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Thursday, August 22, 2019


Day of Service locations announced

  photos of volunteers during day of service

With Day of Service just a month away, you will soon be able to sign up to assist at one of the dozens of sites. Registration will begin next week. In the meantime, you can plan ahead to find out which site or sites you’re interested in. The full list is here.

The Day of Service committee still needs team leaders. There’s a team leader at each volunteer site to help coordinate and check-in volunteers. It’s an easy way to help the day run smoothly, and also counts toward your service or professional development goals. If you’re interested in being a team leader, please fill out this form.

Day of Service will be on Tuesday, September 24. If you have questions, email



Mitchell Hall in the news

The trade publication Modern Restaurant Management provided coverage of the official Mitchell Hall dedication following last week’s ceremony. Read the story here.


New college year, new Columbus State Cougar

cougar head and paw illustration

The sports teams at Columbus State are a big source of #CougarPride. To create a consistent and unified look for the teams, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics wanted an official – and original – Columbus State Cougar for use on uniforms, spirit wear, gymnasium graphics, and more.

In partnership with the College’s Marketing and Communications team, the College’s first athletic brand was developed. Senior Graphic Designer Paul Rehg created the original art, and an official Columbus State cougar head and paw were launched over the summer.

"Cougar Athletics is thrilled to share the new branding with our students, employees, alumni, and community," said athletic director Scott Nichols. "Having a unified logo is essential as we continue to elevate our program profile. We strongly encourage everyone across the College to use the Cougar logo as we move forward."

Over the next several months, the new cougar will replace existing versions in the athletics department, on the athletics website, as well as on team uniforms, apparel, promotional materials, and other items. All College departments and student groups are encouraged to replace images of cougars and paws with the new, sanctioned versions as materials are updated and reprinted.

Additionally, the Bookstore will soon begin selling apparel and merchandise featuring the Columbus State cougar and paw. So we will all have the opportunity to sport our newly designed #CougarPride.

London learning opportunity for student ambassador

group photo

A Columbus State student, who’s also a student ambassador coordinator, is back from London. Kimani Kendrick (second from left) was one of four students chosen among Ohio YMCA leaders to go overseas to celebrate the 175th birthday for the YMCA. They held a conference August 2-8 for youth leaders from YMCAs worldwide to teach them about health and wellbeing, economic empowerment and employment, and civic engagement. Kendrick and the rest of her team say they want to focus on mental health by planning a panel and a resource fair about mental health issues.



Battelle donation

A donation from Battelle to Catholic Social Services (CSS) will have an impact on the new CSS Stay the Course partnership with Columbus State. Battelle is donating 60 IT devices to CSS, with some of them providing support for the State the Course program. Read more.


Cleveland Avenue construction update

Starting on Thursday, August 29, Mt. Vernon Avenue alongside the Bookstore will temporarily convert from a one-way traffic pattern to two-way traffic. This change is needed to accommodate the temporary closure of Naghten Street, which runs parallel one block over. Both streets are scheduled to revert to one-way after about one week. Click here to see those streets on the campus map.


Parking lot 3E

For most of this week, parking lot 3E between Franklin and Delaware halls has been used for training exercises. It will continue to be closed through Friday.

Raffle winners announced

The Columbus State Staff Advisory Council would like to thank everyone that participated in our Employee Appreciation events on both campuses last week. The Council states: You make this place an exceptional place to work and learn, and we enjoy serving you.

Taste the Future tickets: Karen Miller, Jen Hart, Jan Ellis, and Kristen Treadway
Gold Canyon Candle: Aubree Hubbard
Personal training: Tim Malloy
Massage: Nancy Case and Averee Fields
Parking spots: (Autumn) Katina Fitch and Patricia Huston. (Spring) Laura Shady and Angie Lennon
COSI tickets: Terese Davenport
Lunch with President Harrison: Betty Sugar and Nichole Bowman-Glover
$25 Bookstore gift card: Brad Farmer and Carla Burnett
Bookstore gift bag with gift card: Susan Ward



 human resources header

July Cougar Paws announced

Click here to see the list.


in case you missed it  


Mid-Ohio Market @CState opens in September; volunteers needed

After months of planning and construction, the Mid-Ohio Market at @CState (400 Grove St.) is about to open three days a week and the last Saturday of each month.

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 CougarConnet. Search for “Mid-Ohio Market.” Volunteers need to attend a Compliance session. Those who want to register customers should add a PantryTrak session. Before signing up, check with your supervisor for permission.

Compliance training in Delaware Hall 214

Today, August 22 from 1:00-2:00 p.m.

PantryTrack training in Delaware Hall 214

Today, 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.

Sneak Peek Saturday this weekend

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.


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 which encourages students to visit campus ahead of the semester to locate parking, classrooms, buildings, and more.)


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

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

Union Cafe and Starbucks
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.