, August 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the band room, TL 123.


Gospel Vocal Ensemble public service and open house

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The Columbus State Gospel Vocal Ensemble (GVE) sang the opening anthem before the annual 5k Christmas in July Run/Walk in Gahanna's Academy Park on July 25. The event benefits Wagons Ho Ho Ho. It’s a volunteer nonprofit organization that was established to provide wagons filled with a Christmas dinner for children and families in dire need of assistance during the holidays. A reminder: GVE’s Open House (with a performance) will be held Today, August 1, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in TL 123.


Stay cool when it's hot

With the recent heatwave blanketing the region, Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, reminds us there are ways to stay cool. She suggests this article on the topic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Effective online teaching course

This course is required for Columbus State faculty teaching at web courses at a distance for the first time. It can also be used by faculty members who wish to refresh their distance-learning teaching skills. This fully online course prepares participants to teach in the web format, using department-approved shells (courses that have been designed by experienced faculty and undergone quality peer review). The course takes approximately 15 hours to complete over the three weeks it is offered. The course is facilitated but is self-paced, and there are deadlines to keep participants on task.

There are three cohorts to choose from:
August 19 start date 
September 23 start date 
November 11 start date 
To register visit:


Additional cohort added for Equity Advocate training

With the autumn semester cohort of Equity Advocate training now full, an additional cohort was just added. In order to support fair, legal, and equitable hiring and promotional processes at Columbus State, you are invited to participate in the Equity Advocate Certification Training Program. This program amplifies the College commitment to fairness and equal opportunity in hiring and promotion. 

If you’re interested in becoming an Equity Advocate, contact Morgan Sayre at extension 2406. Once confirmed, the meetings below will be shared with your Outlook Calendar.

NEW: Cohort 11 (Locations have not yet been determined)

Friday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m.-noon
Kick-off: successful and inclusive hiring

Friday, September 20 from 8:30 a.m-4:00 p.m.
CUPA: building a successful, more inclusive search

Friday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cultural competency: developing vocabulary, welcoming, understanding privilege

Friday, October 11 from 9:00 a.m.-noon


Tax-free savings at the bookstore on Friday

If you’re looking to save a little as you shop for back-to-school supplies, stop by the Bookstore on Friday, August 2 to take advantage of Ohio’s tax-free weekend. The employee discount will also apply.

Tax-exempt items:

  • All clothing priced at $75 per item or less.
  • All school supplies priced at $20 per item or less such as backpacks, paper, pens, and pencils.
  • All school instructional material (textbooks, reference materials, headphones, basic calculators, and flash drives) priced at $20 per item or less.

Special one-day sale: Additional 25 percent off the following categories:

  • Backpacks
  • Supplies
  • Headphones
  • Flash drives
  • Basic Calculators


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Walk. Bike. Ohio

Walk.Bike.Ohio is currently seeking feedback on the current state of the walking and biking conditions in your neighborhood. It is the Ohio Department of Transportation's first plan to focus on walking and biking policies and programs around the state. Please complete this survey to share your unique perspective.



in case you missed it   

Capital Planning - final session is August 15

There is just one Capital Planning session remaining. It will be on August 15. Register here. A registration link is at the top of the page.


Hiring student employees for autumn semester

Career Services Student Employment is requesting that campus departments begin submitting their Autumn job postings. With a new academic year and recent changes to the Cornerstone job portal (now mobile-friendly), all positions must be submitted with a new Requisition Request instead of copying a previous version.

We are inviting all hiring managers, as well as any staff member who works directly with student employees, to attend an upcoming workshop that covers the following topics:

  • Creating and submitting job postings
  • Recommended steps during the applicant review process
  • Overview of the hiring process
  • Tips on managing students

Register to attend “Student Employment: Job Posting and Hiring Process” by logging in to Cornerstone and go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the desired date and select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Thursday, August 8 from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 13 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Additional sessions may be added in the future. If no scheduled session works with your calendar, please contact Amanda Perk for one-on-one training.

Team Columbus State preparing for Pelotonia

Team Columbus State continues to make last-minute preparations as they train for ride weekend August 2-4. Five riders have signed up to represent Team Columbus State: Royce Carpenter, Mandi Cecil, Lisa Cerrato, Tim Malloy, and Brent Wilder. Oliver and Wesley Cecil will be virtual riders. Thanks to Grace Edwards, Dawn Hockensmith, and Curt Laird who signed on as Pelotonia volunteers. You can donate directly to the team by clicking here.


Medical Assisting hiring event

Students can explore employment options and achieve career goals by attending a Medical Assisting hiring event. It will be held on Monday, August 5, from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in Nestor Hall 106. Students interested in stopping by should be ready to connect with employers who are hiring Medical Assistants. Remind your students to take portfolios and resumes.


Promotion and Tenure workshop

Monday, August 5 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Digital Portfolio Open Lab in Nestor Hall 212

If you have questions, please contact P&T Faculty Fellows Leslie Smith or Tom Shanahan


Employee fee waivers deadline approaching
The deadline for employee/spouse/child/dependent fee waivers for autumn semester is Monday, August 5. A Request for a Fee Waiver form must be submitted to Professional Development & Retention, SX room 139, by 4:30 p.m. on August 5 to guarantee fee waivers will be processed before late fees are assessed.

If you have questions or concerns, please visit the webpage here, or contact Morgan Sayre via or call extension 2406.

Mark your calendar for the annual SAC cookouts

Please join the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) as they celebrate a valuable part of Columbus State Community College: YOU the Employees! Come out for a free lunch, music, and fellowship with your co-workers. The first cookout will be held on the Columbus Campus in the courtyard on Wednesday, August 14, with a second cookout on the Delaware Campus patio on Thursday, August 15. Both cookouts will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win great prizes.

Convocation and Taste of Campus set

Staff and faculty at last year’s Taste off Campus August 24, 2018
There are changes in store this year for the annual Convocations for faculty and staff. In recent years, a Convocation for faculty has been held on the Friday before the start of autumn semester. A second Convocation for staff was held several weeks later. This year, the two will be combined. Although a start time has not yet been determined, faculty and staff will gather for the event in the Delaware Hall Gymnasium on the morning of Friday, August 23. (One important change: Due to the fact that this will be the final business day before the start of the semester, all offices will remain open. For those staff members who are not able to attend the Convocation, a College-wide Town Hall will be held in the fall.)

Later that morning, the second annual Taste of Campus will be held. This is a chance for faculty and staff to tour various departments and find out what’s new and what’s going on in those areas. Light refreshments are served at each location. The specific locations and the time of the event will be determined soon so that it complements the Convocation. Stay tuned.

Talent judges and celebrity chefs needed for Cougar Welcome

Cougar Welcome is coming! Our annual cookout and talent show will be occurring during our first four weeks of the semester. The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite you to participate as a “Celebrity Chef” for the cookout or a "Judge" for “CS Has Talent! “

The Cookouts will be held on Wednesday, August 28, and Thursday, August 29. Celebrity Chefs are needed from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for meal prep and distribution of hotdogs and food items. The Student Engagement and Leadership office will provide free food and beverages along with activities on these days as a way to kick off autumn semester.

CS HasTalent will be held on Tuesday, September 10, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus Courtyard! Judges are needed for shifts during that time. You can choose what time(s) you are available. Sign up here by Tuesday, August 20. Thank you in advance for your support! Please share this opportunity with others in your area who may like to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637 or email

Cougar Fairs 

Cougar Fair - Columbus Campus
The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership would like to invite all Columbus State departments, student groups, and partnered colleges to participate in the 2019 Fall Cougar Fairs. These events are free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your organization, department, and colleges offer to Columbus State students.

If you’re interested in hosting a table during one or both days of the fair, please complete the registration form here by Tuesday, September 3. The fairs will occur on two dates: 

  • Monday, September 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard
  • Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Columbus Campus courtyard

If you have questions, email or contact the Student Engagement and Leadership office at extension 2637.

Cougar Fair - Delaware Campus
The Delaware Campus would like to formally invite all Columbus State departments and student groups to participate in the Delaware Campus 2019 Autumn Cougar Fair. This event is free and open to the Columbus State community. This will be a great opportunity to showcase the involvement and resources that your department offers to students. The one-day fair will occur on (new date) Tuesday, September 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Moeller Hall lobby

If you’re interested in hosting a table during the fair, please complete the registration form here by Thursday, August 29.

For questions, contact Avery Fields at 740-203-8175.



Food Service hours

July 29-August 9
Monday-Thursday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays)

August 12-23
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Union Cafe and Starbucks
July 29-August 9
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

August 12-23
Closed to prepare for autumn semester. Reopening Monday, August 26.

Sips and Tortillas Food Truck will reopen on Monday, August 26.

Map of Columbus Campus

With the upcoming opening of Mitchell Hall, a new map of the Columbus Campus has been created. You can see it here. (Mitchell Hall has “MH” as its official two-letter designation.) This updated design replaces a decade-old map. To enlarge the small font, move your cursor to the bottom where you’ll see a plus (+) and a minus (-) sign appear, allowing you to zoom in closer.

Department of College Recreation & Wellness (CRW) offerings

Mind Body Recreation Classes
Monday and Wednesday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Hatha Yoga
Friday 11:00 a.m. – noon Barre, noon - 1:00 p.m. Yoga Flow or Mat Pilates (alternating weeks)

Self Defense Program
Monday 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., Thursday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., and Friday noon – 1:30 p.m.
Delaware Hall 047

Guidance with Grace Podcast
Released weekly on Friday mornings and can be heard on SoundCloud.

Wellness Workshop
The Benefits of Running & Strength Training; Wednesday, July 24 at noon; Delaware Hall 158
*additional online seminars will be available via CRW social media pages and the CRW webpage

Columbus Campus Fitness Center Hours
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 6:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Delaware Campus Fitness Center Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday’s 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Conditioning Center Hours
Monday - Thursday 6:15 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday’ 6:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DEIS faculty Blackboard training workshops 

Kaltura Capture
For years, TechSmith (Camtasia) Relay has been the College’s simple screen/camera recording program. It is now being phased out and will be completely replaced with a new program, Kaltura Capture, by the end of 2019. So join us and learn about Kaltura Capture, which works on any computer to create your own videos with just a few mouse clicks. Those videos are then automatically pushed to Blackboard, where they can be easily embedded in any course site. You can also embed the videos in any other website — including CSCC’s own, soon-to-be-released YouTube-like site — or download them to your computer. Instructor: Jason Lamar. All sessions will be held in CT 106.

Friday, August 2, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.





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