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Monday, August 19, 2019


Mid-Ohio Market @C State opens in September; volunteers needed

  future home of market

After months of planning and construction, the Mid-Ohio Market at @CState is about to open. Starting September 9, it will offer free produce, grocery items, and personal care items. They will be available to students, community members, and employees who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Market is located at 400 Grove Street, between the CT and GT buildings. Beginning the second week in September, it will be open during these times:

Monday: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Last Saturday of each month: 9:00 a.m.-noon

While your key job responsibilities will always be the first priority, your supervisor may approve a request to spend time during working hours if it is a non-peak period, and all responsibilities have been fulfilled. Training sessions are planned to cover compliance and the customer registration software known as PantryTrak.

Click here to sign up on CougarConnect. Search for “Mid-Ohio Market.” Volunteers need to attend a Compliance session. Those who want to register customers should also complete a PantryTrak session. Before signing up, check with your supervisor for permission.

Compliance training in Delaware Hall 214
Monday, August 19 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

PantryTrack training in Delaware Hall 214
Monday, August 19 from 11:00 a.m.-noon
Thursday, August 22 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Combined Compliance and Market Operations training
Wednesday, September 4 from 10:00 a.m.-noon at the Market, 400 Grove Street

After training is complete, you (and your team) will be able to sign up for shifts on a system called VolunteerHub. Email Desiree Polk-Bland, Jack Popovich or Lisa Phillips with questions.

Please let students know about the Market upon their return. It’s available if they need to use its services, or if they would like to volunteer.



Chef Taylor on All Sides with Ann Fisher

all sides graphicAs the new Mitchell Hall prepares for its first students, it’s getting plenty of attention in Columbus. On Thursday, Chef Jim Taylor, chairperson of Sport & Exercise Studies and Hospitality Programs, was a guest on All Sides with Ann Fisher on WOSU-FM. The topic was U.S. culinary schools, the business model, and their growing popularity.

The other guests on the daily hour-long program were Spencer Hoffman, graduate instructor at Les Cheneaux Culinary School in Hessel, Michigan, and Steve Zagor, lead instructor of Restaurant & Culinary Management at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.

You can listen here.


Blackboard drop-in labs for students

To assist students who are unfamiliar with Blackboard, or who need a refresher, IT is hosting drop-in lab sessions. Students may stop by anytime during the open sessions for individualized help with Blackboard. They can log in to their new courses, ask questions, or explore IT’s demo classroom to practice essential tasks.

The labs next week will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Center for Technology and Learning (TL room 116, Commuter Commons)

Monday, August 26
Tuesday, August 27
Wednesday, August 28
Thursday, August 29
Friday, August 30

First cohort for Building Information Modeling

group photoPictured, left to right: Margaret Owens, professor, and students Elmera Willis, Daniel Link, Nathanael Ashbrook, and Diane Owens.

Four students completed the Construction Management Building Information Modeling (BIM) certificate after finishing CMGT 2216-Building Information Modeling Applications during summer semester. These students are the first cohort to complete the BIM certificate, which is the only one of its kind in Ohio.

To complete the certificate, students must demonstrate competency in a number of skills vital for an entry-level BIM professional position. Building Information Modeling is rapidly becoming adopted as a way to guide the building lifecycle from need, design, construction operations, and maintenance.

Respiratory Care scholarship

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Pictured, left to rightKendra Barker-Poirier, instructor, Laura Greenawalt, student, and Andrea Pifher, assistant professor.

Each year, the Ohio Society for Respiratory Care (OSRC) provides three scholarships to students enrolled in respiratory care programs across the state. The OSRC receives student nominations from four-year and two-year respiratory programs. This year, Columbus State respiratory care student Laura Greenawalt was nominated for the Fischer Memorial Scholarship. It was awarded to her at the OSRC annual meeting held at the Hilton in Easton Town Center on August 13. Columbus State was the only two-year program to receive a scholarship this year.


Master Course Syllabus update

The Master Course Syllabus, which is used as the foundation for all course syllabuses, currently contains a link to a section of the College website called “Standard Syllabus Statement.” In order to better serve students and provide a more comprehensive information source, starting Autumn 2019, this link will be renamed “Standard Syllabus Statement: Student Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities.” 

The revamped webpage contains two sections. One is called “Student Resources” which contains a list of links to academic and support services designed to promote student success. The other is called “Student Rights and Responsibilities” which provides links to Student Conduct, Financial Aid, Title IX, and other vital information students need to know.  

This new page was created through a cross-College, collaborative workgroup comprised of members of several Academic Council committees, the office of Curriculum Management, and Marketing and Communications. You can review the link here

We encourage departments to update their Master Syllabuses to reflect this new link.  Faculty are encouraged to point out this link so students can have access to this important information in a central location.

The workgroup on the Standard Syllabus Statements welcomes your feedback and questions about the new link. Please contact Judy Anderson for more information. 



Welcome Team sign-ups continue

With autumn semester beginning on Monday, August 26, volunteers are needed to greet and guide students as they come to campus. Volunteers will be asked to fill shifts at three locations on these dates: Saturday, August 24 Monday, August 26, and Tuesday, August 27. Each volunteer receives a free Welcome Team t-shirt. If you are interested, sign up here. You can contact Molly Ward if you have questions. We look forward to having you support our students as they start the new semester. Volunteers are needed on that Saturday as part of a new initiative: see the Sneak Peek Saturday story below.


Sneak Peek Saturday this week

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To make the first day of the semester less stressful, the College is hosting a Sneak Peek Saturday for new and returning students. It will allow them to find out where buildings, parking lots, classes, and more are located. Staff members will be on hand during this three-hour event on the Columbus Campus. Details are here.


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Rally and health benefits session on Wednesday 

A two-part information session to address Rally platform questions and BenefitFocus platform questions will be held Wednesday, August 21 at noon in Delaware Hall 214.

Any employee and spouse or domestic partner covered under either of the United Health Care plans through Columbus State, must reach eight coins under the Health Rewards program to maintain a 20 percent payroll contribution. The new cycle started July 1, 2019, and runs through June 30, 2020. The healthcare benefits are now managed through the new benefits portal, BenefitFocus. This part of the session will allow you to explore the portal and ask questions you may have about healthcare benefits.

Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness program coordinator, or Jason Love, benefits program coordinator.

Volunteerism is good for your health

Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness program coordinator, says volunteering can be good for your health. It can help you feel more connected to other people. It also provides an opportunity to socialize and build bonds. Researchers have found that people who regularly volunteered lived longer. That’s something to consider as we approach the annual Columbus State Day of Service on September 24. Included here are two articles on the subject of volunteer work:  

Volunteering may be good for body and mind article from Harvard Medical School: 

Community Volunteerism article from Gallagher Insurance



in case you missed it  


Volunteer for Taste of Campus

Taste of Campus: A Passport to Student Success is Columbus State’s collective effort to showcase changes and updates in various departments for all faculty and staff. It will be held in an open-house format on Friday, August 23 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Columbus Campus following the morning Convocation. Volunteers are needed for this annual event. Your assistance will help the day run smoothly, and it counts toward service or professional development goals. If you’re interested in volunteering at one of the locations, fill out this form. (Note: Specific areas are still being determined and will be announced soon.)


Hands-on law enforcement event August 24

The Columbus State Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a day-long conference in the Center for Workforce Development on Saturday, August 24. The morning session will be for law enforcement agencies.

That afternoon, a hands-on tie-in event will be open to the entire community. The Police Department will be open for residents to stop in and ask questions. A MILO training simulator – an interactive tactical and firearms training system – will be available for demonstrations. Multiple police vehicles from around Franklin County will also be opened up and on display for a “Touch-A-Truck” for children (and adults). Officer Megan Hale has helped coordinate the event for the College. Touch-A-Truck will take place from 2:30-5:00 p.m. in parking lot 2-E at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Grove Street. Contact Megan Hale at extension 2525 if you have questions.


Still needed: Celebrity Chefs Aug. 28, 29; Talent Judges Sept. 10

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 cookouts or a "Judge" for the “CS Has Talent!” show.

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 for students.

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 one-hour shifts during that time. You can choose what time(s) you are available.

To serve a chef or a judge, 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.

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.

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

Mentors needed

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).


Presenters needed for CLCO

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL) needs 2019 Workshop Proposals for the 10th annual Collegiate Leadership Conference of Ohio (CLCO). This day-an-a-half conference will be held Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9 in the Columbus State Conference Center.

Since 2009, Columbus State's Student Ambassador Leadership Program has worked to organize an engaging and informative conference for college students and advisors across Ohio. Over the last 10 years, more than 1,000 attendees have had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, hear from expert speakers, engage in hands-on community service experiences, and network with other students and professionals. As we celebrate the 10th annual conference, we reflect on the last 10 years of the people we met, the speakers we have heard, and the experiences we have made!

This year's theme is 10 Years Later: The Evolution of Leadership, with the purpose for attendees to develop a culture of collaboration and developmental leadership. Key areas of focus include leadership, collaboration, communication, holistic wellness, self-efficacy, diversity, and equity.

Complete a workshop presentation form here. The deadline is Friday, September 6.
If you would like to attend the conference, register here. Please share this opportunity with others in your community who may like to present!


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

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, and November 11 start date. To register visit:



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.